If you dream of being cast away on a tropical island paradise, One&Only Reethi Rah would probably be your idea of heaven. Set on a private island in the North Malé Atoll, this sumptuous all-villa resort really lives up to its name – Reethi Rah means ‘beautiful island’.
Whether you sweep in via speedboat or cruise in on a luxury yacht, you can’t fail to be awestruck by the lush, tropical island, fringed by powder-white beaches, gently swaying palms, and sparkling turquoise waters. Step ashore, sinking your toes into the soft sand, and you’ll discover an ultra-chic resort dedicated to laidback luxury.
Eight restaurants showcase creative cuisine from around the world. There’s a pampering spa to soothe mind, body and soul, as well as a PADI Gold Palm Resort Dive Centre, three pools, an artist’s studio, golf simulator, and designer clothes boutique.
But perhaps the highlight of the resort is its unashamedly decadent villas.
Accommodation at One&Only Reethi Rah
Designed by Jean-Michel Gathy, the villas at One&Only Reethi Rah are sublime. The majority of accommodation is in secluded beach villas tucked amongst the trees with direct beach access, and remarkable over-water villas, which have a definite ‘Wow!’ factor.
All villas are vast, with soaring vaulted ceilings, oodles of outdoor space, and design influences from Maldivian, Chinese and Balinese architecture. Each comes with a personal butler and villa valet to tend to your every need, and a bike for every occupant so you can potter around the island at your leisure.
The Beach Villas at One&Only Reethi Rah are the lead-in category – but there’s nothing basic about them! Set on their own deserted stretch of sand surrounded by a shady veranda and tropical gardens, they offer the epitome of indoor/outdoor living.
Styled in wood and natural stone with elegant furniture, rooms have a neutral colour scheme with crisp white linens and accents in ochre, rust and silver. Large bathrooms feature walk-in rainshowers and sunken terrazzo baths with uninterrupted sea views, while a comfy sitting area opens to the outside.
Outdoors is pure bliss. Breakfast on the wooden deck listening to waves gently lap the shore, laze in a hammock strung between trees, or recline on your private sun loungers.
For a delightful addition to your outdoor space, Beach Villas with Pool feature a sleek pool set in the sand, just steps from the shoreline. So you can move from ocean to pool in seconds.
Families and groups of friends seeking an oversized hideaway love the Two-Villa Residence with Pool. Two freestanding villas, one with king-size bed and the other with two queens, share a private stretch of beach with pool and spacious outdoor living and dining area.
And then there’s the Grand Beach Villa with Pool, a spacious family-friendly villa with large private pool, canopied day beds and generous indoor/outdoor living space – ideal for treasured family get-togethers.
For an iconic Maldivian experience you can’t beat the Water Villas at One&Only Reethi Rah; vast thatched beauties suspended on stilts over the azure lagoon. Connected to the mainland by stilted walkways, they’re truly breathtaking.
The Water Villas have the same elegant interiors as the Beach Villas. But outside is where the magic happens. A sundeck surrounds the structure with wrap-around netted hammocks fringing the deck, ideal for swaying above the lagoon in the afternoon breeze, cocktail in hand. There’s a private jetty with sun loungers, while steps lead down into the clear waters.
For an indulgent upgrade, choose the Water Villas with Pool. These deluxe villas have a private infinity pool on the sun deck along with a romantic cabana. So you can enjoy sunset from your pool before falling asleep to the sound of waves beneath your bed.
The palatial Grand Water Villa with Pool is simply sigh inducing. This majestic villa sits on the west of the island to make the most of those glorious sunsets. With abundant living space and a duo of pools on deck, this really is Maldivian paradise.