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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Mindboggling facilities

    Vast villas

    12 beautiful beaches

  • Kids will love

    Pirate adventures

    Kids club

    Sporty activities

  • Don’t expect

    A crèche

    Low price tags

    A small resort


If you live in fear of spoiling your children, look away now: One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives will give them a taste for white-sand shores, green-blue seas, piratical adventures and watery thrills. Adults will get hooked on the spoiling spa, vast villas and very good cocktails.


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Here's what you get for booking One&Only Reethi Rah with us:

An excursion for the whole family: activities range from a shark safari to a sunset cruise in a dhoni, depending on the season


‘At One&Only Reethi Rah, families are treated to vast villas with high ceilings, sprawling spaces and the very best of everything: this is a hotel experience with the volume turned right up. ’

Smith & Family


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Need To Know


130, including six two-bedroom villas and one three-bedroom villa.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability and a charge (a full day’s rate). Earliest check-in, 2pm. If you’re arriving early or have a late flight back, the hotel has day-use villas for guests to duck in to (availability permitting).


Double rooms from $1971.20, including tax at 23.2 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include American buffet breakfast, with hot dishes rustled up on request. Children Cribs are free for under-3s; extra beds (US$180 a night, including breakfast) for under-12s can be added to all rooms.



If one of your little Smiths (or Mr/Mrs) is looking a little shaggy around the fringe, take them to trendy Taylor Taylor hair salon for a trim and tidy. This is the brand’s first out-of-London outpost: at the Shoreditch branch, East End hipsters get their barnets beautified over cocktails and cupcakes.

At the hotel

A pick of 12 beaches; beach club; three pools; paddling pool; PADI dive centre; watersports centre; two championship-grade tennis courts; gardens; the Maldives’ first ever climbing wall; spa; artists’ studio; kids club; golf simulator; restaurants; bars; luxury boutique; library; free WiFi throughout.


In your room

TV, DVD player, CD player, iPod dock, minibar, bathrobes, slippers. For children, soft toys, beach toys, bath products and kid-sized kimonos are provided.


Our favourite rooms

The Beach Villa Kings have plenty of room for a cot (free for under-3s) and don’t have steps or stairs, making them perfect for a family with a toddler in tow. Each villa has its own pretty-much-deserted patch of sand, two sun loungers, a white hammock (idyllically swaying between palm trees) and a table and chairs under a shady veranda (perfect for private breakfasts or romantic dining). Each bathroom has a big bath tub, two sinks, an indoor shower and an outdoor shower. For families with older children, the Beach Villa Queen can fit four, thanks to its pair of queen-size beds. If you need two bedrooms (and want a private pool), opt for the Grand Beach Villa – Two Bedroom with Pool. Want to spend it like Beckham? Opt for Grand Beach Villa 142, where the Brit pack usually celebrates Christmas. Water Villas aren’t designed for under-12s; if you want to stay in them anyway, parents will just need to sign a document indicating their responsibility.



There are three to choose from: a dazzling infinity pool that cuts into the lagoon and overlooks neighbouring islands; a family-friendly pool shaded by trees and punctuated with mini hammock-toting islands, and a pool attached to the kids club, with a slide, shallow areas and even little sun loungers and a stash of petite towels. Thanks to the sunny climate, the pools are unheated (and deliciously refreshing). Parents need to supervise their water babies at the pool. There’s also a diminutive pool attached to the spa, plus 12 immaculate beaches at your disposal (we love pretty Turtle Beach best, which is positioned in the middle of the island, with easy access to all the facilities). Arm bands and other swim aids can be provided. Nippers are welcome in all three pools at all times, as long as they are accompanied by parents (only the kids club pool is supervised).  


The award-winning One&Only Spa by Espa has vitality pools, saunas, crystal steam rooms, ice fountains and a saltwater Watsu pool. You're unlikely to burn here, however hard you go at your tanning, thanks to the hotel's sun spa, which offers expert guidance on your skin type, provides you with skin-matched products and even has a fleet of therapists who will reapply sun lotion throughout the day, followed by aftersun. Under-16s aren’t allowed in the spa, but in-villa pampering sessions can be arranged for all ages (same price as adults’ treatments).


On arrival, little Smiths are given a welcome pack including a T-shirt, colouring-in books and an invitation to Pirates Day at KidsOnly, where budding buccaneers can take part in pirate face-painting, a treasure hunt, pirate costume-making and a pirate-style boat trip.


Book ahead

The hotel's fleet of professional babysitters needs a day's notice. There's no need to book your table at the restaurants, though it will enamor you to hotel staff (and might make for smoother service) if you do. Book your kids' activities at the club at least one day ahead; kids’ birthday parties need a week’s warning (prices vary, depending on the package chosen).


Food and drink

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Reethi Restaurant, situated close to the pool, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tapasake, the resort's Japanese restaurant, serves dinner at teppanyaki tables that will wow juniors and adults alike. Fanditha gives families a fanciful taste of the Middle East (also dinner only). With Aladdin’s cave-style decor to keep everyone’s eyes wide, Fanditha also has cushioned floor-seating – a trend your sprogs may want to revive back home. For lazy lunches, there’s also the casual Beach Club at ClubOne; for alfresco dinners, eat at the Chef's Garden, a candlelit patch of the vegetable garden designed with intimate dinners in mind. The food at the latter is fresh and healthy: grilled and steamed dishes such as yellowfin tuna tartare and fish or vegetables with an infusion (lemongrass and curry leaves, or coconut oil, garlic and lime). No meat is served at the Chef's Garden.

Family fare

Highchairs are available in all restaurants and there are kids’ menus, too (example dishes include grilled cheese sandwich with salad and fries; pizza, pasta and sweet treats including banana split and cashew nut brownie). Little Smiths are welcome in all the restaurants at all times. The flexible chef is very happy to adapt menu items according to parents' daily demands; they'll also rustle up delicious packed lunches. Instead of providing infant-friendly snacks in minibars, staff prefer to make things fresh and send them over to your villa. There’s an excellent room service menu for tots, too, including organic baby blends and thoughtful, healthy dishes. The hotel also has a chocolate and ice-cream room.

Hotel Bar

ClubOne is one of the liveliest spots on the island, with all-day DJs, kids gamboling on sand and adults enjoying cocktails and conversation. Stake out two of the white egg-shaped chairs dangling from the palms, or hunker down on the huge bean bags. Refresh your inner pirate with vintage rum at Rah Bar, by the swimming pool. The breezy open-air pavilion feels relaxed by day; boozy, fruit-filled concoctions (or smoothies and fresh juices for the minors), chilled champagne and live music take things up a notch by night. Toast the sunset from Tapasake, lit with traditional Japanese lanterns (kids are welcome here at all times).

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am until 11am in Reethi Restaurant; lunch is 12pm until 2.30pm; dinner is 7pm–10.30pm. (The other restaurants mirror these opening times for lunch and/or dinner.) If nippers get hungry outside of these times, order them something from the excellent room service menu for children. Thirsty types will be pleased to hear that the barmen stop mixing drinks when the last guest leaves.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Reethi for lazy lunches by the pool; Fanditha for a family-friendly taste of the exotic; book a babysitter for romantic dinners à deux at the Chef’s Garden and Tapasake.

  • Room service

    The 24-hour in-villa dining service spans the full Reethi Restaurant menu. There’s a special selection just for little Smiths, too, with items such as organic fruit muesli, purées featuring a choice of vegetables, herbs, fish and meat; organic baby blends and tot-tailored desserts that will tempt adults, too: Arborio rice pudding with strawberry jam, for example. Room service can be delivered to guests anywhere on the island.


    The hotel has a 24-hour doctor stationed on the island.


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Parent approved

‘At One&Only Reethi Rah, families are treated to vast villas with high ceilings, sprawling spaces and the very best of everything: this is a hotel experience with the volume turned right up. ’

Smith & Family

Kids Club

A paradise for children, KidsOnly boasts anything and everything little Smiths could want: an indoor clubhouse brimming with toys and games, a shaded sandy garden with swings and slides, a giant elephant, ball pool and toddler pool. The club is open all year round, seven days a week, from 9am until 9pm (and there's no extra charge for using it), so you can deposit your nippers here all day if you want to. There's a daily schedule of activities to keep even the most energetic juniors happily occupied; qualified, multilingual staff are on hand to look after them. Sessions are organised according to three age groups; 4–5s, 6–8s and 9–11s. One Tribe is the section of KidsOnly purposefully designed for tweens and there is also an exclusive teen area, complete with a juice bar and games. Guests don’t need to book spaces at the club in advance, unless they require babysitting, but it’s a good idea to sign up for organised activities and excursions at least a day ahead. Tots aged 2–3 are welcome at KidsOnly, provided they are supervised by either a parent or babysitter.  


Professional babysitters can be arranged by the resort with 24 hours' notice. Booking is required and the service costs US$20 an hour (minimum three hours).


The hotel provides baby monitors for use in-villa or on your patch of sand and garden (they won’t stretch further than 5km away).

Other Services

One&Only likes a party, whatever the age of the celebrant. The hotel will organise birthday cakes, birthday buffers and a full-blown party with a gift, popcorn, ice-cream, games and decorations. There are different themes to choose from, including pirate, magic, Maldivian (with local music and dancing) or DJ and disco. Prices vary according to the package chosen; just speak to staff in advance.  

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Travel cots • Wooden cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Baby monitors • Soft toys • Swimming aids

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Travel cots • Wooden cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Baby monitors • Soft toys • Crayons/pens • Outdoor toys • Swimming aids

For older children

• Children's books • U-rated, PG or 12-rated DVDs • Arts/crafts materials • Board games, • Puzzles • Snooker/pool table • Table football • Table tennis • Climbing wall • Bicycles • Snorkelling gear


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Things to do

Show us a family that wouldn’t be bowled over by the idea of 12 beaches and we’ll eat our sunhat. Of course, nobody wants to be limited to saltwater, so the hotel also has three swimming pools to choose from. Don’t forget to make the most of the beach club and dive centre while you’re here. Back on dry land, the hotel has tennis courts, an excellent kids club with plenty of activities, a climbing wall and a pampering spa.

Sunny days

Hit the beach: there are 12 to choose from, all supervised by a lifeguard and with waters that are safe for swimming. Splash, the beach club's watersports centre, offers a full range of liquid thrills – banana boats, canoes, paddle boarding, water-skiing and windsurfing (these activities are designed for over-11s; kids aged between 5 and 11 need to be supervised by parents). Non-motorised activities are free; motorised options cost extra. Swap your view for that of the seagulls with a 15-minute seaplane over the atolls. The hotel has the Maldives’ only PADI National Geographic dive centre, and one of the country’s best shark sites is close by. At the dive centre, you can also plant your own coral, which will be labeled with your name (post-stay, you’ll be emailed photos showing its progress). Top up your tan on one of the hotel’s floating sun beds in the pool. For the best snorkelling, hop on one of the bikes or take a short canoe ride to the house reef. The Lawn Club, on the middle of the island, has a badminton area and a bowling green (don't miss the free afternoon tea).  

Rainy days

Most of the resort's facilities are housed within ClubOne pavilion, the beach club. Start with a game of billiards, darts, table tennis and volleyball, then continue to polish your ball skills with a family golf session at Swing, the impressive golf simulator, where guests are given real golf clubs and balls to lob into a screen (if you’re in the zone, you can have even have lunch delivered here). Parents can browse for beachwear at Neo boutique, stocked with Heidi Klein bikinis and Orelbar Brown trunks, plus the hotel’s own Reethi Rah two-piece. There’s also the Artist's Studio, where you can take part in pottery classes, Venetian mask decoration, jewellery-making sessions and so on.  

And there's more…

Smiths aged between 12 and 17 are encouraged to befriend other guests in their age group by helpful staff, who organise group excursions and other bonding experiences: sports, nature explorations and adventure trips, and local excursions. The hotel can arrange chargeable extras such as birthday parties; just talk to staff in advance…

Local Guide

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One&Only Reethi Rah couldn’t have a better location for sun-seekers and sea-splashers of all ages: you’re here because you don’t want to be anywhere else, and so it doesn’t matter that there’s not much to do outside of this private island. Make the most of the 12 secluded beaches, starting with Turtle Beach in the middle of the island, and try out some watersports and spa pampering sessions. Should you start to get a little island-restless, boat trips on traditional Maldivian dhoni sailboats and private beach picnics can be arranged, along with day trips to Male. There’s also the PADI dive centre to explore, with some of the Maldives’ best diving spots close by (start by splashing around the house reef, a short canoe or pedal boat ride away).

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One&Only Reethi Rah
North Malé Atoll, Malé, Kaafu Atoll, 08440
Hotel setting

Lagoons and white sand

Getting There

One&Only Reethi Rah occupies a private island (one of the Maldives’ biggest) on the North Male Atoll. Sixty per cent of the island is manmade, but you’d never know it, thanks to the lush vegetation and lashings of space.


Fly into Male International Airport; from there, it’s a 75-minute transfer in one of the hotel’s five super-sized yachts.


You're on an island – you need a car like a fish needs a bicycle (and you'll have one of them, anyway).

Parent travel tip

Parents can look forward to a stress-free transfer, thanks to the luxury yacht waiting just outside the airport to whoosh you across the waves to the hotel (hotel staff are on hand to help with lugging prams and luggage on to the boat). Kids will love this James Bond-style entrance; parents: put sunhats and sun-cream somewhere easily accessible for the boat trip.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including One&Only Reethi Rah – has been selected and approved by parents.

If you put a group of sun-hungry imaginative young ’uns in a room and asked them what they’d like from a no-holds-barred beach hotel, chances are their most ambitious answers would resemble something akin to One&Only Reethi Rah, which counts 12 beaches, three pools, dive centre, a climbing wall, giant chess, tennis courts and a golf simulator among its many charms. Then there’s the excellent kids club, which has a fondness for pirates and parties (don’t we all?). Adults can expect to lie back and relax, possibly under the capable grip of a masseuse’s hand in the Espa spa, or with cocktails cooling down their own sun-kissed hands (of course, the area’s excellent diving is worth getting up for).

At One&Only Reethi Rah, families are treated to vast villas with high ceilings, sprawling spaces and the very best of everything: this is a hotel experience with the volume turned right up. Even the toys bobbing on the waves are supersize. From the inflatable sunbeds to the bewildering array of facilities, One&Only is exactly that.

Smith & Family

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about One&Only Reethi Rah in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

Food and service. 10/10.

Rating: 10/10 stars