Friday, July 10, 2015

HOTEL CHECK MALDIVES, Constance Resorts

Two barefoot resorts by Constance hotels in the Maldives. Both are charming but they are somewhat different. Arja Laukkarinen analyses which one suits which type of guest...

CONSTANCE MOOFUSHI RESORT

This is a very pleasant resort that delivers good value and personal service, with a warm and caring staff. Some special features include the house reef, the spa with its windows into the lagoon and the excellent all-inclusive package.

Villas

The resort has 110 villas. All with air-conditioning, veranda, satellite TV, DVD/CD player, telephone, high-speed Internet access (complimentary), mini-bar*, tea/coffee maker, safe and  hairdryer. Beach Villas are secluded and accept  up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. The Beach Villas are not huge so they are most suitable for 2 persons only. The bathroom area is open,  just behind the bed and not very private. Separate shower cabin and toilet.

Water Villas, with double bed, sleep up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child, have large private decks and steps directly into the water. Senior Water Villas as per Water Villas, with king-size bed, sleeping max 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children but are slightly larger with a large outdoor bath tub.



Food & Beverage

The All-Inclusive Cristal package was really impressive, both the quality of the food and the selection of spirits and drinks on offer. 

Apart from meals in the main restaurant, the package includes one a la carte dinner once per stay of 7 nights at Alizee Beach Grill. If the guests would like to dine at Alizee more often, there is a surcharge for that. The rates are reasonable and the drinks are included as per Cristal package.

The main restaurant, Manta, serves buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The hotel´s Manta bar has a DJ booth for later in the evening and provides music for 
those not ready for bed.


Facilities & activities

The spa with overwater treatment rooms is special. Watch the fish and water life as you enjoy the massage. Complimentary yoga sessions.

The house reef is just outside the water villas so there is no need for boat transfers if you want to go snorkeling.


Moofushi in a nutshell

I would rate this as a good 4 star property. The atmosphere is very cosy and relaxed.
Lovely and caring staff. Food is excellent and when everything is included there is no stress
about huge charges upon check out.

Who to stay

Couples and adults. 


How to get to Constance Moofushi Resort


By seaplane it usually takes 30 minutes. Constance Hotels provide a lounge for arriving passengers at Male airport. It is possible to use it with a fee also on departure. The waiting time upon arrival is usually max an hour.  The seaplane transfer is a great experience and the only way to see a bird eye view of the amazing atolls.



CONSTANCE HALAVELI

A good choice for people looking for luxury villas and beautiful white sandy beaches, though the feel was less personal than Moofushi. The island is slightly larger. You can still walk around it in 20 minutes.


Villas

This property offers more room types than Moofushi. All villas are spacious. The beach villas have a large outside bathroom area. The private pool is located either in front or back of the villa.

Some beach villas have a separate small bedroom for children with bunk beds so they are
very good for families as well. Also the property has Family Beach villas which are on two
floors. Downstairs is  a master bedroom and upstairs another bedroom with twin beds +
a second bathroom. This villa type is suitable also for two couples or a group of friends.

A Presidential Beach villa has three bedrooms, huge living are, gym and a large outside area.

The water villas are very spacious. Large bathroom with two wardrobes and a bathtub.
Separate shower cabin and toilet. Private pool on a terrace. Direct access to the sea.
I prefer the water villas facing the island. On the other side of the jetty the villas have
an open sea view.

Water villa at Halaveli


F&B, facilities


The main restaurant, Jahaz, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in buffet style. Jing restaurant is stilted over the lagoon. The restaurant features fusion of Asian and European kitchens. Kids Club. Spa on stilts.

Activities

The house reef is further outside the island so a boat transfer is necessary. Snorkelling trips are arranged on daily basis.

In a nutshell

The villas are sumptuous.  The staff are nice and polite but I didn´t get the same amazing feeling of personal service that you get at Moofushi. It is still a good choice for clients looking for luxury villas and beautiful white sandy beaches.

Who to stay

This property suits families and couples. 

How to get to Constance Halaveli

The speedboat ride from Moofushi is only 25 minutes.

Flights / Turkish Airlines


Helsinki-Istanbul/ Male-Istanbul in business class, Istanbul-Male in economy class.

Compared to most carriers the food and beverage choices are excellent and complimentary.
In economy class two choices for main course are offered and in business class three. 
Flying Chef´s are available on  long haul flights. While meals are cooked off site, they provide a value added food service that includes bringing choices one-by-one so you are not sitting with a full tray.

The service was very good. Polite, attentive  and smiling staff. Very good value for money. Hardly any extra costs – meals, drinks, seat bookings and luggage included.

From Finland flight times are very good, departing in the evening arriving into Male in the morning.
The same inbound.

In business class Hel-Ist vv it is operating with two configurations. You either have three seats and one in the middle is not in use or you have two wide seats with plenty of leg room. Male-Istanbul was a brand new aircraft with fully flat seats.

Istanbul-Male flight departed at 1 am and  it took almost two hours until the dinner service started. On night flights it would be better to serve the meals as soon as possible; after a  two hour flight most passengers were too tired to dine.

Business lounge in Istanbul is huge and divided on two floors. The lounge includes  a reading room with a full size billiards table, work areas with iMac computers, movie room, kid’s play room and several  food and drink stations.

ARJA LAUKKARINEN is a senior travel consultant at Select Collection Helsinki office

For more about Constance Resorts click HERE.

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