The Maldives has quickly become one of the top destinations in the world thanks to its beautiful, sparkling blue waters. world-class diving and snorkeling; ultra-luxury resorts; and exclusivity.
Located in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is made up of nearly 1,200 islands and 26 coral atolls, making for an unprecedented diversity of marine life.
It’s a secluded tropical paradise, where most resorts sit atop their own private island, giving guests the feeling that they, too, are enjoying their own private escape. Getting to the Maldives is no easy feat, with the average flight from the US taking around 27 hours. Visitors land at Velana International Airport in Male and with just one more seaplane ride, they are ready to begin their vacation.
For an authentic Maldivian hideaway, guests can book a stay at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, a resort that’s home to 151 stunning villas and suites; 12 award-winning restaurants and bars; and a variety of culturally inspired excursions and experiences.
The main island is connected by a 500 meter bridge to the larger island of Rangali-Finolhu, providing guests with the option of two sets of amenities and facilities.
The Conrad Maldives stands apart from most luxury hotels in the region in that it is home to many firsts. For starters, it was the first resort to feature the overwater villas the Maldives are now famous for.
When it comes to wine, it is home to the largest wine list in the region and the first underground wine cellar. And then there’s Ithaa, the world’s first-ever underwater restaurant, which offers 180-degree views of the coral reef garden surrounding the restaurant. Meals are accompanied by an ever-changing landscape that includes voracious sharks, rays, turtles, schools of tropical fish and more.
More recently, in 2018, he unveiled the MURAKA, a one-of-a-kind two-level underwater residence with a master bedroom submerged more than 16 feet below sea level. Fun fact? Paris Hilton recently spent part of her honeymoon there.
Surrounded by sparkling water, lush foliage, and pristine sand, this property was designed for peace and quiet. From its unique over-water spa which is literally built over the azure waters of the ocean, to the bespoke holistic experiences of the Spa Retreat, it is a place of ultimate relaxation and barefoot luxury.
The property prides itself on honoring the local Maldivian culture through all that it offers to its guests. From local ingredients grown on the property to ensuring guests experience Maldivian culture through cooking classes and educational excursions, locality is important to the Conrad team.
To further cultivate guests’ connection to the Maldives, the resort offers eco-friendly activities ranging from coral planting to beach cleanups and a coral reef regeneration initiative with the resort’s marine biologists.
Conrad Maldives also offers incredible off-property excursions that include Adventure Diver certification courses; Day and night diving experiences; Entry-level and advanced open water certifications; Whale shark tours and more.
“Our resort offers unique excursions, taking guests directly from the property into the azure blue world of South Ari Atoll, one of the richest and most diverse marine environments in the world,” says Natalia Samper, resident marine biologist. at the Conrad Maldives of the Ocean group.
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“The most popular excursions are Whale Shark Talk and Tour, Turtle Safari and Adventure Snorkeling Talk & Tour. These tours are one of the best ways to experience the beautiful aquatic life of the Maldives,” she continues. “The Whale Shark Talk and Tour in particular is a must-do experience for many guests.”
“Our unique setting provides unparalleled access to the protected South Ari Atoll Marine Park, the only place in the world where the whale shark can be seen in its natural habitat 365 days a year.”
Other excursions include fishing, something that has long been a source of income and food for the Maldives. If guests catch a red snapper, white snapper, grouper, or barracuda, they are encouraged to bring the catch back to one of the resort’s chefs to prepare.
“To give guests a view of Maldivian culture and a taste of island life, we offer the Desert Island Sunset Fishing and Picnic Tour,” says Samper. “Guests booking sunset fishing will experience bottom fishing in the traditional Maldivian style using baited lines and hooks on portable reels.”
And no matter where you are in the Maldives, you are in the best place for water sports. The region is only 1% land. The Conrad offers motorized and non-motorized sports that include off-property adventures like catamaran sailing and glass-bottom boat tours. Guests are also welcome to kayak; paddle board; wakeboard; windsurfing and more. Jet skis and water skiing are also available on site.
And no matter which resort you’re staying at, the option of island hopping is always a smart way to explore some of the region’s most unspoiled beaches. Other popular Maldives tours include snorkeling around shipwrecks; snorkeling with nurse sharks; walking tours in the capital city of Male and more.
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