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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
• 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 (which all guests receive in villa upon check-in) is refilled daily only for Golds and Diamonds
• 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 Aug 9, 15, 2:17 am   #721
  
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Am currently at Rangali. Have had a few issues which may or may be remedied ...we'll see what happens. 9th time to Maldives , 7th trip to Rangali.

On another note, Nobody has mentioned spa discounted $25 for Diamond. How did other find out about the $25 discount which I am presuming is for one treatment per villa. As opposed to the discount being applicable to the 2 occupants.
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Old Aug 9, 15, 5:51 am   #722
  
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Am currently at Rangali. Have had a few issues which may or may be remedied ...we'll see what happens. 9th time to Maldives , 7th trip to Rangali.

On another note, Nobody has mentioned spa discounted $25 for Diamond. How did other find out about the $25 discount which I am presuming is for one treatment per villa. As opposed to the discount being applicable to the 2 occupants.
I'm here now too. I think the guy who showed up to turn down/clean my room the first night handed the $25 gift card to me. It's possible the host gave it to me, but I don't think so. I think the cleaner did when he handed me the two bottles of water.

PM me if you want it, we're not using it, and there's no code or identifying information on it, so it looks quite transferable. I may be able to just drop it in your mailbox if you're on the main island.

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Old Aug 10, 15, 5:19 pm   #723
  
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Resort map with specific villa numbers?

Hi - we are returning to Rangali in a few weeks. Does anyone know if a resort map exists that shows the specific villa numbers for each villa? I have looked at the maps in the Wiki (which are great), but they do not show you specific villa numbers. Thanks.
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Old Aug 10, 15, 8:07 pm   #724
  
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The maps in the wiki shows the villa numbers of blocks of units, they do go in order within each block. Maybe if you had a question about whether a specific villa is located to the left/right of another villa on the map someone could answer it or pin the map for you.

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Old Aug 10, 15, 9:43 pm   #725
  
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I have watched many videos, viewed many photos, read hundreds of posts here... But I haven't seen anyone utilizing the little courtyard in the (non-deluxe) beach villas. It looks like there are doors on both sides, and sometimes a door on the exterior (now purple) side -- with wood slats for wiping ones feet.
Is there any reason to go into that area?
Is it primarily for maintaining air flow, and the sound of the fountain?
Thanks!

So far we have 5 nights in king beach villa, followed by 3 nights in king water villa. Still more than 6 months away, but continuing my research!
No, that's really useless space. It's possible to open the doors to go into the courtyard, but I can only think of one reason to -- to turn off the fountain. The fountains are a bit loud and not far from the beds, and they are therefore set on a timer so they are not running all night making noise.

I think our fountain kicked on at about 5:30 a.m. the first morning, it sounded like someone just turned on the shower in our villa, followed by trickling water fountain sounds that some people may find pleasant, but some (like me) might find unpleasant at 6:00 a.m. when trying to sleep - it sounded like a not- quiet toilet that won't stop running after you flush it.

I walked out there, looked around, and saw it was plugged into an outlet a few inches off the ground in the corner of the courtyard. Flipped the switch off for the outlet, no more toilet/fountain noises for the rest of our stay.

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Old Aug 11, 15, 6:26 am   #726
  
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Ha, very true!

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...but I can only think of one reason to -- to turn off the fountain.
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Old Aug 11, 15, 8:56 am   #727
  
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P.S.: Update regarding the Russian couple: They now leave their towels (and some magazines) on the beach loungers overnight...to make sure they will have them always. We happily used those two loungers (they are right in front of our villa) maybe an hour or two every day before these people arrived. Never would the thought have crossed our mind to block them for the rest of the day (or night) .
That's amazing. Even if I didn't want those chairs I couldn't tolerate such behavior. Who's to know who's towels and mags those are anyhow? I'd go out in the middle of the night, throw the mags in the trash and remove the towels. Clean up should be done each day anyhow, so I'm surprised the staff leaves things on the chairs at night. Every chair should be clean by early morning and ready for first come, first served.
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Hi - we are returning to Rangali in a few weeks. Does anyone know if a resort map exists that shows the specific villa numbers for each villa? I have looked at the maps in the Wiki (which are great), but they do not show you specific villa numbers. Thanks.
Should have been more specific.....we are booked in a Superior Water Villa. I am wondering, when you look at the map in the Wiki, do the villas go up in order from left to right (so, villa 331 would be the one closest to the DWVs)? Thanks in advance to anyone who may have the answer.
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Old Aug 11, 15, 7:23 pm   #729
  
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I recently completed my first stay at the resort, in a beach villa. It's a stunning resort and I now understand the "cult" of why some posters here return again and again.

Anyway, I jotted down a number of observations, some of which are undoubtedly insane, but I will nonetheless share them with everyone in the hopes they help someone, since you folks were so helpful answering my questions.

Like a true FTer, I chose this destination because (a) we could stay 3 nights free on Hilton certificates/points, and (b) I'm trying to visit every country, and Maldives was #165. My girlfriend of six months, conversely, had never left Cambodia before this trip so, yeah, it was a bit of a crazy destination for her first flight, first resort stay, etc.

On showering and toilet prudishness

I was surprised by two things about the beach villa. I didn't realize that they had ONLY outdoor showering/bathing areas. You may be showering outside, perhaps just a few feet away from where your neighbor is simultaneously showering, separated only by a 7-8 foot wall and some trees. My girlfriend found it rather disconcerting. Or maybe she didn't like that I could also see her shower if I were in the unit. I also wasn't even thrilled with her seeing me shower, in broad daylight -- that's not a good look for me.

The sink/vanity/storage room/ front door are all located very close to the outdoor shower, and just be forewarned that the occupants of your beach villa are going to see each other in the shower from time to time unless you take affirmative steps to avoid that.

Second, the toilet is located inside the unit, not far from the bed/sitting area. The only thing separating the toilet from the bed/sitting area is a sort of flimsy slatted sliding wooden door that isn't flush with the doorway. The spaces between the slats are big, the sliding door basically provides no soundproofing and I'm sure no smell proofing of whatever is happening in the toilet.

My girlfriend would get out of bed and go into the toilet to pee and it sounded like a fire hose hitting the water in the bowl and echoing throughout the villa. I took to running the water in the sink every time I went into the toilet in order to cover up my toilet sounds.

Beach villa selection

I made no requests in advance and just took the beach villa they assigned me. I'm a Diamond member, knew there would be no upgrade, hoped for one of the better beach villas. They assigned me 120, which, in retrospect, I can't complain about.

You want to be able to walk out of your unit along your private path and walk right into beautiful surf with a beautiful view. I think 101-105 would be a bit too close to the bridge, the activity/noise, the buggy carts, Dhoni dock, etc. Then somewhere in the 106-115 range there's like a two foot drop off at the end of the paths where you have to climb down just slightly and they have sandbags there for you to step on to get into the surf and it's slightly less nice.

The paths where the higher 100 villas hit the beach seem to have a nicer view and more private setting. The 119 to 122 villas seem to all meet the beach at about the same spot though, with their beach chairs pretty close to each other, whereas 123 seems to be by far the best beach villa location on this side of the island, as it's furthest from the bridge, and it's beach chairs have more space on each side from 122 and 124.

Most of the beach villas are in this 101-123 block. Note that when you walk into the surf on this side, it's lovely soft sand, you can walk out about 10 meters and be up to your waist, but at 11 meters or so out the beach suddenly just drops off and the water will be over your head.

There are also some beach villas on the sunrise 200 side. These face the reef, where the water is shallower much further out, there are more rocks/coral, but you can wade out 30+ meters without the water going over your head. I think that 213-216 probably offer the most bang for the buck of all the beach villas in terms of location. 201-204 are close to the other bridge and there's a big volleyball court right outside the 202-204 paths, so I think those are less nice.

Keep in mind the beach villas don't really have beach views from inside the unit, because they have vegetation for privacy along your private path to the beach.

Anyway, if I ever go back and stay in a beach villa, I'd ask for 213-216, or alternatively 123, or 205-208, or 116 - 122. Or, flipping that script, just ask not to be assigned to 201-205 or 101-115.

Now, here's another request I'd make that's perhaps more important. All of the beach villas have a lovely back terrace facing the sea. It's a nice place to relax, if you don't have loud neighbors over the wall making noise on their own back terrace. I'd request an "end unit" (neighbors only on one side) - that's 213, 216, or 123 (and maybe others?). Alternatively and/or in addition, I'd ask NOT to be assigned a villa next to a family with children or a large group.

We had neighbors on both sides, on one side was a couple we hardly ever heard from, on the other side was a Chinese family with children who made a moderate amount of noise frolicking on their back terrace, and we would hear them not just when we were on our terraces, but we would also hear them if they were out there while we were in our villas with the doors closed.

My neurotic Ithaa table selection strategy

We booked lunch at Ithaa. I considered dinner instead, but decided on lunch due to price, menu, and because I heard that the Sunday dinner sittings were late at night and you missed the experience of sunset in the restaurant.

I had read here that you want to try to get a middle table, so that you each get sort of a panoramic view of the fish, rather than one of you being backed against a wall. Lunch was at 12:30, showed up at about 12:15 and found others already waiting in Sunset Grill, the first waiting area. Note that children are allowed at Ithaa for lunch, and only charged at half price. We lucked out having only two teenage boys among the other diners and they were fine.

Anyway, at 12:20 - 12:25 the hostess motioned us from Sunset Grill over to Ithaa itself, where there's sitting room with sofa and chairs at the main level for a few people to sit down. She gives a 3-5 minute talk about the restaurant then she motions you downstairs.

To get first choice of tables, you want to be the first couple that walks down the stairs into the restaurant. The best strategy here is don't be the first people who walk into Ithaa and sit on the sofa for the talk, because the sofa is opposite the stairs, flanked by the end chairs closer to the stairs. If you're on the sofa when the talk ends, you won't be able to get down the stairs first without hurdling the diners sitting in the end chairs, and that's just bad form.

Sit in the end chairs, or, better yet, just stand and casually hover near the stairwell during the whole talk. Then when she finishes, walk down the stairs first.

Anyway, our hostess finishes her talk and gestures towards the stairs. A tenth of a econd later, I politely shove my girlfriend down the stairs, and we walk into the empty restaurant to choose a table. There were seven tables, 3 on the right side and four on the left. It looked pretty much like this:



The far table on the right side was set for 3 people, the rest were all set for two.

I picked the middle table on the right , which I think was the right choice, because: (a) it's dead center, not off center like the two "middle" tables on the left, (b) more privacy because only 3 tables on the right side instead of 4 packed in the same space on the left, (c) there's a lovely coral reef on the right side that provides a nice backdrop for photos, whereas on the left side there seems to be less coral.

I don't know that the layout is always like this. I've heard that sometimes tables are reserved for guests. I don't know.

If you can't get a middle table, I'd recommend sitting on the far end of the restaurant, rather than the end near the stairs. Two reasons for that: (a) the servers serve the food from near the stairs and the cutlery station is there and those tables are louder, and (b) there's a glass cutout "doorway" at the far end with coral behind it which is nicer to look at than the stairwell.

A few final Ithaa thoughts

We had three Cokes, weren't billed for them, but were charged $12 I think for one house "mocktail." We were offered win but I think she said no alcohol, or maybe alcohol and specialty drinks had to be gotten from the Rangali Bar.

I had heard lunch takes 2 hours, we were there 90 minutes, saw no reason to stay longer

Bring sunglasses if going for lunch, it's bright.

The hostess asked us if we were on our honeymoon, I definitely didn't need that.

No effective dress code for lunch.

Lunch was fun but not "romantic," it's sort of a selfie/photo fest.

I thought the food was excellent. The reef fish looked and tasted like a swordfish steak.

Lastly, if you take photos on a camera phone, disable the auto lock/passcode in advance, so when the big schools of fish come by, you don't get caught in an endless cycle of:

Her: "Honey! Fish! Take my photo!"
Me: [fumbling to unlock phone, enter passcode, open camera app, and take her photo]
Her: [pouting] "Too late."
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Old Aug 11, 15, 10:21 pm   #730
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My first stay in this property was in 2009. At that time, I stayed in a water villa but the water was very shallow, you could not snorkel or really swim like the water villas in Hilton Bora Bora. The water level was like below my knees.

I am returning to this property next month. Is there any particular villas where the water is deep enough for you to just jump into it to swim and snorkel?
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Old Aug 12, 15, 9:24 am   #731
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I am using my points to redeem Beach Villa and the only upgrade available is the Retreat Water Villa. The Water Villas are not available. Was told that the Retreat Water Villas are bigger than the Water Villas.

How are the Retreat Water Villas and how deep is the water around the villas?
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Old Aug 12, 15, 9:40 am   #732
  
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I am using my points to redeem Beach Villa and the only upgrade available is the Retreat Water Villa. The Water Villas are not available. Was told that the Retreat Water Villas are bigger than the Water Villas.

How are the Retreat Water Villas and how deep is the water around the villas?
What pricing was offered to you for the Retreat Water Villa/nt?
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Old Aug 12, 15, 10:07 am   #733
  
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On another note, Nobody has mentioned spa discounted $25 for Diamond. How did other find out about the $25 discount which I am presuming is for one treatment per villa. As opposed to the discount being applicable to the 2 occupants.
Previously, this card was available to all guests for a number of years.
One per villa and you can use it only once and only on one treatment so it's not $25 off for each guest. TBH I think all of these are given by the housekeeper but I could be wrong.


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That's amazing. Even if I didn't want those chairs I couldn't tolerate such behavior. Who's to know who's towels and mags those are anyhow? I'd go out in the middle of the night, throw the mags in the trash and remove the towels. Clean up should be done each day anyhow, so I'm surprised the staff leaves things on the chairs at night. Every chair should be clean by early morning and ready for first come, first served.
This is not the case. They do not touch people's things on the beach...ever! They do of course remove water bottles and rubbish. What surprised me is that on our most recent trip there were 2 life jackets hanging on the trees and they were not removed for 3 or 4 days. I told the Water Sports guys about it and they had them picked up.


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The fountains are a bit loud and not far from the beds, and they are therefore set on a timer so they are not running all night making noise.

I think our fountain kicked on at about 5:30 a.m. the first morning
That's weird. Ours was on 24/7. Then again, 212 is a DBV and so they may not be on timers due to the fact that they are twice the distance from the beds.
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Old Aug 12, 15, 10:38 am   #734
  
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Hi - we are returning to Rangali in a few weeks. Does anyone know if a resort map exists that shows the specific villa numbers for each villa? I have looked at the maps in the Wiki (which are great), but they do not show you specific villa numbers. Thanks.

Rangalifinolhu Island (main island)
The villas numbers start from the south/bottom and move north/up. As such, the villa numbers are highest at the northernmost/top parts of the island.

The exception is the RWVs (called 'Spa Villas' on the 'Old Map' in the Wiki and situated off the nothern tip of the island) where they start on the right hand side (#401) and then alternate east-west/right-left so that all the odd numbers are on the eastern/sunrise side and the even numbers are on the western/sunset side. 421 is regarded as the best villa in this group as it's right at the end and by far the most private.


Rangali Island (small/water-villa island)
Villa numbers start from the southernmost villa on the eastern/sunrise side (which is about 2/3 the way up the right hand side of the island) and go in an anticlockwise direction right around the tip and back down the western/sunset side.

Note: The numbering system does not include the SunWVs(Sunset Water Villas) as they were built after the others. 349 is the southernmost/bottom and 350 is the northernmost/top. Again, 350 has the best views and is the most prvate.



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Should have been more specific.....we are booked in a Superior Water Villa. I am wondering, when you look at the map in the Wiki, do the villas go up in order from left to right (so, villa 331 would be the one closest to the DWVs)? Thanks in advance to anyone who may have the answer.
To answer your question, 342 is closest to the DWVs.
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Old Aug 12, 15, 11:14 am   #735
  
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My first stay in this property was in 2009. At that time, I stayed in a water villa but the water was very shallow, you could not snorkel or really swim like the water villas in Hilton Bora Bora. The water level was like below my knees.

I am returning to this property next month. Is there any particular villas where the water is deep enough for you to just jump into it to swim and snorkel?
At low tide the RWVs have deeper water than the villas on the sunset side of Rangali and the depth at the Rangali Island villas is about knee height or just below at that time of day. I'd hazard a guess and say the difference is about 20-30cm. It's best to wait until medium or high tide if you want to actually jump off the deck and by that time the water will be chest height or over. Also, there's not nearly as much dead and broken coral around the RWVs.
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