Review: Leeli Lounge Maldives Airport

Introduction: A Trip to the Conrad Maldives
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Conrad Maldives:
– 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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Leeli Lounge Maldives Airport
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Etihad A380 First Class Apartments


After a sad departure from the Conrad we quickly arrived into the seaplane terminal after about a 30 minute ride. Our luggage was whisked away and we were reunited with it after being taken via shuttle to the main terminal.

Trans Maldivian Airways Sea Plane

We were quickly checked in and through security and immigration in about 30 minutes. We were given lounge passes to the Leeli Lounge upon check-in at the Etihad desk, as well as boarding passes through to JFK. After getting through a very crowded terminal area we entered the basic, but nicely furnished, Leeli Lounge at Malé Airport.

Leeli Lounge Maldives Airport

The lounge was well appointed with dim lighting for the evening and refreshingly uncrowded. There were two main rooms with seating, the main room with mostly upholstered chairs and the food at the end of the room, plus another side room with a mix of seating.

Leeli Lounge Airport Maldives

Leeli Lounge Male Airport Seating

Leeli Lounge Maldives Airport Seating

The buffet area had plenty of options but it all looked like it had been sitting out for awhile. Since we had a large snack before leaving the Conrad, and knew we would get a meal on our Etihad flight to Abu Dhabi, we just grabbed a couple waters.

Leeli Lounge Male Airport Snacks

Leeli Lounge Male Airport Food and Drinks

Leeli Lounge Maldives Buffet

The bathrooms were modern and renovated but needed some tidying up and cleaning:

Leeli Lounge Male Airport Bathroom

Leeli Lounge Maldives Airport Bathroom

Leeli Lounge Malé Airport: Bottom Line

The food variety was nice but it looked like it had been sitting out for awhile. I did appreciate the dim lighting for the evening and that the lounge was well appointed furniture wise. But overall lounges kind of bore me frankly. Even some of the best in the world I never want to spend more than a couple hours in. Knowing we had a good 30 hours of travel ahead of us we decided to stretch our legs and left after about 45 minutes to shop for some souvenirs we really didn’t need.

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