My husband and I spent two fabulous weeks on Reethi Beach at the beginning of October. This was our second visit to the Maldives but our first to Reethi Beach. We would most certainly return to this island and would highly recommend it.
It is a beautiful island offering exactly what you'd expect from paradise. With white sandy beaches and the beautiful turquoise blue ocean. No need to wear shoes and to just relax and enjoy both the island and the reef.
We stayed in water villa 208. Before arrival I had emailed the resort to request a water villa between 201 and 209, due to these having sun most of the day. They confirmed receipt of my email and explained they'd try to accommodate our request but wouldn't be able to confirm until arrival so pleased we did drop an email. For us the water villas were perfect and our preferred accommodation on this island. The veranda is a very good size and holds two sun beds, table, two chairs and a parasol. Water villa 208 had the sun all day but also had shaded areas so you could move the sun beds round according to your preferred option. Because of this we never actually used the additional sun beds we had allocated on the beach. The veranda was more private and with direct access to the ocean it was the perfect place to relax and sunbathe.
The next best thing about the water villa was the big bed and the view out to the ocean where it was positioned in front of the big double patio doors. These glass doors also made the water villas very light and airy whereas the garden and beach villas looked as though they'd be quite dark inside. Apart from that the room generally had everything you'd need: aircon, ceiling fan, TV and DVD player, kettle with tea and coffee facilities, fridge, hairdryer, safe, big shower enclosure with rain shower and a separate bath. Plus the room was cleaned/tidied twice a day.
After much consideration we decided to go B&B. We originally booked AI but with two weeks to go before our final holiday payment we changed to B&B. This was definitely the best decision for us. We definitely ate and drank as much as we wanted. In addition to breakfast we ate lunch at either Moodhu or the pool bar and our evening meal at either Reethi Grill or Moodhu. The choice and service at all restaurants was really good. On our final night we went to Siama Garden. This was our most expensive meal (we weren't honeymooners or returners so had to pay) but it was also our best meal. The food was delicious and the service fantastic. We also drank what we want. We aren't the biggest drinkers but we still drank alcohol everyday. Normally we'd have about 2 soft drinks and a bottle of water each during the day. A soft drink or bottle at water at lunch, 2-3 alcoholic drinks before our evening meal (cocktails and beer), some nights a bottle of wine with our meal or an alcoholic beverage and a soft drink plus a bottle of water then a bottle of water for during the night. We didn't try to budget and just did what we wanted when we wanted which was great for flexibility. At the end of the holiday when we got our bill we were approx £100 better off than going AI so a saving and the ability to do what we wanted.
One of the key things that made this island were the staff. The service was fantastic and nearly every member of staff we came across couldn't do enough for you. For us this sealed the deal for Reethi Beach as our previous Maldives trip the service wasn't fantastic but they exceed at it here and it feels like they're always trying to do better and get feedback from people. We attended the Management cocktail in our first week which I thought was a really good way for Management and Senior staff to introduce themselves but also for other staff to be introduced too. They also point out that any problems they want to know about then and when we are on the island so they can do something about it. We also did the technical tour which shows you what goes on 'behind the scenes'. This was a great tour and highlighted how much work and effort they put in to run the island including there being over 250 staff!
There's a lot more I can probably say about Reethi Beach and it would all be good news and information. In fairness it's all been said before. This is a great island and we would definitely return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Reethi Beach Hotel Baa Atoll
- Reethi Beach Maldives
- Hotel Reethi Beach
- Reethi Beach Resort Maldives/Baa Atoll