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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island {MDV}

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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
Property used to be Category 10 (before the category system was discontinued in March 2017): 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
* 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 & Gift Cards
• 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 and for tips on using Weekend Certificates see this post
• Amex certificates earned on the Aspire or Ascend can be used at Conrad Rangali
• American Express Hilton Gift Cards can now be used at this resort. See here for specifics

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
• • Tip: To work out prices before the 23.2% taxes, multiply by 0.81169, i.e; 123.2 * 0.81169 = 100
• A new Green Tax of $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 $8pp/pn Bed Tax (previously levied by the Maldivian government) was abolished on Dec 1, 2014

Resort Information / F&B / Spa / Activities
• Three islands make up Conrad Rangali with two being available for guests; Rangalifinolhu (main island) and Rangali Island (smaller island), while the third island houses staff quarters, power generators, etc. This third island, AKA 'the staff island', is off-limits to guests
• Breakfast can be had at either Atoll Market (on Rangalifinolhu, open 7AM til 10:30AM*) or Vilu on Rangali Island (open 7AM til 10:30AM*). Breakfast on New Years Day is open until midday at both locations
* As of the beginning of 2018, both Atoll Market and Vilu now close half an hour earlier than before (previous closing time was 11AM)
• See this post for policy on kids eating for free at the resort
• The resort has two pools. Hours for both the Main Pool (located on Rangalifinolhu) and the Quiet Zone Pool (adults only and located on Rangali Island) are 9AM until 6PM daily
The resort has two spas:
• A large spa positioned over the water at the northern tip of the main island (opposite Mandhoo spa restaurant) called the Spa Retreat. Click here for the Spa Retreat Pricelist
• A smaller, 4-room spa off the smaller island called the Over Water Spa. Click here for the Over Water Spa Pricelist
• Click here to visit the resort's website for more information

Travel & Safety Information
• The Maldives is listed in Category 1 (the highest category) on the WHO Zika virus classification table. However, don't let that scare you because as of April 13, 2017 there has only been one confirmed case of Zika in the Maldives
• Click here for information related to the single Zika infection in the Maldives (reported in January of that year)
• See this post for information about the stringent pest control implemented at Rangali

Transfers To and From Resort
How: Conrad Maldives is 90km Southwest of Velana International Airport [MLE] (also known as Malι International Airport, previously known as Ibrahim Nasir 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 Info (to the resort):
• 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
• 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 the bottom of the wiki for recommended hotels in Malι and ones the resort can book for you)

Time Info (from the resort):
• 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

Seaplane Transfer Specifics:
• See this post for detailed information & FAQ on the seaplane schedule, when and how you will be informed of the departure time, etc (Courtesy of MaldivesFreak)
• 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
• Link to the Seaplane Transfer PDF on Conrad's website is here
• The seaplane company promises the resort to transfer all the guests within 2 hours of arrival at the seaplane terminal and so waiting time usually doesn't exceed 2 hours

Seaplane Cost: $590 ($526 + T-GST) round trip per head. Children aged between 2 and 11 receive a 50% discount
Note: Cost was $560 ($500 + T-GST) up until October 2018
Seaplane Luggage: 25kg per person + 5kg of hand luggage. Limit of 32kg per piece of luggage. Excess baggage charged at $5.00 + T-GST per kg

Private Yacht Transfer Specifics:
• This is a luxury cruise transfer that can be arranged for up to 15 guests on one of the resort's yachts
• The transfer takes approximately three hours and cruises from Malι through the atolls directly to Rangali Island

Airport & Lounge Information
• Official Malι 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) (see this post for new occupancy rules for newly renovated BVs) (Courtesy of MaldivesFreak)
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 known as Spa Water Villa))
FWV (Family Water Villa. Note: The two spa beds have been removed from the second room and replaced with two single beds)
PWV (Premier Water Villa)
PWS (Premier Water Suite (the two Premier Water Villas booked as a single unit))
SunWV (Sunset Water Villa)

-- UWS (Under Water Suite, AKA: The Muraka) --
* Opened November, 2018. See Unique Accommodations, Attractions & Activities section below for more info

360° Tours of the Resort and Rooms
• Conrad Maldives @ 360Tourist
• Conrad Maldives @ Gecko Digital

Villa Numbering: Please see this post (Courtesy of MaldivesFreak)

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, listed by year (from 2016 til present), give a range from lowest to highest unless otherwise specified and are subject to 10% service charge and prevailing T-GST rate. Note that cash upgrades, when paid in advance, are refundable up until a month prior to arrival.


***** 2019 Figures *****

High & Festive Seasons (01 Oct through 11 May):
Beach Villa to Deluxe Beach Villa - USD 378
Beach Villa to Superior Water Villa - USD 74
Beach Villa to Deluxe Water Villa - USD 474
Beach Villa to Retreat Water Villa - USD 589
Beach Villa to Premier Water Villa - USD 1449

Water Villa to Superior Water Villa - USD 35 - 93
Water Villa to Deluxe Beach Villa - USD 87 - 217
Water Villa to Retreat Water Villa - USD 158 - 295
Water Villa to Deluxe Water Villa - USD 322 - 540
Water Villa to Family Water Villa - USD 649 - 880
Water Villa to Premier Water Villa - USD 900 - 2467
Water Villa to Sunset Water Villa - USD 1505 - 3200

Low & Shoulder Seasons (12 May through 30 Sep):
Water Villa to Superior Water Villa - USD 76 - 144
Water Villa to Deluxe Beach Villa - USD 90 - 117
Water Villa to Retreat Water Villa - USD 164 - 275
Water Villa to Deluxe Water Villa - USD 200 - 266
Water Villa to Beach Suite - USD 1700
Water Villa to Premier Water Villa - USD 807 - 1,248
Water Villa to Sunset Water Villa - USD 2300


***** 2018 Figures *****

Low & Shoulder Seasons (12 May through 30 Sep):
Beach Villa to Water Villa - USD 270 - 294
Beach Villa to Deluxe Beach Villa - USD 350 - 375
Beach Villa to Superior Water Villa - USD 210 - 367
Beach Villa to Retreat Water Villa - 550 - 800
Beach Villa to Family Water Villa - NDA
Beach Villa to Deluxe Water Villa - USD 735
Beach Villa to Premier Water Villa / Premier Water Suite - NDA
Beach Villa to Beach Suite / Junior Beach Suite - NDA
Beach Villa to Sunset Water Villa - NDA
Superior Water Villa to Deluxe Water Villa - NDA
Superior Water Villa to Premier Water Villa - NDA

Water Villa to Deluxe Beach Villa - USD 135 - 162
Water Villa to Superior Water Villa - USD 90 - 127
Water Villa to Retreat Water Villa - USD 175 - 280
Water Villa to Deluxe Water Villa - USD 273 - 455
Water Villa to Premier Water Villa - USD 765 - 985

High & Festive Seasons (01 Oct through 11 May):
Beach Villa to Water Villa - USD 288 - 294
Beach Villa to Deluxe Beach Villa - USD 300 - 367*
Beach Villa to Superior Water Villa - USD 210 - 367
Beach Villa to Retreat Water Villa - USD 368 - 588
Beach Villa to Family Water Villa - 880
Beach Villa to Deluxe Water Villa - USD 720 - 735
Beach Villa to Premier Water Villa / Premier Water Suite - NDA
Beach Villa to Beach Suite / Junior Beach Suite - USD 7,452* / NDA
Beach Villa to Sunset Water Villa - NDA
Superior Water Villa to Deluxe Water Villa - NDA
Superior Water Villa to Premier Water Villa - NDA

Water Villa to Deluxe Beach Villa - USD 80 - 551
Water Villa to Superior Water Villa - USD 76 - 130
Water Villa to Retreat Water Villa - USD 240 - 992
Water Villa to Deluxe Water Villa - USD 395 - 1654
Water Villa to Premier Water Villa - USD 3528

* With the exception of USD 667 for the DBV mentioned in this post. See this post for probable reasons for such high rates


***** 2017 Figures *****

Low & Shoulder Seasons (12 May through 30 Sep):
Beach Villa to Water Villa: USD 105* - 200
Beach Villa to Deluxe Beach Villa: USD 137 - 275
Beach Villa to Superior Water Villa: USD 147 - 210
Beach Villa to Retreat Water Villa: USD 258 - 475
Beach Villa to Family Water Villa: USD 600** - 1001
Beach Villa to Deluxe Water Villa: USD 315** *** - 420
Beach Villa to Premier Water Villa / Premier Water Suite: USD 800 - 1000 (lowest price seen so far for Premier Water Villa)
Beach Villa to Beach Suite / Junior Beach Suite: USD 1,190 (lowest price seen so far for Jr Beach Suite) Note: Link is to standard Beach Suite, not Jr Suite
Beach Villa to Sunset Water Villa: USD 2,380 (lowest price seen so far)

* USD 105 being the rule with the single exception of USD 82 mentioned in this post
** USD 315 being the lowest published rate, with one exception of an undisclosed rate lower than this
** See this post for possible reason for low rate
*** See this post for the reason for the even lower rate

High & Festive Seasons (01 Oct through 11 May):
Beach Villa to Water Villa - USD 280* - 375
Beach Villa to Deluxe Beach Villa - USD 280** - 375
Beach Villa to Superior Water Villa - USD 300*** - 562
Beach Villa to Retreat Water Villa - USD 500 / 550**** - 712
Beach Villa to Family Water Villa - USD 980
Beach Villa to Deluxe Water Villa - USD 650 / 700***** - 900
Beach Villa to Premier Water Villa / Premier Water Suite - USD 1400****** - 1600 / NDA
Beach Villa to Sunset Water Villa - USD 3500
Superior Water Villa to Deluxe Water Villa - USD 187 - 250
Superior Water Villa to Premier Water Villa - USD 787 - 1050

* USD 280 being the rule with the exceptions of USD 250 mentioned in this post, USD 200 mentioned in this post and this post
** USD 280 being the rule with the single exception of USD 171* in this post
*** USD 300 being the rule with the exceptions of USD 137* in this post, USD 150 in this post and USD 280 in this post
**** USD 500 - 550 being the rule with the exceptions of USD 450 mentioned in this post, USD 405 mentioned in this post, USD 400 in this post, USD 385 in this post and 240* in this post
***** USD 650 - 700 being the rule with the exceptions of USD 550 mentioned in this post, USD 560 in this post and USD 338 mentioned in this post
****** USD 1400 - 1600 being the rule with the exception of USD 1120 in this post and USD 980 in this post
* See this post for possible reason for low rates


***** 2016 Figures *****

High & Festive Seasons:
Beach Villa to Water Villa - USD 400
Beach Villa to Deluxe Beach Villa - USD 540
Beach Villa to Superior Water Villa - USD 500
Beach Villa to Retreat Water Villa - USD 810
Beach Villa to Deluxe Water Villa - USD 1015
Beach Villa to Premier Water Villa / Premier Water Suite - USD 938 - 1250


Villa Selection: Beach Villas
Advice on Villa Selection (Courtesy of pineapple_09)
More advice on Villa Selection (Courtesy of jphripjah)

"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
Possible downsides of low 200's - see post 4198

Villa Selection: Water Villas (standard/basic water villa category)
Advice on WV Villa Selection (Courtesy of MaldivesFreak)

Villa Selection: Superior Water Villas
See the first part of Advice on SWV Villa Selection (post #1) and then all of Advice on SWV Villa Selection (post #2) (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 (Courtesy of MaldivesFreak)

Lagoon Water Depth Information
See this post for information about how deep the surrounding water is for the resort's water villas (Courtesy of MaldivesFreak)

Snorkelling & Whale Shark Snokelling
See this 2018 post for detailed information about snorkelling at Rangali and the neighbouring Mirihi resort's reef (Courtesy of Splotly)
See this post for detailed information on theWhale Shark Snokelling excursion

Gold and Diamond Benefits:
NOTE: THIS PART OF THE WIKI IS 100% UP-TO-DATE. THE HILTON / CONRAD WEBSITE IS NOT UP-TO-DATE (and has not been for years)! Please read carefully before posting questions in this thread about Gold and Diamond Benefits! Thank you!

• Free Breakfast. Available at both Atoll and Vilu restaurants for two guests per room. Breakfast can be provided in room and incurs a tray/delivery charge of $15++
• Afternoon Tea: Every day from 4-5PM at Vilu Bar. Offerings include tea, biscuits & cookies, cakes, scones and rolls. Complimentary for Gold and Diamond members, special repeater guests and special guests of the GM
Note: Previously held at Mandhoo from 4-5PM (changed around September 2018) and on the odd occasion held at Vilu if there was a large number of guests attending
• Happy Hour at Vilu Bar: Every day from 4:30-5-30PM. Free drinks and mocktails/fruit juice/water. Everyone welcome to attend but free only for Hilton Gold and Diamond members
Notes: Used to be from 5-6PM (changed around September 2018). Used to also be free for non-Gold / Diamond guests who were staying on Rangali Island (smaller island with water villas only). This benefit for these particular guests was discontinued late 2016 / early 2017
• One bottle of wine upon arrival for Golds / One bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival for Diamonds
• Fruit Basket with Chocolate (which all guests receive in villa upon check-in) is refilled daily only for some guests. Note that the fruit is refilled but not the chocolate
• As a Diamond benefit you receive an additional 15 minutes to any single spa treatment (treatment has to be 1 hour or longer)
Note: Previous benefit of Spa Discount Card (giving $25 off any treatment) was discontinued around early 2017
• Free and full use of the Conrad Lounge (see Airport & Lounge Information above) on departure is no longer given to Diamond members (as of end 2017)

For All Guests
• Happy Hour @ Rangali Bar and The Quiet Zone: Every day from 5-7PM. Half-priced drinks and mocktails/fruit juice/water. The discount does not apply to wine. Everyone welcome

Kid's Club Info
• Current Majaa Kids Club Activities
• Majaa Kids Club Activities (PDF, 2013)
• 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
• If you are thinking of taking a drone, please see this post regarding the resort's drone policy
• Conrad Holiday Schedule Planner (PDF)
• Conrad Maldives Excursions (PDF, Mar 2015)
• Conrad Maldives Excursions (PDF, Jan 2017, external link provided by anon FT member)
• See this post for info on HB (Half Board) and FB (Full Board) packages
• See this post for info on the now compulsory New Years Eve Gala Fee
• If you are wishing to split your redemption stay between Over Water Villa & Beach Villa, contact the hotel directly to split the stay between the two room types. The reservations team will be more than happy to accommodate the request

Unique Accommodations, Attractions & Activities
• The Muraka: An underwater suite constructed in Singapore, shipped to the resort and opened November 2018. Click here for Conrad's webpages dedicated to the suite and for discussion about it here on this thread you can read the posts starting here
• Ithaa Undersea Restaurant: World's first and only all-glass undersea restaurant. As of mid / late 2017 there is a breakfast option from 7:00AM to 11:00AM (see this post for more). Cocktail hour is from 11:00AM to 12:00PM. Lunch is from 12:00PM - 2:00PM (& second session from 2:30PM - 4:30PM if in high demand) and dinner from 6:30PM - 9:30PM daily
- Click here to see the Breakfast Menu
• Watersports (PDF)
Water Sports Note: Standup paddleboards are now free of charge
• 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
• Individual island maps (showing DBV pool size and OWV deck orientations)(Courtesy of goliath)
• Old Map (Pre-3rd Island)
• Old Map (Resort's website) (December 2014, PDF)
• New Map (Resort's website)
• Aerial view - Standard Map (Google Maps)
• Aerial view - Satellite (Google 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)
• First Class Apartments to the Maldives (April 2016. Author's FT nick: Jermyn)
• Barry Lincoln's Summer 2016 Venice and Maldives Trip (August, 2016. Author's FT nick: BarryLincoln)
• Conrad Rangali Maldives (Easter 2016. Author's FT nick: diningdecadence)
• Conrad Maldives Revisited (February 2017. Author's FT nick: ScubaRoo)

Contact
• General Enquiries: [email protected]
• Reservations Department: [email protected]
• See the posts starting here for alternate Reservations Department emails should you not have any reponse from the above within 72hrs
• Pre-Bookings (book restaurants/special dinners, spa treatments, excursions etc): [email protected] (or, if for some reason there is no reply, try [email protected]). Bookings can be made up to 2 weeks before arrival
Note: the resort does not take bookings earlier than 2 weeks out

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 (Courtesy of MaldivesFreak)
• Want to get an idea about the weather in the month of August? Click here to read a post from a FT member that spends 2 weeks at Rangali during this month (Courtesy of Splotly)

Current/Future Maintenance/Property Issues:
• All Deluxe Beach Villas will be renovated during the period May 15 – October 15 2018. As of December 2017 the first one was completed. Villa no.140
Note: This timeframe has been revised and completion is due 10 December, 2018

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 Beach Villas, were refurbished
• New Cantonese restaurant named Ufaa opened September 2014. It is situated where the old gym used to be (next to Atoll Market buffet restaurant) and is both on the ground and first floors
• New gym is now located above the shops on the main island, next to the library. See this conversation for info on facilities and exercise equipment
• From 20 April - November 2016 the resort refurbished all standard Beach Villas. See this post for details on changes to Beach Villa design
• In January 2017 the resort did minor work on the Superior Water Villas. See this post for details
• The resort closed The Quiet Zone Pool from 17 July 2017 to 1 October 2017 to carry out maintenance and upgrade works. The entire pool was re-tiled and re-decked
• The resort closed Vilu for two weeks early November 2017 (re-opened on 24th) to carry out refurbishment which included replacement of flooring. Breakfast was moved to Mandhoo and Happy Hour for Golds and Diamonds moved to The Quiet Zone
• Vilu and The Wine Cellar were closed for maintenance for one month from the end of August 2018
• Koko Grill was closed for a short time in September 2018 to install a transparent tarpaulin (to avoid cancellation due to rain) and re-opened October 1st, 2018
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/30693205-post2824.html
• In late 2018 the resort started on a project to refurbish all the Deluxe Beach Villas. See this post for pictures and this post for a video of the old style / pre-renovation Deluxe Beach Villas

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 Malι (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)
• Hotel 78 (Hotel Website). Hotel 78 (TripAdvisor) (3.5 Star, $78-$140/night)
• Extensive list of hotels on Hulhumale (airport) Island
>> Overnight stay in Malι - Resort Booking Service
• The resort used to be able to book other hotels like Jen Hotel (above), Airport Hotel (presumably the Hulhule Island Hotel) and Hotel Octave (also listed above) but now it seems they are not in partnership with any hotels. Note: The bill was added to your bill at Rangali and paid for at checkout

Tours of Malι:
• The resort offers a free tour of Malι (for guests returning to the capital after their stay). You only need to pay $1 pp for the ferry. Luggage can be stored at the airport for a minimal fee while you are on the tour

Miscellaneous
• If you are thinking of taking a drone, please see this post regarding the resort's drone policy
• The property does not share a timezone with Malι - it's one hour ahead, which may make reasoning about transfers easier. When setting your devices to Rangali time, use an equivalent timezone (like Dhaka) rather than manually setting the time, or you'll stop any 2FA working

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Old Nov 25, 18, 2:24 pm
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Are the renovated DBV worth it? The pics sometime back were most unimpressive. Also, how big is the villa's pool. We are a family of 2 adults and 2 kids so need to decide which one to go for.
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Old Nov 25, 18, 10:49 pm
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All a matter of personal opinion, I guess. I prefer the older style with the non-intrusive flooring and overall a much brighter room. Almost every pool is a different shape and size. See the post a while back by @goliath that mentioned the pools (although you will not be able to know the exact size from the map posted). Having said that, none are super small so I really don't think you'll have an issue with even the smallest one.
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Old Nov 26, 18, 8:51 am
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We are planning our first trip from the UK. Have already booked the flights. However, realised that my children will be 12 years and 10 years by the time we travel next year and re the seaplane transfer, the 12 year old would get charged the adult amount. With the weak pound, this is bringing the cost of our family even more than the actual flights for all 4 of us! Any other suitable, good and very reliable way? I know people will say Rangali is not a place to save pennies but it is coming up to well over $2000 for the seaplane transfers.
Cheaper transfers? Yes, you can, but it certainly won't be fun! You could take the public ferry to Mandhoo (I think that's about an 8 hour ride in an open-sided dhoni with no facilities on board but only costs a few dollars per person) then ask Conrad to pick you up from there. As Mandhoo is close, they may do it free of charge or for not a huge amount. However, I think that trip would be everyone's idea of hell, even if it would save you around $1,800.

A marginally more serious suggestion would be to book a night in a nearby guesthouse, who could arrange cheaper domestic flight transfers, but then you've still got to pay for the boat to take you to Rangali. And really, do you want to spend your first night in paradise in a guesthouse?
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Old Nov 26, 18, 10:02 am
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[...] then ask Conrad to pick you up from there. As Mandhoo is close, they may do it free of charge or for not a huge amount.
YMMD.
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Old Nov 26, 18, 10:32 am
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Originally Posted by goliath View Post
Another update after 12 days here - two thirds of our stay:

After the first five days with lots of rain and strong wind, the weather has now greatly improved and we were able to enjoy some near-perfect days and beautiful sunsets.

I haven't turned a single page in the books I brought with me and haven't been snorkelling at all so far. This may sound odd to some, but this time, it feels right to really do nothing at all - other than getting up late, walking (or taking the boat) over to breakfast, laying at the pool, walking (or taking the boat again) over to afternoon tea, freshening up and going to (or sometimes even skipping) dinner.

We have met many interesting people here and have spent hours of talking to them. Our daughter has constantly found new friends to play with and the guys at the kids club have taken great care of the kids as always.

Some updates on my previous post and some new thoughts and info I found noteworthy:

Internet (update):
The speed has improved in the meantime, speedtest.net is reporting 4.7Mbit/s to a server in Male (that equals about 35MB/min), I can now work remotely on a server in Europe without being kicked out all the time and our daughter has been able to stream Netflix without any issues.

When moving around, both my wife and I are still losing the connection on our phones multiple times a day which requires us to re-initiate the connection on the Hilton login page again, though.

Buggies / dhoni service (update):
We only used buggies a few times and waiting times have improved now. I think it helps that the dhoni / ferry has been operating again since the weather has improved and the wind has eased off.

Afternoon tea + cocktail hour (update):
We have come to like the combined event, but would still prefer it to be held at Mandhoo. Mandhoo has always been our favourite restaurant location (not necessarily the favourite menu, in my case - I prefer the cuts of meat to be bigger ). Now you can arrive at 4:30PM, still get something from the afternoon tea buffet and at the same time order drinks from the "happy hour" menu.

Some firsts (for us):
Not a first, but a new record: 35 minutes between touchdown of our plane at MLE and our arrival at the Rangali Lounge at the seaplane terminal. Very fast and efficent processes this time, from immigration to baggage delivery, from "meet & greet" by Conrad staff to check-in at TMA and the drive over to the seaplane terminal.

The first time we had excess baggage with TMA: You are allowed 30kg per person (every item is weighed, checked luggage as well as hand luggage) and we had 103kg between the three of us. I think the $5 (+12% tax) per kg of excess weight is a fair price. We paid $72.80 including tax for the extra 13kg.

The first time we are staying in a villa on Rangali Island: Pros of the DWV we are in: sunset views from bed, jacuzzi and bathtub, short walk over to Vilu for breakfast or afternoon tea / happy hour. I think on a next visit, we would chose a RWV or FWV again because of their pros: more floorspace, daybed on the deck, showerhead with a hose (travelling with two girls with long hair...), glass floor underneath the vanity.

The first time we had breakfast at Vilu: We prefer this setting / location to the busy Atoll market and you can get most of the items from the kitchen (if you know that you can ask for them, the menu on the iPads is somewhat limited), but after a couple of days, we went back to Atoll market, which is easier for our daughter. Here she can pick and chose "a little bit of everything" without having to order full plates.

The first time we used laundry service: The prices are reasonable in comparison to other hotels / resorts worldwide, I would have expected higher prices here. Standard prices apply for "same day service" (pick up before 11AM, delivery by 9PM) or "next day service" (pick up after 11AM, delivery by 7PM next day). "Express service" (pick up between 8AM an 2PM, delivery within 4h hours) is 50% extra. Our laundry was picked up before 9AM yesterday and delivered around 8PM last night. See the complete list of prices in the pic below.

Some firsts scheduled for the remaining days:
  • Lobster and Champagne BBQ at the beach
  • Visit Ithaa for drinks
  • Lucky Dolphin Cruise
Villa pictures:
Thanks to management and other guests, I was able to take some pictures of:
  • Sunset Water Villa
  • Premier Water Villa
  • Renovated Deluxe Beach Villa
I will post those pics later on once I find the time, together with some updates on the renovated DBVs.

The things I love about this place - click on a picture for a larger view:

Arriving at the pool at 10:30AM with zero sunbeds occupied:



These views:











Laundry price list:

Did you provide an update on the renovated DBVs with your impressions/pictures? Maybe I missed it in the thread
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Should rename the 200-212 villas as 'Muraka View' as that is what dominates the view now. My wife thought it was the sea plane terminal at first and I cannot blame her, from a distance it has a certain public transit aesthetic.

Really should have painted the outside to make it fit in better, though their theory is that it will reflect the light to appear in various hues depending on conditions (even golden at times of a red sky). Also they wanted it to stand out, so I guess they succeeded with that even if it’s at the expense of those who have to look at the exterior of it
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Thanks for that. I'll make a mental note to request something above 212 on subsequent visits.
Here are some recent pics showing the location of the Muraka. The second picture was take standing on the pier that leads to the RWVs.
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You could take the public ferry to Mandhoo (I think that's about an 8 hour ride in an open-sided dhoni with no facilities on board but only costs a few dollars per person)
If there have been some recent and drastic changes to the laws in the Maldives, please accept my apologies, but first, let me ask you this question: how does a non-Maldivian (without a work visa for a property at the destination he is looking to travel to) buy a ticket on a ferry? Online services, for example, don't allow for it and that's because foreigners are not allowed to buy tickets by themselves nor travel to islands by ferry without a valid reservation at the destination. So, since @s879 isn't able to buy tickets without a reservation, he must waste a whole day and has to stay at a 2-star hole before and after his 5-star stay at Rangali. That would add 2 nights onto his itinerary. Yeah, good idea.

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then ask Conrad to pick you up from there. As Mandhoo is close, they may do it free of charge or for not a huge amount. However, I think that trip would be everyone's idea of hell, even if it would save you around $1,800.
Laughable to suggest they would pick you up free of charge! And I'm afraid it shows you have absolutely no idea how things work in the country. As for a not-huge-amount, and *cough* saving a massive $1800 *cough*, take this as an example: Mirihi is a stone's throw away at only 5km but the speedboat there is a whopping $370 per person and that's one way. And, need I point out, that $370 is more than a one-way journey on the seaplane per person.....and Mandhoo is 3km further away than Mirihi.

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A marginally more serious suggestion would be to book a night in a nearby guesthouse, who could arrange cheaper domestic flight transfers
Um.....how much are these cheaper airfares exactly? Care to provide figures?

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but then you've still got to pay for the boat to take you to Rangali.
Yeah, well we covered that one already.
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And really, do you want to spend your first night in paradise in a guesthouse?
Correction: "first and last night"

So basically you've posted suggestions that are not possible, completely unrealistic and with absolutely no prices to back up what you say bar that of the $8 ferry which @s879 will not be able to take unless he stays in a guesthouse on Mandhoo (or Maamigili or wherever). Of course that's completely pointless as he and his family will have wasted 2 days and 2 nights, wasted the money for the guesthouse and the transfer from there to Rangali will be more than what it is for the seaplane.

The facts are simple.....

1a. transportation to resorts for tourists in the Maldives is a monopoly
1b. a resort will make speedboat-only transportation for arriving and departing guests equal to or greater than the cost of the seaplane (and pocket any difference should there be any)
2. try to get to Rangali and save money is a big waste of time

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Hahaha says the other guy, who made the same suggestions a few months back. What kind of proof do you accept?
You are right, that you cannot make a direct ferry reservation. But you can do it via different companies like atolltransfer.com.
Or book for example a combined local flight-speed boat-transfer via the website transferotel.com, which is 150 US$ oneway per Person from Male Airport to Conrad Rangali, see screenshot attached. If you ad 1child (age 2-12) , it will be 220US$ ,so only 70$/child.


Yes of course it is more convenient and luxurious to wait in the Conrad seaplane lounge and go directly there, but if you are on a budget with 2-3 kids and want to save some money, this is a way of transport that one could consider, as it means a significant saving . So more money to spent on Rangali.
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I have to agree with Maldivesfreak. If you are trying to save money on a transfer when going to the Maldives then this destination is not for you.
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I have to agree with Maldivesfreak. If you are trying to save money on a transfer when going to the Maldives then this destination is not for you.
Why not save some money on transfer if you are a big family with kids?
It bothers me, that Maldivesfreak always claims, that alternative transport wouldn΄t work.
-Using/Buying Airline points for First/Business-Flights to MLE is good/accepted
-Buying Hilton Honors points with up to 100% bonus/Daily Getaways to use at CM is also good.
- Sign-up bonuses for creditcards/ Free Night certificates are good.
- Buying Hilton Gift Cards with %OFF to use there is ok

- Saving on transfer is BAD???

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If there have been some recent and drastic changes to the laws in the Maldives, please accept my apologies, but first, let me ask you this question: how does a non-Maldivian (without a work visa for a property at the destination he is looking to travel to) buy a ticket on a ferry? Online services, for example, don't allow for it and that's because foreigners are not allowed to buy tickets by themselves nor travel to islands by ferry without a valid reservation at the destination. So, since @s879 isn't able to buy tickets without a reservation, he must waste a whole day and has to stay at a 2-star hole before and after his 5-star stay at Rangali. That would add 2 nights onto his itinerary. Yeah, good idea.
Whoa! First of all, where's your sense of humour? Should have been pretty obvious by my sentence: "as a marginally more serious suggestion" that the suggestion to take the ferry wasn't serious. I did point out in my own post that taking the ferry would be a bad idea. In fact, I believe I called it 'hell'. But you know, if it makes you feel better to clarify that it would be a bad idea for anyone in this forum who isn't able to understand that 'hell' is not a good thing, by all means knock yourself out.

Secondly, you're wrong about ferry transfers. Any human being can catch a public ferry and hundreds of tourists to the Maldives do it every single day. You simply walk up to the ferry ticket office and buy a ticket. Perhaps you're mistaking the monopoly that seaplane companies have, where it's true that tourists can't buy tickets, but public ferries are just that: public. No need to book a guesthouse.

As for the rest of your post, no point in responding as you've massively missed the point.
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Hi, I have been lurking on this page for the past couple weeks now trying to learn a little bit prior me going there next year in November (quite excited). I have a question though I tried to call Conrad Maldives and I always get the robo answer stating that the number I have dialed is not in service. Did anyone have any problem contacting them?

Also, my current reservation is on 11/17-11/22 any foods suggestion are welcome! My plan is to stay one night on the 16 on Male and take the first sea plane to the island the next day since this is what a lot of you have recommend. Also, thank you all that provide a huge resources on this forum and I really appreciate it!
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i think it's good to try to think of strategies to save money, but no need to kill yourself over it.

and once the number of people in the party is above a certain N, it does make sense to charter a boat / arrange directly with a boatman. you can even make it a one night liveaboard trip if you are adventurous.

otherwise, be flexible with trip dates etc (before children turn 2, 12, or whatever). this helps reduce both the international flight cost as well as seaplane cost.

if nothing is amenable to change, then just have to pay up (and maybe take on a second part-time job in the meanwhile or "borrow" your travel budget from future years..)

and i fully agree that if you have the extreme penny pincher mindset before and during the trip, then this is not a trip for you. you wont be able to relax at all. you still have to pay for food while there even though you may have fully funded your accommodation with HH points and choose not to partake in any excursions - unless you pack your whole stash of camping supplies there LOL). you will just be constantly stressed out and cant enjoy yourself. i would rather stay at home if that's the case. so if you decide to go, then let go, enjoy, and be prepared to spend within reason.
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Hi shosana.

There was another member a little while back that had the same problem with trying to call in. It was their service provider in the US that was causing the problems with them calling from a mobile phone. Can't remember which one.

Good move to overnight and get there early. You won't regret it.

For 5 nights I would suggest the following evening dinners (Must-dos are bolded and I have included days where restaurants are closed so keep this in mind should you re-arrange this plan);
Sun 17th: Chill out at Rangali Bar, try Atoll Market buffet or maybe go to Ufaa (closed on Wednesdays) if you fancy some Chinese food
Mon 18th: Vilu (closed on Wednesdays & Saturdays)
Tue 19th: Mandhoo (closed on Mondays)
Wed 20th: Fisherman's BBQ (this is on the beach and highly recommended. If this is cancelled due to weather you could try a Cheese Fondue or Cheese & Tapas dinner)
Thu 21st: Sunset Grill

I would put Ithaa somewhere in there for lunch (so it doesn't take up a dinner slot and it will save you some money as dinner is considerably more expensive). Book 2 weeks out for Ithaa and a few days out for everything else just to be on the safe side.
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Why not save some money on transfer if you are a big family with kids?
My suggestion is from personal experience when my flight got delayed by an hour and we missed the last sea plane out. Only option was to wait around till 11pm for a Domestic flight to a nearby island and then a 45min transfer via a boat to Conrad in the middle of the night.

When I was waiting at the airport from 4pm till 11pm I tried my best to figure out a quicker and better way of getting there but there wasn't and the airplane and boat transfer ended up costing almost the same as a 45min sea plane.

Feel free to figure out a way to get to local islands and then to Conrad. Just saying that you won't save much with all the hassle that you will go through. Also what guarantee will you have that a local boat will pick you up from Conrad on the way back. What if they don't? You miss your flight from Male?

The kids are half price anyway for a sea plane. Take pot noodles and skip a couple of meals. That will save you more or less what you will save on the sea plane and trust me you will have a much easier stay.
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