Reethi Rah continues to be the largest and most well-known resort in the Maldives, scoring highly in terms of design and exclusivity.
The resort is located on a large island in the North Malé Atoll stretching from west to east in a crescent like shape for over 1.5km.
The resort’s spacious 130 villas (135sqm-322sqm) include villas with pools and over-water villas which provide comfortable accommodation options for all guests, from honeymooning couples to large families with children. The Duplex villas are ideal for families with children. Although the resort's villas on the north side do not offer sunset views, they are better suited for swimming. Though the distance between the resort's villas and the key facilities is noticeable (at least by Maldivian island resort standards), the resort provides bikes and golf cart transportation to enable guests to get around.
Reethi Rah has four fine restaurants specialising in Japanese, Far Eastern, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine respectively. The resort’s wine selection is considered the best in the Maldives.
Reethi Rah has an excellent SPA by ESPA and a fully equipped and air-conditioned gym. The resort has a diving centre and offers cooking classes at One&Only Reethi Rah culinary school.
The KidsOnly programme is offered to children ages 4 to 11. Children can enjoy their own section of the resort with separate dining facilities, a clubhouse and a swimming pool.
40min by speedboat or 75min by luxury yacht from Male International airport (42km) (MLE). Reethi Rah is located on the north west side of Male Atoll
December to April is dry and sunny while monsoon season starts in May/June and lasts until November. Downpours however are brief. April and May are the hottest months of the year. Temperatures range between 24C and 33C throughout the year.
When you spot a woman in Prada getting off one of the seaplanes arriving at Malé airport, it's almost certain she'll have been staying at Reethi Rah. The hotel is deeply glamorous: guests dress up for dinner in its dimly lit, gently gleaming environs, and sometimes for breakfast, lunch and dive school, too. Super-smart, with its stone baths designedfor two, often with a royal in residence (never seen but identifiable by uniformed bodyguards sitting outside the villa), this is an immense and hugely successful hotel, with 12 man-made beaches anda busy marina where big inflatables can be hired. There's a very Zen Japanese spa where you can fully detox, and an amazing teen zone with ping-pong tables and all kinds of watersports. Since it opened, a cookery school has been added and its overwater villas now have pools, but the beach pool villas are still the best: thrillingly big and impressive, they have wardrobes and shoe space to match.