Sweet: Take chances, go far away, and don’t worry! This motto helped me sell my husband on a trip to our bucket list destination, the Maldives. The Maldives are made of of atolls – ring shaped coral reefs that create a calm place in the sea allowing for crystal clear blue lagoons, filled with an abundance of colorful fish, and islands with white sand beaches.Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.
Sour: A golf cart carried us across the bridge that connects the two islands of the resort to the main island, which is where most activities occur.
The Main Island – Rangalifinolhuare located here, including Ithaa, meaning ‘mother of pearl’. Ithaa alone is a bucket list destination in itself, here you dine in a glass bubble under the sea, and admire the abundant fish variety and reef sharks swimming above and around.
IthaaThe Second Island – Rangali
Sour: The second and smaller island, Rangali has accommodations of solely over water villas. The Quiet Zone Pool, Vilu Restaurant, Over Water Spa, and yoga pavilion are some of the reasons to visit this narrow island with pristine white sand beaches.
Sour: The first 3 nights of our stay were comfortable and convenient in a Deluxe Beach Villa. Direct beach access and a private plunge pool were right outside this modern Villa. The bedroom was large and comfortable. Other features include outdoor rain shower, over-sized tub in a private pavilion, and inner courtyard (Beach Villa #227 was great as it was steps from access to the House Reef for the best snorkeling!).
The DhoniThe Spa Retreat. This spa has several treatment rooms in an over-water setting, and was right next door to Mandhoo Restaurant for an extensive buffet of afternoon tea. There is an impressive view from the “loo” that is not to be missed (take a look on google).
Spa Retreat & Mandhoo RestaurantOver Water Spa had a glass floor that you could see through during the massage, and an outdoor Jacuzzi to relax post treatment. During the first two days, the weather was cloudy, which meant that extra spa time made a good use of time.
Over Water SpaDeluxe Water Villa, and the Premiere Water Villa. Staying over the water was unique, left us with a more memorizing view, and a greater feeling of relaxation.
Premiere Water Villa features: sunset facing, private pool, lagoon access, day bed, large outdoor deck, sunken Jacuzzi, bidet, walk in closet, dining and living areas (Premiere Water Villas #313 & #314 are on the end for the most privacy).Deluxe Water Villa (Below)
Sweet: There are numerous activities provided by the resort – sunset and sunrise sail, sports fishing, snorkeling safari, scuba diving, kayaking, sailing, yachting, stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing, turtle safari, private island visits, romantic picnics, cultural shows, and nightly themed dinners.
Our Daily Activities
Daily Breakfast Buffet & Made to Order at Atoll Market & Vilu RestaurantLunches & Dinners
Sweet: With 15 lounges and restaurants, plus 24 hours of in-room dining there is no shortage of mouthwatering food! The breakfast buffet consisted of 10 stations and made to order entrees. Lunch was usually light, or room service, but our favorite dish was their famous Chicken Tikka Masala, which we devoured at least 4 times during our stay. Seafood is freshly caught, and the local Maldivian Lobster was better than any other I’ve had.
Sour: My wife’s Hilton Honor’s membership is Gold status, which provided incredible perks including daily breakfast for two, daily afternoon tea, and daily happy hour. The food at the resort can be very expensive ($35+ for a cheeseburger, prefixed dinners often run $200-$350+ per person), but the variety is definitely not lacking, and nothing we ordered was disappointing.Walks Around the Beautiful Islands
Sweet: The waters are most calm in the mornings, and the sights and sounds of the animals come to life. We got up close and personal with numerous reef sharks, large jellyfish, a giant moray eel, and birds – including the friendly heron, George.
Maldives – We genuinely hope to be reacquainted again!