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Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

Wonderful hotel, with friendly staff and great service. The island itself is absolutely stunning with beautiful weather - we went in May, the rainy season and only experienced a couple of hours of rain. So much to do - two daily snorkelling trips, windsurfing, waterskiing and kayaking to the smaller island for lunch - all included in the price of the holiday! The diving was also amazing, but at an extra cost. The food was wonderful also, with a nice variety of options. Overall amazing holiday - can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: Chose a room on the side of the bar to get a nice breeze!
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2014

Dear Georgia,
We are very grateful to you while we read your beautiful words! Your description of Rihiveli is correct, we are surrounded by one of the most beautiful lagoons of the ocean-world!
The Rihiveli Lagoon, as you might have noticed, keeps on changing colour, from blue turquoise to blue ,and another day from dark blue to almost transparent!!This phenomena occurs only at Rihiveli!!! A MUST SEE!!!

Please keep well and do visit us as soon as you can, in the meantime, please accept our warmest regards from Paradise!!
Bruce.

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Reviewed 25 May 2014 via mobile

I love visiting this resort! I have been twice now and plan to book again in a few months. Bruce and his staff give a 5 star service at affordable rates. Very clean and the location is perfect. I travel often and like to visit different resorts but I will always choose this spot for a Maldives vacation. Perfect for a romantic getaway or a family vacation. I would reccomend it to anyone.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
1  Thank Nat C
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2014

Dear Nat C,

Thank you for sharing your honest views on Rihiveli and it's people!
Your comments are very much appreciated.True, we want to stick to our MOTTO-No News No shoes! and our guests keep on encouraging us towards this goal!

Looking forward to the pleasure of greeting you very soon!!

Until then we send towards you lots of rays of sun from Rihiveli!!

Bruce.

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Reviewed 20 May 2014 via mobile

If you want to unwind and relax, far from the noise and stress of your daily life, Rihiveli is the place to go !
You reach the island by a speedboat transfer from the airport and the view as soon as you enter the lagoon is magic !
No news no shoes... Rihiveli is a lifestyle (back to basics concept where feel out of the world)!
You remove your shoes as soon as you step on the arrival jetty and the holiday begins.
The resort has a big lagoon with two islands nearby that can be reached by foot: birds and sunrise island (fresh fish BBQ is available daily for lunch on sunrise island: you must not miss it).
A wide variety of water sports (including two snorkeling trips a day) is available for free for those who want active holidays. You can also just laze around and enjoy the Beauty of the surroundings. Nice spa packages are available for massage lovers and the therapists are very good.
Clean and well kept bungalows with sun beds and hammocks, nice and fresh food at all times (with the possibility of having dinner on the beach three times a week); nice and attentive staff and awesome scuba diving.
Definitely a place to go back...

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Cha_Kowal
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2014

Dear Tripadvisor Member,

You stand correct, we are one of a unique gem right in the middle of the ocean.Thank you for experiencing and evaluating our services and facilities.Our staff remains genuinely serviable with a 5 star service without chichi's!!

Please come back to visit us again, you are very important to our Rihiveli family!!

Best regards from Rihiveli Team!!!

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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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Thank Mark B
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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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Thank Ehtesham123
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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
1  Thank Henrrietta N
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mahaanaelhihuraa Island
Price Range: £140 - £684 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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