A makeover in the Maldives

As the Maldives celebrates its 50th anniversary as a tourist destination this year, one of the islands’ first luxury resorts, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, has unveiled an extensive renovation with never-before-seen spaces offering reimagined accommodations including 50 new overwater villas, as well as food & beverage venues and Over-water Spa.

The new renovation puts a spotlight on the unique natural surroundings of the South Ari Atoll.

“The refreshed spaces at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island express innovative design that our resort has been known for since its beginnings 25 years ago,” said Carla Puverel, GM, who was involved with the design team. “Spaces are designed to offer connection with the surrounding environment, inspired by its openness and using striking simplicity to highlight its beauty, intertwining effortlessly through interiors that emphasize the breathtaking blue views of the South Ari Atoll that surround us while offering elevated, laid-back luxury living.”

The 50 refreshed overwater villas on the Rangali Island side of the resort have been revitalized to include new interiors, combining integrated indoor-outdoor living spaces with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean and direct access to a private sun deck. The updated villas demonstrate the resort’s signature style of simplicity and laid-back luxury through clean lines and muted tones that emphasize the breathtaking surrounding landscape.

Offering a minimalist aesthetic, the interior design gives the space a natural, bright and airy feel intended to focus on the beauty just outside of the villa. Neutral hues and natural textures come together to highlight the stunning azure blues of the surrounding South Ari Atoll, and an open floor plan structure offers unparalleled views from every room. Exposed beams and matching wooden ceiling fans in the space are layered with various woodwork throughout augmenting the feeling of openness and elevating the classic Maldivian overwater villa, which originated at the hotel. Large mirrors are used throughout to maximize light and reflect the gorgeous scenery.

Characterized by spaces that transition naturally from indoors to outdoors, renovated villas offer new furnishings, appliances and reimagined interior architecture that elevates the hotel’s already-top notch accommodations. Promoting a sense of harmony with the environment, the new design aims to awaken but not overwhelm the senses and provide absolute privacy and exclusivity.

The new Conrad Maldives Over-water Spa preserves the overall look and feel of the spa while offering refreshed reception and treatment areas alongside new indoor and outdoor relaxation spaces. As a result of the renovations, the passage between the resort and the spa will seamlessly transition guests through a portal into an open-air cocoon of wellness and elevated consciousness for a truly alchemizing experience.

To bring the vision of the refreshed spa to life, Conrad Maldives worked with Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo. For the interior design, Conrad Maldives once again partnered with Tokyo-born, New York-based architect Yuji Yamazaki, who was the designer of the resort’s Muraka residence, the world’s first underwater villa.