The last of the Conrad epics?
Well never say never but this could be the last time I get to enjoy in the luxury of the Conrad line of hotels by Hilton and with that we made sure we made the very most out of it. An epic indeed.
I’m looking to write much more in depth details on all facets of the resort itself and the trip as a whole so stay tuned. What I will do for you as a bonus is a quick summary of everything.
- Food food food. We ate so much on this trip that I am sure I gained 10 pounds just from Hong Kong. Good thing we had Maldives in the middle to work it all off.
- Types of food you gotta try: HK cafe style (Tsui Wah is king), dim sum (Tim Ho Wan PLEASE), Chiu Chow, Shanghainese, Trendy Taiwanese cafes, HK people are obsessed with green tea matcha so you’ll find a variety of things to try like Via Tokyo or Sinmea Tea, street food (things on sticks, egg waffles, stinky tofu) and bubble tea.
- OpenRice is the UrbanSpoon/TripAdvisor for food in Hong Kong and they have it in English. All the locals use it so you know its legit. Pretty reliable and good reviews to look through.
- Sai Kung although supposedly to be super touristy was one of the highlight for us to be able to see the local fisherman in action. Go on the weekend!
- Lamma Island and Cheung Chau were real jewels for us and a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
- Sim City for anything related to cameras – bought all my f-stop gear from Tin Cheung there which I was surprised to find. Camera gear paradise!
- Pick up a prepaid sim card from One2Free. I did the research and it had the best deal for travellers like us. We weren’t there for a full month nor did we need 5 GB but it was so much easier having access to data. I’ll be writing some deets about this later on.
- I feel like we went to Causeway Bay everyday. I guess when you’re on the Hong Kong side that becomes your go-to. There certainly a lot of food to eat here :)
- Windsurfing is friggin hard!
- If you have a full day, I’m confident you can see all the main tourist sites. I’m not saying it won’t be packed but even with our 20 hours over there and getting settled in our hotel at 2PM, we were able to walk Orchard Rd., Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, Esplanade for Makansutra by Gluttons Bay for hawker type food and the Merlion. All in 7 hours.
- Lau Pa Sat is currently closed for renovations so if you’re wanting to check out a real hawker center, head over to Maxwell instead.
- It was super hot here. We thought Hong Kong was starting to get hot but Singapore was full on summer in March.
- If there’s one dish you have to have in Singapore, it’s the Hainanese chicken. Don’t miss it. We were so disappointed that Makansutra didn’t have it that we ended up buying it at the airport and having it for breakfast the next day. It was totally worth it.
- There’s too much to go through here but all I can say is WOW. The Conrad Maldives was truly the star of our trip. We had high expectations going into this resort and it truly didn’t disappoint.
- 6 days in a Beach Villa. 4 days in a Water Villa. Both were amazing in their own way – Beach Villa for it’s convenient access to everything on the main island and back yard access to a quiet beach and that amazing house reef, Water Villa for it’s privacy, direct access to the water from the deck and private infinity jacuzzi.
- Service and attention to detail is impeccable. Stand out example: I was just reading on the beach chair at the main pool and one of the staff came up to me to ask if I wanted my sunglasses cleaned.
- Food is truly top notch. We tried the Rangali Bar, Mandhoo and Vilu and all were excellent. No over priced average food but high quality restaurant-you’d-take-a-date-to type of food.
- Diving is unbelievable and as good as my trip to Palau but with even better service. For example, when it was time to gear up, one of the staff would always bring the tank over from the middle of the boat to where we were seating and help my arms through the BCD. When we came back from a dive, we’d be offered fresh fruits and coffee or tea made on the boat.
- Looking to see manta rays or whale sharks? Look no further.
- It’s really hard to explain but whenever someone asks what we did here, I can only come up with (sleep, eat, dive, snorkel, read, beach, sunbathe) but despite having 10 days here, we felt busy everyday (in a relaxing way). There was lots to explore and many places to go sleep, eat dive, snorkel, read, beach and sunbathe. Wish we had more days here!
- I’ll divulge later on some incredible tips on how to stay at an amazing place like the Conrad Maldives and still be on a budget. One tip is: take advantage of the afternoon tea and Vilu happy hour. Can’t go wrong with free snacks and booze!
Photo essay series
So I hope you’ll join me as I tell a little story about how my latest trip to Hong Kong, Singapore, Maldives went.
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