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Reethi Beach Resort
Ranked #7 of 15 Hotels in Baa Atoll
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Just arrived back from 2 weeks at reethi beach. We found it to be a lovely low key relaxing holiday. The resort put on a bit of entertainment most evenings but no noisy discos or anything like that. They played a bit of disco music one night but very low, one night had karaoke with few takers but good to watch, a spa demo and underwater film. Not everyone can dive or snorkel and the films show people the amazing underwater life in the Maldives.

The buffet food was varied and perfectly acceptable. We decided to upgrade to reethi select and didn't regret it. We could choose good wines and have waiter served meals in the 3 a la carte restaurants. We are not keen on up and down for buffets and this is our personal choice. We thought the upgrade from AI was good value and we had great food in each restaurant. The chefs tried hard to present their food well and perfectly cooked. The wait between courses were perfectly acceptable. We were in no rush.

The staff in all the bars and restaurants were first class. They remembered your room number and drinks and were always cheerful. They are a great asset to the island. Our room boy also did a fantastic job. We had no problems with the guest relations staff and found them all very helpful and friendly. I don't think it's a nationality problem but people always treat you with respect if you do the same. We had a slight delay on the return sea plane by 45 minutes but it wasn't their fault and they explained why and handed out bottles of water if we wanted any.

We had de lux villa no 150 which served us well. Big comfortable bed and plenty of storage along with fridge if required. The loo in the bathroom was undercover as was the sink and bath. Only the rain shower was in the outside part and even when it rained, our bathroom did not get wet.

The beach outside our villa was beautiful. We had 2 beds on our little terrace, a swing and 2 beds on the beach.

The dive school was professional and I must admit we didn't see any kids playing in the lagoon nor any water sports gong on but we did stay on the other side of the island.

We have been to lily beach before the refurb, vilhamendhoo before and after refurb and Thulhaagiri. Lily beach has upped it's prices quite a lot so won't go there again but like vilhamendhoo we would return without hesitation to Reethi Beach

We would recommend the technical tour behind the scenes. The work that goes on to cater for the tourists is amazing and we were very impressed by their work to produce energy and bottled water.

We had a lovely time an want to thank all the staff at reethi for all they do to make your trip there worth the long journey.

Room Tip: We liked our villa 150 but if you wanted to be nearer the bars 118 ish and up works. Nothing is far...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

We had a two week stay at Reethi Beach during late April/early May. It was our third time to the Maldives, previously we've been to Sun Island and Filitheyo.

The island is very scenic in parts, especially the reef side, but like many other islands has a problem with erosion in places resulting in rather unsightly giant sandbags. We stayed in room 110 near the sunset bar (manned by Hanifa during some of our stay) and from our sunbeds we had a great view over the lagoon and the reef to many of the nearby islands. Our deluxe room was spacious, though the bathroom was a tad small and badly designed – during heavy rain you could be on the loo and getting rained on!

Food is very good, IF you eat in the a la carte restaurants and not the buffet. We tried the evening buffet once on our first night and were disappointed by the choice and quality – as a comparison the buffet at Filitheyo was superior. As we were on B&B we mainly ate in the Moodhu and Grill restaurants which were excellent on the whole, though service could be a little too slow at times. Also worth trying is the Saima Garden if you have a special occasion to celebrate. They have several four course menus (seafood, meat, vegetarian etc) to choose from.

The reef doesn't have lots of coral but makes up for it in having lots of fish. I saw a large variety of fish in a small section of the reef which is easily accessible from the beach.

It seemed to us that Reethi Beach is a bit “resorty” and lacking the low key atmosphere we enjoyed at Filitheyo. The lagoon was often busy with many people and children with inflatables, and sometimes speedboats would go past pulling people on inflatables (apparently there's a banana boat too), which wasn't quite what we'd expected.

Overall we enjoyed our holiday at Reethi which has a lot of things going for it. If you like an island with a social atmosphere, plenty to do (motorised watersports, discos etc) then Reethi is a good choice. If you want a lower key Maldives holiday then it's probably best to pick a different island.

Unfortunately our last day was marred by poor service from Guest Relations. Several of us were waiting in reception for a seaplane which never arrived, and only when someone asked about the situation were we told that it hadn't even left Male and would be late arriving (it actually arrived so late that we landed practically in darkness at Male!). To be honest, it seemed that the Guest Relations staff were more interested in talking to guests of certain nationalities than keeping the rest of us informed or asking if we'd enjoyed our holiday.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the sunset bar and lagoon if you want a more peaceful beach experience.
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6  Thank Beanerd
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

Just returned from Reethi after our 3rd visit. Everything was just as good.

Our journey was eventless and only had to wait @20 minutes at the seaplane terminal. On arrival in Reethi , we filled in the paperwork and were then given our key. We had requested room 115 and were lucky to receive it. It suits us perfectly - right next to the beach bar !!.

The room was spotless as usual and I actually think the bed is really comfortable.

We were on all-inclusive , we thought about upgrading to the select plan but to be honest really didn't think we could justify it. The food in the buffet is fine and as the 2 weeks went on I ate less and less becuase of the heat. We ate in The Grill and the Moodhu and enjoyed it, certainly worth a visit but it does take time to be served. We also had dinner in the Siama Gardens one night which was marred slightly by the couple at the next table who spent most of the time on their phones - sometimes on speaker phone. I would bar the use of mobile phones in public areas

Both of our other visits have been in September and the difference in the island is quite marked - the greenery much more lush

The dive school was still as professional as on previous visits and we enjoyed some lovely diving. I think the staff are very friendly and approachable

The weather was fantastic for 2 weeks and some of the sunsets were amazing. It was full moon while we were there and there was a full moon party at the beach bar which was great fun.

We will probably return but possibly August/September time so we can see the mantas

Room Tip: room 115 is right next to the beach bar
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6  Thank daisythecat
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

We went to Reethi for our honeymoon and absolutely loved it. We were BnB and the breakfast buffet was amazing. The staff were all very nice and friendly. Everyone at the resort was always smiling and happy except for the snorkeling guides who were drunk and put me off our snorkelling trip so we ended up snorkelling by ourselves on the inhouse reef (which btw is STUNNING!).

Moodhu bar has a great selection of foods and Jalil and ojes are very pleasant.
Shafiq and Moslem from the main bar made us custom pancakes and omellettes everyday and both ROCK!

Room service was excellent, they clean your room twice a day and also on demand without expecting anything extra.We did have a cockroach in our room but apart from that the rooms were very nice and clean.

The water villas are worth the extra $$$ and give a feeling of ultimate luxury in an already extremely luxurious location. Although we did get hit by a MAJOR storm on our last night.

My only real complaint is that when paying the bill we paid in GBP and the conversation rate from USD to GBP was terrible. Felt a little conned so i would advise anyone staying here to get there money changed in advance.

Everything else was perfect. Would defo come again.

Room Tip: water villa rooms 201-204 give a brilliant view of sunset.
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4  Thank Saim7
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

This resort is awesome. We were on our honeymoon and had taken a water-villa, the view from it was breathtaking... was just lovely. Clear blue water and the view of corals was really pretty. The sound of waves while you sleep at the night is soothing. Though the overall experience was relaxing, spa was awesome, food was good, etc.. but one thing I did not like was the management there. We had booked the water villa well in advance (almost 3-4 months before) and had requested for west facing villa so that we can watch the sunset from our room. We had specifically mentioned in the request mail we sent. But we ended up being in the villa which was in middle. I really thought booking months in advance will definitely help us but hard luck! As we reached, we requested them to try to accommodate in west facing villa but all were booked. One more thing, as part of honeymoon package management provides a free candle light dinner. The management people forgot about it. We waited for almost till end of our trip for them to invite us but unfortunately we had to ask them just 2 nights before if they gonna provide it. They then realized it and sent the invite late in the evening. And for vegetarians have a limited selection of food. You may have to end up eating salads, bread and potato dishes.


Also to mention that the sea plane transfer to the resort was amazing. It was a beautiful view from the plane to see small islands and various colors of the sea. I was just clicking pictures from the plane all the time. As we reached the resort, welcome was warm with hot towel and coconut water. The resort is awesome and worth being there.
Worth this place because
- fish feeding - I just loved it! everyday at 6:00 PM. We saw 10-15 sting ray fishes waiting for the man to feed them flesh. There were so many fishes and all surrounded that man as he got food for them. Lovely experience.
- dolphin ride - you will have to pay for the ride. we went on the ride at 10:00 AM and guide told us that this is a good time to see dolphins. we saw dolphins after going to so many spots... but finally we saw them for few seconds. but still the experience was amazing.
- snorkeling and water diving should be on you 'must' to do list. it is worth for money.

Overall experience was fantastic and worth for money!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank sonialalan
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

This was our fourth Escape to the Maldives and was, for us, the best so far. My wife and I booked with Hayes and jarvis,traveled in Mid April, flew with Qatar stopping at Doha. All this was good so no complaints there. On our return we missed the conection and had to spend 4 hours at Doha airport, we were provided with meal tickets and the airport is interesting so no worries.
The seaplane transfer is an experience that is over too quickly but a good opportunity to survey most of the northern atolls.
Arrivals were welcomed and shown to their villas in short order and we were left to explore our home for the next two weeks. The island is quite lush and has plenty of pathways with bars tucked away in different corners so we didn't get dehydrated on our daily strolls. The Lagoon is wonderful for swimming, paddling and snorkling with the reef and drop off a very short distance from shore. The aquatic life in the lagoon is quite tame as the fish are fed each evening, this makes even the shallows interesting for those not so confident in deeper water.
That brings me to the diving which is run by sea explorer. Before the holiday I had injured my back and I was very anxious about climbing back into a doni with all my kit on. I mentioned this at the dive centre and they couldn't do enough to ensure my diving experience was easy and enjoyable, lifting and carrying my gear for me anywhere I needed. At first I thought that their booking system was a bit complicated but as I got used to it i found it enabled me to access my kit and dive just about anytime i wanted. As an experienced diver I have felt that the need to be guided around dive sites in the Maldives a bit annoying but at reethi that wasn't the case. A check dive assured the lovely Sayo that I was not going to drown and I was able to take a tank and dive the house reef with my buddy at any time which was wonderful. there are several entry points around the island and the centre run a tank delivery serice to any one of these you ask for. Brilliant.
Service is attentive and friendly and one soon has recognition from the different waiters and barmen, you have to be quick if you want anything different from your 'usual' as it is often poured as they see you approach. The quality and diversity of the food is remarkable given that it is an island, from burgers to lobster all high quality fare.
Some reviews mention the sand dredging as a negative issue but this is unobtrusive and sometimes even a welcome diversion. (we all love to idly watch others work!)
We booked a standard room and were delighted with it. Huge comfey bed, lots of space, open air bathroom, plus usual mini fridge, telly and sound system. After midday the tiles on the showeroom floor became like a griddle so we had to put down towels to get to the showers but this is just fun when you're on holiday.
Two tips: The Sun (for uk readers that yellow ball thingy in the sky) it is very fierce and even with factor 50 unwise exposure could ruin your hols.
Air conditioning, get familiar with the controls before you need it, 3am with a wingeing' melting wife is no time to be fumbling with the remote.
We loved Reethi so go on, book, you know you're worth it.

Room Tip: Pick your spot, any spot they are all good.
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4  Thank meerudiver
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

I rate this as one of my top holidays,(which inc Australia and a far east cruise)I reallt chilled out on the island and although there wasn't a lot to do I seemed to be busy going from one fantastic meal to another Sea was beautiful in colour and warmth,sand , white, sunsets beautiful , in fact there wasn't anyhting to complain about!!!

Room Tip: We were in 153, which was a deuxe villa,halfway down the island, so 5 minutes away from any bar or r...
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Address: Fonimagoodhoo Island
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Location: Maldives > Baa Atoll
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Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
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#1 Best Value Hotel in Baa Atoll
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Baa Atoll
#6 Spa Hotel in Baa Atoll
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Price Range: $168 - $914 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Reethi Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 114
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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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