One&Only Reethi Rah, Mal­dives

Vacations & Travel - - Cruise news - By An­thony Gal­lagher

I’ve never seen a lo­ca­tion more beau­ti­ful than the Mal­dives. It is my first foray into this ex­otic place and I am on the beach at One&Only Reethi Rah. The beau­ti­ful sparkling tropical turquoise-hued wa­ters are in­deed lap­ping on the whiter-than-white sand. It re­ally does look like some­thing you would see on a post­card. I am en­sconced in a spa­cious lux­ury pri­vate pool villa but, as beau­ti­ful as it is, and it is one of the most beau­ti­ful vil­las I have stayed in, it is the de­lights of the turquoise la­goon that en­tice me out­side again and again. I swim hither and yon, head swiv­el­ling as I fol­low the tropical fish dart­ing about be­low me. When I tire, I stroll back around the la­goon’s shoe­horn white beach, just mar­vel­ling at the colours of this in­cred­i­ble place. As hunger strikes, I set out on my villa’s push­bike for a lazy ped­dle through the shady palm cor­ri­dors and sandy green laneways criss-cross­ing the is­land’s tropical in­te­rior. The food of­fer­ings are di­vine, from the eggs Bene­dict for break­fast, wagyu gourmet cheese­burger for lunch and sushi and sashimi at the is­land’s sig­na­ture Ja­panese res­tau­rant, Ta­pasake, for din­ner. Out­stand­ing. Ev­ery­thing about this place is. one­an­don­lyre­

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