. In this post, I will walk you through how it is like to be on an isolated island and how picturesque this enchanting place is!
- Pro: Magnificent view and sweet decoration for our honeymoon room.
- Con: Breakfast and buffet weren’t as good as expected.
Original source: “Conrad Maldives – Sunrise, Superior Overwater Villa, Awesome Breakfast, and Undersea Restaurant” by MissVacation
ow cool is it to set your own time because you own the island so you can? Conrad Maldives is one hour ahead of Male so guests can enjoy more daylight and to align with the seaplane schedules. Around 7 am, I walked out to photograph the sunrise. The sun was rising behind the main island so I took photos of the colors changing on Rangali island. It was so quiet in the early morning that I was the only one out, that peacefulness makes me indulge in this paradise.
Surroundings of Conrad Maldives Overwater Villas
I walked past the Pool at the Quiet Zone, the bridge, then to the Deluxe Water Villas; I think the beach next to the Deluxe Water Villas is the best spot to photograph sunrise in Rangali Island.
Although the lighting wasn’t perfect since too early, that was the only time we can have the pool for ourselves. I think the Pool at the Quiet Zone is one of the most picturesque spots in Conrad Maldives 😉
A sweet design is everywhere in the resort, you’ll find those water buckets to rinse off the sand from your feet.
Afterward, we went back to our wonderful Superior Overwater Villa to enjoy our jacuzzi and the views on our deck. Although the deck was in shadow, the sun angle was high enough to light up the blue sea in the background.
Breakfast at Vilu
We headed out for breakfast at Vilu at 9:30 am. There are two restaurants for breakfast which are free for Hilton Gold and Diamond members: Atoll Market and Vilu. I went with Vilu because it is right next to the beach that offered great views to enjoy while having breakfast. Vilu is much smaller than Atoll Market which means less crowded. We arrived right on time to have a free table right next to the water!! The view was amazing; I think it is the best views of all the restaurants in the resort.
I made a massive order! The dish that I was holding was the Thai Omelette that was oil-fried eggs with some side dishes. The eggs were fluffy but oily was it was fried in oil so I added the Thai spicy sauce and the refreshing vegetables to help to reduce the oiliness. The long plate was the chawanmushi which was a Japanese dish with steamed egg with salmon on top and a rice roll with soy sauce for dipping. The steamed egg has no taste so you need to add soy sauce. I was a little bit disappointed by the Japanese dish. For dessert, I ordered the Thai mango sticky rice; the mango wasn’t as sweet and meaty compared to other tropical islands but it was overall a nice dessert.
We also have 6 Oyster Rockefeller were very good and fresh oysters, Maldivian Omelette that was our favorite with fish and curry so it was spicy, and also the Thai mango sticky rice.
After the late breakfast, the sunlight was perfect for photos so we had a little spare time to take some photos before heading over to Ithaa – the world’s 1st undersea restaurant to have the cocktail at 11:00 am.
The beach with the coarse sand that it was very painful to walk through so don’t get fooled by its white powdery sand look!
Ithaa- one of the seven undersea restaurants
We got into the hut where the stairs to go down to Ithaa is located, the staff gave a brief introduction and history of the world’s first undersea restaurant, took our order (champagne or mocktail), and then we took off our shoes before heading walk down.
I was the first one to walk down so I get to snap some photos of the undersea restaurant without people!!!
There were corals surrounding the undersea restaurant where I found Nemo!
The one-hour passed quickly and here is the bill, according to their breakdown, that small plate of canapes cost $32.50 and my gross cocktail cost $42.50 before taxes and service charge! Anyways, it was a once in a lifetime experience and the most “affordable” way to dine in the undersea restaurant. Will I do it again? No! Was it worth the visit? I think so!
We decided it was good timing, lighting-wise, to fly our Mavic Pro drone so we walked over to the security hut where the security has to supervise us and that was the only designated spot to fly the drone to protect the guest’s privacy. They received complaints from guests so they implemented the drone rule. Too bad we couldn’t get the overwater villas aerial photos.
The painful beach in front of Sunset Grill, it was perfect timing that this massive school of fish swim very close to the beach!
Our Room in Conrad Maldives Overwater Villas
When we got back to our room, there was “Happy Honeymoon” decors even though not our honeymoon LOL! Housekeeping really put work into making those doves and the “Happy Honeymoon” words from some type of leaves.
More Adventure Around Conrad Maldives Overwater Villas
After we refresh a bit at our villa, we went to the Maldivian swing and it wasn’t in shadow in the early afternoon so this was perfect timing!
The Dhoni jetty was a good photo spot as well! In the early afternoon, the sunlight was perfect to bring out the colors of the sea!
Afternoon Tea at Mandhoo
We arrive at Mandhoo (on the main island all the way to the spa villas) to have the free afternoon tea for Hilton Gold and Diamond members. (A buggy brought us there.) We got a table by the corner outside for good views.
The cherry cake was the best, others were ehhhhh.
Happy Hour at Vilu
No time to spare, we need to make it all the way back to Rangali Island for the Happy Hour at Vilu at 5 PM where once again free for Hilton Gold and Diamond members! We finished up the cakes, took some photos, and then have the staff to call a buggy for us.
We took a baggy back to our villa and captured the sunset, after that, we rest a while before dinner time.
Dinner Time at Atoll Market Conrad Maldives
Usually, when we go on vacation, I always book the cheapest category of room in a beautiful hotel knowing that we don’t spend as much time in our room anyways. I did splurge to upgrade to the Superior Overwater Villa instead of Water Villa this time and it was worth it.
We got a table outside on the sand so the atmosphere was much better than dining inside. The food selection was multi-cultural but the quality was a big disappointment!!!
There was also a selection of Indian food including Indian and Sri Lanka curry. The Sri Lanka curry was super spicy and it was the dish that filled me up!
The sushi station but the rolls were like the basic rolls you can get from grab and go sushi.
The only station that looked interesting was the dessert table:
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