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 have access to benefits including the digital Conrad Concierge app and complimentary Wi-Fi at 26  Conrad hotels.

An evening spent at 135° East on Maafushivaru

135° East – They do sound like GPS or compass coordinates. But not in Maafushivaru, a magical island set in the southern tip of Ari Atoll in the Maldives as the coordinates refer to the name of its famous ‘Hibachi restaurant that opened in 2012. Sounds interesting enough?

Dining at 135° East, MaafushivaruDining at 135° East, Maafushivaru
Dining at 135° East, Maafushivaru

The art of teppanyaki hails from ancient Japan and has been around since centuries where using the Teppan (iron grill) was key to cook meats and vegetables. Soon it developed into a huge success and gained a remarkable popularity for its eclectic showcase of talents while producing delicious treats. The combination of sushi and teppanyaki was born and has then grown into one of the most popular cuisines enjoyed by many around the globe.

Food, Maafushivaru

To find that in the Maldives is even better, and Maafushivaru took the opportunity to serve the finest and freshest ingredients delicately created as you spectate. A talented chef skillfully captivates the audience as he flutters kitchen knives and forks, carving meats and vegetables combined with an elegant showmanship of the secret arts of Teppanyaki cookery. Minutes later
you’re served sizzling hot food served with condiments and the right amount of zest infused.

135° East, Teppanyaki and Sushi restaurant, Maafushivaru
135° East, Teppanyaki and Sushi restaurant, Maafushivaru

The restaurant is set on an overwater pavilion connected to a private jetty. Auburn flamed sunsets are frequent backdrops to complement your dining experience paying tribute to its unique name; 135° East.