Hotel RIU Atoll

Maldives, Indian Ocean

Virgin rating

The hotel

Renowned for its stunning turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, and vibrant marine life, The Hotel Riu Atoll offers a tropical paradise getaway on the private island of Maafushi. Families travelling with children can take advantage of the resort's kids club, where little ones can participate in supervised activities, games, and crafts meaning parents can enjoy some leisure time. Then when the sun goes down the resort provides evening entertainment, including live music, themed parties, and cultural shows, so you have plenty of options for fun and relaxation after dark.

Amenities

  • Scuba Diving
  • Kids Club
  • Families
  • Bar
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beachfront location

Where is it

Located on the private island of Maafushi. Transfer time from Malé International Airport: 40 minutes by seaplane (remember to pack light for the seaplane transfer as luggage allowance is 20kg plus 5kg hand luggage, per person).

Hotel information

264 ocean views rooms. All with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, satellite TV, kettle, mini-bar and safe. Bathrooms with shower and double wash basin. Double Standard rooms have 1 king-size bed or two small double beds, a sofa in the lounge area, and a balcony with sea views, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

24-hour All-Inclusive: all meals and snacks. Local and imported beverages served 24-hours a day. Regularly restocked mini-bar.

- Breakfast: varied buffet and live cooking station.

- Lunch: buffet with live cooking stations and assorted desserts.

- Dinner: buffet with live cooking stations and assorted desserts. Special evenings: twice a week.

Optional dining (à la carte; reservations required in advance):

Steakhouse.

Italian restaurant (buffet starters and desserts).

Room upgrades:

Double rooms with direct beach access have 1 king-size bed or two small double beds, a sofa in the lounge area, and a patio with direct access to the beach, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Junior Suite - overwater rooms have 1 king-size bed or two small double beds, and a patio with a Balinese bed and direct access to the sea, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Spacious Superior Junior Suite - overwater rooms have 1 king-size bed or two small double beds, and a terrace with a Balinese bed and direct access to the sea, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Main restaurant (buffet breakfasts with live cooking station). Italian and steakhouse restaurants offer à la carte dining. Lounge Bar. Sports Bar.

Daytime entertainment programme. Live music or DJ and events.

Swimming pool and children's pool. Wellness centre* (with a variety of treatments, beauty salon, hairdresser and massages). Gym. Water sports (kayaking, paddle surfing and scuba-diving*). RiuLand kids’ club (for ages 4-7 years and ages 8-12 years).

Complimentary WiFi throughout hotel.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: to ensure our customer's safety, we are unable to offer over water accommodation to children under the age of 12.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Absolutely amazing holiday

Apr 22, 2024 HelHicks666 Nottingham, United Kingdom

This was such a wonderful holiday. All the assured quality of RIU in astounding settings. Staff were brilliant and accommodation beautiful. Value for money for an extra special holiday. Cannot recommend it enough.
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Apr 21, 2024 Andre V Krugersdorp, South Africa

Riu Atoll is a paradise island. It really is amazing. Staff are exceptional Room cleaning service is top notch. The person who made up our room daily is Dushan. Such a happy guy and every day he makes up the bed with different messages and towel art which was such a nice touch. The buffet is good and varies. The a la carte restaurants are a bit… Read more
Riu Atoll is a paradise island. It really is amazing. Staff are exceptional Room cleaning service is top notch. The person who made up our room daily is Dushan. Such a happy guy and every day he makes up the bed with different messages and towel art which was such a nice touch. The buffet is good and varies. The a la carte restaurants are a bit tricky to get into but we managed and enjoyed the offerings. The beach has powdery soft sand. The house reef is very good for snorkelling and with a bit of luck the Resident turtle can be seen. Also lots of fish around the reef. We stayed in an overwater bungalow which was awesome. First 4 days on sunset side which is special in its own way. Then 3 nights on opposite sunrise side which provided afternoon shade and was equally special. Pool bar service was great with Jessica and Pasi on Atoll side and James on Palace side. We had access to palace side during last 3 days of our stay because our friends that travelled with us ended up on that side because of an upgrade and we were far separated as a result. They preferred the laid back atmosphere on palace side and the fact that you didn’t have to fetch drinks from the bar as there were waiters serving. I preferred this too. The difference also is a drink in a glass instead of plastic cup. Food could be ordered at the pool bar and eaten where you were seated whereas this was not the case at Atoll. Then again i suppose that is why you pay extra at the palace side. Pool bar closes at 18:30 at Atoll and then you would have to move to where the nightly entertainment was or to the sports bar which had no atmosphere really. At palace side the pool bar stayed open after 18:30. It would be great if the resort could have a beach bar at Atoll side close to the sandbank, as it is far removed from the pool bar for those who want to spend a couple of hours there and not be dry mouthed in the blistering heat. Golf cart shuttle between palace and Atoll side is good and definitely essential given the distance between the two islands for guests of palace wishing to cross over to Atoll. Palace guests can visit Atoll and use facilities but not vice versa. This makes total sense though. Transfers to the island via seaplane and back to Dhaalu atoll via boat and then domestic plane were seamless and it was an added touch upon arrival at Male airport on our return to find Riu representative to see us through to international departures. Kudos for that. Overall fantastic experience. Read less
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Apr 19, 2024 123cov

We had a wonderful time at Riu Hotel . Hotel is nice and clean We had 2 rooms 1506 and 2111. Our rooms were clean and tidy every day thanks to our cleaners. Food is very nice and fresh every day but the dessert is the best thanks to Chef Roshad. Staff in general are nice ,polite and very helpful. Overall we have a great holiday
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Paradise! 🏝☀️

Apr 19, 2024 jamieslater2023

We had an amazing holiday at this lovely hotel. We were lucky enough to get our room upgraded on arrival due to being part of Riu class. But we were not expecting it to be a water villa! It was stunning and being able to snorkel outside our room with sharks and manta rays was incredible. All the staff were so friendly and couldn't do enough for… Read more
We had an amazing holiday at this lovely hotel. We were lucky enough to get our room upgraded on arrival due to being part of Riu class. But we were not expecting it to be a water villa! It was stunning and being able to snorkel outside our room with sharks and manta rays was incredible. All the staff were so friendly and couldn't do enough for you. Thaney in the restaurant always went out of his way to come and chat with our 2 yr old daughter as he did with all the other children. Jessica at the pool bar would often have a drink ready for me before I'd even reached the bar! The entertainment staff worked so hard ensuring guests had a fun holiday. If you didn't want to join in there was no pressure unlike some holidays we've been on. Food and drink was great with plenty of choice. We really hope to visit this little bit of paradise again in the future! Read less
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Apr 18, 2024 ShazWof

10 day holiday in April 24- the room was fabulous. Air con perfect and the beach front villa was amazing and so close to the sea. We loved the choice and quality of food in the buffet restaurant for lunch and dinner but didn’t rate it much for breakfast, so didn’t bother with that meal! Also didn’t rate the evening entertainment - average to poor… Read more
10 day holiday in April 24- the room was fabulous. Air con perfect and the beach front villa was amazing and so close to the sea. We loved the choice and quality of food in the buffet restaurant for lunch and dinner but didn’t rate it much for breakfast, so didn’t bother with that meal! Also didn’t rate the evening entertainment - average to poor but loved just sitting at the bars and people watching! Staff are super friendly and helpful. Read less