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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort

Highlights of the Luxurious Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort

For a true luxury travel experience, look no further than the Conrad Maldives. This little piece of paradise is surrounded by fifty shades of blue and is the backdrop for the most relaxing holiday you could imagine.

The journey all begins when you land at Male Airport and are escorted to the Conrad Lounge at the Seaplane Terminal (read our Conrad Lounge & Seaplane Transfer post here). After a 30 minute seaplane flight you arrive at the resort and are greeted by your personal guest service agent who looks after you for your entire stay. From there it is up to you to make the most of this exclusive resort.

Dining at Conrad Maldives

For a small Island resort there are a lot of different food & beverage options ranging from casual to fine dining. We didn’t get to visit them all but below are the ones we did manage to take a look at.

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant

Ithaa is one of the main highlights of the Conrad Maldives and is the world’s first undersea restaurant. Located 16 feet below sea level, this is a truly unique fine dining experience.

This amazing restaurant is open for a four course set lunch menu at 12.30pm and a 7 course set dinner menu at 6.30pm (children welcome for lunch but not dinner). Be prepared to pay for this experience however as the dinner sitting will set you back US$325.00 per person plus taxes and service charge.

If visiting Ithaa is on your bucket list but not really in your budget range, there is a cocktail hour from 11.00am to 12.00pm which is a bit cheaper at US$75.00 per person and includes one glass of champagne or mocktail as well as a plate of canapés.

You can watch our YouTube video from inside Ithaa here.

Sunset Grill Restaurant

Open for dinner daily from 7.00pm, Sunset Grill is an open-air restaurant that specialises in seafood while guests can enjoy wonderful romantic sunset views.

Mandhoo Restaurant

Offering organically grown produce, Mandhoo is an over-water restaurant that specialises in energising, nourishing and detoxifying the body. Open daily for lunch and dinner (except Mondays).

Don’t miss the fish feeding sessions that happen daily at 1.30pm at Mandhoo (see our YouTube video here).

Atoll Market

Open for breakfast and dinner, Atoll Market is the only buffet restaurant on the resort. Atoll Market is home to eight different kitchens featuring Japanese, Asian, Italian, Western and Indian cuisines. If you are a Hilton Honors Diamond member the buffet breakfast is complimentary and we have to say it is probably one of the best buffet breakfasts we have experienced. There is a vast array of food choices and we always love a sparkling wine with breakfast!

Rangali Bar

Located beside the main pool, the sandy-floored Rangali Bar is the heart of the Conrad Maldives where you can enjoy lunch, dinner or a few cocktails during happy hour (half price drinks from 5.00pm-7.00pm). The extensive food menu will have something for everyone to enjoy while they sit back, relax and listen to some live music.

Vilu Restaurant 

Offering a Mediterranean inspired menu, Vilu Restaurant is open daily for breakfast and for dinner on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. There is afternoon tea served at Vilu for all Hilton Honors Diamond members from 4.00pm to 5.00pm as well as a cocktail hour with complimentary alcoholic drinks and canapés from 5.00pm to 6.00pm.

The Quiet Zone

Nestled beside the adults only pool, The Quiet Zone is open for lunch daily and for dinner everyday except Saturdays. There is also a half price drinks happy hour from 5.00pm to 7.00pm.

Activities at Conrad Maldives

While you might just feel like relaxing when staying at the Conrad Maldives, there are a few activities you might want to try out.

Pools 

The main pool is located next to the Rangali Bar and was pretty quiet while we were there with hardly anyone using it.

Right next to the main pool is a little kids pool, only suitable for a very small child though.

Watch our main pool YouTube video here.

The Quiet Zone features an adults only infinity pool, but be sure to get there early in the day as this little area is quite popular.

Water Sports Centre

The water-sports centre is located near the Rangali Bar and it’s here that you can try out one of the many water based activities such as jet skiing, wind surfing, kayaking, canoeing, catamaran sailing, water skiing or even explore the island by paddle boat.

For the thrill seekers, the exciting jetpack experience is also available.

Ocean Sports & Dive Centre

Visit the Ocean Sports & Dive Centre to organise any snorkel or scuba diving excursions where you can witness all that the beautiful Maldivian waters have to offer. There are also a variety of half and full day boat cruises available as well as day and night time fishing adventures. There is  a glass bottom boat if you would like to view the amazing under water coral and marine life without having to get wet.

Sports & Fitness

Fitness might not be the first priority for a lot of travellers but for those that like to keep up an exercise regime while on holidays there is plenty to do at the Conrad Maldives. With a fitness centre that is open 24 hours a day, you can hire a personal trainer or take part in one of the scheduled fitness classes.

You can also head to the beachside yoga pavilion for private or group yoga classes.

Other activities include table tennis, beach volleyball and outdoor tennis.

Spa Retreat & Over Water Spa

The Spa Retreat is an over water full service spa complete with hair salon and manicure room which specialises in holistic spa and beauty treatments.

Over Water Spa is home to glass-floored treatment rooms providing a unique spa experience. After having a treatment you can relax in a private pavilion featuring a jacuzzi out in the deck. Then it’s time to sit back and relax and finish the experience with a nice cup of herbal tea.

Relaxing around the Conrad Maldives

If you’re lucky enough to be staying in one of the Water Villas you will find it relaxing enough just by being out on your private deck. There is nothing more calming than listening to the sound of the waves gently lapping against the Villa. You can read our seperate post on the Deluxe Water Villa we stayed in here.

Even the Beach Villas give you direct beach access where you can relax and enjoy your own little piece of paradise.

When out wandering around the resort, you will come across more little hidden relaxation spots.

Of course sometimes a bit of retail therapy is a great way to relax and there are shops to cater for that as well!

Even if you don’t feel like walking around the resort (especially across the bridge between the two islands) you can call for a buggy which will transport you around.

An alternative way to cross the islands is hop aboard the Conrad dhoni which runs regularly.

When out exploring the resort it was always nice to find a few friendly creatures along the way.

For more information on the luxurious Conrad Maldives go to www.conradhotels3.hilton.com

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Deluxe Water Villa at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort

Conrad Maldives Deluxe Water Villa

Deluxe Water Villa at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort

When planning our recent trip to the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort, the hardest decision we had to make was whether to stay in a Water Villa or Beach Villa. While we were redeeming HHonor points for our stay which gives you accommodation in a Beach Villa, you do have the option of paying an additional set amount to get an upgrade to a Water Villa. As we were on a special romantic anniversary trip, we decided the upgrade would be worth it for us.

We paid for an upgrade to a Superior Water Villa but on arrival were upgraded to a Deluxe Water Villa which is slightly larger and has a bit more privacy as the Deluxe Water Villas are spread further apart.

The Villa was spacious with a nice big king bed as well as a large couch where you could sit and overlook the ocean. It also had the most comfortable side chair where you could just lay back and quite easily fall asleep. All Hilton Diamond members receive a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolates on arrival which is a nice touch.

The bathroom was huge and had a nice deep bath that sat by the window with ocean views. It also had a good-sized shower as well as his and hers basins.

Complimentary bottles of water are provided and there is a mini-bar in the room.

The highlight of the Villa is of course is the outside decking which comes complete with spa bath. With two sun lounges also on the deck, this is the perfect place to relax while taking in the breath-taking ocean views and listening to the gentle waves lapping against the Villa.

The views are truly amazing and you could stay there all day and just keep looking out across the crystal clear waters.

Steps that lead directly from your deck provide instant access to the surrounding water for exploring  or snorkelling. At low tide you can walk around although there is a lot of dead coral on the sea floor, so would recommend snorkelling shoes. We didn’t see a lot of fish swimming around our villa, but there were a few small reef sharks.

Deluxe Water Villas also get fantastic sunset views and each night provided a different setting.

We received a lovely bottle of red wine and some beautiful anniversary decorations on our bed for our wedding anniversary which we really appreciated.

For a full tour of our Deluxe Water Villa you can watch our You Tube Video here.

You can also read our review of the Conrad Maldives Airport Lounge and Seaplane transfer  as well as the blog on our highlights of the Conrad Maldives Rangali Resort.

For more information on the luxurious accommodation options at the Conrad Maldives go to www.conradhotels.com

Conrad Maldives Airport Lounge at Male Seaplane Terminal

Conrad Maldives Airport Lounge & Seaplane Transfer

Conrad Maldives Airport Lounge at Malé International Seaplane Terminal

A holiday at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort is an experience in itself and it all begins with a visit to the Conrad Maldives Airport Lounge. Once you land at Malé International Airport and have cleared customs you will see all the different resort booths set up. You just need to find the Conrad Maldives booth where you will be greeted by a Conrad representative and escorted to the Trans Maldivian Seaplane check-in area.

Trans Maldivian Airlines have luggage restrictions for their seaplane flights – maximum 20kg check-in luggage and 5kg hand luggage per person. All bags get weighed upon check-in so be sure to pack lightly. Once checked in your Conrad representative will transport you by mini-van to the Conrad Maldives Airport Lounge at the seaplane terminal which is about a 5 minute drive.

Once at the lounge you will be greeted by a Conrad staff member who looks after your seaplane booking and will advise you of an approximate waiting time until your seaplane departs. Seaplanes are allocated based on lounge arrival so waiting times can vary, we only had to wait about half an hour.

The Conrad Maldives Airport Lounge is a really nice comfortable lounge with large comfy couches where you can enjoy watching the seaplanes take off and land. If you prefer the outdoors there is a terrace outside as well.

While waiting in the lounge you can help yourself to various hot and cold snacks and drinks available (no alcohol however).

If you need to freshen up after a long flight there are showers available as well as a massage therapist who will provide a complimentary 10 minute neck and back massage.

When travelling with young children there is a little kids playroom to help keep them occupied.

Seaplane Transfer to the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort

The Seaplane transfer to Conrad Maldives Rangali Island takes about half an hour and is quite a scenic trip. Our flight was pretty smooth, but on windy days could get a bit bumpy.

On arrival at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island you are greeted by a team of staff members including your own designated guest service agent who looks after you for your entire stay.

Watch our You Tube video of our plane arriving at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island here.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island to Malé Airport

Your return seaplane transfer to Malé will depend on your flight time out of Malé International Airport. As we had a midnight flight we were granted a 4.00pm check-out. The seaplane departed around 45 minutes after check-out. The Conrad Maldives has a little waiting lounge you can use when waiting for your seaplane departure.

After arriving back at the Malé seaplane terminal around 5.15pm we headed back to the Conrad Maldives Airport Lounge to bide some time before we had to head over to the International Airport. Lounge access for us was complimentary due to our HHonors Diamond status but if you are not a Diamond member then charges apply for the lounge between 5.00pm and 11.30pm as you are treated to a full three course meal cooked up by an on-hand chef.

The food was beautiful and as it was only us and one other couple in the lounge that night, it was like we were on our little private dinner date.  After dinner we were driven over to the International Airport Terminal by Conrad staff.

At $500 USD per person the seaplane transfer is not cheap but it is definitely memorable and the staff at the Conrad Maldives do everything to ensure your trip runs smoothly.’

You can also read the blog of our highlights of the Conrad Maldives Rangali Resort here as well as our post on the Deluxe Water Villa that we stayed in.

For more information on the Conrad Maldives Airport Lounge go to www.conradhotels.com