First of all…WOW! We could not have picked a more wonderful place to conclude our honeymoon! My husband and I visited during the end of July 2012 and stayed for 7 nights following on from a busy and hectic week in Thailand. We wanted somewhere we could totally relax, enjoy beautiful and luxurious surroundings and have first class service. We got all of these things and more until the moment we left.
We arrived by seaplane onto a jetty in the sea before transferring to speedboat to the island. Several members of staff greeted us, who took us to reception where we were given a gorgeous drink & cool towel to freshen up. Before arriving in the Maldives, we had requested water villa 90 that was at the very end of the jetty (sunset side), which was kindly honoured. We were taken initially in a golf cart following a tour of the island (which you could request to pick up & drop off every day) but we enjoyed the 15 min walk.
The villa was absolutely stunning; there was nothing at all we could fault (and we tried very hard to! Everything we could possibly need for an amazing stay in the Maldives. A complimentary bottle of sparkling wine awaited us, which was a nice touch and after drinking this we went straight out onto our private deck with plunge pool! We had superb privacy being the very last villa and it wasn’t very often that any snorkelers swam past our way at all. Our villa was replenished twice daily by a lovely man (wish I could remember his name) who always went out of his way to make everything as perfect as possible. This included a turn down service of an evening and the best bit were the various sweet treats that awaited us on our bedside each night! The entertainment facilities were brilliant, with the wifi, amazing long list of films & TV it meant we could keep in touch with everybody back home (showing off our amazing villa) and also chill and watch a film (on the one bad afternoon of weather we had or of an evening once we had got back to the villa). The mini bar was also great (expensive as expected) but this didn’t stop us from our daily treat of the beers & chocolate! We got different fruit each day too along with fresh water, and the ice bucket was topped up twice a day, which was essential! The sleep/awake eye sign was also lovely by the front door rather than the classic ‘do not disturb! Just remember to turn it to ‘awake’ when you go for breakfast of a morning if you want your room replenished, as no one will disturb you all day haha!
The service we received from all staff was fabulous around the resort. After 2 days of ordering room service for lunch, guest services knew exactly what we both liked including the bits I didn’t want (I can be silly fussy). In the buffet restaurant, staff also remembered where we liked to sit (not always the same staff either) and what we liked to drink. You never actually had to refill your glass once…the staff were topping up anything you had before you even had chance to notice. It was all these little touches that really made a difference. We never walked past a member of staff without receiving a smile and ‘hello’ and nothing was too much trouble. We definitely felt we left more as friends than guests. We particularly would like to thank the general manager Renato W. Chizzola who first introduced himself when we arrived in reception. He bumped into us several times during our stay enquiring if everything was okay and actually remembered us as people rather than just guests. It was lovely to see a manager actually taking so much time within a resort, constantly mingling with guests and other staff members that I am sure he didn’t have to do. When we left all the staff blew us away, including Renato who waved us off as we flew away in our seaplane. It was a lovely ending to our honeymoon.
We opted for half board for our stay so enjoyed the buffet most evenings, which had a different theme every night. It was far better than any ‘buffet’ meal I have ever had, and other than getting up and helping yourself we wouldn’t have ever known it was a buffet. The standard of food was beautiful and you could see the passion clearly from the chefs who were serving it. I particularly loved the wide range of gorgeous desserts they always had on offer! We dined at Meeru twice during our stay (once inside on one side of the buffet restaurant due to threatening rain) and we much preffered this! The night we sat out on the beach under the stars was breath taking and the food was out of this world (there was a $55 discount pp as we stayed half board). I wish I could learn to make the chocolate dessert we had here…oh my goodness! We didn’t dine at Jing unfortunately although we did enjoy a few cocktails on the deck one evening that was amazing! Our only tiny tiny disappointment (which we could clearly see was uncontrollable) was the absence of Prosecco during our stay, which we would of loved with our meal each evening. We have recently become very fond of it, so it was a shame. We did switch it for another bottle of sparkling and although gorgeous it was a lot more expensive haha! Very nice though!
We received complimentary snorkeling equipment for the duration of our stay, which had to be returned the day before departure. We used it whilst in the villa as we didn’t venture out much but there were a great variety of water sports, diving etc to do! We did spend one afternoon in the spa and had a ‘skin to within’ experience that was amazing…very relaxing!
We were staying on a half board basis, and included were breakfast (with drinks) and dinner (without drinks). We didn’t do any excursions or buy any souvenirs and we spent about $1100, which covered our lunches, snacks from the minibar and drinks. I think on 1 day we didn’t have a ‘proper’ lunch instead snacking on fruit we had brought from breakfast and snacks we had within the room. We had done our research so knew we would be spending about this much so weren’t shocked or surpised. What we did realise was how difficult it must actually be to import all of the food/drink first to the main island and then get it to all the resorts hence the price. They also have daily ‘fogging’ of the island during early evening and I didn’t get bitten once!
On our departure day, our flight back to Manchester was an evening one. We had our villa all day up until 3pm at which point we were picked up by golf cart who took our luggage and us to reception. We received another refreshing drink & cool towel and were shown to a fabulous air-conditioned lounge with complimentary drinks & snacks whilst we awaited our departure back to Male by seaplane. As mentioned earlier in the review, when leaving the island we were waved off by several members of staff, including the general manager which was a lovely touch to end our stay.
Overall everything about Halaveli was perfect and we couldn’t have topped it with anywhere else. It was a perfect honeymoon location and we loved it. We could not recommend it highly enough to anyone thinking of coming here and have raved about it continuously to all of our friends and family! If you are looking to come to an amazing place, full of wonderful friendly staff who are looking to make your experience totally unforgettable then come to Halaveli! I have my fingers crossed that one day we will be able to return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxurious hideaway, intimate and magical setting; choose from one of the 57 Water Villas, 10 Beach Villas, 10 Family Beach Villas, 8 Double Storey Beach Villas or the lavish Presidential Beach Villa at Constance Halaveli Maldives. Experience luxury living at Constance Halaveli and enjoy the hotel’s private island setting in the Maldives’ North Ari Atoll. Stroll down white sandy beaches and swim in turquoise water teeming with colourful marine life while children can unleash their spirit of adventure at the Constance Kids Club. Lie back and relax on your own private sun terrace, dip in your own plunge pool, or take time to nurture body and mind at U Spa by Constance.Floating in the North Ari atoll and shaped like a curved Dhoni; (Maldivian boat) Constance Halaveli is a magical place where water and sand lie in contrast to the exuberant green foliage. Indulge in fine food and sumptuous flavours at Jahaz, Jing and Meeru restaurants For palate pleasing cocktails; divine vinous experiences, step in Jahaz, Jing Bar & Wine Cellars Be prepared for a memorable escape at Constance Halaveli Maldives! For ultimate comfort, all villas come with high raftered ceiling, their own private plunge pool and furnished terrace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Constance Halaveli Hotel Alifu Atoll