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Stingray Beach Inn
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“little sanctuary”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

A little sanctuary within Maafushi Island. Stingray beach inn made our holiday all worth while from the owner, manager and the staffs as they go the extra mile to extend their service most especially concern. We will definitely miss everyone and everything - felt and found a family during our stay. We will definitely go back and recommend. We love you guys!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Ibrahim M, General Manager at Stingray Beach Inn, responded to this review, December 1, 2012
Dear yen_bugs, Greetings from Stingray Beach Inn! Thank you for writing such lovely comments about us. It was great to have you here in our hotel. I'm so very glad to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us. I hope to see you back in our hotel sometime.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

We used to always shun away the thought of going to Maldives considering it being labelled as an expensive luxury destination. However our experience at Stingray made us realize that a great budget holiday is possible in Maldives. We got a good B&B deal at Stingray since Sep-Oct is not a peak season. I would suggest anyone to directly contact Stingray for best rates as the rates on Agoda and other travel websites are inflated.

Property – Its a small property with total 10 rooms located at a local island, Maafushi. The Maafushi beach is at a 2 mins walk from the hotel. The Maafushi beach is small but with clean turquoise waters like rest of Maldives. Stingray staff can arrange sun beds for you at the beach on request. The hotel property is 4-5 mins walk from the jetty arrival point. Maafushi island does not have good snorkeling points. But that's not a major worry as the hotel arranges snorkeling trips for the guests.

Getting to Stingray – We took a local ferry from Male Villingili Ferry terminal. The ferry ride is for 1.5 hours and costs US$2 per person for one way. The ferry guys accept local currency as well as US$. Alternatively, you can reach Maafushi by requesting Stingray for a speedboat transfer. It takes 45 mins in speedboat and costs US$160 for one way transfer. Please note, US$160 is for the entire boat and not per person or per couple charges. If there are more people, it may cost less per person. We were just two of us so we took the local ferry. The local ferry from Male to Maafushi leaves at 3 pm every day and ferry from Maafushi to Male is at 7-30 am everyday. The local ferry does not run on Fridays. So depending upon the group size and your flight timing, you can choose either the local ferry or the speedboat transfer.

Rooms – Our room was big, clean and well furnished with all the necessary facilities such as a decent size wardrobe, kettle, hair dryer, mirror, dressing table, converter sockets and 24*7 hot water availability. The hotel is fairly new and hence all the furnishing is new and shiny. Bathroom was decent though wish the shower cubicle was bigger. There is small meshed window near the bathroom’s ceiling. Although nothing can be seen from outside, we requested the hotel staff to cover it as we were uncomfortable. The staff obliged and covered it. Wish the hotel used blinders instead of mesh.

Staff – Excellent, Outstanding and Mind-blowing. No adjective can describe the amazing service and politeness of the staff. They really go out of the way to please the guest and fulfill all their requirements. They also sat with us every evening to meticulously plan our next day’s activities and excursions. The owner-Ali and the manager- Ibrahim give personalized attention to each and every guest. We wanted an underwater camera to be used during diving. Although the cameras were out of stock, Ibrahim arranged a camera on hire on a short notice from one of his friends. Ibrahim also spent time explaining us the entire geography of Maldives and the political scenario in the country. Ibrahim was sweet enough to give his bike to us to see the Maafushi Island. There is a souvenir shop managed by the hotel in the Maafushi market area which I highly recommend everyone to visit.

Excursions and activities – Request the hotel to send you the PDF file of all the activities you can do at Stingray before you reach Maldives. This will help you to plan all your activities beforehand. Stingray provides number of activities ranging from water sports to unhabitated island excursions at an affordable rate. Similar activities at other island resort may cost you twice or thrice the amount. We did scuba diving, sand bank trip, snorkeling, visit to Picnic Island (Maadhoo Finolhu), and visit to an island resort (Anantara Dhigu). On the way to Picnic Island, we also got a chance to see Dolphins and Manta rays. Kindly note, snorkeling equipment is available for free for hotel guests. Ibrahim also helped us get scuba diving certificates from the diving company. Do get yours if you are doing it for the first time. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Picnic Island and the hotel staff prepared lunch for us at the island. They also arrange barbecue on request. They also arranged a candle light dinner at Maafushi beach on one of the evenings for us.

Food – We are vegetarians and the kitchen staff went at great lengths to provide us with the best possible vegetarian food. Vegetarian and Indian food is an issue in most of Maldives unless you are staying at a resort managed by Indian companies. The Stingray staff did their best. Although the options were limited, we found the food to be of good quality. The non-vegetarians visiting Stingray should not worry about food as they will have lot of options to choose from.

B&B versus Resort Islands – Stingray is a great B&B hotel with excellent service standards. However it is not an answer if you are looking for a luxurious Maldives experience with Spa, villas and your own private beach. Stingray is an excellent option for budget and adventurous travelers who are looking for a good place to sleep and spend their holiday doing water activities and excursions.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ibrahim M, General Manager at Stingray Beach Inn, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
Dear krinu, Greetings from Stingray Beach Inn! Thank you very much for taking time to write such an informative and wonderful comments about our hotel. It was a pleasure to have you in our hotel. I hope we were able to make your holiday memorable and glad to hear that you have enjoyed what we have offered. I hope to see you again sometime.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Maldives is how expensive the trip is going to be..but Stingray at Maffushi island is a Perception changer...Without compromising on Quality, one gets best of the best service..From their modern Luxurious rooms to their tasty food, everything is picture perfect...Once thing noteworthy is the Hotel Staff - Having traveled to many places...I have never experienced the hospitality that I experienced at Stingray... right from the Owner Ibrahim and Ali, to the Service staff - Younus to their Chef - Hasan, they treat you like home..They help you plan all excursions and suggest you best of the things...
We were 3 couples with 3 kids and we were treated royally, the place is so secure that we had absolutely no worries for kids..
Some of the experiences which I will never forget is the quick arrangement done by Ibrahim and team for Candle light dinner on beach and other being arranging a underwater camera for Scuba Diving...These are small things you will never get in best of the resorts, but Stingray made this possible and I am delighted for same.
I definitely recommend this to one and all...another advantage is that hotel is located on local island and there are numerous super markets you can buy daily stuff from (Unlikely in other resorts)
When in future I plan a Maldives trip again, I will not have to think again on where to go....Its definitely Stringray beach Inn for my family, friends and me..
Ibrahim - Once again brilliant hospitality....Thank you so much..for making this vacation we will cherish for life time....

Room Tip: There are 2 types of rooms, family and normal...either can be selected depending on number of people...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Ibrahim M, General Manager at Stingray Beach Inn, responded to this review, November 27, 2012
Dear Harshal-India, Greetings from Stingray Beach Inn! Thank you so very much for taking time to write such lovely comments about our hotel. I'm so very glad to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us. It was great to have you guys in our hotel. We wish to serve you once again in a near future.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

We were 3 couples with 3 kids 2.5 years each.. Stayed here for 6 nights.. Wish we had many more..

The people are extremely friendly always smiling and ready to help. I think this is much cause of the management by Ibrahim and Ali who thenselves went oht of their way to fullfill all our and our kids wishes..

We did all activites like scuba (padi diving) snorkelling canoeing night fishing under their guidance and professionals.. Most of the times Ali himself drove us in their speed boat. This made us feel even more special than i could have imagined staying in a fancy bunglow


Best was when we asked for candlelight dinner on the beach they said they never did it but it was simply Perfect..

Bring vegeterians the chef used to sit and discuss the menu and perfected to our taste..

I can surely go on forever but in the end I AM SURELY COMING BACK..

THANK YOU FOR MAKING OUR MALDIVIAN DREAM COME TRUE..

  • Stayed September 2012
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Ibrahim M, General Manager at Stingray Beach Inn, responded to this review, November 27, 2012
Dear Nishir, Greetings from Stingray Beach Inn! Thank you for such lovely comments about our hotel. It was great to have you guys in our hotel. I'm glad to hear that you have enjoyed what we have offered. Hope to see you back again soon.
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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

My son and I with great pleasure remember our holidays in Stingray Beach Inn.
Very attentive and helpful people working in this hotel. Any problem or request was solved quickly and easily. Hotel has the best location on the island Maafushi: two minutes from shops and one minute to the beach.
Unlike many hotels, we could get our breakfast whenever we wanted, not due to the schedule. I really liked the Maldivian breakfast which was nice to have on the upper terrace, enjoying the beautiful view of the island. My son Zakhar remember with pleasure his laying in hammock in the palm garden and bike riding on hotel's bike. On hotel's speedboate we went on trips, fishing, followed by a BBQ with the day's catch, so tasty prepared by team Stingray.
There is very remarkable man on the island of Maafushi, with whom is very interesting to talk and very pleasant to deal with. I mean Ibrahim, Manager of Stingray Beach Inn and the owner of a very large and beautiful souvenir shop which always open to visitors from Stingray Beach Inn.
If I once again go to the Maldives, I will live only at Stingray Beach Inn, which has real very warm and friendly atmosphere, like in large and happy family. I would like to thank hotel stuff for their efforts and that our vacation turned even better than we might expect!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Ibrahim M, General Manager at Stingray Beach Inn, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Dear Groundon, Greetings from Stingray Beach Inn! Thank you so much for the lovely comments. It was great to have you guys here in our hotel. I'm glad you and your family enjoyed your stay with us. I hope to see you again sometime.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

My vacations in Stingray Beach inn were really incredible mostly because of Ibrahim Musthafa who is the owner and very hospitable innkeeper. Hotel is very nice; it is situated in 1 minute from the only beach in the island. Rooms are quite spacious and there is everything you need – air conditioner, warm water, refrigerator. Mattresses on the beds are especially noteworthy. Being medium hard they are very good for spine. Hotel is not luxurious but it’s brand-new and very homely. Being in the hotel you feel like you are visiting your childhood friend. Staying in the hotel you feel absolutely safe, there is no need to lock the door and you could leave kids playing in the yard while you are drinking ginger beer on the beach. Staff – are young guys, they are very friendly; they played table hockey with our kids and were riding them on motorbikes. So if you want to spend you vacations in the very unusual way, get new acquaintances, feel yourself in the wonderful atmosphere, welcome to Stingray Beach Inn – the best of exotic.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Ibrahim M, General Manager at Stingray Beach Inn, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Dear Anna _Bogomolova, Greetings from Stingray Beach Inn! Thank you so very much for taking time to write such lovely comments about us. I'm so very glad to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us. It was a pleasure to serve you and your family. I hope to see you again sometime.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2012

Pros: Luxurious Rooms, Great Facilities, Excellent location in Maafushi, Ibrahim the manager, The Food, Great Service.

The best place in maafushi island and probably in the entire Maldives. The hotel is brand new with luxury rooms fully equipped, very clean and well designed. It within less than a minute walk to maafushi's north and only beach. the staff is friendly and always willing to go the extra mile for you. Specially the owner/manager ibrahim who was the nicest man we met. The restaurant is also amazing, the included breakfast is rich and tasty and the food is in high standard and delicious. we defiantly will recommend to all of our friends and will come back in the future.

Don't miss the southern reef's snorkeling site. The hotel speed boat can bring you to there. You'll find rich corals and many kinds of fish.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ibrahim M, General Manager at Stingray Beach Inn, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Dear Moshi8, Greetings from Stingray Beach Inn! Thank you so very much for taking time to write such lovely comments about our hotel. I'm so very glad to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us. It was great to have you here in our hotel. I hope to see again sometime.
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Property: Stingray Beach Inn
Address: Ziyaarai Magu, 08090
Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > South Male Atoll > Maafushi Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Maafushi Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Stingray Beach Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stingray Beach Inn, a small boutique hotel, is purpose built to suit the needs of travelers looking for an easy going budget alternative to the Maldives resort experience.Stingray Beach Inn, offers 10 deluxe airconditioned rooms with attached bathrooms which bring together contemporary and modern style to the discerning guests.All our rooms feature tropical décor, a king size or twin beds. Rooms are also equipped with individually controlled air-conditions with overhead ceiling fans and modern furniture. Stocked mini bar with complementary tea and coffee making facilities available at the lobby. Each room has its own attached bath room with quality bathroom amenities such as water heater and rain showers.The hotel lobby also consists of an attached restaurant where our guests can enjoy themselves sipping tropical cocktails, fresh juices and gastronomical delights before heading off for a big day of activities. Our facilities also include free wifi internet to catch up with friends and family while on their holiday. ... more   less 
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