Riu Atoll-All Inclusive


Best Experience: All Inclusive, Couples, Families, Beach, Activities

Riu Atoll-All Inclusive

Best Experience: All Inclusive, Couples, Families, Beach, Activities


Updated Nov, 2019

Riu Atoll is a wonderful All Inclusive resort with a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and Kids Club in the Maldives. Connected to Riu Palace Maldivas by a walkway surrounded by a lagoon, the 24-hour all-inclusive hotel is located in Dhaalu atoll, a 40-minute domestic flight from the main Velana International Airport followed a 10-minute speedboat ride.

Opened on summer of 2019 the four-star Hotel Riu Atoll offers 264 villas, 36 of which are suites over the Indian Ocean. Guests will enjoy authentic culinary experiences thanks to the delicious dishes prepared by the chefs. You can also head to the beach and relax in the sun lounger area or go diving to contemplate the underwater beauty of the island paradise. The relaxation that pervades the whole of the Maldives is completed by the spa in Hotel Riu Atoll. Or, if you prefer holidays packed with activities, you have the chance to practice water sports like kayaking, paddle surfing and diving, as well as enjoying the entertainment programmes full of shows and live music. And the little ones in the family can enjoy RiuLand kids’ club, where they will find a heap of activities just for them.

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The Island

If paradise had a name, it would be the Maldives. There, infinite beaches await you with crystalline water, unparalleled nature and an Eden-like peacefulness. Its unique geography, the welcoming people and the idyllic landscapes guarantee you an exclusive holiday on tropical islands full of magic .

Located in the Indian Ocean, south of India and 780 kilometers from Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, the Maldives are made up of around 1,200 islands, of which only 203 are inhabited. To help you enjoy this spectacular destination, RIU Hotels & Resorts offers you the Hotel Riu Palace Maldivas and the Hotel Riu Atoll , located on the private islands of Kedhigandu and Maafushi, in Dhaalu Atoll, where you can experience an all-inclusive holiday in the Maldives with the brand's exclusive service. The closest main island (inhabited and with services) is Kudahuvadho.

Riu Palace Maldivas

RIU Hotels Maldives joined hands with Manta Air on November 2019 to celebrate the start of the game changing local airline’s seaplane service in the Maldives. With the addition of the Manta Air’s seaplane service, guests travelling to the two properties operated by RIU Hotels now have two options to reach their destination: a 40-minute domestic flight to Dhaalu Airport, followed by a 10-minute speedboat ride, or a 40-minute seaplane flight direct to the resort.

In the Velana Airport and in Dhallu Airport the staff is really amazing and caring. Explained everything and will escorting you to the needed points. When you climb aboard the seaplane to get to your atoll, you'll understand why the Maldives are one of the world's dream destinations : the spectacular views of the islands and their unique setting will enchant you. And when you step onto dry land, the greens and blues of the surroundings and the peaceful sounds of nature will awaken all your senses. A warm welcome from the staff at reception,everything was explained to us regarding how the hotel works and a map will shown to let you know where everything is.

The beauty of the Island speaks for itself. It is as beautiful as the pictures on the website and even more so in person. The place itself is true Paradise - crystal clear water and snow-white sand, cute flying foxes and crabs that're make your staying unforgettable here. The hotel is new, everything is clean and shiny + special thanks to the staff (if you like to live in a clean room his hotel is exactly what you need). The property is immaculately kept there is not a single thing out of place and if there is it is quickly addressed! All rooms on have beautiful ocean view with semi private beach, plenty of beach lounge chairs, quiet, perfect for rest and relaxation.

The swimming pool is a great spot to hang out. Riu fitness classes and pool fun is fun to join in with. The swim up bar is a welcome break from the hard life of sunbathing and snorkelling. Special thanks to Aklia for the amazing service and awesome cocktails. Nothing is to much trouble and always checking guests are happy. The pool is also available 2 hours after sunset - a very romantic and beautiful time-spending.

But what sets this hotel a part from any other is the service. Such amazing staff who take a genuine interest in their customers and demonstrated so much pride in their work. Everyone offers the same consistently excellent service.

Location

Located in the southern corner of Dhaalu atoll in 180 km / 112 miles from the Velana International airport (MLE), Hotel RIU Palace Maldivas is situated on idyllic Kedhigandu island. Guests have two options to reach the resort – via shared seaplane transfer or by domestic transfer.

Domestic Flight

It is compulsory to book transfers from Malé International Airport to the hotels (outward and return). The transfer is by scheduled flight to Kudahuvadhoo (approx. 45 minutes) and the journey is completed by speedboat to the hotels (approx. 15 minutes).

Seaplane

For an alternative option guests can take an exhilarating 40-minute seaplane journey south of Malé. The resort's airport representative greets you on your arrival at Malé International Airport, where they will assist you with check-in for your seaplane transfer. Soar over rings of islands. Glimpse villages and deserted isles surrounded by crystal-clear waters.

Please note that seaplanes only operate during daylight hours. Guests arriving after 3:30 pm will be transported to the resort the next day. For such arrivals, it is suggested to book an overnight stay near the airport. International departure flights should be scheduled after 9:00 am to guarantee a seamless same-day departure.

The Beach

Wide white sands are the main RIU Atoll draw. Not a single groyne breaks up the beach and no sea walls impede the view. The west side is nonetheless preferable for its width and softness. The east side looks out to the ocean and the beach is narrower and a little less fine. The southern and northern tips of the island alternate a big bulge of fine sand as the 2 seasons drive it from one end to the other. It’s a rare island now that leaves the beach to nature’s course.

The pool at this hotel in Kedhigandu is one of its most charming places, as it has stunning views of the sea with a swim-up bar and a chill-out zone. But, if you prefer the white sand and crystalline waters of your surroundings, the hotel offers you direct access to the beach that fringes Kedhigandu island so that you can relax on the comfy sun loungers.

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Rooms and Suites

Suited for couples and families, RIU Atoll has more than 250 rooms equipped with all the best comforts such as a minibar, AC, safe box and satellite TV. The resort also has several types of accommodation: some located on the island and the overwater junior suites, ideal for people who want to enjoy a holiday with luxury in every detail.

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The Hotel Riu Atoll offers Double Standard (31 m2) rooms for guests to enjoy their holiday with the best facilities. The double rooms have one king-size bed (200x200 cm) or two small double beds (125x200 cm), a sofa in the lounge area, satellite TV, minibar, an electric kettle, air conditioning, ceiling fan and a balcony with stunning views of the sea.

Double room with direct beach access are the perfect choice for anyone who wants to experience a holiday right on the beach. In these 31 m2 rooms in the Hotel Riu Atoll, you will find one king-size bed (200x200 cm) or two small double beds (125x200 cm), a sofa in the lounge area, satellite TV, minibar, an electric kettle, air conditioning, ceiling fan and a patio with direct access to the beach.

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For overwater experience Junior Suite is a great choice. If you stay in one of the Hotel Riu Atoll Junior Suites, there’s no doubt that your holiday will be an unforgettable experience, thanks to their location over the water. These 37 m2 rooms offer you one king-size bed (200x200 cm) or two small double beds (125x200 cm), a sofa in the lounge area, satellite TV, minibar, an electric kettle, drink dispensers, air conditioning, ceiling fan and a patio with a Balinese bed and direct access to the sea.

The superior junior suites at Riu Atoll have been specially designed to offer you the most exclusive services during your holiday on the Maldives. In these 41 m2 rooms, located over the water, you have one king-size bed (200x200 cm) or two small double beds (125x200 cm), a sofa in the lounge area, a bathroom with shower and bathtub, satellite TV, minibar, an electric kettle, drink dispensers, air conditioning and a ceiling fan. In addition, on the terrace you can enjoy a Balinese bed and direct access to the sea.

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Restaurants and Bars

During your stay at the hotel in Maafushi, you’ll enjoy authentic culinary experiences thanks to the delicious dishes prepared by resort's chefs. The main restaurant serves buffet breakfasts with live cooking stations, and the Italian and steakhouse restaurants offer à la carte dining that is sure to impress you. And if you like to savour an aperitif or soft drink after a relaxing dip or while watching a stunning sunset, you have the Lounge Bar and the Sports Bar, open 24 hours.

For more options head to Hotel Riu Palace Maldivas that offers a range of cuisines that will surprise you. With a choice of gourmet, Asian and Italian cuisines in the Krystal, Yu Hi, Sofia, Palm and Dhooni restaurants along with three different bars and a Beef steakhouse on the offer for its guests, the resorts are certainly not short of dining options. A great variety of food choices at every meal , no way you will go hungry. Every thing cooked fantastically with great service .

The main restaurant serves buffet breakfasts, lunches and dinners with live cooking stations, and the Japanese and fusion cooking restaurants you can enjoy delicious a la carte dishes for dinner. You can also try the Italian restaurant and the steakhouse at Hotel Riu Atoll if you want to try something different.

The food is great standards and if though you stay for almost 2 weeks you will not get bore. Everyday there are different options in the palms buffet or you could book in the four themed restaurants which are all great. The Japanese restaurant is by far the best food.

Riu Palace guests can also use the Atoll side to try the Italian and steakhouse restaurant both amazing.

The staff is amazing and attentive primarily at the beach bars and restaurants. They make sure your glass is never empty and engage well

ALL INCLUSIVE: What's Included?

Riu Palace does all inclusive like no one else. No hidden fees no hidden upgrades. You get 4 litre bottles of booze in your room ( gin , rum , vodka and whiskey ) that are topped up when finished no question asked. Mini bar is topped up daily at also free of charge ( beers , soft drinks , still water ) .

You can order breakfast in your room and also get room service ( sandwiches , salads , desserts ) all included in your room price.

  • ALL MEALS AND SNACKS
  • BREAKFAST:
  • Varied buffet, live cooking station and Cava
  • LUNCH:
  • Buffet, dishes prepared live and assorted desserts
  • Pasta, salads and assorted desserts
  • DINNER:
  • Buffets and dishes prepared live. Vegetarian options available. Dessert buffet.
  • Special evenings: themed buffet three times a week
  • OPTIONAL DINING (A LA CARTE; RESERVATIONS REQUIRED IN ADVANCE):
  • "Krystal" Fusion restaurant
  • Japanese restaurant
  • AT RIU ATOLL:
  • Steakhouse
  • Italian restaurant (buffet starters and desserts)
  • SNACKS 24 HOURS A DAY (24 HOURS AT RIU ATOLL)
  • FOR SNACKS, FREE CHOICE FROM A SELECTION OF BARS AT RIU PALACE MALDIVAS AND RIU ATOLL
  • BEVERAGES:
  • Local and imported beverages served 24 hours a day (24 hours at Riu Atoll)
  • Premium branded drinks throughout hotel
  • Regularly restocked minibar and liquor dispenser
  • ROOM SERVICE 24 HOURS A DAY
  • IN-ROOM SAFE
  • SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES AT RIU ATOLL:
  • Gym
  • Group fitness activities in the RiuFit area (daily)
  • Kayaking, pedaloes, stand up paddle surf (SUP) and snorkelling equipment
  • 1 introductory scuba diving lesson
  • Steam bath
  • ENTERTAINMENT AT RIU ATOLL:
  • Daytime entertainment programme for children ages 4 to 7 and ages 8 to 12 at "RiuLand" (daily)
  • Daytime entertainment programme for adults (daily)
  • Live music or DJ and beach parties (daily)
  • ALL HOTEL GUESTS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR AN "ALL INCLUSIVE" WRISTBAND FOR IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES.
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Childcare

The resort haven’t forgotten about the little ones in the family: Hotel Riu Atoll has a children’s pool and the RiuLand kids’ club so that children can have fun too on holiday. Come and meet Calú, a friendly sea turtle born on one of RIU’s wonderful beaches. After meeting the hotel entertainers and their young guests, Calú fell in love with this world of activities and fun. Calú invites families to visit and experience the RiuLand entertainment program, where children come first. They are located on the neighbouring island of Maafushi, which you can access by footbridge. The facilities for families are designed and planned so that everyone in the family can enjoy a unique experience.

Experiences

The SCUBACARIBE PADI 5*-star dive & water sports center is located on the beach of RIU Atoll. It features a class room, quality equipment and water sports gear. All non-motorized water sports is available for guests of RIU Hotels. The snorkeling around the islands is fun and you can stay in water for hours to be entertained.

Hotel RIU Palace Maldivas offers a wide range of activities, both included in and additional to the all-inclusive plan to keep guests entertained throughout their stay and ensure everyone visiting this island resort experiences all it has to offer. The hotel's facilities to enjoy massages and beauty treatments in the spa, watersports such as diving, kayaking and paddle surf, and the entertainment programmes full of shows and live music.

Both resorts have outdoor infinity swimming pools with swim-up bars overlooking the beach, plus a gym and a wide variety watersports under professional supervision. Available at an additional cost, guests can also enjoy big game fishing excursions, personal tuition for sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and wakeboarding, and hire jet skis and fly boards. To go home from their vacations totally renewed, guests can visit the Renova Spa and enjoy the Jacuzzi, the steam bath or schedule appointments for all body and beauty treatments.

water sport center at Riu Palace Maldivas

ALL INCLUSIVE FEATURES

SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES AT RIU ATOLL:

  • Gym
  • Group fitness activities in the RiuFit area (daily)
  • Kayaking, pedaloes, stand up paddle surf (SUP) and snorkelling equipment
  • 1 introductory scuba diving lesson
  • Steam bath

ENTERTAINMENT AT RIU ATOLL:

  • Daytime entertainment programme for children ages 4 to 7 and ages 8 to 12 at "RiuLand" (daily)
  • Daytime entertainment programme for adults (daily)
  • Live music or DJ and beach parties (daily)

AT RIU ATOLL, WITH ADDITIONAL CHARGE (UNDER SEPARATE MANAGEMENT):

  • Scuba and scuba diving course's
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Reviews

We really do want to stress how amazing the staff are and Riu are lucky to have such an incredible hard working, caring, genuine, happy team. Service great, food fantastic and what a lovely place to stay! New hotel, white beach, ons in a lifetime Experience, bucketlist!

' If I have to choose some words to describe it I will say a paradise on earth. The perfect place to get rid of stress, work and everything with such an adorable and kind staff who make you feel like home and never want to leave the island. Amazing hot and yummy local food. The night are made by a live music band who play hits we all know and sing and the best DJ on earth who you can approach to ask for your favourites songs and he will play it for you. DJ E2 makes the best parties ever playing the best music (latin, reggaeton, pop, dance...) and don't want to stop dancing going to sleep full of good vibes!!!! Congratulations to all the team!!!!'

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Pros: What Guests Love

  • The staff is amazing. Everyone has such an open welcoming heart wanting to do their best in a genuine way.
  • Excellent service
  • Rooms are big, clean, modern, confortable and with wonderful beds
  • Swimming pool with swim-up bar and children's swimming pool
  • An incredible beaches with crystal clear waters. Free sun loungers on the beach
  • Main and theme restaurants. The food is really great and the most wonderful staff.
  • Entertainment activities
  • very good room service
  • The sea is amazing by the colours, temperatures, sand and sea life...and the sunsets are breathtaking.
  • Free gym and steam bath
  • Wellness Centre with a variety of treatments
  • WiFi is amazing
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Things to Know before You Go

  • The resort is 180 km / 112 miles from the Velana International airport (MLE) and 5 km /3.1 miles from the local airport on Kudahuvadhoo island
  • The property is only accessible by Domestic Flight + Speedboat transfer takes 60 minutes from Male.
  • check in from 15:00 - 23:30; check out from 06:00 - 11:00;
  • Children of any age are welcome.
  • All Inclusive 24 hours! The resort is truly All Inclusive unlike the the resorts which segment by Full Board, Half Board and All Inclusive everything is included.
  • There are no lush vegetation on the island. But I want to mention the gardeners - They are so hard working and the island will look idilic because of them!
  • If you like house reef snorkeling - there is no corals, but honestly there’s plenty of wildlife to keep you engaged. You can spot dolphins, shark just off the shore and lots of fish.
  • There is Gym and Renova Spa on the island
  • Free wi-fi throughout the hotel
  • if you travel with kids it is better to stay in Atoll side as it has the children’s club and the water sports.
  • To get between the Atoll and Palace you need take a trolly, not a bad concept expect the bridge connecting the two is over a mile long and walking it in the sun is a brutal experience.
  • They do serve awesome coffee. Every afternoon and we went to the pool bar and enjoyed the beautiful view while sipping on delicious coffee with cocoa liquor.
  • There are no showers on the beach by the rooms
  • You want your room cleaned leave before 9:00 am for breakfast
  • No need to buy travel plugs as the sockets will accept British plugs , also have separate USB sockets .
  • Staff - The best of the hotel. Amazing and wonderful people...most from Sri Lanka.
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