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
For our last two nights at the Conrad we paid to upgrade to a Superior Water Villa. Unfortunately, no matter your Hilton status, getting an upgrade from a standard Beach Villa to a Water Villa is extremely rare. In fact, even getting an upgrade to a deluxe beach villa, like we did, is on the rare side. Because we were there in low season the Superior Water Villa upgrade rates were reasonable (for the Conrad) at $147/night.
I also have some final thoughts on Beach Villa vs. Deluxe Beach Villa vs. Superior Water Villa at the end of this post if you happen to be interested!
Conrad Maldives Superior Water Villa Review
Our lovely host Naoko was waiting for us as we got to the front desk to be taken via buggy to our new room. The Conrad is a well oiled machine and we were left letters in our room mailbox every morning of a move and given a call by Naoko to direct us on exactly when to move rooms.
As we approached the Superior Water Villa we were already very excited for the switch. Most of the water villas, and all Superior Water Villas, are on the bottom island of the resort map. The island features only water villas and is so quiet it actually has a “Quiet Zone” with a bar and pool. This means an entirely different feel than the main island in terms of being quiet and feeling intimate.
Our assigned villa was #334. A good end location since the Superior Water Villa’s are grouped into four each, but views were slightly obstructed by the overwater spa when looking straight out.
We immediately loved the view just walking to the Superior Water Villa:
Here is the floor plan to start:
Deluxe Superior Water Villa: Room
Upon entering the room we immediately loved the tropical feel of the wood but the room clearly wasn’t as flashy, or recently renovated, as the Beach Villa and Deluxe Beach Villa. But the main features here of course was being overwater and having sweeping, stunning, views.
Deluxe Superior Water Villa Bathroom and Patio
The bathroom was not as modern as our previous two rooms. However, it was inside, which I liked. Plus, the view from the tub was just as gorgeous as from the bed.
The patio was well appointed and decent enough sized. Plus featured stairs at the end of the deck to walk directly in the water. The hot tub lit up at night and the heat could also be turned off easily to be more refreshing in the sticky weather.
Conrad Maldives Room Types: Final Thoughts
We loved having the ability to try three different rooms at the Conrad! Below I have listed my top notes about reach room type:
- Beach Villa: Most recently renovated and modern, biggest interior space, least privacy
- Deluxe Beach Villa: Amazing plunge pool and “property” but room isn’t well suited for three people and bathroom is outside
- Superior Water Villa: Overwater experience is amazing, along with hot tub. Lots of privacy but snorkeling isn’t great on this island
Overall, if we were to go back to the Conrad we’d absolutely request a more private Beach Villa location, or pay to upgrade to a Deluxe Beach Villa (if the rates were reasonable). The water villa was awesome but it’s not necessarily something I would feel the need to experience again. We were perfectly happy with our two nights in the Superior Water Villa while we would have loved more time in the Deluxe Beach Villa.