Best of the Maldives: Comfort Menu – One & Only Reethi Rah

One and Only Reethi Rah comfort menu 2

One & Only Reethi Rah’s “Comfort Menu” offers up a selection of treats for floating in the comfort of your own villa – “Individually chosen ESPA bath oils, mineral sea salts and petals envelop the body as candles bath the room in a soft relaxing light.”

You have a choices of several variations including:

  • Essential oils of the West Indian Bay and Clove” served with Hot cinnamon tea
  • English Peppermint and Rosemary” served with a refreshing ice cold Earl Grey tea with Rosemary and Citrus
  • Frankinceance and Ylang-Ylang served with a hot herbal tea of Rosehip and Hibiscus

Calgon take me away…to paradise.

One and Only Reethi Rah comfort menu

Flash Splash Fashion

Rub a dub, just relaxin’ in the tub thinkin’ everything was alright.

Bathtub Party Day today (still not making any of these days u). In a part of the world which is 99% water and where most every resort or even villa has its own pool, it might seem a bit strange that the bath tub is one of the most biggest and most extravagant features in the luxury villas. There is something a bit sensually soothing about a sudsy soak. And you can add sweet scents, foamy bubbles and a sprinkling of petals. These splishin’ and a splashin’ fashionistas certainly seem to think so…

  1. Coco Lili (France) – Hideaway Beach
    Coco Lili (France) - Hideaway Beach
      
  2. Yulia Rybakova (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Yulia Rybakova (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  3. Madeleine Schneider-Weiffenbach (Germany) – Grand Park Kodhipparu
    Madeleine Schneider-Weiffenbach (Germany) – Grand Park Kodhipparu
        
  4. Anna Trestain (OAE) – Angsana Velavaru
    Anna Trestain (OAE) - Angsana Velavaru
        
  5. Dominika Myslivcová (Czech) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Dominika Myslivcová (Czech) - Gili Lankanfushi
       
  6. Tatyana Kiss (Russia) – Furaveri
    Tatyana Kiss (Russia) - Furaveri
       
  7. Vanessa Midori (Japan) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Vanessa Midori (Japan) - Anantara Kihavah Villas
       
  8. Anjelika (Russia) – Sun Island
    Anjelika (Russia) - Sun Island
        
  9. Elisa Hasselkjaer (United Kingdom) – Grand Park Kodhipparu
    Elisa Hasselkjaer (United Kingdom) - Grand Park Kodhipparu
       
  10. Melissa Celestine Koh (Singapore) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Melissa Celestine Koh (Singapore) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
        
  11. Daniella Novaes (Brazil) – Six Senses Laamu
    Daniella Novaes (Brazil) - Six Senses Laamu
       
  12. Barbara Fumagalli (Italy) – Ayada
    Barbara Fumagalli (Italy) - Ayada
       
  13. Haley Andersen (Australia) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Haley Andersen (Australia) - Anantara Kihavah Villas
       
  14. Adriana Jennings (Australia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Adriana Jennings (Australia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  15. Steisy (Bulgaria) – Sun Island
    Steisy (Bulgaria) - Sun Island
        
  16. Valery Khudyakov (Russia) – Dusit Thani
    Valery Khudyakov (Russia) - Dusit Thani
       
  17. Daria Dashenka (Russia) – Velassaru
    Daria Dashenka (Russia) - Velassaru
       
  18. Lauryn Goodman (United Kingdom) – Sun Aqua Vilu Reef
    Lauryn Goodman (United Kingdom) - Sun Aqua Vilu Reef
        
  19. Alisa Ilieva (Ukraine) – Kanuhura
    Alisa Ilieva (Ukraine) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
       
  20. Adrianne Lu (Taiwan) – Anantara Veli
    Adrianne Lu (Taiwan) - Anantara Veli
       
  21. Ani Lubov (Russia) – Soneva Fushi
    Ani Lubov (Russia) – Soneva Fushi
       
  22. Yoyo Cao (Singpore) – Halaveli
    Yoyo Cao (Singpore) - Halaveli
       
  23. Kate B. Kate (Poland) – Sun Island
    Kate B Kate (Poland) - Sun Island
        
  24. Maria Kragmann (Denmark) – Angsana Velavaru
    Maria Kragmann (Denmark) - Angsana Velavaru
       
  25. Tatiana Vasilieva (Russia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Tatiana Vasilieva (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  26. Lista Khu (Indonesia) – Conrad Rangali
    Lista Khu (Indonesia) - Conrad Rangali
       
  27. Pepper Chocolate (Italy) – KIHAAD
    Pepper Chocolate (Italy) - KIHAAD
       
  28. Madeline Joy Relph, Natalie Roser, Brooke Hogan (Australia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
    Madeline Joy Relph, Natalie Roser, Brooke Hogan (Australia) - Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
       
  29. Melinda Bam (South Africa) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Melinda Bam (South Africa) - Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
       
  30. Rachel Limsh (Malaysia) – W Maldives
    Rachel Limsh (Malaysia) - W Retreat
       
  31. Kristin Sundberg (Sweden) – NIYAMA
    Kristin Sundberg (Sweden) - NIYAMA
       
  32. Jenny Phm (Vietnam) – Six Senses Laamu
    Jenny Phm (Vietnam) – Six Senses Laamu
       
  33. Ksenia Rai (Russia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Ksenia Rai (Russia) - Anantara Dhigu
       
  34. Melanie Martin (France) – Kandima
    Melanie Martin (France) – Kandima
       
  35. Coco Airi (Japan) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Coco Airi (Japan) - Gili Lankanfushi
       
  36. Darya Radchenko (Russia) – Kihaad
    Darya Radchenko (Russia) - Kihaad
        
  37. Farina Opoku (Germany) – Kandima
    Farina Opoku (Germany) - Kandima
      
  38. Helen Janneson Bense (Finland) – Grand Park Kodhipparu
    Helen Janneson Bense (Finland) - Grand Park Kodhipparu
       
  39. Katrin Amaure (Austria) – Furaveri
    Katrin Amaure (Austria) - Furaveri
       
  40. J Chow (Hong Kong) – Kuramathi
    J Chow (Hong Kong) - Kuramathi
       
  41. Olesia Z. (Ukraine) – Kandima
    Olesia Z (Ukraine) - Kandima
       
  42. Belinda Morgan and Margaret MacPherson (Australia) – Club Med Kani
    Belinda Morgan and Margaret MacPherson (Australia) – Club Med Kani
       
  43. Maria Romanova (Russia) – Velaa
    Maria Romanova (Russia) – Velaa
       
  44. Alex Seifert (Germany) – Conrad Rangali
    Alex Seifert (Germany) - Vilu Reef
       
  45. Anna Sharapova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Anna Sharapova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
       
  46. Nina Serebrova (Russia) – Medhufushi
    Nina Serebrova (Russia) - Medhufushi
       
  47. Annie Lenova (Russia) – Naladhu
    Annie Lenova (Russia) – Naladhu
       
  48. Julia Kovalenko (Russia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Julia Kovalenko (Russia) - Anantara Dhigu
        
  49. Marina Comes (United Kingdom) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Marina Comes (United Kingdom) - Gili Lankanfushi
       
  50. Larisa Yuskovich (Russia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Larisa Yuskovich (Russia) - Anantara Dhigu
       
  51. Marie Kitsova (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Marie Kitsova (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  52. Renee (NewZealand) – Kandolhu
    Renee (NewZealand) - Kandolhu
       
  53. Yvette Le Blowitz (Australia) – Shangri-La Vilingili
    Yvette Le Blowitz (Australia) - Shangri-La Vilingili
       
  54. Nika Zakharova (Ukraine) – LUX Maldives
    Nika Zakharova (Ukraine) - LUX Maldives
      
  55. Pia Muehlenbeck (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
    Pia Muehlenbeck (Australia) - Maalifushi
      
  56. Arisha Gz (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Arisha Gz (Russia) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
      
  57. Crissy Luv (Trinidad) – Anantara Kihavah
    Crissy Luv (Trinidad) - Dusit Thani
       
  58. Dilya Diaz (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu
    Dilya Diaz (Australia) - Six Senses Laamu
       
  59. Devon Windsor (USA) – One and Only Reethi Rah
    Devon Windsor (USA) - One and Only Reethi Rah
       
  60. Tamala Prickett (USA) – Huvafenfushi
    Tamala Prickett (USA) - Huvafenfushi

Babe Shower

With the warm tropical air and cool ocean breezes, you do as much as possible outside in the Maldives. Certainly, al fresco dining every chance you get. Not to mention, beach versions of every sport there is. Outdoor showers would probably make a list of Top Ten things you only do (or primarily do) in the Maldives. You often will take a couple of refreshing soaks during the day. One after your morning dive or snorkel, one after your afternoon in the sun to freshen up for dinner.

With the glistening water droplets streaming down, it’s also a popular photoshoot Kodak Photo Spot with the fashionista crowd. Here is Maldives Complete the not-so-dirty thirty of the shower set.

  1. Pia Muehlenbeck (Australia) – Six Senses Laamu [VIDEO]
  2. Aggie Lal (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
    Aggie Lal (USA) - Six Senses Laamu
      
  3. Viki Odintcova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Viki Odintcova (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  4. Josefine Forsberg (Sweden) – Hideaway Beach
    Josefine Forsberg (Sweden) - Hideaway Beach
         
  5. Marina (Russia) – Irufushi
    Marina (Russia) - Irufushi
       
  6. Tatyana Kiss (Russia) – Furaveri
    Tatyana Kiss (Russia) - Furaveri
       
  7. Viktoriya Kabochkina (Russia) – Rihiveli
    Viktoriya Kabochkina (Russia) - Drift Thelu Veliga
       
  8. McKenna Ray (USA) – Conrad Rangali
    McKenna Ray (USA) - Conrad Rangali
       
  9. Bar Zomer (Israel) – Amilla Fushi
    Bar Zomer (Israel) - Amilla Fushi
       
  10. Adelina and Alina (Tartarstan) – Soneva Jani
    Adelina and Alina (Tartarstan) - Soneva Jani

       
  11. Anastasia Reshetova (Russia) – Anantara Dhigu
    Anastasia Reshetova (Russia) - Anantara Dhigu
       
  12. Taylor Mega (Italy) – NIYAMA
    Taylor Mega (Italy) - NIYAMA
       
  13. Est Are (Nigeria) – Maafushivaru
    Est Are (Nigeria) - Maafushivaru
      
  14. Anna Ryapasova (Russia) – Dusit Thani
    Anna Ryapasova (Russia) - Dusit Thani
       
  15. Sierra Furtado (Canada) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Sierra Furtado (Canada) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
       
  16. Zemfira Jemchujnaya (Russia) – Taj Exotica
    Zemfira Jemchujnaya (Russia) - Taj Exotica
       
  17. Lera Bukinaa (Russia) – Centara Ras Fushi
    Lera Bukinaa (Russia) - Centara Ras Fushi

       
  18. Svetlana Glagoleva (Russia) – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
    Svetlana Glagoleva (Russia) - Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
       
  19. Jenny Phm (Vietnam) – Six Senses Laamu
    Jenny Phm (Vietnam) – Six Senses Laamu
       
  20. Milana Koroleva (Russia) – NIYAMA
    Milana Koroleva (Russia) – NIYAMA
      
  21. Ranuga Sukrasorn (Australia) – Kuramathi
    Ranuga Sukrasorn (Australia) - Kuramathi
      
  22. Mariam Rod (Iran) – Ayada
    Mariam Rod (Iran) - Ayada
      
  23. Mini Lina (Bosnia) – Amari Havodda
    Mini Lina (Bosnia) - Amari Havodda
      
  24. Victoria Demidova (Russia) – Milaidhoo
    Victoria Demidova (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  25. Julia Dybowska (Poland) – JA Manafaru
    Julia Dybowska (Poland) – JA Manafaru
      
  26. Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
      
  27. Mabel (Singapore) – NIYAMA
    Mabel (Singapore) – NIYAMA
      
  28. Karri Nicholas (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
    Karri Nicholas (Australia) - Amilla Fushi
       
  29. Jessica Cabensy (USA) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Jessica Cabensy (USA) - Anantara Kihavah Villas  
      
  30. Julia Marchak (Ukraine) – Six Senses Laamu [VIDEO]

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Best of the Maldives: Bath Salts – Park Hyatt Hadahaa

Park Hyatt Hadahaa - bath salts

 

The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” – Isak Dinesen

You can add Park Hyatt Hadahaa’s “Vidrun” (meaning “to shine” in Dhevehi) spa to that list. Their treatments incorporate a selection of special salt and herb blends based on Maldivian concepts…

  • Hoonu – rose and sandalwood (Cooling)
  • Fini – ginger, clove and aniseed (Warming)
  • Hiki – jasmine and lotus (Balancing)

All massages start with a foot scrub with signature foot salt…a symbol that your “journey has begun”. Then of course, you soak in a soothing bath using your chosen bath salt.

Definitely worth its salt.

Best of the Maldives: Bath TV – Ayada

Ayada - bath television

 

 

When I’m not in the Maldives, my two relaxation havens are (a) in front of the TV, and (b) in a hot bath. But if you are in the Maldives, then you can have the relaxation trifecta with both looking over the somnifacient seas of the Maldives at Ayada water villa. One of the all time great combinations up there with peanut butter and chocolate, Paul McCartney and Steve Wonder, or Star Wars and Lego.

Best of the Maldives: Private Jacuzzi – Huvafenfushi

Huvafenfushi - CUBE jacuzzi

Huvafenfushi has its own bathing with multiple heads, but of a more reclined style. Its bathroom’s Jacuzzi bath has not one but 4 places to rest one’s head. Head rests on bath tubs are a bit of a pet peeve of mine. The Calgon-take-me-away moments are all about blissful floating and yet invariably your head is uncomfortably pushing on some ceramic-hard surface.

Huvafenfushi take me away!

Best of the Maldives: Bath Pillow – Constance Halaveli

Constance Halaveli bath pillow

If you are serious about lounging in the bath, then I can’t imagine an accessory more essential than a bath pillow. And yet, they are astonishingly rare. I had to find on online for our bath a home. Without them, your head has to rest on a cold, hard tub.

Fortunately, Constance Halaveli has gotten suds soaking down. Not only do they have a comfy head rest, but they also have extra long tub so you can really stretch out.

Pass the Calgon.

Best of the Maldives: Glass Bottomed Bath – Anantara Kihavah

Anantara Kihavah glass bottom bath tub

 

 

If you want to soak in your own bath of floral scents and colourful visuals, then Anantara Kihava’s glass bottomed bath extends right down into the ocean. You can be surrounded by vibrant petals floating above and vivid sea creatures scurrying about beneath.

Kihavah’s distinction has tipped that balance of “bath” features enough for me to now add a “Bath” sub-category to “Relaxing” in the Best of Maldives.

Glass bottomed soak.

Best of the Maldives: Bath Decoration – One & Only Reethi Rah

Reethi Rah bath decoration

 

The latest celebrity Maldives visit (also in a ‘family way’) is Marvin and Rochelle Humes. No surprise that they too are staying at Reethi Rah. Daily Mail coverage included a pic of their bath decoration. Petals in the bath water are de rigeur for romantic spa experiences, but Reethi has gone a step further applying this time honoured bed decoration to the other most relaxing (and at time romantic) part of a villa.