Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Announces Construction Of First-Of-Its-Kind Undersea Residence

Destination Resort Invests $15 Million to Develop a Unique Sleeping Under the Sea Experience Debuting Q4 2018

The master bedroom on the upper deck offers sweeping views of the ocean
The master bedroom on the upper deck offers sweeping views of the ocean

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island announced today the submersion of what is believed to be the world’s first undersea residence, which will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018. The result of a significant $15 million USD investment, this revolutionary concept will transform the Maldives experience for travelers who want to be truly immersed within the natural beauty of the Indian Ocean. As the first international hotel brand to enter the Maldivian market 20 years ago and home to the world’s first undersea restaurant, Ithaa, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island continues to pioneer and innovate with the groundbreaking introduction of the undersea residence.

Undersea villa Corridor
Undersea villa Corridor

Aptly named THE MURAKA or coral in Dhivehi, the local language of the Maldives, the undersea residence gives guests an intimate and immersive experience of one of the Earth’s most breathtaking marine environments. Muraka is designed to blend into its environment, giving guests’ unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean at every turn. With vibrant colors and a diverse array of marine life all around, Muraka’s residents will be able to sleep alongside the wonders of the abundant and colorful marine life that inhabit the sea.

The underwater bathroom looks out onto the floor of the Indian Ocean
The underwater bathroom looks out onto the floor of the Indian Ocean

“Driven by our inspiration to deliver innovative and transformative experiences to our global travelers, the world’s first undersea residence encourages guests to explore the Maldives from an entirely new perspective below the surface of the sea,” said Ahmed Saleem, a Director at Crown Company and chief architect and designer of the undersea residence. “THE MURAKA marks our second venture in underwater architecture and technology, next to Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, which is celebrating its 13th anniversary this month. Through our rich history of being a trailblazer in innovative luxury hospitality, we are proud to remain at the forefront of cutting-edge design, technology and architecture.”

The deck, anchored on the end of the villa, is perfect for watching the sunrise

Envisioned by Crown Company Director Ahmed Saleem, and realized by Mike Murphy, leading engineer at M J Murphy Ltd., a New Zealand-based company that specializes in aquarium technology, the undersea residence is a two-level structure comprised of space above the sea level and an undersea suite designed for sleeping under the ocean’s surface. The undersea suite features a king size bedroom, living area, bathroom and spiral staircase that leads to the upper level living room. The undersea bedroom floor level sits five meters (16.4 feet) below sea level, providing uninterrupted views of the surrounding marine environment. With the adoption of state-of-the-art technology, Muraka’s distinct design is akin to Ithaa’s with the curved acrylic dome, which boasts 180-degree panoramic views of the wonders of the Indian Ocean’s intricate marine life.

 

The lower deck floor plan

Muraka’s upper level features a twin-size bedroom, bathroom, powder room, gym, butler’s quarters, private security quarters, integrated living room, kitchen, bar and dining, which features a deck that purposely faces the direction of the sunset for optimal viewing pleasure. On the opposite side of the villa sits the relaxation deck that faces the direction of sunrise and is complete with an infinity swimming pool. The upper level also contains an additional king size bedroom and bathroom, which boasts a masterfully appointed ocean-facing bathtub, ideal for soaking in views of the endless horizon. In total, Muraka can accommodate up to nine guests.

 

The upper deck floor plan
The upper deck floor plan

“Through our development of the world’s first undersea residence, we continue to shine a light on the Maldives as a luxury destination as well as a cultural and natural wonder for global travelers,” said Stefano Ruzza, General Manager at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. “We are excited to present Muraka’s unique sleeping under the sea experience to our future guests, providing them with an extraordinary seascape of the Maldives from an entirely new perspective.”

“We are excited to see THE MURAKA bring to life the contemporary design, leading innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that serve as the foundation for the Conrad brand, said Martin Rinck, Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton. “With the development of the world’s first undersea residence, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will offer visitors the opportunity to experience the Maldives like never before.”

Located in the Maldives’ best diving and snorkeling spots, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has created a space that invites and inspires with a distinctive design that flows harmoniously with the natural environment. The resort features purposefully designed villas and suites, 12 award-winning restaurants and bars, two spas and a selection of culturally inspired experiences set against the awe-inspiring Maldivian surroundings. With the introduction of the world’s first undersea residence, Conrad Maldives continues to evolve the diversity of experiences offered to guests.

For more information and for reservations, please visit http://www.conradmaldives.com/

 

About Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
A celebration of design and human spirit, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island expresses an accord of form, function and innovation in driving hospitality trends that has set the benchmark in its style. Rejecting trends in design to create a space that invites, and inspires with a distinctive design that sits in perfect harmony with the natural environment. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is an inspirational backdrop featuring intuitive service, infinite connections and a distinctive mix of once-in-a-lifetime experiences making it an extraordinary destination for couples and families to discover paradise. Join the conversation and #ConradMaldives  # TheMuraka. Instagram @conrad_maldives, Facebook @conradmaldivesrangaliisland, Twitter @conradmaldives. Soak in Rangali Island by visiting our YouTube channel and immerse in a 360-degree view.

About Conrad Hotels & Resorts
Conrad Hotels & Resorts is the destination for the new generation of smart luxury travelers for whom life, business and pleasure seamlessly intersect. Conrad offers its guests an innovative way to Stay Inspired through curated collections of 1-hour, 3-hour or 5-hour experiences, available through www.stayinspired.com. Guests can manage their stay through the Conrad Concierge service in the Hilton Honors mobile app, getting access to pre check-in and room selection, to ordering in-room dining and mobile checkout, all from their own mobile device. Consisting of over 30 properties across five continents, Conrad is part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Connect with Conrad by booking at www.conradhotels.com or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn more about the brand by visiting news.conradhotels.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@conradhotels).

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island announces summer of luxe gastronomy

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is once again leading the epicurean scene in the Indian Ocean, with a series of new creativities designed to excite and inspire gourmands over the coming months.

This summer guests will be able to enjoy an imaginative new cocktail menu, designed by world-renowned mixologist Grant Collins. Award-winning restaurant Ufaa by Jereme Leung will be transformed into a special pop-up event where foodies will be transported back in time for a journey through the flavours of Shanghai’s Belle Époque era.

1930s Shanghai Mystique Pop-Up Event at Ufaa by Jereme Leung

Ufaa by Jereme Leung continues to raise the bar with Chinese celebrity chef Jereme Leung at the helm. This July will see the authentic Chinese restaurant transformed into 1930s Shanghai with the launch of its Shanghai Mystique pop-up event, set against a spectacular backdrop of crystal-clear waters, white sandy beach and swaying palm trees.

For the first time, guests staying at the resort from 16 – 18 July can experience the wonders of Shanghai through the eyes of Suzie Wong, an icon of what 1930s Shanghai and Hong Kong represented. Guests will be transported to the city’s Golden Age with the restaurant resembling The Great Gatsby era adorned with colourful touches from Shanghai, including oriental lanterns, dramatic red lighting, and vintage Chinese advertising and parasols. The culinary playfulness is complemented with the hypnotic and unforgettable sounds of China’s most popular entertainer of the decade Zhou Xuan. Zhou Xuan’s smooth and smoky sounds will be reimagined by the resort’s resident DJ and Rangali Bar’s pop-jazz band that will perform a melody of Chinese and modern-day classics. The KTV rooms will be available for guests to enjoy a game of Mah-jong or a spot of karaoke with up to 4,000 songs to choose from including English, Russian, German and Cantonese and Mandarin hits from the past and present.

Each of Ufaa’s spaces will showcase a different taste of the Golden Age. The downstairs show kitchen will surprise and delight with an assortment of Shanghainese canapés, the second-floor gallery dining will feature modern-day interpretations served à la carte style and the private dining room will see the resort’s mixologists shake and stir a range of specially concocted cocktails inspired by the era

Specially designed by celebrity chef Jereme Leung, the menus will showcase traditional Chinese cooking. Drawing on the key five flavours of salty, spicy, sour, sweet and bitter, guests can feast on an array of dishes including double boiled chicken soup with mushroom, green vegetable and oven baked cod fillet in spicy sauce and Yunnan rose petal ice cream. Jereme will take centre stage during the event allowing guests to mix and mingle with a culinary maestro.

Grant Collins Launches New Innovative Cocktail Menu

Internationally renowned mixologist Grant Collins has curated an eclectic selection of cocktails featured at Rangali Bar and The Quiet Zone. Originally from the UK, Grant Collins has been recognised with a number of prestigious awards and accolades throughout his career, including Australian Liquor Industry’s ‘Bar Manager of the Year’, ‘Best New Bar’ and ‘Cocktail Bar of the Year Award’.

Taking inspiration from his childhood memories, the menus feature a playful assortment of cocktails with ingredients sourced from the resort’s organic hydroponic garden. Offering an adult twist on childhood treats, the nostalgic menu includes the likes of orange sherbet mojito, candy floss berry sour and even a dedicated ‘movie nights’ cocktail served in a popcorn cup, made up of popcorn washed vodka and spiced cherry cola. Adopting the principles of molecular gastronomy, Grant Collins brings an innovative approach to Conrad Maldives by transforming ingredients such as rosemary and basil into sorbet and foams.  Orange sherbet and berry cotton candy are too made in house creating scientific theatrical flair in both bars.

Grant Collins is also behind the menu of Rangali Bar’s Tiki pop-up, taking over the bar this summer. Inspired by the art, style and culture of the Caribbean, Hawaii, and South Pacific, guests can relax poolside with an exclusive cocktail list featuring Rangali Island twists on tropical favourites such as rum runners and hurricanes.

SHANGHAI MYSTIQUE
Ufaa by Jereme Leung
Sunday 16 July to Tuesday 18 July 2017

DEMYSTIFY THE MYSTERE OF 1930s Shanghai.

Your travel muse: Suzie Wong
Origin: Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Gate: Ufaa by Jereme Leung
Boarding Time: 16 to 18 July 2017
Destination: 1930 Shanghai

Set against a backdrop of crystalline waters and swaying palm trees Conrad Maldives’ award-winning restaurant Ufaa by Jereme Leung will be transformed into 1930s Shanghai, immortalized through the eyes of travel muse: Suzie Wong, an icon of what 1930s Shanghai and Hong Kong represented; sweet, seductive and evocative and a little bit mysterious.

Presented by Shanghainese celebrity chef Jereme Leung, the bespoke menus will showcase traditional Chinese cooking drawing on the five tastes of sour, sweet, bitter, spice and salty. Each taste has been uniquely blended into oriental inspired mixology prepared by Rangali Island’s expert mixologists.

Jereme will be in attendance during the promotion and will be available to mix and mingle with guests.

Have your passport ready:

A decade of absolute opulence and grandeur, Shanghai has always been renowned as the architectural art deco city of the East. The 30s was Shanghai’s Golden Age. Guests will be transported to Shanghai’s Golden Age with Ufaa being transformed into a grand den-like atmosphere omnipresent of the American Gatsby era blended with Shanghainese touches.

Art Deco motifs and contemporary design elements are mixed and stirred with the flair that is characteristic of Shanghai – the Pearl of the Orient.

Each of Ufaa’s spaces will be activated to showcase a different taste of the era with the downstairs show kitchen featuring Shanghainese canapes served straight from the kitchen, the second floor gallery dining will feature modern-day interpretations served a la carte style and the private dining room will see the resort’s mixologists shake and stir a range of specially concocted cocktails that herald days of American prohibition with oriental spice.

Uncover the charm of 1930s libations: Mixology

OPERATION NOTE: Cocktails will be served from the private dining room

Traditional Chinese cooking draws on the five tastes of sour, sweet, bitter, spicy and salty, all give elements combined achieves balance and harmony in the meal.

Drawing on the five tastes the bespoke libations have been crafted by the resort’s internationally trained mixologists.

The cocktail menu features a playful mix of sprightly cocktails including:

Name: Shanghai Sour

  • Baiju, lime, grapefruit juice and house-made Chinese five spice syrup
  • Served in an old fashioned glass
  • Ingredients are combined and shaken and poured over ice
  • Topped with a grapefruit slice and candied lemon roundel

Name: OolongTini

  • Olmeca Bianco, agave syrup, Oolong tea, ginger, freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Served in a martini glass
  • Infuse Oolong tea for 4 minutes and let cool. Lightly crush ginger in a cocktail shaker and top with remaining ingredients. Shake and double strain.
  • Float a piece of lemon peel and edible flower on top
Oolongtini, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Announces Summer of Luxe Gastronomy
Oolongtini

Name: Szechuan Mandarin

  • Absolut Mandarin, Mandarin juice, freshly squeezed lemon juice, house-made Chinese five spice syrup, peeled orange wedges, kaffir lime leaves and soda
  • Served in a hi-ball glass
  • Peel orange segments and remove the pith. Marinate in the Chinese five spice syrup and keep refrigerated.
  • Add remaining ingredients with the exception of the soda to a cocktail shaker shake and pour over ice.
  • Add a splash of soda, orange segments and kaffir lime leaves cut into thin long strips
Chinese five spice Syrup, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Announces Summer of Luxe Gastronomy
Chinese five spice syrup

Name: Hong Kong Sling

  • Beefeater 24 Gin, Grand Marnier, Campari, house-made hibiscus syrup, lychee puree and freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Served in a classic sling glass
  • Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake and pour over ice
  • Garnished with a Hibiscus flower and lychee fruit

Name: Golden Drops

  • Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Bourbon, house-made Chinese five spice syrup, apple juice, Jasmine Green Tea and freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Served in a hi-ball glass  
  • Steep Jasmine Green Tea for 4 minutes, let cool  
  • Mix all remaining  ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake and pour over ice
  • Top with fresh sprigs of mint and two slices of red apple

Name: Crimson Dragon (mocktail)

  • Pomegranate juice, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, house-made Chinese five spice syrup and soda  
  • Served in a hurricane glass
  • Add all ingredients over ice and stir
  • Garnished with a slice of grapefruit and lemon roundel
Crimson Dragon, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Announces Summer of Luxe Gastronomy
Crimson Dragon

Name: O’PIMM DEN (MOCKTAIL)

  • Herbal infusion*, sparkling water
  • Served in a hi-ball glass  
  • Add all ingredients over ice and stir
  • Garnished with a slice of grapefruit and lemon roundel

*Herbal infusion – chamomile tea, mint sprigs, thyme, sage, pineapple slice, lemon peel, orange peel, sugar syrup

  • Pour 300mls of boiling hot water over chamomile tea bag, herbs and peels, let infuse for 15 minutes and remove tea bag.
  • Strain into a small saucepan, add sugar and bring to the boil. Simmer on low heat for 5 minutes to thicken.
  • Refrigerate and can keep for 2 weeks.

NOStALGIC YESteryear YUM: Food

Food presented will be a juxtaposition of street classics and Shanghainese-style cuisine. Each of Ufaa’s spaces will be activated to create a roving environment from space-to-space.  Food will be served from the show kitchen overlooking the lagoon as well as the gallery dining on the first floor.

Show kitchen snacks

  • A selection of street inspired canapés served cold, hot, spicy and marinated served straight from the show kitchen

Gallery dining

  • A la carte selection of Shanghainese classics

MENU TBA

HYPNOTIC AND UNFORGETTABLE: Entertainment

Guests will be entranced by the hypnotic and unforgettable sounds of Zhou Xuan, China’s most popular actress in the entertainment industry during the 1930s.  Zhou Xuan is described as Marilyn Monroe or the Chinese equivalent of Judy Garland in terms of fame, talent and personal woes on screen and off screen.

Her music will be blended with modern day jazz into a DJ set to play into the evening. Complementing the music will be the resort’s own resident band that will play a melody of Chinese and modern-day classics.

KTV rooms to be set up with Mahjong and a selection of cigars and cigarettes to be available for purchase.

Zhou Xuan Spotify playlist

PRICING

Bespoke welcome cocktail, canapés and dinner with a selection of five signature dishes

USD 165 per person*
EU approx 147 per person *
GBP approx 128 per person*

Welcome bespoke cocktail, canapés and dinner with a selection of five signature dishes and five cocktails

USD 195 per person*
EU approx 173 per person * **
GBP approx 150 per person* **
*Listed prices are Exclusive of 10% service charge and 12% TGST
* ** Listed prices are Exclusive of 10% service charge and 12% TGST and are approximate based on the exchange rate of the day

To learn more about or connect with Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, please visit www.conradmaldives.com or call +960 668-0629. For more information about Conrad Hotels & Resorts, please visit news.conradhotels.com or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Live your passionate self and stay inspired at the award-winning Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Recently applauded Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards, Top 10 Resorts in the Indian Ocean and awarded ‘Indian Ocean’s leading resort’, ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Culinary Hotel’ and ‘Leading Hotel in the Indian Ocean’ and inducted into the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame, in addition to “The Best Water Villas in the Maldives”, “The Best Suites in the World”  “Best Spa Resort in the Maldives” and “Wine Spectator Best of Award for Excellence” for Vilu Restaurant and Bar”, and recognized as having the “Most Beautiful Restaurant in the World” for Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Conrad Maldives is the quintessence of resort destinations.

From navigating aquatic gardens, to discovering rare marine life, dining above and below the water and unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean at every turn, the resort features villas and suites tucked amongst natural greenery and dotted above the Indian Ocean, 12 award-winning restaurants and bars, two spas and a curated collection of locally inspired experiences designed to connect adults and children with the charm of Maldivian culture.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is an inspirational backdrop featuring intuitive service, infinite connections and a distinctive mix of experiences, activities and dining making it an unforgettable destination for couples and families to truly stay inspired.

Dive in and soak up the Maldivian surroundings by visiting our youtube channel

About Ufaa by jereme leung

Ufaa which means “happiness” in the Maldivian language of Dhivehi is an innovative Chinese culinary concept which offers authentic experiences highlighting a myriad of iconic flavours from across the distinctive provinces across China. Blending contemporary and classical elements, as well as Chinese and Maldivian style in all aspects of offerings and décor, the restaurant is heralded by star chef Jereme Leung, and serves everything from dim sum to hot pot on the beach and dim sum making classes in the restaurant’s open show kitchen. Completing Ufaa is two dedicated Mah-jong and KTV rooms with up to 4,000 songs in Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian and German and English.

Krug Ambassade at Ufaa by Jereme Leung

The Maldives’ first authentic Chinese restaurant has been handpicked to become the islands nation’s first Krug Ambassade restaurant. Ufaa joins an elite international network of exceptional restaurants including the UK’s iconic Fat Duck and Murano, Dinner at The Mandarin Oriental and l’Hôtel Georges V in Paris. Leung’s carefully crafted authentic and contemporary Chinese flavours featured are a perfect complement to Krug Champagne’s philosophy of quality and timeless taste preferred amongst luxury travellers. Krug Grand Cuvée is available by the glass and the bottle.

Best Head Chef” Ufaa by Jereme Leung, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, 2016 World Luxury Restaurant Awards, Continent Award

About Jereme Leung

As one of the most creative Asian pioneers of contemporary Chinese cuisines, Leung is an innovative chef who perfectly blends the concept of modern Chinese cuisines with classical Chinese provincial food. Taking inspiration from traditional recipes by working together with masters of Chinese classical regional cuisines, Leung’s cuisines remain true to traditional Chinese cooking techniques while pushing the envelope in terms of style and presentation. In 2000 and again in 2008, Leung was honoured by The American Academy of Hospitality Science when they conferred upon him the Five Star Diamond Award, naming him one of the “World’s Best Chefs” joining the ranks of other culinary luminaries including Charlie Trotter, Wolfgang Puck and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Leung began his cooking career at the age of 13 in Hong Kong and is a specialist in all four schools of Chinese cooking – dim sum, barbecue, wok cooking and knife work.  Leung has honed his craft from his experiences from having worked and lived around the world, and working at some of Southeast Asia’s renowned hotels. In 2003, Leung created his own restaurant concepts company Jereme Leung Concepts Limited, and is now expanding his repertoire by adding to Conrad Maldives’ award-winning dining with the launch of Ufaa by Jereme Leung.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island appoints new Spa Manager

Susanne Fisch joins Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is delighted to announce the appointment of Susanne Fisch as the resort’s new Spa Manager. Susanne joins Conrad Maldives Rangali Island from OBLU By Atmosphere At Helengeli Maldives.

Susanne brings a wealth of experience to Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, further enhancing its impressive array of wellness offerings. Hailing from Germany, Susanne earned her qualifications completing a degree in Hotel and Hospitality Management from DCT University Centre Switzerland / Lynn University. Over the years, Susanne has honed her skills travelling the world whilst working in spas across Asia and Europe.

Susanne has a Yoga Teacher Training Course from Yoga Alliance and is a certified Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and is set to bring a diverse mix of wellness influences to Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.

Susanne will be responsible for overseeing and leading the continued development of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s two Spas, The Spa Retreat and The Over Water Spa. “I’m thrilled about being part of the team at Conrad Maldives”, said Susanne. “We have so many talented people in one place and so much experience from all over the world making it a great environment for creativity and new ideas.”

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Susanne is currently focussing on ensuring the highest levels of service delivery by aligning all spa menus, specialist treatments and therapist training to make the best use of the award winning products used at both spas; leading British spa and skincare brand ELEMIS at The Spa Retreat and the sought after Swiss brand, Valmont at the Over Water Spa. Susanne is currently looking to revitalise the Spa offerings at the resort allowing guests to consult with therapists to choose a range of treatments to suit their personal needs.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is home to two unique spa experiences, The Spa Retreat on Rangalifinolhu Island and the Over Water Spa on Rangali Island. Combining expertise from around the world with carefully selected products and therapies influenced by the environment, the two spas offer unique and effective experiences to suit the needs of every individual.

To learn more about or connect with Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, please visit www.conradmaldives.com or call +960 668-0629. For more information about Conrad Hotels & Resorts, please visit news.conradhotels.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Appoints Stefano Ruzza as General Manager

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island announced the appointment of Stefano A. Ruzza as the resort’s General Manager. Ruzza will be responsible for overseeing all of the resort’s management, operations and business development to continue positioning Conrad Maldives Rangali Island as one of the leading luxury resorts, and brand of choice for travellers to the Maldives.

Ruzza joins Conrad Maldives Rangali Island from the award-winning Conrad Koh Samui in Thailand where he held the position of general manager and was responsible for resort management, operations and leading the sales and marketing team. Prior to Koh Samui, Ruzza was general manager at Hilton Namhae Golf & Spa Resort in South Korea where he was instrumental in driving service standards and introducing new food and beverage concepts to the South Korean market.

Originally from Switzerland, Ruzza holds more than 20 years of international hospitality experience with over 17 of these within Asia. His career has taken him to countries such as India, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Singapore and Vietnam.

Ruzza graduated from the Swiss Hotel Management School (SHL) in Lucerne. He is an Italian-Swiss hotelier who can fluently speak English, German, Italian, French and Spanish

As one of the Maldives’ leading resorts and one of Hilton Worldwide’s flagship properties, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island requires strong forward-thinking leadership. Ruzza is known for his dynamic, personalised and creative approach, and describes his leadership style as consultative, strategic and focussed. With these qualities Ruzza is well placed to oversee the award-winning resort’s 12 restaurants and bars, 150 villas and suites, two spas, two islands and over 500 team members which make up this pioneering operation.

Serious Luxury at Conrad Rangali

Arriving at the seaplane terminal, fresh off your flight into the Maldives, you’re ready for some relaxation and fun in the ocean kingdom. You’re heading to Conrad Rangali – the multiple award-winning hotel, recently voted one of the top ten in the Indian Ocean.

Heading into the Conrad lounge, your suspicions are confirmed. As you help yourself to complimentary coffee and breakfast and settle back in your white leather lounger; as you enjoy your complimentary massage; as you gaze out at the seaplanes bobbing outside the window – this is serious stuff.

Taking off on the 30 minute flight to South Ari atoll, you are again struck by the reality that greets you from your little window. There they are, just as you’d dreamed – the unforgettable islands of the archipelago spread out before you. But this is not a screensaver. There will be no pop-ups.

Conrad Lounge (Photography: Naj)
Rangali Footbridge (Photography: Naj)

Catching a glimpse of your destination through the cockpit as the plane dives down into the lagoon you see two palm fringed islands joined by a 500 metre footbridge, towards the middle of which your plane heads after splashing down. To the left is Rangali island, with its secluded water villas and beachfront dining, while to right is Rangalifinolhu, where you’re staying in one of Conrad’s recently refurbished beach villas.

Renovated at an expense of $3.2 million dollars, your hosts mean business. Entering the villa, you’re immediately struck by the grandeur as the spacious living and sleeping area opens out onto a sliding bay window fifteen feet in height.

At the rear of the villa, past the outdoor rain shower lies a bathtub doing a fine impression of a bathing temple, raised up beneath a pagoda surrounded with luscious green. This is not a place for the average bath.

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Beach Villa (Conrad Rangali Island Maldives)

Back inside you have your own wifi connection, iphone dock, coffee maker, 3D HD blu-ray player, 32 inch flat screen TV and even your own sunroof. There are beach villas and there are beach villas – Conrad Rangali opts for the latter.

A few doors down the beach – one of a dozen different types of rooms available – are the 7000 sq. ft beach suites with two rooms, two private plunge pools, and their own private back door to the beach. One step up from the neighbouring villa, the open air bathtub here takes around 45 minutes to fill, during which time guests can order a custom bathing ritual, with candles, aromatherapy, or champagne…it’s your fantasy.

Beach Suite (Photography: Naj)

A leisurely stroll – or a regular ferry ride – away on Rangali island, the resort’s selection of water villas look over the breaking surf and brilliant sunsets. Back on Rangalifinolhu, the spa retreat area stretches out from the northern end of the island. The wooden structure includes 9 rooms either side of a shaded corridor ending in a piercing rectangle of sunshine at the end of this labyrinth of leisure.

Depending on the door you choose, you will be treated to any number of massages, facials, scrubs and treatments – including a ‘vichy’ shower, which words can’t really describe. Either way, they aren’t taking any chances with your wellness here.

Over Water Spa Retreat (Photography: Naj/Rangali Island Resort Maldives)

This collective quality extends to the spa retreat area’s own restaurant where things go up another level as Conrad shows you its dedication to dining. ‘Mandhoo’ restaurant lies opposite the spa, and for good reason.

With a menu themed to correspond to the five elements of Greek philosophy, diners can choose from dishes corresponding to their emotional and physical needs – nutritionists and spa therapists are on hand if needed. A dish’s taste, temperature and moisture will determine whether you wish to choose from the energising ‘air’ option, nourishing ‘earth’, detoxifying ‘fire’, relaxing ‘water’ or fortifying ‘plant’ menus.

If this doesn’t leave you impressed, perhaps the pioneering ‘Koko’ teppanyaki grill dug into the sand on Rangali island will. Should you have any remaining doubts as to Conrad’s commitment to cuisine, it’s probably time you took a trip down to ‘Ithaa’.

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Ithaa (Photography: Naj)

Famed internationally, the world’s first underwater restaurant, ‘Ithaa’ is the jewel in Conrad’s culinary crown (or pearl, according to the Dhivehi translation). Having been described as the most beautiful restaurant on earth, it’s hard to eat much on the first visit with your mouth wide open the whole time. Lobster, caviar, quails eggs, a 270 tonne structure, five metres below the surface; it’s not likely you’ll ever dine like this anywhere else.

In fact, it’s unlikely that many of the things you do during your time at Conrad Rangali island will be bettered elsewhere. This is a resort without half-measures and where your luxury is in the hands of professionals…a seriously incredible place to spend your holiday!

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Unveils Striking New Beach Villas

Reinforcing its position as a champion of smart luxury, the iconic Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has emerged from refurbishment as one of the Maldives’ most applauded resorts.  In a strategic move to continually attract guests, the resort has invested US 3.2 million in redeveloping its award-winning beach villas which are set to launch this October.

The redevelopment has seen a full renovation of 34 beach villas and bathrooms and this was followed by the development of the Maldives’ first authentic Chinese restaurant Ufaa heralded by celebrity chef Jereme Leung. This award-winning concept is a culinary journey through China, which takes inspiration from the picturesque island surroundings.  

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island general manager Lyle Lewis said the villa refurbishment is aimed at engaging with customers to ensure Conrad Maldives was top of mind when deciding where to stay.  

“We are one of the most recognised brands in the Maldives’ hospitality market and with the launch of the beach villas we aim to further cement the resort’s position as one of the leader’s in the market. Each beach villa has been completely refurbished to a luxurious haven of comfort and style, and features spacious living areas that are illuminated with natural light and offer private access to the palm fringed beach,” states Lewis.  

The beach villas nurture a sense of relaxation through distinctive features including floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors leading directly to the beach, a skylight to provide a naturally illuminated space, and a new bathroom featuring the signature outdoor shower and bathing pavilion. The standout feature of the villa is the extension of the bedroom area which gives guests the option to create a second bedroom by simply closing the curtains to encircle the space. The second bedroom is ideal for young children, teens and parents craving a little bit of privacy.  

Beach Villa, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Beach Villa, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Celebrating its 20th anniversary of operations in the Maldives, the resort joined Hilton Worldwide in 1997 as Hilton Rangali Resort and Spa, and was rebranded to Conrad Maldives Rangali Island in 2007 as the flagship resort in the company’s luxury portfolio. The refurbishment of the beach villas follows the substantial works completed in 2014, which saw Conrad Maldives Rangali Island develop Ranfinolhu Island which houses 570 team members, and is arguably one of the leading team member accommodations in the country.    

The refurbishment is a precursor to the resort being announced as one of the top 10 resorts in the Indian Ocean as part of Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards, announced on 18 October 2016. Voted by people who love travel, the resort was one of the award winners selected from more than 300,000 survey takers who submitted millions of ratings and 75,000 comments. This wonderful accolade follows the resort’s award-winning year which has seen the resort receive the Maldives’ ‘Leading water villa resort’ and the Indian Ocean’s ‘Leading hotel’ at the 2016 World Travel Awards. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is one of the world’s most recognised and celebrated resorts, and continues to demonstrate a commitment to industry, leadership and innovation.  

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island offers the popular Conrad Concierge mobile app, which gives global luxury travellers the ability to customise details of their hotel stay before, during, and after each visit via a smartphone or tablet. Whether it’s pre-selecting bath amenities or checking in while in-transit from the airport, guests can access a variety of features by using the app.  

Beach Villa, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Beach Villa, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island also participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only guest loyalty programme where guests who book directly through www.conradhotels.com have access to benefits including the digital Conrad Concierge app and complimentary Wi-Fi at 26  Conrad hotels.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island wins seven awards at the first annual World Luxury Restaurant Awards

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, is delighted to be the recipient of seven prestigious accolades at the Annual World Luxury Restaurant Awards, held at The Grand Kronenhof Hotel in Pontresina on June 18, 2016.  In recognition of the resort’s outstanding food and beverage offerings, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island was awarded the following accolades at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards:

  • Mandhoo Spa Restaurant – Country Winner for ‘Luxury Scenic Setting’
  • Ufaa by Jereme Leung – Country Winner for Chinese Cuisine, Continent Winner for Best Head Chef
  • Ithaa Undersea Restaurant – Country Winner for ‘Fine Dining Cuisine’, Global Winner for ‘Luxury Scenic Setting’
  • Vilu Restaurant – Country Winner for ‘Best Wine Selection’, Finalist for ‘Fine Dining Cuisine’
  • Koko Grill – Country Winner for ‘Ambience/Romantic Atmosphere’  

Recognised globally for its excellent food and beverage offerings at its 12 restaurants and bars, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is a true gourmand’s delight, providing an array of international cuisines in a truly inspired setting. Conrad Maldives is world renowned for setting benchmarks in resort dining in the Maldives, being the first to create an undersea restaurant, Ithaa, the first to build an underground wine cellar, the first to establish a cheese bar, and the first to invite world-class chefs and winemakers to its islands.  

With 78 categories, the World Luxury Restaurant Awards recognises restaurants across the globe for their culinary excellence and memorable experiences, as well as assessing the quality of the atmosphere and service. The awards aim to provide luxury restaurants with increased recognition, as well as introduce them to potential new guests, both local and international. Votes come from both guests and industry experts, thus providing a balanced and unbiased outcome based on the food experience as a whole.  

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is delighted to add these awards to its growing list of accolades received in 2016, with the resort’s commitment to excellence also demonstrated through its success at the World Travel Awards earlier this year, where it was recognised in two highly coveted categories: ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel’ and ‘Maldives’ Leading Water Villa Resort’. These awards were voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide and recognise hotel leaders across the globe.  

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island offers the popular Conrad Concierge mobile app, which gives global luxury travellers the ability to customise details of their hotel stay before, during, and after each visit via a smartphone or tablet. Whether it’s pre-selecting bath amenities or checking in while in-transit from the airport, guests can access a variety of features by using the app.  

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island also participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only guest loyalty program where guests who book directly through www.conradhotels.com have access to benefits including the digital Conrad Concierge app and complimentary Wi-Fi at 26  Conrad hotels.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Continues to Enhance its Inspired Health and Wellness Offerings

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is continuing to distinguish itself as one of the Maldives’ leading resorts by setting the trend for wellness and well-being in the destination. Providing more than just a ‘fly and flop’ holiday, the resort continues to evolve its healthy dining and wellness options, as well as offering an array of Stay Inspired experiences; a nod towards the booming world-wide health, wellness, and fitness trend.  According to Global Wellness Data, the number of wellness tourism trips is expected to grow twice as fast annually in comparison to international trips overall. Increasingly, guests are looking to return from holiday feeling refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated and this what Conrad Maldives excels at.

Mandhoo Restaurant Fish Feeding, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Mandhoo Restaurant Fish Feeding, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Mandhoo Spa Restaurant

Arguably one of the most beautiful dining spots in the Maldives, set on stilts in the lagoon, Mandhoo is an over-water restaurant serving organic dishes designed to balance your energy flow. Based on natural elements of air, water, fire, earth and plant the menu uses local, organic ingredients to energise, nourish, detoxify, relax, and fortify the body. Executive Chef of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Marco Amarone’s cooking technique pays close attention to specific tastes, temperature, moisture level, and density as they all affect the mind and body in different ways. To accompany the selection of these delicious and nutritious dishes, Mandhoo offers a Lassi drink selection based on traditional Indian recipes, enhanced with fresh fruits, herbs, and spices. These ingredients are known to promote digestive enzymes, and aid digestion.

Breakfast Boosters

Conrad Maldives understands that it’s important to start the day the right way. The resort now provides guests with specialty morning juices at a dedicated breakfast juice bar in Atoll Market. The menu was designed by a professional nutritionist and naturopath and provides a combination of protein, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals –  all vital to good health. Guest favourites include:

  • Potassium Power – Carrots, spinach, celery ribs, and tomatoes crushed with parsley
  • Some Like It Hot – Fresh tomatoes, green and  red bell peppers, radish, and Tabasco
  • Summer Special – Fresh mangoes, cool spearmint leaves, low fat yoghurt, and honey

Hydroponic Herb Garden

As part of the resort’s strong commitment to sustainability, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has introduced a hydroponic herb garden, growing produce carefully chosen by the resort’s gardening team after researching what crops can be effectively grown using a hydroponics system in a tropical climate. The garden is now able to sustain all 12 restaurants and bars with ingredients including hot basil, mint, butter lettuce, lollo rosso lettuce, thyme, oregano, rosemary, and green capsicum. The use of the garden eliminates the cost of importing these items into the country.

Treatment rooms at The Over-Water Spa have glass floors so guests can watch fish swim past below them during the treatment, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Treatment rooms at The Over-Water Spa have glass floors so guests can watch fish swim past below them during the treatment, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Stay Inspired Experiences

Travelling is about more than just a destination; it’s about how you spend every moment. To ensure that guests make the most of their time in paradise, Conrad Hotels & Resorts has curated 1, 3, and 5-hour itineraries, so guests can make the most of their stay. Guests looking for a one-hour wellness experience can visit the meditation pavilion, where long time yogi Manesh Johny will help achieve inner tranquillity with either a sunset or sunrise yoga class. Manesh incorporates various elements of Flow, Hatha, and Vinyasa yoga for the ultimate in relaxation. For those with five hours to spare find inner peace and tranquillity with a one-of-a-kind Zen revelation at The Spa Retreat.  Located on the tip of Rangalifinolhu Island The Spa Retreat is a destination spa complete with 14 water villas and Mandhoo Spa Restaurant. The spa features an array of Maldivian indigenous therapies and treatments. The signature treatment is quintessentially Maldivian and inspired by the beauty regiment of the local women. The 90-minute treatment includes a massage using heated coconut sticks and an organic body scrub made from pineapple and papaya. Guests can follow their treatment with lunch at Mandhoo ultimate feel-good experience

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island offers the popular Conrad Concierge mobile app, which gives global luxury travellers the ability to customize details of their hotel stay before, during, and after each visit via a smartphone or tablet. Whether it’s pre-selecting bath amenities or checking in while in-transit from the airport, guests can access a variety of features by using the app.

Double treatment room at The Spa Retreat, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Double treatment room at The Spa Retreat, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only guest loyalty program where guests who book directly through www.conradhotels.com have access to benefits including the digital Conrad Concierge app and complimentary Wi-Fi at 26 Conrad hotels.

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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island launches exclusive “Money-Can’t-Buy” stay package with Hilton HHonors Access

With the launch of Hilton HHonors Access in Asia Pacific, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is proud to unveil “A Maldives Island Adventure”, an exciting new experience that is available for redemption using Hilton HHonors Points at HHonors.com/auctions from May 3, 2016.

Hilton HHonors Access is a global campaign set to inspire travellers to get out, see the world, and take part in exclusive experiences by joining its award-winning loyalty programme, Hilton HHonors. It features unique money-can’t-buy hotel packages and experiences spanning sports, music and culture, ranging from attending a Sumo tournament in Tokyo, to attending a Yamakasa event in Fukuoka, to taking part in a beer tour in Sydney via the HHonors Auction Platform. Hilton HHonors members who live in or are traveling to Asia Pacific can redeem Hilton HHonors Points for the following experience packages between May 3 and 20, 2016.  

Hilton HHonors unites the Hilton portfolio of brands to drive value for members, Team Members, owners, operators and partners alike. Free to join by visiting HHonors.com and easy to use, it is the world’s premier guest loyalty programme.  

As an additional incentive to join, all Hilton HHonors members who book directly with Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will save time and money and gain instant access to the benefits they care about most including free nights, complimentary Wi-Fi and Digital Concierge, Conrad’s forward thinking Concierge app.  

Hilton Hhonors members can redeem points at the Hilton Hhonors Access site for the ultimate Conrad Maldives Rangali Island experience which includes:

  • A four night stay in the resort’s luxurious Sunset Water Villa
  • A traditional Maldivian fishing experience with the executive chef who will cook the days catch and serve it at a private dinner on the beach
  • A private afternoon of wine and cheese matching and tasting with the resorts sommelier and Cheese Master
  • A noodle and Dim Sum making class with Chinese celebrity chef Jereme Leung’s trained chefs at Ufaa followed by lunch
  • A luxury sunset cruise across the Indian Ocean  

Hilton HHonors starting bids will start from 150,000*.  

*Prizes are valid now until 20 December 2016 and are subject to the resort’s availability. Blackout dates also apply from 1 May to 30 June and 29 September to 10 October 2016.

Marco Amarone joins Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island  has announced the appointment of Marco Amarone as the resort’s new Executive Chef. Marco joins Conrad Maldives Rangali Island from his homeland of Italy, where he co-owned a restaurant with the Marcopolo Group of Restaurants, Cuneo.

Marco AmaroneMarco brings a wealth of experience to Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, further enhancing its impressive array of food and beverage offerings. Having earned his culinary qualifications from IPSEOA Ippolito Cavalcanti hotel school in Naples, Italy, Marco is also a Culinary Master within the U.R.C.L Italian Chef Federation. Over the years, Marco has developed his cooking skills in countries including the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Portugal and Bermuda; enabling him to bring a diverse mix of gastronomical influences to Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.

“With a wealth of experience in food and beverage management and the culinary arts, we are confident that Marco will be a great addition to our leadership team and help us take the Conrad Maldives experience, for both our guests and team members, to the next level” says Lyle Lewis, General Manager at Conrad Maldives. “His strong culinary background and worldly experience make him a great asset to the resort and its award winning cuisine.”

Marco will be responsible for overseeing and leading the continued development of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s outstanding culinary offerings at its 12 restaurant and bars, which include the world’s first undersea restaurant Ithaa Undersea Restaurant and the Maldives’ first celebrity chef Chinese restaurant, Ufaa by Jereme Leung. An epicurean delight, the resort boasts over 20,000 bottles of the world’s finest wines, 100 varieties of cheese, as well as Michelin starred chefs in residence and an expert sommelier.

Further cementing Conrad Maldives Rangali Island reputation as a food and beverage pioneer in the destination, the resort has recently partnered with world renowned cocktail mixologist Grant Collins, who has curated an innovative new cocktail menu exclusively for the resort and will be holding master-classes for guests on set dates throughout 2016.

Culinary highlights in April will include a Grand Spanish Dinner taking place in the Wine Cellar on 5 April 2016, whilst guest Japanese master-chef Ricky Kamiishi from Iketeru Restaurant located at Hilton Kuala Lumpur will be treating guests to a degustation menu or a la carte options at Koko Grill from 1 – 15 April 2016. Wine connoisseurs can be educated in biodynamic wines by Mr. Marco Caschera, the Brand Ambassador from Vincent Giardin wines in Burgundy, who will also be on resort in April. A highlight of the month will be the iconic Ithaa Undersea Restaurant celebrating its 11th anniversary in spectacular style on 15 April 2016 with a seven course degustation menu, paired with Grand Cru Burgundy from Domaine Vincent Giardin.