Rainbow reef

Lose yourself to luxurious lagoon style living at Reethi Faru Resort, a topical island paradise where you can find the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation

 

When you’re whizzing through the air in a seaplane, Reethi Faru Resort, located on the private island of Filaidhoo in the Raa Atoll, is easy to spot due to its distinctive formation of over-water villas that curve into the turquoise ocean. As you come into land, you’ll likely catch sight of snorkellers splashing their fins around the stunning house reef and beachgoers unwinding along the oval loop of gleaming white sand. All this and more awaits at this cosy island retreat, which prides itself on its conservation efforts and for creating memorable moments in equal measure.

Whether you’ve got the kids in tow or are embarking on a romantic escape, the resort’s 150 villas have been designed to deliver an extra special holiday experience. Villas are located on the beach, amid the lush gardens, and over the lagoon. The two exclusive Water Villa Suites are ideal for celebrations, boasting two bedrooms, a spacious sitting area and a terrace with Jacuzzi to take a dunk in.

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Divers will be keen to see the vibrant marine life and there’s a team of multi-lingualscuba and snorkelling instructors on hand who can help you get a close-up view. The school offers S.C.U.B.A./SSI/PADI lessons for learners at all levels, with courses to enroll on, as well as guided excursions to the house reef and some of the best dive sites in the atoll.

At the water sports centre, located on the southern beach, you can set off on a speed boat excursion, or try your hand at a variety of watersports including windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding and parasailing. Tailored trips will take you on a scenic tour of the islands: head to the regional capital of Ungoofaaru to deepen your knowledge of the local culture and try traditional Maldivian snacks at Meedhoo.

Back at the resort, you can visit the sports complex surrounded by lush forest where you can play a game of tennis or badminton and take part in yoga, among other activities, before indulging in a pampering session at Coconut Spa, which has dedicated rooms for Ayurveda treatments.

The island may be small, but it has a large offering for foodies, with six restaurants and six bars to keep guests well fed and watered. The buffet-style main restaurant, Vakaru, has a different theme every day. For a better view still, head to Dhiyavaru Bar & Restaurant, which has a premier position35-metres out into the ocean, and is open around the clock for international dishes, snacks and drinks. The characterful main bar, Haruge, constructed with coconut timber and thatch, is the social hub of the island with nightly entertainment and sporting events broadcast on the big screen.

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Getting there is an adventure. The resort is just 45 minutes by seaplane from Male International Airport. Alternatively, you can hop on a domestic flight to Dharavandhooand take the 40 or so minutes speedboat ride across. Whatever route you take, the journey will be well worth it.

 

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