The secluded nature of many of the Maldives' island resort properties can perhaps be seen as an important part of the destination’s appeal to tourists who are looking to "get away from it all”.
Yet upon arriving at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in Male', for better or worse, guests staying at a resort more than a speed-boat journey away from the capital have traditionally had to spend a night near to the airport before getting their next connection.
While some may enjoy the oppurtuninty to take in one of the world's smallest, most densely populated capital cities, a number of resort properties situated beyond the close proximity of the North or South Male' Atolls are reliant on flight providers to transport their guests and are looking to bolster the transport options available to tourists.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
, situated in South Ari Atoll, is one such resort looking to try and further boost its accessibility with the recent launch of domestic night flights near to the property for the first time.
The night service, which began operating this month, is part of a collaboration with local airline Flyme! to operate an approximately 17 minute journey from Male' to Maamigili Island airport. Maamigili was chosed by the resort due to having sufficient facilities to accomadate its guests, as well as being just a 20 minute speedboat journey away from the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island property,
A spokesperson for the resort told Dhonisaurus that while most of its guests travelled to the resort during the day by seaplane, the evening flight service was aimed at trying to improve the overall convenience of getting to and from the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.
“With the launch of domestic transfers, guests who arrive in the country after dark will now be able to reach our resort the same day instead of having to stay overnight in Male,” stated the resort spokesperson.
In a statement, the resort group said that its representatives were on hand to meet guests at the airport in Male' in order to handle check in and process their luggage for the domestic service. Meanwhile the passengers themselves are able to wait for their transfer to Maamigili Island in a private lounge.
According to Conrad, the services serve as a direct replacement for seaplanes that do not operate at night and are priced at US$466 per adult and US$232 per child passenger.
How were your experiences in travelling to and from resort properties in the Maldives? Were you able to get a seaplane or speedboat directly to your chosen resort or did you opt instead to stay a nght in a city hotel, airport property like Hulhule Island Hotel or a guest house?
We would love to hear about your experiences of getting around the country on our Advice Forum and resort review pages on Dhonisaurus.