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
- 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
It’s hard to know what to put in a review to be constructive when so many other reviews say the same – large villas, beautiful beaches, wonderful food and service.
1. The boat transfer is quick and efficient. I personally feel that a boat transfer gets you to resort quicker than a sea plane and is easier and less faff, plus nice to blow away the cobwebs of a flight sitting on the deck in the sun.
2. We were there 3 years ago and since then the villas have been refurbished slightly and are even nicer than I’d remembered. They felt newer and more special. I particularly loved the dressing unit in the bathroom placed adjacent to the bath with a mirror down the side so that when you are in the bath the reflection of the ocean is next to you one side and the view of the ocean the other. You can also see the blue ocean when on your private beach walking to the villa, it’s a nice touch. I love the unpacking and packing service !
3. We stated in 175, beach villa without pool. I personally don’t think the beach villa pools are worth the additional cost as you can’t really swim in them and there are 2 gorgeous pools on the island which we usually had to ourselves if we visited them. We stayed on Sunset Beach, I’d recommend it for being very quiet and you get the afternoon and late evening sun and sunset views. However it’s not a lagoon, it’s ocean side so if you prefer a villa in front of a still lagoon ask for North Beach or Grand Beach. Sunset beach was windy but the breeze was welcome and I liked the sound of the crashing ocean that side of the Island. We said that if we returned with our children Grand Beach would be perfect as the lagoon was large and looked shallow.
4. I don’t agree with other reviews that say it is expensive here. The Maldives is expensive but at Reethi Rah you get what you pay for and within reason you have to go and forget about the cost. It was possible to navigate the wine list with a good variety of choices at under $100 a bottle. The in villa mini bar was also not too scary. My husband did a dive and this priced well compared to other resorts.
5. I used the spa twice and it is lovely and my treatments were faultless (body scrub and massage). My only observation was the receptionists on the 2 occasions I went, I felt were a little rushed and made me feel like I was foot fall, another privileged guest passing through to be processed, rather than an individual. Nowhere else in the resort did this.
6. We took a pedalo out to the platform infront of the Beach Club and snorkelled there and saw a turtle, this was a nice experience. It is also possible to see reef sharks from Tapasake and some baby shark fish (which I saw from infront of our villa).
7. Tapasake was our favourite restaurant, our meals were delicious. However we liked the main restaurant Reethi too as my husband and I could eat off different menus and the tables next to the ocean are lovely.
8. As repeat guests the resort laid on lovely additional extra surprises at no charge, we felt special - thank you these were generous additions to our holiday and much appreciated. Tek our concierge was also warm and helpful and discreet not overbearing which we appreciated.
9. Some reviews comment on the "construction site" near the Island. A new resort is being built near to the marina where you arrive and depart from. You only see this when you arrive and leave and a little from the ocean near beach club maybe if you are looking. There are 2 water villas opposite the new resort too which are directly impacted. Its not a reason to avoid going by any measure (unless you are in one of the 2 water villas just mentioned).
10. June is considered off peak, rainy season. We have always done Maldives in June or July. It is consistently warm, 30 degrees night and day. On this trip we had a little cloud cover in the morning (it still felt very hot and nicely humid and you could still sunbathe) with sunny blue skies each day by 11 am and sunny afternoons. It rained on two evenings, quick bursts that soon passed. I personally would not avoid June or July because of the risk of some rain.
We will return when our youngest can go to the Kids Club (from 4 years), already can’t wait.
Thumbs up Jan and to your colleagues for a wonderful stay. Tek did a marvellous job checking in with us every morning and evening meal periods. Botanica was a great dining experience hosted by Joseph and Chef Pip.
This island is a secluded place in where you can relax and do pretty much anything. When we booked I’d read stunning reviews before but never actually thought it would be that spectacular! You can go diving, play football, tennis, volleyball, badminton. The list is endless and the workers (especially at the beach club) are all very friendly and we are sure to go back soon!
This was our 13th consecutive trip to the Maldives and as latterly we had visited the excellent Constance Halaveli resort for the last 7 years, and Gili Lankanfushi for a few days we decided to have a change. This was partly because of the great deals available, our desire to explore more of the Maldives and also to visit a larger island, so OORR was appealing plus it was only a 45 min speedboat ride from Male, making a change from the seaplane.
The adventure began on arriving in Male where unfortunately I had suffered an accident on disembarking the plane. However the OORR representative could not have been more helpful arranging for a wheelchair to ferry me to the airport clinic and liaising with the clinic Doctor and also the Reethi’s resident the Doctor to determine the best way to handle the situation. After an hour or so we made our way to the luxury yacht which was waiting patiently for us. The transfer was absolutely fabulous with a crew who could not do enough to make us comfortable.
On arrival at OORR we were greeted by some of the management team, our concierge and the Island resort Doctor. We were swiftly transferred by buggy to the most amazing water villa we have ever stayed in. Our excellent concierge (Tek) showed us around the villa and familiarised us with everything. Having experienced pushy/stalking concierges in other resorts, Tek was the complete opposite. He was top notch and gauged perfectly the level of service we like and was there whenever we wanted something, and organised things quickly and efficiently.
The villas are incredibly spacious, and the amenities in the villa are of extremely high quality. However we did have a couple of niggly things happen with the door locks and air conditioning but these were dealt with very speedily and efficiently. We stayed water villa (104), which was kept spotlessly clean by our room boy (Mango).
We had requested a villa as far away from the restaurant as possible, and due to my ankle injury we had to travel everywhere by buggy. A quick call to the concierge and a buggy would arrive within minutes.
The island is immaculately kept, the bars, restaurants and other public areas are no exception. We cannot speak highly enough of the staff, we were so grateful for all the help & kindness they showed to us. The lovely guys in Fandita (Bambyno – just one to mention) just could not do enough to make our evenings watching the sunset whilst sipping on a fabulous cocktail a truly wonderful experience. Chefs David & Lajos were fantastic and looked after us exceedingly well. From thoughtful little treats at breakfast and dinner, to bin liners to protect my plaster cast in the shower.
There are many dining options available. We had booked on a half board basis and this was really good value. Due to my ankle injury we dined in the Reethi restaurant, which offers 3 different types of cuisine/restaurant experiences each with a great menu. This suited us and we did not tire of it, because there was so much choice. The food was amazing and of very high quality. Breakfast was also in the Reethi restaurant, again with an extensive offering available every day, to include fresh juices, healthy food bowls, fabulous buffet items and an a la carte menu. The tea and coffee choices were in abundance – truly the best breakfast experience we have had in any Maldivian hotel.
The return transfer was outstanding. Due to my injury the staff made sure we had every assistance and comfort available to enjoy our return to Male.
So overall would we recommend OORR and would we go back? - that’s an unreserved YES – in fact later this year!.
What a great place for a relaxing holiday, we arrived back from holiday on the 1st June.2018
The resort is an hour boat ride from Male, in a beautiful boat, on arrival you are greeted by manager and staff all so very friendly ,taken to your accommodation and explained everything, then the fun begins.The best breakfast setup I have ever seen there is nothing you could want that they don’t have,dinner they have 7 different places you can go for dinner also a large bar if you want drinks before dinner.we stayed at a overwater villa next time we would stay on the beach with a pool, the villas are so well appointed take a couple of cords for your I phones as u just have to plug them in no adaptor needed,beaches are beautiful all the island is so well looked after. They have bikes for you to ride around on so you don’t have to walk or you ring for a buggy.Plenty to do if you wish,we went at the wrong time as we had couple of days rain, if we go back I think we will go in April. The staff were fantastic, I would recommend Highly to go there