Created exclusively for the luxury resort market, One&Only Resorts are conceived as hallmarks of excellence. Set in some of the most beautiful locales in the world, each award-winning resort offers guests a distinctive style and personality borne of its local culture, a genuine hospitality and a lively energy that is unrivalled.
One&Only Reethi Rah
Privacy, luxury and space are the hallmarks of One&Only Reethi Rah, an exclusive all-villa retreat on one of the region’s largest resort islands. Reethi Rah, which means “beautiful island” in Dhivehi, the national language, is home to 130 of the most luxurious and spacious villas in the Indian Ocean, ranging from splendid beach villas with large verandas and direct ocean access to grand water villas featuring magnificent sunbathing platforms, ocean hammocks and extensive leisure areas. Many of the beach villas have their own pools, set amidst 109 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds.
Great attention has been given to preserving the privacy of guests with beach villas being spaced at least 65 feet apart, while over-water villas are set in small clusters of four, on walkways which stretch far out into the lagoon, to enhance the feeling of solitude. Just 75 minutes by luxury yacht from Male’ international airport, One&Only Reethi Rah, located in the North Male’ Atoll, has set new standards in five-star comfort with its space, design, 12 soft white sand beaches and personalised 24-hour villa host service.
The villas at One&Only Reethi Rah are some of the most luxurious and spacious in the Indian Ocean and take the concept of island chic to new heights. Guests are offered a choice of villa:
- 54 beach villas, each one occupying some 1,450 square-feet of space, including large verandas and external showers
- 25 beach villas with their own private infinity pools (277 square-feet – 4 feet deep)
- 30 water villas with split level verandas and large netted ocean hammocks suspended from the deck for over-water lazing.
- 6 duplex villas – three with large private infinity pools (total villas: 12) – (247 square-feet – 4 feet deep)
- 2 Grand Beach Villas with one bedroom and pool (540 square-feet – 4 feet deep)
- 5 Grand Beach Villas with two bedrooms and pool (540 square-feet – 4 feet deep)
- 2 Grand Water Villas with one bedroom and pool(215 square-feet – 4 feet deep)
Each villa has an elegant and airy ambience with high cathedral ceilings, highlighted by bamboo arches. The stylish décor is heavily influenced by Asian style and furnished with tropical materials and natural textures – teak, rattan, sea grass, mahogany, coconut shell and silk. The spacious bathrooms have huge terrazzo baths, each of which took seven days to form and polish, as well as power and rain forest showers, while all have external showers too. The villas are also provided with Philips flat-screened 30-inch LCD interactive televisions and CD/DVD players, high-speed broadband access, customised private bars, espresso machines and Sealy posturepedic mattresses. To add to the sumptuousness of 300 thread-count fine Egyptian cotton bedding, a comprehensive pillow menu is on offer, plus a choice of plush terry or fine linen bathrobes.
The 54 beach villas, enjoying some 1,400 square-feet of space, occupy their own stretch of sand and are so positioned as to allow guests unobstructed views of the ocean. Each has a large veranda for outdoor dining and relaxing as well as external showers. A further 27 beach villas come complete with their own private swimming pool, while the 30 water villas have split level verandas with large netted ocean hammocks suspended from the deck for over-sea lazing and sunbathing.
The six duplex villas, ideal for families, are made up of two individual beach villas just five metres apart, which are linked by a walkway hidden in lush tropical vegetation. Three of these villas also come with their own private pool.
Larger accommodation is provided in two grand water villas and five grand beach villas. The former face westwards for the full enjoyment of the magnificent Maldivian sunsets, each with its own private pool overlooking the ocean, large decks, sun-loungers, ocean hammocks and a separate sitting and dining room inside. The grand beach villas provide the ultimate hideaway with their own section of coast and private beach, individual pools, canopied day beds, separate dining areas and sitting rooms.
Fine dining, fusion cooking and the sheer enjoyment of food take on a whole new meaning at One&Only’s luxury island resort at One&Only Reethi Rah.
Not only does the resort have three spectacular restaurants, that offer the finest of villa dining and a special chef’s garden, but also sushi, Champagne and juice bars, and a specialist coffee bar with more than 50 chefs all under the guidance of Executive Chef, Stevie Jones.
Healthy options abound, with a Well-being menu designed in close consultation with One&Only’s resort nutritionist to ensure all ingredients are low in fat, sugar and free from additives.
Reethi Restaurant – the elegant and spacious main dining room of the luxury resort, it is not just a restaurant, but more a theatrical experience with spectacular settings, surrounded with rich colours, and the ever-changing scenery of the sky and ocean.
As guests approach the Rah Bar, they pass a glass-fronted wine room, where they can have wine-inspired special dinners, tastings, classes and events. On either side are two walk-in wine cellars, displaying some of the resort’s 9,000 bottles of the finest wines in the world. From here, there is a panoramic view of the entire restaurant with its three distinctive seating areas and the coup de theatre at the heart of the place – a floor to ceiling vast, glass cube, which houses the cold kitchen. Here chefs prepare salads, carve fruits, blend drinks and summer soups in a seemingly endless display of skill and expertise, while the shades and colours of the morning-fresh ingredients glow like jewels in the sunlight.
Behind this is another culinary visual statement – a huge wall of windows, opening onto an Asian kitchen with two large woks, an impressive Beijing duck roaster, a king-size dim sum steamer and a specially built Tandoori oven. The more conventional kitchen lies to the rear. From this state-of-the-art creative centre, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served, from the simplest salad to the most complex of haute cuisine, from Asian fusion to Italian rustic, all made from the healthiest, freshest, organically grown ingredients available, either produced locally or flown in daily from the four corners of the globe.
The choice of seating areas within the restaurant is almost as diverse as the range of food on the menu, with each area having magnificent sea views. For those that prefer a more shaded breakfast experience, the seating area at the far side of the restaurant is the place to choose with its sunken coffee bar and tables overlooking the sparkling water.
A menu of freshly made coffees and leaf teas is on offer as well as both international and Asian breakfasts – everything from eggs Benedict to chicken congee as well as yee fu noodles and fruit platters. While guests are making their decisions, a delicious plate of mini breakfast snacks is served.
The central section of the restaurant is approached through vast carved doors into a dramatic setting of deep reds and marbles. Everything is on a grand scale from the soaring painted pillars, which support the high temple roof, to the two 16-seater communal tables down each side, both carved from a five-metre-long teak log. Guests can dine on a spectacular granite platform at the water’s edge, looking straight out to sea. The third seating area, directly opposite the wine room, is intimate and chic with its hand carved columns, water feature and glittering blue glass tiles from Italy.
Reethi Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves contemporary cuisine from the Mediterranean and the Far East. Lunchtime specialities feature a number of healthy options including salads, stir-fries, sashimi, steamed and grilled fish. Perennial favourites such as Caesar salads and pizzas sit happily beside Thai seafood salads and Indonesian nasi goreng. Dinner menus are just as creative offering the finest in Asian-European foods including such dishes as black truffle and morel risotto, Tandoori tuna with fennel salad and roasted duck and prawn wonton soup – all cooked to order.
One&Only Reethi Rah’s cool and sophisticated Japanese restaurant, dedicated to fine dining, is the first of its kind in the Maldives. A gloriously stylish showcase of glass, stone and stainless steel, like all the restaurants at One&Only Reethi Rah, the visual dynamics of the place are as important an element as the cuisine.
An over-water restaurant on the western tip of the island, Tapasake is the ideal place to savour delicious Japanese tapas, enjoy the freshest fish at the Sushi Bar and watch the waves lapping on the shore. The restaurant is visually stunning with its black terrazzo floor, oyster-grey mother of pearl tables with whalebone-effect legs, a semi-circular bar and a place where every diner has a view of the ocean. The centrepiece of this modernist marvel is the granite and mirror-polished stainless steel Sushi Bar where guests can choose the freshest foods available and watch mouth-watering dishes being prepared in front of them. Just in front of the bar is a display of the seafood and fish available each day and behind it, the glass-fronted kitchen where chefs can be seen preparing dazzlingly delicious dishes.
Seafood is a highlight of the restaurant where it is cooked to order. Only the finest and freshest of ingredients, straight from the waters of the Indian Ocean are used, while most of the fish for the Sushi and Sashimi bar is flown in twice a week from Japan.
Guests can choose to eat in the private dining area with its sunken seating for up to six people, or can opt for the communal table, a simple granite slab overlooking the sea which seats 14. Alternatively, there are more conventional tables, albeit made of exquisite oyster-grey mother of pearl and glass.
Open only for dinner, Tapasake is the ultimate in casual sophistication with its impressive collection of sakes – almost 30 in total – and fine selection of Rieslings to complement the food.
On the most northern point of the island of Reethi Rah is Fanditha, an exotic beach restaurant and bar, with carpets in the sand, chill-out swing sofas, inviting day beds and giant cushions. To highlight its boho-chic atmosphere, sails are draped over trees while Arabian tents are suspended from palms.
Open for dinner, its exoticism shines through with vintage brass hurricane lamps, huge candles and crystal chandeliers suspended from palm trees. No beach bar has ever been so imaginatively created – guests can lounge on exotic day beds, be enthroned on huge carved colonial chairs, relax on bamboo tree loungers or richly patterned Arabian rugs with monumental cushions, while antique trunks, lashed together, form the bar. Vast stone-carved buckets are filled with chilled magnums of rosé and Champagne, while shisha pipes add to the exoticism of this magical location. It is the ultimate in shipwreck chic – wild, romantic, sensual and seriously comfortable.
Meaning “magic” in Dhivehi, the language of the Maldives, Fanditha lives up to its name providing a magical and romantic venue for guests. Dining tables line the beach or guests can opt to eat at the 16-seater square captain’s table at the very hub of the restaurant. Specialising in Middle Eastern influenced food with its mezes, grills and dips, the restaurant also has its own Iranian bread oven baking bread to order. The restaurant also provides the perfect setting from which to enjoy the magnificent Maldivian sunsets.
Special evening events include catch-of-the-day feasts, lobster BBQs and full-moon beach parties. At its furthermost point, with the whole of the Indian Ocean as a backdrop and framed by giant, antique doors, is the DJ console, producing signature Fanditha theme music.
Fanditha is also ideal for private parties to mark special events, particularly due to its proximity to the Wedding Pavilion, which is just a few metres away, and at that point of the island, which directly faces the sun setting. The romantic, exotic and relaxed splendour of this beach retreat is unrivalled in the Maldives.
A luxurious spa retreat lies on the southern curve of the island at the lavish One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives. A place where all stresses and strains drift away with soothing therapies and calming rituals.
One&Only Spa by ESPA offers a fresh approach to healing in the Maldives. Guests are encouraged to embark on a physical, mental and spiritual journey, allowing them to relax in a soothing environment. The spa journey begins with a tailor-made wellbeing consultation with one of ESPA’s highly qualified consultants, who will recommend a choice of One&Only Reethi Rah Signature treatments. Alternatively, guests can buy a block of Spa Time, which they will be guided through the treatments and rituals most suited to their needs at that moment in time.
The 100,000 square-foot spa is a destination in its own right where guests are able to spend a full day being pampered in beautiful and relaxing surroundings. Before starting any treatments, guests can relish in swirling vitality pools and crystal steam rooms or feel the invigorating effects of stimulating ice fountains. Open-air relaxation pavilions in the spa gardens are flawlessly designed to allow the sound of the waves to drift back and forth offering total relaxation.
Couples seeking total privacy can book the ultimate private spa experience in one of two over-water private spa suites, linked to the island by a wooden walkway. These are furnished with day beds, individual massage tables, baths for two, steam room, dining area and sun deck. Eight stand-alone villas, designed to blend in with the environment, have thatched roofs, Batu Chandi stone surrounding the terrace platform, bamboo blinds, black granite, Burmese teak flooring and a garden shower.
All treatments are inspired by ancient Eastern philosophies combined with the latest relaxation and rejuvenation techniques. From India and Sri Lanka come Ayurvedic-influenced holistic therapies, bathing rituals and exfoliations, alongside Balinese, Thai and Shiatsu massages. Situated between the two over-water private spa suites, the Chi Pavilion hovers above the ocean, creating an atmosphere of positive energy and the perfect platform for refocusing the mind and rebalancing the body before retreating into a yoga or meditation experience.
Beauty and pampering are a vital part of the spa, where top international stylists run the Beauty Studio. World-renowned French podiatrist, Bastien Gonzalez, offers a range of magical treatments, from pampering manicures for damaged hands to a combination of chiropody and pedicure.
At One&Only Spa by ESPA, there is a strong belief in the importance of honouring the body through healthy eating. In between therapies, delicious healthy drinks and light meals are served at the Spa Bar as well as snacks and salads are all on the menu. Many exotic Well-being cuisine options are available in One&Only Reethi Rah’s restaurants and through the villa dining service.
For the more active, the fitness studio features state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment and resistance machines from Technogym, together with their latest development, Kinesis, which uses full gravity technology to exercise and strengthen the body’s entire kinetic chain of muscles, resulting in a feeling of harmony in body and soul. This revolutionary fitness technique is the first of its kind in the Maldives. A trainer is on hand at all times to advise on fitness regimes, as well as offering tailor-made training programmes, combining use of the fitness studio with jogging on the beach or swimming and wave walking in the ocean. Yoga classes take place on the beach and in the Chi Pavilion.
Surrounded by the wonders of the crystal clear ocean, the serene beauty of One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives is ideally suited to the spiritual healing of Ashtanga yoga. New to the resort, Ashtanga Yoga known as the ‘eight limbed yoga’ was developed by the great Sages of ancient India, it involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures. It helps keep the physical and mental faculties strong, resulting in a positive inner spiritual strength and purpose of life.
Georgina Jones the new Yoga Instructor who trained in India expertly guides One&Only Reethi Rah guests through a careful selection of Ashtanga Yoga. The resort’s Yoga Studio benefits from stunning ocean views offering a serene and calming environment that can help with breathing techniques, deeper relaxation and positive thinking.
Complimentary or private classes include yoga for weight loss with body slimming asanas, for deep meditation and optimum health and for prenatal and postnatal women, as well as personal tuition and training sessions that are tailored to fulfil specific needs. For those that are on a romantic holiday or a honeymoon One&Only Reethi Rah offers yoga for couples that focuses on connection and coordination