We recently returned from 2 weeks at Reethi Beach. We booked with http://www.nonewsnoshoes.co.uk/ who I can highly recommend. They are extremely knowledgeable and the price was considerably cheaper than some of the larger tour operators. I had reason to contact them after we had arrived at Reethi and they were hugely helpful, I’ll explain that below.
I won’t go into all details about Reethi as many other people have done that before me, I’ll just highlight a few areas that might be helpful to anyone going to, or considering Reethi as a destination.
We had a smooth transfer to the seaplane with very little wait. We made one stop off to drop some folks at Coco Palm Resort. On the return journey we stopped off several times to pick people up from other islands. I only mention this, because if you are not a fan of the sea plane (like me), you may end up taking off and landing 2-3 times before you get to your destination. However, this is the best option; it would be a pretty long way by speed boat.
On arrival we were allocated room 193, this was a disappointment. It was in a block of rooms on the east side of the island. They are set back from the beach; in fact the ocean is not even visible from the room. In my opinion these should be classed as Garden Rooms, and that should be reflected in the price. They are standard villas, but it’s worth mentioning that they are larger than the standard villas on the west side of the island.
I wanted to be on the west side for easy access to the main house reef, however it’s purely personal opinion, someone else might be delighted with the ‘garden room’.
I asked at reception if we could move to a different room and this was the only time during our stay that I felt the staff were less than helpful. I contacted ‘NoNewsNoShoes’ and they dealt with it from their end. Within 2 days we were moved to the other side of the island which was perfect. I’m not convinced that we would have been moved without pressure from the tour operator.
We went on the sunset cruise to the deserted island across from Reethi (included in your package if you are AI) There was no sun to see setting as a storm was coming in, but it was worth going anyway. It’s worth taking flip flops because if you go inland a little there are hundreds of large brightly coloured hermit crabs. Fab to see, but not somewhere I wanted to wander in bare feet. Also, consider wearing shorts rather than a skirt as you have to climb down the ladder on the side of the boat!
Also did two snorkelling trips to Coral Garden and Turtle Reef. Enjoyed both, but probably wouldn’t do Coral Garden again. The dive centre guides were great for spotting things and pointing them out. Be aware that if you take a trip in the afternoon, the jetty on the way to the boat is burning hot, everyone was checking their feet for blisters by the time we got on the boat!
Food was fantastic, I’m a vegetarian and everything was clearly labelled with plenty of choice.
Snorkelling on the west side was great, not colourful coral, but an abundance of marine life. The currents can be strong and it’s not always easy to see which way the current is going til you get out to the drop off. However, if you are struggling, simply float back with the current until you reach the next reef exit and get out.
Recommend doing the 11am guided snorkel at least once, they will tell you about currents/safety etc. There were a lot of large Titan Triggerfish while we were there, one of which made a beeline for me which was slightly unnerving. They are only aggressive when nesting, but it’s worth being able to identify them so you can give them a wide berth.
I was surprised by the amount of children on the island. We were there over Easter during school holidays so that may be different during term time. It was not a problem, they were well behaved and we really only saw them at mealtimes and in the bar. However, if you are looking for a child free island then perhaps Reethi is not for you.
Yes there are some, you are in the tropics so it is to be expected! There were ants and geckos in the bathroom, but it is open air so not much you can do about that. However, compared to gargantuan ants that I have seen on other islands, these ants were just normal sized!!
We did have an enormous cockroach in our room one night, but a quick distress call to reception saw several guys arrive armed with bug spray to dispatch the poor fella!
My roommate did hear all sorts of noises coming from behind the headboard and the mirror, don’t know whether these were cockroaches, but thankfully they stayed put.
Be as generous as you can, the guys work hard for long hours with low pay. Anything you can give will be hugely appreciated. Some people have mentioned tipping ‘as you go’ for better service. This was not our experience; we had great service and tipped on our last eve/morning. Must mention Rahul and Nazir at the main bar, they were great fun, and Hoda in the main restaurant was always there to greet us with a smile.
Sells all the general stuff, make sure you take enough sunscreen, if you run out it is very expensive to buy. The higher the factor, the more expensive!!
I have gone on long enough! I love the Maldives and I loved Reethi, I’m already planning my next trip.
Just a final question to finish off, are there any women out there that have travelled to Reethi alone, and what was your experience? I may have to go by myself next year and am slightly nervous about it. I can happily spend my days diving and being a beach bum, but what about the evenings? I’m not a fan of early nights, but equally wouldn’t want to be a ‘billy no mates’ in the bar!! Any thoughts?
In short, don’t hesitate, book your hols to Reethi, I can almost guarantee you will have a fab time.
- 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
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