Maldives: the luxurious tropical paradise on the travelers’ wish list

The Maldives have quickly become one of the most desirable destinations in the world thanks to its stunning bright blue waters; world-class diving and snorkeling; ultra-luxury resort; and exclusivity.

Located in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are made up of nearly 1,200 islands and 26 coral atolls making them unmatched when it comes to marine life diversity.

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Conrad Maldives Rangali (Photo via Yashrib Ahmed / Conrad Maldives)

It is a remote tropical paradise, where most of the resorts are located atop their own private island, giving guests the feeling that they too are enjoying their own private escape. Getting to the Maldives is no easy feat, with an average flight from the United States lasting around 27 hours. Visitors land at Velana International Airport in Male and with just one more seaplane ride are ready to begin their vacation.

For an authentic Maldivian retreat, guests can book a stay at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, a resort housing 151 stunning villas and suites; 12 award-winning restaurants and bars; and a variety of culturally inspired excursions and experiences.

The main island is connected by a 500m bridge to the larger Rangali-Finolhu island, offering guests the option of two sets of services and facilities.

Conrad Maldives stands out from many of the region’s luxury resorts as it is home to many firsts. For starters, it was the first resort to showcase the overwater villas that the Maldives are now famous for.

Wine and Cheese Bar (Photo via Justin Nicholas / Conrad Maldives)

When it comes to wine, it houses the largest wine list in the area and the first underground cellar. And then there’s Ithaa, the world’s first underwater restaurant, which boasts 180-degree views of the reef garden surrounding the restaurant. Meals are accompanied by an ever-changing landscape that includes ravenous sharks, stingrays, turtles, schools of tropical fish and more.

Most recently, in 2018, he unveiled MURAKA, a one-of-a-kind two-level underwater residence with a submerged master bedroom over 16 feet below sea level. Fun fact? Paris Hilton recently spent part of her honeymoon there.

Room for spa treatments on the water
Water spa treatment room (photo via Gecko Digital / Conrad Maldives)

Surrounded by sparkling water, lush greenery, and pristine sand, this property was designed for calm and tranquility. From its unique Over Water Spa which is literally built on the azure waters of the ocean, to the holistic bespoke spa retreat experiences, it’s a place of ultimate relaxation and barefoot luxury.

The property prides itself on honoring the local Maldivian culture through everything it offers its guests. From local ingredients grown on the property, to ensure guests learn about Maldivian culture through cooking classes and educational excursions, the locality is important to Conrad’s team.

In an effort to further cultivate guests’ bond with the Maldives, the resort offers eco-friendly activities ranging from coral planting, beach cleaning, and a reef regeneration initiative with the resort’s marine biologists.

Whale shark seen with Conrad Maldives Ocean Dive Center and watersports
Whale shark seen with Conrad Maldives’ Ocean Dive Center & Water Sports (photo via Conrad Maldives)

Conrad Maldives also offers amazing off-property excursions that include Adventure Diver certification courses; Day and night diving experiences; Entry-level and advanced open water certifications; Whale shark tour and more.

“Our resort offers one-of-a-kind excursions, taking guests straight from the property into the azure world of South Ari Atoll, one of the richest and most diverse marine environments in the world,” said Natalia Samper, marine biologist residing at Ocean Group’s Conrad Maldives.

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“The most popular excursions are Whale Shark Talk and Tour, Turtle Safari and Adventure Snorkeling Talk & Tour. These tours are one of the best ways to experience the beautiful Maldives aquatic life,” he continues. “The Whale Shark Talk and Tour, in particular, is a must-see experience for many guests.”

“Our unique environment offers unrivaled access to the protected South Ari Atoll Marine Park, the only place in the world where the whale shark can be seen in its natural habitat 365 days a year.”

Other excursions include fishing, something that has long been a source of income and food for the Maldives. If guests happen to catch a red snapper, white snapper, grouper, or barracuda, they are welcome to bring their catch back to one of the resort’s chefs to prepare it.

“Giving guests an insight into Maldivian culture and a taste of island life, we offer the Sunset Fishing and Picnic Tour on the Deserted Island,” explains Samper. “Guests who book sunset fishing will experience bottom line fishing in traditional Maldivian style using lure lines and hooks on portable reels.”

And no matter where you are in the Maldives, you are in the best place for water sports. The region is only 1% of land. The Conrad offers both motorized and non-motorized sports that include off-property adventures such as catamaran sailing and glass-floor boat rides. Guests are also welcome to go kayaking; paddle board; wakeboard; windsurfing and more. The property also features jet skis and water skiing.

And no matter which resort you stay at, the island hopping option is always a smart way to explore some of the region’s most pristine beaches. Other popular tours in the Maldives include snorkeling around the wrecks; snorkeling with nurse sharks; walking tour in the capital Male and more.

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