This was our first trip to the Maldives and we chose Reethi Beach as we wanted to go to a smaller island. We stayed 14 night in September in a water villa ( a total must to stay in a water villa and not much more expensive to upgrade compared to other Maldivian islands).
We went Bed & Breakfast, we ate lunch every day, a 2 course dinner, had soft drinks and water and the occasional icecream, alcoholic drinks throughout the afternoon and with dinner (basically we ate and drank so much and never went without) we did one snorkeling trip and had 3 massages in the spa and still spent £100 less than the All Inclusive Upgrade price - totally the best decision for us.
The water villa was brilliant, pure isolation being able to relax on your balcony, all you can see is the sea. They are semi detached but we didnt once hear any noise from our neighbours and the only time we saw people from our balcony was as snorklers passed by. Room was spacious with comfy king sized bed, sofa and coffee table, tea&coffee making facilities, an electronic safe and an empty fridge which was great for bringing drinks back to the room for for a day of sunbathing on your balcony (sunbeds and cushions and table and chairs with cushions). Bathroom was large with a bath and a separate big powerful shower.
The room boy comes in twice a day to make up the room and change towels etc, in the evening he turns down the bed for the night and does a pretty design with the sheets. You can put your do not disturb sign out if you dont wish to be disturbed but he gets to know your timetable and would usually come in whilst we were at breakfast or dinner. We tipped him $10 a week.
We were also allocated sunbeds on the beach in an area for the water villas just beside the water villas, was never very busy.
In September the water villas 208-212 were over the sandbank so you would walk down your steps onto a sand bank then access the sea off the sand bank (we were put in 212 but moved to 202 after 3 days as we requested to move, they were very accommodating with this). The higher numbers face the jetty where the sea planes come in so would recommend a lower number villa 201-207.
The food was brilliant, we liked to eat lunch by the pool bar or at Moodhu bar and dinner at Moodhu Bar (at the end of the jetty with fab views) or Reethi Grill (right on the beach). We did work our way through pretty much the whole menu but the food was great quality, we had some great pizzas, steaks and my favourite meal was the Surf & Turf - lobster, king prawns and fillet steak amazing! Service was first class, from the staff in the restaurants to the bar staff, they would know your room number so you just had to sign after your meal. Even drinks at the pool bar were brought over to you and poured for you.
The buffet restaurant is good but we just ate breakfast there, a nice wide choice and again attentive service.
The main bar (can get wii-fii here) was great but could get busy. We prefered the bar by the water villas where Salim served us and occasionally had a little chat with him, much quieter and relaxing. Could come and get drinks and icecreams from here to enjoy in the villa or on the beach.
Everything is in keeping with the island, the chairs made out of tree trunks etc. The island was so quiet we could quite frequently be walking to lunch or dinner and not pass anyone else (the paths are sandy paths through the jungle). At any point on the island all you can see is the sea too, we even saw a school of dolphins once!
Would recommend the technical tour on Thursdays, get to see the staff quarters, kitchens and how the island is run, very interesting.
The swimming pool is small but is adequate, we spent quite a few mornings there where we were the only ones there at all, wonderful.
Spa is great, not overly priced and we had a couples massage in the same room.
We did nothing but swim, snorkel, sunbathe, eat and drink - perfect. They do have tennis courts, table tennis, water sports section and plenty of excursions, books and magazines and games to borrow too. You can do as much or as little as you like.
We were invited to Management Cocktail party, a really nice touch, we had a couple of free drinsk and canapes and got to meet the key staff.
We also had a free honeymooners 4 course dinner in Saima Garden, food was perfection and so romantic.
-lower numbered water villa
- take a torch for walking down the paths at night
- dont take shoes just one pair of flipflops
- take reef shoes (or we took our crocs) as coral is sharp
- take your own snorkel kit (we brought ours for £25 each before we went and took with us)
- Take a lot of mozzi spray (not European one) and bite cream - you WILL get bitten no matter what
- take an underwater camera - fish are amazing!
- tip the room boys and waiting and bar staff, they deserve it they are so friendly and cant do enough for you
- tip the fish feeding guy
- take $1 and $10 bills for tipping, eveything else is charged to your room and paid at the end of your stay
The best choice, we had a amazing time in Reethi Beach and wish we were still there. The staff are the islands biggest asset, they are wonderful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Reethi Beach is one of the most eco-friendly, Maldivian style, 4 star deluxe island resorts situated in Baa Atoll, the Maldives. Decorated with refined care, the villas, elegant and spacious, are enhanced by typical architecture of the Maldives and provide all comfort of modern life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Reethi Beach Hotel Baa Atoll
- Reethi Beach Maldives
- Hotel Reethi Beach
- Reethi Beach Resort Maldives/Baa Atoll