I wrote this post shortly after my holiday in the Maldives but never got to publish it. So while I am sat here in the final (and cold) days of winter in Australia I have updated it and thought it would be a great one to share.
I have visited the Maldives with my husband twice, the first time on our honeymoon and the second to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary. Before going I had heard all the reports about how wonderful it was and seen many photos of the beautiful white beaches and turquois waters, but it wasn’t until we stepped off the seaplane at our island hotel that I truly saw that I had arrived in paradise.
We departed London Gatwick flying British Airways. Eight hours later we landed in Male.
We stayed at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, and from the moment we cleared customs at Male Airport the five-star Conrad service started. We were met by two welcome staff from the hotel who took our luggage and checked us in for our seaplane transfer to Rangali Island. We were chauffeured immediately in the hotel’s own air-conditioned mini-bus to the Conrad Departure Lounge, about a 10 minute drive from the main airport terminal. In the lounge a full cooked and continental breakfast was offered to us, and while we waited in the lounge we enjoyed a welcome massage, fresh juice and lovely cool face towel.
Forty five minutes later our seaplane landed at Rangali Island. Another warm welcome greeted us with fresh juice and cool face towels on the jetty. A short buggy ride to our deluxe beach villa and we were finally there and on holiday.
We went to the Maldives to relax and do nothing. It met our every expectation. It’s a place of barefoot luxury, a home to whale sharks, rays, turtles and dolphins. This has got to be my best holiday ever, with outstanding service and unpretentious style on this island of paradise.
From the never ending food selection, catering for every taste and nationality, from breakfast in the Atholl Market restaurant, to lunch on the beach overlooking the lagoon in the Rangali Bar, combined with lazing on the beach and dips in the warm waters outside our beach villa, our days drifted away in pure bliss.
The island has some eleven restaurants and bars, and a holiday there would not be complete without dinner at the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant and Sunset Grill.
During our stay we went snorkeling to the edge of the reef, enjoyed an adrenaline rush on a jet ski and made use of the first class gym facilities.
We visited the spa on three occasions, the most memorable visit being a three hour couples treatment including, sauna, steam room, mud bath, scrub, massage and facial in our private treatment room on stilts over the ocean.
On our wedding anniversary my husband surprised me with a candlelit dinner on a deserted beach complete with a private chef and waiter to cook and look after us for the evening. This night was the most memorable.
Conrad Maldives is included in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2013 Gold List of the Best 100 Hotels in the World and The World’s 10 Best Beach Hotels. This holiday was amazing and I can’t wait to return again one day soon.