Reethi Rah Resort, Maldives


Location: The Maldives, Indian Ocean

Client: Kerzner International Development LLC

Tasks: Engineer of Record; Surveys & Field Data Collection, Engineering Design & Construction Plans


In 2004, Olsen Associates Inc. (OAI) designed the coastal engineering repairs and channel-cut that ultimately created the beaches along the unique shoreline of the One&Only Reethi Rah Resort in the Maldives. Working on a timeline of only a few months to meet the resort’s opening date, OAI designed over 50 different rock structures and sand nourishment to create 19 distinct beaches totaling 4 km in length, along with a channel to sever the island to restore tidal flow and enhance water quality. The works were constructed over the next few months, and immediately thereafter withstood impact from the Boxing Day tsunami in December 2004. OAI additionally prepared the design for the resort’s arrival docks. To-date, the project improvements have exceeded the design predictions – successfully stabilizing the beaches and improving water circulation around this premium resort property.

Photo credit (upper three photos and banner photo, above):  Barbara Kraft

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