TransMaldivian Sea Plane

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Trans Maldivian Seaplane

We woke up early on the morning of our departure and settled our bill at the resort.  We grabbed a quick bit to eat (the buffet opens 6am) and the pilots were the only other people  eating with us.  The plane was at the resort overnight and thus I guess the pilots stayed the night at the staffs quarters.

We were escorted to the pier where the plan awaited. There were also a few Conrad employees catching a ride back to Male with us.  It was a really nice sunrise on this, our last morning in the Maldives.

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Our ride to Male

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Pilots up front

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Maldives sunrise

After a quick safety demonstration we strapped in for takeoff. Continue reading

Around Rangali Island

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Around Rangali Island

Here are some random shots and things we encountered during our stay at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.  I am not going to add any commentary to this post but just share some photos of around the island.  Let me know if you have any questions.

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Hermit Crab

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Hermit Crab

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Sunset

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Sunset

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Crab

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Crab Continue reading

Conrad Maldives Review

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Conrad Maldives

We arrived on the dock at the Conrad Maldives from our seaplane trip from Male. We were introduced to our personal assistant and taken to the checkin area which is on the main island of the resort. The resort consists of two islands Rangali and Rangalifinolhu with most of the resorts guest rooms and villas on Rangalifinolhu Island.

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Conrad Maldives arrival dock (this photo was taken on our departure)

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Google maps view of the Islands in which the guest accommodations are

We were seated outside the reception desk area and relaxed while our Conrad rep took our details and credit card which they preauthorized for $3000.

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Map of the main Island

We were escorted to our room by buggy (golf cart). We were booked into Beach Villa #205.  The Beach Villa is the base/lowest level room but we were happy with our room and thought it best (safer) to not be in an overwater bungalow with our toddler crawling all over the place. I also didn’t want to pay an up charge to be in a overwater villa which was around $200/night plus taxes.

The Beach Villas are grouped together four Villas in one building. Our villa was at the end of the group of four which is beneficial as your only sharing a wall with one other villa and there is a bit more privacy than if we had a villa in the middle of the four units.

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Entrance to our Beach Villa number 205 Conrad Maldives

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Entrance to our Beach Villa 205 at Conrad Maldives

At the entrance to our Beach Villa was a Continue reading

Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Trans Maldivian Seaplane

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Trans Maldivian Seaplane

After grabbing our bags we left the baggage area and found the arrivals area in which all the resort reps were holding name badges.  I saw the representative holding the Conrad sign and we walked over to let them know we arrived.  They confirmed our names and grabbed our bags for us.  We were then walked over the the Trans Maldivian checkin area.  We gave them our passports and they weighed our bags.  Our larger checked bag was 57lbs but it wasn’t a problem as our overall baggage fell under the limits.

We were given our boarding passes and walked outside where our Conrad branded Toyota minivan awaited.  The driver loaded our bags and we took a comfortable 5 minute ride to the building which housed the Conrad arrivals lounge.

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Our ride to the Conrad

Once in the lounge our rep offered us a seat and some juice along with a fresh, cold towel.  They went over some details of our stay and advised our flight should be leaving within the hour as they were waiting for some other guests/passengers to show. Continue reading