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“Best guest treatment in a dream resort” 5 of 5 stars
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Rihiveli Beach Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   South Male Atoll   |  
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“Best guest treatment in a dream resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Spent a couple of weekends at Rihiveli in November while working in Maldives and was literally spoiled by the human and extra professional approach of Ana, Aurelie, Benjamin, Stephan, Marianne, Ali, Salim, Rauf and all the staff. Incredibly friendly staff in a well cared environment with small but incredible details (getting off the boat and getting rid of the shoes to start living barefoot is a nice start!!!), fantastic white night parties in the small sunrise island, excellent food, good wines.... simply a dream. I will get my fish soon, definitely!!! Thank you all!!!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 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, December 5, 2013
Dear Alalgar, thank you very much for your kind message. Rihiveli is a big family and we always try to give our guests the feeling to be like at home. Simplicity and conviviality for unforgettable moments in our paradise. We would be very happy to welcome you soon for your fish ceremony! Thank you Alalgar.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Our staying at Rihiveli Resort has been very comfortable and wonderful as always.
My father my mother and I had a great time. I am very happy I could share the experience with my beloved parents and I hope we will come back in the next future with my sister and her family.
At the Rihiveli Resort you feel fulfilled by nature and the atmosphere is so genuine and pure that we could really have a break from the noisy cities where we live.
It is paradise on earth and places like RIhiveli Resort are more and more rare.
Thanks to the professional and kindness of the all Rihiveli Team our staying has been very comfortable.
It is a very elegant and sophisticated place clean and full of charm
I hope Rihiveli Resort will be always as it is now authentic and unaffected.
I can’t wait to be back :=))
In behalf of my father Franco, my mother Oretta and myself, our best and kind regards and thanks to the General Manager Mr. Bruce Bowan and to all the great Team of the Rihiveli Resort.
Hope to come back soon in the very near future.
In the world there are people that love Rihiveli Resort and people that do not understand what does it means.
Alessandra

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bruce B, General Manager at Rihiveli Beach Resort, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
Dear Alessandra, thank you for your comment. We are happy that you had great time, with your family, in Rihiveli. Our island is a nice place to spend unforgettable moments with the persons you love. Regards
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Rihiveli Beach Resort, about 90 minutes by speed boat from Malé airport, is a little gem in the South Malé Atoll, Maldives. A real ‘back to nature’ kind of resort that we had the pleasure of experiencing for 5 days in October 2013.

The reservation process was smooth and the reservation officers whom I called probably a hundred times from Dubai before I confirmed the booking were patient and answered all our queries in a way that made us feel very welcome.

‘No shoes, no news’.

Yes, they actually ask you to take off your shoes when you land on the island. The island is small but very beautiful. The rooms are very basic but well maintained and clean. No television, no air conditioning and a fan that actually is more for show than anything else. If you are lucky and you do get favorable wind direction, with the windows open, you will not miss the air conditioning at all. Unfortunately for the first 2 nights we stayed there we were not so lucky and the nights do tend to get a little bit warm and sticky. The bed in the room is very comfortable. The toilet and bath area are well maintained and clean. The shower is very good and so are the basic toiletries provided by the resort. Because there is no air conditioning and we were forced to keep the windows open, we found lizards in the room. We were told the lizards keep the unwanted insects out. One very early morning we found 2 huge bees in the bathroom. Since the room does not have a phone to call maintenance I had to run over to the staff accommodation area to get someone to take care of this problem. After about 15 minutes and some Anti-Bug spray the bees were killed by the maintenance guy. He told us the bees come in to the room occasionally to eat wood.

The resort is excellent for water sports and most of these were included in the package we were offered by the resort. What we paid extra for was the diving and it was totally worth it. The dive team is excellent. The training session and the actual dive a day later were a lot better than my previous dive experience at another resort in the Maldives a year earlier. The coral and the fish at the dive site, which is about 40 minutes by boat from the resort, are beautiful to see. The highlight for me was seeing a stone fish and a huge turtle in a cave. We went on a snorkeling trip as well which was very enjoyable. Especially, swimming with the Manta Rays was unbelievable. Even my wife who cannot swim at all was able to enjoy this as the snorkeling instructor was with her all the time and made her feel totally safe. Saw dolphins too.

The food at the resort is very good if you like fish. The variety of fish is limited but is cooked in different ways every day. Very few meat options. But whatever was served was very tasty and we enjoyed every meal we had at the resort. Breakfast lunch and dinner are served in just the one restaurant on the island and that was part of the package. If you don’t mind paying a little extra you could get burgers, pizza or pasta at the bar. The service at the restaurant and the bar is also excellent. The staff is very friendly and attentive and do go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. You can also opt to take a canoe or walk (in the water) to the nearby sunrise island for a fish bbq lunch. We did and was wonderful. Just fish, rice and salad served with the brilliant ‘sexy’ sauce. That Rihiveli sauce is awesome and can be used on meat or fish. Makes everything taste better. Thechef/staff was nice enough to tell us the proper recipe for the sauce as well.

The resort has a small but beautiful spa area. The different treatments are well explained and the massage therapists are probably as good as any anywhere in the world. We highly recommend this spa. Even though it is not as fancy as some of the other spas in the Maldives it was probably one of the best spa experiences we’ve had.

We were lucky to be in Rihiveli on a Friday night which happens to be the White Party Night. The bar area is bathed in a beautiful blue glow and everyone wears white. The DJs kept us dancing from 10.00 pm till about 01.00 AM. Was a fun night. On the other nights the resort organizes some form of entertainment/activity like table tennis, darts, a movie or a video presentation by the divers etc. All good fun.

I highly recommend this resort for a nice break in the Maldives. It is by no means a luxury resort. But what makes this resort attractive is the natural beauty and the simplicity of how the resort is built around it. The two little islands close by are a bonus.

One more thing I would like to add is that this feels like a French resort. A lot of the expat staff is French. Almost all the guests on the island were lovely French people or from French speaking counties. Even the resort’s parrot – LUCKY, speaks French. On that note, my wife and me would like to say a heartfelt merci beaucoup to all the staff at Rihiveli for making our short holiday a very memorable one.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, November 30, 2013
Dear Joel_Ruth, thank you for sharing your experience at Rihiveli. “Merci beaucoup” to you for visiting us. It was a pleasure to welcome you. Best regards
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I've made a number of trips out to the Maldives and found Rihiveli to be a hidden gem among a large number of bigger, glitzier resorts. I found the island through Richard at Ski Monterosa who'd been going for many years and gave me all the inside info and a welcome discount! There's a good range of guests as well as the usual honeymooners, but the main attraction is the "No News, No Shoes" philosophy which really makes it stand apart from the rest. Big thanks to Bruce and his team who were fantastic and very professional, cannot wait to go back! Mark

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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, November 30, 2013
Dear Mark R, Thank you very much for your kind review. We are happy that you had a great stay with us. Rihiveli is a little gem and word-of-mouth is the main way to know our paradise. Please visit us again and enjoy the “No news, no shoes” philosophy. Thank you from all the team. Sincerely
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I didn't stay in the resort but was arranged a daytrip here, the atmosphere is very peaceful, the staff were really helpful! we had a good buffet lunch and spend most of the time on the beach, the beach was nice on the main island, and you could walk to another sunrise island where you found an amazing sand bank.

very nice place to visit, will plan a stay here.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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, November 30, 2013
Dear ReggieLK, Thank you for your kind comment. In only one day, you were able to feel the atmosphere and the spirit of Rihiveli. A back-to-basics experience in a beautiful and natural environment. Sunny regards
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Rihiveli was our first experience with Maldives and honestly, it couldn't have been any better! The main island with the nice stuff, the two beautiful untouched islands where you can go anytime and don't feel like leaving them at all (especially the Sunrise island), the sea, the gorgeous lagoon.. Pure beauty! Don't await a luxury accommodation (it was plain but nice and clean indeed) and you cannot make a better choice; plus all the watersports (besides kitesurfing) are for free! :)

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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, November 24, 2013
Dear Petra, thank you for your kind comment. The natural beauty of the place, the incredible lagoon, the two inhabited islands, Rihiveli is a real paradise. Hope to see you again soon. Sunny regards
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

We returned here this year after a wonderful time last year, and once again every aspect of our visit lived up to, and even surpassed our expectations. This time we took our 3 year old son and the staff were so wonderful with him, going out of their way with him. Otherwise he loved seeing all the marine wildlife, kayaking, and all the beach fun.

And for us the food, relaxation, water sports and drinks at the sunset bar made this another wonderful experience in paradise. If we come back to the Maldives (if my wife gets her way) there will be no question which resort we return to!

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  • Stayed November 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
    • 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, November 19, 2013
Dear Leigh, thank you for your kind comment. We are happy that you enjoyed Rihiveli with your family. In couple, single or with relatives, Rihiveli is a great place for unforgettable holidays. Sunny regards.
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Additional Information about Rihiveli Beach Resort

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:3.5 star — Rihiveli Beach Resort 3.5*
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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