One&Only Reethi Rah, Reethi Rah Island, North Male Atoll
Tel: 866 552 0001 (toll-free)
Tel: 960 664 8800
Concierge.com's insider take:
High-profile honeymooners like Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cruise add star wattage to this exclusive 109-acre resort. Located an hour by speedboat from the international airport, the 130 thatched-roof Bali-inspired villas are scattered among 12 beaches and more than 16,000 coconut trees. Deep-soak bathtubs are filled with flower petals by attentive butlers, who are at your beck and call 24 hours a day. Oceanfront beach villas have verandas with daybeds, while outdoor lounging in Water Villas involves a pillow-topped hammock over the sea. Though undoubtedly romantic, the range of activities at this family friendly resort makes it like the Ritz-Carlton of Club Meds. Children and teens can take cooking classes and dance lessons, go on excursions, and play sports, leaving the parents free time for big-game fishing, mini-triathlons, tennis tournaments, and snorkeling. Divers rave about the top-notch instructors and Scubapro equipment. But one of the property's centerpieces is the 95,000-square-foot One&Only Spa by ESPA. Jazz singers perform in the open-air Rah Bar after dark and late-night dance parties with a resident DJ are a regular feature at the Moroccan restaurant Fanditha, where authentic meze plates are delivered to daybeds in the sand. Raw-fish fans can get their favorites at Tapasake, where the executive chef is also a sake sommelier.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:An instant favorite among honeymooners and celebrity couples, One&Only's latest luxury lodging sprinkles 130 thatch-roofed villas (all with terrazzo bathtubs for two) along the 12 beaches of this 109-acre island in the North Male Atoll. The island's paradisiacal surroundings are the resort's focal point. Daybeds outside the Moroccan restaurant, Fanditha, are the best place to take your meals. The nonstop activitiesfrom diving excursions to tennis tournamentsmake the resort a sort of ultradeluxe Club Med. And while some may find the friendly banter of the staff intrusive, most will appreciate their simple acts of kindness, like a beach cleaner reaching down to dig up stunning colored cowries for a seashell-seeking guest. 2006 Hot List
Amenities: Beach, Pool, Spa, Tennis, Water sports