Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa 2019 Review

Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort 2019 Review

If your thinking of a luxury vacation, think no more than the Seychelles!

The Seychelles is up there on most people’s, most diserable locations to visit in the world atleast once in their lifetime. It was on our “Bucketlist” of places to stay & we only made it possible by utilising a bit of knowledge on collecting & redeeming points and a little luck on our side.

Our Seychelles dream started way back almost a year ago. We had a large pot of Avios Points sitting there doing nothing, with talk of a BA Avios devaluation coming, the heat was on…

British Airways, almost a year ago suddenly announced that they were reinstating a previous, direct route from London to the Seychelles. As soon as this announcement went Public all the best seats in First Class & Club World were being snapped up by Avios point collectors. Not only was this a new Premium route but BA were also flying the fairly new British Airways Boeing 787-9 aircraft (Win,Win).

British airways 787-9 Business Class Club World

To Read our Flight Review, Click Here ->BA LHR – SEZ 787-9 Club World Review <-

Searching & Searching we finally found some dates which still had Club World (Business Class) availability outbound from Heathrow. However, searching almost a year in advance using the Avios Reward Flight tool, we still had a few days before the Inbound Avios Reward Search showed any availability.

Staying up until Midnight, ready to pounce, the return availability showed up and there they were, 2 seats available in Club World. Clicked, booked & we were on our way to the Seychelles.


Hilton Seychelles Northolme resort

Luckily for us, we had a large stash of Avios Points in our account from utilising the much missed, previous Tesco Direct Bonus Point offers.

Unfortunately this route has now closed but this route collected us enough Avios Points to be able to pay for our Club World flights Inc a 241 BA Amex Companion Voucher + £1200 in taxes.

Then also pay, just using Avios points for our 5 Star Hilton Northolme King Hillside Villa accommodation with Breakfast included for 2 x people for Seven nights stay.

Room Rate – £550 Per night = Saving £3,850.00

Flights Cash Cost – £7000 = Saving £5800.00

So, a luxury Seychelles holiday for two in a 5 Star Hilton Resort plus Direct BA Business Class flights all for £1200.00 in Taxes & a load of free Avios points – what’s not to like?


Two weeks before our arrival at the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa we started to receive email communication about our stay from the resort. After reading people’s reviews on Flyertalk we decided to allow the resort to book our Taxi transfers. It appears you need to barter the price down with the airport taxi drivers and we did not need the hassle after a 10 hour flight overnight, all for £20.00 saving.

Within these communications the resort offered us an Upgrade from our basic King Hillside Villa to one with a pool. After reminding the resort I was a Hilton Gold member we managed to reduce the upgrade cost per night down to £150.00 extra. We do not usually pay for upgrades but for £150.00 per night, we couldn’t resist our own swimming pool for a week especially as the vacation cost us so little.

This was probably one of the smartest moves we have taken when booking accommodation as this Villa was breathtaking and swimming in our own pool all day will stay in our memories forever.

Arriving at the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa

Hilton Northolme seychelles

After a fairly short, 25 minutes Taxi ride from Mahe airport, we finally arrived in Paradise.

As you enter the resorts main entrance you immediately notice how established the resorts grounds are. Tall Palm trees, lushish greenery, Cannon ball trees, Waterfalls and exotic birds of all colours flying within the trees welcome you.

Your dropped off at a mini reception area near the entrance to the resort first where your greeted by Hilton reception staff, offered a cooling, fragranced towel and a fruit cocktail whilst your luggage is taken care of.

After a short while, your then asked if you would like to now visit the resorts main reception area about 5 minutes walk away. You do not actually walk to the main reception area, your transported in a buggy called the “Club Car”. This experience is unforgettable, facing backwards in a speedy electric buggy taking in all the sights of the resort.

As we arrived at the main Reception area we were warmly greeted by the reception staff and offered another complimentary drink. Our luggage was unloaded from the Club Car & stored safely away in a room behind reception.

Hilton Northolme seychelles reception

Due to our flight being overnight, we arrived at the resort at around 9.30am. It was explained to us that our room was unfortunately not ready yet (Normal Check-In 3pm) but would not be long which was reassuring to hear.

After reception taking all our details & the prepayment for the room upgrade, We were provided complimentary breakfast vouchers and a quick tour of the resorts facilities. After this tour we decided to have breakfast which was great. Shortly after finishing breakfast the resorts manager introduced himself & provided us more complimentary vouchers for Free drinks at the bar, 15 minute massages each & invited us to the manager’s meeting.

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About 20 minutes later a smiley receptionist advised us our room was now ready, this was only an hour after arriving at th resort. Encouraged to sit back & relax we were whisked away to our Villa.

The resort we believe consists of three types of Accommodation, the King Hillside Villa, King Hillside Villa with Pool & the largest Villa, the King Hillside 2 Bed with Pool Villa. Observing the standard King Hillside Villas throughout the resort, we thought ourselves to be extremely lucky to have upgraded as a lot of standard Hillside Villas only have a balcony & some views partially obstructed by large Palm trees & vegetation. 

Arriving at our King Hillside Villa with Pool

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With great anticipation, we were escorted down some small steps to our Villas front door. With a swipe of our electronic door card, we finally entered our Villa for the week with staff bringing in all our luggage.

The room attendant explained all the features of the villa to us quickly and wished us a very special stay and then left us to settle in.

As you enter the villa, to your left contains a small, undercounter Refrigerator  containing the usual mini bar drinks & chocolate.

One tip, check the mini bar price list as paying the equivalent of €10.00 for 3 x small chocolates is a rip off. Above the Refrigerator is a marble counter work top containing a Nespresso coffee machine, glasses, cups & saucers, in a drawer underneath contains a large selection of Nespresso coffee pods, sugars, teas etc. These items including four bottles of water were replenished twice a day by housekeeping.

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To our right we discovered a toilet area with bidet, a corridor leading to a wardrobe area including drawers and a safe. Coming back into the main villa area was a door leading to a very large bathroom. This bathroom contained the largest Spa bath we had ever seen, a great waterfall shower, two individual ceramic basins, mirrors, toiletries, fluffy white towels and bathrobes / slippers.

As you enter the main living area, a huge queen size bed with swans made out of towels by housekeeping greeted us. It’s a four poster bed with nets to prevent any flying, biting insects made out of dark wood.

Hilton Northolme seychelles villa bed

The style throughout the villa is neutral, clean shades of white & cream with dark wood tones. The last area in the living room contains a large, fiat screen TV with international channels, a corner sofa, coffee table & floor standing lamps.

Then with large, sliding doors we could now see what we had been waiting for, the swimming pool. As we opened the doors you are hit with the heat from outside towards the lovely room air conditioning inside.

You walk out into a wooden decked area consisting of another corner sofa with lots of cushions, coffee table & a round dining table / two chairs. Large, reclinable wooden, Rattan Sun loungers with comfy cushions sitting in part of the pool.

Hilton Northolme seychelles villa pool

Now for the best feature of the Villa, the swimming pool.

The pool spans the entire width of the villa and can be accessed by a small set of steps down into the water. It’s an Infinity swimming pool with the most wonderful views from the water of the sea and islands in the distance with some partial views of the rooftops of the 2 Bed villas in front of us.

It did not take us long to change into swimwear and get in that pool to cool down.

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Swimming in your own pool in complete privacy does make your experience extra special. To rest on the edge of your Infinity pool looking over the bay towards a distance island in the midday sun has a certain appeal to it. Just to come out of your pool & be able to walk into your villa to change has an element of pleasure about it.

As a Hilton Gold member we received a bottle of Red Wine, fruit platter & Managers Welcome letter.

Hilton Seychelles northolme gold

Dining at the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa

Due to research prior to arriving, we already had our Dining options planned out for the week ahead. 

To set the record straight, we are not “Foodies”. We pay for dining at resorts usually in line with what we feel is good / average value and do not usually exceed this. You won’t find us in the fancy restaurants on site charging upwards of $100 each plus taxes.

Your more likely to find us dining at the bar where we stay, these dining venues usually provide for us the best value for eating out. 

Day 1:

We dined out at the resorts Bar / Restaurants called – The Ocean View Bar.

On this occasion we ordered Pizza from the menu. Margarita pizza’s are always the best value wherever you stay. Our opinion were that these were just O.K. We expected a better quality pizza like from a homemade dough.

These tasted like a factory made base with toppings thrown on top, not what we were expecting from a 5 Star Hilton Resort.

Cost – $22 each plus taxes & tip.

Day 2:

Within our room, we discovered the room service menu. On investigation we could not believe our eyes, It was actually better value by atleast 20% to order food to be delivered to our villa. We always thought Room Service was a luxury option and would never be cheaper than eating out.

We also discovered that Gold / Diamond Hilton members do no pay room service delivery charges. 

We ordered Burgers which came with a very generous portion of fries and a small side salad. Cost – $54.00.

Hilton Northolme seychelles room service

For the next five nights we stayed in and ordered room service every night. The benefits of room service for us included not having to dress up each night and to dine in the luxury of your own villa looking out over the pool & bay. 

Our dining options for the rest of our stay included the Club Sandwich with fries / salad, Spaghetti Bolognase, Fish & Chips, Tomato Penne Pasta & a delicious chocolate brownie and ice cream. All the food we ordered as room service was if good quality and of reasonable cost for the Seychelles which is known for expensive dining at resorts.

Hilton Northolme seychelles dining

Behind reception you can find a Restaurant called – Le Cocotiers.

This offers a la carte dining menu options. Food prices are expensive there so we did not experience this venue. 

Breakfast at the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort and Spa

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Breakfast each days starts at 6.45 am – 11.00 am.

As you enter the breakfast area you are asked for your room number and escorted to an available table.

Breakfast was a pleasure at this resort. Sliding doors were opened to let in the  Cooling sea breezes in an otherwise humid atmosphere at 9am. A very friendly waitress greeted us everyday and offered Coffee / Tea or freshly squeezed Orange juice which was delicious and became a daily ritual for us.

The breakfast dining option is a self serve facility with lots of choice. Champagne was also on ice for anyone wanting to enjoy a “Bucks Fizz” or two at breakfast.

We discovered delicious fresh fruit salads made with melon, Sharon fruit, kiwi and apples pre made in convenient glass jars. Fresh Muesli made with yogurt in glass jars also on ice.

A Juice bar with lots of variety of freshly squeezed juices on offer.

An Omelette station where you can order to be cooked and delivered to your table a variety of different Omelette, eggs or waffles. Breads, pastries, jams, butter, rolls and a toaster.

A separate section for cold meats & cheeses. Cereals, nuts, dried fruits & milk. Catering style, hot food servers hold bacon, sausages, tomatoes, vegetables & potatoes. 


The Beaches at the Hilton Seychelles Northolme

Hilton Seychelles northolme beach

Due to the location, the Hilton Northolme Resort & Spa is positioned on the coastline in the hillside. To the front of the location is a very small and Rocky sand beach which it looked like nobody used.

To the right of reception was a larger sandy beach with some sunless and a snorkel hire hut. Large rocks protrude out of the sea which gives the Seychelles its unique look.

To be fair, the Hilton Northolme is not really a beach resort as its very small beach could not entertain more than 20 sunbathers at any one time. This was also another reason why having your own pool was extra special for us.

There is however near reception a swimming pool area with more sunbeds and four poster, Sun bed loungers and a decorative waterfall.

Conclusions / Recommendations

Hilton Seychelles northolme pool

To stay at a 5 Star Resort in the Seychelles was a dream come true for us especially having a Villa with its own swimming pool all to ourselves.

The Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa is the smallest Hilton Resort in the world & rumored to be a favorite of Ian Flemming who reportedly wrote the James Bond film “Thunderball” whilst staying there.

As soon as you enter the resort you notice how well established the grounds are and how well kept they are by an army of gardeners. The Resort has a similar look & feel throughout with dark wood tones, lush vegetation everwhere but at the same time a feeling of old Luxury.

The staff at the resort are a pleasure to communicate with and go that extra mile for its customers. House keeping done a splendid job everyday, once in the morning and then a special turn down service & replenishment of water at 6 pm everyday.

Dining options are limited at the resort with only two places to eat, either at the bar or at the Restaurant unless you choose room service like we did.

A big bonus is the location of the resort to the Mahe international airport. Approximately only 25 mins by Taxi from the airport was one of the reasons we choose this resort instead of the Hilton Labriz which is on a separate island accessible by a ferry which can take up to an hour.

The Seychelles is truly a wonderful place to visit and a little piece of Paradise. The Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa is highly recommended but if your after a beach holiday it would probably be better to choose its sister Resort – The Hilton Labriz. 


Tips:

If you want to save money on airport transfers, take Euros & expect to barter. This can save you upwards of 30€ each way. 

Food at the resort is fairly expensive, to save money choose the bar restaurant for dining or room service over the resorts main restaurant. 

If you can, choose the King Hillside Villa with Pool over the standard Hillside Villa but do expect to negotiate a better upgrade rate. Expect to pay between 130 – 160 USD extra per night.

If you have any questions or want to add your comments on the Hilton Seychelles Northolme resort & Spa, please leave a comment below.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives King Beach Villa with Pool on Points 2019

Waldorf Astoria Maldives King Beach Villa with Pool Booked on Points 2019

Ask just about anyone to describe their dream destination, First Word – Maldives!

Today we look at the New Waldorf Astoria Maldives Resort Ithaafushi Island, South Male Atoll in the Indian Ocean & How we booked the amazing King Beach Villa with Pool all on Points.

Staying in the Maldives is as glamorous as it gets. Think white fluffy sands, think turquoise warm lagoons, think ultra-luxurious 5 Star accommodation & dining. You have just found why the Maldives appeal is up their on most people’s “Bucket List” of places to stay in the world.



The Waldorf Astoria Maldives Opening

Waldorf Astoria maldivesOn the 1st July 2019, the highly anticipated grand opening of the Maldives newest high-end, 5 Star Resort opens its doors to the public.

The Waldorf Astoria formerly known as The Waldorf-Astoria Collection, is part of the Hilton’s worldwide luxury hotel and resort portfolio.

The Waldorf Astoria offers the highest standards of facilities and service throughout the world and is the “Flag Ship” brand of Hilton worldwide.

The resort consists of a total of 122 beach villas, reef villas and overwater villas all with their own private swimming pools spanning across three private islands.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives opening

With 11 specialty dining venues and bars including a treetop restaurant & a world-class lifestyle spa and wellness sanctuary. A countless number of watersports activities, the
Waldorf Astoria Young Discovery Park which is a water recreation area and exciting activities for kids plus a Romantic wedding pavilion.

Getting there..

The resorts nearest airport is Male International (Velana International Airport) served by most of the leading airlines in the world.

Being approximately only 30 minutes from Male airport, the Waldorf Astoria have confirmed transfers to and from the resort will be by a luxury yacht accessible 24 hours a day according to information received.

Update 15/05/19 – Pictures are now showing up on the internet of the Luxury yacht as below:

Waldorf Astoria Maldives transfer yacht

“Upon entering the airport arrivals hall, you will be met by a member of the resort Concierge team who will accompany you to your yacht transfer and assist you in all aspects of your arrival. The Concierge team will also provide this service upon departure at the end of your stay”.

A shared transfer on the resort’s private yacht is charged at US$350 + taxes and service per person, per way. It’s still yet to be confirmed if customers staying at the resort will be granted complimentary access to any lounge like the Conrad Lounge at Male Airport.



Room Award Availability

Maldives Beach Villa with pool

From February 2019, the resorts website started to display cash price’s per night for all accommodations. However, there were still no information listed officially if the resort would even be allowing award availability using Hilton honor points at this stage.

The highest award category points per night was usually 95,000 Hilton Honors before the Waldorf Astoria raised the total of points required to stay in the King Beach Villa with Pool to 120,000 HH points per night. 

However, people who have already booked have been able to use the “Free Weekend Night” certificates earned via Credit Card offers against bookings which represent amazing savings in Hilton honor points or incredible cash savings on room bookings.

Also Hilton honors Silver / Gold or Diamond members receive “One free night for every five nights” booked + Hilton Gold / Diamond members also receive free Breakfasts on all stays.

 

We did not have a Hilton “Free Weekend Night” certificate, but one of us luckily was a Hilton Gold member. Our total Hilton honor points required for our 7 nights stay in the King Beach Villa with Pool came to a total of 720,000 HH points + $84.00 in resort taxes.

120,000 HH Points per night x 7 = 840,000 minus One night Free for being a Hilton Gold Member = 720,000 Hilton honor points.

These 720,000 HH points represent an approximate value against paying cash for a King Beach Villa with Pool in March of $12,215.00 (standard room rate) + 23.2% in taxes = $2833  – final total cost saving $15,048.00.

The King Beach Villa with Pool

Waldorf astoria Maldives king Beach Villa with pool

The King Beach Villa with Pool is super luxurious Accommodation featuring a seperate living space, bathroom, internal & external showers, private garden & terrace including your own pool.

Each King Beach Villa is approximately 234 square meters of space, featuring luxury furnishings, bedding and facilities.

In your terrace area with pool, you also get a hammock strung between two Palm trees, deck Sun lounger and canopy then leading onto the beach in front of your beach villa. Within a minutes walk from your beach Sun lounger, your back in your Beach Villa.

Swim in the shallow, Crystal clear warm waters of the Maldives.

With a 65 inch Television, Free Wi-Fi, Refrigerator , Coffee Machine with supplies replenished everyday.

The King Beach Villa with Pool Accommodation is suitable for up to two adults & two Children.

How we collected the Hilton Points…

Firstly, we did have a bit of a head start on our collection of Hilton honor points as a result from our previous stay at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.



Due to us being Hilton Diamond members, our Conrad Maldives stay all on Points resulted in Hilton crediting back to our accounts over 190k HH Points for free. Hilton status members receive a certain percentage of points back on stays when using points for all bookings. 

100% ELITE STATUS BONUS

With Diamond elite status, you automatically receive a 100% bonus on all the Hilton Honors Base Points you earn.

Hilton Honors member tier

We both then signed up to the American express Gold Card which enabled us to earn 25,000 Amex Reward points each. This included being referred to the American express preferred rewards card which provided us 22,000 Amex Reward points instead of 20,000



Amex Gold referral

We both then took out free supplementary Amex Gold Cards on both accounts providing us an additional 3,000 MR Points each. 

22,000 Amex Gold Card Sign up Bonus + 3,000 Amex MR Bonus for each Supplementary Card per account.

Total Amex Membership Reward Points = 50,000 MR Points. 

American express Reward Points transfer over to Hilton honor accounts at a rate of 2:1 so a total of 100,000 Hilton honor points.

Unfortunately, American Express very recently have reduced the Amex Gold Card Sign up Bonus to 10,000 Membership Reward Points but if you “Contact Us” we can get you an additional Bonus of 2,000 MR Points so a total of 12,000 Amex Reward Points + 3,000 points for your first supplementary card = 15,000 MR Points all for Free.

If you would like to earn the equivalent of 30,000 Hilton honor Points for free like we did each, Click here >CONTACT US< and we will send you all the details.

Buying Hilton Points offer

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Recently, Hilton have been promoting an amazing deal open to all Hilton honor members. To be able to take advantage of this great offer, you will need to sign up to the Hilton honor membership scheme by clicking here: https://www.hilton.com/en/hilton-honors/

This offer includes the benefit of buying Hilton Points whilst attracting up to a 100% Bonus on all point purchases. 

The Hilton bonus point offer runs until 28th May, 2019

  • Registered members of the Hilton honours loyalty scheme will earn 100% Bonus Points on all purchases of points starting at 5000 points.
  • An additional 100% Bonus Points will be awarded for every purchase of points up to a maximum of 80,000 points per member, per calendar year.
  • Points will be credited to members accounts within 24 hours from purchase.
  • Hilton reserve the right to withdraw the promotion at any time.

Hilton allow all members to purchase up to 80,000 HH Points per calendar year. Using the bonus point offer you will receive an additional 80,000 HH  Points on a purchase of the maximum yearly allowance 80,000 + 80,000 = 160,000 Hilton honor points.

We took advantage of our full years allowance by utilising this offer so we purchased 80,000 HH Points each resulting in a total of 320,000 Hilton honor points.

This cost us $800 x 2 = $1600.00 in total which gave us 320,000 HH Points.

 We used our points to redeem against 2 x nights + 80,000 HH Points left over or another 2/3rds of another night at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives = 2 nights + 2/3 of a night. 

When you look at the value we achieved by purchasing those points in this latest Promotion, you can see why we jumped on this deal as soon as it turned up in our inbox.

To purchase 2 nights + 2/3rds of a night would cost in cash to pay for the King Beach Villa with Pool – $4661.70, by utilising this Hilton buy Points offer cost us $1600 representing a saving of $3061.70. 

If your thinking of booking the Waldorf Astoria in the Maldives for as cheap as possible, we would strongly recommend buying your full yearly allowance each.

We have provided the link to the offer here – Hilton Buy Points  

At this stage by utilising the Amex Gold Card Sign up Bonus Points offers and the latest Hilton buy points offer, we were sitting at 610,000 Hilton honor points, only 110,000 HH Points left to collect.

We made up the remaining points by using some Virgin Atlantic Miles transferred over to Hilton which transfers over at a rate of 2:3 and two Amex Gold Card 10,000 MR Points anniversary bonus points each.

The Amex anniversary bonus points transferred over to Hilton bagged us 40,000 HH Points. 

Waldorf astoria maldives accomodation

Our Verdict / Recommendations

By following the methods we used, we were able to collect all the Hilton Honor points required to stay in the King Beach Villa with Pool. You can also save yourself thousands against the cash purchase prices at the Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi Maldives.



In total, a 7 Night stay in the King Beach Villa with Pool cost us only $1684.00 against the cash purchase cost – $15,048.00

That represents a total cash saving of $13,364.00

Our recommendations would be to sign up to our Newsletter to ensure you receive to your inbox any new Hilton Bonus Point offers. 

Take out the American Express Gold Card to bag the 30,000 Hilton Honor points for free each via our link we can send to you, if you “Contact Us”.

Also, if you will need to acquire Hilton Gold Status to bag the “One Free Night for every Five nights” booked which also will provide you with Free Breakfasts at this resort for all persons staying in your accommodation (Estimated Value $100 each per day).

We can send you details, if you make contact with us using the link in our Home Page Menu how to get Hilton Gold Status very easily without even needing to step foot in a Hotel.

We have proved in this article that anyone is able to stay in ultra-luxurious, 5 Star accommodation in one of the worlds most sought after locations on a budget. 

Read how we booked our Business Class flights from London to Male Maldives airport on two of the best airlines in the world on Points & low taxes & saved ourselves £11,702.04.

Click Here > Book Qatar / Etihad Business Class on Points.

We hope you have learnt today by reading our review how to book 5 Star Maldives Resorts on a Budget using Points. If you have any questions or want to ask anything, please feel free to leave a comment below.



 

Hilton honors 100% Bonus Buy Points – 7 Reasons to Buy Now

Hilton honors 100% Bonus Points Promotion

Its back again… Hilton honors 100% Bonus Buy Points promotion and the Reasons to Buy Now Hilton points on the latest Bonus Promotion.


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Buying Hilton honor points on bonus point promotions can work out as amazing value.

How about the new Waldorf Astoria in the Maldives for £450 a night instead of full price at £1665 a night.

We explore the Tips & Tricks to bag Luxury Maldives at a third of the price..

Hilton honors 100% Bonus Point Promotion 

Hilton honors has just launched today, its Brand new Buy Points 100% Bonus promotional offer.

The offer runs from today, 9th April and will through until 28th May, 2019

  • Registered members of the Hilton honours loyalty scheme will earn 100% Bonus Points on all purchases of points starting at 5000 points.
  • An additional 100% Bonus Points will be awarded for every purchase of points up to a maximum of 80,000 points per member, per calendar year.
  • Points will be credited to members accounts within 24 hours from purchase.
  • Hilton reserve the right to withdraw the promotion at any time.

Points are subject to Honors Terms & Conditions.

Buying Hilton honor Points

 

 

 

 

Hilton Honors use a company called Points.com to sell points on the their behalf. Points.com is a company who specialise in selling points on behalf of major organisations worldwide and are a trusted provider of e-commerce solutions in the world. 

To purchase the bonus Hilton points, click this link provided here: https://secure3.hilton.com/en/hh/customer/account/purchase.htm

You will be taken directly to the Hilton’s bonus point page.

Select the amount of points you require, remember the best value applies on any purchases above 5000 Hilton honor points. 

Is this a Bonus Point deal any good?

Hilton Honors offer only a few times a year a similar deal like today’s offer, but with all generous offers you may see this being the last time as previous buy points deals have offered lower amounts.

You will, in most cases make a major saving especially on the higher end Hilton properties such as the Conrad Maldives or the new Waldorf Astoria in the Maldives both within the Hilton portfolio.

The best examples are when included with the below:

  • A few very expensive high Category hotels, like the Conrad Maldives
  • ‘5th night free’ redemptions for Silver, Gold and Diamond member

Keep in mind that Hilton redemptions using Points are flexible and there are No additional taxes to pay unlike Cash purchased rooms.

As an example, the new Hilton Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi King Beach Villa with Pool would cost you in Taxes per night if using cash an eye watering 23.2% on top of your room cash price. That is approximately £352 just in Taxes levied per night.

The Bonus Points Ratio

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The best bonus point “Sweet Point” for me is the maximum amount of points you can purchase in one go.

So $800 gets you 160,000 Hilton points, in comparison one night at the new Waldorf Astoria in the Maldives costs on average $2117 per night.

You only need 120,000 Hilton points per night to stay at the new Waldorf Astoria in the Maldives so in theory you could purchase enough points for $800 for one night at the Waldorf Astoria saving you over $1200 a night. You would also receive a third more points left towards another night in the Maldives.

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The trick here would be to purchase another 80,000 Hilton points using your partners Hilton Honors account to purchase another 80,000 points = 160,000 points each.

The result would be 320,000 Hilton points for $1600 which would get you enough points to stay at the Waldorf Astoria for two nights and leave you 80,000 points left over or two and three quarter nights in total.


The total value for 2.63 nights at the Waldorf Astoria in the Maldives would be approximately $4934 for a $1600 outlay via buy points today, a steal…

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

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Just a few pictures to see what you could get buying Hilton points today!

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The amazing Grand Beach Villa with its own pool for 120,000 points per night below.

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The King Beach Villa with pool above is 234sq.m of pure luxury, a spacious villa, pool, beach access, pavilion.

Retreat to a delightful villa. Floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors from both the spacious bedroom and magnificent bathroom present views across the expansive wooden deck, garden and the ocean.

The bedroom boasts a king-sized signature Waldorf Astoria bed, seating area, 65-inch TV and sound system, while his and hers closets lead through to the bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, vanities and an oversized bathtub. Enjoy the terrace with pool, hammock, dining pavilion and sun loungers.

Breakfast at this resort would be free for Hilton Gold or Diamond members.

122 beach, reef and over water villas with private pool
• 11 specialty dining venues and bars including Terra, an elevated treetop restaurant
• World-class lifestyle spa and wellness sanctuary
• A myriad of adventure and watersports activities
• Waldorf Astoria Young Discovery Park – water recreation area and enriching activities for kids
• Romantic wedding pavilion for a special occasion

Food & Drink prices are not confirmed as yet due to the Resort opening 1st July 2019.

To get to the Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi in the Maldives, the resort offers a luxury yacht transfer for $370 per person from Male airport, each way.

Expensive but this is a Luxury 5 Star Maldives resort…


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Hampton by Hilton Gatwick North 2019 Review

Hampton Hilton Gatwick North 2019 Review

Hampton by Hilton Gatwick North Hotel Review – Our article today covers in-depth the Hampton Hilton hotel located inside the Gatwick North Terminal. We look at the rooms, restaurant, breakfast, dinner, bar, reception, prices, bathrooms, location and comfort, business centre & fitness centre.

How to find the Hampton Hilton – Gatwick North Terminal 



For location, this hotel is an absolute winner if you flying in or out of Gatwick airport. The Hampton by Hilton Is one of the only two hotels actually located within the terminals at Gatwick airport. The hotel is just 2 x minutes walk to the North Terminal’s departure gates and only 5 x minutes away from the South Terminal via the free Monorail around the clock passenger service.

To find the hotel you need to enter through the main entrance at the Gatwick North Terminal. Then proceed towards either the escalators or use the lifts provided to the first floor concourse.

From exiting the lift on the 1st floor, turn right into the concourse where you see the baggage & ticket machines for airlines such as easyjet. From the top of the escalators you will need to travel forwards, then turn right past a WH Smith outlet. 

Turn right and you will see in the near distance at the end of the concourse the Hampton by Hilton hotel entrance. You then follow a covered walkway through to Reception.

Reception / Foyer 

We entered the Reception / Foyer area through the sliding entrance doors and were surprised by the modern interiors, the choice of lighting and the colourful furniture with wooden flooring.

Gatwick North Hilton chill out area

In comparison to the Hilton at the Gatwick South Terminal the Reception area is a lot smaller with two reception staff on duty at most times.

The general reception area gives a relaxed atmosphere providing plenty of “chill out” areas to sit down & relax.

Just before reception we noticed another area with plenty of leather tub chairs & sofas. We noticed customers using this area to get ready after checking out rather than clogging up the main thoroughfare with their luggage.

The reception staff were professional and pleasant and processed our keys quickly. They explained all the hotels amenities including the restaurant, breakfast area, bar and elevators. 

Rooms

We entered the elevator to take us to the fifth floor where our allocated room was on this occasion. We selected our floor but nothing happened, the doors just stayed open? After a minute or two I frantically started pushing our floor number again, still nothing.. For security reasons we discovered that you have to swipe your key fob first to activate the lift.

This hotel is like the inside of the Tardis, it doesn’t feel large when you enter reception but it has many floors and a total of 192 rooms. We travelled through a few corridors until we located our room number. All corridors are carpeted to reduce noise disturbance and in general it gave us the impression of a very well maintained, clean & tidy hotel so far.

As we entered our Queen room we noticed how modern & clean the room felt towards our last stay at the Hilton Gatwick South, review found by clicking here Hilton Gatwick South.

Our room contained a large, Queen sized bed with crisp linen and very plump, soft feather filled pillows. Extra linen and blankets were also available stored away in the wardrobe.

A wall table which housed a flat screen TV, small kettle, a selection of Tea bags / Coffee sachets, sugars, milk cartons etc. Two cups & saucers were also provided and glassware but no under counter refrigerator or water. We do feel that all hotels should leave guests atleast a bottle of water in each & every room.

Two Side bed tables housing swivel style adjustable lighting and a telephone / clock radio.

All rooms at the Hampton by Hilton Gatwick have air conditioning, we found this facility to be quiet towards other hotels we have stayed at in the past.

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms comes in very handy when either catching up after a long flight or pre-departure. Reception provides you when you sign in the Wi-Fi password. We found the Wi-Fi signal strong & reliable in our room, we would imagine this would be welcomed if you were using the desk area for business reasons.

The room contains a small but adequate wardrobe, this area was large enough to hang up about 8 x items and store your luggage away. We also discovered an iron & ironing board and a safe within the room.

A desk area and a comfy leather tub chair would come in very handy if conducting some business before or after a flight. 

Even though the hotel is located within the North Terminal, we did not notice any aircraft noise or any disturbance from other hotel guests during our stay.

Bathroom

Just off the main room adjacent to the wardrobe area contained a large, spacious & modern bathroom. This contained a walk-in power shower, large wash hand basin, toilet and additional towels & toiletries. The bathroom looked to us as been recently refurbished with all facilities impeccable clean, we were very impressed.

The bathroom was well supplied with free toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner & shower gel all contained with a pump dispenser located within the shower cubicle. The wash handbasin also held hand wash & hand cream dispensers. The towels were all fluffy and looked new with extra stored away in a cabinet within the bathroom.

Bar / Restaurant area

The bar area looked very clean, modern with white & grey tops and downlighting. In general the bar area was well stocked with beer on tap, spirits, wines & soft drinks with reasonable prices for a hotel located at a London airport.

The staff were friendly & efficient offering service as soon as I approached the bar area. If you fancy a glass or bottle of wine or a cocktail to start off your onward journey, the bar menu was fairly extensive with plenty of choice. We did not notice any premium wines in the bar menu but this is to be expected unless your staying at a 5 Star Hotel on site.

The bar area contained lots of seating for customers including either smaller, intimate areas with two chairs & table settings to larger tables seating up to six people. The bar area floods with natural light from the floor to ceiling Windows and down lighting.We noticed a few couples eating within the bar area and a family.

Large flat screen LCD TV’s displayed a major sporting event during our visit and regional news. The entire area felt relaxed and not crowded. We decided to use this area to eat dinner also as we found the separate area cold with no atmosphere. The bar menu is available 24 x hours a day offering a selection of cooked foods to order.

Business Centre

Hampton Hilton Gatwick North Business areaThe Business Centre can be found from a doorway off the bar area located in the corner of the building.

This area was mostly separated from the main bar / restaurant by high walls to provide a quiet area to conduct business.

Facilities include Audio/Visual Equipment Rental, Complimentary Printing Service, Fax machine, Meeting Rooms, Photo Copying Service including the use of a Printer.

 

 

Breakfast Serving & Facilities

Hot breakfast is served everyday from 6am through to 10am. Out of these hours a cold breakfast serving is available everyday in the same area consisting of cereals, fruit, yogurt, breads, jams with coffee and tea.

Due to this hotel’s convenient location to both Gatwick terminals, the breakfast serving even before 6am became quite busy, fairly quickly with lots of people awaiting the hot breakfast to be set out. 

The breakfast area was well stocked during our visit. Due to an early morning flight we were there just before 6am before the hot items were brought out from the kitchen. You can either choose from a wide selection of muesli, granola, cereals, porridge oats, fresh fruit or fruit salad & yogurt.

A good selection of jams, butter, margarine and spreads were also available for toast. On a separate table was a smaller selection of cold meats and cheese.

Along the walls of the breakfast area contained facilities such as a catering size toaster, hot water, tea bags and coffee sachets. Also two, large instant coffee machines serving at the push of a button Cappuccino, Latte, Flat white & Black coffee. Other drinks on display included fruit juices such as Orange, Apple & Breakfast juice.

The hot breakfast servings included bacon, sausages, eggs either fried or scrambled options, tomatoes, mushrooms etc.

I found the hot breakfast serving to be ok, the bacon & eggs being well cooked by the kitchen team. However, I did notice that the Sausages to be of a lower standard than expected. Overall the cooked breakfast was Satisfactory / Good standard.

The breakfast seating area runs the length of the side perimeter of the building with views from the floor to ceiling glass panels of the terminal traffic below. 

Check out & Room Billing

After breakfast we vacated our room fairly quickly as we had only a few hours to spare in the British Airways Lounge before our flight departure, review found here BA Lounge Gatwick.

Reception were extremely fast at checking us out and processing any billing to our room from the dinner and drinks from the night before. When you check-in at reception you are required to provide a payment card for any billing. This enables all bar & restaurant bills to be added to your rooms account enabling a faster check out process. 

Room Pricing

We paid for our Queen room by using 15k avios points. A queen room at this hotel averages out at approximately £90.00 a night using one of the many online hotel comparison sites. Going direct to Hilton for our room averaged approximately £99.00 a night.

However, if you do not use Hilton to book your hotel stays direct you will not be allocated any Hilton Honor points. Hampton by Hilton provide breakfast free of charge to all customers so we factor the additional charges for breakfast into our research when booking hotel stays at Gatwick airport.

The Skint Travellers Verdict / Recommendations 

As soon as we entered the Hampton by Hilton Gatwick North hotel reception, we knew the hotel in general would be modern, clean and offer a good range of facilities.

The hotel is so conveniently located that you do not even need to leave the terminal to board your flight which in our opinion adds extra value.

We compared this to its sister hotel, the Hilton at Gatwick South and actually prefer this hotel between the two and its cheaper on average, per night. The room was better than the Hilton in our opinion, but the facilities were better at the Hilton such as the restaurants and breakfast area.

We would recommend to bag the best price for a room here would be to book as soon as possible using an online company offering hotel rooms as these companies generally can offer rooms cheaper than Hilton direct.

Also, once you have found your best online price for your room, try checking out a Cashback company like Topcashback or Quidco before you book just to see if you can earn some cashback from your purchase.

If you have any questions or would like to post your opinion on the Hampton by Hilton at Gatwick North Terminal, please leave a comment below.

Hilton Gatwick South Hotel 2019 Review

Hilton Gatwick South Hotel 2019 Review

The Hilton London Gatwick South is one of the most conveniently located hotels serving Gatwick airport. In this Review we cover the Rooms, Parking, Restaurant Facilities, Breakfasts, Bars, location, executive lounge and service.

The Hilton Gatwick South is a modern, 4 Star Hotel with a wide selection of Facilities on site including various Restaurants / Bars serving food & drinks all day / night. With 821 various rooms, Open 24 hours a day with Reception, Elevators, Lounges, Concierge & laundry services provided & a Fitness Centre, this is simply one of the best & Conveniently located Hotels at London Gatwick airport.

How to find the Hilton Gatwick South Hotel

Covered Walkway Tunnel to the Hilton Gatwick South entrance
Covered Walkway Tunnel to the Hilton Gatwick South

This Hotels location cannot be beaten for convenience as it only takes approx 5 x mins on foot from exiting the South Terminal to entering the Hilton foyer. It’s also only 10 x mins away from the North Terminal by using the free monorail service. The convenience and location to the South Terminal is unbeatable for an early morning flight or late night arrival. If you do not like a long walk after or before your flight then the Hilton Gatwick South hotel is for you.

To locate the Hotel you simply exit the Gatwick South Terminal and follow the signage stating “Hotels”. You follow the Pedestrian walkway across the road to the Covered walkway next to the Car Park. Turn right and follow the Covered walkway for a few minutes and turn left at the signage “Hilton Hotel”.

You will now enter a Walkway Tunnel and after a few mins walk you access the Hilton Gatwick South grand entrance.

Hilton London Gatwick Parking

The Hilton London Gatwick South Hotel does not have its own, private customers Car Park. However, just a few minutes walk from the Hotel foyer you can park your vehicle in the Gatwick South Terminals car park. You can locate the Car Park by foot from the Gatwick South arrivals terminal by exiting the terminal, crossing the main road and you will see the Multi levelled Car parking zones in front of you. Take the Stairwells or the Elevator to gain access to each floor & zone. The Hilton Gatwick South Hotel also offers Park & Fly options / Valet Parking during the booking process.

To locate the South Terminal Car Park by Car, Exit the M23 at Junction 9, follow the signs for Gatwick Airport. When you arrive at the first roundabout you need to turn left following signs towards the South Terminal.

Reception / Foyer

Hilton Gatwick South reception area
Reception area staffed 24 x hours a day

As you enter the Hilton london gatwick airport entrance you find to your left a Costa Coffee area, perfect for grabbing a quick coffee & snack. Continue forwards and we were surprised to enter a very large foyer area with the Reception desks to the left and a bar / seating area in the middle where you can relax and grab a drink or something to eat. This entire area is covered over by a transparent roof Canopy making it feel very light & spacious. The area had an instant feeling of vibrancy and a good, first impression.

The Reception area was staffed by three receptionists when we arrived and we found a staff member available immediately. The Hilton staff were professional and we could not fault their friendliness. I was advised that I had been allocated an upgrade to an Executive room on the third floor due to me being a Hilton Honors Diamond member.

The Reception area is open 24 x hours a day and are very efficient. We had to make a request for an early morning wake up call, our call was answered extremely quickly.

Restaurants / Bars

You can catch Lunch at Amy’s Bar from 12.30 on weekdays and is situated next to reception in the foyet area. Amy’s bar opens in the week at 10.00am everyday & 11.00am on the weekends. This bar serves a selection of light lunches / sharing platters & snacks. Amy’s bar also serves most alcoholic drinks including cocktails or Tea / Coffee & closes at 1.00am.

If you prefer a quick coffee or snack then Costa is open everyday from 6.00am to 6.00pm. Service is quick & efficient and good value.

Dine in the evening at Amy’s Restaurant from 6pm – 10.45pm everyday of the week including weekends. This restaurant serves a finer dining menu and a perfect setting for a Romantic dinner before or after your journey.

Amy’s Restaurant


If you prefer a more relaxed, chilled out atmosphere then Charlie Fry’s sports Bar is the place to visit. The bar hosts big sporting events on the large screen TV’s and serves faster food like Burger & fries and beers, spirits etc. Charlies bar is open everyday from 5.00pm – 11.00pm.

Breakfast area

The Garden restaurant is where breakfast is served everyday from 5.30am – 10.30am & 11.00am on the weekends. Being a Hilton Diamond Member we got breakfast for free during our Stay. You enter the Garden restaurant from the ground floor near the elevators. As you enter, you are asked for your room number and escorted to your table of choice. The Garden Restaurant has lots of natural Light flooding through the many Windows on one side and soft down lighting, much appreciated after a Long flight or early start.

Hilton Gatwick South garden restaurant breakfast area

The breakfast sitting had a wide range of hot & cold foods including self-serve areas containing cooked bacon, sausages, eggs etc. A large carousel toaster for fresh toast, ranges of fruit juices, yogurt, pastries, fresh fruits, cereals and muesli. A waiter asks for our order of Tea or Coffee at our table and promptly returned with our order. From our observations the Garden restaurant was well run and all staff polite, courteous and well dressed. The area was kept impeccably clean with a staff member observed sweeping up and cleaning tables and leaving fresh, clean tablecloths, napkins etc.

The only slight niggles we had would be that they didn’t appear to stock all UK national newspapers. I found the newspaper table but could only find an Irish publication?

With such an early breakfast serving starting at 5.30am, this worked well for us catching a 9.00am outbound flight.

Executive Lounge access

Hilton gatwick south executive lounge area

The executive lounge was located on the third floor and was only a short walk from our room. All Hilton honor Diamond members get complimentary access to all Hilton Hotel executive lounges. All guests staying in either Executive rooms or Suites also get complimentary access to all lounges.

Facilities in the Hilton Gatwick executive lounge included free Wi-Fi, private check-in desk staffed at all times, PC usage in a small business area, free newspapers and magazines, Televisions.

Complimentary continental breakfasts are available in the executive lounge areas, free drinks, tea or Coffee.

Complimentary canapés and drinks served daily between 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

We were not aware of any Room service offered or made aware of this service on arrival.

Rooms

The Hotel is extremely large and we did on occasion find it difficult to locate our room. You take an elevator to your floor but with 821 rooms in total, the numbering and directions to locate your room can be a little overwhelming especially after a long flight.

Hilton Hotel gatwick south executive room

All walkway corridors are carpeted, this works well to reduce noise from luggage being dragged along outside your room & reduces disturbance. We seemed to walk down a number of long, various corridors until we located our room. We also noted whilst crossing a glass covered walkway what appeared to be a newer looking section of the hotel. On further research it appears the more up to date rooms are located in this section.

When we entered our Executive room, we instantly noticed the high temperature of the room. The heating / cooling system had been set to 23c which we found very uncomfortable. We reduced the temperature down but the cooling system appeared to do little to reduce the temp quick enough. We woke in the middle of night on a few occasions feeling hot & uncomfortable.

The room appeared adequate but a little dated. Located In the corner of our room was a large built-in desk area. A generous sized bathroom with Separate shower cubicle, wash hand basin and toilet. Toiletries were supplied like shower gels, shampoo / conditioners and toothpaste.

The king size bed was more than adequate with feather filled pillows, thick feather filled duvet and cotton bed sheets. An extra blanket was left at the end of the bed, as if we needed that…

A large flat screen TV, small kettle and a choice of free Tea’s & Coffee. Two small bottles of water were all supplied in our room. A large wardrobe with hangers to accommodate two people.

On reflection we think the room was outdated in decor and furniture. The desk was far too large for the room and the bathroom could benefit a refit to modernise. We expected more from Hilton and we think maybe they have not invested in updating all the rooms in the Hilton Gatwick South Hotel due to its captive audience being so conveniently located to the airport.

Payment

The Hilton london gatwick airport south accepts all major credit cards. When you arrive at reception you will be asked to provide a payment card to be swiped in case of any additional payments required on your bill like food, drinks or other payable services that the hotel offers. 

Verdict / Opinions

For convenience to the Gatwick South Terminal, this hotel is an outright winner. There are not many airport hotels that you can exit a terminal and in less than five minutes be signing in at reception.

We paid for our room using only Hilton honor points at 17k a night. Cash rates for a basic room can be as low as £79.00 per night.

The Facilities on site were great with a wide choice of places to eat and drink. The look and appearance as you enter the foyer of the Hotel is impressive and the breakfast we found a pleasant experience.

All the staff at the Hilton Gatwick South we encountered were professional, courteous and well presented at all times.

The only Negative we would say was our room. Especially as we were upgraded to an executive room, we expected a more modern room with an updated bathroom, decor and furniture in our opinion. It made us wonder what a basic room would have been like at the hotel?

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Conrad Maldives Seaplane Male Lounge 2019 Review

Conrad Maldives Seaplane Male Lounge 2019 Review

All customers staying at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island get complimentary access to the amazing Conrad Lounge before departing the Seaplane Port located at Male Airport.

Arriving at the Conrad Maldives Seaplane Lounge

After a long but direct flight to Male airport from London Gatwick on British Airways in Club World – Review found here > British airway club world Review , we finally arrived feeling a little tired but in good spirits as we were in the Maldives. 

After exiting the arrivals hall we were met by a Conrad Host who escorted us to the Transmaldivian reception desk. All Passengers travelling to Rangali island using the Seaplane transfer option need to be checked in first at Reception.

Conrad Maldives lounge
Conrad Male Lounge Transfer Vehicle

After about 5 x minutes we were greeted by our driver and shown the air-conditioned taxi used for transferring passengers to the Male Airport Conrad Lounge. We were driven to the lounge which took approximately 10 x minutes which appeared via roads around the perimeter of Male airport. 

As we arrived at the Conrad Lounge building, it looked very impressive externally. The Lounge building is set amongst lush greenery with flower beds surrounding the pathways. The building is two levels high with the 1st floor used mainly for staff but we be live there is a room with computers for guests to use.

As we arrived, we were warmly greeted by the reception staff on the ground floor. A flurry of activity from the Reception staff suddenly started with our luggage being stored away while we stayed in the Lounge. We were quickly shown where the toilets / shower rooms were located, the food and refreshments on display and the complimentary neck & shoulder massage room. 

Conrad Maldives Lounge Opening / Closing Times

The Conrad lounge is open everyday to guests staying at Rangali Island from 7am to 5pm.

Guests returning to Male airport from the Conrad Rangali island do not now receive complimentary access to the lounge anymore, only complimentary access on arrival and departing to the resort.

Guests arriving fro 5pm to 11pm have to pay $85 per adult, $42.50 per child under 12 with these prices attracting an additional 10% service charge as standard on most Rangali Island charges.

The lounge also allows returning guests from Rangali Island to gain access to the lounge for a charge of $85.00 per adult, $42.50 per child from 7am to 5pm everyday. This access needs to be prebooked with Conrad Maldives reception and added to your final bill before checking out.

The Food & Refreshments Area

Conrad lounge Maldives lounge food and drinks
Conrad lounge Maldives food and drinks

As we entered the main lounge area, to the right was a walkway which led round to an area containing the food and refreshments self-serve zone. There were a few buffet style food containers containing some hot eggs and bacon, cooked tomatoes. The table also contained sandwiches, toast, pancakes and sauces.

Behind this area were a few refrigerators containing a wide selection of soft drinks, water etc. You can also serve yourself to Coffee and Tea at the table. We did see one staff member refilling various containers with fresh food during our stay.

With a few light bites and a cup of coffee, we made our way into the main lounge area to relax.

Conrad lounge male
Conrad Male Lounge main area

The main Conrad Lounge area contained many large, leather-bound chairs with similar glass covered coffee tables located In front. We got the instant impression of luxury with the leather chairs and coffee tables throughout. The Lounge is light and airy with a feeling of Privacy with large proportions, we were among 10 x other travellers in the Lounge but we never felt at any point were on top of anyone else. 

The decor is simple but sophisticated with neutral tones throughout and a few bold colours thrown in with cushions, pictures and greenery. Large flat screen televisions are situated throughout the lounge displaying promotional Conrad videos and the occasional interlude of Mauritian weather forecasts.

Complementary Neck & Shoulder Massage

To the right of the lounge area we observed a room separated off from the main lounge. We observed a masseur providing a customer a complimentary neck & shoulder massage on a large leather massage chair. It appears the massage lasted approximately 15 x minutes and each guest who left looked very happy. I decided to take up the offer myself, to receive a free neck & shoulder massage after a long flight was very much-needed and much appreciated. The experience left me feeling relaxed and reinvigorated, the masseur provided me a voucher to money off a full massage at the Rangali resort.

The entire lounge is served by a free wi-fi service, we sat down with a coffee and logged on to catch up. 

Conrad MLE lounge seaplane views
Conrad Maldives male lounge seaplane view

At the end of the main lounge area we discovered a door which lead out onto a balcony walkway. As soon as we stepped out we were immediately hit by the hot, maldives midday sun. Along the balcony area were the most comfortable, leather Loungers to sit, relax and take in the views.

In the near distance we could view a large expanse of water with wooden jetty and walkways to the Transmaldivian Seaplanes awaiting departure. It was exciting to sit and watch various Seaplanes arrive and depart from the port in our view. At the time of our Conrad Maldives Lounge experience there appeared to be various construction works happening in and around the airport. We believe that Male airport is currently under an expansion programme.

Showers / Toilets 

Conrad Maldives lounge showers
Conrad Maldives Lounge showers

The bathroom areas were very impressive with floor to ceiling tiles, wooden furniture with wash hand basins with luxurious toiletries. Also within this area was a rainfall shower which I would imagine feels fantastic to freshen up after a long flight. We used this area to get change into our T-Shirts, shorts and flip-flops.

Entrance to Conrad Lounge male
Conrad Maldives male airport Lounge entrance

After about 45 x minutes of being in the Lounge, we were advised our Seaplane was now ready for us. A Conrad Member of staff handed us both a tote bag full of water, information on our stay and earplugs for use on the Seaplane. Our luggage was collected and transported to the transfer bus to the Seaplane Port.

The Seaplane Port is literally 3 x minutes on the mini bus, we could see the Port from the balcony area in the lounge and we thought this was a little over the top to make a transfer which is just around the corner. It took longer for everyone to board the bus, than it took in journey time. 

Conrad min bus transfer
Mini bus transfer to seaplane port

Verdict / Tips

The Conrad Maldives Male airport Lounge introduced us to the luxury that Conrad provide all its customers visiting Rangali Island. From the moment we exited the arrivals hall, we were looked after extremely well by the Conrad staff. The air-conditioned Conrad branded Taxi was an impressive start to the journey to how we were greeted by the Conrad staff at the lounge, we really could not fault the service in any way. 

The Lounge itself is impressive with a feeling of space, luxury furniture and facilities. To receive a complimentary neck & shoulder massage was a great bonus after a long trip. We could not fault the lounge and service in any way and we highly recommend the Conrad Lounge to anyone.

We believe that Conrad now charge customers of Rangali Island to access the lounge on your Return to Male airport. The charge is $80 and the lounge does close at 10pm every night so if your on a late departure, you would need to exit the lounge and be transferred back to the main Male airport departure terminal.

Why not read our Review on the Transmaldivian Seaplane Flights to Conrad Maldives Rangali Island by clicking here > Maldives Seaplane Transfer

Conrad Maldives Seaplane Male Transfer 2019 Review

Conrad Maldives Male Seaplane 2019 Review

All Customers staying at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island use a Seaplane as the transfer to and from the resort.The Conrad Maldives Seaplane Transfer takes approximately 40 mins from Male seaplane departure port to Rangali island in total.

Before departing the Seaplane Port, all guests staying on Rangali island receive Complimentary Conrad Lounge access at Male Airport. The Lounge is very welcomed after a long flight from London for us and introduced us to the start of our Conrad Maldives experience in Luxury – Read our Full Review of the Conrad Male airport Lounge by clicking here > CONRAD MALDIVES MALE AIRPORT LOUNGE

Conrad Male Airport Lounge

We only waited approx 45 x minutes in the Luxurious Conrad Lounge before a staff member made us aware that our transfer was ready to the Seaplane Port / Dock. We quickly got all our personal belongings together and was handed a complimentary Tote bag each containing two bottles of water, earplugs and some information documents. The water came in very handy on the hot seaplane journey.

Conrad Maldive male airport mini bus transfer to the Seaplane Port.
Mini Bus transfer from Lounge to Seaplane

What appeared only a few minutes on a transfer mini bus we arrived at the Seaplane Port. To be honest, it would of probably been quicker to walk from the lounge to the departure port but the Conrad look after all guests very well so prefer to transport all guests at every opportunity.

When you exit the transfer bus directly outside the Seaplane Port, you enter through closed doors into an air-conditioned waiting area where you wait In-line for your Seaplane departure allocation. There were seats in the waiting area but were all taken when we arrived so we waited in a queue for approximately 5 minutes. 

After about five minutes, a Staff member of the Port waves you on in the direction of your Seaplane Dock zone and off you go…

Conrad Maldives Seaplane port air conditioned building.
View of the waiting area – Seaplane Port

Outside the seaplane waiting zone was very hot and sunny and sunglasses definitely required. We walked down a wooden Jetty in a long queue of passengers passing lots of Parked up Maldivian air Seaplanes.

All Seaplanes have individual parking zones in the dock. The air is filled with the sounds of Propellors and the tinge in the air of diesel fumes. Whilst walking along the wooden jetty walkway we viewed a Seaplane coming into land on the water in the distance which is an exciting moment as we felt our dream Maldives experience was really about to start now.

Your luggage is transported for you to the Seaplane so once again all the little details are taken care of by Conrad for all guests.

Transmaldivian seaplane port jetty to awaiting seaplane.
Conrad Guests making their way to the Seaplane

As you arrive at your allocated Transmaldevian Seaplane, you wait In line while passengers make their way up a small set of steps into the Cabin. One of the Transmaldevian aircrew help you up the small set of steps into the planes rear cabin.

This rear door is the only entrance and exit on the plane. You have to duck your head down when your at the top of the steps in order to not bump your head.

All seats are on Transmaldevian Seaplanes are unallocated, so first come, first serve. No Business Class or V.I.P treatment here…

The Transmaldivian Seaplanes are small and probably can only transport about 18 – 20 passengers at a time. The Cabin felt humid, slightly cramped and the seats a little bit uncomfortable with two seats per side of the centre aisle. These minor points are quickly forgotten as this is part of the Maldives experience, to travel in a Seaplane to an amazing resort.

View of Transmaldivian seaplane pilots perparing for take off.

We were one of the last passengers to board the Seaplane, by the time we boarded there were only a few seats left towards the front of the Seaplane. 

We strongly recommend if you experience a Transmaldivian Seaplane to try to board the seaplane first as you can choose which seats you prefer, we would strongly recommend the rear seats of the cabin.

The Cabin is not air-conditioned, the only form of cooling within the interior are two small fans located near the ceiling at the front of the cabin pointing towards the rear of the cabin. If you sit at the front you get very little cooling as the fans are set up high and the air flow makes its way above you to the back.

If you manage to be seated towards the rear of the cabin, you receive more of the cooling airflow at the back, we also found it quieter towards the rear of the cabin.

Your luggage is stored at the rear of the cabin in full view of all passengers. Your luggage is secured in using securing ropes and a Transmaldevian crew member sits at the rear of the cabin next to your luggage for the entire journey.

The Pilots ran through a Series of Pre-Flight checks while the engines are running. This is noisy and you do start to smell the engines revving up. Lots of the passengers at this point put in their supplied earplugs.

As we were seated at the front of the cabin, we could view for the entire journey how the pilot’s operate the controls of the seaplane as there are no door to the Cockpit. The pilot’s uniform comprised off shorts and short sleeved pilot shirts and customary Sunglasses.

After about 10 x minutes off pre-flight checks and safety briefing by the Co-pilot, we started to slowly move away from the jetty zone and out into the main waters of the Port. At this point the engines died down whilst we awaited for another Seaplane to take off in view which was exciting to see through the small Windows of the cabin.

Whilst the other Seaplane was taking off, suddenly our engines burst into action, running faster then we started to make our way to the water runway area slowly at first. Then the engines revs dropped down again and it felt like we were just coasting along awaiting approval to take off. Then suddenly again, the engines burst into action, propellors rotating at full speed and we started to gain speed and a few minutes later we were facing the direction of take off.

Without stopping this time we moved across the water slowly at first picking up speed and then faster, with lots of cross checking going on by the co-pilot we gained speed and after a minute or two later the Seaplane started to lift off the water. At last we were finally taking off with everyone looking out of the windows pointing towards the port.

Transmaldivian Seaplane window view of islands below.
View from my window of small atolls /  islands below

The Conrad Seaplane transfer takes approximately 40 x minutes to reach Rangali Island. I believe that some seaplane transfers to Rangali can stop off at resorts before your final destination. We were happy to be flying direct and no Stop off’s this time for us.

For about 10 x mins into the journey we appeared to fly at fairly low altitude, this allowed us to view small islands, fishing boats and even sharks In detail. Then the Seaplane ascended to a higher altitude for the next 20 x mins or so.

View of shallow sea on sepalne
Shallow Sea Views / Coral Reefs from the window

We then descended again for the last 10 x mins of our flight. We could see more, small uninhabited islands, coral reefs and lagoons and shoals of fish. Most passengers after about 20 minutes had accustomed themselves to the seaplane journey and started to chat and take lots of pictures.

At the next point in the journey after about 35 minutes, our Seaplane banked right. We were now in view of our destination – Rangali Island. The plane appeared to bank round to the right again giving us a breath-taking view of the entire island/s, it really is a truly beautiful location what we viewed before us.

Rangali island walkway spanning between both Islands.
View of the walkway spanning the two islands

The seaplane started to descend and we were getting closer and closer to landing on the water. You could almost feel The excitement in the cabin at this point.

The landing of the Seaplane was very smooth with no bumps on the water at all. Our Seaplane then turned towards the Rangali walkway spanning the two islands and further round to come into dock.

What we observed from our window seats were the Conrad Hosts all lined up on the dock waiting to greet us. This was a first for us, to be greeted by waving Conrad hosts was an introduction to the impeccable service we received during our stay.

Rangali island Conrad Hosts greeting you.
Conrad Hosts waiting for you at the Rangali seaplane Dock.

You are assisted off the Seaplane by the Transmaldivian staff members and your Personal host is awaiting you on the Jetty. After a quick introduction by your host, we were escorted to a to an air-conditioned area on the walkway and handed a cooling iced drink.

Your luggage is taken off the Seaplane for you and transported by buggy to the main islands reception area.

Our personal host greeted us by our name with a friendly smile and inquired how our Seaplane journey experience was for us. They took our hand luggage and carried this to the main reception area for us walking along the walkway which spans between the two island’s. 

The Conrad reception area is located at the end of the wooden walkway on the main island. When you arrive at reception your host finds you a set of chairs to sit on whilst explaining details of the facilities on the two island’s and arranges for staff members to take your luggage to your allocated room. 

After about 5 minutes, we were informed by our host that our room was ready at which point your escorted by buggy right to the front door of your allocated villa.

Verdict / Opinion:

The Conrad Maldives Seaplane journey is truly an experience from the minute you step aboard, to the minute you exit. Some of the views from the window of the Seaplane are simply breathtaking and made the journey for us unforgettable.

Yes, the Seaplane could have better facilities like decent air conditioning. Yes, the seats could have been more comfortable but this is a Seaplane and we would imagine most Seaplanes are the same and basic in design.

We believe there are plans to install air conditioning to some Transmaldivian seaplanes now which would be a great benefit to all passengers.

The cost per person, return is currently $590 + taxes, expensive but this is the Maldives!

To visit the Maldives, most resorts are only accessible by Seaplane but by flying this way, this just adds to the entire excitement & experience of the Maldives.

If you ever get the chance to experience a Seaplane, you won’t regret it…

Have you ever experienced the Transmaldivian Seaplane journey, we would live to hear your thoughts & comments below.