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We spent five nights at the Conrad Rangali and loved every minute. Originally we reserved a water villa. At check-in, we decided to pay for an upgrade to a superior and were ecstatic when they generously assigned us to a deluxe water villa. The villa was extremely large and afforded nice privacy. The deck and hot tub overlooking the stunning Indian Ocean immediately erases memories of the long journey. We found the oceanside tub to be a perfect substitute when the weather outside was uncooperative. Breakfast is amazing with made-to-order eggs and waffles as well as a variety of fruit. Also a large assortment of breads, dim sum, salads, charcuterie, as well as hot items are available. All of the food and cocktails we had were created with care, creativity and exceptional quality. Cocktails are an art at the Conrad. Half of the experience is watching them being crafted. Other reviews have remarked on the F&B pricing. Yes, this resort is not inexpensive. One should surmise this data point based on the location and room pricing. Luxury, especially in the Maldives, does not come cheap. Huge logistics are also in play. Travelers who research and arrive well informed with the expectation of paying for a luxury resort will not get sticker shock. For those looking for an upscale, not luxury resort, I can highly recommend their sister property, Saii Lagoon. Please see my review of that resort. The Conrad staff is friendly and energetic. Every team member is engaged and appears to look forward to their day. I expect the recently joined GM, Carla, is a catalyst for this fabulous attitude. Big shout out to Hazim in F&B. He is so friendly and makes one feel welcomed and valued. We looked forward to seeing him each morning. Our housekeeping team were equally superstars. No request was too big or too small for this team. If a guest lacks anything, I expect it’s for want of asking. At the time of our visit, the property was in the midst of a refurbishment. Many rooms had already been completed although our villa had not. We did ask to see some of those that had been. The new rooms are simply gorgeous and we hope to return and stay in a beach villa. Was this review helpful? If so, please click thumbs up.
The best hotel in the world
I just can say that this has been the best hotel that I’ve never been and I’m afraid that I’ll never be in a hotel better like this because everything exceeded our expectations. The staff, the villas, the resort, the activities, the restaurants. The paradise has a name...
Thank you everybody at Rangali for making our stay unforgettable! We loved the atmosphere, the friendliness of ALL staff, the great team of the dive center especially Andy and Chris, the great food and drinks, wine and dine (highlight!!) and everything!!!!!!!
Amazing service and spectacular room. Everything in this place is WOW, it was the best honeymoon anyone can ask for. We are very grateful for the cute in room decoration and all details to make our stay so special. Our breathtaking over the water villa had an outside jacuzzi and most walls with glass wow wow wow. We had the pleasure to meet the executive chef Christian, who personally escorted us to Sunset grill. We were very impressed of how nice he was and also because he knew my name when he stumbled across us lost in the sands of the Conrad. After escorting us to our destination he wished us a good meal. Extraordinary! Wanted to recognize all the stars that we had the pleasure to interact during our magical stay that made us feel like royalty at all times: Aisha at the airport lounge greet it us with a kind smile and assisted us with everything we needed after a long flight. Shaheed from the quiet pool area was genuinely very attentive to us and even helped us taking the most amazing memorable pictures. Azra at Ithaa was very knowledgeable and attentive always checking up on us and making sure everything was on point. Upali the chef Ithaa restaurant, explained his menu with pride and joy, he really enjoys what he does and it shows when he explained all degustación menu dish by dish during the amazing dinner at Ithaa. Also the Chef at the Rangali bar was very caring as my husband was not feel good so he prepared a clear soup for him, kuddos for his iniciative and to his staff as they were all very nice to us, specially bar manager Alejandro and mr Aum. The top STAR award goes to Jaeesh our super concierge. This young very promising gentleman was on point all the time with all details of our stay and followed up with us at all times. He became more than a concierge, he was our new Maldivian friend. Super attentive, professional, caring and all around a good person. Thank you Conrad Maldives for making our stay the best one ever and creating breathtaking memories for our honeymoon! You got new fans from the US.
Amazing if you have deep pockets
We have visited numerous hotels in the Maldives and this hotel is excellent for a number of reasons - but be prepared to spend vast amounts of money. The hotel has a great house reef with nice fish and lots of sharks. We saw sharks every single day of our stay (both baby sharks and larger sharks around the overwater restaurant on the main island). At night you can watch mantas on the bridge connecting the two islands - incredible. We also went on a few excursions during our stay with Emma who was lovely and really helpful. We did a sunset cruise where we were able to see some playful dolphins, a snorkel adventure (aiming to see mantas but unfortunately no mantas - Emma did take us to see some turtles instead though), and a whale shark snorkel. The whale shark snorkel was incredible and we were able to swim very close to the whale shark for a while. However these excursions are expensive and super disappointing when you don't see anything so we were lucky to have seen dolphins and the whale shark, but it is possible to spend hundreds of dollars and see nothing. Really recommend the whale shark excursion especially but perhaps speak to the Ocean staff first to see if it is the right season and if they've had a decent amount of sightings on recent trips. We also did two dives but didn't see anything different from what we saw snorkelling on the house reef. However we only went to 12m so perhaps there are more exciting things to be seen if diving deeper. The villas at the hotel are very nice (luxurious and spacious) and Azlah Ali who cleaned our room did a great job everyday, and even left us cute towel animals most days. You can really feel that it is a luxury hotel. For example, while we were there we were invited to two cocktail and canape receptions and on Easter a large fancy Easter egg was left in our room. We didn't come with kids but there is a kids club which looks very good - lots of activities for kids (e.g. Easter egg hunt, glass bottom boat excursions, outdoor film screenings). There is also an array of complimentary water activities for all, not just the standard kayaks and paddleboards but also catamarans and windsurfing too. We also took advantage of the complimentary photoshoot with the lovely photographer which lasted half an hour and you get 5 free digital photographs with the option to purchase more (digital) photographs at $20++ per photo. Which leads me on to the negatives: this hotel is extremely expensive, in particular the food and drinks. Most days we skipped lunch because of the prices and had dinner at the Rangali beach bar because that was the most affordable but even then the prices were very high for the quality of the food. It wasn't bad but it wasn't worth the prices being charged. But if you come with deep pockets and don't mind spending almost as much as you spent on the room on food and drink there are some cool fancy restaurants such as the underwater restaurant. We ate at Mandhoo once and that was tasty and great views (but again very expensive for small portions). Breakfast buffet was great - lots of choice and fantastic quality. The only other big negative was getting around the two islands. The bridge between the two islands is extremely hot during the day so it's unpleasant to walk across. You can get across by boat but this wasn't always on the side you wanted it to be on, or can order a buggy to take you across. The buggy option was extremely frustrating as it took absolutely ages to come, which meant we had to resort to running across the hot bridge a few times. Other resorts in the Maldives (e.g. One & Only) give guests their own buggies or at least bicycles to get around. This would be much better here than having to wait around for the very few buggies for 15 minutes at a time, or at the very least getting more buggies and buggy drivers. In short other than the frustrating buggy issue it is a fantastic luxury hotel and you can really enjoy yourself as long as you are prepared to spend a lot of money.
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