One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

When Reethi Rah (meaning “beautiful island”) first opened more than a decade ago, it set the bar for luxury hotels in the Maldives. On an octopus-shaped island with white-sand beaches and tropical jungle-like foliage, this world-renowned resort boasts some of the largest private villas in the world, and is perfect for couples and families seeking privacy and laidback luxury. It is tropical island living at its sublime best, and the world-class destination spa is a magnet for wellness awards.

 

One&Only Reethi Rah lies just 40 minutes by speedboat from Malé’s international airport, on one of the largest islands in the North Male Atoll. Aside from the fabulous castaway location, what makes a stay here so special is the international team of more than 800 staff. Many of them are long-serving, a loyalty that is not typical of other hotels in the region, and ensures the service is intuitive, warm and assured.

 

The resort operates on its own time zone, one hour ahead of Malé, partly so that you can marvel at incredible sunsets at a more cocktail-friendly hour. A choice of eight dining options (including in-villa), vary from the organic chef’s garden delights with locally caught seafood, to Kobe beef in Tapasake restaurant.

 

Guests are accommodated in 128 glorious Jean-Michel Gathy-designed secluded villas discreetly placed along the shore. All villas have vaulted ceilings and are beautifully styled using natural wood, natural stone and thatch with cool chalk-white fabrics, elegant furniture and sunken baths, and generous outdoor space and some have private pools. The generous beach villas, secluded in lush tropical greenery with their own private strip of sand are best for easy access to snorkelling, followed by lazy afternoons in a hammock tied between two palm trees and 32 vast Water Villas have large overwater decks, an infinity pool and a canopied sunbed for two. A fleet of chauffeured golf buggies are on-hand to whisk guests around the resort and bicycles are assigned to each villa. The fully-staffed Grand Sunset Residence, listed in Elite Traveler’s Top 101 Suites in the World has two villas – one with two bedrooms, and another for a nanny.

The One&Only Spa by ESPA was awarded the fifth Best Overseas Hotel Spa by readers of Condé Nast Traveller’s in 2018 and it offers some of the most wonderful spa and wellness experiences on earth. Facilities include an astonishing 12 beaches, complimentary water sports, a dive centre, tennis, rock climbing and a FIFA-certified football pitch as well as cookery lessons and art classes. An unmissable trip on the resort’s traditional dhoni boat to nearby reefs and dive sites, offers the chance to spot hawksbill turtles.

 

One&Only Reethi Rah is very family friendly, with children of all ages catered for at the kids clubs.

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