Our experience of the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island began with a seaplane flight, which after only half an hour touched down in a spray of foam and water. The craft then docked to a 500-meter bridge connecting two idyllic islands, both of which belong to the hotel.
We stayed on both islands, first in a beach villa and then in the Deluxe Water Villa. This gave us a taste of two popular choices. The larger island is home to spacious, elegant beach villas, many of which come with private pools. All have bathing pavilions in the garden and are laid out on an open plan, with huge glass walls and high ceilings. The most spacious of all are the Beach Suites (twice the size of most of the other villas). All of these are the favorite choice for families with children.
The smaller island, a little more than a thin strip of land, is designed as a couple’s destination, and with privacy in mind. All the luxury villas here are set on stilts in the sea, and all benefit from great ocean views, even if some are facing the other island. They all also have a sun terrace, with pools or jacuzzis depending on the villa category.
The best villas on this island are the two Sunset Villas, set way away from the island. Each is designed with a partial glass floor, a private butler, designer furnishings, and a private pool.
The most eye-popping accommodation at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is The Muraka. Nestled in a private area off the larger island, it is a first-of-its-kind residence featuring fully integrated living, dining, entertaining — and a stunner of a master suite, located fully underwater.
But this is not the only underwater attraction at the resort. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is home to the first underwater restaurant in the Maldives, Ithaa. Its celebrated dining room is built a few meters below the sea surface, with the curved, transparent acrylic roof and walls allowing for fantastic views of marine life on the reef. The restaurant combines Western and Maldivian cuisine, with a seasonal menu.
In total, there are as many as twelve restaurants and bars in the resort. One of our favorite ones was the Vilu restaurant, which serves breakfast and à la carte and Mediterranean dishes with a hint of Asian. We also loved Koko Grill, mainly with a Japanese menu. Koko Grill is located next to a stunning infinity pool with an adjacent modern chill-out area and bar, where light snacks and drinks are served in a sophisticated ambiance, under a canvas canopy. The resort also boasts a wine cellar, which can be booked for dinner combined with a wine tasting, led by a professional sommelier.
The resort has not one but two spas, both built on stilts. The larger one is the Spa Retreat, where the session villas/room rooms have glass floors, allowing guests to observe marine life during treatment. The deck connects it with a “spa restaurant” and Utopian Spa Villas, set over the water with double treatment rooms.
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Categories: Barefoot luxury, Beach resorts, Family vacation, Honeymoon, Island resorts, Luxury resorts, Modern design, Private villas, Quiet location, Relaxing vacation, Romantic, Secluded location, Spa, Tropical vacation, Wedding hotels,
Number of rooms & suites: 150
Rate per night: From $1330 USD
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The luxurious and elegant Conrad Maldives Rangali Island surprises with innovative ideas and puts at ease with its barefoot luxury style. It's more than a beach vacation — rather, a whole destination waiting to be discovered.
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Author: Travel+Style. Last updated: 23/07/2022