The architecture and design were thought up by Maurizio. In order to preserve nature and insert his project in the landscape, he surrounded himself with a local team to make his dream come true. Alone on the northeast coast, Maurizio has the will from the beginning of his project to integrate as much as possible the inhabitants of Sahasifotra and Ambohidena from the neighbouring villages.
In June 2011, with her experience in tourism and solidarity, Hélène joins Maurizio in Sainte Marie. She was mainly in charge of customer relations and commercial follow-up.
In August 2011, the Riake Resort & Villa opened its doors!
The name “Riake Resort & Villa” was given by Maurizio who wanted his hotel project to be as complete as possible: a Reception with library and craft shop, a Bar (the Riake Loundge), a restaurant (the Riake Lunch), 8 bungalows, 1 Villa Comfort.
The term “Riake” means “Waves” in a Malagasy dialect.
Maurizio and Hélène started the project together. At present, Hélène is leaving for professional updates in the managerial field, following the evolution of the structure and its development from afar. She also contributes to the growth of the Riake with her precious advice.