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Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes
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Doha, Qatar
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3 reviews
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“Amazing holiday”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

This was my first stay in Rihiveli. The island is beautiful. My room was 4 metres from the beach. I was pleasantly surprised by quality of food - absolutely delicious. And the staff was very helpful - 5 star without any doubt. If you are looking for relaxing holiday, Rihiveli is the right choice.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this review, 1 July 2014
Dear ZdenekM.

Thank you very much for your beautiful comments on Rihiveli!

We hope to welcome you very soon again!

Best regards,
Bruce.
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

This is my second trip to Rihiveli and it was even more amazing than my last one. This time, I went there alone but there was no room to feel lonely. The beach looked beautiful as always and the boat ride to the resort was full of sights to see as we passed by several different islands as well as some remarkably graceful dolphins. The food was absolutely delicious, especially on the Italian night. I had a great time unwinding with a bit of windsurfing and a lot of snorkelling. The room I stayed in was bigger than I expected and housekeeping was good. Overall, the service was great and the staff were easy to talk to. I had a great time and I definitely plan to go back sometime soon. It's no wonder I fell in love with Rihiveli Beach Resort.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this review, 9 June 2014
Dear Bibsiana,

I understand your passion for Rihiveli, we get so profoundly attached to this beautiful island.Everyday, we feel very lucky to be here among our guests!!

Please do come back to see us again as soon as you can,

Lots of love from the whole Rihiveli Family,

Bruce and Team!
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

My stay at Rihiveli in May was glorious as always. The staff were good natured and easygoing and their service was superb! I thoroughly enjoyed the watersports available. The ferries and speedboats were there for trips to other islands, the rooms were nice and cool due to the sea breeze. You can"t forget the beach at your doorstep. The restaurent and bar had amazing food and drinks. There also were activities which didn"t involve getting wet like table tennis, chess, badminton and more. If anybody is looking for a relaxing but fun holiday, I would recommend Rihiveli!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this review, 9 June 2014
Dear Nashyan,

Thank you very much for your nice comments,we are happy that you enjoyed Rihiveli again.Another 2 visits and we will ask you to fix your FISH on the totem.

Greet you soon again!

Best regards,
Bruce.
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Carriacou Island, Grenada
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Rihiveli resort was recommended to me by a friend. The tranfer to the island is a pleasant boat trip away. I went for diving, being my self a dive mastet, and I found plenty of beauty above the water as well. The staff is amazingly helpful. From the reception to the maid. Chaya was ever so effortlessly usefulsand able to accommodate my request promptly; Gaelle and Stephan were friendly and always available making the stay fun and relaxing. There was always some activity going on from beach volleyball to ping pong; the dive instructors I dove with Benoit and Marion were relaiable, organized and although very professional were also very friendly. The underwater marine life it is well preserved and rich. I will never forget their efforts together with all the boat stuff, to show us the dolphins in the bay with every boat trip to the dive site.
Gui the enthusiastic snorkel guide was able to point countless number of reef sharks, white tip shark, sting rays, eels, and octapus. Being a vegetarian can be difficult when traveling but at Rihivali Resort the chef and the kitchen staff were very helpful with their menu and I could enjoy every day tasty fresh food and amazing desserts. Juliette the crab eater seagull, Logan the iguana, and Lucky the African grey parrot are permanent guests of this peaceful island happy to pose for a picture.
I hope I will be able to go back tto Rihivali in the nearest future and to find this winning team of people there for some more adventure.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Dear Cinziaonthemove!

Thank very much for your nice comments on Rihiveli .True, Mother Nature has gifted Rihiveli with one of the most beautiful lagoons where our guests, our dolphins, our manta rays and our crabs live peacefully!
Do come back soon!!
Best regards,
Bruce.
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Sebastopol, Mauritius.
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

My holidays at rihiveli beach resort was just awesome.. Great staff members.. Great service.. Warm people everywhere..Felt at home.. Very nice place to spend your best holidays ever.. Thank you everyone.. Would highly recommend you people to visit the resort..

  • 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, 6 June 2014
Justspb,

NO DOUBT , the place to be is Rihiveli!!! Thank very much for recognising it and thank you for your continuous visits to come.

Very best from all the team,

Bruce.
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Reviewed 5 June 2014 via mobile

Arrival :
Reservation stage we were informed that their will be a boat leaving @ 9:30 am and 12:00 noon.so we decided to go on 12:00 noon boat as we were staying in male' for 1 night.we called hotel @ 11:25 am and informed that we are on the way to airport.They told us the boat will leave @ 12:00.When we arrive to the resort counter they informed us tat the boat left @ 11:40 .we were being asked to wait until the next boat which is taking 20 other guest going to a different resort.We waited in airport for another 45 mins for the transfer.Finally someone came and told that the boat is ready.life jacket was damaged and torn.we were being told that the trip will take 45 mins to resort.but the boat first went to another resort to drop their guest as the boat transfer is a third party company and from that resort to Rihiveli it took another 30 mins.Our trip to Rihiveli took 1hr 30 mins.we did ask Reservation to pass our massage to General Manager (Bruce) which we think didn't pass to him.

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Their is no phone in the room.no Tv.no wifi.No Aircondtion.no minibar.rooms need to be renovated as most of the things were rusted ( door lock,bathroom shower ,window locks) difficult to close.housekeeping cleaning is perfect.Room attended don't disturb if you are in the room.They always cone when you go out.

Their is no room service ( no food or drink once the bar is closed ).The restaurant opening hours is limited,specially breakfast,also reception is closed from midnight 23:00 pm.if you are sick and you need medicine you have to wait until the next day and then found out their is no doctor.but their is medicine available from the resort pharmacy.if a major thing happens i wonder what will be the emergency respond as their is no speed boat in back up as well.

Food in the restaurant is the best.we love the food.specially the chief special seafood pizza.must try.its not on the menu.but you can ask for it and chief will be more than happy to make it for you.Beef burger we ordered was not the best.their was no cheese and too much onion. Management cocktail on sunday was not very exciting as nobody was interact with the guest and check their stay.thats the only time we saw General Manager.we were being greeted by Bruce when we went to cocktail.

Front office manager ( Gaelle ) was helpful.she offered us complimentary late check out as our international flight was @ 22:45.We had a spa treatment which was relaxing.over all staff friendliness 5/10 .

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Dewalkr
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Dear Dewalkr,

Thank you very much for sharing your honest views, we always highly value our guests’ comments regarding our property facilities and its’ people!

We apologise that we did not exceed your expectations, but at least we met them. Regarding your transfer, please note that it is outsourced by our sister hotel and we have initiated a dialogue with them in order to find out what happen exactly. The findings will come out shortly to us.
To be honest with you, our GREEN concept will definitely not meet your requirements indeed. As you might have noticed, we are a very down to earth, nature friendly NO NEWS NO SHOES resort and our guests keep on returning to Rihiveli because of this very successful concept we practice.
You seemed to have been disappointed by the absence in your bungalow of TV, TELEPHONE, MINI BAR, AIRCON AND OTHER ARTIFICIAL GIMMICKS but please note that this is exactly what we want to avoid in a bid to respect our environmentally friendly and stick to our green concept which remains very successful in the eyes of our 75% repeater guests returning to Rihiveli year by year because of our concept!
On a very different note, it is ILLEGAL to operate a resort in Maldives if all requirements including safety vessels are not met and respected in alignment with authorities. In a first instance the resort will NOT has the license to operate under the absence of all safety vessels-speed boats. Authorities do conduct timely inspection and we had our last inspection very recently where no shortcomings were to be noted. Please note also that we have 4 Speed-Boats moored at the resort and we are fully equipped to face any emergency at anytime, be it staff or guest related. The last emergency we faced was only last week when we had to conduct a very late night speed boat transfer related to one of our sick staff members. We do have a Doctor on call 24/24 at our sister resort which is 20 minutes at reach. Please note that all our arrival guests are briefed on the right Standard Operating Procedure to follow while an emergency arises at late night.
I feel very hesitating to express our feelings of welcoming you back to Rihiveli for a second visit because we feel that Rihiveli will not be the ideal place which would potentially meet your requirements of modern amenities as highlighted above.

However, please allow us to wish you all the very best in all your endeavours,

Bruce-General Manager.
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Reading, United Kingdom
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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 review, 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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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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