Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Maldives, Indian Ocean

The hotel

At this oasis of luxury, you can relish two palm-fringed tropical islands, as well as a separate Spa Retreat. The resort is linked by a 500-metre footbridge — stroll across and admire the underwater life from above or take a dhoni or beach buggy if that's more your style. Choose from three different luxury resort experiences: beautifully furnished Beach Villas on the main Rangalifinolhi Island, home to the main pool, kids pool and water sports centre; amazing, thatch-roofed Water Villas perched on stilts over the shallow waters off Rangali Island, where you'll also find the Quiet Zone pool; or luxurious Retreat Water Villas, with their own treatment room and jacuzzi, part of the only Destination Spa in the Maldives. You'll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining, with eight restaurants across the two islands. Set five metres below the surface of the Indian Ocean is the underwater restaurant, Ithaa, with fantastic 180º views of the surrounding coral gardens and serving exquisite European cuisine.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling

Where is it

On Rangali and Rangalifinolhu islands in South Ari Atoll. Transfer time from Malé International Airport: 30 minutes by seaplane.Please note: Seaplane transfers to/from your resort will only operate in daylight hours. Please ensure your international flights into and out of Malé allow for this schedule.

Hotel information

150 villas. All villas have air-conditioning, ceiling fan, WiFi*, satellite TV/DVD, CD player with iPod connector, Nespresso™ tea/coffee machine, in-room water (two bottles), mini-bar* and private terrace. Beach Villas, on Rangalifinolhu Island, have private beach access, open-air bathrooms and either 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children (in screened sleeping area).

Half Board option: includes breakfast and dinner in the Atoll Market Restaurant (guests are entitled to a meal credit for the other restaurants, excluding Rangali Bar, Quiet Zone or for In Villa Dining).

Half Board Plus option: (applicable for bookings made from 7 Apr '18) includes breakfast and dinner in the Atoll Market Restaurant (guests are entitled to a meal credit for the other restaurants, excluding Rangali Bar, Quiet Zone or for In Villa Dining). Plus unlimited drinks during dinner (house wines, beers, non-alcoholic soft drinks and a cocktail selection from internationally trained mixologists).

Full Board option: (applicable for bookings made from 7 Apr '18) includes breakfast and dinner in the Atoll Market Restaurant (guests are entitled to a meal credit for the other restaurants, excluding Rangali Bar, Quiet Zone or for In Villa Dining). A three-course lunch at either Mandhoo Restaurant or Ufaa by Jereme Leung. 

Full Board Plus option: (applicable for bookings made from 7 Apr '18) includes breakfast and dinner in the Atoll Market Restaurant (guests are entitled to a meal credit for the other restaurants, excluding Rangali Bar, Quiet Zone or for In Villa Dining). A three-course lunch at either Mandhoo Restaurant or Ufaa by Jereme Leung. Selected drinks (house wines, beers, soft drinks and a cocktail selection) included during lunch and dinner, from the restaurant where the guests are dining. 

Water Villas with with glass panel deck with view of the ocean, bath, private sun terrace with plunge pool and steps giving direct lagoon access, with 1 king-size bed and extra bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Superior Water Villa as the Water Villa but with whirlpool on the private sun deck facing the evening sunset, with 1 king-size bed and extra bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Deluxe Beach Villas are steps from the beach on Rangalifinolhu Island. They are larger than the Beach Villas and also feature a larger garden and a plunge pool, with either 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Retreat Water Villas are set on stilts in a private part of the resort's lagoon, each with the added benefit of a treatment room. The private sundeck features a large whirlpool and steps leading directly into the lagoon waters. There is 1 king-size bed and an extra bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Deluxe Water Villas are similar to Superior Water Villas but larger and with the added feature of outdoor colour changing whirlpool on the private sun deck, floating bed and spacious lounge area, with 1 king-size bed and extra bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Premier Water Villas are of chic contemporary design, artwork by Eagan Badeeu, and featuring a beautiful sunken bathtub, 50" plasma TV, designer furniture and large infinity pool on the outdoor sundeck, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Junior Beach Suite is a Deluxe Beach Villa with a living room attached for added space, with either 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Beach Suites feature two Deluxe Beach Villas combined with a central living room giving a great family space or for larger groups, sleeping maximum 6 adults or 4 adults and 2 children.

Premier Water Suites also have 2 bedrooms, sleeping maximum 6 adults.

Sunset Water Villas - the ultimate luxury experience, these spacious 2 bedroom suites have glass floors in the lounge, a 270º rotating bed to follow the setting sun, ocean view circular bathtub, outdoor whirlpool and chromotherapy infinity pool, sleeping maximum 6 adults.

Please note: guests staying in Premier Water Villas, Junior Beach Suites, Beach Suites, Premier Water Suites and Sunset Water Villas will receive the services of a Personal Island Host. The main Rangalifinolhu Island features Beach Villas and Deluxe Beach Villas. The smaller Rangali Island is where you'll find the water villas and the Spa Retreat is home to the Retreat Water Villas.

8 restaurants and 4 bars; Atoll Market buffet restaurant with 8 'show kitchens' (open for breakfast and dinner), Vilu Restaurant & Bar (fine dining open-air restaurant, open for breakfast and dinner), Koko Grill (Japanese cuisine, open for dinner), Sunset Bar and Grill (open-air à la carte dinners), Mandhoo Spa Restaurant (open for lunch and dinner), Ithaa - the Maldives' first undersea restaurant (European cuisine, open for lunch and dinner), Ufaa by Jereme Leung (the Maldives' first authentic Chinese restaurant by celebrity chef Jereme Leung), The Wine Cellar (gourmet private dinners), Rangali Bar (open for poolside drinks, lunches and dinners). The Cheese and Wine Bar. Private beach dining. Quiet Zone adults-only pool and beach lounge, open for lunch and dinner). Main pool and separate kids' pool. Snorkelling and non-motorised water sports (stand-up paddle boarding). Water sports*. PADI dive centre*, big-game fishing*, tennis*, fitness centre. The Spa Retreat* and Over Water Spa*. Kids' club (3–12 years). Private lounge at seaplane terminal (welcome drinks, snacks and 10-minute massage on arrival). Complimentary WiFi access.

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Truly relaxing

Apr 20, 2019 L290APsarar

A fantastic resort with great service . Plenty of choice with restaurants. Did not get chance to try them all , but our favourite was the Mandhoo Spa Restaurant with fresh food and great flavours. Another great evening was the Champagne and Lobster on the beach . If you don’t like lying in the sun the water sports facilities had experienced… Read more
A fantastic resort with great service . Plenty of choice with restaurants. Did not get chance to try them all , but our favourite was the Mandhoo Spa Restaurant with fresh food and great flavours. Another great evening was the Champagne and Lobster on the beach . If you don’t like lying in the sun the water sports facilities had experienced staff that filled you with confidence to try new experiences . Another plus is that there is a doctor on the island who dealt with my little issue and prescribed the medication there and then that was needed . If you do go and come across Leo who kept us entertained at the cocktail hour and then his service at the Mandhoo restaurant was impeccable . Already booked to return next March to make more memories . Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The real paradise

Apr 15, 2019 GrandTour46047947883

Conrad Maldives really treat us very special on my special day. No doubt they really concern about our needs. Beside, Conrad has undersea restaurant called Ithaa. You will feel different ambience when had dinner there!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Stunning hotel with amazing service

Apr 14, 2019 ANB1000 Dallas

My wife and I went to this hotel on our honeymoon and had an amazing experience. The island is absolutely breathtaking. It truly looks like all the pictures you see online. The hotel is spread across two islands that are connected by a bridge. One island is quieter and friendly to couples, and the other is better suited for families. There is… Read more
My wife and I went to this hotel on our honeymoon and had an amazing experience. The island is absolutely breathtaking. It truly looks like all the pictures you see online. The hotel is spread across two islands that are connected by a bridge. One island is quieter and friendly to couples, and the other is better suited for families. There is something great for everyone here! Due to our diamond status, we got free breakfast everyday which was a nice touch, and our villa was upgraded. The over-water villas are amazing. It is an unreal experience to be over the water. One of the best things about this property was the staff. They were all SO friendly and provided excellent service. A few people who went above and beyond for us were Akinori, Naeem, Ali Raza, Keolauna, and Mohammad. Akinori and Naeem were especially helpful with booking our room and ensuring our stay was one to remember. Read less
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Apr 13, 2019 marcmsj Minneola, Florida

We recently stayed here for 5 nights in an overwater villa and loved every minute of it. The villa is very spacious although dated a bit, still in great condition. There's plenty of activities to do to keep you occupied, while most are paid, some activities are free as well and appreciated. Several restaurants are on property and will give you… Read more
We recently stayed here for 5 nights in an overwater villa and loved every minute of it. The villa is very spacious although dated a bit, still in great condition. There's plenty of activities to do to keep you occupied, while most are paid, some activities are free as well and appreciated. Several restaurants are on property and will give you plenty of options, just be sure you're aware of the cost because as expected, it's not cheap. The free breakfast for gold and platinum Hilton members as well as the cocktail hour sure takes some of the sting away from the high prices though. We would love to visit this property again in the future. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A Wonderful Week Away

Apr 7, 2019 travelinghomo New York City, New York

This was my husband and I’s first trip to the Maldives so we didn’t know exactly what to expect or how beautiful it would be. We had a wonderful seven night stay at the Conrad and would definitely consider returning in the future. To get the details out of the way, we stayed from 24/03-31/03. We are Hilton Diamond members; and the room… Read more
This was my husband and I’s first trip to the Maldives so we didn’t know exactly what to expect or how beautiful it would be. We had a wonderful seven night stay at the Conrad and would definitely consider returning in the future. To get the details out of the way, we stayed from 24/03-31/03. We are Hilton Diamond members; and the room reservation was paid in full with a combination of points and free night certificates. We booked a standard Water Villa for 95,000pts/Night. MLE Arrival/Conrad Airport Lounge/Trans Maldivian Airlines: We arrived in MLE around noon. I am not sure there are any jetways at MLE so you get to walk off the plane to the tarmac which I LOVE. The airport had a SkyPriority lane (SkyTeam Elite Plus Member due to Delta Platinum Status) for immigration however the entire space was relatively small with multiple agents so the process moved along pretty quickly. Luggage arrived on the belt quickly as well and not long after we were off the plane we had our bags and were on our way. Follow the exit signs and you will see rows of hotel reps waiting. Conrad Maldives requests your arrival and departure information and they make the sea plane arrangements. You are charged $590/person to your room for the transfer. The Conrad rep has a sign and is in a white uniform. He quickly helped us with our bags and walked us over to the TransMaldivian Airlines (TMA) counter. The Conrad rep took our passports and completed the check-in process with TMA. He explained what items needed to be checked. It seemed anything over a small backpack they preferred you to check with them so it could be weighed and loaded prior to people getting on the plane. He handed us our tickets which listed our bags and then escorted us to a waiting air-conditioned van for transport to the Conrad lounge next to the sea plane terminal. FYI there isn’t a lot of communication about when your flight will actually leave for the resort. I am sure we could have asked but the point of this whole vacation was to relax and enjoy so that is exactly what we did. No need to rush or worry. It definitely seemed as if everything was being taken care of and we just had to enjoy. The van was cool with small bottles of water for each passenger. A few other people were on our flight as well but we were put into a van with only two other passengers. It was about a 5 minute ride to the Conrad lounge. There is lots of construction going on at MLE so the views were not always great. We were greeted again at the entry to the lounge and escorted upstairs. We were given cold face towels and told to make ourselves comfortable. The lounge had light snacks available, coffee, soda, fresh juice, and water. (No Alcohol as it is illegal in most of the Maldives) A representative came over to where we were sitting and collected our passports. He explained he would complete the check-in/registration process prior to our arrival at the hotel. He returned our passports not long after, asked us to sign a registration sheet on an ipad. They ask at this time if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions. We forgot to mention we are lacto-ovo vegetarians but found out later this is an option on this form so feel free to provide them with any details. There is a spa representative in the lounge that can answer any questions you have about their services. Menu’s are available in many different languages and she will even sample some massage techniques for you in a massage chair in the back corner. You can make any reservations for your stay right there so that way you make sure whatever times you want aren’t already taken. We had been there about half an hour or so and they removed all the snacks and juices, coffee and soda were still available. Then a waiter came around with a small menu offering “lunch”. We were impressed as most of the options were vegetarian. We each had fries and a grilled vegetable sandwich. It was a small portion but plenty to fill us up. Shortly after eating we were summoned for boarding. We were taken downstairs to a waiting van. There was a TMA representative there checking the passenger list and explaining to some people that all of their luggage would not be on the plane with them. My husband and I had each only brought a backpack and a carry-on suitcase. All of our luggage made it onto the plane. It seemed most of the other guests had at least one bag that was going to be delivered later in the day. I would say I seaplane left around 1300 and they were saying the bags would be at the resort by 1800. This might be something to consider if you have plans the evening of your arrival. We were loaded onto the plane, they take any small backpack you kept with you in the lounge and put it in the back of the plane. The ride to the resort was the smoothest I have been on in a while. This was my first time on a seaplane so I was a bit nervous but it was an awesome experience and nothing to be nervous about. Enjoy the views and it was a quick 30 minute flight to the resort. Arrival at Conrad Maldives: After 30 minutes of gorgeous sea plane views of the the Maldives we landed at Conrad. Conrad Maldives consists of three islands. The main island, quiet island, and then a workers island. Connecting the two islands for guests is a long bridge with a sea plane dock in the middle. Each arrival party is met with their own personal check-in person to welcome them to the resort and walk them through the remainder of the check-in process. This was our first service hiccup. There was no rep there to greet us. The team members there did their best to cover up and stated our rep would meet us at the reception area. So while each other family was getting personal attention and walked to the reception area we were walking alone. It was a bit shocking as everything prior to this had been handled so efficiently that it did stand out. After arriving at the reception area we were greeted by our check-in rep. He apologized stating he was finishing up with a prior arrival and was unable to meet us. He stated he needed to “take some money from us” and then would show us to our room. I feel sometimes as two males in their early thirties we often get different standards of service. I believe he was attempting to make a joke about “take some money from us” but I don’t feel this would be a joke you would make with a family of four with a husband, wife, and two kids where I am checking into a room costing $1k a night. Regardless, we gave him our credit card for the deposit ad he explained a $4000 hold would be placed. He returned with the receipt for us to sign and then stated our room was ready. We were on the the “quiet island” which is all Water Villa rooms. There is the bridge to walk, you can request a golf card anytime anywhere, or there is a dhoni (traditional Maldivian boat) that runs from early morning until midnight. We opted for the boat ride which takes about 5 minutes to cross. En-route our rep seemed to rush through the details of the resort. Very little detail was given. He also repeatedly asked us if we wanted to have a drink somewhere prior to arriving at our room. I’m not sure if there was a motive here but it seemed as if he would have preferred to drop us off at a bar locations rather that go to the other side of the resort with us and show us our room. We arrived at our water villa (320) which was on the sunset side of the island. Our rep invited us to scan a QR code on his ipad that then sent us to a website where we had access information about the resort. I found this site to not be that useful as details about price etc were often lacking and it was more an overview of what the hotel offered. He asked us to check that all our bags had arrived, they were already in the room closet. We had one bag missing however we had seen get unloaded from the plane when we arrived. He called someone and shortly after he left it was delivered to the room. Fun fact: Conrad is an hour ahead of Male in terms of time. So your phone etc will not update to the correct time at the resort unless you set it yourself. Make sure you notate this so you don’t miss happy hour or other reservations you have made. Room: As I mentioned before we had booked a standard water villa. I believe the resort has 151 rooms. Which for the size of the two islands that really isn’t a lot. It is excellent though because often during our stay we were the only people around which was awesome. For anyone wondering about Hilton Honors room upgrade benefits; I was not given or offered a room upgrade for this stay. When checking online the day of check-in upgraded water villas were available for booking the entirety of my stay. Conrad does state clearly on their site though that due to the uniqueness of their property on the Maldives Hilton Honors upgrades are not promised. In actuality I could hardly have asked for a better room location. I’ll go into this in more detail shortly but this was a bit of a service misstep. Our check-in rep mentioned our diamond status a few times and could have easily talked up the room location for all it’s advantages but no worries, we figured them out on our own. We were in Water Villa 320. The biggest advantage here was the location. Being on the sunset side meant in the evenings we could simply walk out onto our deck, down the stairs and into the belly high water and stand and watch the sun sink into the horizon. We could not see if from our patio we did need to get into the water. We were surprised how we rarely saw anyone else doing the same. It was gorgeous every evening. If I return I will definitely be requesting a room in this section again. There is nothing between you and the horizon but ocean and sky. This room is also a short walking distance from Vilu which was our favorite spot to have breakfast and the location for the afternoon tea and happy hour for Hilton Honors members. The Quite Zone bar and adults only pool is also on this island and was our preferred spot for the entire trip. So if you are booking a water villa I would definitely request to be on the smaller island and if you get one on the west side of the island even better. The water villa was bigger than I expected. There are groupings of about 5 or so together in section. They look exactly as they do online and will not disappoint. Huge livingroom/bedroom space. There is a large walk-in closet, with super soft robes, safe, and great bench to put your luggage on. The bathroom is massive with a large soaking tub, candles (surprising considering most hotels don’t allow them), walk in rainfall shower, double vanity, and toilet. The toilet comes with the spray nozzle I LOVE from SE Asia etc. The living room has a fun clear desk with a see through floor section. Then there are two large sliding doors you can open to your back deck. There is a soaking tub with two jets, two loungers, umbrella, table and chairs and then stairs leading down into the water. We were told we could swim out straight from our deck anytime during daylight hours. In the evenings turn on the light under your villa and you can watch the sea come to life. Fish swimming, relatively large reef sharks, and we even spotted a few rays swim by one evening. Sitting out in the soaking tub at night was excellent. There is a small minibar that is almost identically prices to purchasing things at a bar location on the island so we used it more than we normally do. There is a Napresso machine with LOTS of complimentary coffee and tea. You are also are provided with bottled water in your room that can be replenished anytime you like. We would go through them and after the first day we were left with plenty from house keeping so we didn’t need to ask for anything from then on. The milk in the minibar is complimentary as well, feel free to use it for your coffee and let them know if you need more. As Hilton Honors Diamond members we were given a bottle of sparkling wine Rose which they sold for about $60 on site. We also had a small box of chocolates and some fruit in the room. These items were obviously not replenished, lol. The sparkling wine was an awesome way to rest after a long couple days of travel. Room service came twice a day, Once for regular service then once for turn down service. They would often replenish anything used at both times so it was great having a fresh room two times a day. The room normally comes with two beach towels and two regular towels which seems like not enough considering the amount of swimming you might do off of your deck and then your pool and showers. I requested extras the first day and house keeping made sure I had plenty for the rest of the stay. Another feature I loved which isn’t around much anymore is that I didn’t have to have my room key in a slot for the electricity etc to work in the room. So if you set your AC low when you come back your room will still be cool. I know this isn’t as environmentally friendly but especially when visiting warm locations it would have been rough coming into a room that had the AC off for most of the day. The rooms are showing their age a bit but nothing I felt I needed to bring to the hotel’s attention. The one light on the right side of the bathroom vanity was burnt out my entire stay. I would think this would be something staff would notice and fix. Again, I didn’t bring it to the hotel’s attention because I didn’t feel it needed fixed during my stay. Breakfast: I am covering this separately from another food post. Breakfast I believe is an included item with all of the room rates now at Conrad Maldives. We would have had this benefit as Diamond members anyway so just check. There are two spots were you can have breakfast. On the main island there is a large buffet, LARGE. Lots of different stations, tons of seating, etc. We did this our first full day and it was fine. The food was great and the variety was impressive. Due to the size though it didn’t have the best feel. For the rest of our stay we had breakfast at Vilu on the smaller island which was also where our room was. Vilu has a small buffet selection of fruit and pastries. Coffee and juice are available as well as sparkling wine upon request. They have a a la cart menu. We loves the French Toast and Eggs Florentine. We would often spend a good amount of time here in the mornings never feeling rushed by the staff and always quick to offer refills. Breakfast is from 0700-1030. Even coming closer to 1030 you were not rushed through. The staff at Vilu were by far the best and most genuinely pleasant interactions we had while at the Conrad Maldives. I would definitely recommend trying it out even if you are on the main island. Another option is you can have the breakfast delivered to your room by room service there is just a $18 room service fee. Food: So I will start by again stating we are Lacto-Ovo Vegetarians. So our food experiences are not that of most individuals. We go into most resort situations expecting to be disappointed and frustrated. This was no exception and as predicted things are never clear. I had reached out prior to our trip to check-in and ask the hotel for their recommendations etc. I received a response that my email was forwarded to the Food & Beverage department and they would be in touch. I received a mostly form response from them stating how I could view menus online as well as descriptions of their special dinners and what nights they were. The only special dinning opportunity that was described to us with vegetarian options was the private beach dinning. The price given was $190/person and that did not include drink options. This at least was clear with a menu and price. The rest of the special event dinners, Maldivian Night, Lobster and Champaign, Beach BBQ where all listed with price but no mention of how they would or could accommodate a vegetarian guest. The menus for the other restaurants were provided, some with prices some without. I understand these locations like to present all of their different dinning options as individual restaurants but they are all under the same location so there could be some consistency with menus. There were only two menu’s that clearly marked vegetarian options and the options were limited. With the dinner price points being $40+ for an entree it was hard to consider going to a spot that had no vegetarian options and request a vegetarian meal with little to no idea what the options would be. The one nicer dinner we Vilu. One day at the happy hour we asked to see a Vilu dinner menu. Zaya was quick to bring one over and explained that the dishes were customizable if necessary and even specifically mentioned vegetarian. This was a first and refreshing to not have to be the one bringing it up. We said we were and then she even went on to clarify if we were lacto-ovo etc. She definitely was great in the service department. The service was good but still some hiccups. We explained initially that we were vegetarian and the waiter seemed a bit taken aback as he couldn’t go through is normal script of mostly meat centered entrees. He did a great job though. Some small hiccups. We were brought out an amuse-bouche of fried chicken. When he was describing it to us he realized the mistake and took it back, haha. Shortly after we were brought out another vegetarian appropriate amuse-bouche. For dinner my husband had the gnocchi without the grab sauce. I had the cauliflower and it was excellent. It was a vegetarian option listed on the menu. We also had the papas side and beets which were good as well. With two glasses of wine, bottled water, two entrees, two sides, and a dessert our total $232.40 including a small additional tip. 10% service is included in all the bills. It was a nice meal with good service however even from a New Yorker the price point is a bit ridiculous. We often would eat a large breakfast, have a snack in the afternoon by the pool, and then load up at the afternoon tea and snacks we brought. The Rangali Bar on the larger island he a decent grilled vegetable sandwich and their pizzas were okay as well. They were about $30. At the Quite Zone the Vegetarian Spring Rolls were a great afternoon snack by the pool. They were served with a small bread basket and there were like 10 rolls. They tasted great and we had them a couple of times. Also the room service menu included many of the Rangali Bar food items at a bit of a cheaper price even though it evened out after the room service fee. We dinned in a couple of nights and it was great being out on the back deck, listening to the water, wrapped in our hotel robes. I would definitely suggest doing it once during your stay. The food was delivered hot and with full service, white table cloth, cold face towels and all. Drinks: I was a bit surprised by how affordable the drink prices were. They are known for their Gin and Tonics. I hate them but my husband loves them and tried a few while we were there. They were all massive and tasted excellent. Most cocktails were between $19-$25 and most of the mixed versions were pretty large. Also a tip; they sell 1L bottles of Absolute Vodka through the room service menu for $95. We purchased one of these and then used the mini bar for mixers or took it to the pool to mix in. Helped us out a bit. Honestly the best thing though is remembering the sparkling wine at breakfast and then the Happy Hour for Hilton Honors members daily. It was from 1630-1730. They would come around and take orders or you could go to the bar. Wine, Sparkling Wine, Tiger Beer, Rum, Whiskey, Vodka, Gin included with mixer options. My favorite was the vodka with their passion fruit iced tea or vodka pineapple. The would fill you up and make sure you were topped off before it ended. I was honestly very surprised how free flowing the options were. It was a small group of mostly the same people every day and we all got plenty. Activities: There are tons of activities around the island. Ping Pong, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding etc. All of the non-motor activities are included. The water sports center is located just off the bridge on the main island and you can get paddle boards, kayaks etc. You just sign a waiver and ask them for whatever you like. If you go to the diving center you can check out flippers and snorkel masks for snorkeling around the island. This is also where you would sign up for any diving options. We don’t dive so do not have any suggestions for that but I would recommend if you have anything specific you want to do, like whale shark snorkeling, email them before you arrive and pick a time. You get a discount if you book prior to arrival and our first pick of days was full. Paddle boarding was fun and it was refreshing as you simply tell them what you want to do and they give it to you. There isn’t som long orientation talk or lots of paperwork etc. Whale Shark Snorkel: We contacted them before arrival about whale shark snorkeling. The discounted rate, booked prior to arrival was $150/person. We were instructed to bring the snorkeling gear we had picked up at the beginning of our stay as we would be using it on this trip. If you haven’t picked it up before this though no worries; they will check it out for you then. You sign your receipts and waivers and they give you about a 15 minute introduction into the biodiversity of the area and whale sharks specifically. They make it clear you are not guaranteed to see a whale shark. They will do everything they can but obviously the whale sharks are wild animals so are unpredictable. They require everyone to grab a life jacket on the way to the boat but you are not required to use it while snorkeling. We head to the boat which was relatively small but there are only 12 people on the tour so plenty of room. The tour lasts about 3-4 hours. It’s about a 15 minutes ride to where the whale sharks usually hang out. Then it is just slow trolling around trying to find one. There are refreshments on board, fruit and drinks. There is also a very small bathroom for those of you wondering. After about 3 hours of searching unfortunately we didn’t see one. We were given an option of keep looking for the last bit or to go to Manta Point where we could hopefully see some manta rays. We headed there and got in the water. We were able to see quite a few. While it wasn’t what we had planned at least we got in the water for a bit. We swam around for about 20 minutes or so then got back on board and headed back to the resort. The guides said they have success rate in the high 80th percentile. Those are great odds and obviously someone has to be the one that doesn’t see them. They do offer a rebooking discount of 50% off if you want to try again later in your trip if there is availability. I believe they only did the tours on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday morning. I would also much rather support a company like this that truly cares for the well-being of the whale sharks rather than someone who feeds them or doesn’t something else that alters their natural behavior simply so guests have a better chance of seeing them. While it was a disappointment it was still a good time spending the morning on the boat and seeing the mantas. Another fun fact, one of the guide brings a GoPro on the trip and focuses on getting shots of any wildlife they see. You can go to the dive center after your trip with a memory stick and they will give you the raw footage. Pools: There are two infinite pools on the resort. There is a large one with a smaller kids pool on the main island, then there is also one on the smaller island next to the Quiet Zone bar. This one on the quite island is adults only and I believe you had to be 16 years old. The main pool felt like a normal resort pool. The view wasn’t that great because you were looking over the lagoon and beach where people can do some of the water sports. The Quiet Zone pool is the spot to be! We were there daily and loved it. There are only about 10 chairs on the deck but we never had a problem getting one arriving around 1030 or 1100. Even as we stayed until around 1500 daily there were often available seats. Along the beach by the pool there are plenty of chairs as well. The water is clear and shallow so its a great spot to get into the ocean as well. When we arrived everyday they would bring over a cold face towel, then usually a bit later come around with complimentary popsicles of frozen pineapple juice in a shot glass. They even would come around from time to time and clean your sun glasses. These are examples of when the service really stood out. Don’t forget your sunscreen, they sell it for about $30 a tube if you forget it though. Check-Out/Transfer to MLE: When it comes time to leave your transfer back to MLE is again all handled by the hotel. The night before you leave you will receive your check-out info on your television. You can also check your room bill on your tv throughout your stay. We were advised check-in for our sea plane was at 1015. We were instructed to leave our luggage in our room and that it would be picked up by the hotel at 1015. We got to reception and completed the simple check-out process. It did seem that most of the other couples were assisted in their check-out by the rep that assisted checking them in. This again was not the case for us. Ours came over and asked our how trip had been. While I understand this was a nice formality it couldn’t have been genuine as he didn’t check in with us once during our seven night stay. Now our departing flight was leaving MLE at 1235 and check-in for our seaplane from the resort was 1015. These hotels do this day in and day out so I kept telling myself I didn’t need to worry about the time table made me very anxious which really wasn’t a pleasant way to end such a relaxing stay. The plane ended up departing Conrad at approx 1130 Conrad time which was 1030 MLE time. When you arrive back at MLE there is a Conrad bus to transfer you from the sea plane terminal back to MLE. You then wait for your luggage at the TMA counter. The staff could tell there were three of us couples that were very anxious about the time table with our flight. They assured us they had spoken with AirFrance and made sure they were aware we had arrived at the airport and were on our way. They helped us with our luggage and then escorted us through the “crew” entry as there is security and baggage screening just to enter the airport. We arrived at the AirFrance check in counter as it should have been closing for passengers on our flight. We still had to go through security and immigration and the flight was suppose to leave in about an hour. I understand the airport in MLE is small but there were plenty of people there and the time frame definitely seemed way too tight. It was just not a great way to be leaving the island, rushed and anxious. I will compliment the Conrad MLE airport staff for being supportive and on top of the situation. Overall: I would definitely recommend the Conrad especially if you have any loyalty with Hilton hotels. The service was genuine and it was truly a great spot to feel like you had truly gotten away. While you do need to come in prepared for the price point and food situation. Just make sure you budget/allow for it. Our total bill including sea plane transferred was around $2800. I would definitely return. After the experience something I would be concern about other smaller island resorts would be the space. The Conrad never felt crowded and it was always easy to find a spot to have a private moment and enjoy the natural beauty of where you were. The Maldives looks exactly like all the pictures you see. Definitely a place you have to experience. Read less