4 romantic restaurants in the Indian Ocean

Imagine a candlelit table for two with views across calm, clear waters. The islands of the Indian Ocean offer a unique, romantic ambience unlike anywhere else on earth.

Here’s a selection of four fabulously romantic restaurants in the Indian Ocean.

Le Barachois – Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Romantic restaurants in the Indian Ocean: Le Barachois

Romantic restaurants in the Indian Ocean: Le Barachois

Walk through stunning tropical mangroves, along a torch-lit gangplank and you reach the elegant Le Barachois. Floating on timber platforms on the tranquil waters of a lagoon with a perfect view of the sunset there is no more romantic spot in Mauritius.

Jing – Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli's Jing Restaurant

Constance Halaveli’s Jing Restaurant

Hovering above the waters of the Indian Ocean, Jing offers diners the opportunity to enjoy a sumptuous romantic Asian-inspired meal against a backdrop of uninterrupted panoramic ocean views.

Beach Bar & Grill – Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Island romance: Constance Lémuria's Beach Bar & Grill

Island romance: Constance Lémuria’s Beach Bar & Grill

Be sure to ask for the table nestled into the rocks and you will enjoy a romantic, secluded Creole meal for two on the granite cliffs overlooking the ocean and the beautiful Petite Anse Kerlan.

Alizee – Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Beach dining at the Alizee

Beach dining at the Alizee

Share a candlelit meal for two under a canopy of a thousand stars with your feet in the sand and the sound of waves gently lapping at Moofushi’s romantic, lantern-lit beach restaurant, Alizee.

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Vote for Constance Halaveli and Moofushi in the Maldives Travel Awards

This year Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi have been nominated for the MATATO Maldives Travel Awards across 5 different categories.

Vote for Constance Moofushi at the MOTATO Maldives Travel Awards

Vote for Constance at the MATATO Maldives Travel Awards

Now we need your vote to help us win.

Moofushi with its stylish castaway design and relaxed barefoot boutique atmosphere is nominated for:

Halaveli, the ultimate in Maldives luxury and exceptional 5* star service, is nominated for:

The deadline for votes is 30 September.

The Matato Maldives Travel Awards were created to recognise excellence in service and hospitality across the tourism industry of Maldives.

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5 activities not to miss in the Maldives

Dreams of a luxury holiday in the Maldives usually include sunbathing on white sand beaches and swimming through vibrant coral reefs. At Constance Halaveli and Moofushi we’ve added a few more delights to surprise you.

Luxury holidays in the Maldives

Luxury holidays in the Maldives

Here’s our guide to 5 activities not to miss on your luxury Constance Maldives holiday.

1. Watching a movie on the beach under the stars

Lie back on a beanbag on the beach and enjoy cocktails and popcorn as you watch a film of your choice under a star-scattered sky at Constance Moofushi.

2. Traditional Maldivian night fishing

Take a fishing trip by lantern in a traditional Maldivian dhoni and fish under the stars at Constance Halaveli. For an authentic slice of island life bring back your catch and our chefs will prepare and cook it for you.

3. Wine tasting in the lagoon

Feel the warmth of the Indian Ocean lapping at your legs as you share a wine tasting with friends hosted by one of our highly-trained, passionate sommeliers at Constance Moofushi.

A romantic meal at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

A romantic meal at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

4. Morning yoga on the beach

Make your salutations to the sun as it rises over a serene Maldivian Indian Ocean at Constance Halaveli in individual or group sessions.

5. A day on your own desert island

Take an excursion to a deserted island or sandbank of your own where you can spend the day swimming and relaxing before we deliver a gourmet torch-lit dinner for two on the sand.

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Constance promotion sees Turkish Airlines members earn more miles

A special promotion with strategic partners Turkish Airlines will see loyalty program members earn triple miles for stays at Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

From 1 September to 30 November 2014 members of Turkish Airlines’ Miles & Smiles loyalty program can earn triple miles for every dollar spent at the Constance Maldives hotel and resort.

All guests need to do to qualify is to mention their Miles & Smiles membership number at the time of booking and then present their membership card at check-in.

At Constance’s hotels in Seychelles, Mauritius and Madagascar Miles & Smiles members will continue to earn 1 bonus mile for every US$ spent.

Terms & Conditions

Triple miles offer is valid for stay between 1 September until 30 November 2014 only

  • Triple miles offer, applicable at Constance Moofushi & Constance Halaveli only
  • Stay at other Constance hotels and resorts, single mile will apply
  • To quote Miles & Smiles membership number at the time of booking
  • A valid Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles membership card must be presented upon check-in
  • Offer is valid only for members of Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles named on the membership card
  • Early check-in and late check-out are subject to availability and for Elite Card & Elite Card Plus members only
  • Constance Hotels & Resorts’ Terms and Conditions apply
  • Members will be able to earn miles on accommodation if booking is on public rates
  • If booking is on TO rates, calculation of miles will be different, miles will be earned on extras* and not Accommodation
  • Booking on Interline rates are not eligible for miles unless stated otherwise upon confirmation of booking.

*Extras: All extras will be considered EXCEPT services provided by external partners like Dive centre, MAT flights, boutiques…

Please contact claimmiles@constancehotels.com to claim your miles within 12 months of your stay with the following:

1.Your Name and Miles & Smiles Number

2. Date of arrival and departure

3. Invoice Number of your stay

4.Please retain all original receipts until Miles are credited to your account.

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What you need to know for a holiday in Maldives

If you’re planning a trip to the Maldives then you probably already know about the white sand beaches, clear crystal waters and idyllic climate.

Arrive at Constance Moofushi by seaplane

Arrive at Constance Moofushi by seaplane

Here are some other things you need to know for a holiday in Maldives.

1. Arriving by seaplane is one of the highlights of the holiday

Make sure you’ve got your camera to hand as you board the seaplane at Malé Airport because you’re going to want it. Arriving at your resort by seaplane is one of the most stunning introductions to the nation of Maldives you can imagine with views across the Indian Ocean dotted with stunning white sand coral islands.

2. The Maldives is child-friendly

The Maldives may have a reputation as a honeymoon destination but that doesn’t mean that it’s not the perfect place to take kids for a family holiday. For younger kids try a beach or family villa rather than a stilted one over the water and relax beside your own pool while you watch the little ones play on the beach. Constance Halaveli even offers a complimentary Kids Club so the kids will have plenty to do.

3. Swim with some of the ocean’s gentle giants

The waters around the Maldives are home to a wide range of stunning marine life but few get the pulse racing as much as manta rays and whale sharks. These graceful giants pass through our waters from November to April.

Swim with Manta Rays

Swim with Manta Rays

4. Each Maldivian island has its own coral reef encircling a lagoon

The Maldives is made up of 1,190 coral islands spread across 26 atolls covering an area of more than 90,000sq kilometres. Each island has its own coral reef and lagoon which protects it from the wind and wave action of the vast surrounding ocean. It is the islands’ uniquely isolated location that make the Maldives feel like a secluded haven away from the modern world.

5. Maldivian culture is a unique combination of global influences

With influences from the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe the Maldivian culture offers a unique blend of music, tradition and cuisine. Influences can be found in the curries which are a staple in the Maldivian cuisine, music played on the traditional bodu-beru drum which resembles an African drum and the local dhoni boats used by the fishermen which are similar in design to the Arabian dows.

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Inspired by passion: Head sommelier at Constance Moofushi

Our staff are inspired by their passion to give guests exceptional experiences while on holiday at Constance, and Head Sommelier of Moofushi, Nash Kanyangarara is no exception.

Wine tasting at Constance moofushi's Manta Restaurant

Wine tasting at Constance moofushi’s Manta Restaurant

Nash joined us in 2009 and thanks to his friendly approach, infatuation with all things relating to wine and dedication, he was promoted to head sommelier this year.

Nash says, ‘My passion is my job. I love everything about what I do.’ Nash is inspired by others who share this passion and creative approach to their work including Yuko and Shin Kibayashi, Manga cartoonists from Japan. Their weekly comic strip is based on the adventures of Shizuku as he takes a voyage of discovery through the great wines of today.

‘Yuko and Shin Kibayashi have transformed the Asian wine industry and put wine-drinking numbers up across Asia with their comic featuring authentic wines,’ enthuses Nash. ‘Who would have thought that someone coming from a country that does not produce a lot of wine could change so much!’

For him Constance was a perfect fit to his own passion and motivation. He explains, ‘In Constance there’s a saying “elegance comes naturally” because as a brand we don’t need to push too much, everything about Constance relates to its surroundings, the staff, service and the beauty. That is the definition of natural elegance that our guest will always remember.’

Nash’s wine recommendation

Sadie Family Columella 2000 Swartland, South Africa Red Wine A nose of fresh dark fruits and bright berries, the palate is firm and quite tannic with just a hint of earth and spice. This wine has a well balanced spicy structure with a hint of gravel and appealing berry fruits, still fresh and elegant.

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