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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
* 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.


***** 2020 Figures *****

High & Festive Seasons (01 Oct through 11 May):
Beach Villa to Deluxe Beach Villa - USD 412
Beach Villa to Superior Water Villa - USD 338
Beach Villa to Deluxe Water Villa - USD 742
Beach Villa to Retreat Water Villa - USD 536
Beach Villa to Premier Water Villa - USD - NDA

Water Villa to Superior Water Villa - USD 60 - 80
Water Villa to Deluxe Beach Villa - USD 147 - 150
Water Villa to Retreat Water Villa - USD 158 - 300
Water Villa to Deluxe Water Villa - USD 520 - 538
Water Villa to Family Water Villa - USD - NDA
Water Villa to Premier Water Villa - USD 1223
Water Villa to Sunset Water Villa - USD - NDA


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

High & Festive Seasons (01 Oct through 11 May):
Beach Villa to Deluxe Beach Villa - USD 378 - 475
Beach Villa to Superior Water Villa - USD 74 - 375
Beach Villa to Deluxe Water Villa - USD 474 - 775
Beach Villa to Retreat Water Villa - USD 589
Beach Villa to Premier Water Villa - USD 1449

Water Villa to Superior Water Villa - USD 35 - 100
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 275 - 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 3:30-4:30PM at Mandhoo. Offerings include tea, biscuits & cookies, cakes, scones and rolls. Complimentary for Gold and Diamond members, special repeater guests and special guests of the GM. On the odd occasion held at Vilu Bar if there are a large number of guests attending.
Note: Originally held at Mandhoo from 4-5PM then changed location and time to Vilu Bar, then Rangali Bar from 4-5PM from around September 2018 to mid May 2019
• Happy Hour at Vilu Bar: Every day from 4:30-5-30PM. Free drinks and mocktails/fruit juice/water. Canapes served. Everyone welcome to attend but free only for Hilton Gold and Diamond members
Notes: Used to be from 5-6PM (from around September 2018 to mid May 2019 when it and Afternoon Tea was combined into a single event). 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 (A9ugust, 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. Update: Timeframe further revised to 15 May - mid-October 2019
• See this post for information on the resort's current plans to redecorate the OWVs (current as of March 2019)
• Retreat and Family Water Villas will be redecorated from 15 October - 20 December 2019. The majority of construction will be conducted off-site, minimizing as much noise as possible
• Changes to restaurant hours from 7th June -12th July 2019
  • Vilu will be closed (due to “unforeseen circumstances”) and Mandhoo will open for breakfast daily from 7:00-10:30
  • The Wine Cellar will be closed (and closed for an extra week and re-open on July 20). Alternatively, a three course Degustation Dinner will be available at The Cheese and Wine bar on Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Mandhoo will be closed on Mondays and Thursdays
  • Sunset Grill and Ithaa will be closed on Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Ufaa by Jereme Leung will closed on Saturdays and Wednesday
  • Maldivian Night will not take place during this period7

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 Dec 31, 17, 9:55 pm
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What are the least expensive places at the resort to eat for lunch and dinner? For each, what might I expect a meal to cost without alcohol?
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I would say Rangali Bar. A few examples:

Beef Tenderloin 200g : USD 46++
Chicken Biryani : USD 34++
Don't forget the club sandwich @ $33++ and the wagyu beef burger @ $37++. I do recommend the burger.
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Old Dec 31, 17, 10:05 pm
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Has anyone had experience of Rangali booking management not being able to view updated Hilton status? I sent off an email and received a reply today advising me they cannot see my updated Diamond status (3 x weeks ago updated). I enclosed our reservation numbers with the email so I assumed they had access to clients accounts which my account definitely shows I'm Diamond?
No experience of this personally but all you have to do is;
* tell the resort to call HH USA before you arrive
* have a screenshot of your account page ready (showing the status and date)
* be prepared to get them on the phone while you're at reception
* Since you're Diamond you can get the Diamond Desk to call or email them prior to your arrival to confirm your tier.

Oh, and you should try out Mandhoo as well. The small portions are similar in price to Rangali Bar (and The Quiet Zone which has the same menu as Rangali Bar). Open every day except Mondays for both lunch and dinner.

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Old Jan 1, 18, 2:46 am
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No experience of this personally but all you have to do is;
* tell the resort to call HH USA before you arrive
* have a screenshot of your account page ready (showing the status and date)
* be prepared to get them on the phone while you're at reception
* Since you're Diamond you can get the Diamond Desk to call or email them prior to your arrival to confirm your tier.
Cheers MF, I sent on reply my HH account number to the Asst Manager and they have now confirmed they see my Diamond status.
I did note that in their Diamond status benefits on the email no mention of afternoon tea but I know this is included. They offered me 30% off all upgrade room prices FYI, im not sure how this offer compares to other individual room offers received on here.
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Old Jan 1, 18, 3:47 am
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Cheers MF, I sent on reply my HH account number to the Asst Manager and they have now confirmed they see my Diamond status.
I did note that in their Diamond status benefits on the email no mention of afternoon tea but I know this is included. They offered me 30% off all upgrade room prices FYI, im not sure how this offer compares to other individual room offers received on here.
Welcome. 20% off is standard, so you have a better rate.
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Old Jan 3, 18, 3:28 pm
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There were issues with US passport holders getting visas. Apparently this has now been resolved and US passport holders are once again able to obtain e-visas on arrival. I'm just risk averse in that regard, but it seems a non-issue at this point. My concern would have been over missed connections and cancelled flights. While you don't need a visa to transit through Turkey, if you were stuck in IST for 24 hours waiting for another flight, not being able to leave the airport would have been a major drag.
Or worse - many USians have received the infamous TSA maSSSSage for months following a connection in IST.
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Old Jan 4, 18, 3:59 pm
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Does anyone have the tv channel list? is there a bar to watch nfl wild card?
how about the internet speed? Can it handle netflix/nfl online stream??
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Old Jan 4, 18, 5:59 pm
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Does anyone have the tv channel list? is there a bar to watch nfl wild card?
how about the internet speed? Can it handle netflix/nfl online stream??
thanks
Bring an Ethernet cable and hook it directly to their modem/router. If you can't do it they will send an IT person over. I had no problem watching live ESPN that way. I was in a DWV so set ups may be different in different accommodations. I also had no drops using slingbox that way which may be your best bet because nfl.com could be blacked out.
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Old Jan 4, 18, 10:03 pm
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In this year they will start with the renovation of thr Deluxe Beach Villas. They already have one mock-up villa, which can be visited.
But unfortunately during our stay at festive season, it was always occupied with guests.
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Old Jan 5, 18, 11:46 am
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Would like to lift some weights during my upcoming stay at this property few weeks later. Do anyone know if gym come with free weight squat rack / bench press rack? I highly doubt, but want to ask. I assume there will be at least, dumbbell racks and bunch of fitness / cardio machines.
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Old Jan 5, 18, 11:58 am
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Unfortunately, no bench press/squat rack. That said, there's a great selection of free weights (in kgs) and nautilus-like machines. More than adequate. Two treadmills, steppers and a bike. Also a punching bag for a nice change of pace. All with a great view.
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Old Jan 5, 18, 2:12 pm
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Unfortunately, no bench press/squat rack. That said, there's a great selection of free weights (in kgs) and nautilus-like machines. More than adequate. Two treadmills, steppers and a bike. Also a punching bag for a nice change of pace. All with a great view.
I found the gym to be the same, more than adequate. I don't think you'll be underwhelmed here as they have a pretty good selection of equipment. They even have an on-site person to help if you need help with the equipment, your workout, etc.
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Old Jan 5, 18, 2:21 pm
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Originally Posted by Abidjan View Post
Unfortunately, no bench press/squat rack. That said, there's a great selection of free weights (in kgs) and nautilus-like machines. More than adequate. Two treadmills, steppers and a bike. Also a punching bag for a nice change of pace. All with a great view.
no worries. Maybe my body would appreciate a break from heavy lifting with better focus on cardio / doing various free-weight machines moves Looking forward to great view from gym room, and what's current hours for gym & swimming pool? TIA
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Old Jan 5, 18, 11:26 pm
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Change in Maximum occupancy with the water villas

Both the OWV and SWV used to state in the descriptions that the maximum occupancy was either 3 adults or 2 adults with 2 children under 12 (with consent). However, it looks like they have updated this to say up to 3 guests.

I'm sure on 27 December 2017 it still had the old text and I booked an OWV for 2 adults and 2 kids (4 and 7) for 22-27 December 2018 with a reward certificate and I specifically looked out for this. Unfortunately I didn't keep a screen print.

edit : I notice 3rd party sites (expedia/agoda) still haven't updated the occupancy and accept bookings for 2 adults 2 kids, so i'll contact the hotel and report back
edit 2 found the original text (below)

Plunge pool, ocean view, glass floor, morning sunrise

Awarded ‘The Maldives Leading Water Villa Resort, 2016’ by the World Travel Awards, the Water Villa boasts a private sun deck with jetted plunge pool, outdoor furniture and steps leading into the turquoise lagoon below. The standout feature of this villa is the glass desk which is set over glass panels with views into the ocean below.

Guests can wake each morning to a sunrise view across the resort and spend the day snorkelling straight from the villa or simply sitting and relaxing in the ocean-view bath.

The Water Villa measures 86 sq. m./925 sq. ft. and sleeps 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Parents must give their written consent for children under 12 to stay in over-water villas.

Last edited by englisha; Jan 6, 18 at 12:03 am Reason: checked expedia and found original text
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Old Jan 6, 18, 6:22 am
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Does anyone have the tv channel list? is there a bar to watch nfl wild card?
how about the internet speed? Can it handle netflix/nfl online stream??
thanks
They have IP-TV now with many many TV channels, so chances are good that you can watch it. I only saw 1 TV at the Rangali bar, but when it was on, it only showed soccer, as the Maledivian staff are all big soccer fans.
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