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[ARCHIVE 2020] Conrad Maldives Rangali Island {MDV}

[ARCHIVE 2020] Conrad Maldives Rangali Island {MDV}

Old Dec 21, 2020, 2:25 pm
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Originally Posted by milessavus
LHR, Splotly, and MaldivesFreak thanks so much for your advice! I just need to book one more night in the SWV but lo and behold I'm out of points! I'm still going to book the airplane tickets because the Qatar Qsuites are too good to pass up, then wait for some credit card and guest opinion points to clear or pay the last night in cash. I"ll be back soon to take you up on the meal plan offer MF. I also think it would be a good chance for the future wife to get scuba certified as whale shark diving has been a bucket list item for me and i'd love to share that with her.

Now, not to get to risque, but i've heard horror stories about women packing "personal items" in their luggage and what not. I don't think we'll have a problem there but it got me thinking about travel etiquette in muslim countries. I'd imagine euro style topless sunbathing is out of the question (again not a problem) but is there any "dress code" as far as bikinis go? What would fly in Brazil or Europe may not fly in Maldives...
Bikinis - of all / any sorts are fine and totally the norm there at Rangali. The whale shark is a must-do there, its awesome. They arent always lucky and see them, but mostly they do it the season is right. (I cant remember when exactly that is but Ive seen them there in December, October and August so maybe theyre there pretty year-round.). I also have a feeling (but Im not 100% sure) that if you go out and dont see them then you might get a second chance either free or cheaper.
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Old Dec 21, 2020, 3:32 pm
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Yeah, half price on the second trip if you don't see any on the first.
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Old Dec 24, 2020, 7:27 am
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anyone know how reward availability for xmas/NYE 2021 comes available usually? starting from 12/23/11 everything seems sold out, even on cash bookings, which seems impossible to me? apologies if this has been asked before, but was wondering if this behavior was expected or if award availability for the holiday period will be available at a later date
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Old Dec 24, 2020, 9:22 am
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365 days out usually. Could well be booked out already.....
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Old Dec 24, 2020, 10:21 am
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Originally Posted by MaldivesFreak
365 days out usually. Could well be booked out already.....
well today is 365 days out. i could understand award bookings being sold out, sure, since there aren't many rooms made available for redemptions, but the entire hotel is showing sold out, even for cash bookings. thats not quite possible in my opinion 365 days out and in this economy...


SAii lagoon is also fully "sold out" .... and that i dont believe is possible even in an alternate universe 😂

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Old Dec 24, 2020, 10:40 am
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Originally Posted by rvlcr
well today is 365 days out. i could understand award bookings being sold out, sure, since there aren't many rooms made available for redemptions, but the entire hotel is showing sold out, even for cash bookings. thats not quite possible in my opinion 365 days out and in this economy...
I can't speak for CMRI specifically, but most hotels do not load their availability on a daily basis. Airlines do that, but not hotels. Hotels open availability in blocks, commonly in months.

If you need a specific date, the best thing you can do is search for it every day. But even if you do that, you might never find it. It would not surprise me if award availability is nonexistent during their highest demand times.
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Old Dec 24, 2020, 12:08 pm
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Originally Posted by lhrhappy
I can't speak for CMRI specifically, but most hotels do not load their availability on a daily basis. Airlines do that, but not hotels. Hotels open availability in blocks, commonly in months.

If you need a specific date, the best thing you can do is search for it every day. But even if you do that, you might never find it. It would not surprise me if award availability is nonexistent during their highest demand times.
right, and that is fair (was not complaining about that). what i was more perplexed about was the fact that you cant even book a room on a cash rate if you wanted to since the resort is "sold out". this tells me their reservation department still probably hasn't opened up any rooms for the festive season at all becasue how can it be that 365 days ahead of time all rooms have been booked...

i have emailed the resort to see if they can provide some clarity.

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Old Dec 24, 2020, 2:10 pm
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Originally Posted by rvlcr
right, and that is fair (was not complaining about that). what i was more perplexed about was the fact that you cant even book a room on a cash rate if you wanted to since the resort is "sold out". this tells me their reservation department still probably hasn't opened up any rooms for the festive season at all becasue how can it be that 365 days ahead of time all rooms have been booked...

i have emailed the resort to see if they can provide some clarity.
I just searched, and they still have availability for check-in tomorrow with a departure on January 2. If I can still book this year's festive season at such a late date, then next year's festive season almost certainly just hasn't been loaded into inventory yet. Patience.
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Old Dec 24, 2020, 2:35 pm
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Originally Posted by rvlcr
SAii lagoon is also fully "sold out" .... and that i dont believe is possible even in an alternate universe 😂
Now you're talkin' impossibility! Prolly a system glitch with Hilton IT.
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Old Dec 25, 2020, 6:35 am
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Weather is back to heaven here right now

- Ufaa now has buffet after the a la carte didn't work, in some remnant parts of atoll. Selection not as wide as before, but still great- Smaller island and atoll will be refurbed in 2021 to bring the hotel back up to top standards - currently all rooms operating and at pretty much full capacity until Jan
there were some glitches in early festive period but the hotel management have been on their own accord been fixing it piece by piece and can't complain now.

The BBQ event beach does feel smaller than last year.

GWVs are worth the upgrade if you can make it happen by paying to lock in (or get lucky when refurbs are happening)
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Old Dec 25, 2020, 7:58 am
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I will be arriving at CRMI in a few weeks and inquired about the construction. Was told they do not have any definite plans for constructions or renovation for the moment.

is this truly the case?

if so, I can probably kiss chances for upgrades goodbye, especially given the capacity levels currently. Can anyone else comment on this that is there at present?
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Old Dec 25, 2020, 8:12 am
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When you said "Ufaa now has buffet after the a la carte didn't work, in some remnant parts of atoll", did you mean that Ufaa now has buffet in some part of Atoll Market?

Originally Posted by slappychasez
I will be arriving at CRMI in a few weeks and inquired about the construction. Was told they do not have any definite plans for constructions or renovation for the moment.

is this truly the case?

if so, I can probably kiss chances for upgrades goodbye, especially given the capacity levels currently. Can anyone else comment on this that is there at present?
Since the resort is fully booked into Jan and they probably cannot get whoever is doing the renovations to give them a definite date on when they can start, they look to be keeping everything open until they can get those dates confirmed. The only way I see you getting a free upgrade to the GWVs is a) if you've already got one and they just haven't told you yet, or b) ocupancy is going to drop by a substantial amount after the Russians leave in late January and they will close Rangali Island like they did before.

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Old Dec 25, 2020, 9:50 am
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Originally Posted by MaldivesFreak
When you said "Ufaa now has buffet after the a la carte didn't work, in some remnant parts of atoll", did you mean that Ufaa now has buffet in some part of Atoll Market?
Yep - spot on - it's decent and a step up from what was there a few days back, but not at the old atoll level of variety which was pretty damn impressive.
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Old Dec 25, 2020, 1:15 pm
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Does anyone have any idea how long the renovations will take? Im guessing it depends on the type of renovations multiplied by the amount of rooms along with the amount of workers. I had to redo a bathroom with 1 novice contractor and he took 2 weeks. Hopefully they have a 4-5 experienced persons per room and more so they can work on multiple rooms at a time.

Its actually perfect for me since my 10 year anniversary is summer 2022 so Im hoping they will be done before then. Then, I can unload my Hilton points and free room certificate for a memorable moment and hopefully the wife will be nice to me for the rest of my life. The plus side is I can experience the reinvigorated / modernized room.

(Im recently registered and this is my 1st reply thread but been lurking for a while)
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Old Dec 25, 2020, 2:48 pm
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Probably 9 months to a year. By the summer of 2022 everything should be finished.
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