Celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary at Conrad Rangali Maldives this year. Stayed from 8th to 12th June 2012. This is our 2nd consecutive year in the Maldives, after staying at the W Retreat & Spa Maldives last year we decided to try a different type of resort this time. Conrad is different from the W in that it is a much bigger resort with more dining choices and facilities. The one thing Conrad definitely wins over the W is their house reef. The reef around Conrad is simply gorgeous and breathtaking. Snorkelling around reefs near the Spa on the main island is definitely highly recommended, we snorkelled there for hours every single day. Even though the islands are huge you will never be without a beach chair as they have them scattered around the island. Just find a favourite spot and plonk yourself down on the nearest beach chair...the next few hours will be heavenly with the sun and sea right there with you. Also from time to time you'll find a Conrad staff walking around to check on you and to see if you need anything, like drinks or towels, etc. Great service. By the way, snorkelling gear is complimentary throughout your stay there.
Conrad offers guests top notch service, nothing is too much trouble for them. I especially want to commend the staff at Rangali Bar, at which we had dinner 3 nights consecutively. They did not have any qualms meeting any of my requests when it came to my food choices. For example changing the pasta sauce from cream base to tomato cream, and preparing a soup from scratch just so that it is not spicy (original menu was a spicy soup base) for me. Also from the 2nd night, the staff were able to recognise us and were able to greet us by name. Simple gesture like that did leave a good impression on us.
Now as for accomodation, we got to stay at both the King Deluxe Beach Villa and King Water Villa. We stayed at the King Deluxe Beach Villa for the first 2 nights. It is extravagantly luxurious. The villa was huge, with separate areas for shower, wash basin, bedroom, walk-in wardrobe, lounge, outdoor patio and outdoor jacuzzi. I totally love the villa. We were pleasantly surprised with complimentary fruit platter and a bottle of wine for our anniversary. The back patio of the villa allows us to walk straight onto the beach. The beach villa offers guests lots of privacy, you don't have to worry about other guests walking along the beach outside looking into your villa because there are enough greenery to block their view. However this also means you don't get any view of the beach and sea from your beach villa, which to me is quite a waste considering you are living in Maldives.
For the last 2 nights we moved to the King Water Villa which is located on the smaller island. This smaller island does not allow children below to age of 12 years old to stay. So it means its also a much quieter island. All Water Villas in Conrad have recently been refurbished, ours included of course. The villa though much smaller than the beach villa was very new and very clean. We actually preferred the water villa simply for its sea view and direct access into the sea. Our villa was partial sunset view, however due to the layout of the villa (they had a long partition at the side of the villa, probably to allow for more privacy on the outdoor patio) we were not able to enjoy the view of the sunset. This is the only regret we had throughout our stay at the Conrad. The location of our water villa was quite far off on the other end of the island. During those times when we did not feel like walking we would call the concierge for a buggy which could bring us to any part of the smaller island or even across the bridge to the bigger island. Another mode of transportation to the bigger island would be to take their traditional boat (can't remember what its called) which comes at regular intervals.
I would definitely highly recommend this resort to anyone going to the Maldives and looking to stay in a larger resort with excellent service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Barefoot luxury meets unpretentious style at this five star hotel in the Maldives. Home to whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins and turtles, Conrad Maldives is set on two islands and is reached by a 30-minute seaplane flight. Select from 12 restaurants and bars including Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, the Cheese Bar featuring 101 of the world's best cheeses, and an underground Wine Cellar with 20,000 bottles of fine wines. Relax at one of two spas or on the beautiful white sand beaches. Go diving and exploring on the many excursions available, including luxurious sunset cruises, big game fishing expeditions and local island hopping trips. Conrad Maldives is included in Conde Nast Traveler's 2013 Gold List of the Best 100 Hotels in the World and The World's 10 Best Beach Hotels. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Hotel Rangali Island
- Conrad Rangali Island
- Rangali Island Conrad
- Rangali Island Maldives