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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Water Villa Review 2020 - The Skint Traveller

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Water Villa Review:

The Conrad Maldives Water Villa also known as the Over Water Villa accommodation is 86 sq m or 925 sq ft of pure luxury. We managed to upgrade from our Beach Villa to a Water Villa for the last night of our stay for an amazing price of only £110.00 / $147.00. You cannot stay in the Maldives without trying out atleast once the iconic Water Villa on stilts in the ocean - Bucket List Ticked..

The Water Villa Cost:

The average cost for this type of accommodation per night is is around £789 / $1056 a night which can include Breakfasts for two people.

Expensive - yes, but this is the Maldives and many other nearby resorts charge over £1000 a night. You can usually find by searching the web lower prices by clicking through to one of the many Online Travel Agencies. On average these OTA's can save you up to 25% off than booking direct with Hilton.

Availability can be hard to find during the high season (Nov - Apr) due to these months being on average the lowest monthly average of rainfall and more hours of sunshine. However, even in the high season the Maldives does not miss the odd shower especially in the early evenings as we found out.

We also had the pleasure of staying in one of the Conrad Maldives Luxury Beach Villa's during our stay, find out more by clicking here - Conrad Maldives Beach Villa Review

Resort Transportation:

After securing our upgrade to the Water Villa via our Personal host, we were advised to pack all our luggage as a member of staff would be calling on us by midday to collect our luggage and transport us to our new Water Villa.

Right on time, the doorbell rang and a very friendly member staff took care of all our luggage and outside an electric buggy was parked up. with anticipation and excitement we were ready and promptly jumped in the buggy for the short exhilarating ride to our Water Villa.

The buggy rides are always fun, five minutes later with lots of twists and turns down different pathways and across the main footbridge spanning between the two islands, we found ourselves outside our new accommodation on the other side of the quiet island.

Our luggage was taken into the Villa for us and an explanation given of all the new Facilities by our host.

Rangali Island Water Villa Review

The Water Villa does certainly have that “Wow” factor. The main living areas are all covered in wooden panelling and you certainly get a feeling of luxury staying here. Our Villa had a large curved sofa, a glass desk facing out of a window to an amazing view of the ocean.

A section in the floor was made of glass, we stood there for at least five minutes staring at all the fish swimming under our feet.

A nice surprise was to find awaiting us again a bottle of champagne on ice, chocolates and fruit. When we evaluated the differences between our Beach Villa to the Water Villa, we found that basic facilities were roughly the same though as a comparison.

Water Villa Bathroom:

The bathroom consisted of two, separate marble round bowls set onto wooden units. You get the same standard of luxury toiletries as before. The biggest benefit was definitely the window facing towards the lagoon and the ocean facing bath.

What could be better than relaxing in your bath while gazing out into the Indian Ocean?

Over Water Villa Sun Deck:

Now, this is where we really noticed the big difference between the two Villa’s we had the pleasure of staying in. When you open the sliding doors from your main living area, we were taken back by the breath-taking view out into the ocean.

The OWV consists of a small, plunge pool at the end of the sundeck . We found this an absoute luxury to cool off in the hot, Maldives sun if you do not want to swim in the ocean.

Wooden steps lead down into the Lagoon from the sun deck. This was a big wow factor for us, we had never imagined staying at a hotel that you can walk from your room into the ocean. We swam with fish, watched Manta Rays glide by and just relaxed in the warm waters of the lagoon.

Our Sundeck contained two wooden loungers with cushions, a Sun umbrella canopy, table and chairs and the plunge pool. At night, the sun deck is lit by recessed lighting, we found it so relaxing to sit at our table with a Coffee watching the sun go down. Privacy was good at the Water Villa as our Sundeck was segregated off to each side by a wooden walls on stilts out of the lagoon.

Our Verdict:

Beach Villa vs Water Villa

Firstly, we had to pinch ourselves just to remind us that we were lucky enough to be staying in the Maldives, let alone being able to stay in two different accommodations in a 5 Star Conrad Resort here all on Hilton points.

The main differences between the two villas in our opinion has to be the Sundeck in the Water Villa and that you are actually staying in accommodation on stilts just above and still in the ocean. The Sun deck really has that extra special feel and the ocean views are just stunning.

However, if you look at the Square footage of both Villas as a comparison, then the Beach Villa wins hands down. You get nearly 80% more space in the Beach Villa for your money and you do notice the difference in size.

Plus it’s cheaper, if you pay cash then your looking at an approx difference of 40% cheaper for the Beach Villa In comparison to the Water Villa.

However, the Water Villa charges the same amount in Hilton Honor points as the Beach Villa at 95k points per night.

We found the Facilities in both Villas similar except for the Sundeck in the OWV. Even though we loved walking down the steps into the lagoon, we also loved being on an amazing beach in one minute at the end of our private garden in the BV. You do sacrifice the beach in the Water Villa.

We can understand why most people would always choose the Water Villa over the Beach Villa. However, if you were looking for the best value in cash costs then we would definitely say the Beach Villa was the winner.

If you ever get the chance to stay at the Conrad Maldives in a Beach Villa, we would definitely recommend enquiring about an upgrade to a Water Villa like we did just to experience the two accommodations in one stay.

Cost Breakdown:

We stayed in the King Beach Villa for 9 x Nights plus upgrading to a Water Villa for 1 x night but only paid £110 / $147 in cash for the entire stay.

9 x Nights in a Conrad Rangali Island BV can be purchased for approx £4500 plus an additional £700 for the one night in the Water Villa.

The standard Hilton cash rate for this Water Villa is around $880 per night but this price fluctuates depending on what time of year you decide to stay. We found by researching on the web that you can usually always find a cheaper deal using one of the many Online Travel Agents advertising on the internet.

Seaplane Transfers:

Every customer Staying on Rangali Island has to pay for the Seaplane Transfers to and from Male international airport. This costs an eye watering £445 each so £890 Return for the two of us. One of the most costly 35 x mins on a plane we know of but none the less worth it just for the chance to experience a Transmaldivian airways seaplane experience.

Read our Review of the Seaplane Transfers here - Conrad Maldives Seaplane Transfers

The Conrad Lounge at Male airport review - Conrad Maldives Male Lounge

Our final bill came to £1430 including the Upgrade to the Water Villa, that included all our food and the Seaplane Transfers. We were very happy to only pay less than 1.5k for that package as a cash purchase cost would of been nearer £6500.

We flew to the Maldives on British airways Club World Business Class, Review Found here - BA Club World 777

Our London Gatwick airport BA Business Lounge review found here - BA Gatwick Lounge

Our final bill total was only possible by us being Hilton Diamond status members providing us Free Breakfasts everyday and free afternoon tea. We did enquire about the cost of breakfast by cash and we were quoted £140 a day.

Skint Traveller Tip:

To save money on expensive lunches, we choose to eat breakfast as late as possible filling up as much as we could so we could last through until 3pm everyday when the complimentary “Afternoon Tea” and Snacking on fresh fruit from our room.

If you like to drink, everyday between 5pm - 6pm the resort hosts a "Happy Hour" where drinks are all half price.

To stick to a low budget during your stay, we strongly recommend that you acquire Hilton Gold or above status when Staying at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Remember that you get free breakfasts everyday and free afternoon tea and are invited to the managers guest meeting which includes free drinks and canapes one evening.

Hilton Gold status provides all guests staying on Rangali Island amazing benefits such as every 5th night absolutely free when paying with points, free Breakfasts, Afternoon Tea etc can be acquired for by taking out the Amex Platinum Credit Card.

Unfortunately, the Conrad Rangali Island Maldives resort is exempt from the Hilton Diamond / Gold members status conditions which state that you will receive an upgraded room where available. I have read exceptions to this rule have been made in the past but only when the resort is at low occupancy (May - Oct).

To take out the American Express Platinum Card, click on the link here -

We hope you enjoyed our review of the Conrad Maldives, we love to read other guests experiences or if you have any questions that need answering, drop us a line by commenting below and we will always promise to reply.

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