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Seasonal Information

From least to most expensive:
• Low Season: 12 May - 31 July
• Shoulder Season: 1 Aug - 30 Sep
• High Season: 9 Jan - 11 May / 1 Oct - 25 Dec
• Festive Season: 26 Dec - 8 Jan

In chronological order (1 Jan - 31 Dec):
• Festive Season: 1 Jan - 8 Jan
• High Season: 9 Jan - 11 May
• Low Season: 12 May - 31 July
• Shoulder Season: 1 Aug - 30 Sep
• High Season: 1 Oct - 25 Dec
• Festive Season: 26 Dec - 31 Dec

Note: There is a 5-day minimum stay requirement for Festive Season.

Staying for Free
Points
Category 10: 95,000* HHonors points per night with no 'low' season reduced pricing, or
Fifth Night Free: 380,000 HHonors points per 5 nights (76,000/night), or
AXON: 300,000 HHonors points per 4 nights (75,000/night)
* See this post for exact figures for redemption stays over 5 nights using 5th Night Free. Hint: They are slightly less than 95,000!

Certificates
2 Free weekend nights from Citi HHonors Reserve CC sign up bonus ($2,500 in 4 months; Partner can open separate card for 2 additional nights)
See this post for specific info about conditions and restrictions for these certificates.

Earning Points at the Resort - What Doesn't Qualify
Please note that any charges on third party services will be ineligible for points, e.g:
• Seaplane Transfer*
• Water Sports
• Dive Centre
• Spherique Boutique, Island Breeze or any other shops*
• Service Charge
• T-GST (Tourism Goods & Service Tax) and Green Tax (both government levied)

* The above mentioned outlets/services are third party and are not run by Conrad Maldives, therefore any purchases or expenses for items or services rendered will not be eligible for HHonors points.

Tax Information
• 10% Service Charge (levied by resort)
• 12% T-GST (Tourist Goods & Services Tax, levied by the Maldivian government, current as of Oct 1, 2014)
• Total tax is 23.2%, not 22% as one would think. Example; $100 + 10% = $110, then add 12% on to $110 for a total of $123.20
• A new Green Tax of US$6pp/pn (levied by the Maldivian government) has been introduced starting from 1 November 2015. Points/Redemption bookings are exempt from the tax for up to two guests per room
Note: The US$8pp/pn Bed Tax (previously levied by the Maldivian government) was abolished on Dec 1, 2014

Resort Information / F&B / Activities
Refer to resort's website

360 Tour of the Resort and Rooms
Conrad Maldives

Transfers to Resort
How: Conrad Maldives is a twin-island resort 90km Southwest of Malι International Airport and can be reached in three ways; by seaplane, by a domestic flight followed by a speedboat trip or by private yacht. Please note that all of these transfer options are charged and will be added to your room bill.

Time:
• Guests arriving in Malι on an international flight between 06.00 and 16.00 will transfer to Conrad Maldives by seaplane
• Because seaplanes can only fly during daylight hours, guests arriving in Malι on an international flight between 16.00 and 22.00 will transfer to Conrad Maldives by domestic flight and speedboat
Note: Speedboat + domestic flight option for departure only (i.e; if you arrived by seaplane or private boat and want to go back by speedboat and domestic flight) must be requested/arranged prior to arrival at the resort
• Guests arriving in Malι on an international flight after 22.00 will require overnight accommodation in Malι and a seaplane transfer will be arranged for them the following morning. The resort can book a hotel for you if requested and add the charges to your room bill at Conrad Maldives. (See below for recommended hotels in Malι and ones the resort can bok for you)
• Guests departing Malι on an international flight before 09.00 will be transferred from the resort to Malι the previous afternoon and will require overnight accommodation in Malι. This can be booked by the hotel for you and added to your room bill charges at Conrad Maldives
• See this post for detailed information on the seaplane schedule, when and how you will be informed of the departure time etc

Seaplane Cost: US$500 + T-GST roundtrip per head. Children aged between 2 and 11 receive a 50% discount
Seaplane Luggage: 25kg per person + 5kg of hand luggage. Limit of 32kg per piece of luggage. Excess baggage charged at US $5.00 + 12% T-GST per kg

Airport & Lounge Information
• Official Male Airport Website. Here you can find info on facilities and services such as luggage storage
• Conrad Booth at Malι International Airport: Booth #19, located outside (north of) the main entrance and next to the seaplane check-in counter
• Private Conrad lounge is available while waiting for seaplane (until 17.00). Free of charge and includes a 10-minute massage upon arrival (time permitting)
• Open until 11PM daily. For use upon departure from resort and before your flight from Malι International Airport. Airport transfer and check-in service is standard. Refreshments, TV, WiFi, snacks and dinner provided (Deluxe Package only). Also included is the use of shower facilities. Prices are below.
• Conrad Lounge Package: $50++ per adult / $25++ per child under 12. Dinner is not served and drinks are limited to 2 each
• Deluxe Conrad Lounge Package: $85++ per adult / $42.50++ per child under 12
• Infants below 2yrs are free of charge

Villa Types and Abbreviations used in this thread (listed in order from most basic to most luxurious)

-- BVs (Beach Villas) --

BV (Beach Villa)
DBV (Deluxe Beach Villa)
JBS (Junior Beach Suite)
BS (Beach Suite)

-- OWVs (Over Water Villas) --

WV (Water Villa)
SWV (Superior Water Villa)
DWV (Deluxe Water Villa)
RWV (Retreat Water Villa (formerly know as Spa Water Villa)) aka FWV (Family Water Villa. Note: The two spa beds are removed from the second room and replaced with a single bed)
PWV (Premier Water Villa)
PWS (Premier Water Suite (the two Premier Water Villas booked as a single unit))
SunWV (Sunset Water Villa)

Villa Numbering: Please see this post.

Upgrades
Resort is exempted from free upgrade policy. Paid upgrades may be available. Prices for upgrades vary according to time of travel and prevailing rates. Upgrade prices below are confirmed, i.e; offered directly by resort, as current as possible (to within approx +/- a year), give a range from lowest to highest unless otherwise specified and are subject to 10% service charge and prevailing T-GST rate. Note that upgrades, if paid in advance, are refundable up until a month prior to arrival.

Low & Shoulder Seasons:
Beach Villa to King Water Villa: USD 105 - 200
Beach Villa to King Deluxe Beach Villa: USD 175 - 275
Beach Villa to Superior Water Villa: USD 210 (lowest price seen so far)
Beach Villa to Retreat Water Villa: USD 350 - 475
Beach Villa to Family Water Villa: USD 600* - 1001
Beach Villa to Deluxe Water Villa: USD 420 (lowest price seen so far)
Beach Villa to Premier Water Villa: USD 800 - 980 (lowest price seen so far)
Beach Villa to Junior Beach Suite: USD 1,190 (lowest price seen so far) Note: Link is to standard Beach Suite, not Jr Suite
Beach Villa to Sunset Water Villa: USD 2,380 (lowest price seen so far)

* See this post for possible reason for low rate

High & Festive Seasons:
Beach Villa to Water villa - USD 280* - 375
Beach Villa to Deluxe Beach Villa - USD 280 - 375
Beach Villa to Superior Water Villa - USD 320 - 562
Beach Villa to Retreat Water Villa - USD 500** - 712
Beach Villa to Deluxe Water Villa - USD 700 - 900
Beach Villa to Family Water Villa - USD 980
Beach Villa to Sunset Water Villa - USD 3500

* USD 280 being the rule with the single exception of USD 200 mentioned in this post
** USD 500 - 550 being the rule with the single exception of USD 405 mentioned in this post


Villa Selection: Beach Villas

Advice on Villa Selection (Courtesy of pineapple_09)

"Request the 200 number beach villas (sunrise/reef side) vs 100 villas (sunset/lagoon side) - Worst case, try to get upper 100’s as low 100’s are noisy" -johndeere19

Villa Selection: Superior Water Villas

Advice on Villa Selection (Courtesy of MaldivesFreak)

Note: You are free to request specific villas, but the property will not be able to confirm them 100% due to operational intricacies. Can't hurt to ask and many have had success.

Beach Erosion
See this post for photos and information about sand erosion due to seasonal tides and dredging to replace the lost sand.

Lagoon Water Depth Information
See this post for information about how deep the surrounding water is for the resort's water villas.


Gold and Diamond Benefits
• Free Breakfast. Available at both Atoll and Vilu restaurants for two guests per room
• Afternoon Tea @ Mandhoo: Every day from 4-5PM. Offerings include tea, biscuits & cookies, cakes, scones, sandwiches and rolls. Complimentary for Gold and Diamond members, special repeater guests and special guests of the GM
• Happy Hour @ Vilu: Every day from 5-6PM. Free drinks and mocktails/fruit juice/water. Everyone welcome to attend but free only for guests on Rangali Island (smaller island with water villas only) and Hilton Gold and Diamond members
Note: In December 2015 this event was changed (moved to Vilu from 5:00-6:30PM, stopped for a few days then resumed (back at Mandhoo).
• Fruit Basket with Chocolate (which all guests receive in villa upon check-in) is refilled daily only for Golds and Diamonds. Note that the fruit is refilled but not the chocolate
• Spa Discount Card (giving $25 off any treatment) is now only given to Diamonds

For All Guests
• Happy Hour @ Rangali Bar: Every day from 6-7PM. Half-priced drinks and mocktails/fruit juice/water. Everyone welcome

Kid's Club Info
• Majaa Kids Club Activities (PDF)
• External Site Review of Majaa (Scroll down to Conrad Maldives Rangali Island)
• In-villa babysitting service available for USD $20++ per child per hour.

Planning Your Stay
• Conrad Holiday Schedule Planner (PDF)
• Conrad Maldives Excursions (PDF)

Unique Attractions & Activities
• Ithaa Undersea Restaurant: World's first and only all-glass undersea restaurant. Cocktail hour from 11:00 to 12:00. Lunch is from 12:00 - 2:00 (& second session from 2:30 - 4:30 if in high demand) and dinner from 6:30 - 9:30 (except Wednesdays and Sundays: 8:30 - 11:30)
• WaterSports (PDF)
Note: All prices in the Water Sports Brochure do not include the 10% service charge even though it states that the service charge is included
• The resort has a Jetpack. Some pics of the X-Jetpack in action: Pic 1 Pic 2
There is no age limit but for under 12s it's difficult to control as the control arms are long and the pack would be a little big for them. Price is USD225++ per person, per 45mins (includes flying lesson)
• The Water Sports Centre's new addition is a Jetblade! Price is the same as the Jetpack and apparently much easier to ride. Suitable for all ages. Click here for a pic of the Jetblade in action
Link to the X-Jetpack website where you can find technical info about both the Jetpack and Jetblade: http://www.x-jetpacks.com/
• Mini Submarine: Unfortunately it has been out of action since 2013 and there is no forseeable resumption of service

Ocean Dive Centre: Diving Information (PDF)

Resort Maps
• Old Map (Pre-3rd Island)
• New Map (December 2014, PDF)
• Aerial view (Yahoo Maps)
• House Reef (Rangalifinolhu Island) Snorkelling Map (Courtesy of ScubaRoo)

TripAdvisor (UK) Links
• The Resort
• Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
• Sunset Grill
• Mandhoo Spa Restaurant
• Vilu Restaurant and Bar
• The Quiet Zone
• Rangali Bar New listing & open for reviews!

Professional Reviews & Trip Reports
• Conrad Rangali Maldives (November 2, 2015. Author's FT nick: ScubaRoo)

Contact
• General Enquiries: mlehi.maldives@conradhotels.com
• Reservations Department: mlehi.res@conradhotels.com
• Pre-Bookings (book restaurants/special dinners, excursions etc can be booked up to 2 weeks before arrival, i.e; the resort does not take bookings earlier than 2 weeks out): mohamed.mauroof@conradhotels.com

Weather:
• General info on weather in the Maldives: Link 1 | Link 2 (Maldivian government website)
• Recommended Android weather app: eWeather HD. See this post for detailed info on the app, settings, tips and general weather info

Maintenance/Property Issues:
• From 20 April - November 2016 the resort will be refurbishing all standard Beach Villas. Works will be carried out throughout the day and will not impact your stay. Note: Villa #201 has already been done. See this post for details on changes to Beach Villa design

Old Maintenance/Property News:
• Property was closed from May 15, 2014 - July 14, 2014 for completion of 3rd island which now houses staff and infrastructure
Note: During this time some, but not all BVs, were refurbished
• New Cantonese restaurant named Ufaa is now open. It is situated where the old gym used to be
• New gym is above the shops on the main island, next to the library

Resort check in time - 2PM, guaranteed early check-in can be arranged at the rate of one night's stay prior to arrival
Resort check out time - 12 Noon, guaranteed late check-out can be arranged by booking an additional night's stay

Recommended hotels for overnight stay in Malι:
• Hotel Jen Male (previously Traders Hotel) (4 Star, $300-$450/night)
• Hotel Octave (Hotel Website). Hotel Octave (TripAdvisor) (3 Star, $100-$150/night, Excellent reviews and value for money)
• Extensive list of hotels on Hulhumale (airport) Island
>> Overnight stay in Malι - Resort Booking Service
• Conrad Rangali has contracts only with Jen Hotel (above) and Airport Hotel (presumably the Hulhule Island Hotel) in Male/Hulhule Island, where they can book rooms on behalf of guests.
Note: They used to be able to book other hotels like Hotel Octave (also listed above) but now it seems they have changed their policy and those are now the only two they are dealing with.


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Old Mar 20, 16, 10:22 pm   #1666
  
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We did the dream Island on our honeymoon and absolutely loved it! They gave us plenty of food for the day, and we brought champagne to make mimosas. The snorkeling really wasn't that great, but hey you get to snorkel naked! The island was about a 20-30 minute boat ride away, and the crew then sets up a t a near by island while you are there. Our crew collected a ton sea shells for us as a gift to us when we got back to the boat. The crew also keeps a look out for other boats trying to get to the island. But in short, yes, worth the money we spent!
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Old Mar 20, 16, 11:49 pm   #1667
  
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We did the dream Island on our honeymoon and absolutely loved it! They gave us plenty of food for the day, and we brought champagne to make mimosas. The snorkeling really wasn't that great, but hey you get to snorkel naked! The island was about a 20-30 minute boat ride away, and the crew then sets up a t a near by island while you are there. Our crew collected a ton sea shells for us as a gift to us when we got back to the boat. The crew also keeps a look out for other boats trying to get to the island. But in short, yes, worth the money we spent!
Sweet! Good to know. We've been planning this for awhile for our trip next month.
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Old Mar 21, 16, 12:42 am   #1668
  
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+1. Had a few friends ask specifics about this as well but that was a while ago. There have been a couple TA reviews on it and they've been positive. I only have a little information which I can pass on:
* available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
* the couple is indeed alone on the island (the resort has a lease agreement with the government).
* the crew sit offshore and will come to assist if necessary. You call them with a two-way radio.
* there is a WC on the island as well so not necessary to go back onto the boat to use the bathroom.
* price is $800 incl taxes.
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Old Mar 21, 16, 12:50 am   #1669
  
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ps . Is afternoon tea at mandhoo still free for returning guests???
Yup, but only if you're special
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Afternoon Tea @ Mandhoo: Every day from 4-5PM. Offerings include tea, biscuits & cookies, cakes, scones, sandwiches and rolls. Complimentary for Gold and Diamond members, special repeater guests and special guests of the GM
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Old Mar 21, 16, 12:53 am   #1670
  
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The snorkeling really wasn't that great, but hey you get to snorkel naked!
You know that's technically against the law in the Maldives. Hope you did it out of sight of the crew.

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Our crew collected a ton sea shells for us as a gift to us when we got back to the boat.
I thought taking sea shells out of the country was illegal too. At least it was.
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Old Mar 21, 16, 1:39 am   #1671
  
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Question Special???

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Yup, but only if you're special
Any reason why its changed to special (whatever that means) ??

I'll ask Bobby if I qualify, not everyone has written a professional review after all....
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Old Mar 21, 16, 1:43 am   #1672
  
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No idea. And good point. Wish you luck!
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Old Mar 21, 16, 6:05 am   #1673
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You know that's technically against the law in the Maldives. Hope you did it out of sight of the crew.
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Old Mar 21, 16, 3:06 pm   #1674
  
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Cool Mandhoo afternoon tea also now for Golds?

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Yup, but only if you're special
Must of skipped read your orig wiki quote, its now free for HH Golds as well as Diamonds? It just used to be repeat guests?

Anyhow I'll still be Gold by the time I'm there next year, so if the policy remains the same we'll get afternoon tea... :-)

ps What happened to Mandhoo tea moving to Vilu and combining it with the happy hour?
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Old Mar 21, 16, 3:14 pm   #1675
  
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That was tried for a couple of days then returned to normal after they realized it wasn't such a bright idea after all.
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Old Mar 21, 16, 4:06 pm   #1676
  
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Planning on returning to CR early next year, was considering another local resort somewhere else on South Ari atoll first for 6nights and then onto CR for 6nights.

Anyone done this or have any suggestions....?
You could try Mirihi if you were looking to stay at another quality resort. It's only about 5km due east from Rangali and from what I remember it's a 5-star property. It's a little small however, only 37 rooms, so 6 nights might be a stretch for such a small place. No motorized watersports (to keep down the noise) and a pretty reasonable house reef by the looks of it (check out the satellite view here). An added bonus is it would theoretically cost you next to nothing for the transfer to CR since it's so close. You could probably swim if you were fit enough, lol!
TripAdvisor listing is here.
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Old Mar 21, 16, 5:16 pm   #1677
  
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Smile Two resorts holiday

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Yup, but only if you're special
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You could try Mirihi if you were looking to stay at another quality resort. It's only about 5km due east from Rangali and from what I remember it's a 5-star property. It's a little small however, only 37 rooms, so 6 nights might be a stretch for such a small place. No motorized watersports (to keep down the noise) and a pretty reasonable house reef by the looks of it (check out the satellite view here). An added bonus is it would theoretically cost you next to nothing for the transfer to CR since it's so close. You could probably swim if you were fit enough, lol!
TripAdvisor listing is here.
Thanks will check it out, Ive stayed over at Vilamendhoo in 2012 which was v good and great snorkelling, also been looking at this place...
http://boutiquebeach.club


I've already booked 5nights in early March at CR for the end of our 12night holiday, so we may just tag on the other 7nights at CR beforehand if I can muster up the necessary points in the next few months...

Hope this board is prepped for me photo bombing it with u/w pics again! :-D
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Old Mar 22, 16, 7:29 am   #1678
  
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Upgrade offer from points booking at Beach Villa, to Premier Water Villa ( ) for $800++

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Old Mar 22, 16, 8:06 am   #1679
  
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Nice. I'll add that to the Wiki. Did you specifically ask for upgrade prices to that category or was it included along with rates for other categories in your correspondence?
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Old Mar 22, 16, 9:47 am   #1680
  
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Sorry if this is a dumb question. For booking excursions and restaurants, is that done starting 2 weeks prior to arrival, or do you have up until 2 weeks prior to make your reservation? I was interpreting it as starting at 2 weeks prior to arrival.
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