Appropriately remote, yet easily accessible by boat and plane from Male, Laamu atoll has so far remained fairly untouched. Tourism in this Southern atoll – mostly known for being the longest stretch of islands linked by land in the Maldives – has always been minimal. At present, it is home to over 140 resorts and 50 guesthouses, each offering a truly immersive experience; classically inspired by the Maldivian culture.
However now, there’s one more reason to visit the island, particularly Laamu atoll, with the entrance of Rahaa resort which commenced in November, 2020. Sporting design and architecture that comprises traditional Maldivian elements with contemporary simplicity, Rahaa intends to make the Maldives more reachable to travellers from all backgrounds who wish to witness its crystal-clear waters and pristine white beaches. The resort demonstrates Maldivian culture and history through architecture, experience, and culture. The property spread across a whopping 5.8 hectares of land delivers warmth and comfort to the guests who visit Rahaa from all across the globe.
Rahaa, in the Maldivian history, refers to a ruler of the throne or island. The ease and luxury experienced at Rahaa by its guests quite literally justify the name it stands for. In terms of the accommodation, the four-star resort offers a stay in two categories: Lake View Villas and Deluxe Ocean View Villas. Characterized by modern interiors, spaciousness, and vibrant shades, each villa has an en-suite bathroom that is well equipped with an outdoor shower and a large bathtub. The facilities don’t stop at this, the villas come with a porch for guests to wake up and enjoy their cup of tea or coffee amidst a breezy environment and view of the sea to soothe the mind as well as the body. The generously spread terraces are positioned in a manner so as to enable an abundance of shade, privacy, views, wind, and immersion in nature. What’s even more interesting is the fact that each of the villas is fused with local materials and contemporary embellishments, all designed to maximize one’s experience.
For the epicureans visiting Rahaa resort, there’s an all-day dining restaurant serving up huge spreads for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From a coffee to a cocktail, the cravings for both these things can be fulfilled at Dhirun’ Bar or Ko’ Bar – the two spots most adored by guests both during day and night! Both these restaurants have an airy open bar right at the edge of the sea, with breath-taking views and soft entertainment by night to its company. Those who want to indulge in elaborate spirits, cocktails, or mocktails, there’s a lot on the menu other than its food offerings. Furthermore, this property puts together exclusively prepared local as well as international cuisines by its chefs. The visitors can even try out their special buffet at another restaurant known by the name – Kaage. With fresh ingredients from around the globe flown in regularly, the chef and his team are known to deliver the most flavorful and healthy cuisine amidst stunning settings. The ones who have visited the property swear by Kream, a home-made style ice-cream serving parlour. To enjoy the dessert in the truest Maldivian form, Kream has set up a chic seating style under a canopy of coconut trees.
Other facilities on Rahaa’s resort include a water sports centre, spa, and diving centre. Guests are guaranteed to have the ultimate relaxation by finest in-house professional masseurs and therapists who are known for having attained accolades in their area of work. These centres and water sports training institutes also provide excursions above water so as to help you test your luck to discover dolphins, see the local lifestyle, and visit sandbanks. What’s more? Imagine being able to hover over clear waters on paddle canoes, fly far up and above in the sky on a parasailing journey, or speed across on a jetski – the possibilities to have once-in-a-lifetime kind of an experience is certain to come true at Rahaa. So, whether one’s preference is to enjoy a range of water sports activities or relax by the ocean, there’s something that’ll suit everyone’s vibe. The Rahaa experience is personalized to be a flexible fit irrespective of whether it’s a honeymoon, an adventure trip, or family vacation. Up until now, Rahaa is the only second resort to have opened in the heavenly Laamu atoll!