Take a trip to paradise over Eid al-Adha at One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
Sleek and spectacular, One&Only Reethi Rah is paradise found. This is where those magical Maldivian moments — snorkeling over manta rays as they glide gracefully through pellucid waters; dining on a sandbank in the middle of the Indian Ocean, alone but for your private chef and the sound of lapping waves; having your stresses soothed in an ocean-side treatment villa — foster memories that last a lifetime.
Whether you opt for your own slice of secluded beach, or your own expanse of ocean, the villas at One&Only Reethi Rah not only rank high among the finest in the Maldives, but in the entire world. Beach Villas come in four styles; Beach Villa, Beach Villa With Pool, Two-Villa Residence With Pool, and Grand Beach Villa With Pool, with each shrouded in foliage and thoughtfully spaced apart to offer unrivalled privacy. Ideal for families, the Two-Villa Residence With Pool comprises two individual villas that can be enjoyed separately or linked together. The supremely spacious Grand Beach Villa With Pool grants guests two bedrooms, separate dining and sitting rooms, and a bathroom replete with a soaking tub designed for two. Shady verandas, a private pool, and canopied day bed are its al fresco attractions. Set on stilts, with their steps leading directly into the ocean and their sundecks featuring wraparound hammocks, suspended just above the abundant fish that float by, the Water Villas at One&Only Reethi Rah are simply stunning. Available with or without pools, spectacular sunsets come as standard. The grand dame of the whole island, however, is the Grand Sunset Residence, which stands alone to command the island’s largest stretch of private beach. Sleeping up to nine guests (six adults and three children), the residence boasts an incredible outdoor area, with dining, relaxation and entertaining spaces open to the starlit sky above and the rolling waves out front.
With six kilometres of stunning coastline, a dozen beguiling beaches and easy access to exceptional reefs and dive sites (including one of the Maldives’ best shark spots, the 1988 wreck of the Hembadhu, and the Rasafari Protected Marine Area), it’s little wonder One&Only Reethi Rah commands the respect of seasoned scuba divers. At Bodu Hiti Thila, south of Reethi Rah, white-tip reef sharks circulate the ocean bed sand (clearly visible from 30 metres) while turtles are frequent visitors to the surface.
Just for kids
Whatever their age, it’s easy for children to share in the magic of One&Only Reethi Rah: KidsOnly sees a dedicated team of certified counsellors oversee a tailored programme of activities (arts and crafts through to treasure hunts and fashion shows) for four to nine-year-olds; OneTribe (for ages nine-12) welcomes tweens to their own chill out area on the beach; while at Teens (ages 12 and above) teenage counsellors devise a wide range of fun activities.
Hit the spa
A blissful sanctuary set aside the ocean and within manicured grounds housing crystal steam rooms, saunas, and vitality pools, One&Only Spa, by ESPA is a destination in its own right. Here, wonderful treatment villas afford spectacular sea views and provide the setting for highly-skilled therapists to utilise both indigenous and traditional techniques as they administer signature spa experiences or devise tailored programmes and wellness journeys. For the ultimate indulgence, choose to take your treatment in the ocean-side cabana and experience tranquility right at the water’s edge.
From the garden-to-fork philosophy of al fresco Botanica, where tables can be taken in the Orchid House or beneath an ancient Banyan Tree, and the innovative, fine-dining fare at Reethi, to contemporary Japanese at stylish Tapasake and homely Italian classics at Rabarbaro, the gastronomic journey around the island is one rich in choice. For lighter bites derived from the Middle East, head to Fanditha for its ‘Magical Hours’ (6pm-8pm) to watch the sun put on a show of ever changing colour before it slips into the ocean before you.
While you’ll be hard pressed to tear yourself from this treasured island, all manner of opportunities exist to tempt you to do so: charter the One&Only Yacht for sunset cruises and overnight excursions, or set sail on a traditional dhoni for a private picnic on a sandbank; take a seaplane to a spot where you can swim with whale sharks, or head out to sea for big game fishing. Adventure awaits.
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