After 25yrs, my wife and I finally made it back to the romantic tropical island Paradise known as Rihiveli, where we had gone for our unforgettable honeymoon. Such a long time (and 7 children later) we were able to finally come back (sans children!), and to our delight it was still the wonderful, relaxing, friendly and oh-so-very-beautiful place we had vividly remembered.
Simple, but attractive, neat and functional accommodation, the glorious sand and indescribably clear water, the amazing and abundant tropical fish and other underwater treasures, and the friendly staff were all the same. Some minor changes were apparent, but nothing to spoil the tranquil ambiance that is the trademark of this resort. If anything, things were even better than the first time. The food (which we remembered fondly from last time) was even better - every meal was a joy to attend (I am not much of a fish fan generally, more of a "steak man"), but I've never enjoyed the fruit of the sea so much - rainbow fish and jack fish done in various ways, all superb. Being hungry is not something you can expect to experience on Rihiveli as there is plenty to choose from, and like everything else, no hurry at all to enjoy it as much as you want!
I haven't ever felt so relaxed as during this stay at Rihiveli (and the magic started as soon as we arrived). Time seemed to almost stand still. We dream of going yet again (hopefully it won't be another 25yrs!). I tell everyone back home that they had to drag me screaming down the jetty to the boat when it was time to leave, and that was nearly true. I cried when we arrived (such a long held dream finally coming true) and I cried when we left (quietly, of course...) since I knew I may never be back.
Thank you to Bruce, Stephane, Gaelle, and all the staff - thank you SO MUCH!
A smattering of French is helpful as the majority of the visitors are French (Italians are the next largest group), if you want to socialise a bit (for example as you sit on the beach by the Sunset Bar sipping your Happy Hour cocktail as you watch yet another beautiful tropical sunset and anticipate the gourmet dinner you are soon to enjoy...). We were the only Australians on this occasion, and our high school French was enough to converse with (and cause some amusement among the native speakers)
For those who want to keep active, there was a wide range of water activities available (snorkeling, catamarans, sailboards, and more) all included free, as is of course just enjoying the beautiful (warm!) waters that surround the island. Scuba Diving is extra (we did that last time) but well worth it if you are so inclined, as the Maldives is regarded as one the best Scuba Diving areas in the world
Can I give it 6 stars, please?
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Rihiveli Beach Hotel South Male Atoll