ON APRIL 14 three resorts in the Maldives officially opened their shared lounge at the seaplane terminal near Malé International Airport on February 20, 2011. Shared between the Hilton, Conrad and Waldorf Astoria resorts, the new lounge offers a welcome respite after a long international flight.
“Once they’ve landed at the airport, guests transfer by seaplane to our three resorts in the Maldives,” says Regional General Manager Carsten Schieck. “We felt that gave us an opportunity to create a fantastic arrival experience that no other resorts in the country can match. We therefore created this private lounge, inspired by the best international airline lounges, where our guests can enjoy spa treatments, refuel on freshly prepared food or simply just relax and begin their holiday in style.”
Designed to be the equal of the best airline airport lounges in the world, the private facilities include a spa, a children’s play room, a balcony with sun loungers, freshly prepared hot and cold dishes as well as live cooking by the resident chef. Located on the second floor of the Trans Maldivian Airlines seaplane terminal, guests can watch seaplanes taking off and landing in the lagoon in front of the lounge and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the airport to the rear.
Guests travelling to the exclusive Beach House Maldives, a Waldorf Astoria Resort and Conrad Maldives Rangali Island enjoy a large shared lounge, while guests of Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi have their own separate area.
All guests are met on arrival at Malé International Airport and then shuttled over to the seaplane terminal which is just a ten-minute drive away from the airport.