Conrad Maldives Seaplane Male Lounge [Update 2020] Review
All customers staying at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island receive complimentary access to the amazing Conrad Lounge Male Airport before departing the Seaplane Port. We review the facilities including the food & drink, seating, showers, views and the free neck & shoulder massage. Is this lounge worthy of the prestigious Conrad label - Find out in our review below.
Arriving at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Seaplane Lounge
After a long 11 hours direct flight to Male airport from London Gatwick on British Airways in Club World – Review found here > British airway Club World 777 Review we finally arrived feeling a little tired but in good spirits as we were in the Maldives.
After exiting the arrivals hall we were met by a Conrad Host who escorted us to the Transmaldivian reception desk. All Passengers travelling to Rangali island using the Seaplane transfer option need to be checked in first at Reception.
After about 5 x minutes we were greeted by our driver and shown the air-conditioned taxi used for transferring passengers to the Male Airport Conrad Lounge. We were driven to the lounge which took approximately 10 x minutes which appeared to take a journey via roads around the perimeter of Male airport.
As we arrived at the Conrad Lounge building, it looked very impressive externally. The Lounge building is set amongst lush greenery with flower beds surrounding the pathways. The building is two levels high with the 1st floor used mainly for staff but we be live there is a room with computers for guests to use.
As we arrived, we were warmly greeted by the reception staff on the ground floor. A flurry of activity from the Reception staff suddenly started with our luggage being stored away while we stayed in the Lounge. We were quickly shown where the toilets / shower rooms were located, the food and refreshments on display and the complimentary neck & shoulder massage room.
Conrad Maldives Lounge Opening / Closing Times
The Conrad lounge is open everyday to guests staying at Rangali Island from 7am to 5pm.
Guests returning to Male airport from the Conrad Rangali island do not receive complimentary access to the lounge anymore, only complimentary access on arrival and departing to the resort.
Guests arriving between 5pm to 11pm have to pay $85 per adult, $42.50 per child with these prices attracting an additional 10% service charge as standard on most Rangali Island charges.
The lounge also allows returning guests from Rangali Island to gain access to the lounge for a charge of $85.00 per adult, $42.50 per child from 7am to 5pm everyday. This access needs to be prebooked with Conrad Maldives reception and added to your final bill before checking out.
The Seaplane Lounge Food & Refreshments Area
As we entered the main lounge area, to the right was a walkway which led round to an area containing the food and refreshments self-serve zone. There were a few buffet style food containers containing some hot eggs and bacon, cooked tomatoes. The table also contained sandwiches, toast, pancakes and sauces.
Behind this area were a few refrigerators containing a wide selection of soft drinks, water etc. You can also serve yourself to Coffee and Tea at the table. We did see one staff member refilling various containers with fresh food during our stay.
With a few light bites and a cup of coffee, we made our way into the main lounge area to relax.
The main Conrad Lounge area contained many large, leather-bound chairs with similar glass covered coffee tables located In front. We got the instant impression of luxury with the leather chairs and coffee tables throughout.
The Lounge is light and airy with a feeling of Privacy with large proportions, we were among 10 x other travellers in the Lounge but we never felt at any point were on top of anyone else.
The decor is simple but sophisticated with neutral tones throughout and a few bold colours thrown in with cushions, pictures and greenery.
Various Large flat screen televisions are situated throughout the lounge displaying promotional Conrad videos and the occasional interlude of Mauritian weather forecasts.
The Complementary Neck & Shoulder Massage
To the right of the lounge area we observed a room separated off from the main lounge. We observed a masseur providing a customer a complimentary neck & shoulder massage on a large leather massage chair.
It appears the massage lasted approximately 15 x minutes and each guest who left looked very happy. I decided to take up the offer myself, to receive a free neck & shoulder massage after a long flight was very much-needed and much appreciated. The experience left me feeling relaxed and reinvigorated, the masseur provided me a voucher to money off a full massage at the Rangali resort.
The entire lounge is served by a free wi-fi service, we sat down with a coffee and logged on to catch up.
At the end of the main lounge area we discovered a door which lead out onto a balcony walkway. As soon as we stepped out we were immediately hit by the hot, Maldives midday sun. Along the balcony area were the most comfortable, leather Loungers to sit, relax and take in the views.
In the near distance we could view a large expanse of water with wooden jettys and walkways to the Transmaldivian Seaplanes awaiting departure. It was exciting to sit and watch various Seaplanes arrive and depart from the port in our view. At the time of our Conrad Maldives Lounge experience there appeared to be various construction works happening in and around the airport. We believe that Male airport is currently under an expansion programme.
Our Transmaldivian Seaplane transfer review found here - Conrad Maldives Seaplane Transfer
The Bathrooms including Showers / Toilets
The bathroom areas were very impressive with floor to ceiling tiles, wooden furniture with wash hand basins with luxurious toiletries. Also within this area was a rainfall shower which I would imagine feels fantastic to freshen up after a long flight. We used this area to get change into our T-Shirts, shorts and flip-flops.
After about 45 x minutes of being in the Lounge, we were advised our Seaplane was now ready for us. A Conrad Member of staff handed us both a tote bag full of water, information on our stay and earplugs for use on the Seaplane. Our luggage was collected and transported to the transfer bus to the Seaplane Port.
The Seaplane Port is literally 3 x minutes on the mini bus, we could see the Port from the balcony area in the lounge and we thought this was a little over the top to make a transfer which is just around the corner. It took longer for everyone to board the bus, than it took in journey time.
Our Verdict / Conclusion & Tips
The Conrad Maldives Male airport Lounge introduced us to the luxury that Conrad provide all its customers visiting Rangali Island. From the moment we exited the arrivals hall, we were looked after extremely well by the Conrad staff.
The air-conditioned Conrad branded Taxi was an impressive start to the journey to how we were greeted by the Conrad staff at the lounge, we really could not fault the service in any way.
The Lounge itself is impressive with a feeling of space, luxury furniture and facilities. To receive a complimentary neck & shoulder massage was a great bonus after a long trip. We could not fault the lounge and service in any way and we highly recommend the Conrad Lounge to anyone.
We believe that Conrad now charge customers of Rangali Island to access the lounge on your Return to Male airport. The charge is $80 and the lounge does close at 10pm every night so if your on a late departure, you would need to exit the lounge and be transferred back to the main Male airport departure terminal.
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