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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #30 on: March 15, 2017, 11:48:20 AM »
I finally learned how to post pics so here are some from the Gardens by the Bay, walking outside and in their Biosphere domes:








It was a beautiful way to spend a couple of hours and then a nice walk back past the Marina Bay Sand to the Conrad.


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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #31 on: March 15, 2017, 11:52:59 AM »
Most of the Streets had fencing around them for an upcoming Formula One street race...now THAT would be cool to watch in between the skyscrapers!





These posters advertising the big race were all over town:



And I forgot, I need to give a shout out to @Yehuda for being such a mentsch and helping teach me how to upload pictures to DDF (I know there are written tutorials here but I needed MORE help).  :P

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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #32 on: March 15, 2017, 12:11:25 PM »
When I got back to the Conrad my husband was finally up and we decided to head over to the Coffee Bean.  Even though we could tell it wasn't that far we decided to just cab it over and not waste time, although we did walk back and it was a beautiful, easy walk home.

The Coffee Bean had a lot more than in the US and was basically like a full service, fast casual restaurant, actually in a mall.

Takeout:


Breakfast menu:


Lunch/Dinner Menu:


Our Lunch food was great (especially for us country bumpkins who only have a pizza shop, not a dairy restaurant with cool pastas and salads in Denver)!  :)






And since I know some of you guys are getting nervous, here is the teudah for y'all  :P



Since my husband had a work meeting that evening and we had an early flight to MLE in the morning (with an unknown wait in the lounge before the seaplane) we also took some nice pastries, quiches and sandwiches to go (we ended up being so glad that we had them).









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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #33 on: March 15, 2017, 12:16:27 PM »
Nice pics. I also took food to go. I just left it on the plane after a redeye and was pretty upset (and hungry) I did.

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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #34 on: March 15, 2017, 12:18:45 PM »
Because we both had some work today and DH needed to head out, I just spent the afternoon at the pool, which is very nice at the Conrad.




I'll try to post some more later about our evening adventure to the Marina Bay Sands Casino and then continuation on to the Conrad Maldives!

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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #35 on: March 15, 2017, 12:19:47 PM »
Nice pics. I also took food to go. I just left it on the plane after a redeye and was pretty upset (and hungry) I did.

Ahh I remember that from your TR...bummer! 

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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #36 on: March 15, 2017, 01:31:04 PM »
Shame that CBTL isn't C"Y!
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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #37 on: March 15, 2017, 01:46:35 PM »
Shame that CBTL isn't C"Y!

Yes, it is a bummer!! Although I can't remember what but they did have some parve things I think...

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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #38 on: May 29, 2017, 07:08:07 PM »
Ok I haven't worked on this in awhile and thought I'd add some pictures.  We left very early the next morning on Singapore Air direct to MLE, because of the way things ended up we had to wait a few hours for our Seaplane.  It WAS so cool flying in and seeing all the islands on the way to MLE...here are some pics of Male from the air, the Seaplanes and our flight to the Conrad!



This is the new bridge being built so you don't have to take a ferry from the airport to Male (I'm not sure if this is good or bad as one of the reasons I felt safe at the airport was because it was totally separate from Male and I felt it would be hard to plan a terrorist attack on the airport...my husband has been to Pakistan and said the MLE airport was giving him flashbacks...lol).  Also, our Conrad driver told us the Chinese are financing and helping build it, which I thought was interesting from a geopolitical perspective.



You can see even the water at the airport is gorgeous!!









I think it was unusual but the Conrad had confirmed us into a complimentary Deluxe Beach villa ahead (usually they won't guarantee anything until you arrive but I nicely wrote them ahead and told them how loyal and great customers we are within the Hilton family).  ;) We stayed there two nights and then paid for an upgrade to and OWV the other three nights.  The Deluxe Beach Villas are extremely private and you have to use your keycard not only to enter the villa but also to enter the courtyard and surrounding fenced in area.

Courtyard to the villa:



Walkway to your outdoor bathtub and jacuzzi in the back:



Another pic of the huge tub and lounger next to it:

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Outdoor shower:


Outdoor dual vanities:



The trip was for my DH's birthday so they decorated the bed:



Diamond Welcome amenity (I asked them for a couple cokes since we couldn't drink the champagne but I guess Housekeeping didn't get the message...lol):


Front of the villa lounge chairs and private pool.  It is TOTALLY secluded so you don't have to worry about anyone bothering you but the downside to that is that even though we were about 20 yards from the ocean and had no view, because of the tall hedges.  Just something to bear in mind if a view is important to you (and something to add to the endless debate about whether it's necessary to upgrade to an OWV here or at the Hyatt). I loved the unit but the OWV was a whole other world and I personally love a great view and wouldn't travel here without booking and OWV for part of the time.



We were jetlagged from all our flights so went to bed early that evening and caught the sunrise on the beach in front of our villa the next morning:



The next morning at breakfast the chef (same guy that personally helped us store all our kosher frozen meals we brought from Singapore the afternoon before) came and found us and in a separate outdoor cooking area made us breakfast on new pans.  He chopped the veggies I requested in front of me, had me check the eggs for blood and had me turn on the flame (I didn't teach him all this it was BarryLincoln and it was him or someone else that also left some Pam)!  :P  He also let me check the package on their lox because I wanted some and it came from Australia and had a hechsher.  They also have cereal, chobani yogurt, jams and other things with hechshers or on the Australia kashrut list.  He gave us new cutlery and has special glass plates he keeps for serving kosher food and seriously everybody has their own comfort level y'all can ask shailas to your LOR's about eating at a place like this, but I felt he bent over backward for everything we requested (we made sure to give him a nice tip at the end of the trip because he personally did this every single morning for us).



Next installment will hopefully be in a few days, not a few months and will include pics of the island and our visit to Ithaa, the underwater restaurant for morning cocktails!

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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #39 on: May 29, 2017, 07:25:10 PM »
Great installment!!!  Brings back some nice memories...

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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #40 on: June 05, 2017, 11:36:55 AM »
Great installment!!!  Brings back some nice memories...

Yeah, every time I come back to the TR to add stuff it makes me want to return!

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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #41 on: June 05, 2017, 12:32:11 PM »
Going to Ithaa (I think the first time included in a TR on DDF)!

I had reserved cocktails at Ithaa (the underwater restaurant) for the first morning because I figured it would be a nice leisurely thing to do on the first day.  If you do want to go it is almost always sold out so they do recommend always reserving before you arrive.  It isn't cheap, morning cocktails are $60pp but we were willing to pay just to have the experience and imagine people pay $250pp for lunch and $500pp ++ (SO ADD 22% TO EVERYTHING) for a FIXED menu so this was actually "reasonable."

It really was a cool and spectacular experience and I'm so glad I did it.  Normally they offer champagne and some appetizers but they bent over backwards for the whole trip for us about Kashrut and just gave us some cut fruit and fresh fruit juice but they will do whatever you like (I'm sure if you did want something alcoholic you could ask for a beer or whatever you wanted).


We went a little early to sit at the tables and enjoy the view from the above water entrance to the restaurant:



Here is from the outside and even from above you can see all the beautiful fish:





In this pic you can see the diver that was cleaning the glass right before we went in:




They suggest you arrive a little early and they seat you in a lovely lobby where you get your drinks (yes, those are real flowers is pools of water within the table...just another lovely Conrad touch).  ;)
It was at this point the waiter came and confirmed with us about our different drinks and food.



And then you head down the stairs and you cans see that without seeing any fish yet, just they way the light plays on the floor from the sun and water is so beautiful:




And then you sit down and I really can't describe the complete and beautiful sensory experience.  It just takes your breath away to have the water and amazing fish literally all around you and in many instances inches away. 














All in all it was about an hour and I thought it was worth every penny.  Are there other people there with you? Yes.  Are they taking pictures most of the time? Yes.  Was it still an amazing and unforgettable experience, absolutely! 

If I didn't keep kosher and could eat there would I plop a grand on a dinner there? No, but it was so worth us going for cocktails, especially since my DH is not a strong swimmer to really take advantage of the snorkeling or diving.  If you are big scuba diver, it might seem cheesy but for us it was truly a spectacular experience and I apologize that my pictures don't do justice to the amount of fish, the color and sheer movement of all these beautiful creatures swimming right around you.   Because they feed the fish after the people arrive, an insane number of fish, sharks and rays converge all at once and even compared to what I saw on my snorkels, the experience was truly amazing!

Since I'm one of the rare women posting on DDF, if you wanna know if your wives would appreciate going, I think the answer for most women (again especially if you guys aren't going scuba diving) is a resounding yes...if you're going to the Conrad spend the money and go to Ithaa!!


If you need more encouraging (since let's be honest, my pics are not that great...lol...and I'm a techno-loser without a YouTube account to post videos) here is the official Ithaa video from the hotel:

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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #42 on: June 05, 2017, 12:43:52 PM »
Wow! I never thought of going to the underwater restaurant with just the possibility of eating fish (and not even that, just drinks!!). I'd certainly want to see it if I was there; great job taking pictures.

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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #43 on: June 05, 2017, 12:46:54 PM »
Wow! I never thought of going to the underwater restaurant with just the possibility of eating fish (and not even that, just drinks!!). I'd certainly want to see it if I was there; great job taking pictures.

Thank you and I hope you get there!!  Only a few avios and an easy flight from HKG since I think you're going anyway...could you squeeze it in??  ;D

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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #44 on: June 05, 2017, 12:58:53 PM »
Thank you and I hope you get there!!  Only a few avios and an easy flight from HKG since I think you're going anyway...could you squeeze it in??  ;D
Haha! No, I don't think on this trip there will be time, but maybe on the next one. Who knows what the story will be with Qatar next week anyway?