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.
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.
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.
Dining 16ft below sea level, at this exceptional Conrad restaurant in Maldives, will truly be an exceptional moment. Surrounded 180 degrees by coral reef and colorful fish myriads, Ithaa – the world’s first all-glass underwater restaurant offers an original and unique experience to enjoy a glass of champagne and enjoy fine food while staying dry.
This restaurant is a unique concept in the Maldives that offers a new dimension to the tropical paradise of this beautiful resort that stretches on two islands and has been voted “Best Resort World”, “Best Hotel in the Indian Ocean”, Conde Nast Traveler’s 2013 Gold List of the “Best 100 Hotels in the World”, “The World’s 10 Best Beach Hotels” and rated by the New York Daily News in 2014 as “The Most Beautiful Restaurant in the World”.
Located in the lagoon of the island of Rangalifinolhu. In the local language Dhivehi, Ithaa means ‘mother of pearl’. A name very appropriate. An intimate place in which fourteen guests can enjoy together this amazing room 5 meters by 9, cylindrical, fully transparent. Giving the feeling of being at one with the underwater world through the intimacy of the setting, the 180° vision and transparency effects. Offering a unique panoramic view from one side to the reef, and the other on the lagoon. A wide variety of fish each more bizarre than other swim near and in the evening, attracted by the ambient light, sharks, manta rays and other marine creatures sometimes come to watch the guests.
Access to the restaurant is via a wooden staircase in the restaurant on stilts near the beach. Before descending into the restaurant, a cocktail is offered to guests on the terrace of the Sunset Grill. Then the guests descend into the depths of the underwater world and discover a magical setting. In such an environment, nothing more exceptional than the restaurant’s unique fusion cuisine of Western and traditional dishes from the Maldives, along with their pricey vintage wines.
Ithaa’s official celebration is scheduled for April 15th of this year.
Here are some interesting facts about the restaurant:
• There has never been water inside Ithaa. It was built on dry land in Singapore and carefully dropped into the ocean in one piece.
• The total cost of building totalled about US$5 million.
• Ithaa Undersea Restaurant weighs 175 tonnes, with an additional 85 tonnes of sand ballast placed beneath the floor to weigh it down.
• At lunchtime, it is so bright inside Ithaa that diners and waiting staff need to wear sunglasses. Extra sunglasses are available in case a diner forgets theirs. The staff also offers a sunglasses cleaning service during lunch.
World-renowned wine-makers and chefs have flocked to Ithaa over the years.
Highlights are visits from:
Hubert de Billy from Pol Roger
Frederic Engerer of Chateau Latour
Damien Motte from Louis Roederer
Hubert de Boüard de Laforest of Chateau Angelus
Chef Mathieu Pacau of acclaimed Paris restaurant L’Ambroisie