CONSTANCE HALAVELI // LUXURIOUS OVERWATER VILLAS IN THE MALDIVES

Our final pitstop on the honeymoon whirlwind tour of the Maldives was Constance Halaveli. A sister hotel of Moofushi, we took a 30 minute speedboat between the islands. 

The vibe at Constance Halaveli is welcoming and friendly yet allows you to retreat into your own little undisturbed bubble during your stay. It is the perfect honeymoon resort with luxurious overwater villas and exquisite food and drink.

*Our honeymoon was booked through Turquoise Holidays and we were kindly offered a small press discount on each of the hotels. Affiliate links are used in this post.


When we arrived at the last resort of our trip, we knew Turquoise had saved something so very special. This place is another level of luxury, privacy and just all round specialness. It felt like we were fighting a losing battle with time whilst we were only here for two nights. Desperately clutching on to every second spent on the island. We hadn’t reached the end of the jetty and had been on the island two minutes and Freddie said “yeah we’re definitely coming back here”. The vibe at Halaveli is welcoming and friendly yet allows you to retreat into your own little undisturbed bubble during your stay. 

ACCOMMODATION: 

We were taken to our room, which was utterly phenomenal. This is an entry level room at Halaveli. The room is shaped like a tradition Dhoni Maldivian boat, it feels grand yet spacious and clean lines everywhere. Every room in the villa has glass doors out to the beautiful terrace, and every room has a private plunge pool. We opted for a water villa here and even though water villas end up being very closely positioned to their neighbours I cannot emphasise the level of privacy in the way these rooms have been designed. 

We spent most of our time on our terrace at our plunge pool that really was our own little private paradise. We were conveniently located on jetty toward the island end and also next to the spa, Jing restaurant and the sunset bar. The jetty is one of the longest in the Maldives, spanning 0.8km and little golf buggies happily drop you off and pick you up to save walking the long road back to the main island. 

FOOD:

Halaveli go above and beyond to make your stay special. There are options to have private dinners including an in-room private dinner, which had we stayed a third night I would have definitely booked, and also a private bbq on beach or a sandbank picnic / dinner is available to book. We wanted to try out the two a la carte restaurants during our stay.

The Asian fusion Jing restaurant was unbelievably good. The bread (kimchi bread with miso butter) was a great taste of what was to come for the rest of the meal – Vietnamese rice paper rolls and reef fish with kimchi asparagus.

The following night at Meeru restaurant our dining experience was a completely different vibe. A more relaxed barefoot dining and open kitchen arrangement, yet the food was still as exquisite. We had tuna carpaccio, lobster bisque, Mahi Mahi and rib eye. My mouth still waters when I think about how good this was. As dine on demand hotel vs its sister all-inclusive Moofushi, the food is every so slightly better here.

Even the buffet which we enjoyed at breakfast and lunch is another level of quality. Champagne for breakfast, a pastry chef on site making croissants that could rival those from a Parisian boulangerie, and freshly squeezed juices from pretty much any fruit you can imagine. 

Halaveli also has one of the largest wine cellars in Maldives with 20,000 bottles stored on the island. Constance buy direct from suppliers to keep costs reasonable for very good quality wines for guests. They also split the wine between Moofushi and Halaveli.

The sommelier wine recommendations were incredible. They’d wait until we’d ordered food and then be in to recommend wines to pair. As full board guests who were paying for alcohol we were slightly worried the bill for our wine would be an eye watering amount, however the sommelier recommends were $10 a glass, which was considerably lower than we’d anticipated being positioned in the middle of the Indian Ocean a far cry from any vineyard.

SPA / FACILITIES 

Becoming accustomed to an habitual way of life on our honeymoon we decided to have our fifth and final treatment at Halaveli. We opted for a 45 minute back neck and shoulder massage. Once again the Constance treatment rooms didn’t disappoint. The usual doors opening to the ocean and  glass viewing plates on the floor to enjoy the marine life all making for an idyllic environment for utter relaxation. 

The gym here is also something to write home about. It is modern and has every machine imaginable. If you’re lucky you’ll be put through your paces with in-house trainer and chiropractor, Darko. He trained us in a private 45 minute HIIT class followed by a far more enjoyable 20 minute stretching session which definitely worked us up an appetite for sunset cocktails and beach dinners. 

The island itself is beautiful. Plenty of snorkelling spots, stunning beaches and also a really nice quiet pool area. We would do daily morning walks around the island taking in the quiet, secluded spots that have been positioned in a way to make you feel like you’re the only couple on the island.

The resort is also family friendly with a kids day club and also big family beach villas. We definitely discussed returning here when we expand our family for a little island beach escape. It’s not a question of if we will return, but when we will return. Halaveli was too special to put into words but I tired my best. 

Halaveli Highs:

  • The accommodation. A room so special we never wanted to leave
  • The food – quality yet simplicity in the dishes wowing us to new levels

Halaveli Lows:

  • Two nights was absolutely not long enough and we wished we could’ve stayed a little longer

We booked our honeymoon through Turquoise Holidays (press discount).


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