Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
What We Love
- Beach stays cool even under the harsh midday sun
- Ithaa Undersea Restaurant is just that, underwater and with spectacular views of the sea
- The water sports center, with scuba diving, windsurfing and kneeboarding
What To Know
- Best suited for couples
- It's the only property in the area, so offsite excursions are limited
- The bug situation can be daunting if you’re at all squeamish about insects
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Room Service
Barefoot luxury. The resort encompasses two adjacent islands, connected by a 500-meter footbridge, and offers both beach villas and the coveted overwater variety. Teak and white stone evoke a feeling of peace and openness. Local artwork dots the walls, and seafoam-greens and blues are the palette of choice for the interiors. Everything is clean and pristine, much like the Maldives themselves.
Bed & Bath
The villas, whether on the beach or over the water, are spacious and private, with individual plunge or whirlpools. All are fashioned of white stone with traditional thatch roofs. The expansive 1,600-square-foot spa villas have turquoise and white sleeping areas with vaulted ceilings, ceiling fans and teak floors. Bathrooms have his-and-hers sinks, large Roman baths and separate spa areas for in-room massages. Of course, all rooms have amazing views of the ocean.
With numerous dining options, guests are spoiled for choice, especially those who love wine: The resort has the country’s first wine cellar. The Cheese and Wine Bar, with its cool black sand, is a refuge on a hot day. Sunset Bar and Grill is the best spot for savoring delicious local seafood while watching the sunset from your private dining deck. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant is the choice boite on the island, as diners feel like Jacques Cousteau admiring the array of sea creatures swimming overhead. And if guests want sea views without dining, one of the spas is overwater and offers massages in rooms with glass floors.
In the Area
Situated in the southernmost section of the Maldives, the resort is fairly isolated. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be left with nothing to do. The kids-only Ice Cream Spa allows youngsters to enjoy facials and massages. Nemo, the resort’s three-person mini-sub, takes guests on 30-minute undersea adventures. Personal trainers are on hand to give you boxing lessons at the gym. The island’s three boutiques offer guests bathing suits and other essentials they may have forgotten. Nearby Mandhoo Island boasts a small village and gardens in which you can eat the local fruit.
How to Get There
I write this with a fairly fresh mind of our recent vacation to Rangali Island, since we only left about 24 hours ago. We are still waiting in the airport for our final flight home, making this about a 30 hour trip for us. Every minute was worth it! From the moment we arrived, jet lagged and barely functioning, the staff took perfect care of us. They showed us to our over water hut, gave us maps and info, and awaited our call the next day when we were rested. Samia was assigned to us and we entrusted her to make us a great schedule and she did not disappoint! As diamond members of Hilton, breakfast, high tea and snacks, and an hour of free flowing happy hour drinks were included. Atoll breakfast is a buffet and amazing! Kelly and Shiuny were super friendly and got us anything we needed there. We also got free breakfast at the Mandhoo restaurant which was more menu type, but less crowded and beautiful setting. You really couldn’t go wrong at either! We generally filled up at breakfast and skipped lunch. At high tea they had snacks out so if we needed a bite we went there at 3:30pm. Happy hour at the Quiet Place was never missed! Iqbal was an awesome bartender. We enjoyed visiting with him and he took great care of us! After happy hour were half price drinks, and their drinks are amazing! We actually spent some days lounging at that pool/beach, and indulged on full price drinks there because they were so delicious. For dinner we loved the cheese and wine pairing. Hamdhee was our sommelier and he was an expert. Picked perfect wine for us right in our price range. The food was oh-my-out-of-this-world!! I wish I remembered the chefs name because he always made his way over to us whenever he saw us around. He was super friendly and an incredibly talented chef! We did cocktail hour at Ithaa and got to see so many fish and sharks just by doing that, which saved us a little money. We would have loved to do dinner but we traded it for the Beach BBQ. My recommendation is to definitely do the beach bbq if offered! Lobster, calamari, prawns, fresh fish all flowing off the grills. They even do a mixer before hand with apps and drinks to meet the staff. It was our favorite event. Muaz visited with us a lot there and he was so sweet. Our excursion was also so fun, we did whale shark snorkeling. And we saw Manta Rays, Turtles, and a whale shark! For those worried, it was absolutely safe. Faisal took video footage and put together sweet videos for us of our trip. That was the best memory we brought back. He’s still putting together clips and sending them to us, just so kind.
This is very long but there’s so much to mention. The entire staff was friendly and made us feel so special. Even though we were told the occupancy was 80%, we felt like the only people there. It must be by design. We would be laying on the beach and here comes a worker with lavender cold towels and fresh made popsicle. I will mention dinner was delicious but expensive anywhere you go (we ended up owing between $200-300 per person with alcohol, taxes, gratuity). Just know it going in and budget for it. We did indulge though for our standards, and don’t regret that experience. Plus, if you are Diamond members, you are getting breakfast, high tea, and happy hour for free. Open a Hilton card before you go, it’s worth it. I recommend getting the free snorkeling gear and exploring the house reef if you have time to. They give you that for the time you are there no cost. The staff asked me if I had any complaints and I truly don’t. The island main island was a bit of a walk, but a beautiful walk, and if we didn’t feel up to walking they would get you in a golf cart on demand or you could take the beautiful ferry boat. They thought of everything. Maybe my only complaint was I like a softer mattress. But how can I complain when I slept like a baby every night? Thank you Conrad Maldives for giving us the best honeymoon ever. We are forever grateful and look forward to returning!
The room is very beautiful, the underwater restaurant is really very good, the beach is very comfortable, the only bad thing is that the place is very big, often have to go a lot, the restaurant consumption is really not cheap.
We had the pleasure of staying at the Conrad Maldives for our 10th wedding anniverary. We had originally stayed at another island for our honeymoon, but decided to go with the Conrad on this trip and were not disappointed.
We had the opportunity to stay in a 2-bedroom retreat villa which provided more than ample space. From the moment we arrived till our departure the staff was extremely helpful and made the stay enjoyable.
Breakfast was plentiful and options galore. Being Hilton Diamond members, we had the opportunity to try the afternoon tea and happy hour. Both had their pros and cons, but in the end it was a nice touch and opportunity to force a break from the pool or beach.
The island is large and there are plenty of options to keep you busy or if you just want to sleep all day on the lounger -- you can.
It was a great stay and look forward to returning for our 20th anniversary.
I am very sad to say I would never return back to this location based on one VERY uncomfortable situation that took place on our second day there. My husband and I were having breakfast at the beach restaurant on the adult side of the property. As mentioned, it was our second day there and we were still trying to acclimatize to the extreme heat. I can get very ill, very quickly, if I am in the sun too long or if I overheat. Knowing this, when we went for breakfast I put on my swimsuit so I could go in the water quickly if I needed to. Because we were going for breakfast I threw on a pair of jean shorts overtop of my bathing suit. I did not add a shirt because we are at a beach resort (on the adult side) and there was no mention of bathing suits being a problem as attire on the resort. We have vacationed at many resorts all over the world and never has this been a problem before... At one point I got up from my chair to see if I could go inside (the open air restaurant) to get a croissant for my breakfast. At that point the restaurant manager blocked me from continuing into the restaurant stating "I'm sorry Mme. we do not allow baiting suits in the restaurant". NOWHERE was this written in any of the literature in the rooms, nor was it ever stated by any of the staff that were there to help orient you to the property. Had this been stated somewhere, I would have absolutely been respectful of their wishes as some places do have certain expectations such as these on occasion (but they are written down so people know). Additionally, we saw numerous other women in their full bikinis (not with shorts on, as I had) dining at other restaurants throughout the property. So what was fine for some, was not fine for others apparently...
I was EXTREMELY offended and embarrassed by this MANAGER as he did this in front of other patrons of the resort and I felt very targeted!!! Then to make matters worse, he tried to bring me a pashmina to cover me up, in temperatures over 100 degrees!!! I was trying to stay cool so I didn't get ill, and because someone took offence to me wearing half a bathing suit he tried to cover me up!! At an American chain resort this should not happen, that is why we chose this resort! Especially when you pay an extreme premium to vacation at a place such as this, and you fly around the world to get there! This is a tourist destination and if someone has some issues with their religious beliefs, then perhaps they should not be working in the service industry, at a resort where people from all around the world are going to visit.
We have also stayed at the Conrad in Bora Bora and that place was absolute heaven. Never once did I feel uncomfortable in a bathing suit there. Yet, unfortunately I was uncomfortable for the rest of our 10 days stay at this resort. I felt judged at all times if I was not covered up. When people ask me which place I liked best, I say Bora Bora 1000%. I'd NEVER go back to the Maldives!
In May 2019, my husband and I spent 7 amazing days at the Conrad in the Maldives. And I have to say. Our entire experience was truly spectacular. It was my 50th birthday and we really felt blessed to be celebrating it here.
First of all, we did luck out on weather. We had sunshine everyday, which is the beginning of their monsoon season. And the fact that the resort was only about at 40-50% occupancy, really gave us that feeling we had the place to ourselves.
But from the point we were greeted at the airport, shuttled over to their lounge, and then escorted over to the seaplane. We were completely taken care of.
Shimaa, who was our wonderful host for the week, took complete care of us. She is amazing and so sweet. She greeted us when we arrived by seaplane, gave us a refreshing lemongrass scented cold towel, checked us in, carted us to our room, and arranged our restaurant reservations (which we really didn’t need since the island was really slow). She answered all our questions. Picked up our laundry services. And even on my birthday, she found out that we did not have dinner plans, and so she arranged to bring a birthday cake to our room. We could definitely tell that great customer service was important to her.
This ranks in the top vacations we have ever experienced. And we have gone on a good amount of vacations.
But we have to say. This place isn’t cheap. Like all the other reviews. Food is expensive. So just except it. Plan on it. And enjoy.