Conrad Rangali was mine and my husbands first stop on our 3 week honeymoon, we spent 9 nights there and also paid for the HB basis instead of just BB, I would recommend this as I believe you would save quiet a bit of money.
We always knew we wanted to stay in a water villa when in the Maldives and we paid extra to upgrade to a superior water villa so we could have the jacuzzi on the deck. Once I had booked this I read a review with someone saying it wasn't worth the money as it was too hot to use and it was a waste. We didn't find this the case, yes it was very hot in the day time but the deck itself was very hot as there isn't too much wind on them (we were on the sunset side) so we didn't spend much time on the deck (or in the room) in the day time let alone in the jacuzzi but after dinner every night we'd sit in it with a drink and it was so lovely looking up at the stars, we certainly made the most of it!
I had read a couple of reviews moaning about the main buffet restaurant (where you can go for your HB dinner) so we were expecting to be a little disapointed but we were far from that. The food was hot, so tasty and there was so much variety every night. We had planned to go to the other restaurants in the resort before we left but we didn't feel the need in the end, we were more than happy to eat there every night.
As for the service, wow. We have been to some lovely hotels over the years and this one was exceptional! There wasn't anything they wouldn't do for you and you only had to look up and someone would be there to help you.
We did the sunset fishing trip - if you're on honeymoon you get some lovely little freebies and a trip is one of them so we chose that one and it was excellent. We caught several fish and the staff on the trip were brilliant with us, helping us with everything - even pulling the fish up as we caught some big boy's!!! In the end we chose the red snapper I caught to have grilled for our dinner the next day and it was so tasty!!! The chef cooked it so nicely and it tasted even better knowing we'd caught it!!
We did scuba diving and the instructors at the dive centre were really nice and helpful. The snorkelling was excellent, you pick your snorkel gear up from the dive centre at the beginning of your stay then return it at the end, when picking up make sure you ask them where the best place is for snorkelling and they will show you on the map of the island - we didn't do this so only found out from someone late in our stay where it was - once we did this we were there so much as it was amazing. The fish and coral were excellent!! If you're lucky you see the turtles too.
I would say if you want a very romantic and quiet holiday then stay on the water villa island which is very quiet, not saying the other main island is loud but there is more going on. There is a boat (Dhoni) that runs back and forth to either island all through the day till late but we chose to walk most of the time (apart from hot period in the day when the bridge burnt our feet from the heat!) Every night we'd watch the fish in the water walking back to our room and twice we were lucky enough to see the Manta Ray in the water, once time we even saw two. Apparently it wasn't the season for MR so we were very lucky and got some great photo's.
Spa was lovely, staff there were so attentive and as like all the staff at the Conrad were so friendly and made you feel welcome always. We had some gorgeous treatments, yes they were expensive but you guess they will be after spending what you did on the holiday itself. I looked into the spa treatments beforehand and pre booked them all as it can get busy. We tried both the Retreat Spa which is on the main island and the over-water spa on the water villa island and they were both lovely.
We didn't sit around the pool much, but there wasn't a rush for beds etc like you may get in some resorts. We sat on a different part of the beach every day, with a beach and water like that we were making the most of it!!! Whilst on the beach the staff bring you round water and fruit and there's even a man who comes and cleans your glasses too which is a lovely little touch.
Yes, it is a very expensive holiday but we would go back there tomorrow if we could and pay it all over again!!!
We even had a few celeb's out there at the same time so that was a surprise.........
If you want a special holiday and are willing to pay a lot for it then you must go here, we loved every minute of it!!!
Carly and James, Essex
- 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