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16 fun facts we bet you didn't know about One&Only Reethi Rah

  • Travel 101
  • By Kate Goldstone
  • Published 05 July 2022
  • Revised 14 July 2023

Are you dreaming about a Reethi Rah Maldives holiday? You’re not alone. This place is absolutely stunning in every way, from the lovely turquoise waters to the endless azure skies, the lush exotic feel and fragrance of the island to the discreet professional service you enjoy at every turn.  A multitude of wonderful activities await you, along with stylish luxury accommodation and access to the resort’s 12 pure white sandy private beaches. 

From One&Only Reethi Rah opening to the present day, this remarkable resort has been providing wanderlust with tasteful accommodation, a splendid climate, masses of activities, and the privacy you deserve. No wonder this is a haven for celebrities and a favourite with the wealthy. 

If you need any more persuading (unlikely), then One&Only Reethi Rah's Instagram is sure to inspire your dream holiday. This place is about as Instagrammable as it gets, thanks to the beauty of your surroundings, the sunsets and sunrises, the views from your accommodation, the beaches, the food, and everything in between.  And that’s why so many people adore this resort – it’s the ultimate luxury desert island holiday experience. 

Here are 16 fun facts about a Reethi Rah Maldives holiday, an unforgettable experience for discerning holidaymakers.   

1. It has 128 dreamy villas

The One&Only Reethi Rah offers 128 gorgeous, roomy villas to stay in either with a beach right outside your door or built out over the water - so you’re right on the glimmering edge of the ocean. They’re both complete magic. Whether you choose a water villa or a beach villa, the views will blow your mind. 

2. Sumptuous One&Only Spa

The resort features an award-winning spa, a peaceful sanctuary you’ll fall in love with. Can you see yourself relaxing in a place so calm, chilled and luxurious you can feel your troubles and concerns drifting away? What a superb way to renew yourself and bring your body and mind to a state of total relaxation. No wonder people refer to these islands as paradise…

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3. There’s a roster of restaurants to try

Eat out somewhere different every night for eight nights, then start again. The cuisine is always mouth-watering, always superbly prepared, and always varied. Each of the resort’s eight fabulous restaurants has a sophisticated bar, too. When the cuisine is this good, this fresh and this expertly prepared, every bite you eat is sheer pleasure.  

4. There are endless activities

Your Reethi Rah Maldives holiday comes complete with a climbing wall, fitness centre, diving centre, spa, KidsOnly club, a special club for teens, and three glorious pools. What’s your holiday style? Do you revel in chilled days when you do nothing more than watch the wonders of this spectacular location go by? Or if you’re keen to maintain your hard-won fitness levels while on holiday, it’s perfectly equipped. And you’ll always know for sure that the youngsters in your group are safe and entertained, having the best possible time. Reethi Rah has it all covered. 

5. There are private residences for VIPs

The villas at Reethi Rah are spectacular. But there’s more. If you have a large party or you simply want to enjoy the ultimate in luxurious living, you can book a huge private residence with stylish outdoor living spaces, ensuite bedrooms, rainshowers, enormous baths, a pool, and total, blessed privacy. Designed to soothe the body, soul and mind, the unique lagoon views are unbelievably lovely.

6. You’ll be escorted to the resort 007 style

How do you get to the island? You fly into Malé International airport then travel onwards by speedboat, yacht or seaplane. Pretty cool, huh? It means the travel part, the getting there element of your island adventure, is just as exciting as the experiences you’ll enjoy once you arrive. Sit back, love the scenery, leave your troubles behind. That’s what this place is all about.

7. You’ll share the waters with 2,000 species of fish

Go diving or snorkelling to encounter more than 2,000 different types of fish and other fascinating water-dwellers.  Huge creatures, like the whale shark and oddities like the jenkin whipray, along with a multitude of other wonderful creatures from the ray family can be found here.

You won’t forget your first sighting of the enormous oceanic manta ray in a hurry! These clear, balmy waters are home to many different kinds of colourful reef fish too, in rainbow shades and extraordinary shapes - pipefish, lion fish, cornet fish, and the hind family of vividly-coloured fish. You will adore discovering the magic and if your party includes children, they’ll go wild for it.

8. The aqua beds are carved from stone

Every villa at the resort has its own remarkable aqua bed, carved from stone and the perfect way to relax in the sparkling blue waters. Can you imagine yourself chilling in the lovely calm waters in great comfort and style? Your holiday photos are going to be totally spectacular...

9. In case anybody is clock watching…

What’s your time zone at the resort? Reethi Rah is an hour ahead of Malé time, so you get even more glorious daylight. For those wondering, this means you’ll be 6 hours ahead of UK time.

10. You’re not totally remote…

There’s free Wi-Fi across the resort, great for keeping the kids entertained and the perfect way to plug yourself into the outside world – which feels a very long way away here – if you wish. If you prefer, ignore it and spend your time in total relaxation. No emails, no internet, no calls, no streaming or downloading, and absolutely no intrusions.  

11. You’ll get given your own mobile phone

It’s not the type you can upload all your Instagram photo’s to (we imagine you’ll be doing a lot of that), but resort guests will be given a special mobile upon arrival for any bookings or special requests. Just call and a friendly member of staff will make it happen for you. You’ll also have your very own concierge on hand whenever you need them. 

12. Drones are a no go

One thing to remember. Drones take awesome footage, but this place is all about privacy and discretion, somewhere people can truly chill amid a tranquil setting. That’s why, to maintain your safety and privacy, it’s forbidden to take any drone footage at the resort - or anywhere on the island.

13. You’ll be rubbing shoulders with celebs

Gordon Ramsay, Milla Jovovich, Russell Crowe, David Beckham and Tom Cruise have all enjoyed holidays in this spectacular luxury resort since the official One&Only Reethi Rah opening. A sign that you’re in very good company, making the kind of quality choices made by some of the world’s best-loved and respected celebrities.

14. Choose from 12 private beaches

Make the most of the 12 secluded beaches, including Turtle Beach in the centre of the island. This unique private island offers picture postcard stretches of soft white sand, where the turquoise seas gently lap. Perfect for a romantic stroll, or ideal for a relaxing swim in the clean, clear water. Every beach is unique, offering an experience you’ll dream about for years to come. 

15. Reethi Rah has a HUGE following

One&Only Reethi Rah Instagram account has 181,000 followers, revealing how much people love the look of this luxurious retreat. It’s gorgeous at every turn. The beach villas are a masterpiece in classic interior decor, they're rich in real wood, stone, and feature dreamy white linens. It’s blissful stuff. Oversized bathtubs, breathtaking beach views, and a wonderful sunbathing deck for sunrise breakfasts and sunset siestas. The water villas are just as tranquil and dreamy, the kind of accommodation that makes the perfect backdrop for shareable holiday photos. 

16. Make a splash in three pools

Three unique swimming pools await you, each in a stunning tropical setting.  

The family-friendly infinity pool provides mini atolls with hammocks and lots of lovely natural inlets for water-based kiddie fun. There’s a KidsOnly pool with its own lifeguards, plus mini poolside sun loungers for little ones. And the adults-only Lap Pool is a full 30m long, stretching out into the lagoon and featuring an astonishing immersive design - a Jacuzzi, carved stone lounge bed, and thatched break-out space complete the picture. 

The resort's Water Villas, Beach Villas, and Grand Residences also have private pools. Or, head for relaxing vitality pool and gorgeous steam and sauna facilities at the onsite spa.

Feeling inspired? Book a stay at the Reethi Rah today, whether you're planning a couple’s retreat, a wellness break, or somewhere to host the perfect Maldives family holiday. 

Whatever your reasons for visiting the Maldives, we’ll fulfill your luxury travel request with a smile, fantastic Maldives holiday offers, and all the professional expertise you require. 

Call Winged Boots on 0203 816 0985 or click here to send us your enquiry. Can't get enough of Island Life? You might also like to check out our ultimate luxury Indian Ocean holidays, too.

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