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Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
1 review
“A dream return after 25yrs...”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

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?

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this review, 21 May 2014
Dear Mark B,

I have no words to say THANK YOU for your detailed synopsis on our resort! True, without praising ourselves, we might be the very last down to earth resort in Maldives where we respect the sharks, the rays, the dolphins, the lovely birds, the crabs and the breathtaking sea-life under the water!
We pride ourselves to welcome our guests , year by year, and from one generation to the next generation! Hope this continues forever!!

Thank you again, please do not wait so long to come back to us, we are impatiently looking forward to greet you once again to PARADISE!!!

Best regards from all the team!!!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2014

Excellent accommodation with great facilities all around. Would certainly visit them if visited Male. Could although improve on the menu. Great and friendly people. Great activities simply worth trying out.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this review, 21 May 2014
Dear Ehtesham 123,

Thank you very much for your beautiful comments.We take your comments at heart and your views are our barometer , in a bid to maintain and constantly revise our standards.
However, the motto of Rihiveli remains and will remain" Barefoot Luxury".
Please come back to us soon!
Very best regards from all the team!
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Wroxham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2014

Our stay at the Rihiveli resort was an unforgetable paradise. The General Manager Bruce Bowan was always at our disposal, making our holiday a dream come true!
All the staff and Bruce were friendly whilst proffesional at all times. The food was excelant! different every day and the "No news no shoes" is a fantastic way of life.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this review, 9 April 2014
Dear Carola51,

Thank you very much for sharing your honest views with Rihiveli fans and Rihiveli fans TO BE!
True, I am pretty sure that paradise must be a place similar to Rihiveli and most importantly with it's people who make the place so hospitable and down to earth !!

We look forward to welcome you back to to PARADISE the soonest !

Best regards from the team!
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Reviewed 3 April 2014 via mobile

Had an amazing stay...staff was friendly and the room was amazing, very neat and I had the ocean at my disposal, the scenery at any time of the day is breathtaking... I plan on returning very soon. Thanks you Bruce and team

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this review, 6 April 2014
Dear Henrietta,

Thank you for these beautiful comments and delighted to read that you thoroughly enjoyed your RIHIVELI break !! and YES we want you to come back soon ,it will always be a great pleasure to greet you to Paradise!!!

Best regards,
Bruce.
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2014

There are times when you wake up from bed, look in the mirror and tell to yourself “Alright, I think i need a break now. That's exactly what I did a week back after having worked for almost a year without any big or short breaks.

It didn’t take me long to figure out where I wanted to spent my vacation with my girl. After having heard a lot about Rihiveli we decided to give it a try, and let me tell you that was the best decision we ever made. Beautifully nestled on the Indian Ocean, the Rihiveli Island is surrounded by one of the best lagoons I have seen where you are always greeted by dolphins flaunting their acrobatic skills to all the boats passing by. Having arrived at the jetty, we were greeted by a friendly group of Rihiveli associates who did an efficient check-in and escorted us to our villa.

All the rooms are beautifully placed facing the ocean where you never get to miss the sky blue waters inviting you for a dip. The water sports activities and the snorkelling trips organised by the resort are amazing where they make sure every guest receives the opportunity to experience the fun and the marine life of Maldives.

The restaurant offers a rich variety of European, Asian and Maldivian cuisine with special mention going to the Dessert and Pastry. Another highlight of the resort is that they have a picnic island which is a few minutes’ walk through the lagoon. Yes I said it right, you can actually walk all the way from 1 island to the next, that's how shallow the lagoon is. Anyways, the picnic island is a wonderful spot where they have an outside setup for lunch where you can get to sit, relax and enjoy a wonderful lunch with your family, friends and loved ones.

Also every night they have fun games and movie nights organised for the guests who get the opportunity to meet and socialise with other guests and associates. The overall ambience and the friendliness of the associates who make sure all the guests are given equal and special attention was truly a symbol of well structured hospitality which the resort has successfully implemented. Kudos to that!

What started out as just a break for a few nights in Rihiveli turned out to be one of the best moments we’ve ever had. Special mention goes to Aurelie who handled our reservation efficiently even though it was last minute booking and made sure we were enjoying our stay throughout; the energy ball Stephane who was with us all the way from check-in till check-out entertaining us with his Indian songs and dance moves and making sure we were happy and comfortable during our stay and always there to follow-up on our needs; Chef Chris who always greeted us at the restaurant and made sure we enjoyed our food; our snorkelling guide who took us around different reefs helping us to look for Mantas but still made sure we were happy finding the turtles and sharks; Jameel, who helped us with the water skiing; Marion, who took us for diving and gave us a different feel of the underwater world altogether; Sisira, the always happy bartender who turned out to be our official photographer till we ran out of films; and of course Mr Bruce, the General manager who was always around to greet and acknowledge us on all occasions and making sure we were enjoying our stay.

All I can say is thank you Rihiveli for making our stay so memorable and we look forward to visiting and meeting you all in the near future.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Govind E
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this review, 8 March 2014
Dear Govind, thank you very much for sharing your experience at Rihiveli. It was a pleasure to welcome you. I forward your special thanks to all the team. This paradise is also yours now. Rihiveli is a lifestyle! Best regards
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

I spent 5 days in Rihiveli resort and I truly hope I will come again. There were so many details that made this trip the holiday of my life; we were walking without shoes from the begining till the end of the vacation since the sand is so soft and every peace of this island is cleaned on daily basic, all staff was extreamly polite and friendly, our room was tided up every day and the towels were smelling so fresh...but the best thing about this place is nature itself. Those turquoise shades of the sea seems unreal as it was cartoon. As an airline cabin crew member I had a chance to travel all over the world but nature in Maldives amazed me like no other place. I reccomend this resort to everyone!!!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this review, 8 March 2014
Dear Fanita Z, thank you for your kind comment. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay in Rihiveli. The white sand and turquoise sea of our lagoon is like a real postcard. Our natural and peaceful island is the perfect paradise for unforgettable holidays. Sincerely
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

Rihiveli is a unique place. With its always friendly and helpful staff to the fun activities, you would never want to leave. There is also the fact that your surroundings feel quite natural as there are also two other islands surrounding it which you can go by walking, swimming, canoeing, etc. Then there is Juliet(Mascot bird) and Iguana.There is also the amazing bar and restaurents.I would suggest Rihiveli for anyone going for a vacation!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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1 Thank Nashyan W
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this review, 3 February 2014
Dear Nashyan W, thank you for sharing your experience. The blue lagoon, the two small islands, the quiet and peaceful atmosphere, welcome to our Paradise: Rihiveli. All the best
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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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