Archives for November 12, 2008

Arriving at Male airport (Maldives) in no way prepares you for the luxury that you are about to experience when staying at Reethi Rah. From the second that you are met by the crew of the yacht that will escort you on the 75 minutes journey to the island, you know that you have ‘arrived’.

Upon arrival at your villa, which could quite happily sleep four families, your personal butler greets you and performs a customary foot washing ritual, whilst you sip champagne and unwind from you long journey. Having explained which slippers should be worn inside and outside your villa (all complimentary of course) , your butler then explains how s/he can draw you a bath, unpack your clothes and make your evening dinner reservations. If that’s not enough s/he will even bring you a menu to choose your pillows from!

Outside your villa you will find bicycles, which you may use for the duration of your stay, so whilst you butler unpacks your cloths , take them for a spin around the island.

The facilities at Reethi Rah are second to none. The gym is equipped with high-tech Life Fitness technology and the award winning spa offers treatments that are inspired by ancient Eastern philosophies combined with the latest relaxation and rejuvenation techniques.

Children will also love Reethi Rah and thier every whim is catered for at the KidsOnly Club. The dedicated club house has a team of dedicated and fully-certified supervisors, its own pool, indoor entertainment facilities and dining area. Kids from four to eleven years old can choose from beach volleyball, table tennis, two tennis courts and numerous excursions. Two to three year olds are welcome but must attend with a babysitter. Baby-sitters can be provided 24 hours a day by the resort at a fee.

For the twelve to seventeen year olds, designated staff are here to provide a personal service to help them connect and socialise with new friends from around the world in a fun environment. They can enjoy a wide variety of programme options including sports, nature, adventure and local excursions

It’s not hard to see why this level of luxury has helped Reethi Rah gain the accolade of No 1 in the world as voted by Conde Nast Traveller. This self contained island has twelve powder soft white sand beaches and every villa (except those over the water) has its own private area, many also have their own private plunge pool.

At the front of your villa is your bicycle for your use during your stay, which, along with golf carts, is the mode of transport on the island.

Marari Beach which forms part of the CGH Earth group of hotels is a wonderful place to relax after a week or two of touring around Kerala, Southern India. With a traditional Ayurvedic Spa and organic home grown vegetables and fresh fish bought from the village fishermen you will soon feel restored in both body and mind.

Marari Beach in the small fishing village of Mararikulam is an hour’s drive south of Cochin near the port of Alleppy, the gateway to the famous backwaters. The beaches here stretch endlessly for miles and miles along the Indian Ocean a far cry from those further south in Kovalam. The 65 rooms are spread over the hotel’s 55 acres of garden, pools and grove. The rooms or villas are built in the style of the local fishing villages with large terraces complimenting the main room: all have outside bathrooms/showers, fridge and tea making facilities – some rooms even have their own pool.

The large swimming pool is surrounded by lawns and not far from the main restaurant serving traditional Keralan food. If this fails to whet your appetite the beach restaurant surely will with a fine selection of the day’s catch washed down with a choice of Indian wines.

The on site shop has a wonderful collection of local artefacts and in-house clothing – perfect for the local temperatures, and if you must keep in contact with the outside world there is a wifi area.

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