Before we actually paid a visit, Reethi Rah seemed a bit conservative for an island resort. Sleek, grand, but maybe lacking some of that rustic maldiveness (define it as you like), so in vogue these days. Coming ashore we realised that refusing to follow design fads is precisely the point: you simply don’t have to, when you are the best.
“I call it the ‘me too’ syndrome”, explained the Reethi Rah’s General Manager. “Other resorts race to have the latest new thing, new design trend and in the end you don’t recognise which villa is from which resort. They all end up with the same look.”
In other words, fashions come and go. And it takes a certain level of confidence to just shrug them off, in the competitive space of the Indian Ocean resorts.
“The lady of Maldivian resorts”
Reethi Rah sticks to its own One & Only style. Purposefully not ‘trendy’ yet brought up to the highest level of luxury, focused on serving its customers the kind of experience you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the Maldives.
Perhaps no other luxury resort here affords its guests so much space and privacy—and quite as many attractions. You could stay here for a month and not get bored.
The ultimate holiday experience
The island is packed with facilities: there are two flood-lit tennis courts, football and volleyball pitches, a state-of-the-art fitness club and of course a water sports centre, very well equipped and providing all manner of activities. There is even a golf course, albeit only in the form of a simulator (which doubles as a private cinema). The range of attractions for children is second-to-none, and the beautiful spa is maybe the largest and most comprehensive in the Maldives.
Dining options start from the monumental main restaurant where we’d go for lavish breakfasts, to informal beach-side Fanditha with its Middle Eastern delights (the beach bar here is the best spot for sundowners) and—our favourite—the Japanese-themed Tapasake.
Beaches, pools and… nets
The guest accommodation takes the resort experience to another level. The Water Villas are simply iconic, with their unique nets stretched around sun decks. The beach villas, carefully arranged around twelve picture-perfect beaches, enchant with extra seclusion and space. Set widely apart and sheltered by dense tropical vegetation, they offer more than plenty of space and privacy.
Villa interiors follow the elegant and glamorous style found throughout the resort: a kind of polished luxury chic, which goes well with the high-tech equipment and massive decadent terrazzo baths in the villas.
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Number of rooms & suites: 130
Rate per night: From USD $790
*The rate is only approximate and is based on our own independent research, at the time of writing. We cannot guarantee the rate in any way.
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