A Wild Stay on Reethi Faru Island in The Maldives

Reethi Faru Resort had been open for less than a year when we visited. Based in the Raa Atoll. It’s a beautiful white sand island that felt a little more wild than our last island with incredible reef life including sharks and sea turtles!

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Stepping off the sea plane onto the wilder side of the island, waves crashed onto the shoreline. Not something you typically associate with the Maldives! According to a lovely man seated next to us on the plane however, that the Maldives has some incredible surf spots! Who knew!

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Our luggage was taken to our room and we followed. Making our way through a Palm forest and past the pool/sports centre. Our room/villa turned out to be on the quieter side of the island with better snorkling which suited us perfectly. In fact, the very next morning we walked straight out of our double doors onto the beach and into the sea to explore the reef ourselves!

As we’d been travelling all day, we unpacked and explored the room. A spacious detached Deluxe Beach Villa bungalow with private entrance, leading into a hallway and dressing area. A huge inside/outside bathroom comes off from the hallway. Complete with a loo with a view. So you can watch the bats in the trees or listen to the geckos that run along the walls, attracted by the light.

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Back into the hallway, the room is huge, with a massive bed and seating area (which we made use of to read our books when it poured!) Big glass doors lead out onto a sandy garden area, where crabs scurry back into their dens when you walk past. Just a few steps through the garden and the canopy and you’re right on the beach.

Deluxe Beach Villa room, Reethi Faru Resort, Raa Atoll, The Maldives, Katie KALANCHOE, Katie Heath

Our first night’s sunset did not disappoint. All the colours of candy floss stretched above the palm trees and turned the sea pink.

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Supper (like all our meals) was had in the main buffet restaurant under candlelight, before an early night.

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After our morning snorkel the next day, our stomachs told us it was time for breakfast. Blazing sunshine and a blue sky made our decision to sit outside. Although we started to regret it when we realised we were sitting in a pool of our own sweat!

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The day was lost between sunbathing, dips in the sea and demolishing pages and pages of our books. Hours passed with us in the water, masks down and flippers up, spotting the incredible aquatic life.

If you’re looking for a spot in the Maldives that feels a little more wild and secluded. Where staff never disturb you, this is definitely the place for you. In fact, you can almost go a whole day without seeing anyone!

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We skipped lunch completely and before we knew it, the sun was setting at the end of another day.

Dressed for dinner, we caught sunset walking to the bar via the wilder side of the island.

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We picked up the pace as we saw a wall of rain moving towards the island.

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Just about making it to the safety of Vikaru bar, before the storm rolled in. Ordering our drinks, the staff jumped to work all around us. Battering down the hatches in an attempt to stop the horizontal rain from soaking everyone.

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Drinks finished, we raced barefoot through the rain to the restaurant for dinner. By this point, I hadn’t worn makeup since we landed in the Maldives and I’d only worn shoes to get between the islands! Well, the Maldives IS the home of barefoot luxury!

The food was just as good as it had been the night before and we took our time drinking and eating. Waiting for the rain to die down, so we could race back through the jungle to the shelter of our cosy little bungalow.

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