Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes

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9 out of 10

One of Maldives' less mainstream resorts, Rihiveli has almost nothing in common with islands pitched at package tourists, and remains true to the spirit of its French founder, who set the place up in the 1980s as a refuge. This was the first resort to use the now ubiquitous ‘no news, no shoes’ phrase, and you'll quickly understand why.

Accommodation consists of just 48 sea-facing bungalows, all built in a rustic style from coral stone and with traditional thatched roofs. They have all the basics for comfort such as hot water, but nothing considered superfluous, such as air-con, fridges, phones or a TV. This is the secret of its success and also the reason Rihiveli will never be overrun. That said, it has a loyal crowd of repeaters, many who have been coming for years.

The open-air bar has a sand floor and shady trees overhead, while the restaurant is built over the lagoon and has a lovely view as well as simple but tasty food. A conch shell is blown to call guests to meals, and everyone is invited to take tea with the staff daily at 5.30pm: yes, this is not your typical Maldivian resort! The usual water sports and tennis are all included in the room price, as is a daily excursion, so there’s no chance of boredom here. You can wade across the lagoon to two uninhabited islands where the resort organises regular barbecue lunches. Frequent boat trips to other reefs make up for the lack of snorkelling sites next to the resort. The main diving destinations are around nearby Hathikolhu Kandu, and there’s a small wreck to explore.

With its relaxed ambience, perfect white-sand beaches and natural appeal, Rihiveli is a unique and special resort for those who appreciate the simple things in life and want a totally laidback and unfussy beach-and-activities holiday.

Quick description via booking.com

Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes boasts sea-facing bungalows, each with its own private terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean. Located on South Malé 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 by Castaway Hotels & Escapes is accessible from Malé 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 by Castaway Hotels & Escapes. 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.

Important information

Please note that guests must advise arrival and departure flight details at the time of booking, at least 48 hours prior to arrival. The resort will arrange for a Speedboat round trip transfers to the resort from Malé International Airport. * Transfers shall be by Speedboat which are organized between the Airport and the resort (transfers organized from 7 am to 4.30 pm only). *With effect from 31st October 2017, transfer can be arranged at the following rate: USD 246.4 net per adult and USD 147.84 net per child. Departure info: Rihiveli Beach Resort to Malé International Airport. Please note that transfer shall be arranged according to your intentional flight and will be subject weather conditions. Please note that the hotel does not accept traveler cheques. Please note that the property has a mandatory Gala Dinner on December 24, 2017 and December 31, 2017. All charges are to be paid at the property directly. Rates are as follows: December 24, 2017: USD 67 per adult USD 43 per child December 31, 2017: USD 89 per adult USD 58 per child

Features of Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes

Food and drink

  • Bar
  • Restaurant (à la carte)
  • Restaurant (buffet)


  • Garden
  • Airport shuttle
  • Fishing
  • Games room
  • Internet services
  • Billiards
  • Table tennis
  • Library
  • Bbq facilities
  • Tour desk
  • Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Wifi
  • Sun terrace
  • Water sport facilities (on site)
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • Adult only


  • Laundry
  • Dry cleaning
  • Luggage storage


  • Safety deposit box


  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Massage


  • Free WiFi available