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)

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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.

Recipe: Grilled squid and Moofushi chilli tomato preserve

When we receive a delivery of squid, we serve it the same evening. We simply cook grilled squid in front of our customers. A delight of simplicity!

Grilled squid and Moofushi chilli tomato preserve

Grilled squid and Moofushi chilli tomato preserve

For those who like it, the chilli tomato preserve has something of a “cheeky” side that emphasises the texture of the squid without overpowering it. This preserve was born… out of an ordering mistake!

We ordered too many crates of tomatoes and peppers and we were afraid they would go off. So the recipe was created by chance. But given the success of this condiment, it has become one of the hotel’s staples and its composition continues to evolve.

Ingredients (serves 4)

The squid:

  • 600g squid fillets
  • 30ml olive oil
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • Salt/pepper

1. Clean the squid fillets, removing the thin film. Rinse them well and score them lightly with a sharp knife.

2. Mix the olive oil with lemon juice, the salt and pepper, and marinate the fillets for 30 minutes.

The chilli tomato preserve:

  • 300g whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 red chilli peppers
  • 1 star anise (lightly toasted, then crushed in mortar)
  • 250g sugar
  • 5g garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 70ml white wine vinegar
  • 40ml Thai Fish Sauce (Nuoc Mâm)

1. Mix all the ingredients except the fish sauce. Bring it to the boil and let it simmer until it reaches the consistency of a preserve.

2.It will have reduced by a half and it takes approximately two to three hours on a low heat to do this. be sure to stir regularly to avoid the preserve sticking to the bottom of the pan.

3. Season it with fish sauce, which is very salty and must be added gently, depending on your taste.

Finishing and presentation

Drain the squid fillets and grill them on a barbeque.

Place a squid fillet on each plate with a jar of chilli tomato preserve on the side.

Sommelier’s suggested wine

Dry white wine:

  • Sancerre, “Génération XIX”, Alphones Mellot, 2010 France
  • Chablis 1 cru Fourchaume, Domaine Pommier, 2010 France

Luxury honeymoon hotels in the Maldives

Imagine waking up on honeymoon to the sound of waves gently lapping against your own secluded water villa then eating a sumptuous champagne breakfast on your private deck while taking in uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean.

Water villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Water villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

While the Maldives is undoubtedly a naturally romantic environment, at Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi we have added an extra splash of luxury to the mix to create the perfect honeymoon destination.

Luxury service

Our discreet, friendly staff are always on hand to ensure a seamless experience and to make sure everything you need is provided. Luxury here is about not having to trouble yourself about anything, a place where you can do as much or as little as you want.

Constance Halaveli

At Halaveli ultimate luxury seeps through everything we do: from our secluded, spacious water villas with high rafted, palm-thatched ceilings and their own infinity pools to the peaceful elegance of the hotel bars and restaurants.

Dine in the romantic 5* surroundings of Jing restaurant. Situated at a secluded spot on the jetty with stunning panoramic ocean views our chef delicately combines the exotic spices and flavours of the Maldives with European traditions to make a sumptuous fine-dining experience.

Pamper yourself with the very latest treatments from exclusive Swiss skincare specialists Valmont at the sumptuous Spa de Constance, or treat yourself to a private treatment in your own villa.

Jing restaurant, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Jing restaurant, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Romance is everywhere at Halaveli but for an extra special once-in-a-lifetime memory why not take an excursion to a private island for a picnic for two or a sunset dinner.

There’s also plenty of fun to be had exploring the stunning reefs around the hotel or trying your hands at big game fishing, water skiing, windsurfing or sailing your own catamaran.

Constance Moofushi

Step out of the fast paced digital age and savour the laidback luxury of Moofushi where time itself seems to move at a more leisurely island pace.

A honeymoon at Moofushi with its all-inclusive Cristal Package is a chance to escape together to a Robinson Crusoe world of barefoot elegance.

Spend the evening under the stars drinking champagne as your meal is prepared right in front of you.

Enjoy a 5* moonlit dinner on the beach with candles and torches served to you by your own butler or relax in the romantic atmosphere and watch a movie with your loved one on the beach while being served popcorn and cocktails.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Explore one of the best dive spots in the South Ari Atoll and watch giant mantas glide past the soft coral reefs or enjoy a raft of water sports including surfing, kayaking and sailing.

Indulge in a sumptuous spa treatment for two in the Spa de Constance couples’ room with its seductive lighting and relaxing music. Enjoy a synchronised sensual massage for two followed by chilled champagne and chocolate-coated strawberries.

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Delectable wine dinner at Constance Moofushi

Executive chef at Constance Moofushi Stephen Wheeler and head sommelier Romain Sauzier have come together to create a unique wine pairing event.

Wine tasting at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Wine tasting at Constance

At the wine dinner on Friday 21 June, guests at the Blue Lounge will be served a sumptuous 5* menu with fine wines from around the world.

Highlights will include:

  • salad of smoked duck with white bean veloute served with a Stump Jump White, McLaren Vale, Sauvignon Blanc, Reisling, Marsanne, Rousanne, 2010 Australia
  • seared scallops in pancetta, poached leeks and foie gras butter sauce served with a Cloudy Bay, Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, New Zealand
  • roast angus beef fillet, celeriac cream, asparagus and morels served with Sud Ouest, Vin de Pays, Cuvee Sabourin, Syrah, 2011, France
  • brie and ruffle tian, camembert samosa, pear and raisin chutney served with Ken Forrester, Petit Chenin, Chenin Blanc, 2011, South Africa
  • lemon and mango crumble, coconut ice cream served with Muscat de Risevaltes, Mas Amiel, Muscat, 2010, France.

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Wine tasting with a difference in the Maldives

Savour the taste and aroma of some of the world’s best wines amidst the laidback elegance of Constance Moofushi at one of our wine tasting events.

Wine tasting at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Wine tasting at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

If you think wine tasting has to be stuffy and formal, think again. At Moofushi our wine tasting is held on the beach with guests gathered around tables in the gently lapping lagoon.

Our sommelier selects a range of excellent new exciting wines combined with some more traditional classics to share with guests who are encouraged to chat and discuss their reactions to each wine.

Examples of wines chosen for tasting include:

  • Sauvignon Blanc, Marianne Estate, 2011, South Africa (dry white)
  • Cotes du Rhone, Domaine de la Janasse, 2010, France (red)
  • Moscto d’asti, Prunotto, Italia (sweet white)
  • Malbec Rose, Tapiz, 2011, Argentina (dry rose)
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Wine tasting, Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Wine tasting at Moofushi