Reethi Beach Resort
16 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"My husband had wanted to visit the Maldives for some time, although I was sceptical that spending any length of time on a small space with mainly palm trees for company would turn out to be ultimately a little boring. I was delighted to find out how wrong one can be. We travelled with friends who were also a little uncertain as to what we would find, but we were all thrilled with our stay at Reethi Beach.
I am amazed at the comments from other reviewers about the food. We decided to have the all inclusive deal and thought the main restaurant provided excellent food, with a wide variety of choices at every sitting. There was always a choice of salads fruit, meat, fish, vegetarian, vegetables and desserts for lunch and dinner and it was particularly nice to be allocated a fixed table for the duration of our stay. We also had the same waiter the whole time, which meant that he got to know us and our preferences. The notion that you only get waited on in the speciality restaurants is rubbish and must be motivated by some sort of feeling of snob value. The drinks provided under the AI were all well known brands, not unpleasant plonk, so what was there to complain about. Despite this, we decided to try the Maldivian restaurant one night and were extremely disappointed. It is nearer the centre of the island and with the tables being outside there are no fans to cool you down; we found it quite stifling in the heat. Also, we were did not think the food in any way, including quality, warranted the price, which was $186 for a meal for 4 which consisted of two courses and a bottle of wine. This was the price after a 20% discount for booking early. The cost of an all-you-can-eat meal in the main restaurant is $19 for lunch and $26 for dinner. In addition, we found the lack of other customers meant that it had little atmosphere compared to the buzz in the main restaurant. So I would say do not be afraid of going AI, which also includes two free boat trips and gives discounts off certain other activities.
The staff are a highlight of a stay at Reethi beach, being consistently attentive, friendly and helpful. I have never before encountered staff so keen to serve their customers. The resort itself has a maximum of 240 guests and only 15% of the island is developed, so suggestions that it could feel crowded are somewhat mystifying. The only times we were ever aware that it might have that many guests were two evenings at dinner. The island itself has gorgeous sand which is swept every day, along with the rest of the island, to ensure there is no build up of dead leaves, debris or stones. The sea is fantastic and the snorkelling is wonderful, with a bigger variety of fish than I have ever seen in such a relatively small area. The facilities are very good with tennis, badminton and squash courts, plus table tennis, darts and pool table available. The pool is small but lovely with a pool bar available. The spa is wonderful for all manner of relaxing massages and other treatments.
The fish feeding is spectacular, with huge rays literally shoving the feeder to put food in their mouths. There were also large reef sharks most evenings accompanied by smaller companions - amazing to watch. Accommodation is a difficult choice. We opted for the water bungalows and were entranced by the fish we saw from our deck, which faced out to sea and has beautiful islands as part of the views. We asked to see a de luxe villa and have decided to have one next time we visit to experience the difference. The villas are obviously more convenient for the beach, so it is a choice of whether seeing the fish from your room, or being able to sunbathe and snorkel straight from your room is most important.
Reethi Beach is just a wonderful place to stay and we are looking forward to going back as soon as we can."
- Travel date: Fri 21st of April 2006
Best beach holiday ever.
"I am going to begin this review with a bit of a negative, and that is that we thought the food in the main restaurant was not really up to scratch given the price of the holiday. I'd say that the food here was about as good as, say, a buffet in a Pizza parlour. Of course it's all about taste and we met people who were delighted with the food in the main restaurant. We ended up eating in the speciality Maldivian / Eastern restaurant. Over the course of a week, this meant we added about Â£400 or Â£500 to our final bill. I also would have expected more choice, but AI guests are limited in where they can eat and drink.
That aside, everything else was just fantastic. The food and service in the Maldivian restaurant were second to none, and Mr Anu's curries are amongst the best we've had anywhere in the world!
We stayed in a water bungalow and, though we initially wanted a de-luxe villa, we were delighted with the space and facilities. The balconies afford a lot of privacy.
Reethi Beach is managed by an Indian company. The staff we spoke with say they are a good company to work for. The staff themselves are friendly, polite and very professional.
However, the praise really should be heaped on the island itself. There is so much wildlife - we saw an octopus on the reef just outside the bungalow, huge fruit bats and enjoyed some fantastic snorkelling. The beaches are clean and spacious and the sandy paths though the woods are an absolute pleasure to walk along. There is no problem with mosquitoes as the resort is sprayed weekly during the rainy season and fortnightly during the dry season.
A few tips, beyond not going all inclusive;
The water sports section will rent out ($40) a canoe for a few hours. We rowed over to a nearby uninhabited island. It was hard work but took just 25 mins and was well worth the experience for that Robinson Crusoe fantasy. I'd also recommend getting up a bit early one day and have a walk around the island asfetr sunrise - there's a lot more to see and the light makes for better photographs. You can also do a spot of beachcombing before the staff arrive to sweep away anything the tide brought in.
a 35 minute phone call from our room to the uk cost the thick end of Â£100, so be careful.
Reethi Beach time is 1 hour ahead of Male time to give visitors an hour extra in bed and an hour longer during the day. Reethi Beach is therefore 5 hours ahead of British Summer Time. Sunset / sunrise is about 7 o'clock.
TVs in the rooms show live and recorded Premiership football matches.
don't miss the fish feeding at 6 o'clock - a chance to see some huge stingrays and reef sharks."
- Travel date: Tue 4th of April 2006
"The many positive reviews of Reethi Beach resort are accurate. The island is beautiful, the house reef is amazing, food & service are great (we would absolutely recommend going b&b for variety of restaurants).
HOWEVER... the island is bursting full of people... this means that it is very hard to find a private space. The beach which only ever stretches along one side of the island feels a bit european- sunbed after sunbed. This was a problem for us as we wanted a pure escapist experience.
If you are looking for a romantic, private getaway then perhaps Reethi beach is not for you. That said, if you are not bothered about seclusion then I doubt you'll find fault with this island."
- Travel date: Sat 25th of March 2006
Worth the wait
"The terrible tsunami meant a postponement of this intended surprise 50th birthday present for my wife. The years wait has been well worth it. Reethi Beach offers all that one can expect from a paradise resort.
As appears usual, you are given an up-grade to a water bungalow which, whilst the accommodation cannot be faulted, was not the "wander straight onto the beach" that the deluxe villas offer. A quick word with the management and two hours later we are just where we wanted to be, looking out on what was practically our own piece of beach together with Maldivian swing.
The following six days can only be described as idyllic. We were AI and were more than happy with the food and drink that came within that package.
We enjoyed a wonderful spa package together and, as a non-swimmer, I even managed a scuba dive. The sights beneath the crystal clear waters are absolutely amazing and I cannot fault the staff's patience with me.
It has to be said that the journey time there and back is long but well worth it. My wife and I will certainly be returning."
- Travel date: Wed 15th of March 2006
for all ages
"Visiting Reethi Beach for the fourth time, this time
as grand parents with our whole family, including two teenagers of 15 and 17 resp., there is nothing to
complain about. This time we were lucky to celebrate
Christmas and New Year and must say this was one of
the nicest happenings in our live. And with 67 years of age I have some experience ! Other reviews say this
is not so good for teenagers and seniors but I can tell our grandsons did enjoy the two weeks stay for full 100%.Fishing, snorkling,tennis,beach soccer,etc. And we, "seniors", will be back at Reethi
Beach beginning October 2006."
- Travel date: Sun 12th of March 2006
Best holidays ever!
"We have been to Reethi Beach 3 times now, and every time the holiday has exceeded expectations. The staff are friendly, courteous and always eager to please; I would recommend a deluxe villa if you can - they are the best located on the island (although the water bungalows and standard villas are only 100 yards or so from everything so its no real hardship!)
The food is excellent, and the Maldivian restaurant and the coffee shop over the water should be tried at least once each. We can also recommend having your lunch delivered to your sun lounger on the beach - paradise!! We have now stayed on b&b, half board and all inclusive and dont think it makes a huge difference at the end - drinks are expensive so if you are using the bar every day all inclusive is not a bad idea - you have to pay extra for all bar the main restaurant but in a week that is probably only 2 or 3 meals so not a huge extra price to pay. The only frustration is that all inc. does not cover drinks at the beach bars. Truly a wonderful place!! :)"
- Travel date: Tue 3rd of January 2006
Pure paradise cant think of a better place to spend your honeymoon
"It's better than all the pictures you see, the sea plane trip to the island is an excellant start to your journey although i wonder how it managed to get out of the sea with all the luggage. We were greated at the jetty led to reception with complimentry drink and then our relaxing journey started. Our water villa was great, couldnt believe how big it was and its true what they say "no news no shoes", girls dont take your heals you dont really need any shoes at all its sand through and through. It's a real sense of relaxation to get ready for dinner and take a relaxing walk to the restaurant for your meal. The food is great such choice i find it difficult to believe that anyone wouldnt be able to find anything to eat, they also have a fantastic grill restaurant it was a little expensive only because this wasnt included in our all inclusive basis (and if like me you choose the biggest lobster available) but well worth it. You can walk around in the island in around 20 minutes put your towel where ever you like as there is so much space and relax, we found 7 days was perfect for our honeymoon and it lived up to all our expectations. Although "all inclusive" we found ourselves with quite a large bill at the end as you pay 10% on everything you eat/drink & buy. Never the less a great place to holiday. The staff are really friendly and helpful and the island is lovely we will definately go back."
- Travel date: Sun 27th of November 2005
We found paradise
"We have just returned from Reethi Beach Resort. This was a surprise 40th birthday present from my Husband. We had the most romantic time culminating with Dinner on the beach on our last night. We have no complaints, rooms lovely, food excellant, all staff polite and helpful and the Spa is the best way to relax. We will definitely go back, but will not travel with Monarch again. Leg room is bare minimum and very cramped and we were unable to upgrade or pre book our seats either way. Also, pay the extra and go for the sea plane transfer. It was very magical seeing all the atolls below."
- Travel date: Tue 22nd of November 2005
"My husband and I have been to Reethi Beach twice. It was even better second time round. The reef is great, the staff are great. Several places to eat so you won't get bored. Expect to pay a lot for booze - it has to be imported a long way! Apart from that, it can't be faulted. Would definitely go back but want to try out some other places first. The problem is, you have to pay twice the price anywhere else for the value you get here."
- Travel date: Sat 22nd of October 2005
"Having spent 14 hours on planes of one kind or another it was a pleasant change to get onto the boat for the short trip from the landing pontoon to the reception jetty, from there we where ushered to the reception where iced flannels and chilled coconuts awaited us. Once the formalities of checking in where complete we where escorted to our upgraded accommodation (water bungalow) where we spent the next two blissful weeks.
Shortly after arrival the bags where delivered and we then crashed on the massive comfortable bed, waking 3 hours later in time for the tour of the island which included a stop to watch the fish feeding which was great entertainment. A briefing from a friendly diving instructor followed and then it was time to go and find some food.
The main restaurant was where the majority of people ate probably due to it being the only one of four restaurants that was included in the all inclusive package that fortunately we werenât on. The food in the main restaurant wasnât bad but I would say probably only rated an average on the two evenings where we chose to eat there. The CafÃ©/Moudu restaurant (on stilts) proved to be a much better place to eat with a decent range of food all well prepared and all very tasty, the staff where also happy and took great care to make sure you enjoyed your meal. The Grill Restaurant never got our custom mainly down to the fact it seemed to not open most nights, I think that depending on pre booked customers dictated if they opened or not. The Chinese/Traditional restaurant was a good alternative the Maldivian Food evening is certainly an event worth attending with fish and coconut obviously the staples of the local food, however the banquet included other foods too, on normal evening the Chinese Food was of good quality and plentiful. Of course if you feel so lazy that you cant be bothered to go out (shame on you) then room service offer a cut down choice of the menu from the Moudu Restaurant, the food that they deliver is high quality and hot.
Drinks wise you can either raid your mini bar, go to one of the restaurants or any of the three bars (one at each end and one in the middle) on the island. The bar nearest the Water Bungalows is blessed with a fantastic view of the sunset most evenings and despite this never gets two crowded (apart from by crabs), a cocktail or two whilst watching the sun sink into the sea is one of the highlights of the day, however beware of Anish he has the habit of making a rather mean cocktail and my other half wanted to take him away in our baggage.
Day time was mainly spent with short spells out in the sun (20 minutes a side to avoid burning) or the sea where the local reef makes a brilliant dive location with vast numbers of reef fish and some larger species mingling between the shallows of the reef top and the deeper recesses of the reef. Additional diving is available at other sites accessed by boat where the highlights could include swimming with Manta rays or Whale sharks. The one word of warning in the water is be aware of where your feet or going before you stand up, in the shallow water I saw stingrays and lionfish basking in the sun and you donât want to stand on either of those.
Well I could say more but I wont itâs a fabulous location for couple of weeks of relaxation, not cheap and donât forget your bug spray, but should you go you should have a fabulous time even if you do nothing."
- Travel date: Sun 25th of September 2005
"We went quite late in May and were expecting this to be the rainy season, think it rained once, maybe twice but who cared on this beautiful island, we kicked our shoes of on arrival and didnt put them back on again until the journey home, I would recommend this to any one. Loved the sea plane journey to the island, what an experience that is. Reethi is only a small island, at one point if you stand in the middle you can see the sea both sides, you can walk around it in about 20 minutes, but to us it was a little bit of heaven, we upgraded to the luxury bungalows but to be honest it really doesnt matter because for the time you spend in them, its irrelevant, and the normal ones are just as good. Staff were brilliant, our bungalow was right next to the Beach Bar and it was wonderful to just sit at the bar late in the afternoon and watch the sun go down, nice cold drink in hand!!! Restuarant was fine no problems with the food, plenty of choice and you had your own waiter who was assigned to your table, so helpful and courteous, really cannot fault this place, we did eat at the Moodho Bar a couple of times and the food there is exquisite, also do a great pizza if you fancy a change at lunchtimes, must be tried! There is a pool, which was kept immaculate also a little bar to use in the pool area, so all in all if you want to just completely chill, this is the place to do it in!!!"
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of November 2008
We went to Reethi Beach on our Honeymoon...
"We went to Reethi Beach on our Honeymoon, and weren't disappointed.
It is only list as 4*+, but it was a stunning location, fantastic resort and a stunning holiday.
It is about 40 minutes from Male to Reethi Beach by sea plane, but that itself is an experience everyone should try.
Nestled amidst lush vegetation and shaded by graceful palm trees, Reethi Beach opened its doors on 2. Nov. 1998.
Its unique local architecture blends with the natural beauty of the island creating an eco-friendly environment.
Surrounded by uninhabited islands, Reethi Beach offered us a unique opportunity to discover those islands, as they are exclusively held by Reethi Beach.
The people were fantastically friendly, and the resort was perfect.
The resort has three restaurants, (but only one for all inclusive) a swimming pool, private piece of beach for each guest, and loads of activities to do such as scuba diving, snorkelling, tennis, wind surfing or canoeing.
It was a bargain! Can't wait to go back, I highly recommend it, especially the fish feeding at 6.00pm!"
- Travel date: Wed 7th of March 2007