RIU Introduces New Hotels in the Maldives

RIU Hotels & Resorts has opened two hotels in the Maldives.

Riu Atoll and Riu Palace Maldivas are 4- and 5-star hotels, respectively, and are located on Dhaalu Atoll. Both offer guests suites over the Indian Ocean.

Luis Riu, CEO of the company, said “this is a great moment for the chain, because we have been working towards opening a hotel in the Maldives for over seven years. To open two hotels at the same time, having overcome an exciting technical and logistical challenge due to their geographic location is, for me, a dream come true on both a personal and a professional level.”

The two all-inclusive hotels, on separate islands, are linked by an 800-metre walkway over the water. The 72 suites over the water of the Riu Palace Maldivas are located on both sides of this walkway.

Riu Atoll is on the private island of Maafushi. This 4-star Riu Classic hotel has 264 rooms, 36 over the water. The hotel has a main restaurant, the Dhoni, an Italian restaurant, Sophia and a steak house, Beef Steak House. It also has a 24-hour Sports Bar, the salon bar “Bodeberu” and the swim-up bar “Tequila.” In addition, Riu Atoll offers a pool, a children’s play area and the RiuLand kids’ club.

Riu Palace Maldivas is on the neighbouring island Kedhigandu, which is also private. This 5-star resort has 176 rooms. Guests at Riu Palace Maldivas can enjoy the bars and restaurants at Riu Atoll and, in addition have exclusive access to the main restaurant Palm, which has a terrace, the fusion restaurant Krystal and the Japanese restaurant Yu Hi. It also offers guests the Paradise bar located in an infinity pool and a chill-out zone.

The hotels’ internal décor respects the surroundings in which they are located, opting for warm materials like wood and adding some glass elements to give a sense of space and to make the most of the destination’s light and weather.

The suites and rooms are characterized by light hues of sand and aquamarine that evoke the sea, but also the unique sunrises and sunsets that can be seen in this remote destination. The complex has a jetty, a wellness centre, as well as a free gym and steam room.