Paradise has a name – it’s called Constance Halaveli.
When selecting our resort, we were more inclined to go for a boutique resort/chain instead of the big names because we felt we could pay a lot less for the same level of service. We still wanted the comfort and luxury so it meant we had to go with a resort which knew what it was doing, preferably not too old (grimy) and, most importantly, within our budget.
Constance Halaveli is run by Constance Hotels and Resorts, a boutique French chain made up of a group of seven luxury resorts and specialising in island locations like Mauritius, Seychelles, Maldives and Madagascar. Located on the idyllic North Ari atoll, the resort island is shaped like a curved dhoni (Maldivian boat) and completely encircled by the Indian Ocean.
Through the recommendation of a friend, we liaised with a luxury resort specialist in Atoll Paradise, who gave us a few options which fit our criteria. It didn’t take much pondering for me to decide on Constance Halaveli. (L left it mostly up to me; he only needed to confirm that we would not have to pay for water and Wi-Fi and we were set.) A couple of days later, we transferred our deposit and booked ourselves a water villa with a sun deck and private pool for the duration of our honeymoon. I was one happy bunny.
Upon our arrival on the island by sea plane, we were escorted to a holding area, served ice-cold juices and given cold wet towels to freshen up. The resort staff knew we were on our honeymoon so they arranged for a villa in a more private zone. It was still occupied when we arrived so we hung out at the lounge (comfortably equipped with Wi-Fi, television, books and coffee machine) for an hour or so while waiting for our villa to be vacated and made up. Once it was ready, we hopped onto a buggy which transported us to our water villa.
On the buggy (pardon the messy wind-blown hair)
View of the island from the boardwalk
The air-conditioned villa was simply furnished with wood and marble. It had a mini bar stocked with complimentary Nespresso capsules, free flow of bottled drinking water (tap water cannot be consumed), creamer, sugar, snacks, etc., and well-equipped with satellite television, coffee machine, wine fridge… the works. I liked that it had all the comforts without being ostentatious. We were also welcomed with a complimentary bottle of champagne and a plate of tropical fruits (which we had by the pool).
Where we would fall asleep on the next four nights
The television runs on Constance’s own system so you can conveniently check out the temperature, weather forecast, the spa and restaurant menus and their respective booking hotlines with the push of a remote control button.
Where we chill
Where we preen
We had a private plunge pool overlooking the crystal clear ocean, and a deck to go down to the ocean for snorkelling. There were also deck chairs and cushions for resting and tanning. This would be where we would spend most of our time.
I scampered around excitedly, exploring the villa and taking photos while the husband fiddled with the telly and Wi-Fi settings. Then we unpacked and started enjoying the pool!
When dusk fell, the villa would be prettily lit and extremely romantic. There were also night lights within the villa, thoughtfully placed, so that we need not feel around in the dark.
The villa at night
The resort’s service was very considerate and attentive throughout our stay. Everywhere we went on the island, we would be greeted politely by the resort staff. Whatever we needed in the villa only required a quick call and someone would appear at our doorstep, no questions asked. I really appreciated that they catered to our every whim without being intrusive. We didn’t have to think much or do anything ourselves except bask in the newly-wedded bliss and enjoy our surroundings because we were so well taken care of. It made our honeymoon all the more amazing.
If you’re planning a trip to the Maldives, do consider staying at the Constance Halaveli. There’s nothing but raving reviews on Tripadvisor so that says a lot.
Next up, the beautiful sunset…
Read the rest of my honeymoon travelogue:
Part 1 – Arriving in Malé and Ari Atoll
Part 2 – Living in Paradise
Part 3 – An In-Villa Sunset Dinner
Part 4 – Snorkeling 101
Part 5 – Ocean in the Day, Beach at Night
Part 6 – Eat, Laze, Snorkel, Rinse and Repeat
Part 7 – Sunrise and Goodbye