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.

Interview with Halaveli General Manager Renato W. Chizzola

Our General Manager at Constance Halaveli, Renato W. Chizzola, is interviewed by luxury holiday experts, Destinology.

Constance Halaveli's general Manager, Renato W. Chizzola

Constance Halaveli’s general Manager, Renato W. Chizzola

Originally from Austria, and having travelled to 165 destinations in the world, Renato talks about his role as General Manager of the luxury hotel in the Maldives, what and who inspires him, as well as tips on how to get an upgrade.

Read the full interview on the Destinology travel blog.

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Vote for Constance Halaveli in the Maldives Travel Awards

Constance Halaveli is extremely proud to have been nominated for four separate awards at this year’s MATATO Maldives Travel Awards.

Island romance at Constance Halaveli

Island romance at Constance Halaveli

Vote now for Constance Halaveli

You can vote for Halaveli in any, or all, of the following categories:

  • Most Romantic Resort
  • Leading Luxury Resort
  • Leading Dive Resort
  • Leading Family Resort

At Halaveli, you can indulge in sumptuous spa treatments using exclusive, world famous skincare products, savour delicacies of fine-dining while enjoying stunning Indian Ocean views and most of all enjoy the time and freedom to reconnect with the people you love.

Vote now for Constance Halaveli – voting is open until 30 September 2013.

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Sunday Times Travel Magazine praises Halaveli

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine has included Constance Halaveli in its round up of the best luxury resorts in the Maldives.

The luxurious water villa at Constance Halaveli

The luxurious water villa at Constance Halaveli

The Connoisseur’s Guide to the Maldives

Entitled The Connoisseur’s Guide to the Maldives, the Sunday Times was impressed by the way Halaveli welcomed families with its child-friendly facilities.

The guide describes ‘Constance Halaveli has children’s bunks within its family villas, a free kids’ club and diving for eight-year-olds plus.’

Ultimate hotel

As one of Constance’s Ultimate hotels, Halaveli oozes über luxury in a stunning natural setting with powder white sand beaches and the longest jetty in the Maldives.

Our Spa de Constance featuring natural, organic ila products is paired with an exclusive Valmont Spa for the ultimate pampering indulgence. Our 5* dining experience covers everything from light beach snacks to fine dining at the dramatic Jing restaurant located on the jetty above Halaveli’s stunning lagoon.

Activities at the hotel include everything from one-to-one yoga and meditation sessions to water skiing and, of course, diving and snorkelling in the stunning waters of the North Ari Atoll.

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Recipe: Halaveli’s Shrimp Laksa

Laksa is the traditional dish that comes from the Indonesian and Malaysian cuisine. With the recipe originating in Singapore, our team at Halaveli has adapted it to our customers’ palates. An explosion of flavours and tastes!

Shrimp Laska

Shrimp Laksa

Ingredients

The Laksa broth:

  • 400g vermicelli
  • 500ml coconut milk
  • 50g chopped ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 or 5 chopped shallots
  • 1/2 bunch fresh coriander, washed
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric
  • 3 teaspoons curry powder
  • 12 shrimps (about 100g each), peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 or 4 cumbava leaves
  • 1 litre chicken stock
  • 160g Silken Tofu

1. Boil a large pot of water. Add the vermicelli and cook them until they are tender.

2. Drain and rinse them to prevent them from sticking. Set them aside.

3. In a wok, bring the coconut milk to a boil until the coconut oil separates and forms a layer on top.

4. Finely chop all the spices and fry them until they fill the air.

5. Add the shrimp, soy sauce, cumbuva leaves and chicken broth. Boil them and adjust the seasoning.

Finishing and presentation

Divide the vermicelli into 4 bowls, then add the broth and arrange the prawns and tofu, cut into large cubes.

Garnish each bowl with fresh coriander and fried shallots. Our chefs add some lemon, a small endive and some pear slices.

Are you getting the most out of your 5 star hotel?

Many travellers can be reticent about getting the most from a stay in a luxury 5 star hotel, according to travel writer Mark Hodson in the Huffington Post.

Personal service at the Beach Bar, Constance Tsarabanjina

Personal service at the Beach Bar, Constance Tsarabanjina

Hodson suggests that ordinary travellers need to understand that excellent high-end service is what you’re paying for when using 5 star hotels and travellers should not be timid about taking advantage of this.

Ways to improve your 5 star experience, according to the post, include:

  • The concierge – Hodson describes the concierge as the pinnacle of service at a 5 star hotel. ‘The concierge is a highly-trained and well-connected fixer whose services are at your disposal.’ Available for everything from theatre ticket bookings (if you contact the concierge desk before you arrive) to restaurant reservations and bookings, the concierge is there to smooth out any difficulties, fix any problems and make your stay as pleasurable as possible.
  • Get in touch before you arrive – ‘Once you’ve made your booking, contact the hotel to let staff know how they can make your stay more comfortable,’ advises Hodson. This can mean anything from ordering the perfect pillow to informing them what brand of tea you prefer in the morning.
Expert preparation at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Expert preparation at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

  • Butler service – Take advantage of butler service by having your butler unpack for you, they will also iron clothes and hang them for you if required. Hodson claims a personal butler will run any errand for you during your stay, much like an executive PA.

Read Mark Hodson’s full post on How to get the most out of a luxury hotel.

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