Introduction: A Trip to the Conrad Maldives
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Conrad Hong Kong
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– Seaplane Ride, Male Airport Lounge, and Arrival
– Beach Villa
– Deluxe Beach Villa
– Superior Water Villa
– Ithaa Undersea Restaurant: Cocktails
– Hilton Gold and Diamond Benefits: Mandhoo Tea, Free Breakfast at Vilu and Atoll Market
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Going to the Conrad Maldives on points can still be an expensive proposition. See: Ithaa Underwater Restaurant. But, going to the Conrad on points as a Hilton Gold or Diamond member can save you a significant amount of money due to some unique benefits they offer:
The key benefits of being Hilton Gold are as follows:
- Breakfast at Vilu or Atoll Market
- Afternoon Tea at Mandhoo: 4pm-5pm
- Happy Hour at Vilu: 5pm-6pm
- Fruit Basket with chocolate and welcome bottle of wine
- We also received two additional perks explained below that were most likely due to us staying in low season
Diamond members receive the above plus access to the Conrad Airport Lounge upon departure and a $25 spa discount card.
The above free breakfast, afternoon tea, and happy hour combos allow for a big chunk of your day to be covered with free food, snacks and beverages. Key at places like the Conrad where the club sandwich is $33 (yes, really).
As a reminder Hilton Gold is easily attainable by having the Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express which has a $75 annual fee.
Additional Hilton Gold benefits for our stay:
These two benefits, I believe, were unique to the time of year (late July) that we were visiting.
The other benefit was a sheet offering us an additional 15 minute head or foot massage with any 60 minute or more spa treatment.
These two benefits were nice as we did go to the spa, but we only had one lunch since we usually had a big breakfast.
Conrad Maldives Atoll Market Breakfast
Free breakfast is beneficial at any hotel but especially nice at a luxury brand like the Conrad. And much like the Conrad Hong Kong we were very impressed with the offerings at the Conrad Maldives. Atoll Market is on the main island (link to resort map here). Atoll is the larger general buffet at the resort and where the majority of guests seem to dine for breakfast despite also having access to Vilu. There are far more options at Atoll but Vilu offers a la carte items as well as champagne!
We went to Atoll for breakfast the first three mornings while staying in the Beach Villa and Deluxe Beach Villa since everything was on the same island. Atoll has a sand floor so once you were seated at one of the open air covered tables, or uncovered tables, you just kicked your shoes off and headed to the buffet.
Overall we were impressed with the selection at Vilu. I just did notice I missed a picture of some additional hot Western options – standard bacon/sausage/egg type items. The food was always fresh, constantly refilled, and the variety was certainly very good as well!
Conrad Maldives Vilu Breakfast
Vilu seems to be more of a favorite of Conrad repeat guests. We dined there twice when staying in our Superior Water Villa. It is more intimate, the views are stunning, and there are a la carte options. That being said, the buffet is significantly smaller so there is less variety if that’s what you’re looking for.
The menu during our stay was as follows:
As mentioned above the buffet section (and restaurant as a whole) was much smaller than Vilu but still had some decent options:
We ordered a couple a la carte dishes each morning which were very reasonably sized so you could still pick and fill in from the buffet.
Most importantly at Vilu is the beautiful breakfast views (heck even the walk from our Superior Water Villa) was awesome.
Vilu was a very nice change from the large breakfasts at Atoll. That being said the menu wasn’t huge and we were very happy splitting our time between both spots based on which island we were staying at each morning.
Conrad Maldives Mandhoo Tea
Mandhoo is a restaurant next to the Retreat Water Villas and Spa (link to resort map here). We would start our afternoon here at 4pm after snorkeling, swimming, jet skiing, or whatever activity we did for the day. Usually, despite a late breakfast, we were famished at this point if we skipped a snack so Mandhoo was great to fill up on in prep for the 5pm happy hour.
First, here are the food and drink options (plus there was sparkling and still water).
The views were just as stunning as Vilu:
In addition we had some very large friends every day at tea. The first couple days we just had one ray and then another joined.
Mandhoo was a very relaxing spot to start our afternoon/evenings. Gorgeous, plenty to snack on, and relax.
Conrad Maldives Vilu Happy Hour
Every day as we wrapped up at Mandhoo we would have them call a “buggy” (golf cart) to take us the long distance from Mandhoo to the Vilu happy hour which started at 5pm. The Vilu happy hour was 5-6pm and didn’t have self-serve food but also didn’t have a drink limit. With beer prices around $10 you could really get some value here on drinks if you wanted to!
The drink menu:
Here are a couple sample plates of the hors d’ouevres, plus shots of the views. The hors d’ouevres were pretty average but a nice Hilton Gold benefit nonetheless:
Every afternoon at the end of the Vilu happy hour at 6pm we would usually sit and relax to wrap up our last drink. Or we would head to Rangali bar via the below traditional Maldivian boat to take advantage of the half off happy hour (runs from 5-7pm and accessible to everyone). The boat ran back and forth throughout the day and was a free feature. Crossing the short distance between the two islands with a breeze was always a gorgeous way to head to dinner or our second of happy hours!
Conrad Maldives Hilton Honors Benefits: Bottom Line
With Gold or Diamond status you get quite a few perks at the Conrad Maldives! If you are heading to the Conrad Maldives, on points or cash, it is an absolute no brainer to pick up the Hilton Surpass card from American Express. You will very easily get more than $75 in value in just one day with it.
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