Nestled like a sparkling gem in the heart of the Indian Ocean, One&Only Reethi Rah stands as a testament to opulence, setting a new standard for luxury island resorts. With 122 sleek villas, a plethora of world-class restaurants, an indulgent spa, an array of sporting facilities, and high-fashion boutiques, this island paradise, ensconced in lush tropical foliage and surrounded by 12 pristine coral beaches, offers an unforgettable experience. In this in-depth review, the Luxurious Traveler will delve into the heart of this exquisite haven.
Paradise might not boast an actual postal code, but One&Only Reethi Rah has found its celestial abode on one of the largest islands in North Malé Atoll's extraordinarily beautiful string of coral atolls and lagoons. Here, a perpetual sea breeze cools the sun-drenched days and soothes the evenings in balmy bliss. Arriving at this haven can be a brisk 50-minute sail by yacht or an even speedier 15-minute seaplane ride, ensuring minimal delay in experiencing this island's marvels.
Style and Character
The atmosphere at One&Only Reethi Rah exudes a serene ease that instantly calms the senses. Surrounded by picturesque bays and a seemingly endless stretch of powdery beach, this resort has gracefully matured over the years, a feat largely credited to its visionary designer, Jean-Michel Gathy. He masterfully fused modernity and intimate private spaces with a vibrant connection to the natural environment, creating a harmonious retreat where modern luxury meets untamed nature.
Service and Facilities
In this paradisiacal setting, nature's unfiltered beauty is just a step away. Whether it's a sunrise meditation on the beach, ocean-view spinning classes, or yoga on a paddleboard, the splendor of the Earth and sea envelops you. Everywhere you turn, the lush greenery abounds, from the plant-based menu at Botanical to the turtle rehabilitation center's precious green-shelled residents. The spa's thatched grass roofs offer a soothing respite infused with the scent of essential oils. A dedicated butler is at your beck and call 24/7, ensuring that your stay here is nothing short of perfection.
Architected by Jean-Michel Gathy, One&Only Reethi Rah's 122 villas are aquatic sanctuaries that seamlessly merge with the natural beauty that surrounds them. The sleek interiors, adorned in warm hues of stone and timber, flow effortlessly into the generous outdoor decks, furnished with capacious daybeds and spacious umbrellas. Each villa is a fantasy escape, blurring the line between interior and exterior spaces, much like the sea meets the sky on the horizon.
Food and Drink
With eight distinguished restaurants and bars at your service, it's no exaggeration to say that you'll never go hungry or thirsty on this island. From the fragrance of freshly roasted coffee in bed to sizzling teppanyaki lunches over the lagoon, magical candle-lit dinners in timber-clad treehouses, and starlit strolls back to your villa after a perfectly mixed nightcap, One&Only Reethi Rah treats you to an endless procession of culinary delights.
One experience stands out - the breakfast croissants. Warm, buttery, and flaky, they appear every 20 minutes, fresh from the oven, ready to be adorned with house-made mango and chili jam. It's a soul-satisfying start to your day, unlike any other.
One&Only Reethi Rah offers a range of villa options to suit various preferences. Beach Villas, though considered the entry category, are no less than exquisite. They span 135 square meters, providing ample space and seclusion. Beach Villas come with their own private patch of sand, complete with sun loungers, a white hammock swaying between palm trees, and a veranda for private dining.
For those seeking the utmost in luxury, the Grand Beach Villas offer a living room and an additional bedroom. The grand villas even come with their own personal buggy for convenient transport from the beach to the bar.
For a unique experience, Water Villas are set up differently from the traditional Maldivian villas. They are clustered around the island, creating an authentic and connected atmosphere. Grand Water Villas with pools offer the pinnacle of luxury, with one-bedroom overwater suites.
One of the standout features of One&Only Reethi Rah is its extensive range of activities. From snorkeling with sharks and turtles to game fishing, wine tasting, catamaran dining experiences, and dolphin cruises, there's always something exciting to do. The crystal-clear waters provide the perfect backdrop for waterskiing, making it a magical experience.
Dining at Reethi Rah
The dining experiences at One&Only Reethi Rah are nothing short of extraordinary. Breakfast is a culinary masterpiece, offering a vast array of choices to cater to every taste. The restaurants and bars ensure that you have a diverse selection of dining experiences, preventing monotony during your stay.
One exceptional dining venue is Fanditha, a Middle Eastern restaurant located on the water's edge. The setting, with tables on the sand, provides an elegant yet laid-back atmosphere for a truly unforgettable dining experience.
One&Only Reethi Rah is an iconic Maldivian resort, synonymous with luxury and indulgence. While it may come at a premium, the unparalleled service, stunning surroundings, and world-class dining make it a standout destination for those seeking an unforgettable escape. To experience this unparalleled paradise, contact us for the best deals. Your journey to luxury awaits in this opulent Maldivian haven.