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Hotel Riu Atoll

Gadifuri-Maafushi Island, Maldives
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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 characterizes the brand, among many others.

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 savor 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 transfer is by scheduled flight to Kudahuvadhoo (approx. 45 minutes) and the journey is completed by motorboat to the hotels (approx. 15 minutes).

Excellent
9.2
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1/5

Double Room

  • 31 sqrm

  • Ocean view
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Tea/Coffee maker
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Flat screen TV
  • Telephone
  • Shower
  • AC
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Desk
  • Sitting area
  • Free toiletries
  • Patio
  • Slippers
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Outdoor furniture.

Price for: 5 nights, 2 adults
  • All Inclusive included
  • Transfer by domestic flight included
Non-refundable
5 nights, 2 adults
US$ 3,310
Reserve
Includes taxes and fees
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1/4

Beach Room

  • 31 sqrm

  • Ocean view
  • Terrace
  • Tea/Coffee maker
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Flat screen TV
  • Telephone
  • Shower
  • AC
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Desk
  • Sitting area
  • Free toiletries
  • Patio
  • Slippers
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Outdoor furniture.

Price for: 5 nights, 2 adults
  • All Inclusive included
  • Transfer by domestic flight included
Non-refundable
5 nights, 2 adults
US$ 3,410
Reserve
Includes taxes and fees
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1/5

Owerwater Jr Suite

  • 37 sqrm

  • Ocean view
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Tea/Coffee maker
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Flat screen TV
  • Telephone
  • Shower
  • AC
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Desk
  • Sitting area
  • Free toiletries
  • Patio
  • Slippers
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Outdoor furniture.

Price for: 5 nights, 2 adults
  • All Inclusive included
  • Transfer by domestic flight included
Non-refundable
5 nights, 2 adults
US$ 4,410
Reserve
Includes taxes and fees
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Overwater Jr Suite Superior

  • 37 sqrm

  • Ocean view
  • Terrace
  • Tea/Coffee maker
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Flat screen TV
  • Telephone
  • Shower
  • AC
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Desk
  • Sitting area
  • Free toiletries
  • Patio
  • Slippers
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Outdoor furniture.

Price for: 5 nights, 2 adults
  • All Inclusive included
  • Transfer by domestic flight included
Non-refundable
5 nights, 2 adults
US$ 4,480
Reserve
Includes taxes and fees
Cancellation policy

You may cancel free of charge and get a full deposit refund. Free cancellation depends on your stay dates and the number of days before arrival.

Stay dates
Number of days before arrival
09.01.2024 - 31.10.2024
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Amenities
Bathroom
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Hairdryer
Bedroom
  • Linen
  • Alarm clock
Outdoors
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Beachfront
  • Private beach area
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Kitchen
  • Tumble dryer
  • Electric kettle
Activities
  • Aerobics
  • Live music/performance
  • Tour or class about local culture
  • Beach
  • Evening entertainment
  • Kids' club
  • Water sport facilities on site
  • Nightclub/DJ
  • Entertainment staff
  • Snorkelling
  • Diving
  • Canoeing
Living Area
  • Sofa
  • Seating Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Telephone
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Snack bar
  • Bar
  • Minibar
  • Restaurant
  • Tea/Coffee maker
Internet
    Reception services
    • Invoice provided
    • Currency exchange
    • 24-hour front desk
    Entertainment and family services
    • Kids' outdoor play equipment
    • Indoor play area
    Cleaning services
    • Daily housekeeping
    • Laundry
    Safety & security
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Security alarm
    • Key card access
    • 24-hour security
    • Safety deposit box
    General
    • Shuttle service
    • Minimarket on site
    • Air conditioning
    • Wake-up service
    • Heating
    • Fan
    • Family rooms
    • Barber/beauty shop
    • Ironing facilities
    • Airport shuttle
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Iron
    • Wake up service/Alarm clock
    Outdoor swimming pool
    • Open all year
    • Pool with view
    • Shallow end
    • Pool bar
    Wellness
    • Kids' pool
    • Fitness classes
    • Fitness
    • Spa/wellness packages
    • Spa lounge/relaxation area
    • Steam room
    • Spa facilities
    • Beauty Services
    • Sun umbrellas
    • Sun loungers or beach chairs
    • Hammam
    • Massage
    • Spa and wellness centre
    • Solarium
    • Fitness centre
    • Sauna
    Languages spoken
    • English
    Food & Drink
    Transfer
    Domestic flight
    • Transfer to and from Malé includes an inland flight to Kudahuvadoo followed by a speedboat to the hotel. It takes approximately 60 minutes (45 minutes by plane and 15 minutes by speedboat). Price includes lounge services at Moonima Lounge at Male domestic terminal on arrival. Upon your arrival at Malé, one of our service representatives will welcome you.
    • Because the transfer is timed to follow arriving flights, a waiting time at Malé Airport when flying in and out must be expected (waiting time might be affected by bad weather)
    • Please be aware that the maximum luggage allowance on domestic flights is 22kg plus 1 piece of 5 kg hand luggage. Excess baggage has a cost of 5 USD/kg subject to availability.
    Hotel Riu Atoll Verified Reviews
    9.2
    Excellent
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    Staff
    9.5
    Facilities
    9.3
    Cleanliness
    9.5
    Comfort
    9.5
    Value for money
    9
    Location
    9.3
    Free WiFi
    9.1
    Lucinea United Kingdom
    Reviewed: January 2024
    10
    Exceptional
    Pros: Tudo muito limpo , atendimento nota 10
    Cons: Café da manhã, achei com pouca opção
    Stefan South Africa
    Reviewed: January 2024
    7.0
    Good
    Pros: Staff are very friendly and polite and the location for snorkelling was amazing
    Cons: Felt the buffet could have had more options and food could have been better quality For a week stay you need more variety and options . Quality of Alchohol was not grrat
    Michela Italy
    Reviewed: January 2024
    10
    Exceptional
    Pros: mare, reef, struttura in generale
    Daria-camelia Romania
    Reviewed: January 2024
    10
    O excursie de vis care o să rămână în amintirea noastră mult timp!
    Pros: Totul
    Cons: Nu am avut neplăceri
    Anonymous Switzerland
    Reviewed: January 2024
    9.0
    Magnifique endroit(malgré des jours de pluie) , personnel au top !
    Pros: La gentillesse du personnel, toujours très souriant et serviable, qui essaye de parler la langue des clients. Le choix d’avoir trois restaurants : 1 accessible sans réservation, les 2 autres sous réservation. Large choix ! La formule all-inclusive est vraiment all-inclusive, pas de mauvaise surprise, un très large choix de boissons coloriés es également. Le gros gros point fort : le spa !! Bien qu’il soit payant, il en vaut très largement la peine ! Tout était parfait, aussi bien la déco, l’accueil et le professionnalisme des thérapeutes. Il a été très agréable d’avoir le bar dans la piscine, de pouvoir commander sans sortir de l’eau.
    Cons: Restaurants sous réservation : un peu dommage de limiter les réservations à 1 seule fois pour les clients qui restent moins de 12 jours. Bar de la piscine : dommage de fermer le bar à 18:00 alors que la piscine ferme à 20:00.
    Mariusz Poland
    Reviewed: January 2024
    10
    Doskonały na pobyt i wypoczynek
    Pros: Piękne, przestronne pokoje. Czysto. Kilka metrów od plaży. Doskonały zespół ludzi opiekujący się na każdym kroku, dbający o czystość. Ogromny wybór dań. Aktywność sportowa ( w ocenie , basenie, joga)
    Cons: Brak
    Eleonora Italy
    Reviewed: January 2024
    10
    PARADISO!!!
    Pros: Il soggiorno in questo resort è stata un’esperienza unica e indimenticabile. Servizi e accoglienza impeccabili, pulizia ottima, cibo buonissimo, tutto super organizzato.
    Cons: Se proprio devo trovare dei difetti: - la palestra è troppo poco attrezzata e un po’ piccola - il tragitto per arrivare nelle case sulla spiaggia, specialmente se sono ubicate verso la punta dell’atollo è piuttosto lungo, sarebbe bello se il resort fosse fornito di biciclette per raggiungere le camere.
    Ania Germany
    Reviewed: April 2022
    10
    Exceptional
    Pros: Just a paradise... we simply loved everything:)
    Nildia Mozambique
    Reviewed: May 2022
    10
    foi formidável, nota 10
    Pros: gostei de tudo, porque era excelente.
    Nelson United States of America
    Reviewed: May 2022
    10
    Beautiful Maldives!
    Pros: It was a great stay. This is a 3 years old resort so everything looks brand new. The rooms are modern, spacious and clean. The view is priceless. Food is good. Personal staff are friendly at all times. They make you feel like being home. I definitely recommend this resort. Beautiful Maldives!
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    Stephanie kent
    Reviewed: 4 days ago
    4/5
    So far so good!! We have been here 2 days. Service excellent, drinks are good and the food choice is better than any all inclusive we have been too so far ! We have upgraded to move into a water suite mid week so will update on the rooms. Currently we are in room 2411 which is the very last hotel room so the only reason for a 4 star is how far away the room is from the pool and amenities. You have a good 6 - 8 min walk back from the pool which is a bit of a pain if you leave anything in your room . There are no bikes / buggies or golf carts to jump on the back of
    Jamal Gharbaoui
    Reviewed: a week ago
    4/5
    Endroit situé dans l'île de L'endroit est juste somptueux avec le décor de la carte postale 👌 Le cadre est juste idyllique pour se reposer et faire un souvenir unique. La chambre est parfaite avec accès directement à la mer depuis notre terrasse. La nourriture est bien varié et un choix pour les plus difficiles. L'infrastructure est top 👌 L'animation est très varié en soirée et DJ👌 Un endroit à recommander vivement 👌
    BATAu STANKOVIC
    Reviewed: a week ago
    5/5
    The rooms are clean, the staff is very friendly, especially the waiter Chamika, the food is excellent. Peaceful, no crowds. We are delighted.
    Da FerBri (DB12)
    Reviewed: 2 weeks ago
    5/5
    Vielen Dank für zwei schöne Wochen in Ihrem Paradies. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Die Mitarbeiter waren alle sehr freundlich und haben immer gegrüßt. Die Zimmer waren immer top gereinigt und die Anlage insgesamt sauber. Zwei, drei Sachen könnten unserer Meinung nach besser sein. Leider gab es aber keine persönliche oder nähere Anfrage oder Kontakt seitens des Managements. Insgesamt kann ich aber dieses RIU so wie wir es vorgefunden haben, empfehlen.
    Trip type
    Vacation
    Travel group
    Couple
    Tatjana Schiffner
    Reviewed: 2 weeks ago
    5/5
    Traumhaft schön, sehr nettes Personal, zuvorkommend, gut gelaunt und sind alle immer hilfsbereit. Die Anlage ist sehr sauber und gepflegt. Zimmern sind großzügig für 2 Personen. Essen ebenso ausreichend zur jeder Zeit.
    Trip type
    Vacation
    Travel group
    Couple
    Freedom Fighter
    Reviewed: 2 weeks ago
    4/5
    Great rooms and facilities But the food for vegetarians and vegans is limited in dhoni which is a shame.. Also in the speciality restaurants. Where there isnt even a vegetarian choice on the menu Sometimes food labelling is also not accurate. Riu atoll please address this problem. Your staff are amazing and work so hard . Special shout out to krishna in the bar. Who provided excellent service
    Olga Koptiuk
    Reviewed: 3 weeks ago
    5/5
    Przepiękne, rajskie miejsce. Personel bardzo pomocny, miły. Obsługa wyższa klasa! Jedyny personalny zarzut do smaku muzycznego - zbyt dużo rosyjskiej muzyki, mimo że ludzi są z różnych zakątków świata a nie tylko z surowej północy…
    Trip type
    Vacation
    Travel group
    Couple
    Calle Gray
    Reviewed: 3 weeks ago
    5/5
    We have had the BEST time on our honeymoon at RIU Atoll Maldives. The journey from the US is a long one, but it is a worth it. Get ready for ULTIMATE relaxation! This resort will coordinate all of your travel logistics in and out of the resort making it stress free and easy. There is an incredible amount of ocean life to be seen, many species of fish and our favorite - manta rays! The water is absolutely crystal clear, you can tell cleanliness is top priory for RIU - both indoors and out. The staff are all incredibly accommodating and sweet. Your room can be refreshed daily with new sheets, towels and the most amazing smelling room spray. There is an in room minibar that is ado refreshed daily with spirits, water and soft drinks. The rooms really have everything you need from shampoo, conditioner, soap, an in room safe and laundry service if needed. Get a couples massage at the spa! The ladies there know what they are doing and provide an ultimate relaxing experience, especially after a long and uncomfortable flight. We enjoyed the food, there are numerous world cuisine options at the buffet open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The other restaurants are harder to book, we tried the Italian restaurant Sofia and it was great. There is a night club with awesome entertainment along with DJs at the pool and on the beach some nights. There are themed parties including a white night (bring an all white outfit), a safari night and a world night. During the day there are water aerobics at the pool, bingo, beach volleyball and other activities. Souvenirs at the gift shop are reasonably priced including jewelry boxes, jewelry, magnets, wall art, shoes and clothing. The sunscreen prices are outrageous so be sure to pack your own along with bug spray. There is a doctor on the island but I would recommend bringing your own medical kit with bandaids, basic pain relievers and antacids just in case. All in all we would rate RIU Atoll Maldives a 10/10 once in a lifetime experience!
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    Vacation
    Travel group
    Couple
    Amanda Baskeyfield
    Reviewed: 3 weeks ago
    5/5
    Amazing holiday. Rooms clean, food great, staff amazing and friendly, beautiful reef for snorkeling...perfect,
    Психотерапевт Татьяна Измайлова
    Reviewed: a month ago
    5/5
    Уровень обслуживания премиум класса, очень рекомендую для отдыха
    Trip type
    Vacation
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    4.5
    Very good
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    Laguerri
    Reviewed: 10.01.2024
    4/5
    Ci siamo trovati benissimo!!!! Stanze molto belle e soprattutto super pulite. Ristorante con cibo vario e di buona qualità, abbiamo mangiato bene. Personale gentilissimo e disponibile. Consiglio vivamente!
    drowlands1
    Reviewed: 13.12.2022
    5/5
    Overall - A once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed. We loved every second and would love to go back however as you will already know, it’s not cheap! Despite the cost, it’s worth every penny. If you are looking for paradise without the pretentiousness of other resorts then look here. If you want to be left alone for your holiday with no entertainment or people interaction then maybe look elsewhere. If you want a mixture of the both, RIU Palace may be an option. I’ll break it down into sections which may help you decide on whether RIU Atoll is for you. The journey - A flight to Male. We were met by a RIU staff member when leaving the arrivals who ushered us to a terminal about 2 minutes walk away and checked in again. This was for a domestic flight which was around 30 minutes later. The flight took around 30 minutes. We collected our cases and were ushered onto a minibus and driven for about 5 minutes to the other side of the island where we were met by a boat. The boat took around 15 minutes and we were at RIU. Overall it seemed like a logistical nightmare but was expertly dealt with throughout with no worries for the guests. Atmosphere - There was a big turnover of guests throughout. I would say the biggest proportion come from Russia. We met people from Italy, France, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Spain, Poland, Austria, Germany and the USA. Weather - People are knocking stars off the hotel because of the weather. Believe it or not, the hotel don’t control the weather. The Maldives is a group of TROPICAL islands. If you want blistering sun all day, you need to go to a different country. The term tropical is interchangeable weather where it’ll be blistering sun and then 10 minutes later it’ll be ferocious rain. It will rain on your holiday, probably at some point every day. Each room is provided with an umbrella, says it all about the weather! One thing we did was take light kagools which was a God send. The temperature always remains the same though, day and night, at least 30 degrees. Room - We booked an overwater bungalow and what a great choice that was. Our room (3000) was the first on the right and where the tide headed towards. We got all of the sea life (sharks, rays etc) passing under us, it was amazing to see. The steps into the sea are amazing and the sand underneath is soft and clean. There is a day bed on the balcony and two chairs with a coffee table. The room itself was large with 2 double beds pushed together, a sofa, fully stocked mini bar (beer, soft drinks which are all branded and water) and also spirits (Smirnoff, gin, whisky, captain Morgan’s). There was a kettle with sacheted coffee and tea. Hairdryer, his and hers sinks, large walk in shower, separate toilet, full length mirror, Tv, bath robes, life jackets, a safe. The cleaner does an excellent job and left a different towel art on the bed everyday. On my partners birthday he left a message of ‘Happy 30th Birthday’ made out of palm leaves on the bed. Food - There are three restaurants. The main buffet restaurant is akin to other all inclusive resorts. The quality of the food is the best I’ve had from any buffet restaurant however at times can become a bit repetitive. That being said, there is a large selection on offer so you could choose to have Chinese one night, Indian the next but as a Brit, we just shove everything onto one plate! There was Chinese, Indian, Italian, fresh meats, fresh fish, entrees, desserts etc. My partner made a good point and said that if you went to a normal restaurant and ordered any of the dishes on offer at this buffet, you would be happy with the food. The quality of it is good. The Italian restaurant was ok, the mains were nice but again the starters and desserts come from a buffet. The chairs were pretty uncomfortable in there. The steak restaurant however was incredible. If that was in London, you would be paying over £100 for each steak. The quality of meat was exceptional. There are ‘leftovers’ available in the sports bar with a microwave should you get hungry later in the night. We had a birthday to celebrate whilst out there and they brought a lovely little chocolate cake out with a candle and sang! The sea - The beaches are immaculate white sand. The sea is perfect light blue. Snorkelling was really good with small coral reefs dotted around and also the large house reef. We saw sharks, rays and a multitude of different colours and types of fish. We took snorkels with us however they do rent snorkels out if needed. Paddle boarding, kayaking, pedalos are all included in the all-inclusive package however if the winds strong they understandably don’t allow people to utilise them. There are also jet skis, scuba diving etc for an extra cost. The water is so clear, I saw a moving shadow around 100 metres away so decided to go out and investigate to find a 5ft sting Ray feeding. Staff - The staff are fantastic and all work hard. They just want to please the guests and rarely will you have an empty glass with the servers topping you up at all times. In the restaurant there was Sam and Nippi who were great, as were the others. The bar staff are all friendly, at all bars, and seem to remember your drink orders when you turn up! I didn’t ever feel that tips were expected by the staff however we did give a couple of dollars to staff at points throughout the holiday. The staff are from all over with many from Maldives, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Mauritius and Indonesia. Entertainment - The daytime entertainment staff are around all day and night. The daytime activities take place around the pool. Volleyball, aqua aerobics, bingo etc. If this isn’t your thing then they aren’t pushy but there are plenty of quiet spots on the island. There is a ‘sunset DJ’ most days on the beach playing chilled house music. There is a resident band who are all very talented, there is a variety of different nights from 80’s/90’s music right through to quite deep house music! House music with a saxophonist on the beach at night was amazing. Bars - The pool bar is open 10am til 8pm. It has a swim up bar with stools and also can be used from under a cover. They serve alcohol, soft drinks, coffee etc. The entertainment bar is open from 6pm til midnight and depending on the entertainment, it’s table service or you go up to the bar. On the party nights they set up a second bar to allow quicker service. The sports bar is open 24/7. My only negative of the holiday was the sports bar, I feel it could be so much better. No matter what time of the day/night, the lights are really bright. They just need to dim the lights, play some music and have comfier seating, maybe even sofas in there. Wildlife - I’ve mentioned the marine life however it’s worth mentioning the small number of land wildlife. There are bats which fly around in the daytime. Some are the size of a cat, they are huge. There are a lot of chameleons which blend into the surroundings or even the path! There are flightless little birds which are quite confident and will come up to you. In terms of insects, we never really saw any and certainly didn’t get any in our room! Other stuff - There is a spa which we didn’t try. The gym looks well equipped. There is a kids club but we didn’t see it open. There is a small shop open 9am til 9pm which sells everything from clothes to suncream, souvenirs to British chocolate. It’s very pricey however. (£30 for suncream). There is a doctor on site. Verdict - We loved every minute of it. It was worth every penny! Would we return? We definitely would although unlikely due to the cost! Who knows though!
    biollodln
    Reviewed: 09.01.2024
    5/5
    Villaggio grande ma ben organizzato, barriera 🪸 raggiungibile anche dai meno esperti! Tutto veramente ottimo! L unica cosa da tenere conto, umidità altissima , se si teneva spenta l aria condizionata, i muri diventavano bagnati 😅
    RaffaelePalma93
    Reviewed: 06.01.2024
    5/5
    Struttura paradisiaca. Cibo eccellente. Unica pecca l’eccessiva umidità delle beach room mentre sulle overwater tale problema non c’era. Consiglio a tutti di recarsi su questo atollo fantastico. Presenti anchw due ristoranti alla carta ( italiano e steak house)
    abbiec413
    Reviewed: 05.01.2024
    5/5
    We had an incredible time at this beautiful hotel in such a tranquil location. We stayed in both the beach sea view rooms and an overwater villa and would recommend both. However, the overwater villa does add to the experience. What mad our trip so enjoyable was all the incredible people we met from other guest to the lovely staff. There were so many activities to participate in we were spoiled for choice and our experience wouldn’t have been the same without Ashen who lead most our our activities during our stay. He made our stay 1000 times better and Riu Atoll wouldn’t be as good without him there, other guest also agreed with us. The also had great event win the evening from partied to quiz nights to live music which we enjoyed them all. We also had issues with our flights to and from the Maldives and the hotel were so helpful in rearrange our domestic flight and speed boat to match our new flight times which we are so grateful for. My only recommendation for the hotel is there is room for improvement on the food but other than that everything was amazing. Thank you for having us!
    keanoo
    Reviewed: 04.01.2024
    4/5
    Overall this probably was the best holiday for myself and my wife have been on - but we haven't really done an All Inclusive before and to such a lovely location. Much of the experience was really great - the meeting at airport and doing transfers all went smoothly. The limited facilities and waiting at Male main airport (more on return is not down to the resort). Arrival /transfer went well - we got booked in and advised on our room booking - which as requested was as far away from main part and lovely and quiet (block 23 on the sunrise side). Arrived hot and tired and it took AGES for the luggage to get delivered - yes we could have used the restaurant but we really wanted to change first. So a lesson learnt would be to hold onto hand luggage that would have some suitable clothes to change into. This was a frustration as the room lovely and location but we couldn't immediately go into the sea - which is literally a stones throw (or less) from opening the sliding doors to the beach. Really this was lovely and so glad we DIDN'T go for an overwater 'upgrade'. Brilliant to walk into warm and quite shallow water. The block was lovely with not too many guests about and generally very quiet - although some mornings the seaplane landed and its somewhat noisy. The restaurant is more of a posh canteen - pretty good choices overall but we avoided much of the 'European pasta / pizza / brown stodge stuff' - the curries and noodles stuff excellent. Breakfasts the range is OK but disappointed with the quality of the fruit and the juices are NOT fresh juice types - more 'squash'. The service is generally good and attentive - the champagne is NOT that - its a sparkling wine, so IMHO should not be called that. It can get a bit annoying that plates are almost too quickly cleared - if one person is still eating. So it doesn't overall feel like 4 star dining. Booking the 2 restaurants bit of a joke on the app - we did go via reception and had one night (in 10) at the Italian. Food there very similar anyway but at least not so rushed and more of a restaurant type experience. The fresh Tuna we had on the final night was the BEST and freshest ever had - would certainly prefer that to an Italian or Steakhouse!! I mean why go all around the world to have a not brilliant Italian type experience!!! Pool facility is good and sunshine bar staff always happy to see and serve you. We tried quite a few cocktails and all seemed good with a couple of miss hits. The Sports bar also had good service. The evening music entertainment is quite 'similar' to each other and possibly a bit dodgy with choice of clothing of the musicians on the Jungle night!! But we got into the swing of it all. Highlights - the use of the watersports stuff (free), the dolphin trip and the waverider tour - all brilliant but the paid trips not cheap!! The watersports have limited time to use but feedback would be to notify guests more clearly when they can be used as due to tides or conditions its not 9-5 type opening. The RIU activity team great - especially Ash - very engaging and really encourages participation!! You have activities in centre to do - Yoga / Pilates / TRX etc - good classes and hardly anyone attends!! We didn't use the gym (which we do at home) as preferred to be more outside in the sea etc.. Yes its fantastic and it was booked quite last minute so a package seemed a good deal. But really doubt we'd go back to that same resort - not saying its bad but not quite enough to do and I think we'd prefer to have a bit more of a 'local' experience. The hotel staff are all really pleasant and try to make it a great stay - the cleaning staff for our room were great and really did a good job on the daily clean-up - how to keep sand out of the room (perhaps there could be a wash facility just outside). An unforgettable experience and making us want to do something 'similar' but just not a repeat performance to this particular location. Overall I think it did offer good value as it was great to have all inclusive and no pressure to tip - was optional...
    traceykee82
    Reviewed: 04.01.2024
    5/5
    What can I say other than wow.... We stayed in December 2023 and was there for Christmas, it was my first time out of the UK for Christmas and it certainly won't be my last. We stayed in one of the beach access rooms in block 19, this was a good location as we were not too close to the noise near the pool during the day so we could relax on the beach outside the room if we didn't want the busy pool environment. Every member of staff could not do enough for us, they were very welcoming and accommodating. The lovely man that made our room up knew it was my partners birthday so he made an arrangement on the bed for his birthday. The staff at the pool bar work tirelessly and do not stop from the moment they start to the moment they finish their shift. Jessica & Kalvin and all the others that work on the pool bar are a credit to Riu. Nandhna manages the bars and does this very well, we want's to be proud of all his staff and the level of service they provide. Thusan who works in the sports bar is also a credit to Riu, he's always got a smile on his face and makes some of the best cocktails I've tried. Sital works in the sports bar and she was always very welcoming to my partner and I. There is plenty of choice in the buffet restaurant, I never had the same meal twice. We really enjoyed the Christmas eve gala dinner with the cocktail reception on the beach. I would recommend anyone to stay here as a couple or as a family. I'll be making a return to this island.
    fede2024
    Reviewed: 03.01.2024
    4/5
    Abbiamo soggiornato una settimana, tutto impeccabile. Il cibo molto buono, hai tantissima scelte !! Il posto è meraviglioso Il personale è gentilissimo e sopratutto amano davvero tanto i bambini. L’area bimbi è davvero molto graziosa c’è anche una piscina per loro bassissima ed è organizzata molto bene ! Top Top! Lo risceglierei altre 1000 volte !
    janerV2607NX
    Reviewed: 03.01.2024
    4/5
    Fabulous resort, from start to finish we have enjoyed every second. So much so we stayed an extra 2 nights. We would like to thank the staff around the pool and the sunshine pool bar for always going above and beyond to look after us.
    1hilles
    Reviewed: 31.12.2023
    3/5
    Ok, vi har varit på Maldiverna innan. Cinnamon Dhonveli. Vi jämför med den ön. Hotellrummet var stort, men tråkigt och färglöst. Det luktar fukt och lägger man inte kläderna i lådor/skåp så blir det en mögelliknande doft. Tidningarna blev vågiga, lakan och örngott luktar fukt. Fick lägga badlakan på kuddar för lukten. Det var samma maträtter under alla dagar vi var där. Kändes som en skolmatsal, och de serverade ex. inte någon färskpressad juice som vi fick på andra ön. Inte samma glädje bland personalen, inga fyrverkerier på nyår. Det som var bättre på Riu Atoll var vatten/strand, pool och sportbar. Städaren tog även vår dyra (15 USD) alovera från vår kyl och la i sin städskrubb, vet ej varför. Vi bad även hotellet om att få 2 rum bredvid varandra, då vårt barn inte fick sova i vårt stora rum (fick alltså boka ett extra rum), men det kunde inte fixas även om vi bad om detta några månader innan. De hade lätt kunnat fixa en extra bädd. Det kostade en bra slant extra, för rummet. TUI som researrangör... de bokade in flyg till oss... alldeles för Taight om tid... så vi missade en dag på ön!
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