One&Only Unveils Resort

Maldives gets a new all-villa resort

By: Judi Erickson

Luxury resort group One&Only Resorts unveiled its all-villa resort One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives this month in the North Male’ Atoll, complementing the group’s inaugural One&Only Kanuhura in the island republic.

Accessible by a 50-minute luxury yacht transfer complete with complimentary drinks and canapes en route, the 109-acre hideaway resort is on an enlarged and reshaped islet that includes several private coves and 12 white sand beaches.

With 130 villas and 40 swimming pools 37 of which are private villa pools with carved lava stone aqua beds overlooking the sea and ranging in size from 250 square feet to 540 square feet amenities range from large verandas and direct ocean access to over-water suites with sunbathing platforms, ocean hammocks for lounging and expansive leisure areas.

“With its incredible sense of space and privacy, spectacular contemporary design, 12 beaches, 40 swimming pools and one of the highest staff to guest ratios in the world, the resort is absolutely intoxicating a tropical playground for the world’s most elite travelers and a destination in itself,” said Michael Luible, general manager of One&Only Reethi Rah.

Set in lush vegetation, all villas are spaced at least 66 feet apart for ultimate privacy and feature flat-screen televisions, CD/DVD players, surround-sound theatre systems, high-speed Internet access, satellite television channels, customized private bars, espresso and tea-making facilities, 300 thread-count, Egyptian cotton linens with satin finish and a choice of plush terry and linen bathrobes.

The resort also offers tennis facilities, an orchid farm, a variety of water-related activities including scuba, and a 100,000-square-feet spa with eight single-treatment suites, two double over-water treatment suites, a reception lounge with lifestyle boutique, hair salon, Tai-Chi pavilions for yoga and relaxation, a fitness centre and crystal steam rooms and ice fountains.

Rates for 2005 range from $625 to $2,935 per night.