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One&Only Reethi Rah

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I love this island, the villas, food & service definitely makes this a Luxury 5* resort. I was visiting this island for work due to working in Luxury travel and it was by far my favourite, every villa is the same quality the only thing that differs is the location, size and if you have a pool etc. We stayed in a beach villa which was beautiful, everything about the room was perfect. The hotel is mainly a bed&breakfast resort, so the cost of eating and drinking is expensive so you will need to bare that in mind. Request copy of a couple of menus before you book unless money is no object. They do 241 cocktails at sunset at one of the bars, so take advance of that and also pre book your restaurants before arrival if you can. A couple of things I would recommend: * Do a luxury boat transfer (yacht) from Male it only takes 45 minutes, not a sea plane and the boat is lovely. * Book a treatment in the spa it’s beautiful. * The island is huge and very jungle like so take things to prevent mosquito bites. * request to get picked up in the evening via a buggy and taken and dropped off at your chosen restaurant. Thanks x

Firstly this is one of the larger island resorts in the Maldives , however apart from the main restaurant , you hardly saw any other guests.The water villa was stunning , spacious and clean , attention to details were second to none.The only negatives being the uneven mattress and the lights around the bed.These under-bed lights would come on automatically if there was any movement around the bed at night.I guess this system was to make it easier seeing your way around in the dark, but it was like Blackpool illuminations , it really needs to be a more subtle lighting. The food was exceptional , some of the best resort food I have ever had , the breakfast was sumptuous and so much choice , both from the buffet and a la carte, dinner was also impressive especially the Japanese restaurant. The service , well if you like a personal service with managers hanging around at breakfast , enquiring how your vacation is going ( which my partner and myself hate ) you’ll be disappointed, but for us it was fine.The breakfast staff could be ‘hit and miss ‘ some were definitely more approachable and welcoming than others. Fitness center was impeccable , the team there were exceptionally knowledgeable and made a great protein shake! You really do need deep pockets to stay at the one and only and things do not come cheap.A simple birthday cake for my partner came in at nearly £300 , even for the Maldives this was an extortionate amount, I don’t necessarily feel that the prices you paid at the One and only was reflected in the service you received. I can’t finish this review without mentioning our fabulous concierge Yoshi, she really had her work cut out with the rather demanding guests we were with , but her professionalism , enthusiasm for her work shone through and she really made the trip for us, especially for helping me with the preparations for my partners birthday, thank you so much Yoshi! Altogether a fantastic , large and spacious resort , just ensure your pockets are deep enough for the One and only experience.

We recently spent a week at O&O Reethi Rai. The island is even more beautiful than the photographs, if that is even possible. Yes, it is man-made and yes, there are probably more groundskeepers than guests, but it's still a fact. Travelers should be aware that O&O is physically a large resort with over 100 villas. The positives of this are multiple restaurants, larger spa facilities and lots of water sports options. The Kids Club is probably one of the nicest I've seen. The negatives are that you often have to wait for a long time for buggies, most (but not all) service is pretty impersonal, and you need to plan ahead/be organized about making bookings for excursions, photo shoots, etc. This is not a "snap your fingers and it happens immediately type of place." If you like large resorts, you will probably like O&O. Pros: - Villas are large, design is very tasteful, amenities are nice, linens are excellent. - My kids absolutely loved the ice cream bar, especially the homemade frozen yogurt. Cons: - The water is gorgeous turquoise blue, but not as clear as other places we've been and snorkeling/sealife are not great. - Everything is outrageously expensive, and you do feel you are being "nickeled and dimed." Even worse, you generally don't receive good value for money. I can't remember exact prices but over $100 for a kids' painting class? Charging (a lot) for a ceramics class for kids under the age of 10? The only prices that seemed reasonably compared to 5-star international standards were at the spa. - Service is inconsistent. Sometimes, it was great (a few beach attendants, guys at the beach snack bar, one butler), sometimes it was pretty bad (our original butler, main restaurant) and usually it was just ok, nothing to write home about. Probably in keeping with the size of the place, but it would go a long ways to bring the lower end of service up. I felt like no one knew our names -- not the norm for super-high-end resorts, and no senior managers introduced themselves to us. - Food. This complaint is about value for money. If I were paying $100 or $150 per meal without alcohol, I can accept some imperfections. However, when dinner is close to $200/$250 pp for food, it better be amazing. Most of the food was ok and some was quite good, but just not worth the prices we were paying. As many have said, breakfast was the best meal of the day and the Japanese restaurant was our favorite. - Kids menu. Generally, it's the same limited list in all food outlets. It would be nice if each outlet had some "specials" in keeping with the outlet (like Japanese, etc), as it gets quite boring to have the same meals for lunch and dinner every day over the course of a week!

We returned after 10 years, now as a family. We all had an amazing time including our 8-year-old son. One of the best vacations we ever had. Pricey but very much worth it! If you need to tank up with positive energy and to find your inner calmness it is a place for you.

The island is surreal. From the accomodation to facilities and service is top notch. We loved our Beach Bungalow and the food served at Reethi Restaurant and Fanditha was just amazing. There is so much more including watersports, diving and excursions. Looking forward for my next trip. Highly recommended.

Poor Value for Money. Although the resort is beautiful and the staff wonderful, the resort lets itself down with poor quality food in the main restaurant and aggressive pricing policies. Despite paying a very high room rate the resort then sets out to charge inflated prices on food, beverages and in room dining. The end result is that you feel 'nickeled and dimed' throughout the stay.

This was my second time to stay in One and Only Reethi Rah in September with my wife and 3 kids (ages: 9, 8, 2), we stayed in the beach villa with pool which is spectacular, especially when you have a butler service who's available 24/7. The house keeping were doing an amazing job by taking care of the villa twice a day. The kids club stuff are professional and the kids never complained about them, they provide a lot of activities for the kids, and sometimes the kids don't want to leave the kids club. My ratings for One and Only Reethi Rah as below: Villa 10/10 Butler 10/10 House keeping 10/10 water sports and diving 8/10 Restaurants 9/10 Swimming pools and Beach 8/10 Kidsonly 8/10 SPA 8/10 Buggy service 8/10 Management 10/10 And of course we'll be going back soon

Recently arrived home after a holiday at the one & only Reethi Rah. We visited nearly 10 years ago and it’s still a breathtakingly beautiful island. A warm welcome from staff as we arrived by the 50+ foot speed boat and we were swiftly bundled into a golf buggy to show us to our accommodation (via a whistle stop tour of the island) The hotel had arranged for us all to be next to one another in our beach villas, 3 in total, and it was fabulous as we had our own private bay just to ourselves! We dined in all of the restaurants and found some to be better than others, unfortunately despite Botanical being located in lovely working gardens, it was in fact our most disappointing meal (and we all thought the same) The Italian restaurant proved a poor night for my husband & I, mainly down to the ill equipped and poorly trained waiter. We had a similar issue a few nights later resulting in my husband making a complaint about the member of staff. He advised that we did not want to be served by this member of staff for the remainder of our holiday - this was taken on board and we didn’t see this waiter again. The French restaurant situated in the main hub was our favourite by far, not the setting, but the food! Fandhita is still worth visiting although it has lost some of its intimacy & authenticity since we visited last time which is a shame. Definitely worth being there for the sunset, as is Tepansake! My husband & I are keen scuba divers and we were thrilled to be diving with the same dive master, Silvio once again. He, along with the dive manager & the rest of the staff are friendly, professional and above all safety conscious. We really enjoyed all of our dives and cannot recommend this facility highly enough. All in all we had a lovely holiday, we did have issues with our villa (129) with damp, and despite mentioning this several times, the issue was never fully resolved - a de humidifier we felt was necessary. To finish, don’t be put off with some of my comments, this resort is lovely, the beaches are amazing and the sea is beautiful. The staff are welcoming, friendly and attentive and are happy to assist in any way possible. The accommodation is fabulous and if you crave privacy, you will find it here. There is plenty to do, we didn’t visit the spa but I know from previous experience it is wonderful, there are many water sports on offer, only motorised being chargeable. Wonderful for honeymoons, couples or families alike. A truly beautiful island indeed.

We went on our honeymoon and literally had the most amazing time, the most sensational island and we had the most amazing stay! from the moment you are greeted at the airport and whisked away on your Sunseeker, the experience is overwhelming amazing!! We can't wait to do it all over again!

Recently got back from a lovely, relaxing 9 night stay at the One & Only Reethi Rah. Booked through Purely Maldives once again and everything went smoothly, as usual. This was our fifth trip to the Maldives having previously stayed at Baros, Anantara Dhigu, Niyama and Conrad Rangali. The One & Only was a distinct step up in class (and price) from the previous hotels and we had a wonderful time. I was initially concerned that the size of the island would detract from the sense of intimacy and attachment I've felt with the smaller islands. However, the villas are so well spaced out that you feel like you've got your own private stretch of beach and getting around is easy by either bike or buggy, so no problems there. Pros: - Lovely, spacious and well designed villas (the photos on the website don't do them justice) with stunning vistas over the various lagoons / sandy bays. - Very well thought out room and outdoor area specs - comfy bed, good lighting, efficient and quiet air conditioning, nice outside deck area, high quality sun loungers with towels large enough to cover them completely, indoor and outdoor showers. - Strong wifi - Large screen TVs with useful screen mirroring function (shame no Amazon Video or Netflix app though) - Spacious pools. - Easy gradient into the sea ideal for families. - Excellent, well-trained staff. - Sumptuous breakfast offering (both buffet and a la carte). The glassed-in cool area in Reethi restaurant is a great idea and stops flies getting onto the fruit etc. Love the smoothies. - Plenty of quality dinner options (we particularly liked the menu at Earth). - Half board option more generous than at some other resorts - very few exclusions and covers starters, mains and desserts. - Live music every evening in the lovely Rah Bar. Defnote on Saturdays and Detune on Mondays were fabulous and the Sound Waves on Thursdays were also very good, although we enjoyed the music every evening. Such a pleasure watching a live band over a bottle of wine or a few cocktails after dinner. - Responsive maintenence team. Our cleaner noticed a blown light bulb & the maintenence man arrived almost instantly to fix it. - Easy transfers in a very sumptuous motor cruiser. Cons: - Less visible marine life in the sea / lagoons compared to other islands - Happy hour at Fanditha was somewhat disappointing. In theory they offer two cocktails for the price of one, but they were obviously heavily watered down, so better going to Rah bar and accepting that you'll have to pay $24 plus tax for a quality cocktail. - No HD TV channels other than the in-house One & Only promo channel, which makes the quality TVs slightly redundant (although you can stream HD from your phone or tablet if you have the relevant functionality). We've never visited the same island in the Maldives twice before, but staying at the One & Only Reethi Rah presents us with a dilemma if we visit the Maldives again as it will be hard to beat. Thanks to everyone for a memorable trip.

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Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Marina

One&Only Reethi Rah places you next to Madivaru Beyru Dive Site. This 122-room, 5-star resort has 2 outdoor pools along with a private beach and a marina. It's on the waterfront and also within the region of Vabbininfaru Beach and Angsana Beach.


Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast, served each morning from 7 AM to 11 AM. This resort is home to 6 onsite restaurants, perfect for a quick bite to eat. Satisfy your hunger without leaving your room with 24-hour room service, or quench your thirst with a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café.


The 122 recently renovated accommodations afford space to spread out with dining areas and sitting areas. 42-inch flat-screen TVs come with cable channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, hair dryers, and designer toiletries, and Tempur-Pedic beds with premium bedding and pillow menus ensure a restful night. Other standard amenities include fireplaces, iPod docks, and minibars.

Property features

One&Only Reethi Rah features a private beach, a marina, and a full-service spa. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 300 per person one way. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include 2 outdoor pools, a children's pool, and a fitness center.

Room options

King Villa, Beachfront

King 1 | Sleeps 3

King Villa, Overwater

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Villa, Private Pool, Beachside

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Queen Villa, Overwater

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

88% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1054 reviews