Where to start?
The place is astoundingly great :) We spent the first couple of days walking round smiling and saying just how perfect the place was. My wife was saying constantly that she didnt realise places like this existed.
We stayed in villa 199 and from start to finish it was just perfect. The beach in front was essentially ours as was the beautiful blue ocean in front. The villa was beautiful with a massive bath, lovely shutters which open directly in front of the bed and give you an amazing view of the world...the sea, sun and beach in front.
Our villa host was great as were all staff throughout our stay - a real commendation to O&O as it cant be easy to motivate and train staff to be so consistently exceptional across the board.
The facilities and service are second to none in our experience and everyone we spoke to at the resort agreed this place is something else.
Key things to note:
Breakfast - I have had the pleasure of staying in many luxury properties but this was the best breakfast ever and honestly we didnt need to eat lunch...the variety available, the quality of the ingredients and the flavours were just perfect
Dinner - we actually got a deal which was half board and as a result I thought perhaps the food in the evenings would be fairly average...well we got a great surprise. 4 great restaurants albeit we only managed to eat in 3 (due to weather on last night).
Takesake - Japanese was exceptionally good...beautiful views across the ocean and on our second last night we had a pavilion which juts out into the ocean - truly unforgettable. The food itself was 1st rate...I have had the pleasure of eating a lot of Japanese in London and Japan itself and this was right up there...imo better than Nobu :)
Fanditha - In honesty I didn’t think the food there (lobster and fish) was quite as good as the other restaurants but then that is a very high bar that had been set. The setting was unforgettable - tables arranged on the sandy beach as the waves lap at the shore...
[This is also Sunset bar - cool mellow tunes are played by a great DJ as the rougher sea crashes on the rocks - You can lie on beds in a truly romantic setting]
Reethi restaurant - actually it is 3 restaurants in one area with different themes - we ate here most nights - the food across the board is of a very high standard and mouth-watering
Afternoon tea - each day in the hotel there is afternoon tea which is complimentary and as usual this exceeds initial expectation with a wide array of options including freshly baked pancakes and lots of yummy snacks
Fanditha as above was exceptionally nice for sunset
Club 1 - Beach club where there are lots of watersports, tennis close at hand, table tennis, pool and other things too. Beds on the beach to lie on - think Ibiza...really cool place we went every day and were given complimentary Evian vaporiser spray and ices teas...cocktails could be ordered and the staff were exceptional
Rah Bar - Main bar with entertainment every night and nice spot
Swimming pool - infinity pool which juts into the ocean and was amazing and another nice pool too
The sea is like nothing else and there is lots to do on the island...buggies take you anywhere you want or you can bike...
Flippers and snorkel can be picked up from the dive centre, Tennis, Yoga once a day (in an amazing hut over the water) and non motorised watersports all complimentary.
We did a great snorkelling trip and I swam super close with a massive turtle...there were thousands of fish and generally a good day :)
It sounds amazing but at what price?
It is AMAZING! Celebs are there quite a bit (beckham was there as reported in the sun last Christmas) and at high season it would be way way out of our price range. It was our honeymoon and it was a week of splashout...having said that if you manage to get a decent deal I could not recommend highly enough.
I think if you come to this place you know you are not in for a cheap week but in honesty (with the half board) I thought it could have been much higher prices. A cocktail I guess is $25, a beer maybe $12, snorkling trip for the day $100, dinner quite punchy if not on the half board I guess with mains maybe around $65 average
Spa was a bit expensive and not that great in honesty but that was probably the only thing I would have said was not knockout
Overall, could not recommend highly enough - as the previous guests of villa poignantly noted, the only thing you have to be aware of before booking is that this place could quite easily ruin every holiday for the rest of your life as nothing is going to be this good!
Was perfect as a couple but lots of small families and perfect for them too...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives in the North Male Atoll has 128 exquisite villas, some of the largest in the Maldives, designed by world famous architect Jean Michel Gathy. The resort offers an unrivaled level of style, choice, and personalized service. An eclectic and imaginative menu caters to every taste and occasion in three restaurants, with an extensive wine cellar with more than 900 premium labels and 18,000 bottles on the island. ... more less
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