Discover the island’s soul
Have your every dream fulfilled as you escape to a speck of powdery white sand in the South Malé Atoll, fringed by the pale blue Maldivian waters as far as the eye can see. With the nearest inhabited island located eight kilometres away, Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes is the ultimate “No News, No Shoes” hideaway for families and honeymooners in pursuit of a peaceful tranquil setting. Plunge into the crystalline lagoon and discover Bird Island and Sunset Island, two untouched sanctuaries only a few minutes’ swim away. Whether you intend on spending your sun-drenched days practicing water-sports and visiting neighbouring islands, or simply want to bask in the sun… No other destination will fulfil your Robinson Crusoe escapade fantasy quite like Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes.
The outstanding Rihiveli hotel can be reached by a scenic hour-long speedboat ride or a thrilling 15-minute seaplane jaunt from the airport. Set in the splendid South Malé Atoll, it is an ideal destination for travellers in quest of intimacy and seclusion.
The collection of 48 sea-facing bungalows, each one featuring a private terrace, overlooks lush vegetation and the breathtaking blue hues of the Indian Ocean. The rooms capture the unique Maldivian architectural style with thatched roofs, rustic decor and wood flooring, complete with a tropical private garden. As you lay in your hammock, gazing out at the glimmering ocean, the thought of leaving is too much to bear.
The cosiness of the resort allows for the attentive staff to anticipate your most extravagant desires and cater to your every whim. One gets quickly used to the warm, hospitable spirit of the local culture.
Equally enticing is the resort’s restaurant that offers an incredible over-the water dining experience, with a menu including European, Maldivian, Italian and Asian cuisines. Dinner is set up on the beach on starry nights, further amplifying your magical culinary journey. More than just a mere eatery, the restaurant is the soul of the resort, where you can sit at communal tables, an attribute the guests adore. Late evening, guests make their way to the Lounge for a card game or some bingo and an after-dinner drink.
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Water-Sports: Guests can participate in the widest and most exciting ranges of complimentary water-sports. Swap the idle life for an adventure on a kayak, canoë or even a paddle-board; snorkel in the limpid waters and discover unique species– you may even snorkel at night, where a whole new underwater world comes to life. Discover the thrill of windsurfing with our instructors or challenge your balance with a water-skiing tour. Catamaran outings are a pleasant way to navigate the seas. Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes fulfils your adrenaline-packed fun in the warm, salty sea.
Barbecue Lunch on Sunrise Island: The inviting island can be accessed on foot, by canoe or via the beach, meaning it is the ideal tropical setting for a barbecue of fresh exotic catch. The sound of lapping waves is the perfect soundtrack to the beach barbecue.
Board Games: For some downtime between adventures, borrow one of the hotel’s board games for a fun family game night. Meet other hotel guests by inviting them to a friendly competition of your favorite card game or even a billiards match. These indoor games will keep you entertained for hours on end.
Beach Volley: If the best thing about the Maldives is the fine, sugary white sand, then the next best thing is beach volleyball. There is nothing quite like the feeling of the soft, cool sand between your toes.
Ultimate Sunset Cruise: Hop onto a traditional dhoni to explore the neighbouring islands, as the sight of the red-orange rays lighting up the sky unravels before your eyes. With a bottle of champagne and canapés to tantalize your taste buds, treat your better half to an unforgettable evening.
Sandbank Gourmet Picnic: Surrounded by a 180-degree view of the stunning azure waters, enjoy a unique dinner on a little sand bank. Date night takes on new meaning when a delicious picnic basket is combined with the splendour of the endless sea.
Sunrise Breakfast on the Beach: Set the tone for the rest of your day as you marvel at the rising sun’s red hues while savouring delectable pastries and a bottle of champagne. Beginning the day so luxuriously ensures that you will feel terrific throughout.
Overnight Stay for Two on a Virgin Island: The resort raises the bar with a special bespoke castaway experience for couples. Spend the night on a secluded virgin island, where your private beach hut awaits you. A delightfully romantic dinner under the stars is meticulously prepared for you, while you awake to breakfast on the beach before returning to Rihiveli.