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“Best place to relax” 5 of 5 stars
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Rihiveli Beach Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   South Male Atoll   |  
Hotel amenities
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Maldives
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Best place to relax”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

The first time i went to rihiveli, i only stayed there for 2 hours to cheer our volleyball players for the inter resort volley. i fell in love with the place, amazed with the stingrays and sharks being feed by the staffs and guests. So I decided to give my fiancee a surprise 2 days stay in Rihiveli for his birthday and we had an amazing stay. Staffs are great and the place is very relaxing. Beautiful sand banks, beach, stingrays, sharks, my friend bird named Juliet and the beautiful nearby islands made our stay memorable. We are looking forward to go back for our honeymoon. :)

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
Dear Russel, thank you very much for your kind comment. When you come to Rihiveli, it is always difficult to leave. We would be happy to welcome you for your honeymoon, stay at least one week in order to enjoy all activities! See you soon in our relaxing Paradise.
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Grenaa, Arhus, Denmark
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44 hotel reviews
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

We visited Rihiveli on a day trip and we felt welcome here from the first moment. We loved the place and would particularly highlight the atmosphere of the place, calm, cosy, great service and smiles all day long from all employees.
The island is stunningly beautiful, and consists of 3 small islands that are close to each other. We had BBQ for lunch at a neighboring island and it was both a good lunch and super cozy.
The place offers a lot of equipment for water sports and various activities all included in the price (only diving is not included). It is impossible to get bored in Rihiveli.
The bungalow was not luxurious yet cozy furnishings and with many details that makes your holiday to a perfect vacation.
We have visited 3 resorts in the Maldives but Rihiveli is definitely the one we wish to go back to.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Thank you for your kind comment on Trip Advisor about our resort. We are glad that in one day, you loved the place. The atmosphere is calm, quiet and very friendly. We propose many activities included in the price. And we are always happy to help and to welcome all our visitors. Visit us again and stay longer to enjoy unforgettable holidays at magic Rihiveli. Best regards
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We chose carefully for our first trip to the Maldives and after doing extensive research, Rihiveli seemed to tick all the boxes.... and we were not disappointed!!
After a short flight to Male airport, then a 60 minutes exhilarating speed boat ride, we arrived at the most beautiful small island sat in shimmering turquoise waters. We were greeted on the jetty by the Islands' welcoming party, who quickly took our bags and shoes and walked us down the long jetty to reception where a glass of fresh fruit juice and more friendly staff awaited us, and where we set our watches to 'Rihiveli time'. One and half hours behind Male time, the time change allows guests to enjoy the early evening sunset a little later, and the imaginative daily cocktail on the beach before dinner.

Then it was off to our bungalow - a wonderfully simple room with all the necessary amenities' and the most comfortable king sized bed! Overlooking the water and surrounded by small trees and flowering bushes, we found our personal hammocks suspended just outside, alongside our sturdy wooden sunbeds. What a great start!

Rihiveli is a small island and as such, you get to know everyone there within a couple of days. Everyone, guests and staff alike, always greet you and the whole island atmosphere is friendly, relaxed and like one big happy family.
The food there is just sensational. Most meals are served in the main restaurant which overlooks the sea and every meal, from the buffets to the set dinners, was for me, just perfect. Great choices, many healthy options and very few chips! You are encouraged to share tables with other guests to get to know them which is a very nice touch. Twice a week there is a BBQ buffet on the beach and where you can select a romantic table for 2 if you wish.

Water sports are mostly included (although I understand they are soon to be charged) from twice daily snorkelling trips to water ski-ing, wind surfing and kayaking. Most days we took a kayak, or walked, to the 2 small islands belonging to Rihiveli, and there is an option to have a BBQ lunch on the island if you wish.
The whole area is stunningly beautiful, the scenery just takes your breath away - wonderful if you are a photographer.

The major attraction of Rihiveli is relaxation. No shoes are encouraged, and you feel no need to dress up or be on show. I spent the whole of our visit in bare feet, casual summer clothing and no make-up - perfect again!
One of the highlights is to join the staff in their quarters during the evening to watch the shark and manta-rays being fed. We even managed to feed them by hand.
Another highlight was a performance by a local traditional band who came in by boat one evening to entertain the guests. They certainly got us all jumping!

But for all the wonderful things that make up Rihiveli, the staff are just THE BEST and they really do make the holiday exceptional! We made a huge number of friends there and hope to see them all again in the future.
Our whole time at Rihiveli was superb and we decided to extend our stay as we enjoyed it so much! I would recommend it to anyone looking for blissful tropical island paradise.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
Thank you Jay-walker100. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us at Rihiveli. We are trying to preserve this atmosphere: “feel like at home”. Thank you also for the staff, we are doing our best every day for you. Hope to see you again soon. Regards
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

It was our second time on the island and I can only yet highly recommend Rihiveli. A natural island where true values are preserved in a breath taking environment. From the moment you step in on the pontoon to the day you leave, you are blessed. Blessed to be surrounded by such beauty, blessed by the attentive and devoted staff, blessed by the marine life and by the simplicity of it all. You will feel so rejuvenated that you will want to plan your return trip to Rihiveli ASAP, which we actually did!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 30, 2013
Dear Leonore, Thank you for sharing your experience at Rihiveli. Rihiveli is a very natural island and we try to preserve important values such as simplicity and conviviality. The beauty and the atmosphere of the place is unique for unforgettable moments. Hope to see you soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

We had a memorable experience at Rihiveli Beach Resort as we had a warm welcome upon arrival at the resort by the GM Mr. Bruce Bowan and he was very helpful during the stay. The service were unbelievable and would like to thanks all the staff for their great experience to make our holiday a memorable one. We will definitely recommend this resort to our friends and family who want to travel to Maldives. We look forward to come back again. Best Regards, Mahen

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Dear Mjeebun, thank you very much for sharing your experience at Rihiveli. Mister Bowan, our general manager, is always available and remains at guest’s disposal for any request. Come to Rihiveli, you will love it. Regards
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

We can really say it was a perfect and wonderful holiday. We arrived with the speedboat on the jetty and were already amazed about this beautiful island. we worn shoes but we were told to take them off. Everyone you have met on the resort didnt hesitate to say "salu" or giving a smile. The staff really appreciate their guest. I spent my holiday with my boyfriend and some waiters used to talk to us often and asked us about the stay we are having or how we are today.

The water sport guys made a great job. We experienced a wonderful katamaran trip with the dolphins just next to island. We got to know that they are there almost everyday. So just take a camera and a kajak or a katamaran with you and search after dolphins. My boyfriend and me tried waterski and wakeboarding as well for free of charge. Everything is included.

A visit at the small island who belongs to Rihiveli is a must. As we could reach there by foot or kajak. Relaxing and sunbathing. The lagoon was amazing. its like a sandbank. Nothing around only sand and the crystal clear blue water.

At evening we joined volley ball with some other guests and included staff.

The restaurant serves a nice food with a wonderful morning sunrise. Before having dinner we could have a drink at the bar and enjoy the evening sundown with a great sand feeling over our feets.

The bungalows are simple and naturel build. But you dont need anything more, it was enough with what you have there. There is no Air-condition, but I was told that the island is natural pur. And it can really be seen.

Take a break from the busy days at work and join a woderful stay at Rihiveli. Its like you are in a totally different world. I havent seen ever before such an amazing and beautiful island. For sure it wont be the last time.

A big thanks to Rihiveli. It was perfect.

Regards Celine and Sobah

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
We are happy to read that you enjoyed your stay with us at Rihiveli. Here “No news, no shoes”, simplicity and conviviality, you will always get a smile from our staff. We propose many nautical activities, all included in the price. Beauty of the lagoon, nice sunrise during breakfast or unforgettable sunset while having a cocktail at the bar, Rihiveli offers great moments and nice memories for all. Hope to welcome you again soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Bywave is Travel company who does picnic excursion to Rihiveli for the past two decades. Manager Bruce has improved new ways and working hard to give better and improved experience to the customer and working closely with the business partners.

That island is truly magical. white sandy beach, beautiful small uninhabited island laying next to the island give an extra experience to the guest. This gives the guests dual experience.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
We are always pleased to welcome Bywave guests in Rihiveli. It is a pleasure to share the beauty of this island with anyone. Experience a picnic on Barbecue island and enjoy the white sand beach, blue lagoon and the feeling to be cut from the rest of world. Come and enjoy this magical moment at Rihiveli!
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Address: South Male Atoll
Location: 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:4 star — Rihiveli Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rihiveli Beach Resort boasts sea-facing bungalows, each with its own private terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean. Located on South Male Atoll, the resort has its own spa and restaurant offering buffet meals and open-air dining. 400 Metres from Sunrise Island and Birds Island, Rihiveli Beach 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. A separate bathroom offers indoor and outdoor showers. Guests can enjoy a variety of water sports including sailing, water-skiing and night snorkelling during their stay at Rihiveli Beach Resort. Other recreation facilities include volleyball, tennis and billiards. The resort's restaurant features a different daily cuisine which includes French, Italian, Maldivian or Asian. A daily barbecue lunch is offered at Sunrise Island while dinner consists of a buffet or set menu and is served on the beach 3 times a week. An extensive wine list is also available. ... more   less 
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