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Unfortunately we started off on a very bad note. I sent our host 2 emails asking questions about the island, our accommodation, pick-up from the airport etc and he never responded to them. The only message I received from him after those emails was "send me your flight details" which I did. I had printed off the booking details, including the name of the apartment, the address/phone number. On arrival at the airport there was no one to greet us (as promised). As we had no phone card the airport employee rang the number.
1st ph. call "Tell them to wait at the information counter."
2nd call, 30 mins later "I'll be there in 10 mins."
3rd, 4th and 5th calls 25- 30 mins later - no answer.
The airport staff suggested getting a taxi, but we had to wait 50 mins for the next one to arrive. We spent 2 hours at the airport after arriving very tired. The taxi took us to an address that did not look anything like I'd booked but was the address on the booking form. I buzzed the door, no answer.
He phoned the number again and this time someone answered and told him another address. It was around the corner and down the street. The booking was for "Beach House in Paradise". When we arrived at the 2nd place it was called "Relax Inn". We thought we were staying on Male in an area called Hulhumale. But in fact it is a separate island than Male. On the website Hulhumale is described as a town of Male and both islands are NOTHING like you see on the travel brochures!!
2 chaps came out to greet us but they were not the host. They said he'd been called away to another island for a family emergency and would be back in a few days! I told them we not at all happy. We were taken upstairs to our room which was average. There were NO tea/coffee making facilities as were advertised as included in room. You had to go upstairs to make a cuppa from the urn using powdered milk. It was turned off in the evening so you had to wait 15 mins for it to reheat.
We ended up buying our own cereal & milk for breakfast and there was only 1 bowl available so we had to take turns! The breakfast was very bland, continental style, no variation.
We finally met Shafiu about 5 days into our trip. He said he'd not received details about our flight arrival, but when he checked he found I had emailed him days before we arrived! He agreed it was his mistake but made no apology. He did ask if everything was OK and by that time we had settled in. While there most contact was with Shafiu's staff, not him. They were very nice young men and very helpful. Shafiu agreed to pay for a taxi to the airport on our departure.
Owner has been prompt in replying to questions prior to the trip. Good transport arrangements upon arrival at the airport. Shafiu is really friendly and always willing to share information on where to get good meals at affordable prices. Great working staff as well. Rooms feel clean and new. Definitely worth coming back again.
Shafiu met us at airport and also helped us make contact with our son who was flying in from another location. He was a lifesaver to help our son get thru immigration. The Beach House was exactly as advertised. Stone's throw to the beach. Rooms were clean and service was great. Breakfast was simple and just what was needed. Shafiu's people were always willing to help us with anything we needed. The location is an alternative to the much more expensive higher end resorts. The area has a lot of construction going on and even Shafiu's place was undergoing some work. So, not very scenic on the roadside. Also, location is in the town so if you want super private resort feel, this is not the location to choose. I would characterize this location as Maldives on a budget. There was a nice swimming hole/platform close by at the public beach that kids enjoyed. Morning and evening walks on beach were very nice. Weather was unpredictable and cloudy/rainy a few days but we managed well. We did everything we wanted to do on a budget and were satisfied. I am not sure if the high end resorts are really worth the money but may be we will try those next time. I highly recommend the Beach House/Relax Beach Inn to anyone coming to Maldives with family and on a limited budget.
We were a bit confused about the description of a "beachhouse" because in fact it was more like a mall hotel or a guesthouse standing close to the beach. For that it was to expensiv.
The staff were friendly and the rooms clean but the frontdoor was closed in the morning so we couldn't get out for sunrise.
Great place to get to know the real Maldives! We stayed at the Relax Beach Inn, one of Shaifu's properties, which was literally across the street from the beach. It's a small hotel- we had a private room, common area and access to a fantastic rooftop. The staff- Cyfo, Sunil and Bright are fantastic guys, and took great care of us. Shaifu was great to talk with, and provided a lot of insight into the Maldives. Would stay here again.
Thank you so much, hope to see you again
It was a good experience to be back to Maldive. Safiu was very helpful. Starting from picking up from the airport, very friendly people in the staff, clean and tidy rooms. i was very happy for the night fishing tour arranged for me. Location wise is fine too. some local food places around. i Enjoyed the time !!
I am impressed with the friendship that Shafiu and his folks gave us during our stay in Hulhumale. Shafiu came to pick us up from Male airport during a late rainy night. He gave us a warm welcome, showed us local tips and he was always prompt for any questions we had. His staffs were very nice and friendly too. They helped us arrange taxi, cooked us fresh breakfast every morning, recommended us local places for dinner and shared us about local stuff which was fun. The place was nice and clean, beach is just right across the street. You can see a very nice ocean/beach view from your room/rooftop. The room itself had everything you needed-comfortable bed, free wifi, private bathroom, AC,TV, RF, bottled water&fresh towels. We had a great time staying here. Thanks Shafiu for hosting us!
Thank you so much
Our second time staying in Shafiu’s place. This place is in Huhulmale, just 10 mins away from Male airport. It is in very local area, has local restaurants nearby- theres a good one at the corner behind Shafiu’s place- very local, you must try and another one called ocean edge-they serve good local dishes and nice beverages here too.
We felt very comfortable and safe while staying here because the place is nice and safe and the host Shafiu and his staffs were nice to us, very friendly&hospitable. Shafiu is a cool guy, very passionate about hosting&hospitality. I hope you will become a Superhost soon. Thanks for your great hospitality!
It's a nice and clean place near to the airport of Male city. The place is like you can see at the pictures with a nice Beach view. The staff is very nice and helpful. If you are on Maledives for a short trip is a good solution. From hulumale you can make day trips to some Islands and to different resorts.
Thank you for stay and home to see you soon.
i stayed here for only 1 night, but i regret cuz i stayed there in our last night.if i stay there in our 1st day i will cancel all of our reservation in other hotel.the building, d room, interior design was very good.very helpful owner.someday i will comeback here and for sure will stay at rare stay ;)
Всем доброго дня! Отличное место для отдыха, вы можете получить полный сервис, вас встретят, разместят в комнате, предложат экскурсии и варианты дальнейшего отдыха и поездок на другие острова разных атоллов. Шафи очень приветливый, ответственный, человек слова. Первую ночь на Хулумале мы провели в другом отеле, не очень чистом и вода в ванной имела ужасный запах. Очень жаль, сразу не поехали к Шафи. Мы отдыхали в двух его прекрасных отелях. Интерьеры европейские, идеальная чистота, вышколенный персонал. На последних этажах отелей расположены террасы с ошеломляющим видом на море. Их можно использовать для принятия солнечных ванн, так как загар в бикини - большая проблема на Мальдивах. А террасы скрыты от других, так что можно спокойно нежится на солнышке. У меня большой опыт путешествий, и не любая "четверка" 4* в Европе может сравниться с этими мини-отелями. Теперь мы планируем групповую поездку на Мальдивы и хотим брать в аренду весь мини-отель, там всего 6 комнат, европейская кухня, большая гостиная, столовая и невероятная терраса с барбекю. Я рекомендую всем эти отели. Вы не пожалеете. Извините, что пишу странным русским, старалась, чтобы в автоматическом переводе на английский и другие смогли уловить суть.
I think.... When u visit to maldive u must try to stay in rare hotel ... Bcoz that hotel very clean, modern & cozy, and the owner very helpfull & kindness... And they can to arrange ur local tour in maldive more cheaper than other.... I think the service in this hotel like hotel 5 star... So Im very lucky can stay at this hotel
I must say I am very lucky to have tried both of Shafiu's resorts at Rare Stay and Relax Stay. Both of these 2 resorts offers vastly different ambience but same high degree of affordability and comfort. Rare Stay possess a more upclass corporate setting but at a reasonable price considering the amenities it provides such as the spacious dining area, sumptuous meals and terrace setting for chilling out. Relax however is located conveniently by the Hulhumale beach and provides beach lovers easy access to and from the beach. Non beach lovers will similarly enjoy the breeze that can be felt due to Relax being in close proximity to the sea. To top it off, I have to comment that the staff at both Rare and Relax Stay offers a family style service orientation during my time there. They are always ready to assist me beyond merely providing accommodation. For instance, Shafiu actually helped us to locate taxis when we lost our way. Help was never to far away being guests at Shafiu's resorts. I hope to visit his resorts again!