Conrad Maldives: Multi-night standard award availability May-Sept 2023

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A Frequent Miler Insiders reader pointed out that there is currently wide-open standard room availability at the Conrad Maldives from mid-May through September, 2023. Each month is almost completely open, with many consecutive nights available.

It’s worth noting that this is smack dab in the middle of low season in the Maldives due primarily to the monsoons that happen from June-August. Prices for beach villas can go as low as $500-600/night during this time, while overwater bungalows can be had for $700-900/night.

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I’ve heard from many folks who’ve been to the Maldives during the “rainy season” and really enjoyed the slower pace and rainier weather. From the sounds of it, the rain typically only lasts for an hour or two with the occasional cloudy and drizzly day (it’s also quite humid). Regardless, it’s worth looking into what the weather is like during this time of year before booking and possibly going in May or September for the best chance of rain-free weather.

I’ve been to the Conrad and absolutely loved it. It’s built over three islands, with one for employees and two for guests (one is adults-only). As a result, it’s bigger than some of the other Maldives resorts and has more room types, multiple restaurants (all very good), excellent elite benefits and quite a few activities. The Conrad is also one of the few properties in the world where an overwater bungalow can be had via a standard room redemption. It’s a terrific resort. We spent a week and could have easily stayed longer.

Aerial view of the Conrad Maldives (photo courtesy of Hilton)

The Deal

  • There is multi-night standard room availability throughout May-Sept, 2023 at the Conrad Maldives.
  • Bookable for 120,000 Hilton Honors points/night or by using a free night certificate like those earned with the American Express Hilton Aspire and Hilton Surpass credit cards. Hilton Honors members with Silver Status or higher can get 5 award nights for the price of 4.

Availability (as of writing)

Here’s the May-Sept calendar currently. Remember that any night marked as 120,000 points is a standard award night, bookable with a free night certificate as well:

 

How to see Hilton’s free night award calendar

If you want to find periods where you can book five nights at the standard award rate, Hilton makes that easy. When selecting your dates, choose any period but also select the ‘My Dates are Flexible’ check box. Then, under “special rates,” click the box that says “use points.”

On the search results screen, click ‘View Available Dates’ and the booking calendar will show you a monthly calendar displaying the nightly cost for the property that you choose. Many starting dates go for more than 400,000-1,0000,000 per night due to Premium Room Rewards being the only option available, but there are many days where you can check in and have each night cost “only” 120,000 points per night.

Deck of the overwater Sunrise Villa with private plunge pool. This is one of two room types that can be booked as a standard award. (photo courtesy of Conrad Maldives)

Quick Thoughts

Ever since the Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi opened, the Conrad has lost some of its status as the most in-demand Hilton redemption outside of the Conrad Bora Bora. While availability is now MUCH easier to find than at the Waldorf, it’s still not common to find several wide-open months like this.

It’s also worth remembering that Hilton offers the 5th night free on award stays for anyone who has Silver status or higher and that you can stack that on 10-night stays. Now that standard award nights at this property cost 120,000 points per night (it was 95,000 points for years), saving 20% off of a five night stay is helpful, indeed.

Beach Villa, the other standard room type. Each villa has a private path to the beach and dedicated chairs and umbrellas, as well as outdoor plunge pool and showers. (photo courtest of Hilton)

Both of the standard room-types here are marvelous and I’d recommend splitting the stay by trying both of them (they’re very used to accomodating that). The beach villas are huge, have terrific private outdoor soaking tubs and showers as well as a private path to the beach with reserved beach chairs and umbrellas. The sand is steps away. The overwater villas are smaller, but have decks with private plunge pools, direct ocean access and water views throughout. At night, you can turn on the lights under your deck and watch the sharks swim from your plunge pool. It’s pretty magical.

(h/t: Frequent Miler Insider Lukas)

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Al X

How do people usually accumulate so many Hilton points ? Aka the peso of the hotels world

Tim

Just got back from a Thanksgiving trip to Conrad Maldives, which was amazing!! Se booked about 2-3 months in advance and there was surprisingly tons of availability, which is great considering that’s the beginning of summer over there plus we had extra time off from work for the holiday.

If you’re looking for a good tip, we had a much better time snorkeling at the Conrad’s house reef — not just because it was free, but they actually had more fish to see. My biggest disappointment was paying $500 to go out on a bot for a “whale shark” snorkeling tour without any whale sharks. It’s hit or miss. But even if you see something, there’s a lot more to see around the Conrad.

Day snorkeling around Conrad is free. But make sure you also go “night snorkeling.” It was the best $100/person we spent! We got a completely different perspective of the sealife with great views of lionfish and a stingray that swam right under me (and way too close for comfort). But don’t worry, you swim around the reef with trained guides so it’s perfectly safe.

Also, if you want to save money, breakfast is free for everyone, so you can take leftovers back to your room and store them in the mini-fridge for dinner. We also brought those freezer dry food packets that you can bring camping and had those for a few dinners (just make sure it doesn’t contain pork).

And while we’re on the topic of saving money, the underwater restaurant is very cool and totally worth the experience — but if you don’t want to shell out $800/couple for dinner, you could save a lot of money by just going for happy hour drinks.

To be honest, I’m not sure anything could top the Conrad, considering how remote and beautiful the surroundings are. If I recall, Waldorf is much closer to the airport than Conrad, so wondering if it has the same remote vibe? For our second stop, we visited the new Amingiri instead.

Anyways, hope that helps 🙂

DancingPandas

What did you think of the Amingiri? Our next visit will either be this or Hiltons Saii.

Dancing Pandas

I’m looking at the Conrad off in the distance right now while I have breakfast. We’re staying at the new Radisson using up all those points we accumulated with the Club Carlson PER/BUS cards. Sweet over the water bungalows here. Then heading over to the Holiday Inn resort. I’ve been chatting with the Conrad about coming over for a day visit or a short two night stay using a free night cert and 120k for the second night, since it’s a short boat ride. Next week they do have Standard nights available but only when you stay min two nights. They said they would allow a one night when using points but I guess I’d have to contact Hilton to apply my free night cert and a night on 120k points. They would charge $450 for the boat ride over. I would save $250 using my Aspire card resort credit. They also offered a ‘Special rate’ of $1,275.24 Beach Pool Villa w/breakfast inc in lieu of points. Ahh, thanks but no thanks. Think I’ll wait and do a full 5 or 10 night stay next year.

Dave Hanson

Would love to hear what you think of the HI resort by comparison! It seems a great bargain; trying to get there in May.

DancingPandas

We’ll post something on our site when we leave Holiday Inn. We’ve been to Sheraton, LeMeridian,Radisson and next week the Holiday Inn ,here in the Maldives over the last few years. All on points. I like the Radisson here the best so far. Huge rooms. Every place has a pool. Entry rooms are over the water. 70k night. Awesome!

Matt

I went to the Maldives last July. Maybe we just got lucky, but there was about 30 seconds of rain over the course of 4.5 days. Weather was great with a lovely breeze for much of the time. There was some cloud cover at some times, but we actually liked that. Would go back at that time in a heartbeat! (we did not stay at this hotel)