Day Twenty-Two Part 1: Conrad Maldives-Turkish Airlines transfer summary.

Our last minutes at the resort were spent in an air-conditioned room at the center of the main jetty.  When the seaplane was readied, we got up and boarded just 30 feet or so away.

-The Big One! Introduction/Giveaway
-Day One: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Review
-Day Two: United First Class B737-800 SFO-IAD summary
-Days Three through Six: D.C Area recommendations: Smithsonian, National Harbor, Baltimore Aquarium
-Day Seven: Lufthansa Business Class Lounge IAD summary, Lufthansa First Class A330-300 IAD-MUC Summary
-Day Eight Part 1: Six hours in downtown Munich, Lufthansa First Class Lounge Munich Summary
-Day Eight Part 2: Lufthansa First Class A330-300 MUC-DXB Summary
-Day Nine Part 1: Dubai Exotic Limo brief review part 1 & Abu Dhabi recommendations: Ferrari World, the Grand Mosque
-Day Nine Part 2: Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Review
-Days Ten through Twelve Part 1: Park Hyatt Dubai Review
-Days Ten through Twelve Part 2: Dubai Exotic Limo brief review part 2 & Dubai recommendations:  Burj Khalifa Sky
-Days Ten through Twelve Part 3: Dubai Recommendations: Tea at the Ritz Carlton Jumeirah Beach, Atlantis Monorail, Dubai Mall
-Days Ten through Twelve Part 4: Dubai recommendations: Platinum-Heritage Falconry Heritage Tour.  The Dubai Museum
-Day Thirteen: Emirates 777-300 DXB-MLE summary, Moonima Lounge MLE summary, Park Hyatt Maldives transfer summary
-Days Thirteen through Sixteen Part 1: Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa Review
-Days Thirteen through Sixteen Part 2: What to do at the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
-Day Seventeen: Maldivian Dash-8/Boat Transfer Park Hyatt-MLE summary, Conrad Rangali MLE Lounge summary, Trans-Maldivian Twin Otter transfer MLE-Conrad Rangali Island
-Days Seventeen through Twenty-One Part 1: Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Review
-Days Seventeen through Twenty-One Part 2: What to do at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort
-Day Twenty-Two Part 1: Trans-Maldivian Twin Otter Conrad Rangali Island-MLE summary, Conrad Lounge MLE summary, Leeli Lounge MLE summary
-Day Twenty-Two Part 2: Turkish Airlines Business Class A330-300 MLE-IST summary.
-Day Twenty-Three Part 1: Turkish Airlines IST Lounge Summary, six hours in Istanbul
-Day Twenty-Three Part 2: Turkish Airlines Business Class B777-300  IST-SFO summary
-Day Twenty-Four: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Embarcadero Review
-Trip Summary/The Numbers
-The BIG Question: Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa or Conrad Maldives Rangali?

Our outbound was much like our inbound flight, bare-footed pilots and all.  After only about ten minutes in the air we landed at a nearby resort to pick up some other passengers.  While we waited I pointed out a grouping of squid to Kim:

Our continuation to the Male airport was only another 20 or 30 minutes, and we landed smoothly in the sea-port.

It was close to 6:00 in the evening, and our flight home wasn't scheduled to depart until 11:40. Fortunately we were allowed to stay in the Conrad lounge until around 10:00.

Our time was quiet and relaxing, with just two others sharing the room with us. Unlike on our inbound the snacks were extremely limited, due to it already being late in the day.

We watched the sunset and kicked back in what were probably some of the most laid-back hours of our journey.

Right around 10:00 Conrad staff escorted us from the lounge to their van. After the drive around to the terminal, one of the staff members helped guide us through the check-in process at Turkish Airlines and all the way to security. Our guide said farewell and we joined an escalator up.

Because we were flying business class on Turkish Airlines, we had access to the small Leeli Lounge on the upper level.  We found it nestled nearby some fast food joints and a souvenir shop.

While nothing close to the Conrad Lounge, it was nice to have someplace relatively comfortable to sit.

The lounge offered some hot food, drinks, and snacks, and we found a place to plop our carry-ons so that we could indulge once more.

It wasn't long before we needed to gather our things and head to the gate.

On our way out, we stopped at the souvenir shop and picked up a t-shirt for myself, I also had a chance to gauge prices at a Burger King: $10.00 for a Whopper!

Then we made our way to the gate for departure.

Ultimately:

We found the service between the Conrad Maldives and our gate to be efficient and comprehensive.  I was a little nervous about making it through the process, but we had a guide through nearly every step of the way, easing my concerns.

Our stint in the airport itself was relatively short, and this was certainly a positive aspect of the transfer.

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