Reethi Beach Resort Maldives Hotel Review

By Nicole Brewer

I recently returned from an Amazing trip to the Maldives. I had such a fabulous, relaxing time at the Reethi Beach Resort which is located in the North-East of Baa Atoll, on tiny Fonimagoodhoo Island of the Maldives. I knew that I was coming to paradise upon arrival to Reethi Beach on the Trans Maldivian Airways seaplane, which was booked directly through the hotel. Looking down at the island, I could see that it was no bigger than a 20-30 minute walk around the entire lush, green island. It is shaded by palm trees and has long stretches of white sandy beaches with crystal blue waters. Ahh, I’m missing paradise as I write this.

Seaplane I took to the island.
Seaplane I took to the island.
The island views from the seaplane were fabulous.
The island views from the seaplane were fabulous.

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Welcome to Paradise, Reethi Beach Resort Maldives.
Welcome to Paradise, Reethi Beach Resort Maldives.

As we approached the island we were greeted by the pleasant hotel staff that took us to the front desk for check-in. We were treated to fresh coconut juice and cold towels to refresh after a steamy flight in. All guests have the hotel procedures explained to them before heading to our rooms, which include details about areas of the island where Wi-Fi is available (no net in rooms, hey but you’re in paradise get out and enjoy it), buffet hours, bars and more. I was also amazed to hear that this was a “no shoes” island, as the resort is covered in soft sand so it’s encouraged to enjoy it.

Port entry to paradise Reethi Beach resort.
Port entry to paradise Reethi Beach resort.
Reethi Beach resort hotel lobby.
Reethi Beach resort hotel lobby.
Reethi Beach resort welcome drink.
Reethi Beach resort welcome drink.

I was then taken to check out my water villa along with others. The water villas are located on the other end of the island so we were essentially taken all together while they pointed out where everything is located including the spa, garden, as well as dining facilities like Moodhu Bar & Restaurant and Reethi Grill.  After around a 10-15 minute walk we arrived at the amazing water villas. They have 30 semi-detached rooms and I was excited to see that the nice couple I chatted with on the seaplane were in the villa right next to mine.

It was beyond relaxing to have a room that is built on stilts over the clear waters of the lagoon. My room had a nice big bath tub, a balcony area for lounging, a full on ocean view and a nice sitting area. The average nightly rate for a stay in a water villa at Reethi Beach is reasonable at $275 a night including breakfast. The average rate for a Reethi villa is $150 a night excluding the seaplane transfer cost.

I Loved this bathroom. I took a nice long bath every night.

Reethi room

View from balcony.
View from balcony.

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Even on a cloudy day this place was picture perfect.
Even on a cloudy day this place was picture perfect.

Each water villa includes your own beach bed at the nearby beach, in addition to the balcony with instant access to the water. I opted to relax at the beach and try my hand at the water from the white sands most of my time there. The true definition of vacation is having crystal blue waters, a beach bar at your fingertips and a nice bed to lay in while I read and sipped on a cocktail. This was Indeed a paradise getaway. As a solo traveler on this trip, it was great to see not only couples, but families as well as even other singles. I had a delightful time.

Cheers to being in paradise!
Cheers to being in paradise!
Heading to relax :-)
Heading to relax 🙂

Reethi beach

This is how you enjoy paradise at Reethi Beach!
This is how you enjoy paradise at Reethi Beach!
My nice beach bartender.
My nice beach bartender.

I also thoroughly enjoyed each of the amazing meals that came as part of the full board package. The Rehendhi restaurant which is located in the center of the island offered daily full service breakfast, lunch and dinner. They had modified hours for dinner due to Ramadan which I thought was nice for the servers to have the downtime they deserved. From Italian theme night on my first evening to Chinese and Arabic night (it was almost like I didn’t leave Oman), I’m pretty sure I gained several pounds from the food and drinks on paradise island.

Nom nom nom, Italian night!
Nom nom nom, Italian night!
One of several chefs on staff at restaurant.
One of several chefs on staff at restaurant.
The deserts on Italian night were Divine.
The deserts on Italian night were Divine.
This was my 4th of July meal mmm.
This was my 4th of July meal mmm.

The facility amenities were also top notch.  I decided to indulge in a short 30 minute massage during my stay and was delighted to get an additional 10 minutes free due to a coupon that I received during the manager’s welcome night mixer. The spa decorum was soothing and relaxing, it also included a small store to buy gifts or last minute beach needs you may have. The staff were delightful and my balinese massage almost put me to sleep so that is a sign of how good they are at Coconut Spa.

Coconut Spa
Coconut Spa

Coconut Spa 2

 

spa

I Love a good tub, next time ;-).
I Love a good tub, next time ;-).
Coconut spa displayed flowers in a beautiful way daily.

Another perk of being a full board guest is that some of the day tours are included in your package. I enjoyed a lovely sunset cruise out with around 20 other resort guests on a Friday evening.  The next day we went out for a couple hours to visit not one but two of the local villages. Here you can visit the shops as well as see local men and women working on handicrafts. I learned a nice fact that the local women make more than the men. While many of the local men earn their keep by fishing, the women do the hard labor of making the grass roofs that you find on many of the local houses and even at some parts of the resort. As an educator, I also delighted in seeing the local school and knowing that some of the money from the Reethi Beach Resort guests goes to donations at the school, such as those used to build a new computer lab.

Daily lineup and signup boards for events are located in the lobby.
Daily lineup and signup boards for events are located in the lobby.
Sunset while out on boat cruise.
Sunset while out on boat cruise.
Maldives local school
Maldives local school
Final product from local woman making roof.
Final product from local woman making roof.

The day was topped off returning to the island by having a couple of dolphin sightings from the boat ride. This was the ultimate trip for relaxing and recouping after a hectic year of working in Oman, finishing up my MA studies and travel writing part time. I’m pretty grateful for the wonderful places have been able to trot to such as Reethi Beach in the Maldives and meeting such amazing people, from the locals to fellow travelers. I hope you enjoyed my roundup of Reethi Beach resort and have the opportunity to trot here in the future. Enjoy globetrotters.


Reethi

 

Goodbye Paradise...until we meet again.
Goodbye Paradise…until we meet again.

 

“Disclaimer: This was a hotel review offered by Reethi Beach Resort in the Maldives. All views and opinions are my own.” 

  1. Stacie says

    How lovely! Even the plane riding over the ocean was just beautiful. I know you will miss this place.

    1. Globe trot says

      Yes indeed!

  2. Holly says

    Very nice. You got a great hotel. Came with a lot of perks. The price really isn’t bad considering where you were and how much other hotels can go for. The dessert looked yummy.

    1. Globe trot says

      Oh yes it was!!

  3. Laura Lynch says

    We’re just now considering hotels for a Maldives trip we’re taking next year. Looks like you really enjoyed it here. The views are priceless. I can’t wait to get there.

  4. Lesley says

    That water is calling my name. I wouldn’t complain about the food either 😉

    Great sunset photo. I love the rays.

  5. Kita says

    The food and water would be all I need. This is what I need for a romantic trip too I would not even need wifi…well maybe I gotta be nosy on Facebook lol

  6. Michele TravelwithMrsT says

    What a wonderful place to stay! Your first photo and the aerial view make me want to visit immediately!!

  7. Dana says

    This looks like a wonderful resort! Everything from the accommodations, food and surrounds is perfect. Taking a seaplane to the island would be an awesome treat as well!

  8. Tamiko says

    This place must be heaven. I must go there.

  9. Joanna says

    Omg these pics are breathtaking! Looks like you had a great time. I definitely need to make it on the other side of the world…

  10. Vanessa says

    You look so jaunty in your sun hat! I love all those bath tubs – soaking in a great tub is my ultimate travel indulgence and I’ve love to try these out!

  11. LaQuisha says

    I would love to visit this place! So beautiful! Thanks for sharing and great pictures!

  12. Vicky and Buddy says

    I’m so jealous! The Maldives have always been somewhere I wanted to go. The resort looks absolutely beautiful and it looks like you really had a great time. I like the no shoes rule too.

  13. Valerie says

    Oh my gosh, that is paradise!! Maldives has been on the top of my travel dream list for a long time but I didn’t realize that it was that affordable! (well, affordable for the Maldives I guess 😉 ) I love their ‘No Shoes’ policy too!

  14. Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green says

    This place looks beautiful. That tub is super cute, I love the shape. I don’t know how you managed to return home. I wouldn’t want to leave.

  15. Aisha Johnson Adams says

    This is such a lovely place. I would love to travel to a remote island like this. It looks like you had a fabulous time…

  16. MJ says

    This is breathtaking. I can just imagine the luxury of it all. Definitely paradise. I would probably get lost on the island just so I can stay forever!

  17. Kiwi says

    Girl I cant stop looking at that water!!! Super pretty and blue/green!!! This place is literally utopia!!!

  18. Tyra (@BarrisTourista) says

    I cannot even begin to tell you how much I want to go to the Maldives! I am coveting your trip LOL. The photos are amazing and I will keep this resort in mind. WOW!!!

  19. Mags says

    What a perfect resort! I don’t think I’d ever leave. That water is just stunning!

  20. Elliott says

    Looks epic! The seaplane to the island alone, must have been an experience! The hotel, the sand, water and bar look like heaven on Earth. I’ve always wanted to feel that paradise, atmosphere. Hopefully some day!

  21. Chasing Joy says

    Wow! Your pictures are amazing. What a sunset. I need to go there.

  22. love the pictures! It looked like you had an awesome time.

  23. Reginia Cordell says

    If just once, everyone needs to make their way to the Maldives. The feeling that you get while that is indescribable. I want to go back again and again.

    1. Globe trot says

      Indeed!

  24. Bobby McGill says

    Great stuff. Glad to see you living (and writing) the life!

    Carry on 🙂

    1. Globe trot says

      Thanks Bobby! 🙂

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