Dear travellers and Maldives fans! I have been dreaming of going to Maldives for years, and we are finally heading to Conrad Maldives in April with our 2 small kids (aged 4 and 1). I spoke to Conrad directly with some questions about their Beach Villas and didn't get very clear answers, so if anyone can help and shed some light on any of the questions below, that will be MUCH appreciated. I have read every single review of the Conrad and truly value all the tips and info. I am an extremely picky traveller and usually get very stressed if I don't get exactly what I invisioned from a trip. Thank you so much in advance!
1. Due to our small children so clearly we need the calm side of the island with shallow water. I know from research that it is the "Sunrise" side of island, but what does that mean in "room numbers"... From looking at the map of the resort, I cannot tell which side is the "Sunrise". Additionally, has anyone ever been denied a request to be on the "calm" blue lagoon and was placed on the dark choppy sea side against their will? If that happens to us, it will completely defeat the purpose of the trip so I need to know the truth...
2. The Conrad Reservation department kept telling me that we should book a KING Beach Villa since we will need a crib for the baby, as it is more spacious. However, we normally book Twin rooms with 2 Queens, but the guy seriously tried to talk me out of it. Is there something unusual about the Twin room that I need to know? Otherwise, why would a family of 4 be recommended a King instead of Twin? My husband and I can perfectly fit in a Queen bed, and that way our 4 year old will have his own bed. But the reservation person kept recommending I get the King Villa due to more space... so confusing.
3. Most importantly... I do not care if we have a Twin or King Beach Villa, as long as we are on the "calm" shallow lagoon part of the island. Therefore, I want to book the type of room strategically to ensure that we 100% get that.. i.e. if the hotel has more King Villas on the sunrise side, well then I have more chances of getting that side if I book a King.. I believe the hotel only has 3 Twin Beach Villas on the "sunrise" side if I understand the sides corectly... Ugh, I am so stressed... please someone help!
4. Also, I know everyone is raving about the Deluxe Beach Villas, but it seems to me (based on all the pictures) that the Deluxe Beach Villas do not have an outside patio with sitting area facing the ocean and the beach. Instead, the Deluxe Beach Villas look like their Patio is facing their private garden with pool. That is great, but why would anyone want to go all the way to Maldives and not be able to sit on their deck and enjoy the beauty of the lagoon? Basically, we are booking a Beach Villa instead of Deluxe Beach Villa only because we want to sit on the patio and have DIRECT ocean view and access to the beach. If I am mis-informed, can someone please correct me?