The One&Only Reethi Rah
As part of our tour of the Maldives, we were lucky enough to have one night at the fabulous One&Only Reethi Rah and believe me it is fabulous!
Cuisine: Japanese, Italian, Arabian, Healthy, Chef’s Garden, Wine Cellar
Kids Club: Excellent
Dress Code: Glamorous in flats
Limelight Love: Beach Club
Limelight Low: Reef
With various A-Listers choosing it as their go-to for the Festive Period, we expected it to be pretty glamorous and we weren’t disappointed. From Male Airport we boarded their yacht, the Majesty 56 Gulf Craft fully equipped with WiFi, drinks and snacks for a 45 minute transfer to this partly man made island. It’s original size has been extended and is shaped like an octopus but to be honest we couldn’t tell which part was the extension and which part was original!
As a result of the extension, at 44 hectares, Reethi Rah is one of the largest islands in the Maldives but has fewer accommodations than many other resorts which leads to a real feeling of space and privacy. There are 12 beaches in total and a coastline which stretches 6 km so lots of little private nooks and crannies. In Maldivian, Reethi Rah means beautiful island and that is certainly true of this one!
After checking in we were taken by our personal butler by buggy to our beach villa with private pool (woop woop) and shown around. We were given a mobile phone so that we could reach said butler at any time night or day, not that we ever called him! Room features included an outdoor welcome foot ritual which would be lovely and refreshing after a long flight and we were also offered their unpacking service and a pillow menu. The TV also had a host of multi media functions including lots of info about the resort.
Unfortunately we couldn’t see any of the over water villas as they were all full but we loved our villa which led down to the beach where our very own hammock hung between 2 palm trees on our private part of the beach.
After investigating our room, we headed down to the Beach Club where ‘Ibiza meets Maldives’. On Sundays they offer a buffet lunch with various food choices. There was a sushi bar, an Italian and Morroccan stand and my favourite, the dessert stand! All the staff wear hats and shades and the level of service is as good as you would expect it to be. They have real attention to detail…I loved that my Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc was served in an ice cold glass. To give you an idea of the level of attention, there are around 850 staff in total for 128 luxurious villas!
As mentioned the Beach Club has a real Ibiza/Nikki Beach vibe with a jutting rock which features the DJ ‘booth’, egg shaped hanging chairs which are a signature feature, day beds with billowing net fabrics and floating beds which take you out to sea…
In addition, they have a host of motorised and non-motorised water sports. We took out a ‘glass’ canoe to check out what was happening on the reef below. We canoed out to a floating platform where you can sunbathe in the middle of the ocean and away from the rest of the crowd.
There is plenty to do at Reethi Rah with a packed program of activities which include a climbing wall, virtual golf, beach volleyball etc. Our guide, Carolin, told us they try to add something new every year to keep the resort fresh for returning guests.
You can chill in the beach spa or the main spa…
There is also photography studio on the island and all the guests are entitled to a free 30 minute photo session in the location of your choice which includes 1 complimentary framed picture. In addition, they have a internationally renowned Australian resident artist Christopher Hogan on hand to give lessons.
As the island is fairly big you can get around either by calling a buggy or by push bikes which are provided for both adults and children. If you stay in one of the higher category accommodations you get your own buggy. If you stay in the Grand Sunset Residence (Celebrity Favourite) you get a baby blue or pink Mercedes Buggy!
The ESPA spa is huge and features a resident specialist practioner at any one time. Whilst we where there there was a Kundalini specialist doing her thing. If you are interested in maintaining your bikini body, you can get involved in James Duigan’s Clean & Lean Bodyism program. I have to admit I tried one of the dishes at breakfast and decided I would rather spoil myself with goodies than look good but it’s all there if you want it. If you are interested in keeping in shape you can also head to the gym which is fully equipped and looks out onto the beach. There you will find a buff personal trainer to help you with your fitness program.
Once you have whipped yourself into shape the ladies can head down to the spa to have their hair blow dried and their nails done ready for wine tasting with one of their specialists before dinner at one of the restaurants.
Try the Wow Dessert at as recommended by our lovely host Carolin at Tapasake Japanese Restaurant.
This resort is also great for families with a fantastic kid’s club which has its own fun pool and slides. They really get the children involved and one guest told me that they went to pick up their 3-year old and discovered they had been learning how to make sushi!
We were truly impressed with Reethi Rah. The resort is as glamorous as you would want and has a real polish to it. They have thought of everything so you don’t have to. We just hope that next time we go, we get to stay for longer! 😉