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Hotel Review: King Deluxe Beach Villa At The Conrad Maldives Hotel On Rangali Island

by on December 19, 2013 · 11 comments

in Hilton, Hotel Reviews, Maldives, Trip Reports, Video Blog Post

This is the latest post in the series from my recent “Around the World” trip to the Maldives, India and Dubai. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Quick Singapore Layover & Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class to Male, Maldives, Flight Review: EVA Air New York-JFK-Tapei Royal Laurel Class, Hotel Review: Maldives Airport Hulhule Island Hotel, Flight Review: Trans Maldivian Airways Seaplane from Male to Rangali Island, Advance Upgrade Options for My Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Stay and Seaplane Transfer Costs and Are The Maldives Worth It?

After traveling for nearly two days, I was really looking forward to getting to the Conrad Maldives Hotel on Rangali Island, which I had been able to book on  pre-devaluation Hilton points and also one of my free weekend nights from the sign-up bonus on the Citi Hilton Reserve card. At the time I booked my reservation, I was able to reserve it for 50,000 Hilton points a night, which is incredible considering the base rooms go for over $1,000 a night.

For the first night, I paid to upgrade to a Deluxe Beach Villa, but in all honestly I do not think the upgrade is worth $400+ a night to simply have a larger room with a pool. All units are beachfront, so if you’re going to stay on the island, I’d just stick with a normal guest room. I do believe the Overwater Villas are amazing, but not worth it if the weather isn’t nice- and I had 3 days of constant rain, but more on that later.

The King Deluxe Beach Villa is a 30o square-meter/3,229-square-foot beachfront villa, with a garden, “bathing pavilion” and its own pool. There are 42 of them on the resort and they all have floor-to-ceiling windows on all four sides so that the ocean breezes flow in, as do the scents of the tropical flowers from the gardens. The King Deluxe Beach Villas are a step up from a base room, but even the most basic rooms here looked gorgeous. The resort is on two different islands, the other side was more secluded with an exclusive adults-only area and some nice restaurants, but pretty much anywhere you go is incredible.

My villa had fresh white-washed walls, was surrounded by a garden exotic plants I’ve never seen before, even had its own sunken plunge pool and it was just a few steps through lush vegetation to the white sandy beach. It was decorated in blues and turquoises that kept with the water theme and added to the tranquility.

The bedroom was decorated in soothing blues and turquoises.

The bedroom was decorated in soothing blues and turquoises.

The standard amenities in the rooms include air conditioning, a flatscreen TV with all the cable networks and movie channels, complimentary WiFi (slow), coffee maker, DVD/CD player and MP3 connector, a choice of pillows, and a work desk with lamp. Because I got the King Deluxe Beach Villa, there was a separate seating area with a sofa bed. In the enormous bathroom, there was a separate outdoor whirlpool bath and shower, plus bathrobe and slippers. Described as a “bathing pavilion,” you can even order candles, petals and scented oils from the in-villa bath menu to add to your bubbles.
The outdoor bathtub.

The outdoor bathtub.

The only negative was that the only shower was outdoors, and it it did rain some of the time we were staying here, which made bathing awkward. Also, there were moments when some of the rain actually leaked through into the room a little bit, but that didn’t deter me from enjoying the room, and when the weather was nice, things were perfect.

The outdoor shower.

The outdoor shower.

Speaking of bubbles, I was pleased by the warm welcome that I got -  as a Hilton Diamond member, they sent me a gift package with a bottle of Prosecco, and you get a free breakfast and happy hour from 5-6 pm every day. Cheers!
The beautiful beach.

There are a lot of activities to do here, and the most obvious is relaxing on this beautiful beach.

Needless to say, I was excited to explore the rest of the island, and there was certainly plenty to see and do. Along with the expected fitness center, pools, jacuzzis and tennis courts, there are a whole lot of activities for the those who don’t want to just kick back on the beach. One of my main aims for the trip was to scuba dive after recently getting PADI certified. I will write an upcoming post on that unforgettable experience, but for people who prefer their workouts above the ocean’s surface, there is yoga, beach volleyball, table tennis, and a whole host of watersports including catamaran sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, wakeboarding and kayaking.
Feasting with the fishes at the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant.

Feasting with the fishes at the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant.

Of course, I always love to try as much of the local cuisine as possible when I am in a new country, and although it is not easy to venture out of the Conrad resort to different restaurants or islands, there are plenty of options onsite, with seven eateries on the grounds along with room service and poolside dining. By far the most memorable was the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant – the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant, 16 feet below the surface. With the tropical fish literally swimming above your head, I almost felt guilty ordering seafood for a second, then quickly got over it! It has a six-course set dinner that starts with caviar and includes such delicacies as Maldivian Lobster Carpaccio, Black Angus Beef Tenderloin, or Yellow Tail King Fish (see my upcoming restaurant review for more delicious details).
If you would rather drink and dine on dry land, you can choose between the Atoll Kitchen – which has a buffet with eight show kitchens – the Mandhoo, the Vilu, the Sunset Bar & Grill, the Rangali Bar, the Koko Grill, the Wince Cellar, the Cheese and Wine Bar or the Quiet Zone, which is an open-air tented lounge.
We've arrived!

We’ve arrived!

It took forever to get to the Maldives but it was worth it. It is not cheap – the seaplane from Male was $500, but when you get your flights with miles then you are saving along the way. I used 60,000 miles with Chase points with United for my EVA flight to Taipei, then Taipei to Singapore on EVA Business Class, and then Singapore to Male – all for 60,000 miles one-way and $24. Not bad for a little slice of paradise!
Stay tuned for details on the rest of my trip.

 

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  • McCaron

    wow it’s really nice

  • hc

    TPG, did you purchase the upgrade that you get only if they have availability (you find out if you got it at check in), or did you buy a definite upgrade in advance? Thx

  • Dyhppy

    Seems like there would be a mosquito issue

  • thepointsguy

    I didn’t see or feel mosquito during my stay

  • GabL

    Nice review!! I remember my long flight from Toronto, Canada to Maldives, 30+ hours of travel… with my pregnant wife… haha. Good that now CX has direct flight to Male from HK, which should make the trip much shorter than going through Singapore!

    Looking forward to your undersea restaurant review! :)

  • Texas281

    yes! for some reason not too many mosquitoes in the Maldives which is nice.

  • jeff

    60,000 miles all the way from JFK to Male in business class??? Or 60K to TPE, plus 60K more from TPE-SIN-MLE?

    Do you already have a post on getting this award?

  • rick

    What was included in the happy hours?

  • MYRflyer

    very nice!

  • Dan

    I’ll be in Sri Lanka for 9 days in April, and considering stopping in Maldives (Park Hyatt) for 2 nights. In your opinion, would it be worth it for this short a stay?

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