Rangali Island in the Ari Atoll within the Maldives is a spectacular setting for a truly world class resort. Located half-way around the world from my home in Phoenix, AZ the Maldives are located off the southern tip of India and are below Sri Lanka. We were fortunate to return to the Conrad Hilton in November of 2013 again after having visited this same island and resort 5 years ago. The last visit was amazing but with the new Quiet Zone pool and bar added to the second island this trip was even better.
The Conrad Hilton Resort is really two islands connected by a 500m (1,500′) foot bridge. This cross lagoon bridge also serves as the drop off point for your arrival by sea plane! The resort is barefoot, unpretentious luxury in a six-star setting and has been voted “The Best Water Villas in the World”, “The Best Suites in the World” and “Best Spa Resort in the Maldives”. The available rooms vary from beach villas amongst tropical foliage on the main island to over water villas with some that include a separate spa treatment room as part of your villa. Views, floor plans and layouts vary but all are in great locations with easy access to all facilities. Of course amazing interior layouts and furnishings are part of the experience. There is no “single” beach but the beach is all around both islands! Your on the beach at all times and the sand is great! One last feature is a Dhoni boat that runs continually from island to island, in case you do not want to enjoy the beautiful walk. To me this island resort is one of the most special places in the world. Enjoy!
The resort is really made up of 3 islands – 2 for guests and 1 for the staff. All the islands are connected by bridges and Dhoni boats. Most islands in the Maldives are very small so resorts can be compact, feel limiting and having few choices. What sets this resort apart is having 2 different islands with accommodations and restaurants on both. Because the islands are all beach, you never feel crowded and seclusion is easy. Rooms range from beach bungalows with really nice outdoor showers to over the water bungalows. Each group of bungalows and island have unique and different styles. Also this resort has 6 different restaurants each with it’s own personality and food type including an underwater dining experience. Cheap it isn’t but amazing it is!
The accommodations are all amazing from the beach bungalows to the over the water rooms. Each group of rooms has a unique decore and floor plan with over the water bungalows all having a deck with steps directly down to the ocean. The furnishing are all great quality and are very well maintained. This is truly a first class resort.
As Rangali island is located on the western tip of the outer most part of Ari Atoll the sunsets are spectacular. There is nothing blocking your view all the way to the coast of Africa. The pictures are some of the best sunsets we had here or anywhere!
Diving around Rangali Island
As you see the diving in the lagoon is very good with a wide variety of sea life, but at times it is a bit murky. Rangali Island is located near a large inlet from the open ocean so whale sharks and manta rays are common plus many other creatures. Diving is great with nudibranchs, pipefish and many other small creatures plus sharks, turtles, octopus and all kinds and sizes of fish.
YES the snorkeling is amazing, you just wade out and the reef on the eastern side of Rangali island is 50 yards off the beach. Other islands close by also have great snorkeling.