Introduction: A Trip to the Conrad Maldives
Star Alliance First Class Lounge at LAX
Star Alliance Business Class Lounge at LAX
Asiana A380 First Class Los Angeles to Seoul
Asiana Business Class Lounge in Seoul
Thai Airways 777-300 Business Class Seoul to Hong Kong
Conrad Hong Kong
Qantas Business Class Lounge Hong Kong
Sri Lankan A321 Business Class Hong Kong to Colombo
Serendiva Colombo Airside Transit Hotel
SriLankan Airways A330-300 Business Class Colombo to Male
– Seaplane Ride, Male Airport Lounge, and Arrival
– Beach Villa
– Deluxe Beach Villa
– Superior Water Villa
– Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
Etihad A320 Business Class Male to Abu Dhabi
First Class Etihad Lounge Abu Dhabi
Etihad A380 First Class Apartments
After two nights in our Beach Villa, the Conrad’s standard room, we were excited to check out the Deluxe Beach Villa. The Conrad Maldives Deluxe Beach Villa (DBV) and Beach Villa differ in a few key ways:
- DBV has a plunge pool
- DBV has a much larger layout in terms of “land”
- The DBV locations tend to be a little more private and a large amount are on the reef side of the island which is more picturesque and quieter
- DBV is freestanding, while the Beach Villa is not
- The Beach Villa was recently renovated so only the shower and soaking tub are outside. DBV has the sink portion of the bathroom outdoors
- The Beach Villa can accommodate three people easier due to where the sofa is located and how it can be partitioned off
Although the Conrad will occasionally offer the Deluxe Beach Villa as a complimentary upgrade to Hilton elites it is rare. Luckily we were there in low season so were offered the DBV as an upgrade. We encountered a few other Hilton elites during our time there who were also offered this as a free upgrade. It certainly should not be counted on, especially during high season, however!
For those interested in items like standard upgrade prices to a DBV make sure to check out the Flyertalk thread on the Conrad.
Conrad Maldives Deluxe Beach Villa Review: Entrance and Courtyard
To start to get bearings on the floor plan we can start here, courtesy of the Conrad Maldives website. According to the Conrad the DBV entire site is 3,200 square feet, while the Beach Villa is 1,600 square feet. However, the actual Beach Villa room felt more spacious. The entire “property” is what sets the DBV apart.
After finishing a spa treatment on our sole rainy day we met our host Naoko at villa #218. The location was perfect, right in the middle of the reef side.
We walked in through the entrance door into a beautiful, lush, courtyard:
I personally was not a fan of the outdoor bathroom area. Typically after I shower I like to not worry about getting sand all over my feet when brushing my teeth but I know plenty who like it! The outdoor shower and space overall for the courtyard was phenomenal though. It felt very private and well maintained. A good start for the rest of the villa!
Conrad Maldives Deluxe Beach Villa Review: Room and Plunge Pool
A welcoming blast of ice cold air welcomed us into the room where the bed faced directly out towards the plunge pool and ocean. The room was surrounded in plate glass windows which really made you feel immersed in the Maldives, not a sterile hotel room. That being said, when you wanted to lower the shades it was just one button but took quite awhile!
Not pictured: the small toilet room or closet. The small toilet room was just that with a very small hand sink. The closet was well appointed with a beach bag, bathrobes, slippers, and safe.
The real standout for the Deluxe Beach Villa is the outdoor plunge pool:
The plunge pool was awesome. Not only was it magically the absolute perfect temperature, but it was perfectly maintained and really great to hop into after a snorkel.
Even better, as you can somewhat see from above, it was just a 5 foot walk through the greenery to this:
Each set of chairs had your villa number on it and had fresh towels laid out daily. It was really lovely to be able to walk straight out to the reef, hop in for a snorkel, rinse off in the pool.
Conrad Maldives Deluxe Beach Villa: Bottom Line
While we were sad to only spend one night in the Deluxe Beach Villa we really glad we got to experience it at all. The upgrade costs can be steep to move from the standard Beach Villa to a Deluxe Beach Villa but I would absolutely recommend it for at least a couple nights!