There are hundreds of Maldives island resorts in the Indian Ocean so what makes one more special than another?
More importantly what makes one more suitable for YOU than any other? We’re taking a close look at who will be completely blown away by Conrad, Maldives Rangali Island. A luxury five star property, reached in just 30-minutes by seaplane from Malé, it appears to be enticing us with more than powder white beaches, supreme diving and glorious weather.
Just the two of you or taking the family?
If you are travelling with the family and are happy to share a room with your children (up to 2 usually) then most suites and villas here will accommodate 2 adults and 2 children. If, however, you prefer to have more space – and your own bedroom – then Conrad Maldives excels with its choice of two bedroomed accommodations; intelligent 3D floorplans help you to decide which villa type will work for your family.
Over-water – even with the children
The massive draw of any Maldives resort will be the ocean and its marine life. To have unlimited access from an over water villa can be a thrilling fantasy, however many properties will not allow you to book these if you’re travelling with youngsters. At Conrad you will be provided you sign a disclaimer for under 12s – you know your own children, they are simply trusting your judgement. The family Water Villa opens up a wonderland over the ocean with two bedrooms either side of a spacious bathroom, stunning ocean views as you’d expect from its position over the lagoon, a whirlpool bath sitting out on an extended platform and a separate relaxation deck. The main attraction of these stunning, contemporary villas, however, is the inviting steps that take you directly into the warm, clear, lagoon directly below. You are never far from the outstanding house reef where you can snorkel to your heart’s content, with your beautiful and varied fishy neighbours.
A Water Villa at Sunset
An alternative two bedroom over-water villa comes with indulgent butler service and your own private infinity pool. Of course Conrad’s Sunset Water Villa has panoramic ocean-view bathtubs, two generous bedrooms - the master of which has an enticing circular bed – and plenty of relaxing deck space. You are only a few steps down a private stairway to the crystal lagoon and all its magical marine-life, but if you occasionally want to keep your toes dry then simply lounge on your sofa and gaze through your glass floor to the water immediately below. Other quirky features here include a large TV which descends from the ceiling when you command, complete with full Bose sound system. Whether wet or dry, en-famille or with friends, this superbly positioned and equipped villa, sitting gracefully on stilts over the ocean, is a glorious retreat.
The ultimate watering hole
Is every trendy TV chef dictating we cook ‘sous vide’ these days, or is it my immagination? Personally I’d rather invest in a holiday to the Conrad and visit Ithaa, the world’s first all-glass, undersea restaurant! Voted by New York Daily as the most beautiful restaurant in with world, it rests five metres below the surface of the lagoon and offers diners a privileged view of the vibrant coral and shifting marine life. Around mid-morning you are invited to enjoy a cocktail here with all manner of fishes swimming around you and the sun’s rays striving to reach the surrounding glass. You will be able to take the whole family to lunch here, however this special place becomes a relaxed adult-only sanctuary for dinner– sorry kids! Expect food comparable with your remarkable surroundings with evening experiences comprising contemprary European six-course extravaganza.
An island in the Maldives is an exotic notion and there is much to be wowed by. As your seaplane floats to a halt at the jetty and you are welcomed personally onto Rangali Island, you will feel assured that your dream of a destination has become a reality. Cleverly adapted to be ideal whether you take the children or not, Conrad, do more than justice to this glamorous destination; they have enabled every aspect of its wonder to be appreciated by every guest – that, my friends, is holiday aspiration achieved!