Reethi Beach is a superb all-rounder, offering a variety of dining options, high quality leisure facilities indoors and outdoors plus a house reef that runs close to shore all along the west side of the island, with plenty of sealife to keep the most avid snorkellers and divers happy. On the other side is a wider, sandy lagoon where large rays regularly come to feed.
A lush, naturally beautiful island with tall palms, sandy paths and wide beaches, Reethi (which means pretty in the Maldivian language) has a casual, friendly, atmosphere that has the mostly European guests who've discovered it returning year after year, so needs to be booked early!
In the relatively undeveloped Baa Atoll, Reethi Beach makes a big effort to be eco-friendly and uses natural materials wherever possible. The sun-beds and chairs are all wooden, not plastic, and beach sunshades are thatched palm leaves. There are no seawalls to disturb the view out to the ocean and across to the four nearby desert islands that Reethi Beach looks after, which are available to guests for castaway picnics.
It takes around 20 minutes to stroll around the perimeter of the island, and there are several little thatched beach bars to make a pit-stop at along the way.
Reethi Beach is one of our very favourite islands and is near the famous Hanifaru Bay, one of the best places in the world to see manta rays (May to November).
30 Reethi Villas (38 sq m)
A mixture of detached and semi-detached villas designed to blend in with the natural look of the island, with thatched roofs and traditional carved mouldings. All are just steps to the beach and ocean. Partially-open air bathrooms with shower, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, IDD telephone, mini-bar, in-room safe, satellite television, hairdryer, one king size (2m x 2m) or twin beds. Front terrace and own numbered sun loungers (with mattress) on the beach
Maximum occupancy: 2 adults and 1 child
50 Deluxe Villas (47 sq m)
All detached, the deluxe villas are also beach-front and are larger, with a sitting area that can accommodate extra beds for two children if desired. They have the same facilities as Reethi Villas plus a bath and open-air rainshower, Maldivian swing and thatched sunshade on the beach
Maximum occupancy: 2 adults and 2 children or 3 adults
30 Water Villas (61 sq m)
Semi-detached and arranged in a semi-circle at one end of the island, the water villas have private sundecks with steps down to the lagoon. Similar facilities to Deluxe Villas, although with enclosed bathrooms, plus DVD player and tea and coffee making facilities. As well as sun loungers on your deck, there are another two provided on the beach for each water villa
Maximum occupancy: 2 adults and 1 child or 3 adults (water villas not recommended for young children for safety reasons)
Seaplane 35 minutes followed by a short dhoni transfer from the floating pontoon to the island, or
Domestic flight to nearby Dharavandhoo Airport, plus short speedboat ride
Bed & Breakfast, Half Board, Full Board, All Inclusive or All Inclusive Select (dine-around)
Sports centre tucked away in the centre of the island, has 2 outdoor floodlit artificial grass tennis courts, 2 indoor badminton courts, 1 squash court, gymnasium, table tennis, beach volleyball
Pool: small fresh water pool (ozonised and chlorine free) with pool-side bar
Dive centre: Sea Explorer PADI 5-star centre offers several daily boat dives, courses for beginners to advanced, night dives and nitrox diving
Spa: Coconut Spa with beach-side treatment rooms
Watersports centre: offers catamaran sailing, windsurfing, kite-surfing, canoeing, waterskiing (various courses and lessons available), glass-bottom boat
Entertainment: low-key in the Main Bar including disco nights, movie quizzes, Maldivian cultural nights, beach barbecues
Medical: Resident doctor on island
24-hour room service, souvenir shop, jewellery shop, Wi-Fi in public areas
Food and drink
Rehendhi main buffet restaurant, with varied themed menus each evening
(Maldivian, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Italian etc)
Moodhu bar and restaurant, built out on stilts over the lagoon and open 24 hours for drinks, snacks or a la carte meals
Reethi Grill open-air and very near the beach, offering grilled meat and seafood, tandoori and wood-fired pizza oven specialities
Alifaan casual daytime open-air restaurant next to the pool offering snacks and pizzas (we love the curry rolls)
Saima Garden, romantic beach-side restaurant serving Maldivian and international cuisine under tented canopies
Rasgefaanu Bar, semi-open bar with games room (pool table, table tennis, table football, darts, board games) and open-air deck overlooking the sea
Sunset Bar, right on the beach on the southwest of the island for those sunset beers and cocktails
Handhuvaru Bar, small bar hidden in the foliage at the north end of the island, close to the water villas, commonly known as the Jungle Bar!
Riyaa Beach Bar, small bar close to the watersports centre
Runs all along the west side of the island, around 30m from the beach and easily accessible for snorkelling via several cut-throughs, with huge schools of fish, morays and a resident turtle!
Island-hopping to local and other resort islands, snorkelling trips, fishing, sunset cruise, dolphin safari, moonlight barbecue, Robinson Crusoe picnics, private
There's no kids' club but children are made very welcome and there's a small playground by the pool. Babysitting available. Under 16s pay reduced rate for AI