Situated in the North Ari atoll Constance Halaveli is a 25-minute flight by seaplane from Malé. Its design, using polished wood and thatch with architectural lines, echoes the curves of a traditional Dhoni boat, with one long overwater jetty.
It’s sister property Constance Moofushi [please put a link] is a 30-minute boat transfer away and makes an excellent choice for a twin centre. Both resorts are part of the Mauritian-owned Constance group which also has hotels in Mauritius, The Seychelles and Madagascar.
It has 86 villas, some overwater and some on the beach. Unusually the entry-level rooms are the overwater villas, each a generous 100 square metres with a deck featuring a private plunge pool. The 28 beach villas are extremely private and good for families. Some have a master bedroom with adjoining room with bunk beds, and the double-storey villas have a second-level bedroom with separate outdoor access suitable for older children. All come with an iMac entertainment system and a well-stocked minibar and wine cooler.
Constance hotels are known for their gastronomy and this is no exception. Fine Asian dining is offered at Jing on the overwater jetty with octopus sashimi, Wagyu beef tenderloin and seabass with peppered calamari, while the neighbouring bar is the place for a sundowner. A buffet-style restaurant, sushi bar and poolside grill serves seafood and steaks. The breakfast buffet has tropical fruit platters and live cooking stations with waffles and eggs, as well as charcuterie and Chinese dumplings.
There is plenty to do with watersports including snorkelling and kayaks, a tennis court and a dive school. A complimentary kids’ club is open daily until 9pm, and offers activities such as treasure hunts, face-painting and hermit crab-racing (under-fours must be accompanied by a parent or babysitter). There is a resident doctor on site.