MANY families face the conundrum of busy schedules and differing time zones, making reunions difficult to organize. But a trip out to the dazzling island of Maldives is an excellent way to get in some quality time together before reality hits again.
When in Maldives, the ever-trusted Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will have guests of all ages sorted as its home to some of the best diving and whale shark areas in the country, as well as sprawling coral reefs and unmatched ocean views.
Spread across two islands, the resort will let you and your family wander into its lush tropical greenery, demystify exotic marine life, navigate the rainbow-hued coral gardens that line the seabed, and become truly immersed in the island’s naturally gifted landscape.
If traveling in large groups, the spacious, architecturally designed villas will ensure everyone has a comfortable stay and are treated to astounding displays of the sea. The Deluxe Water Villa – which fits two adults and two children below 12 – is accented by a four-poster “floating” bed and a color-changing whirlpool.
Meanwhile, the Water Villa on Rangali Island – awarded “The Maldives Leading Water Villa Resort” in 2016 by the World Travel Awards – features a private sun deck with jetted plunge pool and steps that lead directly to the aquamarine lagoon below. Kids can snorkel out straight from the villa or splash about in the ocean-view bath.
For an even more spacious option and added privacy, the two-bedroom Family Water Villa located in the Spa Retreat is the ideal choice for groups with older children or those traveling with extended family. Whether you’re bonding over drinks at the private sundeck, or taking a dip in the whirlpool, there are worse ways to spend time with loved ones.
Outside of your room, activities are aplenty for kids and adults alike, including turtle safaris where you’ll have the unique opportunity to get up close with majestic sea turtles, sunset fishing on a traditional dhoni, adventure snorkeling in the South Ari Atoll, and a variety of cruises for the whole family.
To promote friendly competition among family members, book in a session at the in-house tennis court, or partake in beach volleyball. You can also make use of the sea setting with activities such as catamaran sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, wakeboarding, and kayaking.
Where many luxury beach resorts overlook kids’ activities and programming, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island shines. The little ones – specifically those aged three to 12 – can be entertained at the Majaa Kids’ Club where marine adventures and sporty pursuits can be arranged to keep the restlessness at bay. Parents looking for some alone time can use babysitting services through the Club at an extra fee.
Meanwhile, the Dining for Little Gourmands program means your kids will be fed on fresh pizzas and spaghetti, or smaller portions of dishes on the adults menu. On top of that, kids can learn the basics of scuba diving under supervision, partake in beginner’s yoga, or learn about the marine environment among other exciting activities. If your little ones can truly immerse in and be educated about the rhythm of island life, that’s something to write home about.
It doesn’t end there. The Conrad 1/3/5 hour itineraries are curated lists of quintessential experiences that reflect a local take on culture, food, art, and adventure. The moment you step into the property, slip off your shoes, and feel the sand on your toes, you’ll learn to enjoy the idyllic island to its maximum extent.
Whether you’re reeling in local snapper for a campfire-style barbecue dinner, counting shooting stars, getting up close with dolphins on a luxury cruise, or exploring the local atolls to witness local Maldivian routines, you’ll bound to feel at one with the island.
You needn’t worry about food with the range of dining options at the resort. To satisfy fussy palates, Atoll Market serves up a smorgasbord of cuisines at various show kitchens including Chinese, Italian Japanese, and Indian. Wrap up with bakery goods or elegant hand-crafted desserts.
For a Chinese course dinner like you’ve never had before, Ufaa by Jereme Leung lends a twist to provincial Chinese dishes in signatures that include fresh handmade crisp noodles, dim sum, and nourishing hot pots. Bonus: The teahouse within the restaurant allows for an hour or two of daytime mah-jong over premium Chinese teas.
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