Riu Hotels’ twin Maldives resorts open

Riu Hotels & Resorts has opened its first properties in Maldives, Hotel Riu Atoll and Hotel Riu Palace Maldivas.

Tourism minister Ali Waheed inaugurated the resorts at a ceremony which took place at the resort on Friday. Environment minister Dr Hussain Rasheed Hassan and housing minister Mohamed Aslam also attended the ceremony.

The two 24-hour all-inclusive hotels are located in Dhaalu atoll, a 40-minute flight from the main Velana International Airport plus a 10-minute speedboat ride.

The four-star Hotel Riu Atoll offers 264 villas, 36 of which are suites over the Indian Ocean. The rooms are equipped with all the best comforts such as a minibar, air conditioning, safe box and satellite TV.

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 the island paradise.

Guests will enjoy authentic culinary experiences thanks to the delicious dishes prepared by the 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.

The relaxation that pervades the whole of the Maldives is completed by the spa in Hotel Riu Atoll. It offers guests an extensive menu of treatments so that you can find whatever appeals to you the most. 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.

Connected to Hotel Riu Atoll by a walkway surrounded by a lagoon, the five-star Hotel Riu Palace Maldivas offers 176 villas, 72 of which are overwater suites. The rooms — some of which has Junior Suites — are equipped with minibars, drinks dispensers, kettles, air conditioning and satellite tv, amongst many other facilities.

The pool at Hotel Riu Palace Maldivas 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 resort offers you direct access to the beach that fringes the island, so that you can relax on the sun loungers set up for you. Children staying in Hotel Riu Palace Maldivas can also make use of the children’s pool and the RiuLand kids’ club at the neighbouring Hotel Riu Atoll.

Hotel Riu Palace Maldivas offers a range of cuisines that will surprise you. The main restaurant serves buffet breakfasts, lunches and dinners with live cooking stations, whilst the Japanese and fusion cooking restaurants allow you to enjoy delicious à 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.

Guests at Hotel Riu Palace Maldivas are recommended to take advantage of the Hotel Riu Atoll’s facilities to enjoy massages and beauty treatments in the spa, water sports such as diving, kayaking and paddle surf, and the entertainment programmes full of shows and live music.

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