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“Returned for the third time ....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2010

A wonderful place! Dear simplicity or simple luxury. Excellent home reef. You will not be disappointed. Dive guides address some kind words . We dive all over the world, the organization of diving here is very high. Beautiful boats, great people. The villas are cozy, in these amazing aura. I been to many luxury hotels in the Maldives and the villas at Conrad I like the most. A spa water villa - its just a miracle.
Bars, restaurants, menu, quality of execution, the sorts of wines - all excellent. The cost of the underwater restaurant - yes, very high, but it is increasingly not an institution for meals, and a miracle of architecture, so the price is probably justified.
That sometimes spoils the impression - EVENING service in restaurant Vilu, dirty water around the hotel (there were discharges of waste).
Similar in quality hotel - Four Sesons Landaa Giruvaru. In Kuda Hura villas are much weaker and the proximity of Male I do not like. Hard to compare. Something in the same hotel I like, something different. Worth visiting, and here and there.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2010

Originally we intended to resort-hop from one atoll to another, but with seaplane transfers in the picture that proved to be too expensive and difficult to arrange. Eventually we settled for Conrad Rangali (comprising two connected islets) with half the stay on an over-water villa and the other on a beach villa (on the other island) - substantially compromised but not a bad idea for longer stays.

The water villa is spacious with a huge bathroom (is it a Conrad standard?) and, like many others in the Maldives, comes with its own sun deck leading directly out to sea via stairs. Because it was rainy season during our stay, we didn't get to enjoy the deck but managed to take the occasional dip and snorkel. The gear is free to rent and keep throughout the stay. The water around our villa was clear and with a reasonable diversity of fish for something right out of the doorstep (I presume all over-water villas are similarly sited over clear waters).

The main grouse we had with the water villa was the lack of privacy. Each cluster comprised three water villas within metres of each other, and once in the water the sun decks of villas in other clusters are actually within view. More importantly, most of us found ourselves having to keep many of the blinds lowered due to the close proximity. I thought this was a major dampener even for travelers with low expectations, considering many visitors to the Maldives would want the sea views in their faces.

The beach villa at twice the size is huge, cleverly hidden by foliage, but bright and airy due to the generous use of glass. It comes with a matching thatched bath "pavilion" and outdoor rain shower, which at first glance looked nicely designed. I am not sure if they considered the weather though - because it rained every few hours for almost all of the days we were in the Maldives, and that is when we found showering outdoors to be quite the challenge. We had a friendly suggestion to shower in the rain, but when the weather is truly bad and everyone waiting to bath after a day out at sea or the beach then I am not sure whether that comment will be well received =)

Another design oversight common to both room types had to do with the television, which was either tucked in an awkward corner or positioned rather far away for its small size. All rooms had wireless internet, which, unfortunately, was painfully slow and unstable. I took the opportunity to try the business center and actually found it quite impressive with Nespresso machines (also in every villa) and a separate web/conference room, but speeds were just slightly better.

The resort staff was a surprising international mix and service generally above average. I don't remember his name now but the manager of the main restaurant (serving buffet breakfast and dinner) was exceptional and a pleasure to talk to. The receptions from him will be difficult to forget. Returning to the poor weather again, a lot of activities we intended to do e.g. dolphin cruise, sunset fishing etc could not proceed as planned, so an equivalent level of attention or proactive recommendation from the concierge service would have been appreciated. Also there was an island-shuttling ferry service at regular intervals. Some guests were understandably frustrated because it stopped operating every now and then when the weather was uncertain - which is also the time we might prefer the ferry rather than walking...

As you can expect in wet weather, we spent a lot of time hitting the restaurants. Apparently Conrad has comparatively more restaurants, which I guess is somewhat important if you spend several nights in a resort. Most were expensive - especially the undersea restaurant - but only 1-2 of them truly impressed in terms of their menu selection and cooking. Each of them had its own appeal, e.g. grill, poolside/bar, buffet, healthy etc and thankfully none were bad. Other times I tried the spa on the main island. The over-water rooms were beautiful, the treatment professional, the therapists friendly, and I thought it was very good value in comparison to the restaurants!

The weather was just plain unfortunate, but for the (low season) rate we paid I could say Conrad does quite nicely otherwise and still manages to differentiate itself.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2010

Well, it’s about time I started to write a review for this place – it’s been a while since I was there. All that really needs to be said about this oasis is defined in the title – it truly is the Promised Land. You tend to get a feeling the second you arrive that no matter where you go on holiday after this – it’s always going to be downhill from here on in.

The whole resort experience beings at the airport. We arrived at Malé to be greeted by representatives of the hotel. We were checked in by them and then led to a private departures lounge for a refreshing cold towel and tropical drink while we waited for our sea plane. After a short wait, we were down the jetty and on the small plane which holds approx. 12 people. The views were quite simply stunning. Cruising at 800 – 2000 ft. (depending on the stage of journey) you really get a picture for how many tiny little islands there are dotted together over the ocean.

On arrival after a short 20 minute flight, we were told to ignore our bags (they would magically find their own way to our room before we did) and jumped onto the back of an electric cart and were taken to reception (which was outdoors of course). Lounging around and devouring a cool sorbet while our ‘personal assistant’ for our first week explained everything we needed to know. We were then taken on a short walk down a tropical path and brought to our deluxe beach villa. They were being very modest when calling it a ‘deluxe’, this was simply stunning! Completely private entrance to each villa, massive incredibly comfy bed, sound system and huge flatscreen tv, private infinity pool outside, electronic blinds, all of the mod cons you’d expect & more, outdoor bathroom (except for the toilet), a humungous outdoor bath and wait for it……a little sand path winding down our back garden for about 40 foot which lead to – the most amazing secluded beach I have ever seen. This is truly beyond picture postcard stuff.

As most people reading reviews for this resort will know from their own research, it is the only resort in the Maldives with two separate islands to explore – both linked by a bridge or via complimentary water taxi every five or so minutes. One island is for all the deluxe beach villas, the other island is for all of the water villas which are built on stilts over the clear waters – and were our destination for our second week. There are several restaurants too and the variety and standard of food is absolutely sublime, (we’re big foodies and were lowering our expectation in anticipation for our trip and clearly there was no need) but what really makes this place are the staff. They just have the balance perfect – not in your face every two minutes, but not forgetting about you either. There’s a welcoming drink night where all new guests are invited to come along, complimentary drink are served and it’s a good way to get talking to people. You can’t really beat a stroll around the island after breakfast either, taken in the views and the crystal clear waters, you can lap the island in about 20 minutes at a very relaxed pace. When you head back to your villa, the daily news print is waiting for you to keep you up to date on what’s going on around the world. There’s also free WiFi throughout both islands which is hassle free and very quick.

The second week in the water villa we thought was never going to beat the first week, but OMG did it. Stunning views right on top of the water, fish swimming freely, private Jacuzzi on our deck, and again, all of the mod cons from the first week. I could go on and on and on and on about just how truly amazing this place really is, but I swear I’d end up writing a bible. You will never ever experience another holiday experience quite like this one. There is an exceptionally good reason why it is known in the travel agency circles as “the last paradise on earth” and I can’t emphasise enough how it not only lives up to it’s billing, but with the Conrad experience in addition – it surpasses is completely. Think of the best holiday you’ve ever been on in your life and then multiply it by at least fifty! We’d be back there in a nanosecond if we could. It’s not cheap, but needless to say – we’re already saving to head right back to the same place again. Feel free to contact me if you need further details or answers to anything specific as I never even got to touch on the number of activities available, the romantic sunset cruises, the underwater restaurant, the health spa, the private dining experience on the beach with a personal chef, wine tasting experience, the cleanliness of the entire complex, themed nights in the restaurants, I could just keep going on and on….

  • Stayed December 2009, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2010

We spent 10 days of absolute pleasure at this beautiful resort where we left behind all our cares as we got off the hydroplane and took off our shoes only to put them on again when w got back on the plane 10 days later!The whole experience is one that is not easily forgotten!

  • Stayed December 2009, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2010

We stayed in a Deluxe Water Villa. Our villa was absolutely beautiful and had glass doors that opened up to the Indian Ocean. There were also steps down from our deck right into the sea. Snorkle gear is provided and you can keep it in your room and use off your deck or go to the house reef on your own. We also took a snorkle cruise which was also worth the money. Additionally, I would recommend the evening fishing trip. I caught a large red snapper and later that evening the chef at the Rangali Restaurant prepared it grilled for us with rice/fries for $20. The restaurants at this resort are very good, however some are very pricey. The underwater restaurant was very good but honestly not worth the price of $350 per person for dinner. We went for lunch which was $150/person and very fun to experience the fish swimming overhead. Remember to bring your sunglasses as the light is very bright shining through. Be sure to ask your island host which restaurants and bars are holding the free happy hours. A few times per week you can get free drinks and snacks at various places, but seems to change from week to week. Breakfast is usually included at the Atoll market which is buffet style. We also ate at Vilu which was good, I think dinner for two was about $150-200. Rangali bar was probably the cheapest for dinner or lunch. Our favorite restaurant was Sunset Bar, the fish is great and well prepared. It too was expensive but much cheaper than Ithaa (the underwater restaurant). I would also suggest taking a tour of Male the capital when you are leaving the islands. The Conrad arranged for a guided tour and we enjoyed seeing the populated island in the country. You will not be allowed to move between the various islands without guides. The staff is very friendly and we enjoyed meeting and talking to many different people, especially the bartenders/waiters. The island hosts are great and help you with anything you may need. The business center has wifi and computers for use. The beaches were beautiful and the island was very quiet and relaxing. There are two pools, one is adults only. This was a great vacation and I would deffinitely go back. Coming from the States we flew through Singapore and can't say enough good things about Singapore Airlines.

  • Stayed September 2010, 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 November 13, 2010

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.

Dining
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.

Room
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.

Resort
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.

Reef
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.

Spa
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!

Service
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.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2010

We have visited a number of islands in the Maldives and this one is outstanding. Depending on your expectations and standards you need to select your room type careful. We spent a lot of time choosing our room. American express guided us and we felt disappointed with there advice .
The Genral manager Ahmed took superb care of us and our villa host Anna stepped in , we where moved to a spa villa over the water which i can describe as outstanding . I would highly recommend the whole resort for its natural beauty, and activities . There is a good choice of restaurants 7 in total so it does nt become boring.
There is a well equipped gym if you are feeling guilty , tennis courts and water sports. We could nt fault the place.

  • Stayed November 2010, 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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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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