Got a stash of Hilton Honors points? Or Hilton free night award certificates from credit cards like the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card? Here's your chance to book an overwater villa at a luxe resort in the Maldives.
We're seeing wide-open standard award availability bookable at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island from now all the way through August 2024, with almost every date bookable for 120,000 points aside from around Christmas and New Year's. And unlike other resorts that will stick you in a villa on land when redeeming points, you can even book an iconic overwater villa here!
While 120,000 points a night may not sound cheap, it's as good as it gets with a high-end property like this. Critically, that price point means you can also use a Hilton Free night certificate – and this pricey property is a great way to use them.
This is the best availability we've seen to book this excellent Maldives property, period. That includes the peak season in the Maldives from mid-January into March and April, when the weather is hot and dry.
It gets better. Anyone with Hilton Honors Silver Status or higher can book five nights and only pay for four thanks to Hilton's fifth night free on award bookings. That means a five-night stay would cost you 480,000 Hilton Honors points or 96,000 points per night. Tack on a free night certificate, and you could cover nearly a week at the Conrad in the Maldives.
Thrifty Tip: Got The Platinum Card® from American Express? That comes with complimentary Hilton Honors Gold status, which unlocks a fifth night free on award stays plus free breakfast – a huge money-saver in the Maldives!
This is the best way to book a spendy stay in paradise for next to nothing. One unavoidable expense is not included: Seaplane transfers. The Conrad charges $675 per adult. Children under 12 get a 50% discount while kids under two are free.
Here's everything you need to know if you are thinking about booking this deal.
How to Book the Conrad Maldives
- There is now standard room award availability at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island almost every day from August 2023 through August 2024, as of publication
- This makes it possible to book free nights for 120,000 Hilton Honors points or apply free night certificates earned from certain Hilton credit cards.
- If you have Hilton Honors Silver status (or higher), you can book five consecutive nights and only pay for four – a 20% savings per night.
Current Conrad Maldives Award Availability
As of publication, standard room award availability at this Conrad Maldives property is wide-open. Scan through the calendar (make sure you select “my dates are flexible” when entering your dates at Hilton.com) and you'll have your pick of the litter.
In fact, the only dates you can't book are from mid-December until Jan. 10 or so. Other than that, every single date over the next year and change is bookable for 120,000 Hilton Honors points.
Hilton Conrad Maldives Standard Rooms
Using 120,000 points per night is solid – especially if you are using Hilton free night certificates, the fifth-night free benefit, or some combination of both. But what exactly are you getting with a standard room type at the Conrad Maldives?
On most (but not all) dates, you'll have the option to book either a beach villa or a sunrise water villa – the rooms that are practically synonymous with the Maldives. Just note that the water villas do not allow children.
The overwater villas are listed at 925 square feet while the beach villas are listed at just over 1,600 square feet, so you'd sacrifice some serious square footage for the overwater views. Both rooms get great reviews … and you may not have to choose. If you wanted to split your stay between both rooms to try them out, the property should be more than accommodating to to do so.
How to Search for Availability with the Calendar View
To find dates with standard room award availability at 120,000, the easiest way is to search with the calendar view. But that is easier said than done, as Hilton doesn't make searching for award nights very intuitive.
But there is a way to quickly pull up a calendar view that will show you all the nights with standard room award availability.
After doing a quick search on Hilton's site, I randomly threw in dates for a stay.
From here, you can click on the date (July 12), and it will pop open a full booking calendar. Make sure to select “My Dates are Flexible.” Once you've done that, hit “Update” and run the search.
From here, you'll see a calendar view. So long as you have the “Use Points & Money” box checked, it will display award rates for every day each month.
There is fantastic award availability at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island starting from this month all the way through the of August 2024. Aside from a dry spell over the winter holidays, every single date has standard award availability bookable for 120,000 points.
This is a great way to use some Hilton points, free night certificates, or both for a luxe stay in the Maldives. But don't wait if you are thinking about booking: We don't know how long this award space will last.
All photos courtesy of the Hilton Conrad Maldives Rangali Island