CONRAD Maldives is offering Rangali island, one of the two islands it owns, exclusively for the expanding meetings and incentives market.
The adults-only island can accommodate up to 100 delegates for private hire and has 50 upmarket water villas, restaurants and other facilities, including a wine cellar with the largest stock in the country.
Kimberley Roberts, Conradâ€™s director for marketing and communications, said: â€śThe concept has been designed in an effort to attract high-end groups looking for the ultimate location with the facilities and amenities to cater to the groupâ€™s requirements.â€ť
Rangali is connected by a footbridge to Conradâ€™s main island of Rangalifinolhu, which has over 100 beach villas and is a more family-oriented resort.
â€śWe are giving incentive groups and also socials and weddings the opportunity to completely buy out Rangali Island for their event, incentive, wedding or meeting,â€ť said Roberts.
Viluxur Holidays managing director, Shafraz Fazley, welcomes this addition to a small but growing number of resorts offering incentive and meeting packages in the Maldives, which has been profiled as a honeymoon and high-end destination.
â€śThere is a big demand from companies for meetings and incentives and the Maldives should encourage this segment. At the moment, we are unable to accept many requests for meetings and incentive travel as many resorts are not able to provide such facilities,â€ť said Fazley.
Fazleyâ€™s company, which handles 4,000 Chinese visitors per month among other guests, recently handled a group of 300 on a meeting/incentive package.
Among other resorts in the Maldives, Kurumba and Bandos â€“ the oldest â€“ can handle meetings and incentives packages; Shangri-La has a large conference facility in the nearby Gan island, while Lux* Maldives could accommodate 70 to 80 guests in its nightclub if transformed into a meeting place, Fazley said.