There are some places in the world that are extra special.
They can be special for lots of reasons, the weather, the food, the people, Rangali Island in the Maldives is one place in the world that ticks all of those boxes.
It’s not the cheapest place to stay, but you get what you pay for – they even have an underwater restaurant. In the first of a series of travel features, we spoke to Katherine Anthony from the resort to find out what more, and if it really is better than paradise.
How long has the resort been open?
The resort itself has been open since the late 1980’s. It was rebuilt as a Conrad in 2007.
How do I get there?
The nearest airport is Male International Airport, which is just over 100km from the resort. You reach Conrad Maldives by seaplane from the international airport.
When is the best time of year to visit?
Because the country is on the equator, it’s warm and sunny year round, but the absolute best time to visit is between November and April.
How many rooms are there?
There are 150 villas at Conrad Maldives.
How much does the the best room cost per night?
The very best villa is called the Sunset Water Villa and room rates start at $4,575 per night in low season, rising to $13,775 per night during peak season.
What do you get for the price?
You get 300 square metres of one of the most stunning over-water accommodations in the world, with glass floors (so you can watch the fish and coral reef below the villa), rotating bed (so you can track the setting sun from your room), designer gadgets (such as a TV that drops out from the ceiling at the touch of a remote control), your own butler (with speedboat to take you across to the other island), a second bedroom and of course a huge sun deck with Jacuzzi and an over-water swimming pool.
What kinds of food do the restaurants serve?
There are 11 restaurants and bars at Conrad Maldives serving everything from Japanese to organic spa food.
What is it like eating underwater?
It’s one of the most incredible experiences you can have. It usually takes people about 20 minutes to take their seat in the restaurant as they’re busy looking at the fish and the coral gardens planted outside of the restaurant. If a shark or ray passes by during the meal then everything stops for a minute for all the diners to take photos. The restaurant itself is fairly small so the experience is intimate and immediate.
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For more information on Conrad Rangali Island Maldives take a look at their website HERE