Trip Advisor recognises Constance at 2014 Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards

We are thrilled that Trip Advisor has listed Constance Hotels and Resorts in its Top 10 Hotels awards for Mauritius, Maldives and Madagascar.

Constance Halaveli - Trip Advisor 2014 Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards

Constance Halaveli – Trip Advisor 2014 Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards

Our hotels were recognised in the Trip Advisor 2014 Traveler’s Choice Awards in both the luxury and romance sector.

Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage have been named in:

Maldives

Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli have been named in the:

Madagascar

To see the full list of award winners or to share your Constance experience by writing your own review, visit the Trip Advisor website.

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8 things to do in the Maldives

Dreamy villas, idyllic beaches, world-class diving and uber-luxurious spas make the Maldives the perfect antidote to urban living.

Aerial views of the Maldives

Aerial views of the Maldives

Once you’ve indulged in some proper R&R, there’s plenty more on offer too. Here’s our list of 8 things to do in the Maldives.

1. Visit a local fishing village

There is no better way to immerse yourself in traditional Maldivian island life than by visiting one of its fishing villages.

Fishing is at the very heart of Maldivian life and these villages are thriving local communities. Fish is sold daily at the beach or harbour and this is where locals gather and hang out.

2. Spend the day on a deserted island

The Maldives is made up of many atolls (rings of reef or coral islands). Take a boat and a picnic and spend the day on an untouched beach on your own deserted island, then swim in quiet waters for a uniquely Maldivian experience.

3. Night fishing

Set sail at sunset in a traditional dhoni (a wooden Maldivian fishing boat) and experience the tranquillity and peace of floating over the reef at night. Try the traditional Maldivian pole and line fishing technique, then take your catch back to shore where it can be cooked for a late night feast by a world-class chef.

Coral reefs at Constance Moofushi

Coral reefs at Constance Moofushi

4. Explore the Maldives by seaplane

The air is the perfect place from which to take in the stunning Maldives landscape of turquoise ocean scattered with beautiful coral islands of white sand and lush greenery. Pick out the luxury resorts and deserted islands from the air as well as the reefs and even some of the larger marine life. This is a once in a lifetime experience so be sure to bring a camera.

5. Explore the rich coral reefs

Whether you’re snorkelling or scuba diving the combination of stunning coral reefs and year-round high visibility has made the Maldives one of the reef diving hotspots of the world.

The sheer number of reefs in the area means that you can explore a different dive site every day with a wide variety of beautiful marine species from Giant Manta and Whale Sharks to turtles, lionfish, snappers and eels. The area has 187 different species of coral, home to more than 1,000 species of fish.

6. Visit the oldest mosque in the country

The Hukuru Miskiiy, or Friday Mosque, in the capital Malé dates back to the mid-17th century with outer coral-stone walls intricately carved with patterns and Arabic text. Inside, the elaborate woodcarvings are a stunning feature well worth visiting. Just opposite the mosque is the white Munnaaru Minaret, also dating back to the 17th century, historically used for calling the people of Malé to prayer.

Shop ‘til you drop in Malé

Shop ‘til you drop in Malé

7. Shop ‘til you drop in Malé

Whether you like the vibrant buzz of local markets or prefer shopping for arts and crafts or modern handbags and fashion there’s plenty to keep you happy in the country’s frenetically paced capital. The bustling Malé Fish Market at the northern waterfront where the fishermen from across the region bring their catch. Down the road is the general Local Market where produce including fresh fruit and vegetables, street food and handmade sweets from across the atolls are sold. For everything from clothes and perfume to electronic goods visit Majeedhee Magu and for souvenirs and local crafts check out Chaandanee Magu.

8. Experience the history of the Utheemu Palace

Utheemu Island in the Haa Alifu Atoll is famous as the birthplace of one of the Maldives’ greatest heroes, Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu who defended the islands from the Portuguese in the 16th century. His stunning wooden palace is perfectly preserved on Utheemu and is a historic treasure showing how Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu and his wealthy dynasty of sultans lived.

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Top spa breaks in the Indian Ocean

Take a break from the frenzy of daily life and reboot your system with a spa break in the Indian Ocean.

Here’s a glimpse inside some of our spas in the Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles.

Spa de Constance at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Spa de Constance at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

 

Spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

 

Shiseido Spa, Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Shiseido Spa, Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

 

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

 

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Spa de Constance at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

 

Top spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Top spa breaks in the Indian Ocean: Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

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Shared pleasures: Wine tasting at Constance Hotels & Resorts

At Constance our sommeliers are not just passionate about wine but about sharing that passion with you.

Wine tasting at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Wine tasting at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Our Constance head sommelier Jerome Faure, travels the world, old and new, to uncover the very best wines and bring them back to our cellars in the Indian Ocean.

He brings with him not just the wines themselves but their stories, their histories, the knowledge of the land on which they were grown so that all our sommeliers can share that knowledge with you.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

At Constance Le Prince Maurice our state-of-the-art wine cellar has capacity for more than 15,000 bottles and guests are invited to regular wine tastings where our sommeliers will guide you through some of our favourite wines.

Wines at Le Prince Maurice include:

  • Champagne Salon 1966 from Mesnil sur Ogier, France
  • Vin de Pays de l’Hérault Domaine de la Grange des Peres 2004/05/06/07/08/09, France
  • Swartland – Mullineux Schist Syrah 2010 – the first vintage of one exclusive wine, South Africa

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

At Constance Halaveli, guests can enjoy a range of sublime wines under the guidance of head sommelier Cedric Jacob, who trained in his native France.

Wines at Halaveli include:

  • Chablis, ‘Terroir de Courgis’, Patrick Piuze, 2010, France, Burgundy
  • VDP des Bouches du Rhône, Villa Minna, Red, 2007, France, Provence
  • Waterkloof, Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 – South Africa, Stellenbosh

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Amidst the laidback luxury of Constance Moofushi wine tasting takes on a more ‘chilled out’ approach with tables set up in the tranquil lagoon so that guests can sample wines with the ocean lapping at their feet.

Wines at Moofushi include:

  • Sauvignon Blanc, Marianne Estate, 2011, South Africa (dry white)
  • Cotes du Rhone, Domaine de la Janasse, 2010, France (red)
  • Malbec Rose, Tapiz, 2011, Argentina (dry rosé)

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Our passion for wine spans from the grand, world famous ‘old world’ producers to the small independent artisans and the cutting edge producers of the new world. From famous vintages to new offerings, it is this range that you’ll discover at Constance.

 

 

5 flavours of the Maldives

Over the years traditional Maldivian recipes have adopted influences from Europe and Asia to create a richly flavoured, warmly spiced culinary tradition.

Flavours of the Maldives - tuna curry

Flavours of the Maldives – tuna curry

Here are some of the key ingredients used in Maldivian cuisine and some mouth-watering recipes to inspire you.

Tuna

Tuna is a core ingredient of Maldivian cuisine prepared in a variety of ways including dried, fresh or even ground into a paste known as Rihaakuru and used as an ingredient in other dishes.

• Recipe with tuna: Maldives tuna curry

Curry powder

With its Asian influence curry is a one of the most common dishes in the Maldives, often featuring diced tuna and known locally as Mas Riha.

• Recipe with curry powder: Halaveli’s shrimp Laksa

Chilli

Giving Maldivian cuisine its heat are chillies used in many traditional dishes including the local grilled fish staple.

• Recipe with chilli: Grilled squid and Moofushi chilli tomato preserve

Coconut

The coconut is widely used in the Maldives in a variety of forms including grated, squeezed (for coconut milk) and pressed (for oil).

• Recipe with coconut: Coconut cake

Avocado

Thanks to the humid soil of the Maldives a wide range of exotic fruits and vegetables, such as avocados, grow easily here and have become key ingredients of the nation’s cuisine.

• Recipe with avocado: Constance Fish Ceviche Acapulco style

Maldivian flavours at Constance

This blend of European and Maldivian cuisine is at the heart of the menus at Constance Moofushi’s Manta and Alizée restaurants while a rich fusion of flavours is served up against the stunning backdrop of the Indian Ocean at Constance Halaveli‘s romantic Jing restaurant. And if it’s a barefoot vibe you’re after, the fresh seafood cooked on the beach is the theme at Meeru’s beach grill.

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  • Find out more about the cuisine of the Maldives on the travel site Wandtheworld.

 

Recipe: Maldives tuna curry

In the Maldives people do not eat pink cooked tuna like the y do in Western countries. Instead they eat it strong and spicy.

Maldives tuna curry

The Maldives tuna curry

The traditional dish of Maldivian fishermen, it is also one of the staples of our Maldivian staff at the hotel. It is natural that we should want to offer our customers this simple recipe with its authentic taste.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 500g tuna
  • Peanut oil: as required
  • 1 onion
  • 10 karipulay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 4 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 3 pandan leaves, cut in two
  • 3 green cardamom seeds
  • 2 teaspoons chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoons curried fish powder
  • 120ml coconut milk
  • Salt: to taste

1. Heat a little oil in a pan. Put some onion in it with the garlic, ginger, curry and pandan leaves. Add the chilli powder and stir with a wooden spatula.

2. Stir in the tuna, cut into 2cm cubes. Sauté the pieces so they are well coated with the spices.

3. Add salt, the fish curry powder, the green cardamom, half of the coconut milk, a little water and let it cook gently. Stir it from time to time.

4. When the tuna is cooked, add the remaining coconut milk and allow it to simmer for another minute. Check the seasoning and set it aside.

Finishing and presentation

Arrange the tuna curry in bowls or soup plates, add a few sprigs of fresh coriander and some strands of pepper.

Sommeliers suggested wine

Light and fruity red wine:

  • Rioja, “Rayos Uva”, Olivier Rivièra, 2010 Spain
  • Crozes-Hermitage, “Cuvée Papillon”, Gilles Robin, 2009 France