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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island {MDV}

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
AXON: 300,000 HHonors points per 4 nights (75,000/night)
* See this post for exact figures for redemption stays over 5 nights using 5th Night Free. Hint: They are slightly less than 95,000!

Certificates & 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)
• 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

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

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: Muraka) --
* Note that this is currently under construction and due to be open mid-November, 2018. See Unique Accommodations, Attractions & Activities section below for more info


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 Superior Water Villa - USD 73.92
Beach Villa to Deluxe Water Villa - USD 474.32
Beach Villa to Retreat Water Villa - USD 588.59
Beach Villa to Premier Water Villa - USD 1448.84

Water Villa to Superior Water Villa - USD 45 - 90
Water Villa to Deluxe Beach Villa - USD 122
Water Villa to Retreat Water Villa - USD 225 - 243
Water Villa to Deluxe Water Villa - USD 412.50 - 450
Water Villa to Family Water Villa - USD 730
Water Villa to Premier Water Villa - USD 937.50 - 1013
Water Villa to Sunset Water Villa - USD 1505 - 3200

Low & Shoulder Seasons (12 May through 30 Sep):
Water Villa to Superior Water Villa - USD 90 - 144
Water Villa to Deluxe Beach Villa - USD 90 - 117
Water Villa to Retreat Water Villa - USD 224
Water Villa to Deluxe Water Villa - USD 200 - 266
Water Villa to Beach Suite - USD 1700
Water Villa to Premier Water Villa - USD 1000 - 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 - 367.50
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 - 127.50
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 - 367.50*
Beach Villa to Superior Water Villa - USD 210 - 367.50
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 76.50 - 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 137.50 - 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 187.50 - 250
Superior Water Villa to Premier Water Villa - USD 787.50 - 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 171.50* in this post
*** USD 300 being the rule with the exceptions of USD 137.20* 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 240.10* 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

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
See this 2018 post for detailed information about snorkelling at Rangali and the neighbouring Mirihi resort's reef (Courtesy of Splotly)

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

Planning Your Stay
• 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)
• HB (Half Board) is $100++/night per person and entitles guests to dine at Atoll Market, the buffet restaurant. No drinks are included but kids under 12 in the same room eat free when adults are on HB basis. Note that HB credit at other outlets (except Ithaa Undersea Restaurant and In-Villa Dining) is only $75 (approx $61 before tax)
• 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
• An underwater suite is under construction in Singapore and will be shipped to the resort when complete. Planned opening is sometime before the end of 2018. For more info you can read the posts about it 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
• 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]
• 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 to install a transparent tarpaulin (to avoid cancellation due to rain) and re-opened October 1st, 2018

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)
• Extensive list of hotels on Hulhumale (airport) Island
>> Overnight stay in Malι - Resort Booking Service
• Conrad Rangali has contracts only with Jen Hotel (above) and Airport Hotel (presumably the Hulhule Island Hotel) in Malι/Hulhule Island, where they can book rooms on behalf of guests. The bill is added to your bill at Rangali and paid for at checkout
Note: They used to be able to book other hotels like Hotel Octave (also listed above) but now it seems they have changed their policy and those are now the only two they are dealing with

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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Just been looking through my notes and 213 (BV) has a direct line of sight from the patio to the beach. Might want to avoid that one.
Actually we loved it - much more light on a rainy day and great beach location with a 6-year old. I guess all recommendations are relative.

Today finally the sun returned after a couple of rainy days and it's heaven on earth. Happy New Year to all FlyerTalkers from Rangali Happy Hour 😊
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Yes, they will ask you to repack. It's an aviation requirement for weight distribution, and so they don't make exceptions.

I have never been asked to repack and have often had over 25kgs. Single bag luggage allowance on an international flight is 32kgs. If you come with a bag weighing less than, I don't think the sea plane company is going to make you repack. At least I have never had that experience. They will charge all overweight at roughly $ 3-4 per kg
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And did you get a $25 Spa discount card on arrival? AFAIK this is still a gift for Diamonds only.
Instead of the 25$ Spa Discount Card, you get an extra 15 minutes add-on every treatment but only once/stay. It seems to be eligible only for HHonors Diamond members.
The house champagne is now Ruinart, which is much appreciated by us.
The DBV will be renovated in 2018, they will make one display DBV in 2017.

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Instead of the 25$ Spa Discount Card, you get an extra 15 minutes add-on every treatment but only once/stay.
Do you mean you have one opportunity to book multiple treatments so you can get the extra 15min for each treatment? If not, how does the 'only once per stay' rule work?
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I have never been asked to repack and have often had over 25kgs. Single bag luggage allowance on an international flight is 32kgs. If you come with a bag weighing less than, I don't think the sea plane company is going to make you repack. At least I have never had that experience. They will charge all overweight at roughly $ 3-4 per kg
Interesting. We had to repack once and put the extra into hand luggage. I suppose 'YMMV' is the rule here.
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Old Jan 2, 17, 1:03 am
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Do you mean you have one opportunity to book multiple treatments so you can get the extra 15min for each treatment? If not, how does the 'only once per stay' rule work?
My wife had 2 treatments, both booked together for a morning and afternoon the following day, both had the extra 15 minutes added.
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Old Jan 2, 17, 4:23 am
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As we never go to the Spa, I cannot say how the extra 15 Minutes work...
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OK. I'll try to get some clarification on this. Thanks for your input, guys.
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Thank you everyone for the information you have added to this thread. We will be visiting for the first time at the end of the month and I feel like all the details are covered. I do have a couple of questions/comments though

1) I got an email from them about the seaplane transfer with prices and everything (no surprise there). They are asking us to send our arrival flights and also a photocopy of our passports. I'm really not comfortable about the latter - what guarantees do they make about protecting our data? Is there any way around it?

2) Just to vent and report a very underwhelming experience: I called the number listed on their website. It was about 4pm their time and I was calling to ask about upgrades and some suggestions for a personal matter. Well they told me they would email me the price list and almost hang up on me in less than 3 minutes. I didn't get to ask the second question I had even though I had explicitly mentioned I have a couple of questions - and there was no "May I help you with anything else?" at the end. Oh, and no email was ever received. I will contact them again over email this time, but I was very unimpressed with this interaction.
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Old Jan 3, 17, 9:09 pm
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The house champagne is now Ruinart, which is much appreciated by us.
i'm also a big fan of Ruinart, but if it's the bdb then guests are in trouble.

when asked if it was housed in its box to protect from light - Kumal(?), the 'sommelier' said to me 'oh no, i don't believe in that'. from that moment on, any credibility he may have had was out the window for me with regards to wine.
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Old Jan 3, 17, 10:43 pm
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Conrad Cancell using HHonors Pts

I had a 3 night stay booked with HHonors points for later this week and had to email them to cancel. Called HHonors agent who said to contact the hotel directly. When calling the hotel they said there's a cancellation fee? But to email them. I have a bad winter respiratory cold and cannot fly at this time.

What should I expect? Thx.
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Old Jan 4, 17, 1:21 am
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I had a 3 night stay booked with HHonors points for later this week and had to email them to cancel. Called HHonors agent who said to contact the hotel directly. When calling the hotel they said there's a cancellation fee?
My current reservation (on points) says:

If you wish to cancel, please do so 30 days prior to arrival to avoid cancellation penalties
and so did the last one. What does yours say?

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But to email them. I have a bad winter respiratory cold and cannot fly at this time.

What should I expect? Thx.
I don't know how much the cancellation fee would be, but I guess whatever it is, you would have to take it to your travel insurance.
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i'm also a big fan of Ruinart, but if it's the bdb then guests are in trouble.

when asked if it was housed in its box to protect from light - Kumal(?), the 'sommelier' said to me 'oh no, i don't believe in that'. from that moment on, any credibility he may have had was out the window for me with regards to wine.
I can assure you, you only get the normal "R" Ruinart as a welcome in your room, not the bdb
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when asked if it was housed in its box to protect from light - Kumal(?), the 'sommelier'
Kamal Malik. Apparently they've all been to France but what do I know since I don't drink.


Originally Posted by JHIN View Post
I had a 3 night stay booked with HHonors points for later this week and had to email them to cancel. Called HHonors agent who said to contact the hotel directly. When calling the hotel they said there's a cancellation fee? But to email them. I have a bad winter respiratory cold and cannot fly at this time.

What should I expect? Thx.
Strange. I thought points booking were non-cancellable 30 days or less prior to check-in. And I'm surprised that there are cancellation fees since it's a points booking.

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Thank you everyone for the information you have added to this thread. We will be visiting for the first time at the end of the month and I feel like all the details are covered. I do have a couple of questions/comments though
What dates are you there? If you are there early Feb and want to meet up at Vilu then let us know. There are already 2 FT'ers going (see talk about this a few pages back).

Originally Posted by koroleon View Post
1) I got an email from them about the seaplane transfer with prices and everything (no surprise there). They are asking us to send our arrival flights and also a photocopy of our passports. I'm really not comfortable about the latter - what guarantees do they make about protecting our data? Is there any way around it?

2) Just to vent and report a very underwhelming experience: I called the number listed on their website. It was about 4pm their time and I was calling to ask about upgrades and some suggestions for a personal matter. Well they told me they would email me the price list and almost hang up on me in less than 3 minutes. I didn't get to ask the second question I had even though I had explicitly mentioned I have a couple of questions - and there was no "May I help you with anything else?" at the end. Oh, and no email was ever received. I will contact them again over email this time, but I was very unimpressed with this interaction.
1. No way around it. Govt requirement. Most email is encrypted thesedays so you only have to worry about what happens after they open it but they will keep a copy on their system anyway so.....

2. Never heard of that happening. Who did you speak to in reservations?

I doubt if Hilton would really debit JHIN's CC for any substantial amount. I guess he'd just lose the points. Let us know how you get on, JHIN.

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