This supremely opulent resort is one of Ari Atoll’s most recognized honeymoon spots, thanks to the gorgeous white sand beaches surrounding it and clear blue skies redefining what serenity looks like. The most obvious feature of the small island is the chain of water villas – bigger than the island itself – bulging over the turquoise lagoon. Constance Halaveli, Maldives, officially commenced in April 2019 and has since captured the attention of holidaymakers; even more after undergoing a complete renovation a few years ago.
Molded like a curved dhoni – the traditional Maldivian boat, the villa is suspended on stilts, and lagoon, in the shape of an ocean pearl, giving an exterior glimpse of the property’s magical setting. This romantic luxury resort boasts of having an over-the-top accommodation largely in 57 giant water villas, each of which has marble and wood flooring and old-style thatched roofs, along with a large plunge swimming pool in black slate. Not only that, but there are also several beach villas – which vary in size and facilities – on Halaveli itself. The facilities on the island resort are modern and have a distinctive beachy feel to them, right from the open-air lobby to the furnishings of the rooms and common areas made out of natural materials. A lot of amenities right alongside the water make for great views and perfect Instagrammable spots.
Being a magnet for honeymooning couples, the property is often fully booked, and yet, owing to a sprawling space, guests get the much-needed privacy in and around their respective villas. Breezy, romantic, and incredibly laid-back, this is a quintessential couple-centric destination – offering nothing but a pleasantly memorable escape. The purpose-built beach villas also have an exclusive version for families – some come with bunk rooms and adjoining master bedroom, while double-storey villas have separate outdoor access and a second-floor bedroom. All the villas are instilled with an iMac entertainment system, a wine fridge, as well as a well-stocked minibar. And the best part is that although this one among several other resorts on the North Ari Atoll, its location on Halaveli can only be accessed through a 25-minute seaplane ride from Male Airport or a 90-minute speedboat ride. Thus, guests are typically asked to be prepared to feel a little bit secluded – needless to say, that’s precisely what most guests desire when they plan a trip to a private island. Safe to say, Constance Halaveli essentially takes up the whole island and beyond – truly representing what becoming a flagship hospitality chain when it comes to luxury seems like. Unlike other properties that prefer offering a sense of resemblance throughout all hotels, Constance celebrates the distinctiveness of each of it, both in regards to the history and natural beauty.
The design of the villas is streamlined, though not minimalist, courtesy of the renowned interior designers Emma Matias and Martin Branner. Besides, what makes Constance stand out among the rest is the fact that they put a lot of importance on its wine cellar, in fact, to an extent that the sommeliers are sent on a training trip every year, often with an aim to also give them a chance to buy whole vintages for Constance to provide exclusively at its resorts. And amidst this all, how can we forget the food offerings? There are mainly three restaurants, of which, the main buffet restaurant is served up by Jing – an overwater, Asian-European cuisine restaurant, and Meeru – a sea-facing outlet which is known for its simple grilled dishes from an a la carte menu, along with a sushi bar by the sea, mostly open for lunch. Reputedly, Halaveli ticks all the correct boxes – from catering to families as much as honeymooners to offering an appeal that comes from the service and hospitality of its staff. The offerings do not limit to this as you’re likely to find a diving school, sumptuous spa, water sports centre, tennis court, and kids club. While there’s so much to be said about the white sandy beaches, pristine water, cozy villas, and radiant blue skies, but in the Maldives, that’s a common sight vastly praised by all its visitors. But experience? That’s where a stay at Constance Halaveli, Maldives, really shines!