RIU Palace Maldivas

Maldives, Indian Ocean

Virgin rating

The hotel

Nestled on the secluded island of Kedhigandu, Hotel RIU Palace Maldivas offers an exclusive retreat where you can unwind in overwater villas or beachfront suites with modern comforts and breathtaking views. Featuring several dining options, including buffet and à la carte restaurants serving a variety of international cuisines, you can also enjoy delicious meals and snacks at the neighbouring Hotel RIU Atoll as part of their 24-hour, All-Inclusive package. There are plenty of activities to enjoy too, both on land and in the water - relax by the infinity pool, or hop over to Hotel RIU Atoll to indulge in spa treatments, or make a splash with the water sports on offer such as snorkelling, diving, and kayaking.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beachfront location

Where is it

On the private island of Kedhigandu, part of Dhaalu Atoll. The resort is connected to the hotel RIU Atoll via a walkway. Transfer time from Malé International Airport: 55 minutes by seaplane (remember to pack light for the seaplane transfer as luggage allowance is 20kg plus 5kg hand luggage, per person).

Hotel information

176 rooms. All with balcony or terrace, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, satellite TV, drink dispensers, mini-bar, kettle and safe. Junior Suites with sea views have 1 king-size bed or two small double beds, plus a sofa in the lounge area, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

24-hour All-Inclusive: all meals and snacks. Local and imported beverages served 24-hours a day (at Hotel RIU Atoll). Regularly restocked mini-bar.

- Breakfast: varied buffet, live cooking station and Cava

- 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):

- Krystal Fusion restaurant

- Japanese restaurant.

Room upgrades

Junior Suites with beach access have 1 king-size bed or two small double beds, plus a sofa or sofa-bed in the lounge area, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Overwater Suites feature a terrace with bathtub, a Balinese bed, sun loungers and direct access to the sea. Suites have 1 king-size bed or two small double beds plus a sofa in the lounge area, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Spacious Overwater Suites with private pool boast a patio with direct access to the sea, a small private pool, a Balinese bed and sun loungers. Suites have 1 king-size bed or two small double beds plus a sofa in the lounge area, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Palm (main all-day restaurant with terrace, buffet). Krystal (Fusion restaurant, dinner). Yu Hi (Japanese restaurant, dinner). Poolside bar.

Live music (several times a week). 

Infinity swimming pool. Sports and activities at RUI Atoll including: gym, group fitness activities in the RiuFit area (six times a week), kayaks, pedaloes, stand up paddle surf and snorkelling equipment. Daytime entertainment programme for children ages 4-7 years and ages 8-12 years at "RiuLand" at Hotel RUI Atoll. 

Access to Hotel RIU Atoll located on the neighbouring island of Maafushi, which you can access by footbridge. Room service*. 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.

Rating summary

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic hotel for a relaxing holiday

Jun 22, 2024 Gary M

Hotel is immaculate and there is an army of people maintaining it. Staff ae amazing, everyone is friendly and the best make a big effort to know your names from day 1 and make you feel like VIP guests throughout. Special call-outs (apologies for any spelling errors) to Aminda, Desey, (Daisy?) Sanjay,,Ramesh who made you feel really special. … Read more
Hotel is immaculate and there is an army of people maintaining it. Staff ae amazing, everyone is friendly and the best make a big effort to know your names from day 1 and make you feel like VIP guests throughout. Special call-outs (apologies for any spelling errors) to Aminda, Desey, (Daisy?) Sanjay,,Ramesh who made you feel really special. Food was good throughout. Good choice with 4 a la carte restaurants (you get 1 in each every week) and the buffet irestaurant is decent (amazing location on the beach, and main bars of Sri-Lanka,n pasta/pizza, ramen, salad,, burgers, roast (fish or meat), various grills, starters, fruit and other desserts). You only had to walk out to half shin height to have swarms of fish around you and then you could walk very far to see more. Plenty of things to do on the atoll side. Don’t expect loads of animation type things as-this is more of a chill out place e.g laid back beats at the beach bar every day at sunset with the most “exciting” activity on the palace side being bingo at 3:30 (saying that as a positive!). We went in June which was great because not peak season so meant we go wherever we want wherever we wanted. BUT we were very lucky with the weather - it is is rainy season and there was a 10 day period before we went went it was solid rain and it looks similar after the event but we only had 1 half day of rain. The walk across the bridge takes 10-15 min, is good to walk off some of some of excess from the AI and opportunity to see fish, sharks , turtles and rays) but you can get shuttle buggies. Room cleaning is top notch too - it felt like a top to bottom clean every day. Would recommend to anyone and look forward to going again at some point. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Honeymoon at RIU palace

Jun 22, 2024 Michaela W Lexington, Kentucky

The hotel/island and surrounding ocean were absolutely gorgeous! We had an overwater bungalow and it was very modern, nice room and room service did a great job with cleaning. Would have like to see a few more excursion options, also please note that this is not a good area of the Maldives for viewing manta rays/ whale sharks and it’s not easy… Read more
The hotel/island and surrounding ocean were absolutely gorgeous! We had an overwater bungalow and it was very modern, nice room and room service did a great job with cleaning. Would have like to see a few more excursion options, also please note that this is not a good area of the Maldives for viewing manta rays/ whale sharks and it’s not easy to get to other islands to do excursions outside of the hotel. Food was okay, a few very good meals but a lot of just okay meals. Found that the meat was often very overcooked/ tough. Overall though great experience, we saw sting rays and small reef sharks and a variety of fish from our balcony every day! Water is so clear and blue! Read less
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Jun 17, 2024 Tatham1972 County Durham, United Kingdom

This hotel and location is truly paradise. We have been to many Riu hotels in the past and the service and staff here is the best we have ever experienced. All the staff, regardless of what level are really friendly and polite. We liked to chat with them all and had some really good conversations. A special shout out to Poonum, her smile was… Read more
This hotel and location is truly paradise. We have been to many Riu hotels in the past and the service and staff here is the best we have ever experienced. All the staff, regardless of what level are really friendly and polite. We liked to chat with them all and had some really good conversations. A special shout out to Poonum, her smile was unforgettable and such a beautiful person. Also Sanju and Aminda, not just bar waiters but the interaction with them was excellent, always smiling and having a laugh with us all. In fact all the staff were a credit to the hotel and helped to make such a wonderful holiday with lots of good memories. The steakhouse and 2 buffet restaurants did not have air-conditioning, which was slightly uncomfortable due to the humidity. Adding air-conditioning would certainly help. We also had a bit of a horrendous journey over due to a missed flight connection, nothing to do with the Riu hotel. The journey ended up being 48 hours from our house to the island, which meant we missed a day of our holiday. Due to this we were in a low mood during the journey but as soon as we landed on the island our mood changed, it literally has that effect on you as it feels like paradise. The only negative was were we charged for the night which we had missed, even though I informed the hotel prior to arrival and at the earliest possibility, which I thought showed little empathy. Again not the hotels fault but I thought they would have been a little more understanding especially as they were way under occupancy and a couple we met who had the same issue on our flight said that their hotel had waivered the cost of the first night which I thought was a nice gesture. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Paradise! In every sense!

Jun 6, 2024 Inspire758165 Crawley, United Kingdom

My husband and I went to the Maldives in January 2024 for our honeymoon. We chose to stay at this RIU hotel as part of a British Airways holidays package, as it had good reviews and was competitively priced for a Maldivian island. Upon arrival at the airport RIU staff were on hand to seamlessly direct us to our connecting flight and subsequent… Read more
My husband and I went to the Maldives in January 2024 for our honeymoon. We chose to stay at this RIU hotel as part of a British Airways holidays package, as it had good reviews and was competitively priced for a Maldivian island. Upon arrival at the airport RIU staff were on hand to seamlessly direct us to our connecting flight and subsequent boat transfers us to reach our final destination and couldn’t have been more friendly and helpful. When we arrived at the resort itself, it was beautiful- so well presented and organised. We sat with a welcome drink whilst the staff spoke to all of the new arrivals individually to give them their room keys and to make sure that their baggage was taken care of and taken to the room. We stayed in one of the over water bungalows with infinity pool, and were blown away by the high standard of the room, the amenities, and the space. Over the 12 days that we were there, we got to know many of the staff all of whom were more than happy to look after us with whatever we needed and make sure we had the best stay. We must give a special mention to Marshall, manager of food and beverages, Who kindly took the time to prepare a special floating breakfast to be delivered to our room, as he knew we were on our honeymoon. We made bookings for the à la carte restaurants and Marshall made sure that we were able to try all of them throughout our stay. He always made times to talk to us and ensure that our drinks were topped up even when the restaurant was busy, so we felt we had a personalised service, but not at the expense other guests. We had the most magical time taking advantage of snorkelling in the seas looking at all the different tropical fish, Kayaking and paddle boarding, all of which was no extra cost. There’s a brilliant selection of food and imaginatively created by the chefs with themed days which we really appreciated. The Cleaning team were fantastic, going above and beyond to make sure that our accommodation and the communal areas were spotless at all times. The buggy staff were always accommodating stopping to collect us when we were walking from island to island. We had the best time here and was thoroughly recommend this hotel! Read less
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Jun 6, 2024 jkr2906 Doncaster, United Kingdom

Stayed at the riu palace Maldivas in an overwater suite with pool . Had the best experience , sun , rain , sunsets , lightning , everything in one week and it made it v special . Loved the paradise pool bar on an evening with ahminda and desy , such a special place , did not disappoint, only hope we get the chance to return . Paradise