Conrad Maldives Rangali Island5.0 out of 5.0
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Writing as a very frequent traveler, who has stayed in hotels around 150 nights per year for the last 20 years: the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is without a doubt one of the best hotels in the world. The service is almost flawless, the rooms are immaculate, the restaurants superb.
Although I am a few months behind on doing my reviews from our October 2017 honeymoon, there is no way I could not do a review on our spectacular experience while staying at the Conrad Maldives Hotel Lounge in Male: After landing in Male we had about to wait about 2 hours until our sea plane took off, but hanging out in the Conrad Lounge was nice and relaxing. There was food, drinks, free massage service and an opportunity to book a spa treat if you hadn't already done so. We decided to book a couples massage while in the lounge because you got an extra 30 minutes by booking at there. Hotel Location: The Condrad is about a 25-30 minute sea plane ride from Male. The plane ride itself was amazing. The view while you flying over the crystal clear water was breath taking. FYI, the plane ride is around $550 per person which is charged to your room when checking out. Service: The Conrad staff has out done their selves with the out standing service they provided to my wife and I. Even prior to arriving at the Conrad, anytime I emailed my contact Ahmed Zahir at Conrad, he always answered promptly and was a great help. Each and every staff that we encountered was professional and friendly. We never felt that they were just looking for a tip. If I could remember everyone staff members name that we came across, I would thank them personally. Conrad by far has exceeded my expectations on how customer service should be. Room: We stayed a full week while there. It seemed most people on TripAdvisor split their stay up between the Beach Villa and Over Water Villa. I decided to take TA advice and we stayed 4 days in a standard Beach villa(120) and 3 days in a Deluxe Over Water Villa(348). Beach Villa(120): What an amazing room, for just being a "standard" room. I'm not sure what the dimensions of the room was, but it was massive and that's not including the outdoor shower and tube. The room was amazing, but if there was on downside to the room was how loud the automatic blinds were and the sliding door wasn't that easy to open. You definitely had to put some muscle into it. With it being Gold members, we walked into the room on our first day and was greeted with a bottle of champagne, chocolates and a bowl of fruit. Also for being gold members, our two bottles of water were refreshed each day. The best part of the room, walking right onto the beach from our room. That's what you call paradise. Deluxe Overwater Villa(348): Our final 3 days I surprised my wife with staying moving to a Deluxe OWV. Thank you again TA, because there were a lot of recommendations to stay in room 348 and that room did not disappoint us one bit. I thought we were on top of the world while in the Beach Villa, but the Deluxe Beach Villa was AMAZING. The hot tube on the deck and the bed facing the opening ocean is all you need in life. If you are planning on staying in a Deluxe OWV, I highlight recommend room 348. It's at the very end of the walk way, which gives you just a tad bit more privacy, although every OWV has enough privacy. I will say, the current can at times be a tiny roof, but if you are a decent swimmer, you shouldn't have any problems. Pool: I was surrounded by the Indian Ocean, I only jumped in the adults only pool one time. Other than that, we never stepped foot in the pool on the main island. It's nice to have that access to a pool, but the ocean was perfect for me. Restaurant(s): We ate at a number of restaurants. Be prepared to spend an arm and a leg during dinner time. With being Gold members, we easily saved $1,000 USD because breakfast was included, tea time at Mandhoo Restaurant was included and happy hour was included at Villa Restaurant. This obviously provided for Diamond members also. I have more detailed reviews on each of restaurants on their corresponding TA pages. Wifi: We experienced no issues whatsoever in either our Beach Villa or OWV. Same goes for around the resort. I was very pleased on the wifi speed. Spa: With it being our honeymoon, I decided to splurge on a couples spa at the Spa Retreat next to Mandhoo restaurant. This was actually my first spa experience and it was nice. It was interesting putting on basically net sale underwear, but I enjoyed the experience. Piece of Advice: Make sure to grab your snorkel gear at the dive shop, which is located behind the shops on the main island. Important, depending on how long you are staying, bring your own sunscreen. We were there for a week and went through three things of sunscreen and still had to by some from one of the stores. We bought the cheapest spray and after tax it was about $35 USD. Remember that everything you purchase has a 22% tax added on to it. Overall: I can sit here and rave about how amazing the Conrad Maldives was, but words cannot describe the experience we had. I hope to one day return to Conrad and I highly recommend if you are thinking about going, GO!!!!! Thank you Conrad Maldives!!!!!!
There's a couple negatives in this review, but overall we had a wonderful vacation! To put our stay into perspective, we used Hilton Points for our room but did pay to upgrade rooms every night we were there. First off, the property is beautiful from the sea plane landing in until your departure. You'll be greeted and helped throughout your stay by a wonderful staff. If your stay is long enough, I highly recommend trying a Beach Villa and Water Villa during your stay so you get to experience both. We did the Deluxe Beach Villa and Superior Over Water Villa. We were wowed by the Beach Villa, and thought the outdoor shower area and private pool were simply incredible. You could tell these were newer and all very nice. The Overwater Villa was one of the slight disappointments of the trip as it was fairly outdated (Conrad/Hilton Bora Bora's were nicer even before their massive renovation) and our deck jacuzzi didn't work the first night. We did no scheduled activities (pricey and we just wanted to relax and enjoy ourselves), but we did enjoy the spa a couple of times. Great facilities and the Retreat Spa was just as cool as the Overwater Spa in my opinion (the waiting area is the only thing that sets it apart after your treatment). The snorkeling in their coral reef was incredible! You'll be amazed at all the fish you see including small black tip reef sharks. If snorkeling is your thing, you might want a Beach villa in the 210-226 range because the best snorkeling area would be right outside your room (and an amazing view of the sunrise). The snorkeling outside the water villas in the 330's area was not nearly as good, but I did see a Chineese Lionfish and sea turtle which was cool. Also, at least one of your evenings walk the bridge between 9-10 PM to see the Giant Manta Ray swimming about! Sometimes tough to find, but he's there under the lights nearly every night. Lastly, and something that shouldn't be overlooked for anyone traveling on some semblance of a budget is the price of food and dining. Yes, I assume with most rooms costing between $1,000-$2,000 a night other prices aren't usually a huge concern, but everyone should be fully aware since these are your only dining options. Every resort in the Maldives might be like this, but we couldn't believe it until we got there (and we generally knew the prices before hand). First off, everything at the resort is priced in USD and costs 22% more than what's listed (Tourism Tax & Service charge). Hilton Status or a room rate with the free breakfast buffet is almost a must (and load up for the day)! We were able to avoid lunch most days by eating a huge breakfast, then hitting the Honors Happy Hour then eating an early dinner. Even at the Rangali Bar, lunch or dinner will cost you no less than $50/person if you have an entree and any type of drink. We ate dinner here most of the nights, and the food was pretty good (especially the pastas). We did the Cheese Fondue one night in the Wine Bar which was a very nice experience, but will run you close to $300 for 2 people if you drink at all. We did the dinner buffet one night and it was a little disappointing when compared to the breakfast, and it cost around $250/couple. We originally were going to have lunch at Ithaa, but another couple informed us it got very hot down there for lunch so we switched to dinner. Unfortunately, when we realized that after taxes and BEFORE any drinks, it was going to cost $800(!!!), we couldn't justify it. We ended up just having a cocktail down there, and for the bargain price of just under $200 we got to experience it for around an hour. It was very cool, and I would say definitely do at least the cocktail unless you can justify the dinner. Our two best meals were our last, a Hot Pot at UFAA and then a Dinner at KoKo Grill. Both were pricey as you can imagine (over $300 for UFAA and close to $600 for KoKo), but the food was tremendous. If only splurging on one or two dinners while you're here, these would be my opinion for best choices (with KoKo number 1). To summarize, if you're not on any type of budget this is a perfect spot (except for the ~20 hours of flying from the States) for a couples or family trip. If you are, you can still enjoy yourself but I would budget at least $100/day per person for food, and it goes up in a hurry. The Beach Villas again were awesome, and don't overlook them. I'd be curious where Conrad's Overwater Villas rank against other resorts in the Maldives. The staff is wonderful, and are extremely helpful. Also, for anyone reading this we had no issues WHATSOEVER with the "political disturbance". You would have no idea at the airport, the resorts, or anywhere else I imagine except for if you went into Male. My biggest takeaway and comment for the Conrad is that with 12 restaurants, you really need to have at least one more reasonably priced restaurant or bar (and no, Rangali Bar isn't reasonably priced to me when everything costs at least $40 after taxes). I realize its very difficult and expensive to get food to the island, but when you're on a week or longer trip and have no other options, most normal people can only eat so many $200-$300 meals. Overall however, the food at the higher end places was very good, while the portions were acceptable, not great. Honors members, this is a wonderful use of points. I would highly recommend the Conrad with the caveats above, unless you were deadset on staying in an Overwater Villa for a week plus, then you might want to look into some other resorts with newer villas. It might take us another decade or two to get back, but we loved our trip to the Maldives!
Do yourself a favor and stay as long as you can. This was well above expectations. Our hosts Miyabi and Stephanie made sure we were well taken care of during our stay. Also, recognition as a hilton elite was the best I've experienced. Shoutout to the housekeeping and grounds crew that are quietly working hard to keep things immaculate. Will be planning a return trip asap.
Easy enough to find hundreds of online reviews of this property. Believe them. It's amazing. However, this review will focus on Moosa, a server we encountered (intentionally) about a half dozen times during our week stay. He was amazing and has worked there for 18 years. That says a lot. If a company treats their employees well enough to engender that kind of loyalty in the hospitality industry, they've earned my business.
Stayed 5 nights in a superior water villa had an amazing time. Beautiful place, great service from the point you land at the airport and come out to leaving and the food was very good, bit expensive but expected. As a hilton gold member, breakfast was free and I loved the sand in the breakfast area, I always took off my sandals and walked to and from the buffet areas in barefeet, such an amazing feeling having breakfast with your feet in the sand. Also afternoon tea was free and it was followed by happy hour which had free sprints / wine / beer for a hour. Cannot complain about that! We only had the buffet once in the evening. The meals at the restaurants we had, were great. Definitely recommend the chinese restaurant and you have to go to the underwater restaurant for the food and the experience. We were there for valentine's night and having a table next to the beach, while have a 5 course meal with different champagne and wine with each course was probably the best experience on valentine's we have had. The villa was great, loved the Jacuzzi overlooking the ocean and the ability to just walk down steps into the water. The wifi was fast, no complaints, but don't come here and work! Definitely will come back again, have to bring the kids next time!
We visited the beautiful Conrad Maldives Rangali with our friends John & Tina. They had been here many times before and had promised us a holiday of a lifetime - they were not wrong. We spent 11 nights and could have stayed many more. Everything about this place was amazing, we loved our room (a recently refurbished Beach Villa), the white sandy beaches, the clear blue waters, the peacefulness of the whole place and the food. The highlights were many and included Ithaa (the superb underwater restaurant), The Wine Cellar (thank-you Mr. Schubert), snorkelling on the House reef (do go out as far as you can as the variety and quantity of fish are amazing) and the day we hired the hotel yacht to snorkel with manta-rays and catch fish was out of this world. (Many thanks to the crew who were so friendly) Most of all though the staff and the service was second to none - everyone we met was friendly, helpful and professional. There were many but we would especially like to thank again Isaam, Leo, Shark, Ali, Roman and Azu for spoiling us for the duration of our stay. Yes - it is expensive - but we knew that before we went and actually didn’t spend as much as we had expected. It is though worth every dollar and we will 100% be going back.
Visit was just ok. The snorkelling was excellent and the islands are beautiful. However, for the expense to get there, I wouldn’t recommend the hotel as we didn’t feel that we got value out of our stay. There was a bad experience with the receptionist at the over water spa which really disappointed me. I had a treatment booked for 6pm, and got a call to the room at 5:45pm asking where we were. I told the receptionist that we had a 6pm appointment but he insisted it was booked for 5:30pm and asked if we were coming ASAP. I was firm in saying we’ll be there at 6pm and brought the booking slip with us to show him. When we got there and I showed him the booking slip, I didn’t even get a hint of an apology, he just said “Well it says 5:30 on the system”. I was shocked! I couldn’t believe a simple apology was too much for this man. It was very rude and affected our experience at the spa which I was really looking forward to for a long time coming. I can understand mistakes happen but as part of good service an apology when you’ve made a mistake is common sense. On the other hand, Franz, the food and beverage director, was very lovely and always stopped to say hello and have a conversation. The restaurants were quite good as well, Sunset Grill and Ufaa were our favourites. The staff there were always so nice and we really enjoyed our meals there. In fact, all the staff in the restaurants including both breakfast places were great and a pleasure to speak to. Overall I expected better service from the staff on the island (aside from the restaurant staff) it felt a bit forced at times. The greetings didn’t always feel genuine and we got the impression that they were trained to upsell which made some of the interactions pretty awkward. Unfortunately this wasn’t paradise for us. I would have felt a lot worse if we paid cash for our stay, luckily it was a points stay. I definitely wouldn’t rush back here and am surprised that so many people are repeat guests. I know plenty of other places in the world I would rather spend my time and money on.
This is as close to perfection as it can get. Excellent service from start to finish and an experience you will never forget. Although pricey, the Ithaa restaurant is a must do, even if it's just for a lunch. Can't wait to go back!
Booked a 4 night stay at the Conrad using free nights from the Citi Hilton Visa card. It was our first time in the Maldives, and overall it was an amazing Honeymoon experience. If this is your first time in the Maldives, make sure you take into account the travel time to the actual record. Once you fly into Male, you then have to take a sea plane to the Conrad resort (~$500/person), but offers some incredible views of the atolls from the sky. Upon arrival at the sea plane jetty, we were greeted by our personal concierge with a drink and a flower lei. The intent is that any questions/recommendations you have will go through this individual during your stay. it’s a nice personal touch. We upgraded 2 nights of our stay to an over water villa, which was amazing and definitely a bucket list item. We had stairs leading directly into the Indian ocean from our villa, lots of privacy, and all the luxury amenities you’d expect from a resort. A nice touch was the welcome champagne and chocolates in the room (since it was our honeymoon). If you’re planning on doing this, would recommend you upgrade the latter part of your trip to the over water villa, only because we were so jet lagged that we couldn’t truly enjoy it. The next 2 nights were spent at a garden villa which was equally as impressive - giant outdoor bathtub, your own path leading to the resort reef/ocean, and lots of space in general. We were Hilton gold members at the time, which meant breakfast was included. Would definitely recommend the buffet - you can everything there. And if you time it correctly, you could skip lunch ;). The resort had a great casual/luxury feel, as you could walk around in flip flops yet experience resort-like lifestyle. Tips: a bottle of water here was a minimum of $10, but we weren’t aware of the $10 option until the end of our stay (we were paying $20/bottle since they didn’t make it clear there was an alternative). The restaurants were all incredible, but service was mixed. There were long wait times, loud tables, and general miscommunication between the waiters i.e. being asked asked the same question a few times. One thing that makes Conrad stand out is that there are lots of restaurant options (vs just one restaurant for the entire island is some cases). Also, there are plenty of excursions you could opt for, but the island is big enough that you can spend your time relaxing in different parts. Overall, it was a perfect representation of what we thought the Maldives would be with the exception of less than perfect service at times. P.S.: skip the under water restaurant unless you plan on spending the money to have a full meal. The champagne + snack option was definitely not worth it and slightly awkward.
- Free breakfast
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Onsite dining
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is within the region of Maafushivaru Island Pier and Maafushivaru Island Beach. This 150-room, 5-star resort welcomes business and leisure travelers with 2 outdoor pools, a private beach, and a full-service spa. Vakarufalhi Beach and Manta Point are also within the region of this Rangali Island resort.
Start your day off right with a free breakfast, offered each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM. There are multiple options for onsite dining with 8 restaurants, including Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, which specializes in Modern European cuisine and serves lunch and dinner, and Koko Grill Restaurant with pleasing ocean views. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island's 150 rooms are air-conditioned and provide furnished patios, iPod docks, and refrigerators. Guests can expect free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and DVD players. Beds sport premium bedding and pillow menus, and bathrooms offer jetted tubs, hair dryers, and designer toiletries. Other standard amenities include minibars, espresso makers, and free newspapers.
Awarded Conde Nast Gold List status in 2016, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island features a private beach, a full-service spa, and 2 outdoor pools. A multilingual staff is on hand to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include a children's pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and a sauna.
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