Iconic Maldives

Private island escape

Azure sky and ocean, iconic over-water villas, private island getaway

Destination: Maldives, Indian Ocean
Vacation: Private island escape
Seeking: Luxurious living
Highlight: Iconic water villas

If you’re looking for paradise water villas in the Maldives (and, let’s be honest, when aren’t we?) the One&Only Reethi Rah should be extremely high up your list of luxury travel destinations for consideration.

Reethi Rah is one of the world’s most magical places to stay – and has some of the best water villas in the Maldives. Located in the North Malé Atoll, a jewel among a string of coral atolls, lagoons and white sands where turquoise clear waters meet cloudless azure skies and Indian Ocean breezes sway lush palms. A tropical paradise fringed with 12 pristine beaches. Your very own private island escape.

122 resort villas are discreetly positioned along the sweeping bays of the island. Beach villas occupying their own stretch of sandy shore, these villas afford direct views of the ocean and access to a private beach. Décor is sleek with clean lines, a perfect foil for the tropical wood and thatch exteriors. Large verandas with picturesque outdoor seating areas and sun beds all with comfortable, spacious interiors for an indulgent elegant getaway. Reethi Rah’s water villas are situated above the crystalline waters of the lagoon and are connected by walkways from secluded points on the island. Outdoor covered terraces on stilts and split-level verandas with steps into the ocean. Netting suspended like hammocks from the edges of the terrace are perfect for breezy sunbathing.  Or you have the option of staying at The Grand Sunset Residence, nestled in the island’s natural greenery with the largest private stretch of beach. A private road leads to this unique ‘residence’, which is closed off by an electronic gate for even more tranquility. With three bedrooms, sleeping up to seven guests, the Grand Sunset Residence is exceptionally spacious and includes a unique outdoor living and dining area in which guests can enjoy meals prepared by their own chef (of course).

For more incredible places to stay in this dazzlingly beautiful part of the world browse our full collection of Indian Ocean luxury resorts. And if pristine beaches and turquoise waters is your obsession take a look at these 5 white sand beaches that will make your jaw drop.

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This is our second visit to One&Only Reethi Rah. Our villa was as usual immaculate, smelling fresh, peaceful and extremely private. Getting on our bikes together with our 3 year old to go to breakfast feels like we rented some time from heaven. It is truly a series of magical moments. From dinners to beach visits to chilling on our villa and having a special barbecue on our own beach every thing has been catered according to our special requests from our butler. This is of course due to a great team of staff (around 600 people) that keep the magic happening naturally. The brand that brought these people together under great principles of hospitality definitely deserves a hats off salute. This is as close as you can get to heaven.”

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Transport yourself to the One&Only Reethi Rah and imagine staying at its paradise water villas in the Maldives. Discover a true private island getaway in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Best food & drink

1. Hennessey XO wagyu strip loin

Experience the absolute best of Maldivian and international cuisine within eight incredible restaurants set in breathtaking ocean venues, including Tapasake, an extraordinary Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant, where you can order Hennessey XO flambe saga wagyu strip loin served with teriyaki sauce, anticucho sauce, wasabi pepper, and grilled vegetables.

2. Maldivian lobster

Visit Botanica by Brent Savage and dine beneath the trees and the stars to experience its natural, garden-to-fork concept. Try Maldivian lobster: hand caught local spiny lobsters, preserved wakame, shellfish sauce, and sea succulents.

3. Rah Colada

Resident mixologists at the energetic Rah Bar have crafted a delicious and memorable new take on an artistic and technical way of creating your favorite mix using the molecular gastronomy, enabling the creation of greater intensities and varieties of flavor, flavor combinations and different ways of presenting drinks, including Reethi Rah’s Rah Colada, a coconut fat washed infused Spiced rum, homemade coconut sorbet, coconut rum, pineapple juice topped up with Madagascar vanilla & pineapple foam.

One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives


A place awash in shades of teal and indigo with sunlit sky. Formerly known as ‘King Island’, these are the Maldives. Land of blue lagoons and soft white sands where coral islands form ringlike atolls. It is here, stretching across six kilometres of secluded coastline that you will find the all villa destination, One&Only Reethi Rah.

Explore on foot or by bike and feel blissfully alone. Or feel the buzz of the beach club, bar or crystalline pools. Reethi Rah is a truly magical and amazing place to stay.

One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives


Not only will you be surrounded by scenery straight from paradise, Reethi Rah’s eight spectacular restaurants will ensure your dining experiences are just as awe-inspiring.

Reethi offers a theatrical experience with spectacular settings, featuring an enticing mélange of French, Asian and Italian cuisines.

Tapasake is a spectacular over-water restaurant offering modern Japanese cuisine, as well as interactive teppanyaki stations.

Fanditha is a sensual, exotic and casual beachside restaurant and bar offering true taste of Middle Eastern cuisine and the finest sunset views.

Botanica extends a unique opportunity to enjoy field-to-table dining with 100% natural food and wine in the magical setting of the chef’s garden.

Beach Club offers the freshest selection of salads and grills just steps away from your sun bed.

Rabarbaro brings casual Italian fare in one of the most picturesque spots on the island.

Rah Bar serves a light and healthy menu and transforms into a vibrant cocktail bar in the evening.

Reethi Rah’s soft sands also provide the perfect romantic setting for a bespoke dining experience for extraordinary private celebrations under the Maldivian sky.

One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives


As you’d expect in paradise Reethi Rah offers an abundance of activities to keep every type of vacation seeker entertained, young and older.

Snorkel or dive through a string of reefs and marvel in the diversity of the Maldivian marine life and choose from a wide range of water sports, including canoes, pedal boats, and windsurfing as well as jet skis, water ski, flyboard and seabob.

Outdoor facilities include two floodlit tennis courts, climbing wall and a FIFA approved professional synthetic grass football field.

And for the children KidsOnly and OneTribe offer an array of exciting complimentary activities, and dedicated team members at ClubOne, a trendy beach club with activities for all ages, offer a personal service and organise scheduled activities for teenagers of ages 12 to 17 for an opportunity to connect with friends from around the world.

Ultimate seclusion

Blue lagoons and soft white sands
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