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Hotel RIU Atoll

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Maldives, Indian Ocean
Maldives Islands

Hotel Riu Atoll is located on the heavenly private island of Maafushi in the Maldives, and it has the best 24-hour all-inclusive service, so that you can enjoy an exclusive holiday in this unparalleled destination. The hotel's facilities include free Wi-Fi, a rich range of culinary options and the exclusive service that characterises the brand, among many others.

This resort in Maafushi has more than 250 rooms equipped with all the best comforts such as a minibar, air conditioning, safe box and satellite TV. It also has several types of rooms: some located on the island and the overwater junior suites, ideal for people who want to enjoy a holiday with luxury in every detail.

The beach and the pool are two essentials in your holiday in the Maldives. So, Hotel Riu Atoll provides guests with a pool with swim-up bar and impressive views of the sea, and another pool for children. You can also head to the beach and relax in the sun lounger area or go diving to contemplate the underwater beauty of this island paradise.

During your stay at the hotel in Maafushi, you'll enjoy authentic culinary experiences thanks to the delicious dishes prepared by our 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.

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  • Surfing
  • Beach volleyball
  • Fitness
  • Diving
  • Aqua fit
  • Spa centre*
  • Beauty salon*
  • Hairdressing salon*
  • Spa treatments*
  • Massage*
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  • Please note some facilities may incur an additional fee
Due to the surrounding area and the number of steps around the hotel, it may not be suitable for those with mobility difficulties.

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Tripadvisor Reviews

4.5 Excellent1,229 reviews
Very Good
TripAdvisor Review

We stayed here for our honeymoon and truly was a dream come true. The staff were absolutely amazing and were always there for anything you needed, we didn’t have to lift a finger. The food was delicious and was always such a selection! The only negative is trying to get a booking at the restaurants, can be frustrating but we managed to get one for the Italian restaurant. Was nice to sit in a different environment but food was the same at the Buffett. Great entertainment in the day and evening, they were all very talented! Beautiful hotel and rooms were amazing. Always cleaned to perfection. Definitely get your money worth here, just a beautiful place to visit you will not be disappointed.

Review by 174poppyd London, United Kingdom
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Stunning piece of paradise

Didn’t want to leave. This resort offered everything I needed. It is so clean, so tranquil, so beautiful…it really felt like paradise.

My husband and I had 8 blissful days at the piece of paradise in the Indian Ocean. Well worth the 20+ hours of travelling.

It truly offer’s everything I was looking for…..complete peace and quiet in sensational setting……and a lovely pool with bar to socialise and meet people while the sun shone and ambient background music played.

We stayed in a villa on the beach. It was spotless throughout our stay. Thank to the lovely cleaner of room 1706. No problems finding somewhere peaceful to sit and while away the morning watching the sun sparkle on the turquoise sea.

Of an afternoon we would move to the pool and decamp for the rest of the day after the sun had set. The sunsets are breathtaking here.

All the facilities are spotlessly clean. The staff are so so attentive and genuine and friendly….. they can’t do enough for you. Very difficult to single any out as they are all so good but Suresh and Sunetha were two that did stand out for us during our stay.

The sports bar staff are brilliant and chatty, remember your name and what you like to drink. We enjoyed our pre dinner drinks there each night.

We didn’t see much of the evening entertainment but the few times we ventured into the bar of a night the atmosphere was great and everyone clearly enjoying themselves.

Couple of slight negatives but these are only slight and would not stop me from returning to this lovely modern resort……it’s nigh on impossible to get into the a la carte on the app. We resorted to asking at reception and they were very obliging. The steakhouse the best of the two. The food in the buffet is only ok. Don’t seem to vary it much so what is there at lunch is pretty much the same of an evening.

Everyday there is pizza, fish and chips, curry, Chinese, salad and burgers. Breakfast is fine id you like eggs. Not happy to eat tinned fruit. But the food is tasty just not that varied. But don’t let that put you off coming.

We have visited the Maldives three times and this resort was my favourite by far.

We stayed on the Atoll side.

Review by Victoria B Liverpool, United Kingdom
TripAdvisor Review
Amazing holiday

Paradise, blue lagoon, clearly water, perfect staff, cola drinks, manta air- top airline, clean, quiet, my wife was really happy, lot of animal, but too much alcohol for guests. Hope back NEXT year with infant:)

Review by michalpl2023 Bydgoszcz, Poland
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Wonderful vacation!

Revisiting this hotel over and over and it keeps getting better!

Staff is very attentive, cleaning service at Villa 14 is exceptional, stayed there 4 times and no complaints whatsoever

Food is really good, always smth to choose from, good job!

In love with bar service: whether you come for a coffee or cocktail - always meeting your expectations, very friendly and exceptionally attentive! Special thanks to Nishantha and all the managers who are taking care of the service!

Scuba Caribe diving is amazing! We’ve had the pleasure to have Grettel as our instructor, she is the best, very understanding and very sensitive to all what is going on during your education! Apart from that we haven’t met even 1 staff member who wasn’t nice or helpful, simply a dream team!

Entertainment is great, always smth new! Always looking forward to it!

Management takes good care of the resorts, over the last 2 years we see that the hotel is flourishing and we couldn’t be happier with everything!

We highly recommend to visit!

Review by gancsgabi Vienna, Austria
TripAdvisor Review

As frequent travellers, we're familiar with the Riu hotels in Europe and the reviews were mostly positive, so we thought we were making a good choice. Unfortunately, it's been a disappointing experience. It feels like we are at a hotel in Marbella or Tenerife - nothing about this place feels like we're in the Maldives. And as much as I love Spain, that's not what we come to the Maldives for, in fact it would have been a lot cheaper to book a hotel in Spain instead!

To explain: I've stayed at Thai, Italian, American and Middle Eastern brands in the Maldives (amongst others) but they all managed to at least channel a Maldivian feeling, however this resort has no character at all. Nothing about the architecture channels anything of the Maldives. I feel like we could have just booked a hotel in Tenerife for less money and it would look the same, except the sand and sea is a slightly different colour.

To be fair, the island is very pretty and the interiors of the duplexes are fine, spacious and in good condition, but I'm glad we didn't pay more for a water villa because not only are they tiny (with 3 guest rooms crammed into each villa!) but also they look like ugly nuclear bunkers linked by concrete jetties.

My biggest beef is the island is really crowded because they built too many rooms for the size of the island. This means the beach is packed full of people, just like the beaches in Europe (we don't come to the Maldives to be packed like sardines alongside everyone else, this isn't the Amalfi Coast!). The sea is equally crammed full of people. They didn't provide enough sunloungers or restaurants to cater to the huge number of people here, so the 2 a la carte restaurants are constantly booked out, meaning we can only eat at the main buffet restaurant. The buffet food is average to poor. I thought they'd get paella right (being a Spanish company) but it didn't even have any saffron in it, so it was just a kind of watery tomato sauce with undercooked rice (I used to live in Valencia so I know paella!). Last night we went back to the buffet 3 times to try to find something that tasted nice but each time the chicken and fish was dry and bony, so we didn't even eat properly yesterday. The salad was OK but a bit old, so I ended up sticking to the mas'huni for 2 days running. The mas'huni was nice at least.

Each night, huge tropical ants come into our room but I think they must have coated the floor with pesticide because they are all lying dead on the floor by the morning. A huge one somehow got onto our bed last night. I know it's hard to deal with such things here, as we're in the tropics, but I can imagine that would freak some people out. For me it's just unpleasant.

The welcome drink was orange squash, and whenever I order orange juice (except at breakfast) they give me orange squash instead of fresh juice, not even juice from a box. I know it's a 4 star, but really, rationing real juice so you can only have it at breakfast?! I've been to many other 4 stars here where the food and beverages are much better.

The entertainment is good, with DJs and live bands, and they always seem to get a good turnout. This is not so common in the Maldives, and it's nice to be able to socialise. Most of the staff are also really nice, although one of the guys on the entertainment team texted by boyfriend last night to try to get him to hook up with him in the men's toilets, which was a bit of a shock since he is not gay, lol. (They both like DJing and my boyfriend was a professional DJ and is into networking so they swapped numbers). I'm still processing it but it seems very unprofessional to say the least to proposition a guest like that!

The island is quite long so it's quite a long sweaty walk to the restaurant but they don't provide bikes, and shuttles are few and far between. Also they refuse to let you jump on a shuttle after 10.30pm, even if they are passing you on the road. Yes, there's an actual paved road slap bang in the middle of the island. Again, this makes the resort feel very clinical and characterless. I suppose it's helpful for those with mobility issues, but personally I miss the sandy paths. I've stayed at 5 stars, other 4 stars and even 3 stars here many times before so I know what a Maldivian 4 star should be and I can't help but feel for the price point this resort does not deliver. Riu just seems to have totally missed the point of the Maldives here. The island itself is beautiful, so it seems like a wasted opportunity and that Riu really didn't understand how to do the Maldives.

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