Our General Manager at Constance Halaveli, Renato W. Chizzola, is interviewed by luxury holiday experts, Destinology.
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.
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.
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 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.’
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.
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!
The Laksa broth:
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.
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
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
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.
At Halaveli we have created a sumptuous luxury experience around the natural beauty of the island where spacious water villas float above turquoise waters and elegant beach villas open onto powder white sand.
In celebrating the ‘pinnacle of achievement for luxury hotels’ we hope the World Luxury Hotel Awards will recognise Halaveli in 2013.