Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Alifu Dhaalu Atoll, North Central Province, Maldives
Whether you keep your birthday bucket list organized online, in a journal or on a crumpled old bar napkin, you’re going to want to pull it out to jot down this overwater and underwater hotspot. Conrad Maldives sits on its own private island with luxury villas floating right atop the ocean and a dining space that takes a deep dive under to ensure you get the full snorkeling experience without so much as touching a set of goggles. What are we waiting for? Let’s dive in.
Photography: Patrick Kahlo | Nina Schwichtenberg
Yes, we will take our birthday cocktails under a canopy of tropical fish, please and thank you. Set 16 feet below the surface of the sea, the all glass underwater restaurant known as Ithaa gives guests the best possible views of manta rays, sting rays, bluefin jacks, and schools of all sorts of reef-dwelling fish. Open for both lunch and dinner, you can opt to start or end your birthday celebration at this stunning spot whether you’re staying at Conrad Maldives or a different resort.
With villas on the beach and overwater, Conrad Maldives offers a stay that combines indoor and outdoor living seamlessly. Floor-to-ceiling windows may be the biggest design perk, allowing you to be always surrounded by beautiful tropical views. A bucket list worthy highlight? The villas each have outdoor bathing pavilions with sunken baths facing the sea. We can picture your new birthday ritual now: surrounded by candles, soaking in the bath with essential oils and a glass of bubbly.
Photography: Patrick Kahlo | Nina Schwichtenberg | Lucy Williams
More Than A Tropical Treasure
And just in case you’re not crazy about spending all day and all night in the water, you can opt to spend some of your bucket list worthy b-day tasting through over a hundred varietals of cheese from around the world at the on-property cheese bar. Or maybe you’d prefer to scour the 20,000 bottles of wine underground in search of a wine from your birth year. Good thing birthdays come around every year so you can turn this trip into a tradition.