Firstly let me tell you that we had read all the reviews on this site and worried a little at the ones that were less that 100% favourable. We need not have worried !
When you arrive at Male Airport, you are whisked off by Conrad staff in the little mini bus to their conrad lounge where you are met with cold towells, free massages, fruit, snacks and drinks. the staff are friendly and you wait in comfort for the sea plane.
Its true the sea plane is very hot and there are 2 little fans on board but you will feel a bit hot and bothered, so conrad provide you with a wet towell and bottles of water to take with you !! Welcome to the world of Conrad !! where they treat everyone like royalty and think of all the little touches possible to make you feel welcome, and part of their family.
We landed in rough weather unfortunately thanks to the cyclone that was touching neighbouring places, but the amazing rangali island. WOW !!
We were whisked off by the wonderful island hosts who really do go beyond the call of duty to help you feel very special. they took us by golf buggy to our room,. the premier water villa, with giant bath tub, the most comfortable bed and the amazing views of the ocean from our jaccuzi on the deck. Despite the heavy rain and very strong winds for the first 4 days we had so much fun !! the conrad keep mozzie spray, rain jackets and umbrellas in the room so you dont need anything !. we put the raincoats on and ventured outside ! Its always hot no matter what the weather so shorts and sun cream are always needed - we got sun burned yes in the wind and rain !! !. i mentioned it in passing as one of the hosts noticed i was a bit red and the next thing i know, there was a bowl of cream in our room of "grannies old recipe" it worked.! nothing is ever too much trouble here at the conrad.
Ive noted some details for you as below as we found these helpful:-
wonderful relaxing and romantic bar with sofas and beds all candle lit and with soft music, its the most relaxing place and has such a wonderful ambience. Amazing cocktails too ! there is a happy hour and you will get an itinerary in your room advising the time of this.
Atoll Market Place
I recommend that you take the half board option as food is expensive and we found that it was cheaper to eat breakfast and dinner at the atoll market place. Now dont be mistaken by thinking this is just your average buffet.. oh no... this is the best quality buffet ive ever had. The restaurant itself is candlelit and romantic and with the excellent quality of food, you dont need to go elsewhere. The staff are wonderful and so attentive. 5 Star service and sandy floor..
Under the sea restaurant. - yes expensive but when you get to the island there are deals to be had !! go for dinner as you see the restaurant in daylight and then by night. its a wonderful experience. Worth the money. If you dont like the menu please dont be put off, if you tell your island host, they will take you to meet the chef and they will create a special menu for you !! this is how wonderful they are here at the conrad !!
White sand - shelly in parts though so take flip flops. Also crabs come out in the evening so you may like to be a bit on the safe side and wear footwear. sea is clear and you will have to pinch yourself as its so idyllic. There are also hammocks to laze on and you will feel like youre on a deserted island most of the time. The hotel was fully booked and yet it felt like we were the only ones there for some of the time. Theres always a quiet beach for you to explore.
Golf buggies whisk guests round to their rooms, just ask the front desk and your island host will appear to take you anywhere. There are also dhoni boats to take you between islands which are fun !
Adults only section
newly built adults only pool - wonderful !!
beach bar with excellent service, as soon as you get to the beach near the bar or by the pool someone will bring you fruit, ice cold water, clean your sunglasses and bring you fresh towels.
links to rangali island (adults only) by a bridge. Its a wonderful walk in the day and night time. Lots of fish to see and everyone you see says hello.
i cannot speak highly enough of the staff and the service here. The staff are amazing. Id go back in a heartbeat. In fact they are so amazing that i miss them !! The rooms and hotel and grounds are all imaculate, everyone says hello and when you leave to go home they all come to say goodbye.
The spa is a little pricey but lovely. Try and make the appointment for sunrise as its so special.
We would def go back. You will not be disappointed and will fall in love with this island.
there is a special off on each day for trips and treatments/restaurants and you will get an itinerary in your room advising the time and dates of this.
I am the most arahnophobic person i know and i cant honestly say i didnt see a spider bigger than a baby one over in uk. not even a web. The staff are meticulous at sweeping everything and making everything perfect.
Now usually when you leave a resort, thats it the service stops and thats that. Not so at the conrad. all the staff wave you off and you are treated like royalty still, your bags are taken to the airport while you are whisked in the mini bus to the main departure at the airport. A conrad staff member takes your bags and walks you straight past the queue of travellers as you are a conrad guest and you take priority over everyone else, so straight to the front !, in fact the conrad staff do not leave you until you get to the check in desk and will not accept a tip.
Be prepared to be upset as you leave this beautiful island and amazing staff.
i cant wait to go back !!!!! i miss it so much !
- 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:
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- Rangali Island Maldives