GET THE LAY OF THE LAND

Maldives

  • Explore the islands on foot and find a rich variety of untouched marine life
  • Cross a scenic footbridge for a selection of pristine pools for kids and adults
  • Kick off the day with with a delicious detox juice or refreshing fruit smoothie




Sure, you got a bird’s-eye view of our island home during your seaplane approach—but now it’s time to get a proper lay of the land. A few details to begin: Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is one of 1,190 sand-ringed coral islands in an archipelago stretching 510 miles north to south and 75 miles east to west. Those white underwater reefs encircling each island you spied from above? Those are called faru in Dhivehi (the local language). For your first morning outing on the property, we suggest a simple walkabout to get your bearings. Barefoot and bathing-suit-clad is our preferred Maldives dress code (but if you are staying in an overwater villa, set off with sandals in hand; the equatorial sun warms the wood along our jetties). As you explore, watch for the small blacktip sharks known to swim up close to the shoreline. Don’t fret: these sea creatures are skittish and won’t do you any harm if left to their own devices. Be on the lookout for schools of flying fish, as they jump from the water in unison. We ask that you only admire the sun-bleached shells (sundials, speckled terebra spiral, spider conches, cowries, spiral murex) in the sand; taking them home is taboo. (In the 12th century, around the time fabled North African explorer Abu al Barakat introduced Islam to the Maldives, these cowrie shells played a central role in Maldives trade with India, China, and the Arab world.) When you reach the 500-meter footbridge, cross between the larger Rangalifinolhu and the more intimate Rangali to continue your DIY orientation to our jungle-clad paradise, passing the Main Pool and Kids Pool on the south side of Rangalifinolhu, and Conrad’s Quiet Zone pool on Rangali, a coconut’s throw from the 20,000-strong Wine Cellar. Have you filled up a memory card with pictures yet? Then it’s time for breakfast. Head to Atoll Market and kick off your island detox with two of our favorite morning concoctions: wholesome ABC (apple, beet, and carrot juice) or a refreshingly tangy Mango Mint smoothie.