Night dives in the Maldives

Discover the lush vibrant colours of the ocean by night with a night dive at Constance Moofushi or Halaveli in the Maldives.

Alimatha night dive at Constance Halaveli, photo copyright Marco Care

Alimatha night dive

Experienced divers and beginners alike will be amazed by the differences visible on a night dive from those taken during the day.

What you see diving at night

Although some divers may initially feel nervous about the unfamiliarity and limited visibility of a night dive, these worries are quickly replaced by the exhilaration of discovering an entirely new nocturnal world.

The ocean at night is a riot of colour with many of the corals opening up after dark and becoming more vibrant. Many fish also feel safer coming out to eat at night so there is always a wide variety including some you won’t see during the day like the moray eel and octopus.

Some fish even change colour at night. Other fish sleep and you can see them nestled into their sea-floor or coral beds. It’s not unusual to see a reef shark lying quietly on the bottom of the ocean.

A highlight of any night dive is the moment when the dive lights are turned out and divers are able to see the phosphorescent plankton light up the water like ocean fireworks. A treat which will inspire awe in even the most experienced divers.

Where to night dive at Constance Halaveli

Trigone, night dive in Maldives, photo copyright Marco Care

Trigone, photo copyright Marco Care

Night dives are held in relatively shallow waters where the reef top is no deeper than five metres making for a safe, enjoyable exploration.

Favourite sites for night diving at Halaveli include Bathala House Reef, Bodu Thila and Ellaidhoo Thila.

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Constance’s young star chefs at Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

The very best young local chefs from Constance are set to battle it out this week for the accolade of winner of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013.

Culinary at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Dining at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Here’s a run down of who is appearing at this year’s festival in Mauritius.

Sasha Dinnoo – Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

For Sasha Dinno of Le Prince Maurice being granted a place in this year’s Culinary Festival is a dream come true.

Beginning her career as a trainee at Le Prince Maurice, Sasha Dinnoo has literally grown up in the hotel’s exclusive kitchens, working her way up through their demanding ranks.

Known by her colleagues for her humility and passionate commitment to service excellence, she is excited about the opportunity to learn from the prestigious European chefs.

Elodie Oudeuil – Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Belle Mare Plage Chef Elodie Oudeuil is passionate about all aspects of food from the excitement of working in a busy kitchen to cooking with quality fresh ingredients.

She is very proud to be competing in this year’s Culinary Festival, especially because she is representing Belle Mare Plage in the competition.

Oudeuil is known for her calmness in the kitchen combined with her excellent powers of organisation.

Shanifa Larue – Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Belle Mare Plage hosts festival

The 19-year-old chef began her culinary career with Constance at Lémuria.

Larue has gone on to be recognised twice as employee of the month as well as being voted Star of Lémuria.

Very focused Larue never stops learning while she is in the kitchen.

Driven to progress in her career, she is eager to show her talents in the competition and contribute her own personal touch and knowledge of Seychelles cuisine.

Beguitta Ally – Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Beguitta Ally dreams of being the first female cook to win the Bernard Loiseau trophy.

Having trained in tourism she has always been passionate about cooking and it was that passion which brought her to Ephélia.

Her positive attitude, and her ability to listen and learn from advice is what has got her this far in the competition and she hopes she can go all the way.

Hem Pulami – Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Pulami discovered his passion for food in his home country Nepal. Having worked in local restaurants he joined the kitchen of Hotel D, la Annapurna Casino Ann in Kathmandu.

Deciding to widen his experience Pulami joined the culinary team at Halaveli in 2009.

Starting as a commis chef in the resorts signature restaurant Jing he has recently been promoted to demi chef de partie in recognition of his hard work and dedication.

Sampath Mariyadasa – Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Sampath, originally from Sri Lanka, is passionate about food and relishes the opportunity to work with the European chefs in order to learn as much as possible from them.

Constantly practising his culinary craft, Mariyadasa is creatively inspired to create new and exciting dishes.

His willingness to seize new opportunities at Moofushi has meant that he is always learning new techniques and he hopes to use these skills to win this year’s competition.

 

Photos of this year’s Island Chef contestants

Sasha Dinnoo

Sasha Dinnoo

 

Elodie Oudeuil

Elodie Oudeuil

 

Shanifa Larue

Shanifa Larue

 

Beguitta Ally

Beguitta Ally

 

Hem Pulami

Hem Pulami

 

Sampath Mariyadasa

Sampath Mariyadasa

The Sunday Times names Tsarabanjina and Moofushi in world’s best 20 all-inclusives

The Sunday Times this week highlighted Constance Moofushi and Tsarabanjina as offering truly all-inclusive packages.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Susan d’Arcy applauds the Cristal package at our resorts for genuinely ‘including everything’, lamenting how other resorts claim to be all inclusive but go on to charge guests for everything from bottled water to Mars bars.

The praise for Tsarabanjina and Moofushi came in an article outlining the 20 best all-inclusive packages around the world.

D’Arcy defined all inclusive as meaning, ‘You’ll get the drinks you want, endless fabulous food – often à la carte and, if not, of the highest quality and freshly prepared – and free wi-fi.’

Subscribers to The Sunday Times can read Susan d’Arcy’s article in full: ‘All inclusives – minus the hidden extras‘.

And in The Financial Times

The FT was also singing the praises of Tsarabanjina this week in ‘How to spend it‘ describing the resort’s new refurbishment as bringing a luxury element to Madagascan tourism.

Find out more about Moofushi and Tsarabanjina

 

Moofushi named in Top 10 Hotels for Romance by Trip Advisor Travellers Choice 2013

It’s hard to separate Constance Moofushi and romance, and now the barefoot chic resort has won the Travellers Choice award on Trip Advisor as one of the Top 10 Hotels for Romance in Asia.

Take a look at Moofushi in the Travellers Choice 2013 awards on Trip Advisor.

Constance Moofushi, Totem Bar, Maldives

Totem Bar, Moofushi

Here’s a snapshot of what people are saying on Trip Advisor about this Maldivian paradise:

Thank you to everyone who voted for Constance Moofushi.

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Romantic hideaway at Constance Moofushi

Dream wedding destinations in the Indian Ocean

Visit our website for Constance Moofushi, Maldives and our other resorts Constance Hotels & Resorts.

 

30 Days of Discovery – a prize a day for 30 days

At Constance Hotels & Resorts we seek out the greatest experiences from around the world to share them with you.

Wine tasting at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Wine tasting at Constance

This month, we’re launching our 30 Days of Discovery.

Every day, for the next 30 days, you can enter a daily prize draw for a chance to win some great prizes –  from the latest iPad mini to Sisley and Valmont beauty products and Constance goodies.

Inspired by our creative passion to bring you the finest things in life, we’ll also be bringing you a daily dose of inspiration.

From discovering new wines, food and spa treatments to tips on where to go, what to see and new places to seek out.

And as a bonus, if you enter the prize draw daily you’ll increase your chances of winning the iPad mini.

Visit our Constance Hotels & Resorts Facebook page to enter the 30 Days of Discovery daily prize draw.

Today’s Discovery: Top 10 beaches in Mauritius

The Huffington Post on Constance Moofushi and Halaveli

Spa Spy, Lisa Stokes, escapes to the Maldives to discover the magic of Constance Moofushi and Halaveli.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Featured in The Huffington Post, Stokes writes:

“I glance down to the sign at my feet. ‘No shoes, no news beyond this point’. I’d arrived in paradise and it was way better than the brochure.

In the coming week I would discover hidden corals with fantasias of tropical fish, turtles and stingrays. Gaze idly at white sand, turquoise waters, incredible sunsets and rainbows. Oh, and experience my first spa treatment whilst watching a shark…”

Read more about Spa Spy: Escape to Paradise – The Maldives, in The Huffington Post blog.

And find out why A Luxury Travel Blog names Moofushi and Halaveli top luxury resorts.

Visit our website to get the lowdown and check booking availability at Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli.