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Have just come back from an 8 day holiday here, there are some good things about the hotel and resort, but there are also some practical pointers which I never realised or was somewhat misguided when I did my research, hence i shall explain here. Transfer to and from Male: There is a seaplane transfer to and from, which works well. Bear in mind you have to pay approx US$500 person return. But the transfer only run during daylight hours which became a problem for me. I am from HK and my flight arrives at 8pm into Male, so there was no night transfer via seaplane, there is an option to stay in Male airport overnight or transfer via domestic plane to a Maamigli airport and then a 30min speed boat transfer to hotel. I took this as I wanted to wake up in the sun in the hotel. However, there is no apparent defined schedule for the flight to take off from Male, therefore by the time we got to the hotel it was midnight, Male time, and 1am Island time. So keep that in mind! On our return journey, we were offered and gladly took the seaplane, however, for similar reason for flying only in daylight hours, our plane took off at 4.30pm Island time, and landed within 1/2 hour at Male. With the one hour time difference, we landed at 4pm. Our flight was due that evening to HK at 10.20pm, which meant it was a 6 hour wait. Conrad offers a paid lounge service at US$55 per person where we can stay until the flight checks in. Photos of the lounge are available and seem nice, so we took it. The lounge itself was nice, but wifi was very slow, there is free soft drinks (not many options) and they serve a 3 course (salad, sandwich and fruit) meal, which we CAN ONLY ORDER ONCE. No buffet service, no unilimited food, or even snacks such as peanuts or crisps. There is a massage service (free 15mins), but that runs ONLY until 5pm. Most of the staff were nice, but the person that serve the meal was particularly rude. I'll comment on this inconsistent service level later. So all in all, my take and advice is, if your flights come in late in Male and depart late from Male, think twice about booking this resort. See my last review on Como. I could have a relaxing dinner on the resort, before they take me my speed boat transfer for checkin in Male. Now to the hotel itself. This is my second trip to Maldives, i enjoyed my last trip at a smaller resort closer to Male so much (Como, Coco Island), I wanted to see if I venture further south, is the scenery and the diving better? and also I wanted to stay in a larger property, to see if there are more facilities and therefore fun. I have to say i was disappointed on both counts. The hotel and the facilities are good, don't get me wrong, but the question is, when there is so much competition out there, does this represent value for money? I will not repeat all the nice things mentioned by others, but mention a few points that may help you make your choice of hotels. 1) We chose to stay in the deluxe water villa that looks west and have a beautiful view of the sunset and a jacuzzi outdoors. The sunset view is great. However the jaccuzzi runs a regular self cleaning program which can be disturbing if you are a light sleeper....beware. 2) The room is located on another island remote from the reception but connected by a bridge. Its walkable to the reception in the sand in about 15mins, or they have a buggy transfer which you can call for anytime. The buggy transfer and waiting time can be very variable, and almost invariably the drivers have an attitude. They are not suppose to use their phone, but they do. Poor training. Not what I expect from a 5 star hotel. On one occasion, 7 of us were asked to squeeze onto a 5 person buggy....seriously? I was appalled to find the person even suggest it! 3) I am a gold member and get free breakfast at the main buffet restaurant or a smaller a la carte restaurant (Vilu) on the island. The breakfast is great (esp if you do not have to pay extra for it). Worthy of note, if you do diving, the morning dives are at 9am, which means that you either get up very early to have breakfast or you cannot enjoy these sumptuous feast. Bad coordination between departments. 4) As gold member, you also get free afternoon tea at Vilu Restaurant between 3.30pm to 4.30pm, and then free drinks at happy hour 4.30pm to 5.30pm in Quiet Zone. The afternoon tea is nice to start with, particularly as its free! but again there is only one chef and one server, while they try their best, the level of service is well below that I would expect from a 5 star hotel. For the free drinks duing happy hour, they serve a limited drinks menu, but it was certainly enough to keep us happy and the staff try their best. 5) What surprised me is that on both these occasions, which are basically only gold and diamond members....the most loyal customers of Hitlon....and yet, not a single person from management comes to greet us or find out about our experience. It seems that the hotel is largely run by interns and it shows. The service level can significantly vary from the enthusiastic and personal service that I have come to expect, to the impersonal and downright rude. 6) In terms of meal venues and room service, there are many different choices, but bear in mind that the cost of dinner would be close to US$200 per person on average for a mean with wine....maybe even more. Even a room service bill for 2 bowls of noodles came to $80. Just be very prepared. The food is above average certainly, maybe even good, however, while we expect prices to be high, but to me for what we are getting, not worth it. Also bear in mind there is a 10% service charge and 12% state tax - 22% on top of everything, 7) Of major importance, most people expect in the Maldives expect to be able to snorkel around the hotel island and see some great fish. Not here, other than around the underwater restaurant where the fish are fed, the house reef is small and extremely disappointing. For newcomers to Maldives, my advice for you is to choose a location known to have a great house reef and lots of sealife around it. 8) We scuba dived most days, the dive instructor we had, Florian from France was fantastic. The dive sites we went to were all within 20-30mins of the resort. So that was nice. Some of the sites were interesting, loads of fish. Also saw some nice sharks and rays. So no complaints. Prices are not cheap, but you can email in advance for their price list and schedules. We learnt to dive Nitrox here and that was well worth it, All in all, with my prior Maldives experience, this resort did not live up to my expectations, I think you could have a good experience here, but be mindful of the extra costs, the airport transfer issues and the impersonal hospitality. I think management could do a lot if they actually listen to their most loyal customers.
From the moment the waterplane sets on the waters of the Lagune, great times start for you and your loved ones. Very warm welcome from the hotel staff, and you start forgetting after minutes what you left behind in your busy world at home. Beautiful beach & water villas, romantic sunsets, colourful fish right at the beach. Calm, private pools and beach spaces. We stayed at the Conrad Rangali for a week, enjoyed every minute, great facilities, excellent food in the various high-class restaurants, plentiful water sports opportunities. Most impressive was the friendliness of all staff from morning to late evenings always with smiles and very useful tips for activities or anything you may wish. Tennis great, and high class WiFi network in case you would like to send pictures from your retreat, remote island. Highly recommendable! We plan to return as many others we met already did! Management and staff take excellent care of their fine hotel, the environment and in particular on their guests. We left much happier than we came! Thank you all Conrad Rangali!
I’ve been in there,attended the wedding of my beloved lovely friends. Such a wonderful place! If you want a quiet peaceful place then Rangali Island is one of the best places to be. Maldivians Spritz was very superb.love it! What a paradise!
My wife and I recently traveled to the Conrad Maldives for our honeymoon and it was INCREDIBLE! Looking back on it, we can't recall any detail that wasn't amazing. Yes it is expensive to get there, yes the food and activities are expensive, but at the end of it all, we felt everything was worth it. We chose a different signature dining experience each night we were there and have to say our favorites were dinner at Ithaa (underwater restaurant) and the Wine Cellar dinner. The spa treatment we received (Art of Love) was the most luxurious and relaxing 3 hours either of us have ever experienced. The staff at the resort are all so incredible and made our stay wonderful! We cannot wait to return to the Conrad Maldives someday and would fully recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing and luxurious vacation.
This was the first trip to the Maldives for my wife and I, and I am extremely happy that we chose this resort. The amenities and service were beyond our expectations. Upon arrival in Male, we were met by a hotel host to take us to the Conrad lounge and guide us every step of the way to the seaplane departure. This was just the beginning of excellent service. We were greeted upon landing at the resort by an amazing Island host, Isaam, that made sure our stay was perfect. He went above and beyond to make sure we never had a worry during our stay. Reservations for dinner and excursions were seamless. The meals were amazing as well. All restaurants on the island were very high end cuisine. The rooms were large and provided all necessary amenities. I highly recommend this resort to anyone planning a trip to the Maldives
Best honeymoon ever our experience was above our expectations in the best ways possible, very happy with our stay. Delightful service, cleanliness was very clean, happiness throughout entire staff, very respectful and make your stay feel very at home.
We were lucky to be able to use our hilton point when we visited Conrad in May 2019 and we still cant stop talking about it until now. Our flight arrived late at night, but the hotel staff were more than accommodative with us and made sure we were comfortable until our domestic flight. At every step the staff were very helpful. We stayed in the overwater villa and it was peaceful and private. The staff prepared an extra bed without me telling them, which was a relief as i forgot to tell them to 😅 The kids club was amazing and there were plenty to do. As soon as he woke up, my son wanted to go to the kids club. The Ithaa Undersea Restaurant was the most amazing experience. And all the restaurant and bar were great too. The staff were all very friendly and accommodative. Looking forward to returning back!
From the arrival in the seaplane you feel you are entering the paradise. The super clear sea with different shades of blue, to the spa over water and the pinnacle is the Ithaa undersea restaurant. The place is beautiful and the restaurants are very good. The service is impeccable. We were here for our anniversary and we were totally disconnected from the outside world having the time of our lives. Definitely recommend this hotel, expensive but the best.
For connections sake, I ended up in Maldives for 3 days and made plans to stay at The Conrad. It was amazing. There is everything to do or nothing at all. Even the least expensive rooms are amazing. What is actually especially great is the staff. Each guest is assigned a guest services agent. That person is always available for you. Oksana was mine and she always seemed to be in the lobby, asking if I was ok and offering information. There is lots to do here, all kinds of water sports , including the “jet pack”. I was going on a dive holiday after my stay, so I really just wanted to veg out. There were plenty of secluded spots to take in the sun or the shade. There are lots of great eating places. Too many to list. The underwater restaurant is very cool as an experience and the food was good. There are restaurants on both Islands. Food is not cheap. The buffet beach barbecues will run several hundred dollars. The underwater restaurant close to $500. All kinds of perks to being a Hilton Gold member—free breakfast, free happy hour and afternoon tea. The breakfast spectacularly varied in what you can have. The room really was amazing. With a private patio, an outdoor shower and bath. You also have sun lounges in the beach. There are lounges pretty much everywhere you’d want them. I believe the islands (plural) were created or enhanced. Terrifically lush landscaping makes everything feel natural. Getting between the islands is easy on foot via the bridge, on golf cart or via dhonyi This really is a special retreat. Wish I had stayed longer. The weather in early Sept was good, never beating sun, but always warm. This probably is one of the two best hotel stays I have had.
Writing this review on our last day here on this trip. I generally think about writing after we get back home but tend to forget. First of all Maldives is amazing and this resort and their beach is no different so no disappointment there. Rooms are good in my opinion though they are renovating most rooms should be up to date. Now what makes this resort of 5 star rating is the staff. I had heard great things about how good a gm Stephen is from other well travelled friends, but the way staff treated everyone here I can now vouch for it. Every member of staff went above and beyond to please us. Generally I doubt reviews that mention staff since most of my luxury stays are in North America and the service is very understated so I hardly remember any names but here the staff was so good, we made an effort to write their names so I can call out below: Some staff call outs: We are vegetarians and chef Ehsan made specials for us that was not in the menu. Sanjay at breakfast was very helpful in the Asian section. Amir and Ali are amazing to talk to at Rangali bar. Our housekeeper Nasir did a great job of cleaning our room as soon as we walked out. Mohammed at sunset cruise was so knowledgeable about marine life. Thanks. We will be back👍
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is within the region of popular sights such as Ari Atoll. This 151-room, 5-star resort has 2 outdoor pools along with a full-service spa and 8 restaurants.
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. Order from 24-hour room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or meet other guests at the free daily manager's reception. Buffet breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 7:00 AM to 10:30 AM.
A flat-screen TV comes with satellite channels and a DVD player, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Beds sport premium bedding and pillow menus, and the bathroom offers a soaking tub, a rainfall showerhead, a hair dryer, and designer toiletries. Other standard amenities include a furnished patio, a sofa bed, and a minibar.
Guests of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island have access to a full-service spa, 2 outdoor pools, and a children's pool. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle at scheduled times for USD 590 per person roundtrip. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with concierge services, dry cleaning/laundry, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach resort include a 24-hour fitness center, an outdoor tennis court, and a rooftop terrace.