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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island {MDV}

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island {MDV}

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Notes: All prices are in US Dollars

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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 Mal้ 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 Mal้ 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 Mal้ on an international flight between 16.00 and 22.00 will transfer to Conrad Maldives by domestic flight and speedboat
• Guests arriving in Mal้ on an international flight after 22.00 will require overnight accommodation in Mal้ 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 Mal้ and ones the resort can book for you)

Time Info (from the resort):
• Guests departing Mal้ on an international flight before 09.00 will be transferred from the resort to Mal้ the previous afternoon and will require overnight accommodation in Mal้. 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 Mal้ through the atolls directly to Rangali Island

Airport & Lounge Information
• Official Mal้ Airport Website. Here you can find info on facilities and services such as luggage storage
• Conrad Booth at Mal้ 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 Mal้ 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

360ฐ 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
• 20% of your lunch bill at Mandhoo and Ufaa. Applies to all Hhonors members. See this post for exact details
• 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
• Not sure of which restaurants to dine at, when they are open and which tables are in the best locations and have the best views? See this post for an example of a dining plan and other useful tips (Courtesy of MaldivesFreak)
• 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 Info
> Standup paddleboards are now free of charge
> All snorkelling equipment can be rented free of charge at the Dive Centre for the duration of your stay (mask, snorkel, fins, bag)
> Lifevests are available free of charge at the watersports center, but have to be returned each evening before 6PM
• 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
• See this post for information on the resort's current plans to redecorate the OWVs (current as of March 2019)

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 Mal้:
• Hotel Jen Mal้ (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 Mal้ - 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 Mal้:
• The resort offers a free tour of Mal้ (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 Mal้ - 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 Feb 14, 19, 9:21 am
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Originally Posted by ncSam View Post
The comments I heard were directed towards Asians, though I didn't stick around to listen to any more of their banter.
It's so sad to see this. You're (not YOU \of course) travelling the world for a year on a luxury cruise, not some guy who's never been out of your hometown. Have some respect for other people of different cultures.
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Old Feb 14, 19, 9:25 am
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And check out this page, titled Enrichment. Oh, how lovely.....

Here's a pic of the poorformers aboard the 'Ship', as they call it






I've corrected the accompaning caption to read as follows; "Local musicians and performers regularly reluctantly join the Ship to share their unique cultural talents"


And regarding this debacle, it's funny, isn't it, that there's always one person who is the black sheep, in this case preferring to praise this money-making decision and refrain from any criticism of what's going on. Who is he working for?
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Old Feb 14, 19, 9:36 am
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Originally Posted by jsteinberg View Post
2 people I spoke to as guests here were planning room service as the only available venues for valentines day at this point were rangali bar, the regular buffet, or a $278 per person beach BBQ and bottomless champagne
The lobster and champagne dinner is a great experience. And when we were there, they were serving a rather good actual champagne (from the same region in France) rather than the sparkling white available everywhere else.

The lack of availability for their real guests, however, is inexcusable.
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Old Feb 14, 19, 9:41 am
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Originally Posted by NightFury1 View Post
It's so sad to see this. You're (not YOU \of course) travelling the world for a year on a luxury cruise, not some guy who's never been out of your hometown. Have some respect for other people of different cultures.
People who travel the world and use their wealth to insulate themselves from the local culture are often more prejudiced than those who have never left their hometown.
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Holy crap. 24 hours ago I was pretty settled that this is the place we're going around a year from now.

Now I'm super-hesitant, knowing this cruise ship menace could show up during my stay. This sounds awful. I do *not* want to invest the time and money required to get here to hang up with the beered-up cruise ship set.

St. Regis Maldives is out of my range, but the St. Regis Bora Bora is not. Would change the overall flow of my broader Asia trip, but I'm beginning to think maybe I should take a harder look at that route for our OWV experience.

I wonder if this Conrad would actually be forthcoming if I asked them specifically for the 2020 cruise ship schedule. I'm guessing this isn't the only boat that shows up each year. Cruises book in 2+ years in advance, so the February 2020 ports of call should be known.
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A bit concerned now as I was planning to book my first Maldives trip here for the last week of March or first week of April of 2020. Now that it seems this barbarian horde may return in April of next year, I may suck it up and deal with the additional costs of the WA.

Thanks for all the reporting on this nonsense and terribly sorry for all who had to experience it.
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I wonder if this Conrad would actually be forthcoming if I asked them specifically for the 2020 cruise ship schedule. I'm guessing this isn't the only boat that shows up each year. Cruises book in 2+ years in advance, so the February 2020 ports of call should be known.
This is the same resort that rented an entire island to the Kardashians and let them host a concert with fireworks, other guests be damned.

This is the same resort that erected a James Bond villain residence in the middle of the ocean, absolutely wrecking the views to the East.

This is the same resort that continues to cut costs at any price, limping along with only an undersea restaurant to differentiate it from others.

I can understand why Golds and Diamonds still make award bookings, but I can't fathom why anyone would pay dollars when there are so many great alternatives.
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Upon arrival to dinner, I noticed at least 2 tables were ship passengers. This was obvious as they brought a credit card machine to the table to pay at the end of their meals, and clearly they were seated earlier than I was.. So it appears they held restaurant space for these people

2 people I spoke to as guests here were planning room service as the only available venues for valentines day at this point were rangali bar, the regular buffet, or a $278 per person beach BBQ and bottomless champagne
Disgusting! Disgusting! Disgusting! And on Valentine's Day of all days. Rangali must have made a packet due to the timing.


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It's so sad to see this. You're (not YOU \of course) travelling the world for a year on a luxury cruise, not some guy who's never been out of your hometown. Have some respect for other people of different cultures.
Yes, exactly. Shame their Enrichment programme is probably all for show. They drop the kids off there and go play in the casino.

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You really wonder how many, if any, of the erm, Residents, are actually interested and partake in any of the above.
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You really wonder how many, if any, of the erm, Residents, are actually interested and partake in any of the above.
Young dudebros without trust funds take the 4 night Carnival cruise out of Ft Lauderdale and see how many Bud Lites they can eat in 96 hours.
Older dudebros with trust funds spend a year on this floating menace.

Onshore behavior doesn't apparently change.
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Young dudebros without trust funds take the 4 night Carnival cruise out of Ft Lauderdale and see how many Bud Lites they can eat in 96 hours.
Older dudebros with trust funds spend a year on this floating menace.

Onshore behavior doesn't apparently change.
There's no way this is generational wealth. More likely banking/finance/biglaw or entrepreneurs who made it big without ever learning to be human. Add in the quality of spouse attracted by that type, and you have the HMS Horde of the Seas.
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Shame they don't sail near the coast of Somalia.....
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This is the same resort that rented an entire island to the Kardashians and let them host a concert with fireworks, other guests be damned.

This is the same resort that erected a James Bond villain residence in the middle of the ocean, absolutely wrecking the views to the East.

This is the same resort that continues to cut costs at any price, limping along with only an undersea restaurant to differentiate it from others.

I can understand why Golds and Diamonds still make award bookings, but I can't fathom why anyone would pay dollars when there are so many great alternatives.

Going to the Conrad in April for the first time (on points), and I wonder what percentage of the total guests are redeeming points? Is there a different vibe here if rooms are "free" versus another resort where everyone has to pay for a room?
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No. There are about, on average, 20-30 rooms booked on points by Golds and Diamonds at any one time. No difference at all. The, erm, differences start appearing during July and August and at Orthodox Christmas (so I've heard).
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Originally Posted by MaldivesFreak View Post
No. There are about, on average, 20-30 rooms booked on points by Golds and Diamonds at any one time. No difference at all. The, erm, differences start appearing during July and August and at Orthodox Christmas (so I've heard).
How did you not mention CNY in this response?
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No. There are about, on average, 20-30 rooms booked on points by Golds and Diamonds at any one time. No difference at all. The, erm, differences start appearing during July and August and at Orthodox Christmas (so I've heard).

Oh that sounds like real gossip! Well now, is it fare to let that hang without detail?
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