One&Only Reethi Rah
What We Love
- Daily buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Sipping sunset cocktails at Fanditha and dining on melt-in-your-mouth sushi and sashimi at Tapasake
- Cruising the atoll on the resort’s dhoni, a traditional Maldivian sailboat
- Children of all ages are welcome (unusual in this honeymooner-heavy archipelago)
What To Know
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Round-trip airport transfers by luxury yacht are approximately $452 per person
- The hotel has an annual maintenance program, carried out from May 15 through October 15
- The little extras are expensive, such as excursions, wine and bottles of water
- Don’t expect a Robinson Crusoe vibe; this resort is large and glamorous
- A green tax of $6 per person, per night, will be collected at the hotel from November 2015.
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Room Service
Set on one of the largest private islands in the North Malé Atoll, One&Only Reethi Rah has no fewer than 12 beaches, luxurious overwater villas and butler service. Wood and thatch villas are dotted among palm trees, and hammocks are suspended over the turquoise lagoon at this picture-postcard paradise, where the only transport options are golf buggies and bikes.
Bed and Bath
Rooms are sigh-inducing. Water Villas are palatial, with enormous wooden beds topped with 300-thread-count linens, spacious sitting rooms, separate dressing areas and private decks with giant hammocks suspended over the crystal clear lagoon; a top spot for sunbathing and stargazing. Beach Villas offer private beach access and large verandas with outdoor showers; bathrooms are vast, with sunken tubs and twin sinks.
For sunset cocktails and mezzes head to Fanditha, a sand-in-the-toes drinking hole with a super-laid-back vibe, chandeliers flickering in the trees and a DJ. Other dining options include Tapasake for candlelit sushi above the lagoon, glamorous Reethi restaurant and the intimate Chef’s Garden, where the dishes feature resort-grown ingredients. At the One&Only Spa by ESPA, the treatment rooms (individual thatch villas overlooking the ocean) are as relaxing as the massages. Don’t miss the Energy Equalizer, a signature treatment in which aromatherapy oils are liberally slathered and chakras are opened. There are plenty of water-based activities on-site, from water skiing to windsurfing, but the challenge here is to drag yourself away from your overwater villa.
How to Get There
I'm quite well traveled and have already visited the Maldives 2 years ago but stayed at a different island which too was superb, but I must say this One & Only really does live up to its name. Superb accommodation, food, service and settings. Would not hesitate to go back again
One and only reethi rah will be a special place in our hearts forever as the people we met there.. Hussain was the best concerige we could ever ask for and made everything perfect for us. Nadif from the private sand bank dinner was exceptional an had a great conversation with him.. Rento from the raw bar was fantastic and so accommodating and friendly..Cannot wait to come back
Truly, I do not know where to begin in how to describe our experience other than to say I fear future vacations are sure to sadly pale in comparison to the magnificent experience we had while celebrating our 25th anniversary at the One & Only Reethi Rah. This was our first trip to the Maldives and it was even more stunning than we imagined. Americans of a certain “vintage” will note that the One & Only seems to have created its very own version of the 1970’s hit TV show “Fantasy Island” complete with guests arriving by seaplane or yacht with members of the resort management waiting on the dock to personally greet you upon arrival. We were simply impressed from arrival to departure with every aspect of the service. Our over-the-water villa was just as we had dreamt of, and we marveled watching a group of dolphins swim along at what was hard to decipher between sea and horizon each morning. Sunsets were equally stunning; with the surroundings so tranquil and quiet it was almost an evening spiritual experience to behold. In the evenings, star gazing becoming a nightly ritual. The resort was absolutely gorgeous and we wanted for nothing all week long. We loved our bicycles and spending time exploring the island on our own. Our concierge, Oni, was just a delight and made our week-long stay so special, especially our last night when she arranged a private dinner on the beach for anniversary which brought tears to my eyes. Like Oni, every member of the staff exemplified fine hospitality and is truly at the heart of what makes this resort so incredibly special. We also enjoyed many wonderful excursions on the water including snorkeling with the sea turtles and manta rays, jet skiing with dolphins to a sunset cruise for two on a luxury catamaran. All of these experiences were wonderful with phenomenal crews that made sure we were safe, comfortable and enjoyed every moment. In addition, my husband, an avid diver, enjoyed several outings with an outstanding dive master, Ash. The food in all of the outlets is masterfully conceived, presented and prepared as was their entire food/beverage operation. The buffets are lovely, especially the breakfast. We really loved all of our dining experiences, but Botanica was one of our favorites. The manager there was clearly so proud of their farm-to-table approach to dining with a vast organic garden supplying much of their produce and cooking techniques utilizing open flame vs electric or gas sources. If I had to make one recommendation, I do think they could use one additional outlet open for lunch during busy season. The spa is heavenly, but again, I do think they could expand upon some of their offerings beyond massages and facials perhaps utilizing the healing techniques of Southeast Asia as a guide. Though it was the spring/busy season and the resort at capacity, we never felt it busy or overcrowded at all. Yes, this is a top-notch luxury resort with every lush corner as Instagram-worthy as its clientele. But it is the water and beaches that are truly breathtaking- something I will never forget and now that we are home I long to again be enveloped in the silky warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean. I cannot recommend this property enough, and with global warming affecting the coral reefs and waters here and so many places in the world, Maldives Islands should certainly be moved to the top of everyone’s bucket list and soon!
This is just a heavenly place to stay you like peace and tranquillity's well as superb facilities and restaurants.From the airport we boarded their own cruiser outside the terminal and enjoyed the beautiful views .We arrived 45 Minues later and could not have been more impressed with our villa.We chose a beach villa rather than a water villa and it was fabulous.Each villa has bikes to get around the island on which is great fun but you can request a buggy to take you to a restaurant .The choice of restaurants is varied and we particularly like Botanica in the middle of the island which serves their own home grown produce.We cannot wait to return here asap.A big thank you to all the staff who were excellent.
This is my 6th visit to the maldives (prior resorts were W, four seasons landaa, anantara kihava, coco palm bodu, jumeira vitavelli) we dont like to return to the same resort again but this is the only resort where i could see myself coming back to over and over again.
The beach is amazing, sea like a pool, this isnt a new resort its quite old however superbly maintained everything looks new including a huge tv in the room.
Room dining in maldives is usually average, however the food here is very good.
Snorkeling trip we did a pvt one for me wife and kids and were lucky to see a manta and turtles which was the highlight of our trip
Only issue as most great maldives resorts is the price, very expensive so u cant stay so long and cant visit as often.
Weather was beyond perfect (30 march-3 april) with no wind we were very lucky
All in all was a perfect trip