We just returned after celebrating our 10th anniversary at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island - it was our first visit to Maldives and the best holiday we've ever had.
With such an array of restaurants you never get bored with the food. We didn't have a single bad, mediocre or good meal - each one was excellent...and hard to believe that we were in the middle of an ocean sampling the finest and freshest food.
The Wine Cellar dinner was the standout meal - and if you have to do just one fine dining meal i would recommend this. The Sommelier was great - very engaging and shared a lot of interesting facts - the food was brilliant and the other dinner guests were great company and made the evening a lot of fun. I didn't find the cellar cold and did not use the pashmina i carried - i also noticed they had white pashminas draped on each chair for guests.
Mandhoo - was the second best meal we had - the mains are a tad small so we ordered 2 each plus shared a dessert. Each dish was exquisite. We also came here for the daily tea tasting (variety of teas/cookies/cakes/sandwiches) which was a nice way to end our afternoon snorkelling sessions.
Sunset Grill - the food was great here as well. The Oysters were fresh; the crayfish salad had the best dressing i've tasted thus far; Surf n Turf and Maldivian Lobster were grilled to perfection.
Vilu - we had breakfast here twice and dinner once - the food was again outstanding. My husband had the degustation menu and loved it. I had the Foie-gras Beef Fillet which was simply divine. I loved the views from here and they had the best Martinis served at the cocktail hour everyday.
Atoll - they had a great variety of food stations for b'fast as well as dinner. Whatever cuisine you wanted to try it was there...wonderful spread for a buffet that never ran out, everything tasted great and i never saw half empty platters...i did find it a bit noisey compared to the other restaurants.
Ithaa - we opted for cocktails as we were hesistant to dine here after the poor food reviews on TA. We enjoyed the experience a lot...we saw a variety of fish, some of which i had not seen on the reef. With our Champagne we were served 2 canapes that were very nice and made me wonder if i had made a mistake by not booking dinner here. Well i guess there's always next time to look forward to that experience!
Rangali Bar; Koko Grill; The Wine Bar ...we never got around to dining at any of these places...so can't comment on any.
We stayed in Water Villa 319 with a nice view of the ocean, had all the amenities we needed and was more than enough space for the two of us. The water levels around the Villas were low - the highest was about 2.5 feet and at low tide u can walk all the way to the edge of the reef in ankle deep water. There were a lot of fish that we saw around the coral clumps near the steps of our villa - from Lionfish, Triggerfish, Sharks, Butterfly fish...we soon lost count of the varieties. We snorkeled a bit during high tide in the mornings, but mostly went to the house reef on the other island.
Time certainly flies in Maldives. No matter how early we got up (the resort is on daylight savings time which is 1 hour ahead of Male time) we still never got to see or do everything that the resort had. We never went on any excursions; or used either pools; or explored the entire island...infact i never got around to reading the 2 books i carried. My husband used the fitness centre everyday, whilst i considered lifting my fork from plate to mouth ample excercise on vacation. The islands are fairly large and u realize just how much when lugging snorkels, fins, lotions, vests and all the beach vacation paraphernalia in the burning sun.
The reef had plenty to see and as i'm not a strong swimmer i never ventured near the drop off. Despite that i saw more varieties of fish than i had in Hawaii/ Caribbean/ Thailand. The sharks were a bit un-nerving at first, but i got used to them quickly - they avoided us and glided gracefully away from us. I did see a big nurse shark under a coral ledge and that sighting made my day. The Triggerfish were everywhere - a lot of varieties - mostly juveniles and a few full grown Titans. The surgeonfish, wrasses, parrotfish, butterfly fish, pipefish...we saw so many types and each day brought something new our way.
We used the Overwater Spa twice and had really good treatments each time - the Lomi Lomi and Swedish massages were excellent and the therapists really took great care of us. The first time we went the tide was low so we saw 1 random fish. The second time the water was about 1.5 feet and i saw plenty of fish - Triggers, Butterfly, Moorish Idol in the first 10 mins after which i closed my eyes and was relaxed to a jelly-state!
More than the resort property, the excellent food, the vibrant reef, or the dazzling natural landscape it was the service that really made this holiday special. From the moment we stepped off the plane at Male till we checked-in for our return international flight it was perfect (the Conrad guy actually wheeled our bags right into the airport coming with us even past security - now that's what you call 7 star service).
Everyone we met smiled at us brightly...chatted with us and subsequently greeted us by our first names. Adam our island host, Aslam who cleaned our room THREE times a day and decorated it for our anniversary with handcut palmleaf letters n petals, Mahbrook who served us at Vilu for b'fast/ cocktails, the spa girls who wished us for 'Diwali', Prabhu who surprised us with an anniversary dessert, the dive centre folks who were always ready to help ID fish, the cold towels that magically appeared ...right to giving us not just an upgrade but the exact water villa we requested with a sunset view at the time of booking...the service was FLAWLESS.
I'm sure if it was another resort or another island we may not have raved about the Maldives as much...because you can get the sea and reef on any of the other 80+ odd maldivian islands, but u get Conrad service only on 2.
- 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