First time in Maldives and at the resort, we already heard great things about this place. Only flaw is the staggeringly high prices. Everyone said that.
But as soon as you land in Male, gone through customs, you begin to understand why it's so expensive...the service is flawless. You are taken under the wing of a Conrad rep as soon as you enter the arrivals hall, put away neatly into a van-taxi and whisked away to the Conrad lounge. The luggage has left you already before you stepped into the van-taxi and deposited, without you worrying, into the awaiting water plane. Meanwhile, you are relaxing on one of the sun-loungers on their balcony, or the bed-sofas in the lounge sipping a freshly squeezed juice and passed a refreshingly cold towel to clean your hands and face after the long flight. Theres a small food buffet and drinks available towards the back. A lady/gentleman comes to you with neatly stacked papers for your check into the hotel already, your credit card is taken for the guarantee and you never leave your bed-sofa.
Then, it's off onto the plane and a beautiful 30 min ride to Rangali, bypassing several islands, countless reefs and lovely azure water miles around. The weather on the first day of landing was not particularly great. It was drizzly a little and cloudy. But then the rest of the week was just fantastic sunshine, cloudless skies almost, exactly what you get is what you see in all these glossy, wonderful brochures.
The island is split off into two islands: the main one is with the beach villas and the larger Spa Retreat Water villas. It is also the island that you can bring small children under the age of 12 to.
The other smaller island, which is where we stayed :-D, is the so-called adult only island, with the Quiet Zone on the beach there which is strictly no kids allowed. All the other water villas are on this island - no beach villas.
We chose a Superior Water Villa, which meant we got to have a jacuzzi on our deck. Was the perfect room, there were the reefs right in front of the villa, you walk out into the sea and one can snorkel the whole day! The room itself was huge, walk in closet, bathroom looking out onto the deck, bath tub, walk in shower (no massage super shower though :-(, thats the Premier Water Villas. More on that later).
Most of the water villas where we were at (room 339) faces the sunset.
Each guest is assigned their own Guest Service Agent to whom you may book all your dinners, excursions with. Ours was Mr. Ibrahim Nizam. He was super friendly, always able to help and followed up on everything.
Food: Atoll Market - main island
As we had a half board, we spent the first night at Atoll Market - the buffet was THE best we have ever seen (and we do live in Switzerland....). They had...lobsters, oysters, beef tenderloins, chicken, lamb roasted leg!, potatoes, indian curry of various variety, usual leafy salads, prawn salads, crayfish salads, thai salads, thai curry of various variety, sashimi, sushi, seaweed, tempuras, various fried chinese dishes, fruits, bread, desserts in those cute little egg cups with like 10 different things in each one. The buffet had at least 6-8 dishes per cuisine. They even had their own pizza oven in the Italian corner!
The floor is covered with sand so everyone was just walking around bare foot! It was fantastic! The breakfast here was also much better than the Villu on the small island.
KoKo Grill - water villa island
Japanese tepanyaki on the beach! How much more amazing can that be! Picture, everything is pitch black, a clear night with the stars above you shining so brightly. You're two guests amongst only 10 (as that is the max capacity of most of the restaurants at this resort, small, intimate and perfect), with about 4 waiting staff serving just the 10 guests. The chef and the staff are funny, witty and serving you one fantastic dish after the other, a 10 course dinner.
It's a fantastic experience. Also a fantastically expensive experience but definitely worth it.
BBQ Beach Dinner - water villa island
Who needs your own private beach dinner when you can have a BBQ buffet on the beach, amongst the rest of the 25 or so guests....but with the pitch blackness of the night, the candles dotted around, campfires strategically placed, you feel as though you and your partner/family is alone on this exclusive beach spot. This was a magical experience, the buffet once more was outstanding. The variety of seafood and meat and vegetables, not to mention the dessert, is simply staggering. They had everything in the forms of bbq grilled, poached, fried...They did not do this everyday and, like some other events, the resort once a week would organise a variety of such dinner events for the guests, away from the standard list of restaurants.
Ithaa (underwater restaurant)
It was an experience, funny with all the fishes swimming around you. I must admit I expected more. It was very small, max capacity 14, the furnishings were a little bit too modern, canteen like. It was also not very deep and only in the lagoon.
I would suggest to the hotel that they change the tables to matt black, as the reflection of the table lamp onto the glass wall/ceiling, as the water around you got dark with nightfall, you could see a lot of reflection in the glass. Hence makes the fish watching more difficult. Furthermore, would also suggest some sound insulation as, although the room was small and not so many guests, it was very loud due to the lack of insulation with the hard surfaces everywhere.
The food again, was simply outstanding.
As part of our deal, we received a free dinner at this restaurant, overlooking the waters, next to the Spa Retreat Villas and the main Spa. It was ok....I wouldn't pay for a dinner here as it's just like any other restaurant. We saw two sting rays under this though!
We took the Luxury Lucky Dolphin trip (unlucky though as we didn't see any dolphins....) on their fantastic yacht! There is also the normal Lucky Dolphin trip but thats just on a normal boat and they don't serve champagne and canapés on that. Call me a snob but it's just beautiful to sip champagne and enjoy the ride (in our case it was an extremely wild wavy ride! Fun though!)
We also did the snorkelling safari - it was really fun, you see so much and it was literally just 1 minute away on the boat from the main island. The islands are surrounded with the reefs so theres no need to go far at all. We could still see the island. We saw 2 manta rays! Huge ones!!
The only bad thing was.....the boat was just idle by the snorkellers until everyone went back onto the boat. But with an idle boat at sea, you really feel the waves...and so in the end, we had to cut our trip short because many of the passengers got seasick, two (including yours truly) actually got sick and had to ahem...you know what over the side of the boat.
Warning do NOT use the bathroom on these boats as its down stairs of the boat, in a tiny little cupboard in the bowels of this boat and if you're prone to seasickness, once you're down there, you won't be recovering and you for sure won't be coming back out again!
On our last day, we tried snorkelling on the reefs on the main island, that is outside beach villas 225, 226. It was so beautiful! Big corals and big fishes! But it's much deeper here than the ones outside our water villas (339 onwards towards the Over water Spa).
A beautiful, secluded spot right where the Koko Grill is. So quiet, soft soft sands and you can walk out to the sea for ages before you hit the deep waters. The infinity pool there looks out onto the laggon and to the main island. It's just so peaceful!
The Rangali Bar
We had lunch there pretty much every day because there was a lot of variety, I loved the seafood fried egg noodles on the From the Wok page of the menu. There were tables right on the beach and you can just sit there all day, serving the internet, watching people do the water sports, jump into the sea, or the pool (another infinity pool) or just whatever!
Water Sports Centre
They have everything here. Jet Skis, some kind of motor thing you hold onto and takes you through the water and under, katamaran, wind surfing, water skiing, wakeboarding, everything! The ones that doesn not require engines are for free, ie wind surfing, paddling, katamaraning (unless you need an instructor for those of course).
I don't think we could have wished for a more perfect holiday than this one. Even my husband said that it was just the best resort and holiday he's ever had (and he has experienced more of these resorts than I). Everyone is just so friendly! The wifi (which is for free) was just running perfectly! We were told it may be a bit slow but actually it was just fine!
The Director who greeted us, a German gentleman (I'm so sorry I forgot your name) was so super nice. He kindly showed us the Spa Retreat Villas and the Premier Water Villas, as we wanted to try something else when we come back next year.
The Spa Retreat ones are nothing special, bit of a waste of space tbh as they have their own treatment rooms.
But the Premier Water Villas was just superb! They have a sunken bathtub, a beastly looking massage, jet super shower thing, a MASSIVE!!!! walk in closet, a separate living room and a big deck, also with a jacuzzi. They have only two of these I think, rooms 313 and 314 I believe and they are just super!
Saying that, the normal Superior Water Villas, whilst not as big, served us just as perfectly too.
Thank you Alex from the Wine Bar, Atoll market and Wine Cellar restaurant. Very friendly and thanks for the tip for the snorkelling outside beach villa 225.
Thank you Mohamed Nizam from the Quiet Zone. Super funny guy, pointed us out the manta rays which sometimes comes drifting about on the bridge which connects the two islands.
Thank you to our Guest Agent Ibrahim Nizam too for your wonderful help.
Everyone was just as helpful and just as friendly, therefore thank you all for making our honeymoon such a fantastic experience in paradise!
What more can we say, we cannot recommend it enough!
Bad point....only one. The price. The price of the drinks was just mindblowingly expensive. The water sports which requires engine aka water skiing, jet skis, was just too much. But then, you get what you paid for and despite the prices, we keep meeting regulars whilst on this trip. We for sure are also going to join the regular club too :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
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