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

 

Constance Moofushi guide to barefoot luxury

Constance Moofushi, set in the Maldives stunning South Ari Atoll, is a castaway island with a generous dash of Constance luxury.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Barefoot luxury at Moofushi

From bars with sumptuous sofas on the beach to restaurants on the sand where you can savour delicious seafood fresh from the ocean, the vibe at Moofushi is one of laid back boutique-style chic.

Time for romance

Take a sunset cruise on a traditional Maldivian sailboat, enjoy a secluded torch-lit dinner for two on a private sandbank with your own butler, or simply feel the joy of walking hand in hand down perfect white sand beaches. At Moofushi, thanks to the beautiful setting and peaceful ambience, romance permeates everything we do.

Savour the luxury

Enjoy the luxury of our personalised service with staff always on hand, happy to help ensure you have everything you need for a perfect holiday. Savour the sumptuous food, stylish surroundings and top notch facilities of our 5* resort.

Water and beach villas

Float above the turquoise lagoon in our secluded, spacious water villas with uninterrupted views out across the Indian Ocean, or retreat to the privacy of a beach villa with hammock strung across your private terrace.

Cleansing mind, body & soul at Spa de Constance, Moofushi

Cleansing mind, body & soul at Spa de Constance

Everything’s included with Cristal

With the generous Cristal all-inclusive package everything from chocolates in your villa to sumptuous fine dining experiences are all part of the deal. If you’re looking to add something unique to your holiday, a special experience just for you, there are opportunities to add extras.

Wine

Moofushi shares the Constance passion for excellent wine. The wine cellar forms an impressive centrepiece to our Manta restaurant, and our professional sommeliers are on hand to guide and advise your choices.

Unwind at the Spa de Constance

Indulge yourself with sumptuous massages, invigorating scrubs, nourishing wraps and hydrating facials in the stunning palm-thatched treatment rooms of our spa floating tranquilly above the lagoon.

Or reconnect with yourself and reboot your energy reserves with our one-to-one yoga and meditation sessions.

Explore the stunning underwater world of Moofushi

Often described as one of the best diving spots in the world, the South Ari Atoll is rich with marine life including migrating species such as whale sharks, giant manta rays and turtles.

Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Explore the Indian Ocean directly from your water villa

There are 32 major dive sites around Moofushi including the world famous Maaya Thila with its grey reef sharks and the caves of Fish Head. Surrounded by its own house reef, guests can also enjoy amazing snorkelling from the beach.

Guest reviews on Trip Advisor

A recent guest wrote on TripAdvisor, ‘From the moment we landed… we were in a different world, a world of fantasy. Our initial thoughts were, what will we do for 4 nights here? But when the day came we had to return we had only one regret… why didn’t we stay here for 10 nights?’

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Top 5 reasons to visit the Maldives right now

Enjoy a holiday to the Maldives and take advantage of the archipelago’s glorious dry season.

Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi

If beautiful sugar-white sand and crystal lagoons aren’t enough of a temptation, here are our top 5 reasons to visit the Maldives right now.

1. The best season for uninterrupted sunshine

From December to March the idyllic islands bathe in the sunshine of the North East Monsoon bringing with it low rainfall, low humidity and plenty of sun – weather which continues into the transitional month of April.

For those looking to escape the dull, cold greyness of a northern hemisphere winter the calm, crystal waters, consistent 30ºC temperature and 12 hours of daylight could be the perfect remedy.

2. Swim in beautiful warm waters

While the Maldives is undoubtedly a year-round destination the shift from the South West Monsoon in November brings with it gentle breezes and calmer waters making it the perfect time of year to enjoy water sports. From water skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking and pedal boating to swimming and snorkelling this time of year equals tranquil, clear waters to relax and play in.

Spa de Constance

Spa de Constance

3. Dive in clear, calm waters with heightened visibility

The gentler winds and calmer waters mean that this is a time for outstanding visibility when diving. From November many glorious species pass through the eastern side of the Maldives including large numbers of whale sharks and grey reef sharks. December to April is Manta season in the Ari Atoll where both Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli are located. Join us at this time of year and swim with these elegant, beautiful giants as large schools migrate through our waters.

4. Big game fishing

During the winter season the Ari Atoll sees an increase in the number and size of pelagic species making it the perfect time to come and fish our waters. Thanks to the increased warmth and calmness of the ocean at this time of year we see more large yellowfin tuna and swordfish, among others, as well as the marlin and sailfish which are caught here all year round.

5. Festivals

Time your holiday to coincide with one of the many festivals celebrated at this time of year, and enjoy traditional feasts and festivities in Maldivian style.

• Hay Festival Maldives, 1 – 31 October
An offshoot of the famous English literary festival, the Hay Festival in the Maldives celebrates Maldivian culture and is a chance to discuss the challenges climate change creates for the archipelago.

Constance Halaveli

Constance Halaveli

• Al’h'aa Eid Day, 6 November
Join in a day of celebration and feasting in most areas of the Maldives on this important religious holiday.

• Republic Day, 11 November
A celebration of the day the Maldives became a republic which usually includes local festivities including street parades, local food stalls, music and dancing.

• Fishermen’s Day, 10 December
Celebrate the important role of fishing in the Maldives with a day of feasting on the very freshest seafood including tuna, mackerel and may other locally caught delicacies.

Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Add a touch of ultimate luxury to your winter break with a stay at Halaveli with its water villas complete with private plunge pools and beach villas set on crystal white sand. Enjoy the very best of 5* dining at our selection of restaurants and pamper yourself in the Spa de Constance and Valmont spa.

Or kick off your shoes and enjoy the laid-back vibe and castaway chic of Moofushi. Drink cocktails on beanbags underneath the stars, dine with your loved one on your very own sandbank, watch movies on the beach and enjoy the sumptuous seclusion of your own water villa in this relaxed 5* resort.

Find out more about Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi on our website.

Indulge in exclusive fine dining and wine events at Constance

Constance’s diary of exciting food and wine events is filling up with visitors from some of the world’s top kitchens as well as leading winemakers from across the continents.

Brokenwood Wines serving guests at Constance Moofushi

Brokenwood Wines serving guests at Constance Moofushi

Guests at Constance Moofushi last week were treated to a wine dinner at the resort’s Blue Lounge restaurant hosted by Australian winemaker Geoff Krieger of Brokenwood Wines.

With over 30 years experience in the wine industry in Australia, including 10 at Brokenwood where he is General Manager, Krieger was more than happy to share his experiences and expertise with guests at the luxurious Maldives resort.

Our chefs worked with Krieger to create a menu delicately balanced to perfectly pair the food with the best of Brokenwood’s wines.

Highlights of the wine menu and its pairings included:

  • Terrine of foie gras, fig marmalade and apple salad paired with Brokenwood Oaky Creek Road Semillon (Semillon 2004)
  • Seared scallops, papaya salsa, cucumber and mint shooter paired with Brokenwood Unwooded Chardonnay (Chardonnay 2007)
Seared scallops, papaya salsa, cucumber and mint shooter paired with Brokenwood Unwooded Chardonnay (Chardonnay 2007)

Seared scallops, papaya salsa, cucumber and mint shooter paired with Brokenwood Unwooded Chardonnay 2007

  • Grilled Maldivian jobfish, cauliflower puree and chorizo paired with Brokenwood Pinot Noir Beechworth (Pinot Noir 2012)
  • Brie and truffle tian, camembert samosa, pear and raisin chutney paired with Brokenwood Cricket Pitch (Sauvignon Blanc/Semillion 2011)
  • Mango and passion fruit parfait, coconut sorbet and orange tuille paired with Brokenwood Semillon Sticky Wicket (Semillon 2008)

Find out more

At each of our hotels and resorts we are hosting some fabulous events in the coming events for food and wine lovers. Take a look at the selection here, and watch this space for more announcements.

Top 8 reasons to go scuba diving in the Maldives

The Maldives is considered to offer some of the best scuba diving in the world, with the Ari Atoll topping many people’s lists as the go-to spot in the islands.

Dive scooter courses at Constance Moofushi

Dive scooter courses at Constance Moofushi

Ari Atoll, Maldives

The unique location of the Ari Atoll, with Constance Moofushi located in the South Ari Atoll and Constance Halaveli in the North, means that it is perfect for diving all year round. Visibility is usually between 20-25 metres and currents slow to moderate.

Here are our top 8 reasons why scuba diving in the Maldives is one of life’s great experiences.

1. Learn more about sharks

For those divers fascinated by these beautiful creatures the PADI Shark Speciality Courses offered at Moofushi and Halaveli will teach you more about them and their habits before taking you out to swim among them in a spectacular shark pass. Read more about shark diving in the Maldives.

2. Swim with manta rays

Swim with these giants of the oceans during the season at Moofushi or Halaveli. At Halaveli guests can also learn more about these elegant fish with a course written by PADI Manta Awareness Diver Alexis Vincent.

Diving with Manta Rays

Diving with Manta Rays

3. Night dives

Discover what the ocean looks like at night where fish sleep and others change colour in the darkness. Experience the thrill when the group turn off their torches and play in the ocean’s stunning phosphorescence. Find out more about night dives in the Maldives.

4. Nitrox dive

Swim more often and for longer with this enriched air option at Halaveli.

5. Wreck diving

Explore wrecks on the ocean floor teeming with stunning marine life at sites around the Ari Atoll. Learn more about wreck diving in the Maldives.

6. Photography diving

Learn how to take stunning underwater photographs, so you can relive the memories once you’re back home. Our course is followed by a series of dives designed to give you the best opportunities for taking beautiful underwater shots. More about underwater photography courses at Moofushi.

7. Diver scooter courses at Moofushi

Experience the exhilaration of diving with a diver scooter allowing you to travel greater distances during your dive. The course at Moofushi includes three dives, the first on the home reef to learn the basics and the last as part of a shark dive.

A Moray Eel in the Indian Ocean

A Moray Eel in the Indian Ocean

8. The ultimate exclusive dive experience at Halaveli

Indulge in the ultimate dive experience at Halaveli with a day and night on your own yacht with your own crew, chef and spa therapist to take care of you while you explore the beautiful reefs of the Ari Atoll. Tempted? Find out more

When is the best time to go diving in Maldives?

Both Moofushi and Halaveli have a great choice of local dives to keep even the keenest divers hungry for more. From November to April the northeast monsoon pushes currents to the west bringing schools of manta rays and whale sharks and from May to October the oceanic currents push from the southwest making the water incredibly clear for diving.

Winter sun offer with Constance

If you’re tempted to book a holiday to explore the Maldives, take a look at our Winter Sun Offer or visit our website for more information on all Constance Hotels & Resorts.