One of the most popular photos we’ve ever run in Islands is an image of an underwater suite here at this luxury resort. But of course, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has villas for overwater use too.
The Crusoe Residences here have rocketed to the top of Islands editors' personal wish lists. Nearly all overwater bungalows in the Maldives, Bora Bora and beyond are attached by a walkway to the island. These Crusoe Residences are all alone out in the lagoon; you have to reach them by boat.
The three-bedroom presidential villa is on the beach; otherwise the two-bedroom overwater pool residence is the prime villa here. Enjoy a personal overwater dining pavilion and personal butler, of course.
Does the word value belong alongside overwater bungalow? A Maldives trip isn’t exactly a cheap vacation. Yet Lily Beach has created an affordable-luxury concept that wraps a stay here in an all-inclusive package.
This is one of our favorite photos to get a sense both of the view from the deck and the relaxation that awaits inside the villa. While Lily Beach pitches itself as “value,” these villas certainly have luxury amenities.
Yes, this resort is on one of the biggest islands that comprise the Maldives, and yes, the authentic culture of these islands is interwoven throughout the resort. But after seeing this photo, all we can imagine is sitting under that umbrella.