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“A week in paradise” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes

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Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
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“A week in paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014

We arrive to Rihiveli after a short flight from Dubai.The hotel is about 1 hour from the airport and the boat was already waiting for us so we did not have to wait.The hotel location is amazing.We had never seen anything like that before anywhere in the world.We got a nice room in front of the sea.It was so peaceful!The food was great and they had all kinds of activities.They also had some of the friendliest staff we had ever met.It has been the best holidays of our lifes!!!!!!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Rafael O
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this review, 21 January 2014
Dear Rafael, thank you for sharing your experience at Rihiveli. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. Hope to welcome you again soon. Sunny regards
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2013

We happened to visit the resort on our Maldives trip as part of resort hopping. Lovely property. Huge, spread across acres. Great, great staff. Food is strictly french / European, and mostly non vegetarian, so vegetarians..bit of caution there.
We did a lot of water fun here in the ocean. The resort provides small canoes for the guests to row around. There are 2 small islands also close by, whom you can swim / walk to. All in all, amazing experience.

Not that expensive to stay as well.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Juhi_KS
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this review, 27 December 2013
Dear Juhi_KS, thank you for your kind message. Rihiveli offers a nice break for relaxing holidays. A great blue lagoon, the two virgin islands where you can do fish barbecue. In one day, you can feel the spirit of Rihiveli. We would be pleased to welcome you again soon. Best regards
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Sousse, Tunisia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2013

the lost paradise, it is like you are in another planet
no shoes no news policy :)
professional staff, tasty food, perfect hotel with a lot of activity that are for free except the diving and the wind-surf
thanks

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this review, 21 December 2013
Dear Wajih, thank you for sharing your experience. In Rihiveli, dreams become true and you can enjoy unforgettable holidays in paradise. Hope to see you again soon. Sincerely
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

Rihiveli is a really nice Maldivian resort, which has a secret that brought alive my childhood dream. As a child I dreamed of sailing to an uninhabited island with a coconut tree, white sand and blue water. In Rihiveli I found it all. There are 2 little islands within the lagoon in which the main resort island is situated. You can kayak, paddle-boat or walk to them and then it is all for you. There is a beautiful big white sand bank that appears during the low tide across which you can walk far into the blue sea, which made me feel I was going back in time to my secret dream. On placing a request a delicious fish BBQ lunch is prepared for a small group after which you can relax on the island referred to as “sunrise island” or go for a new adventure to the next island, where you find a lot of friendly little crabs crawling.

On the resort itself you get a comfortable and cosy little bungalow with beautiful view of the sea and small private beach. In the middle of the island there is a talkative flying individual named ' Lucky' sitting on a tree, who might say hello or laugh at you while passing by. Both the bird and all staff are very friendly and helpful and adds to the calming atmosphere of the island. After enjoying a colourful sunset at the beach with delicious drinks you get a “dinner is ready” call through a big conch shell. With it you get to a restaurant overlooking the sea where a tasty dinner of French cuisine is served, but there is always some Maldivian specialty to eat as well. Unfortunately I only stayed for 2 days so I definitely would like to come back to explore the undiscovered secret of Rihiveli resort and to enjoy the pleasant experience.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank EIlevy
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this review, 19 December 2013
Dear Ellevy, thank you for sharing your experience at Rihiveli. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. The relaxing atmosphere, the natural beauty of the island, Rihiveli is a real paradise. Best regards
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2013

Spent a couple of weekends at Rihiveli in November while working in Maldives and was literally spoiled by the human and extra professional approach of Ana, Aurelie, Benjamin, Stephan, Marianne, Ali, Salim, Rauf and all the staff. Incredibly friendly staff in a well cared environment with small but incredible details (getting off the boat and getting rid of the shoes to start living barefoot is a nice start!!!), fantastic white night parties in the small sunrise island, excellent food, good wines.... simply a dream. I will get my fish soon, definitely!!! Thank you all!!!

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank alalgar
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this review, 5 December 2013
Dear Alalgar, thank you very much for your kind message. Rihiveli is a big family and we always try to give our guests the feeling to be like at home. Simplicity and conviviality for unforgettable moments in our paradise. We would be very happy to welcome you soon for your fish ceremony! Thank you Alalgar.
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Rome, Italy
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2013

Our staying at Rihiveli Resort has been very comfortable and wonderful as always.
My father my mother and I had a great time. I am very happy I could share the experience with my beloved parents and I hope we will come back in the next future with my sister and her family.
At the Rihiveli Resort you feel fulfilled by nature and the atmosphere is so genuine and pure that we could really have a break from the noisy cities where we live.
It is paradise on earth and places like RIhiveli Resort are more and more rare.
Thanks to the professional and kindness of the all Rihiveli Team our staying has been very comfortable.
It is a very elegant and sophisticated place clean and full of charm
I hope Rihiveli Resort will be always as it is now authentic and unaffected.
I can’t wait to be back :=))
In behalf of my father Franco, my mother Oretta and myself, our best and kind regards and thanks to the General Manager Mr. Bruce Bowan and to all the great Team of the Rihiveli Resort.
Hope to come back soon in the very near future.
In the world there are people that love Rihiveli Resort and people that do not understand what does it means.
Alessandra

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank AlessandraBaccani
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this review, 5 December 2013
Dear Alessandra, thank you for your comment. We are happy that you had great time, with your family, in Rihiveli. Our island is a nice place to spend unforgettable moments with the persons you love. Regards
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

Rihiveli Beach Resort, about 90 minutes by speed boat from Malé airport, is a little gem in the South Malé Atoll, Maldives. A real ‘back to nature’ kind of resort that we had the pleasure of experiencing for 5 days in October 2013.

The reservation process was smooth and the reservation officers whom I called probably a hundred times from Dubai before I confirmed the booking were patient and answered all our queries in a way that made us feel very welcome.

‘No shoes, no news’.

Yes, they actually ask you to take off your shoes when you land on the island. The island is small but very beautiful. The rooms are very basic but well maintained and clean. No television, no air conditioning and a fan that actually is more for show than anything else. If you are lucky and you do get favorable wind direction, with the windows open, you will not miss the air conditioning at all. Unfortunately for the first 2 nights we stayed there we were not so lucky and the nights do tend to get a little bit warm and sticky. The bed in the room is very comfortable. The toilet and bath area are well maintained and clean. The shower is very good and so are the basic toiletries provided by the resort. Because there is no air conditioning and we were forced to keep the windows open, we found lizards in the room. We were told the lizards keep the unwanted insects out. One very early morning we found 2 huge bees in the bathroom. Since the room does not have a phone to call maintenance I had to run over to the staff accommodation area to get someone to take care of this problem. After about 15 minutes and some Anti-Bug spray the bees were killed by the maintenance guy. He told us the bees come in to the room occasionally to eat wood.

The resort is excellent for water sports and most of these were included in the package we were offered by the resort. What we paid extra for was the diving and it was totally worth it. The dive team is excellent. The training session and the actual dive a day later were a lot better than my previous dive experience at another resort in the Maldives a year earlier. The coral and the fish at the dive site, which is about 40 minutes by boat from the resort, are beautiful to see. The highlight for me was seeing a stone fish and a huge turtle in a cave. We went on a snorkeling trip as well which was very enjoyable. Especially, swimming with the Manta Rays was unbelievable. Even my wife who cannot swim at all was able to enjoy this as the snorkeling instructor was with her all the time and made her feel totally safe. Saw dolphins too.

The food at the resort is very good if you like fish. The variety of fish is limited but is cooked in different ways every day. Very few meat options. But whatever was served was very tasty and we enjoyed every meal we had at the resort. Breakfast lunch and dinner are served in just the one restaurant on the island and that was part of the package. If you don’t mind paying a little extra you could get burgers, pizza or pasta at the bar. The service at the restaurant and the bar is also excellent. The staff is very friendly and attentive and do go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. You can also opt to take a canoe or walk (in the water) to the nearby sunrise island for a fish bbq lunch. We did and was wonderful. Just fish, rice and salad served with the brilliant ‘sexy’ sauce. That Rihiveli sauce is awesome and can be used on meat or fish. Makes everything taste better. Thechef/staff was nice enough to tell us the proper recipe for the sauce as well.

The resort has a small but beautiful spa area. The different treatments are well explained and the massage therapists are probably as good as any anywhere in the world. We highly recommend this spa. Even though it is not as fancy as some of the other spas in the Maldives it was probably one of the best spa experiences we’ve had.

We were lucky to be in Rihiveli on a Friday night which happens to be the White Party Night. The bar area is bathed in a beautiful blue glow and everyone wears white. The DJs kept us dancing from 10.00 pm till about 01.00 AM. Was a fun night. On the other nights the resort organizes some form of entertainment/activity like table tennis, darts, a movie or a video presentation by the divers etc. All good fun.

I highly recommend this resort for a nice break in the Maldives. It is by no means a luxury resort. But what makes this resort attractive is the natural beauty and the simplicity of how the resort is built around it. The two little islands close by are a bonus.

One more thing I would like to add is that this feels like a French resort. A lot of the expat staff is French. Almost all the guests on the island were lovely French people or from French speaking counties. Even the resort’s parrot – LUCKY, speaks French. On that note, my wife and me would like to say a heartfelt merci beaucoup to all the staff at Rihiveli for making our short holiday a very memorable one.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Joel_Ruth
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this review, 30 November 2013
Dear Joel_Ruth, thank you for sharing your experience at Rihiveli. “Merci beaucoup” to you for visiting us. It was a pleasure to welcome you. Best regards
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Property: Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes
Address: South Male Atoll
Region: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > South Male Atoll > Mahaanaelhihuraa Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mahaanaelhihuraa Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes 3*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes boasts sea-facing bungalows, each with their own private terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean. Located in South Male Atoll, the resort has its own spa and restaurant which offers buffet meals and open-air dining. 400 metres from Sunrise Island and Bird Island, the resort is accessible from Male International Airport via a 1-hour speedboat ride. The fan-cooled bungalows open out to a private terrace and feature wooden flooring. A private garden with hammock or deck chairs leads to the lagoon water. Outdoor showers are available in the Deluxe Bungalows, complimenting the separate indoor bathroom. Guests can enjoy a variety of water sports including sailing, water-skiing and night snorkelling during their stay at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes. Other recreation facilities include volleyball, tennis and billiards. Each day the resort's talented chefs prepare a different cuisine which can include French, Italian, Maldivian and Asian. Dinner is either a buffet or set menu depending on the daily theme, 3 times during the week dinner is set up on the beach to enjoy the beautiful starry nights. An extensive wine list is also available. ... more   less 
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