The RIU Hotels & Resorts chain has just opened two hotels in the Maldives. Riu Atoll and Riu Palace Maldivas are 4- and 5-star hotels respectively and they are located on Dhaalu Atoll. Both hotels offer guests suites over the magnificent Indian Ocean.
Luis Riu, CEO of the company, explains that “this is a great moment for the chain, because we have been working towards opening a hotel in the Maldives for over seven years. To open two hotels at the same time, having overcome an exciting technical and logistical challenge due to their geographic location is, for me, a dream come true on both a personal and a professional level.”
In this project, the company left nothing to chance. The process entailed hard work which began in early 2017 and it has taken more than two years to create these two all-inclusive resorts. The two hotels, on two separate islands, are linked by an impressive 800-metre walkway over the water. The 72 suites over the water of the Riu Palace Maldivas are located both sides of this walkway.
Riu Atoll is on the private island of Maafushi. Riu Palace Maldivas is on the neighbouring island Kedhigandu, which is also private.
The hotels’ internal décor respects the surroundings in which they are located, opting for warm materials like wood and adding some glass elements to give a sense of space and to make the most of this destination’s light and weather. They also include a multitude of open spaces that really showcase the spectacular views you get from anywhere on the island. The suites and rooms are characterised by light hues of sand and aquamarine that evoke the sea, but also the unique sunrises and sunsets that can be seen in this remote and incredible holiday destination.