Luxury Maldives holidays are a much coveted, once in a lifetime experience for many passionate travellers.
The exquisite archipelago is famed for its powdered white sands and unbelievably blue ocean. But there is so much more to these idyllic islands than sun-bathing and swimming. Diverse dining, spa and play options made available by top resorts, as well as the stunning surroundings, have made the Maldives a playground for the rich and famous.
This month one of the Maldives' largest and most luxurious resorts, One&Only Reethi Rah, celebrates 10 years in the business of making dream holidays a reality. To mark this occasion, we'd like to share ten things to do whilst staying on the lush, tropical paradise of Reethi Rah. Some of the options may surprise you...
1. Enjoy fine-dining in a walk-in wine cellar
Reethi Rah offers a range of dining experiences, all of them exquisite, but the intimate setting of Epicure, the resort's wine-cellar, is truly one of a kind. Housing over 4,000 bottles of the finest wines from across the globe, the space can be reserved as a private dining room. It also offers a setting for the exclusive Jafaaiy Dinner, in which the resort's General Manager invites the most select of guests on a culinary journey, giving cultural and personal insight into every exquisite dish, each of which is of course wine-matched.
2. Play football on a FIFA-approved pitch
The Reethi Rah is a repeat holiday destination for David and Victoria Beckham, along with their children. Perhaps it was their patronage that inspired the installation of a FIFA-approved Astroturf football pitch last year. With daily organised matches, and the One&Only resort boasting its own teams, we can see why the Reethi Rah has become a holiday favourite for football royalty!
3. Be castaway for a day
Among the multitude of enviable excursions on offer, the Seaplane Castaway is not to be missed. Gain a whole new perspective on the beauty of this region as you fly above the azure waters, before being marooned on a desert island for the day; just you and your loved ones (and a few staff!). Go fishing, snorkelling or exploring and come back to enjoy a beautiful barbecue served on the beach. Could this be the perfect setting for a Maldives proposal?
4. Get a new look in a top London salon
In partnership with London's ultra-trendy Taylor Taylor hairdressers, Reethi Rah has opened its own ultra-luxe hair salon, bringing up-to-the-minute style to the beauty of the Maldives. Innovative and skilled staff are waiting to pamper and primp, so you'll go home looking as good as you feel.
5. Go scuba diving
Perhaps a more predictable activity, the superlative diving sites offered here deserve a mention nonetheless. With the only PADI National Geographic Dive Centre in the Maldives, Reethi Rah gives guests the ultimate opportunity to experience the resplendent underwater life that teems offshore, waiting to be discovered. Celebrities such as Davina McCall have gushed over the beauty of seeing turtles and Manta Rays in these clearest of waters.
6. Go flyboarding
If you'd rather have the freedom to move effortlessly below and above the water, even this can be arranged at Reethi Rah. Flyboarding is a new sensation, only invented in 2012, which involves a water jet pack being attached to the user's feet. Propelled by powerful jets, one can fly high above the waves, dive deep down, and then fly up again. This is an experience that must be seen to be believed.
7. Enjoy a massage on stilts
Okay, this title is slightly misleading, but with two over-water double-treatment suites, elevated above the Indian Ocean by stilts, we couldn't resist! The One&Only Spa has an extensive range of achingly luxurious experiences and treatments to choose from. For ultimate romance and relaxation a couple's treatment above the gently lapping waves is a must.
8. Play golf with Ecobioballs!
Reethi Rah is a resort that takes the preservation of its environment seriously with initiatives such as the Coral Propagation Project, and at Inspiring Travel Company we certainly admire their aims. We were thrilled and intrigued, then, when we heard the resort will be using the world's first biodegradable golf balls! Now, if you want to practise your full swing on the beach, you needn't worry about hitting the ocean; your ball will naturally biodegrade, revealing a centre compromised of fish food. Simply genius!
9. Go rock-climbing
The Maldives may not be known for mountainous landscapes, but that won't stop One&Only Reethi Rah! The resort is now home to a 26-foot climbing wall, located in ClubOne; a dedicated area catering to 12 to 17-year-olds, but open to all. And, of course, the wall is the only one to be found in the Maldives. Can you see a pattern emerging?
10. Or do absolutely nothing at all...
We've barely skimmed the surface of delight and decadence offered by One&Only Reethi Rah, but let's not get carried away. What's the point of jetting off to an island paradise if you don't spend the occasional day just drinking in the sun? And perhaps a few cocktails. Every villa at this resort is chic and more than comfortable, with dedicated staff who are always waiting to serve.
Sound tempting? Inspiring Travel Company has some amazing offers and will always tailor the booking to meet your individual requirements. Why not enquire now, or call our Travel Specialists on 01244 355 550 and begin planning your bespoke luxury holiday to the Maldives.