The first private island international resort in the Maldives was the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. As its 25th anniversary approaches, the resort is now a two-island property and is celebrating all of its premieres and gearing up for the February 2022 start of a multi-million dollar renovation.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
The two-island Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort is spread across the larger Rangali-Finolhu Island and the quieter, adults-only Rangali Island. They are connected by a 1,600-foot footbridge over the shallow sea in the South Ari Atoll of the Maldives.
You can stay in one of the 151 villas and suites. There are both overwater and beach villas – many with private pools – as well as the unique Villa Muraka which has an underwater bedroom. The resort has two spas, including a sublime overwater spa located 100 meters from Rangali-Finolhu Point, and a dozen restaurants and bars. Several large pools – some on the water and others next to the powdery white sand – await you.
You will stay busy with ocean activities like sailing, boating and snorkeling and on excursions who explore all Maldives has to offer. The island nation of 1192 is known for its fantastic scuba diving, for its opportunities to see and swim with gentle but immense whale sharks, and for the 20 species of whales and dolphins that frequent its waters. Or, stay closer to “home” by helping the hotel’s marine biologist with the resort’s coral plantation project. (Here is why you should choose hotels that support coral restoration).
If you can get to the resort during the day, you’ll take a 30-minute seaplane ride from Male’s Velana International Airport. Those arriving after 4:00 p.m. take a short flight to a nearby island, then a speedboat to the resort. A three-hour luxury yacht charter from Male is also available.
Island of the firsts
The resort has led innovation to the Maldives – and the world – including being the country’s first two-island resort. In addition, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has the world’s first underwater restaurant. Called Ithaa, the glass-walled restaurant sits 16 feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean and offers 180-degree views of the corals and fish that surround it (and maybe occasional divers, too).
The resort is also the first in the world to have an underwater residence. The two-level Villa Muraka (muraka means “coral”) has a chamber 16 feet below sea level. It is enclosed in a 180 degree curved acrylic dome so you never have to take your eyes off the fish. On the upper level there are two sunny bedrooms and a terrace with an infinity pool. Guests enjoy 24-hour butler service, a private chef, on-call fitness trainers, and spa treatments.
New for 2022
In February 2022, the massive renovation of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will be ready. The multi-million dollar project includes a refresh of Rangali Island’s 50 overwater villas for couples and honeymooners, as well as a new adult-only gym. For families on Rangali-Finolhu Island, the Majaa Explorers’ Hub is expanding and offering new activities, as well as a new Furaavaru club for teenagers. Further renovations are taking place at Rangali Island’s overwater spa, dive center, and three of the resort’s restaurants have had a facelift.
Nils-Arne Schroeder, Vice President Luxury & Lifestyle at Hilton Asia Pacific and Global Brand Head of Conrad Hotels & Resorts, said in a press release: A meaningful trip to create new travel memories in one of the destinations most iconic in the world when it is unveiled in 2022. “
Entrance to the Maldives
The entry requirements for the Maldives are detailed on the Conrad Maldives website, the country FAQ for tourist website and in these Press Releases. Currently, tourists require a negative nucleic acid or PCR test performed no more than 96 hours before departure for the Maldives and must complete a traveler’s health declaration form.