Where is it?
Located south of the Maldives’ Ari Atoll, this resort is about 30 minutes by seaplane from Malé. It has a wonderfully secluded feel, Robinson Crusoe – perched on the edge of a steep ‘drop point’, with nothing but a vast ocean between it and Somalia. As a result, you can easily spot sharks, turtles and rays gliding through the glassy waters from the comfort of your own private terrace.
Think luxuries – rustic wooden walkways, glazed panels and palm-roofed villas. As part of the resort’s recent overhaul, 50 overwater villas have been refurbished, several restaurants have been updated and an overwater spa where you can get a full body massage with sea anemone and tube fish – completely renewed. The new blend of natural wood, muted umbrellas and hints of burnt orange and sponge create a haven of irresistible luxury, sand between your toes.
Food and drink
Now this is where the resort really excels. You would be hard pressed to find a more consistent food offering in this archipelago. There are twelve restaurants and lounges on site, from the comprehensive breakfast buffet at Atoll Market to the Maldives’ first undersea dining option, Ithaa. But the standout must be the outdoor Koko Grill Restaurant – where all seats are front-facing and skilled chefs prepare Indian Ocean Tataki Tuna and Maldives Reef Lobster right in front of your eyes – and the Mandhoo Spa, where you can enjoy nutritious yet satisfying dishes like Grilled Job Fish with Cauliflower and Black Angus Beef Tartar with frozen egg yolks just a few centimeters from the sea. Heaven.
The resort is divided into two private islands connected by a 500m long bridge. The main hub, buzzing Rangali-Finolhu Island, welcomes kids and families, while the wonderfully quiet, adults-only Rangali is far from peaceful, with only the sound of your neighbor stepping down Their wooden footsteps into the warm sea and the occasional putter of a seaplane engine to disturb you. On each island there are infinity pools (no wonder the larger family pool can keep you a little busier) and two spas – the Japanese-inspired Spa Retreat with a full list of spas. The range includes Ayurvedic treatments, massages, facials and hair treatments as well as an over-the-water spa, where fewer options focus on overall rituals using ISUN products.
There’s plenty here to help busy itchy feet, from coral planting and kayaking to paddle boarding (with luck, you might spot rays gracefully swooping across the water). Or you can simply stroll around the island, keeping an eye out for fruit bats swooping from tree to tree, resident herons ‘George’ and ‘Georgette’, and crabs gawking like periscopes hope from the farmer.
A trip to the ocean with marine biologist Natalia and ‘whale shark whisperer’ Mohamed lets you snorkel with the world’s largest fish. These outer southern reefs are famous for whale shark sightings, and there’s something unusual about sharing water with these gentle giants. Best of all, the Conrad Maldives boats enter whale shark territory much earlier than any other accommodation around, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy an hour of fun alone with the creatures before the crowds begin. the east rowed down.
Overwater villas are among the smallest in the Maldives, but you’ll find everything you need in these picturesque beauties, including floor-to-ceiling windows, private plunge pools and bathrooms. relatively large with freestanding tub. . Choose a sunset lounge and you can end each day with a glass of Champagne as the sky turns a brilliant amber. If money is no object, the views from the Grand Water 2 Bedroom Villa are superb (nothing but the sea in all directions), while the Seaside Villas, sheltered by private gardens, is the best place for privacy. Or you can choose the $10,000-a-night James Bond-esque Muraka – the world’s first undersea villa – where you can brush your teeth with a view of nightingales and lull you to sleep by the hum of the birds. the turtle glides over your bed.
Top-notch food and drink and unobstructed marine life viewing activities.
From £405 per night for a Beach Villa; conradmaldives.com. Carrier (0161 492 1358, carrier.co.uk) offers seven nights from £9,705 per person, based on two people sharing a Premier Overwater Villa with Private Pool on a breakfast-only basis, including flights.