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Island Transfers

Conrad Maldives is on two tiny islands, about 100km from Malé International Airport.

Getting to the Conrad Maldives Island Resort
Guests can arrive by seaplane, luxury cruise on our yacht, or domestic flight and speedboat. All of these transfer options have fees that will be added to your room charge.

After we have your international flight details, we will arrange your transfers between the airport and the resort. Please note that we require three days' advance notice to arrange these transfers. Last minute bookings are subject to availability.

Guests on Malé international flights arriving

  • between 06:00 and 16:00 will transfer by seaplane. The flight is about 35 minutes.
  • between 16:00 and 22:00 will transfer by a short domestic flight to a nearby airport followed by a speedboat transfer to the resort (seaplanes cannot fly at night).
  • after 22:00 will require overnight accommodation in Malé. We can book your hotel if requested and add the charges to your Conrad Maldives bill; a seaplane transfer will be arranged for the following morning.

Seaplane Transfers and Private Lounge Perks
A breathtaking 35-minute seaplane flight brings you from Malé to the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.

At Malé International Airport, please look outside for the uniformed Conrad Maldives staff member holding the Conrad sign. Our representative will take your luggage and check your bags (maximum weight 25kg plus 5kg for hand luggage; overweight items will be charged).

Our representative will drive you to our complimentary seaplane lounge, open from 07:00 to 17:00, at the seaplane terminal. Enjoy a respite from a long international flight. Designed to be the equal of the best airport lounges in the world, the seaplane lounge is on the second floor of the Trans Maldivian Airlines terminal.

Shower using designer amenities, indulge in a 10-minute complimentary neck/shoulder massage, eat complimentary breakfast and lunch buffet, and drink soft drinks and juices. Enjoy views of the airport runway and seaplanes taking off and landing on the water. Other lounge facilities include a children's play room, free WiFi, and computer stations. The waiting time for seaplane transfers can be up to two hours from the time of arrival at the Conrad lounge.

The lounge is available from 17:00 until 22:30 for a fee, a convenient alternative to day-use hotel rooms for guests with late evening flights. The fee includes a dinner buffet after 17:00. When your flight is ready, you will be guided from the lounge to your seaplane.

Guests preferring immediate transfer to the resort may request a private seaplane charter for an additional charge.

Flight times for the seaplanes are different every day; there is no schedule due to weather, international flights and other reasons. We request the seaplane company to minimise the wait and ask your understanding that transfers are outside of our control.

Please note that seaplane and boat transfer timings are variable and your transfer may take longer than the average length of time stated here.

Domestic Flight and Speedboat Transfers
For guests arriving after 16:00, our representative will meet you outside and bring you to Malé International Airport’s domestic terminal. Following check-in, Conrad guests may use the complimentary VIP lounge and will be seated in a private section of the plane. The 15-minute flight brings you to Maamigili Airport, where you will board our speedboat for a hassle-free 30-minute transfer to Conrad Maldives.

Luxury Cruise Transfers
Arrive in style with a three-hour luxury cruise that will take you across the island-studded atolls as it sails under the Maldivian skies to our resort. The cruise accommodates up to 15 passengers. Transfer price is on request.

Leaving the Conrad Maldives Resort
To ensure that guests of the Conrad Maldives make their travel connections, we have developed a convenient schedule.

Guests departing Malé on an international flight

  • before 09:00 will leave the resort the previous afternoon. We can book a hotel for you and add the charges to your room bill at Conrad Maldives.
  • after 09:00 will leave in time for their international flight departure.

The Malé airport allows passengers taking evening international flights inside the airport only three hours before their flight’s departure. The last seaplane of the day usually arrives in Malé around 17:00. For guests who may have spare time on the airport island, we can arrange for use of our private lounge (see below) or book a hotel room.

Seaplane Departures
At around 8pm the night before your departure day, we will have the seaplane schedule and will send a letter to your villa to let you know your departure time. You’re invited to come to the reception desk to settle your bill then and to finalise any outstanding items on the day of departure.

Bring only light hand bags to reception at the departure time specified in your letter. We’ll collect the rest of your luggage and load it on to the seaplane. Remember to have your tickets, passport and other important travel items with you.

The host will advise you to come to the seaplane platform on the bridge. Please understand that the seaplane could leave later or earlier than advised. On average, we receive 30-minutes’ advance notice of the seaplane’s actual arrival/departure time. For a smooth departure, you should proceed to the platform 10 minutes before the flight leaves. When all the guests are ready, you’ll board the seaplane and leave for the airport. We provide ear plugs and water for the flight.

When you arrive at the seaplane terminal, our representatives will bring you to the airport. Your luggage will be offloaded and returned to you in front of the departures terminal of the airport.

Before Travelling to the Maldives
The Maldives is warm and humid all year round, so please pack with that in mind. May we suggest:

  • Smart-casual, lightweight clothes, sunglasses, a hat, swimwear
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Long trousers for men dining at Ithaa Undersea Restaurant and the Wine Cellar
  • Work-out apparel and shoes for the gym, yoga and tennis
  • Suntan lotion, after sun and sunblock
  • Insect repellent for particularly sensitive guests or those visiting a local island

Enjoy Aromatherapy Associates products, including soap, shower gel, shampoo and more in your guest room. We will do everything possible to ensure your room is ready should you arrive early, but in case that’s not possible, pack swimwear and sunglasses in your hand luggage so you can bask on the beach as soon as you arrive. Use a snorkel, mask and fins from the Dive Center.

Dressing Appropriately: Swimwear is not allowed in any of the restaurants. Shorts and t-shirts are not allowed in the restaurants in the evenings. Some restaurants require you to be barefoot. Nude or topless sunbathing is illegal but bikinis are acceptable. Bring ankle-length trousers/skirts and wrist-length tops if you are planning to visit a local island. Headscarves are not needed.

Restrictions: The Maldives, a strict Muslim country, does not allow alcohol to be brought into the country. We recommend you do your duty free shopping on the way home. Other restricted items include food containing pork, pornographic material, and any religious items (even ‘decorative’ items such as Buddha statues). The Maldives prohibits the taking of shells, sand and corals out of the country. At Conrad Maldives we serve pork and alcohol in all restaurants and bars.

Early check in / late check out: If your room is available when you arrive then we’re happy for you to check in early. When you leave the resort we ask your understanding that other hotel guests may be waiting to check in so we may not always be able to offer a late check-out. To guarantee early arrival or late check-out, please contact us for the prices.