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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Rangali Island, 2034   |  
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“Fell like the only family on earth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

After years of thinking about it, we finally visited in April with the kids (ages 2 and 3) and the inlaws. It is amazing. Really at a loss for words-- but you'll see I've forced some out below. In the past few years we have taken holidays at St Regis, Ritz, W properties around the world. In places like Tahiti, Hawaii, St John, Greek Islands and I must say this is the best and most unique experience. You will never see water so clear. I thought Tahiti couldn't be beat-- and I was wrong.  There are moments here where you feel like you and your family have the entire world to yourselves. Just stars and private beach.

Beach Villa
The basic room, it is actually your best bet with small kids. We toured the Water Villas and we much preferred this room. It is much larger. And close to the beach. Now, if we visited as a couple then maybe we would go water villa. But keep in mind many water villas are a long long walk from the beach. What we loved about the bv, they are huge. Have an enormous outdoor tub-- essentially a hot tub or plunge pool and an outdoor shower. You are protected by high villa walls so it seems private. Also great for kids, it has an atrium with a fountain and sand where they can play. Then you have your own little slice of beach right in front. When we go back wont even worry about upgrading.

Food
We didn't have any food included. But we basically brought cereal for the kids, snacked early then had a big lunch and dinner. Kids ate at Rangali Bar and we went to the nice places. Let's be clear about one thing, this is not resort food. This is 4-5 star food you find in NYC and London. No joke. Even the crappy burger/chicken finger lunch food is great. Our favorite restaurant was Sunset Grill. We went twice.

$$$
Everyone's favorite subject. Do not go here looking to watch what you spend. Now that said, prices are not nearly as crazy as some people say. I honestly didn't find prices that different from luxury hotels in London, Miami etc. Where prices do seem high are on smaller things, like $9 cokes and $18 mixed drinks-- but again, no different from the Caribbean. We skipped the $35 breakfast. And we never did the $95 dinner buffet. Looks ok, but not really into the stuff yourself thing. As mentioned, the restaurants are lovely. Top of the line. You can always eat cheap at the bar- like $18 pizzas. You can factor about $150 a person a day for food -- without going crazy. This includes dinners with cheaper bottles of wine.

Kids Club
They are wonderful with kids. Just great. Only annoying thing is they only take kids 3 and up. The women we great. They even had amazing excursions for the kids like pirate boat rides. Couldn't have been better. And knowing this is included in the price helps make the overall cost better, as you basically get all day babysitting. It should also be mentioned they have an onsite medical clinic staffed with a dr and nurse. Shady? Sure, but great for being stuck in the middle on the ocean. They have all sorts of meds and bandages.

Service
Exceptional. Like you would expect from a St Regis or Ritz. They anticipate your needs at every turn. Poolside sunglasses cleaning was a nice touch. You also have a personal butler who can provide anything and seems to be reachable 24 hours a day.

Sea Plane
Another favorite topic. This is a great ride and kind of worth the money-- though you have no choice in the matter. There is a fantastic arrival lounge before you board with food, drinks and a play area-- but, perhaps most insulting, you can ONLY use the lounge on arrival. So when they assign you a water plane that leaves you with a 4 hour wait, you are forced to wait in the hot and sweaty airport -- despite the fact you paid $500 for each 15min plane ticket. Now this is just absurd. Same on them. The ride is great. What they don't tell you is you sometimes have stops to drop people off-- kind of annoying because,again, you pay $2000 for a family of four but have to stop and wait for others in a sweltering plane (and I mean hot!) bouncing on the waves.

Tipping
Everything-- and I mean everything, like a bottle of lotion in the gift shop, has a 10 percent service charge. Up to you if you add more. We did add tip on dinners, but not small things. And at the end I gave 20 euro in ash to our favorite bar waiter and 20 euro to our butler, who didn't really do anything-- but we didn't ask anything of her.

Overall
We loved it. We are already planning on coming back next year.  And nice wifi. Almost every part of the island is covered-- better than some London hotels. It's not fast, so you can't really download iTunes films or stream video.

Check out the sea plane: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qpn38fd2qHg

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

This was our 2nd stay at the resort. After the wonderful first visit in 2009, we couldn't wait to return. This time, we spent 3 nights at the water villa, and 4 nights at the Deluxe Beach Villa.

The resort is awesome, with its well appointed villas, its beautiful surrounding, wonderful house reef, choice of F&B outlets, lovely spas, and huge range of activities to keep one occupied. You can choose to get busy with water sports options, play tennis, table tennis, work out in the gym, island hopping, whale shark snorkelling, scuba diving, or simply laze around people watching at the beach or Rangali bar, lounge around in the pool, or simply enjoy the jacuzzi or pool in the privacy of your own villa, or star gazing! Our favorite activity was getting charmed by dances of the huge manta rays when they make their nightly appearance at the jetty.

A lot of nice things have been said about this resort by the other reviewers which I also agree with. so I will just focus on the differences compared to my last visit:

1. Food at the various restaurants is still good, albeit not as good as before. Ater spending 8 days there, I do wish there was more food variety. Most of the restaurants (Sunset Grill, Mandhu, and Villu) serve fusion Western food, which after having eaten a few times, get "tiring". With close to 10 F&B outlets at the resort, I wonder why they don't have any Asian restaurants, or at least offer some Asian dishes at the Rangali Bar. Besides that, we also find the food too fancy. Though we enjoy the food, we sometimes just feel like a simple meal- like a simple pasta or salad. The staff at the Rangali was very obliging though, and made us spaghetti Bolognese and spaghetti Aglio Oilo, which are not on the menu, for which we are very appreciative. The F&B manager whom we ran into today told us that he is looking into revamping the menu options, and we are really looking forward to that during our next stay.

2. Koko Grill dinner: the staff worked hard at giving us a good dining experience under the stars. Some of the dishes were good, but the sushi was very disappointing, and the lobster overcooked.

3. A bit of slack in housekeeping service at the Deluxe Beach Villa. We stayed in villa 235, and found a mouse in the walk-in wardrobe half an hour after we checked in. For a 5-star resort which charges way over USD1000 a night, this is certainly unacceptable! We called Conrad Service, and they promptly had someone remove it. When we returned to the room at night, the smell of dead rat still lingered. We asked for the place to be cleaned thoroughly the next morning and it was done. Meanwhile, we had a restless night worrying about the possible appearance of another mouse. What was disappointing is that no one checked on us the next day to ask if everything was ok, something which I am certain that other Conrad Hotels elsewhere would have done.

4. Another set back is that the beach villas are not sound proof. So we could hear screaming kids day and night from the villas next door.

5. The housekeeping at the water villa (#324) was excellent. The room was thoroughly cleaned everyday with fresh towels and sheets.

6. Spas: I had a great massage (Iru ritual) at the Spa retreat. The therapist is very well trained and skillful. The same cannot be said about the treatment at the Overwater Spa. While the treatment room is lovely with glass bottoms, offering you a nice view of the ocean floor, I do not enjoy the treatment as much, as I do not like the technique employed. As a regular spa visitor, I am used to having an area of the body worked on completely before moving on to the next. The massage sequence of this treatment moved from shoulders to legs, to hands, to shoulders and legs, and hands over and over again. It is very disturbing for me as it did nothing to help me relax. Also, although the treatment involved a shirodara head massage, I was given barely a minute of head massage. Very disappointing for a USD250++ treatment!

7. Dive Center: Miki, our bubbly dive instructor, and Nahoko at the dive center are great! They introduced us to the world of scuba diving, and Miki especially, made it look so easy for us by giving us a lot of confidence in the water. If you are planning to do some diving there, do look for Miki or Nahoko. When we return, we will definitely dive with Miki again!

8. Service: good on the whole. But we do notice a slight difference when the bosses were around. Eg. During the first few days of our trip, service was very good at all the F &B outlets even though the hotel was filled with Ester weekend crowd. However when the crowd thinned the last few days, the service level also dipped somewhat.

Would we return again? Most likely yes. We still love the physical attributes of the resort, and will probably stay at the water villa, and at the beach villa only during off peak season. But with the kind of money one pays at the Conrad, there are many choices in Maldives, and we are tempted to try some of the others soon before returning to Conrad.

Room Tip: Choose the water villa if you like peace and quiet, especially during peak season. The beach villas...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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KarimRangali, General Manager at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, responded to this review, April 18, 2012
Dear Guest
Thank you very much for your comments posted in TripAdvisor. Your feedback is very detailed and it will help us to improve in the various areas.
My sincere apology for the lack of communication and shortcomings in housekeeping which has been addressed with the concerned for improvement.
On the other note I am also glad to read that you will be coming back, looking forward welcoming you back to Conrad Rangali hopefully in the near future. Kind regards
Karim Schadlou, Resort Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

- Rooms were perfectly designed, especially water villas, with a combination of indoor and outdoor areas that really allows you to enjoy the nature and the amazing place. I probably would include an indoor shower in the beach villas.
- Our favorite place was the Quiet zone...really quiet and with a spectacular view.
- I remember having an excellent degustation in the cheese and wine bar and also a fantastic dinner at the Spa restaurant.
- Diving was an amazing experience and I had Agnes, a perfect diving instructor!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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KarimRangali, General Manager at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, responded to this review, April 18, 2012
Dear Guest
Thank you for your comments left in TripAdvisor. Thank you for your positive comments on the water villas I believe you had stayed with us before we renovated the watervillas - please come back and experience the new water villas. You will be "wowed", believe me.
Best regards, Karim Schadlou, Resort Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

Loved everything about the hotel and breakfast! Would suggest an upgrade of the restaurants though.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

After a horrible night at the Hulhule Island Hotel, we were obviously anxious to get on our seaplane out to Rangali. We were told when we arrived that we had been booked on the 1130 flight out to the island. The Conrad pickup did not show at the arranged time and we had to take the hotel shuttle to the airport. We're checked-in and shuttled over to the seaplane terminal and Conrad lounge where we're told to wait for more information as when we're supposed to fly out???? What the.....!!!! Okay, it's a beautiful lounge and if one had to wait to relax and catch a flight, this one is fantastic with F & B and complimentary shoulder massages. Meanwhile, the clock's ticking by and we're told next that we've been bumped for a chartered group flight, then delayed again because of a late arrival of some other guests...till we're finally able to eventually depart at 2.5 hours later than scheduled. With the one hour time difference, this means we arrive at Rangali having lost the better part of the day. Disappointing! In comparison to some other resorts we've visited in the past, the Conrad Rangali is somewhat larger and being spread over two islands, getting around does take time out of the day, especially when there are so few buggies servicing guests who need to get around. Yes, it's possible to walk and take the lagoon dhoni ferry service but when you want to run back and forth to your villas 2 - 3 times in the day, its a little frustrating. The superior water villas we were in are nicely appointed inside but the outdoor areas are looking sadly worn and not well maintained. Food at the F & B outlets are decent but beware the exorbitant prices at the underwater restaurant! We were happy with the easy lunches at the Rangali Bar and breakfast buffets at the Atoll and Vilu restaurants, but otherwise, be prepared to cough it up when the tab arrives. Staff are generally helpful but I can't quite help but feel the lack of warmth and real attention that I've come to expect from resorts of this caliber. A wonderful house reef made for great afternoons snorkeling with the kids and spa services are top notch. When you can set aside the little nagging problems, the resort eventually grows on you and then it's all good! Good, but not quite perfect.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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KarimRangali, General Manager at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, responded to this review, April 18, 2012
Dear Guest
Thank you very much for your constructive feedback posted in TripAdvisor.
I am sorry that your overnight stay at Hulhule hotel was not as good as it supposed to be. However I am sorry that the transport was not arranged due to lack of internal communication, however when it comes to seaplane operation I have to say - Conrad is NOT operating sepalane operations in the Maldives. I will certainly highlight this to the seaplane operator.
Your comments about bugge have been noted, however allow me to explain that we are selling our resort as barefoot island, but I do understand your point.
I thank you for your comments, hope to welcome you back in the near future.
Warm regards, Karim Schadlou, Resort Manager
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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

We spent there 2 weeks in period Mar/Apr. Our expectations were high after last year when we went to Seychelles to stay in both Northolme and Labriz hotels. We expected paradise so it was but with some flaws. Let us get straight to the cons as all good things were already said in the previous reviews. And please don’t get us wrong – we like that place. However we would not go again to that place as some of you. It is simply because there are so many beautiful places on the Earth that sticking to just one is a waste of our short life.

- Departure - one of the most disappointing experiences we had. It is like after paying the bill you hear 'Shoo! Shoo!' At first our host told us our plane from Rangali leaves at 10.30. Then they switched it for 11.30. On a departure day they changed it again for 12.00. Actually the plane arrived at 12.40. As a frequent flyer (around 200 flights per year) missing flights is the last thing I would like to experience. When we arrived in Male there was no one from Conrad to reassure us that everything is under control. We were placed in a regular transfer bus and our baggage was left behind. We have to wait for it at the airport in Male for another 20 minutes. We didn't miss our flight but it was a very stressful situation you would not like to experience.

- Kayaking - what is a purpose of renting kayaks if you are able only to swim next to the bridge connecting both islands and not around any of those two islands? And if this is because the hotel is so concerned about our safety why are there no rescuers at the pool.

- Windsurfing - you are able to rent it only if you know how to windsurf even if your partner would like to teach you. Otherwise you will have to pay for windsurfing lessons. Those restrictions are not mentioned anywhere. You can find it out on-site only.

- Starlight cinema - another lack of thinking. The idea itself is great - cinema on the beach under the stars. But not at 21.30 with movies such as Shrek!!! Instead they should rather organize two movies - one for kids let’s say at 19.30 and another one for adults.

- Tennis court - it is so hot and humid that you are able to play only early morning or late evening. They should rather put it under a balloon and have air-conditioning there. Otherwise you are all wet after few balls. Besides if you want to play after dark there is an additional charge of 20USD for lights. Ok. I understand - electricity costs money. But you don't really have to charge for EVERYTHING!

- Prices – I totally agree that imported goods should cost more. But why are original prices of all those goods multiplied by the same factor (somewhere between 5 and 6). And it doesn’t matter if it is a cheap table wine or Don P.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

From the moment you arrive and step off the seaplane, you know you have arrived in paradise!!
We are Hilton Honours Diamond members, so we were a little disappointed not to be upgraded to a Deluxe Beach Villa, apparently, they were full.
Our Beach Villa, was fab. We were on the sunrise side of the island, which we requested, so we were very pleased. We had only booked to stay for 7 days, but we extended to 10 days as it was soooo fantastic.
I took several photos of the resort and posted them on my facebook status, the comments from my friends were "idyllic", "paradise" as every one looked so amazing. You seriously cannot take a bad photograph. It really is a truly beautiful place.

My daughter loved the kids club, One of the activities at the kids club was making cookies. she bought them back to the villa, and insisted, she wanted to give some to the resort manager Karim, as she had had such a lovely holiday. That evening was the evening that all the guests were invited to a drinks reception with many of the staff including the resort manager. She took the cookies over to him and said she wanted him to have them and thanked him for such a lovely holiday, bless her!
My daughter really didn't want to go home she loved the kids club and the freedom she had on the island. She made lots of friends, and the staff were lovely and got to know her and her friends very well.

When I asked my husband what was the bad point about the holiday, all he could find to say as a negative was, "that it was a little dark in the evenings in the Rangali bar, to see the menu!" Well, that just about sums it up!

We loved it and we had a truly magical time, and we will definately return next year...

Room Tip: Choose the Sun Rise side of the Island as the beach is wider
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KarimRangali, General Manager at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, responded to this review, April 11, 2012
Dear Guest
Thank you very very much for your lovely comments posted on TripAdvisor.
Your feedback is lovely to read becasue it is posted by lovely people and I do remember you very well, especailly your lovely daughter who gave me the wonderful cookies - btw the best cookies ever - god bless your little daughter.
Hope to welcome you back in the very near future, let us know in advance, want to make sure I am on the island.
Warm regards, Karim Schadlou, Resort Manager
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Address: Rangali Island, 2034
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Location: Maldives > Alifu Atoll > Southern Ari Atoll > Rangali Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Hotel Class:5 star — Conrad Maldives Rangali Island 5*
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Sleek, chic and just a little bit sexy, barefoot luxury meets unpretentious style at the six-star Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Recently awarded “The Best Water Villas in the Maldives”, “The Best Suites in the World” and “Best Spa Resort in the Maldives”, this spectacular resort offers three different resort experiences on two islands: guests can enjoy the quintessential Maldivian hideaway on tiny Rangalifinolhu Island while also having access to the facilities of the larger and livelier Rangali Island which is linked to it by a 500m bridge. The third resort experience is at the Spa Retreat, an over-water destination spa that operates as a resort-within-a-resort.For relaxation, guests can find bliss in the resort’s three spas, dine in 11 restaurants and bars, enjoy an extensive range of excursions, diving and watersports options – including a submarine – snorkel the resort’s vibrant coral reef which is just steps from the beach or take part in unique activities such as manta watching at night, turtle conservation, dolphin-spotting excursions and snorkeling with whale sharks. ... more   less 
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