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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Recipe: Grilled asparagus salad

Celebrate summer asparagus with this delicious salad recipe from Constance Moofushi’s Alizee Restaurant.

Enjoy our asparagus salad recipe at Constance Moofushi's Alizee Restaurant

Enjoy our asparagus salad recipe at Constance Moofushi’s Alizee Restaurant

Ingredients

  • 1kg asparagus
  • 1.5kg butternut squash
  • 400g halloumi
  • 100g salad mache (lamb’s lettuce)
  • 100g frissee lettuce
  • 100g radicchio lettuce
  • 200ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 100ml balsamic glaze

Method

1. Cut the butternut squash into cubes and bake in the oven.

2. Grill the asparagus and then cut in half lengthways.

3. Slice the halloumi cheese and grill.

4. Stack the layers of asparagus and butternut squash on a plate, top with mache, frissee and radicchio lettuce in a honey and lemon dressing. Lay grilled halloumi on top and garnish with a balsamic glaze.

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Luxury water villas in Maldives

Imagine sun bleached wooden jetties stretching over crystal waters offering a path to secluded palm thatched villas spacious enough to really give you a chance to unwind and relax. Welcome to our luxury water villas in the Maldives.

Take a tour with our photos from Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli:

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Inside Moofushi's water villa

Inside Moofushi’s water villa

Admiring the view

Admiring the view

Constance Moofushi's senior water villa - where would you rather be?

Constance Moofushi’s senior water villa – where would you rather be?

The lagoon is just a few steps away...

The lagoon is just a few steps away…

The senior water villa at Constance Moofushi

The senior water villa at Constance Moofushi

An aerial view of Constance Halaveli's water villas

An aerial view of Constance Halaveli’s water villas

The water villa in all it's glory

The water villa in all it’s glory

Pick your favourite spot to soak up the sun

Pick your favourite spot to soak up the sun

Inside the water villa

Inside the water villa

Water villa ambience

Water villa ambience

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Recipe: Fresh fruit juice mocktail

This delicious tropical fruit cocktail from Constance Moofushi, Maldives makes a refreshing treat on a hot day.

Manta, Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Ingredients

  • 80ml watermelon juice
  • 80ml guava juice
  • 80ml mango juice
  • 20ml lemon juice
  • 1 scoop of ice
  • 1 mango slice for garnish

Method

1. Prepare a slice of mango for the garnish.

2. Measure the ingredients and place into a blender.

3. Fill the blender with ice and blend all together until smooth.

4. Pour into a serving glass and add mango garnish.

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Last minute World Cup escapes

If the idea of a month of World Cup football fever is too much to bear, consider an escape to a quiet corner of the Indian Ocean where you can relax on white sand beaches, escape to the spa or try your hand at watersports.

Diving Indian Ocean, Madagascar

Could the Indian Ocean provide your World Cup escape?

We’re making escaping the World Cup even more tempting with our Constance Diving Offer.

Join us for a diving holiday in Maldives, Seychelles or Madagascar and we’ll throw in a welcome cocktail, two massage treatments, diving orientation and two free dives.

Diving in the Seychelles

With 6 national marine parks and its distinctive granite rock formations and reefs, the Seychelles is one of the world’s top diving destinations.

Set on the African continental shelf the diving of most sites is to a depth of between 12 to 15 metres making it perfect for beginners and advanced divers alike.

Experience the 5* service and facilities of the family-friendly Constance Ephélia on Mahé or the ultimate luxury of the elegant Constance Lémuria, tucked away amidst some of the most beautiful beaches on Praslin.

Read more: Top 6 beaches in Seychelles

Diving in Maldives

The Maldives Ari Atoll is at the top of most divers’ wish lists thanks to its rich marine life, stunning coral reefs and spectacular year-round visibility.

Diving at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Diving at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Swim with some of the ocean’s most beautiful creatures including Giant Mantas and Whale Sharks or try your hand at an exhilarating night dive or diver scooter.

Enjoy the laidback vibe at Constance Moofushi where 5* luxury meets barefoot boutique chic or the refined elegance of Constance Halaveli with its spacious deluxe beach and water villas featuring private pools.

Read more: Top 8 reasons to go scuba diving in Maldives

Diving in Madagascar

Explore waters around the private island of Constance Tsarabanjina, north of Nosy Be off the north west coast of Madagascar.

Discover underwater rock formations, coral reefs and sponge gardens home to turtles, jack fish, scorpion fish and grey and white tip sharks in this unique diving destination which has yet to be fully explored.

Chill out in the evening with traditional Malagasy cuisine created by our world-class chefs and gaze at the stars from a hammock hung beside a secluded thatched beach villa. Constance Tsarabanjina is a castaway idyll combining traditional Malagasy charm with a touch of Constance luxury.

Read more: Guide to diving in Madagascar

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