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Stingray Beach Inn
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Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

I stayed there for 2 nights. Rooms are clean, but don't be surprise if you found some bugs on bed at night.
Staff are friendly, especially the owner.
Maldivian breakfast serving coconut mixed tuna to eat with chapatti/roti romali.
They do provide boat to other islands. But be prepared, an airport drop may cost you 150 US dollars! The best is to get other travellers to share with, so to travel to other island is roughly cost 20-30 dollars/person.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

Me & my husband went there for our honeymoon, and being a first time out of country traveller were bit confused about many things, but after reaching Maafushi and Sting Ray Beach-Inn , I really found great peace and comfort.
Everything I found great including the behavior of staff, manager, ambiance, rooms, facilities, food , we were also fortunate enough and would like to thank Ibrahim for arranging a local tribal dance for all residents on request.
I would like to recommend this hotel to everyone who is finding a great and peaceful stay along with maintaining a good budget.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Kamna J
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Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here as part of a tour of local islands, and found this guesthouse to be by far the best I had stayed it.

The staff were a genuine delight, going above and beyond with guests to make the stay comfortable and relaxing... from cutting down fresh coconuts to fixing broken sunglasses. Very much above and beyond.


The rooms are extremely comfortable with free wifi pretty much throughout the guesthouse.


The trips offered are varied and much better value than there counterparts at the resort I am now at. Given the location so close to Male and the accessibility via the local ferry this is definitely a good option for a pre resort stop off for some 'real' Maldives or a budget trip in it's own right.

A small but nice touch was providing change in dollars when you have payed in dollars.

Not completely related to the guesthouse, but....

What should be noted is that, like many of the local islands, clean pristine beaches do not make up the entirity of the island. This is a bit of national issue with waste management. There was one very clean beach on Maafushi itself and trips to a picnic island that are the perfect vision of postcard Maldives are available.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

My husband and I and 3 friends went to Maafushi Island for a vacation and stayed at the Stingray Beach Inn. We were blown away by the service, the location, the food, the property... everything! Ibriham was so helpful and an absolute delight. We had the "Maldives Experience" without spending and arm and a leg! Great day trips are available, the rooms were awesome, free wifi, snorkeling gear is available for free, and we were just blown away by the food. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone and everyone. There is a private beach walking distance from the hotel (about 2 minutes) and you can wear a bikini! I was really worried about the dress after reading about staying on a local island, but it was everything we wanted and more. The perfect way to spend an island vacation at an affordable price. You can take a day trip to visit a resort island if you wish and there are great excursions to choose from. One thing to remember: No alcohol and as a woman, you must be covered from your neck to your thighs. I thought it would be an issue, but it really was not. Also a great way to get a local experience. Loved it!

Room Tip: All the rooms were great!
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank MJakes627
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Ibrahim M, General Manager at Stingray Beach Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2013

Dear MJakes627,

Greetings from Stingray Beach Inn!

Thank you very much for taking time to write a such a wonderful review about our hotel. I'm very glad to hear that you had a wonderful holiday with us.

Hope to see you some other time.

Best Regards
Ibrahim

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Reviewed May 8, 2013

I didn't actually stay here -- just stopped by to get some food. It's a nice looking place and I would definitely consider staying here if I were to visit again. The food was tasty and priced similarly to other places in Maafushi,

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Ibrahim M, General Manager at Stingray Beach Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2013

Dear Fritzel3,

Greetings from Stingray Beach Inn!

Thank you for taking time to write a review about our Cafe'.

Hope you can stay with us some time soon.

Best Regards
Ibrahim

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Reviewed May 3, 2013

Ibrahim is a nice guy and a helpful person. Dont forget to try fish n chips and of course the jacuzzi :p
Surrounding stingray is still quiet, but there are 2 bar heading to the sea #no boozzzee you loooseeee #drik

  • Stayed: September 2012
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1  Thank hdrik9
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Ibrahim M, General Manager at Stingray Beach Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2013

Dear hdrik9,

Greetings from Stingray Beach Inn!

Thank you very much for taking time to write to review about our hotel.

As you know our hotel is located in a local island and it's not allowed to serve or sell alcoholic beverages in the local islands. But you can always visit the near by resorts where they sell alcohol.

Hope to see you some other time.

Best Regards
Ibrahim

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Reviewed April 24, 2013

I would like to recommend Stingray Beach Inn on Maafushi island to everyone who looks high quality accommodation and service for reasonable price. Our choice couldn't have been better - we were satisfied with every single thing about Stingray. The rooms are nice and cosy, equipped in everything you need for holiday stay (very comfortable beds of enourmous size, clean bathroom with big shower, wardrobe, coat-hanger, dressing table with mirror, hairdryer, kettle and glasses). Rooms are cleaned every day so they are always tidy. Stingray courtyard is also very pleasant - there are some hammocks where you can relax, open jacuzzi and some tables, all surrounded by palm trees and other exotic plants. Stingray guests can use full snorkeling equipment free of charge and every day are provided with clean beach towels. Stingray has its own restaurant too - we tried some other places on an island where you can eat dinner and I must admit that food in Stingray turned out to be the best one - the helpings are big and very very tasty, the menu is rich and diverse, the prices are reasonable for the quality you get. The location of the guesthouse is also very good, it is located in a nice part of the island - very close to the tourist beach, far away from mosque and prison. But what is the most admirable is Stingray team. All people are very careful and helpful. Ibrahim, Moussa and rest of the team do their best to make your holiday become exceptional and unforgettable. I am sure that our stay wouldn't have been so great without them! They offer you a lot of trips, many of them worth joining:

Fihalhohi Resort - nice island with great surrounding, there is a beach full of palm trees and a nice reef for snorkeling;

Rihiveli Resort - really beautiful trip combined with watching hundreds of dolphing while getting there, the views are amazing, the resort is compound of three islands from which two are uninhabited, so you can feel like you are on a picnic island, you can get there in canoo and choose an option with BBQ lunch, which is very tasty, there is also shark and manta point, the reef isn't nice, but instead of snorkeling you can expose to the sun on the sandbanks;

Embudu Resort - the resort is nothing special, but the bright point is its reef that streches around the island, go there if you want to do a lot of snorkeling - it's the best place to do it, if you're not interesting in it, choose something else;

Anantara Resort - the best point of our stay - that resort is really amazing and its beauty can't be easily described - you have to see it with your own eyes! it's all perfect - admission is quite expensive but worth every penny, and during your stay you can use all money paid at the entrance, food and drinks are delicious, the swimming pool just next to the ocean is superb, as well as a hammock in the middle of the ocean, I highly recommend visiting this resort - it's very relaxing;

Kandooma Resort - a bit disappointing after visiting Anantara, but quite nice, more european style than maledivian, it has very nice and big swimming pool;

Snorkeling trip - very nice trip during which Moussa took us to some beautiful snorkeling points, we've seen stingrays, sharks and many beautiful fishes, snorkeling on banana reef was great!

Night fishing - nice trip during which you hunt for your dinner ;) a lot of fun, especially if you have really big fish on a hook ;)


IBRAHIM, MOUSSA AND OTHERS - THANK YOU GUYS FOR EVERYTHING, IT WAS A REAL PLEASURE TO STAY IN STINGRAY AND MEET YOU, MALDIVES ARE BEAUTIFUL, AND OUR STAY WAS EXCEPTIONAL ALSO BECAUSE OF YOU!! WE LOVE YOU ALL!! MAYBE SOME DAY WE CAN COME TO VISIT YOU AGAIN!! :)

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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8  Thank Anna_Wyd
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Ibrahim M, General Manager at Stingray Beach Inn, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2013

Dear Anna_Wyd,

Greetings from Stingray Beach Inn!

Thank you very much for taking time to write such lovely and informative comments about our hotel. I'm so very glad to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us. It was a pleasure for all of us to make your stay memorable.

Hope to see you again sometime.

Best Regards
Ibrahim

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Additional Information about 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 #7 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Maafushi Island
Price Range: $60 - $169 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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