More about Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Maldives, most beautiful place on earth
Gorgeous hotel with overwater bungelows. The ocean here is 85F and swimming pool blue. Fantastic diving and snorkling everywhere. The hilton's main lobby has a sand floor and every room in very luxurious with outdoor showers in the beach suites, and gorgeous overwater bungelows with private decks. Staff is courteous and very warm and friendly. Food is very European and a little "unique" by US standards, but good nonetheless. Highly rcomended, but 40 hours to get here from Los Angles...but worth it! Great spa, gorgeous scenery, perfect ocean and diving, unique rooms and commion areas.
This island and the resort were simply fantastic. The island itself is quite small, about 15 mins to walk around and is connected to a smaller more exclusive island by a bridge, i stayed back in 99, but i know they have made even more improvements and upgrades. Would return in a shot, 2 of the most relaxing weeks I have had ever!
The resort was luxuary all the way, with a beautiful al la carte restuarant set on stilst in the water, I now know there is an underwater rest too, you can sit and watch the fish swim by.
My sister worked here at the time I visited and she managed to get us lots of little extras, lobster and champage evening on a deserted island. A trip on the Hilton's yacht and lots of Rangali iced tea cocktails.
It was sheer bliss and a magical time. Would love to go back one day, very soon. The island and setting is simply stunning but most of all the staff here were excellent, nothing is too much for the guests and you feel so special.
Dont take any shoes, you wont need em
This is the most amazing hotel I have EVER stayed in.
The service, the restaurants, the amenities.
My tip is this- upgrade to the beach villas- you will NOT regret it (and do this once you get on the island, because they give a lot better discounts- at the same time if you feel you are going at a busy time, don't miss out by banking on availability)
We had actually gotten this upgrade for free because we had written during our reservations that it was our honeymoon. We later upgraded to a water villa (on stilts) but 'down'graded back to the beach villas because they were unbeatable. (They are the newest rooms since the tsunami) Private pool, private access to a beach strip, open-air jacuzzi, open-air shower, personal fountain, clear glass doors surrounding your bed with remote control shades...?
Every characteristic is outstanding.
Another tip- make reservations at the hotels early- they fill up!
Which island ??????
There are so many islands to choose from, so it can be bewildering which one to go for...
Tanking some informations on the net, i got this, maybe it can helps :
- Best for families : Bandos
- Best for diving and snorkelling : Machchafushi is one of the best budget options
- Best for health/spa : the Maldives Hilton on the islands of Rangali and Ranglifinolhu
- Best for couples : Baros, and I recommend Laguna Beach+Full Moon as I was there and it was wonderfull
But the best thing to do when choosing an island is to get information looking on the web, there are so many good websites about Maldives. Here are some :
Awesome place cant wait to return
Not going to go on and on as lots of people have already put what I would have said, this is an amazing place, very friendly staff especially the guys behind the bar at the Atoll bar, the food is fantastic and im very fusy as is my new wife and we did not have a single complaint, the rooms are beautiful we stayed in a beach villa and delux BV and they were both fantastic, the only major difference is the size and the additional plunge pool. Book for the wine cellar before you go and check your booking, the private BBQ is great , lots and lots of food - veurve cliquot yellow label is available for $105 if you ask for it - beats the house stuff. Get the sunset side for the BBQ - book this before you go if you can also.
If you want a quite night in and a fairly cheap night order the delux picnic hamper - so much food and you can just have it in your room and watch the sunset , we stayed in room 124 (delux BV) and the sun sets right in the window.
Did diving course while there highly recommend this dive center they are great and make you feel so comfortable.
Drinks are pricey but hey your in the Hilton Maldives and on holiday
On cost, we were on honeymoon and our day consisted of missing breaskfast , buying lunch in Atoll (buffet) or room/bar service, then dinner at all the different restaurants including koki grill, sunset grill - highly highly recommend these, we would have a bottle of wine with dinner approx $100 (great pulle fume) and 3 courses, and most night were spent in the bar drinking cocktails until 1.30am we spent on average £200 per day for 2 people alot but not if you think about the amount and quality of the food and drink, basically no more that you would pay in the UK for 1 top quality meal and nice bottle of wine to 2.
we were there in september/october (the rainy season) it did rain quite alot but mostly at night didnt really bother us to much as you can jsut chill in your lovely room, go to the bar ans watch a film (they put these on if it rains).
ok so i did go on and on but you just cant help yourself. - one last thing - you dont need shoes , myself and my wife didnt put on a pair of shoes for 2 weeks the most you need is a pair of flip flops (thongs)
If you want to know any specifics please feel free to get in touch
second visit to paradise
This was our second time to the Hilton Maldives. Our first visit was in November 2004 and we were lucky enough to stay in a deluxe water villa. at this point Rangalifinolhu (the bigger island) was closed for renovations so we were spoilt with the peace and quiet of the residents of only another 51 water villas. Despite the limited facilities at this time, there was no time to get bored.....all that sunbathing, snorkelling, diving and eating amazingly prepared food. As other reports imply, the staff are attentive whilst at the same time not being 'in your face'. After we left the resort, we both felt that it was the first time in many years of travelling that we would have to go back to the same resort.
And so this year we just had to go back, partly out of interest to see what the renovations were like and to get the beach villa experience but mainly because we knew that we would get exactly the holiday we needed - pure R&R. We booked so late however that the only accommodation left was the standard beach villa. Some of the pictures we'd seen on different web sites looked like the rooms were quite small compared to our previous years experience. Other reviewers stated that you just had to go for the deluxe rooms. I'm sure that they were great rooms however I don't really agree with their advice.
The standard rooms were massive and nicely furnished. Huge beds and sofas. The design of the rooms is interesting..... Outdoor showers were an experience at first, however there are roller blinds that you can lower to protect your privacy. There is also a huge bath (which we felt very guilty filling it, it was so big). The toilet is in the same inside area as the bedroom with the walk in closet in the same area as the outdoor bathroom (however the closet is air conditioned.) The villas have huge glass sliding walls with remote controlled blinds to lower in the evening (however the staff do that for you while your out at dinner). One note about the windows is that when there is a very heavy shower, some water can leak through the sliding doors and onto the marble type floor it can get a bit slippy - especially in the dark. This only happened once and we had heavy rain 5 nights so its not a major problem. There is also an inside/ outisde courtyard with fountain (have to see it to understand) and a garden terrace at the front with recliner beds and regular chairs which leads directly onto the beach.
One word of advice, if you want to go to any of the more exclusive restaurants (Ithaa the undersea restaurant or the wine cellar dinner) try and make the booking before you go away. We were only there for a week and tried to book on the first day and Ithaa was full till after we had left. We were lucky to get a cancellation on the wine cellar dinner which was excellent. The spa villa restaurant is billed as being the healthy eating option - don't be put off. It was possibly the best meal we had there - and you don't have to have juice with the meal, there is a small but decent wine list there also.
The infinity pool is a great place to chill out if you want a change of scene apart from gorgeous white sands, lounging in hammocks etc. There are plenty of single / double day beds that are either in the water or just out of it with free fruit / cold face towels / face spray / water being brought round at several times during the day.
The staff outnumber the guests - and it embarassing to note that they remembered us from last year (lucky they wear name badges) and kept greeting us in the bar as we walked through everyday.
The public spaces are really well thought out and very tastefully furnished. I'm pleased to say that we were very impressed with the whole place and I'm sure that there will be a number 3 visit in the not too distant future (although this time we're going for the spa villas)
oh and the sharks??
PLEASE!! they are merely baby black tips roaming back and forth mainly on rangali, at the beach....so beautiful and majestic....totally harmless...and impssible to get close to !! i tried severa times.
about 1 foot maybe 1 and a half foot long...pfff babys.
I swam with a 1 metre long reef shark white tip whislt snorkeling and it totally ignored me:( then dived with 2 metre reef sharks...again..they couldnt care less about me!
Just returned from 12 days at rangali, staying in a water villa.
Everything was of very high standard, the staff were lovely, helpful and nice. Nothing was too much trouble.
We enjoyed the ithaa underwater restaurant, nice experience but Ok to miss especially for people who do a lot of snorkelling/diving, it is quite expensive and you may have problems booking in.
We also strongly suggest you book in for the wine cellar dinner with the sommelier, it is only on once or twice a week and is excellent.
You MUST also visit the wine cellar bar and try wine & cheese. Really. you should pop in and say hello to Laurent who runs it, it is a seriously quality experience!
the dive school is excellent and very professional, you get very well looked after and the dhoni (the dive boat) even has a toilet! Have fun.
Amazing vacation, amazing resort
The Hilton Rangali is an amazing resort, in an incredible location, with friendly and extremely helpful staff. We loved every moment of our stay there.
The resort is about 30 minutes by seaplane from Male, which is a wonderful way to arrive. The hotel is on two islands, connected by a long bridge, there are both villas and restaurants on both of the islands. We stayed in a deluxe beach villa, recently built and beautiful. The entrance is into a large private courtyard with a large bath pavillion, an open-air shower and covered washbasins. Inside is one huge room, glass all around, leading out to a long garden with plunge pool (pretty large plunge pool) and then to the beach. The whole thing is surrounded by a lush garden and high wall to maintain your privacy.
The hotel was full when we were there, but never felt crowded at all. There are enough sunbeds by the pool or by the water (the whole place is one large beach) or at your villa that you have plenty of choice.
For a 'small' resort, there are many restaurants to choose from. A couple of them run buffets each day, a couple of them are a-la carte, most days there is a 'special' event. Food is not cheap here, it's very good, but it's costly. As of September 2005, buffets were about US$50 a head, buffets with alcohol included US$125-150 a head and the special undersea restaurant menu about US$200 a head. If you want a slightly cheaper option, we ate in the bar a couple of nights, when we weren't up for a huge buffet meal. Alcohol is heavily taxed in the Maldives, so that too is expensive. We figured that food and drink for the two of us added up to about US$250 a day averaged out over the week.
One 'special menu' we'd particularly recommend is the 'wine cellar'. A group of 8-12 eating a specially prepared unique menu in the resort's wine cellar tasting 6 or 7 wines, all run by the resort Sommelier (Sunny) who's a great host, don't miss it.
For people who need to stay in touch, GSM phones work, they have a few PCs with internet and they have wireless internet (which I think works better in the games room - it was free in September, but I got the impression that they may start charging by the week for it).
For the active, there are a full range of watersports, diving, sailing, waterskiing, windsurfing, jetski ... etc. All the equipment was new and in great condition. The dive shop staff were especially helpful, diving here is a real pleasure.
The maldives have amazing beaches and totally clear water. To that, the Hilton adds a true 5-star resort, beautiful rooms, beautiful public locations, space and choices. And then, the staff. The staff are friendly, they are efficient, they are helpful, they really add the final touch to a perfect vacation. When the sea plane took off to take us back to Male we knew we were going to have to return before too long.
Free drinks at happy hour!! (if in a water villa!)
The resort is amazing, yes it is pricey but its the Hilton in the Maldives and besides breakfast is on till 11am so would be hard pushed to want lunch then dinner too. We just lived for happy hour which is half price from 9pm to 10pm and if in a water villa is free from 5-6pm and you get canapes, happy days!!
We didn't try the underwater restaurant, but heard it was an amazing experience, we instead did the wine cellar evening which includes five course meal and drinks. The food was amazing and complemented with fine wine! Recommended restaurant is the Mandhoo Spa Restaurant when we went we were the only guests eating in the restaurant.
Can't believe anyone would wish to complain about a resort in the Maldives for having sea life in the water!! Go to Wally world if you don't like seeing fish in their natural habitat. Oh and loved the review about people being able to see you have a pee pee if you were in the water villa's, so funny hahaha, just shut the blind you strange lady that's what it's there for!
We went in July the weather was gorgeous. We had one bad day of rain but it was from 5pm to 3am so didn't ruin our day, after that the weather was just perfect.
Is Hilton Maldives affected by Tsunami?
My Finace' and I are planning to spend our honeymoon in the Maldives.. and we would REALLY love to stay at the hilton.. however I have heard that it was destroyed by tsunami :(
is this true?
RE: Is Hilton Maldives affected by Tsunami?
I'm also going to the hilton rangali for my honeymoon in august. Basically it wasn't affected by the tsunami. The islands in front of the rangali island took the brunt of the waves, sparing the hilton resort. However there were pre-scehduled renovation works going on to modernise the beach bunglows which were postponed due to tsunami causing havoc with the loocal infrastructure. Our tour operator says these works will be completed by May-June so won't affect our stay. Hope that helps!
RE: RE: RE: Is Hilton Maldives affected by Tsunami?
thank you for your help... :)
RE: RE: Is Hilton Maldives affected by Tsunami?
I will advice you to go to One&Only Reethi Rah. Its just opened the pic looks so fab. Try water bunglows even if it was for 2 nights only and the rest can be in beach villa. For how long are planning to stay.
Hilton Maldives Rangali
i am off for my honeymoon in Feb 2004 to Hilton Maldives Rangali.
anyone been there... if so any suggestions...
with regards to food and service?
we got Bed and Breakfast in our package... i was wondering what are the restaurant like...
any day trips that you can recommend?
Re: Hilton Maldives Rangali
Dont know the resort. But take if you can a full package including lunch, as mostly on most resorts everything except the alraedy included drinks and food by the package is expensive!
Good luck and you'll enjoy it,
Re: Hilton Maldives Rangali
Hi Joel, We have just returned from our Honeymoon (Paradise) at the Hilton Rangali island.
Food is excellent as is the service at the Vilu restaurant ,on the Island with the water villa's. We stayed on a half board basis in the water villa's.
As part of our honeymoon package we had the Sunset cruise trip, where we saw numerous Dolphins and Manta rays (well worth the trip)
We had a truly wonderful experience and will be going back shortly, although the beach villa's are being renivated from May 04 until Dec 04..so you are going just in time !
If you want to know further then drop us a line
Ps The sea plane is fab too!
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We are staying in the beach villa for a few days and then at the water villa.
what are the prices like at the restaurant's?
yup i was thinking about the sunset cruise also...
also was thinking of having one of those private dinners in the room.. when we are at the water villa.
any other ideas..?
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The Sunst Grill is quite expensive but is worth it ! they feed the Stingray at 19.15 every night .....some 8ft sharks feed there too!
We never had meals in the Villa as it was lovely just to sit out on the island in the vilu Restaurant ( lovely warm evenings _ dont forget the Cocktail ' happy hour' between 5 and 6 pm .
We are already envious of you as we desperately want to go back again later this year !
Give our regards to Denziel( Barman) and Aisha ( young native to the mMaldives who works in the restaurant) Please could you ask her to email us ! she has our address( paul and debs - the tall one who had pics taken with her) we even gave her a Cosmopolitan magazine ; 0 )
Sorry ! back to your holiday - breakfast in your Villa comes AT $25 + THE FOOD
Really hope you enjoy your stay ....you will not want to leave.
Angsana Resort or Hilton - Maldives
Iam considering staying at one of these resorts ?
Has anyone stayed there ?
I would appreciate some feedback regarding accomodation, food and beach.
Re: Angsana Resort or Hilton - Maldives
hai, I am Lee Fong, i was staying in banyan tree which is oppisite island of Angsana, there are own by same company so i can visit angsana by free speedboat. if compare, banyan tree will be better thatn angsana cuz angsana is quite small to explore but i think their foods are nice cuz when i stay in banyan tree they have a good foods too. But if you let me choose i will choose Hilton, cuz there is 2 islands connected and so... beautiful cuz my friends send me the pictures of Hillton, there is so beautiful places i even seen.