RIU Hotels & Resorts (RIU) opened two new hotels in the Dhaalu Atoll in the Maldives. The 4-star Riu Atoll and the 5-star Riu Palace Maldivas opened in May 2019.
The RIU chain has eyed Asia expansion for some time since its first Asian hotel opened in Sri Lanka in 2016.
The process for opening the two Maldivian hotels began in early 2017 and has taken over two years to create the finished product. The properties, on neighbouring islands, are linked by an 800-meter walkway over the water.
In a statement, Luis Riu, CEO of the family-owned third generation company, said, “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.”
Riu Atoll, the 4-star Classic hotel has 264 rooms, 36 of which are over the water. Riu Palace Maldivas is a smaller, 5-start hotel with 176 rooms. Both hotels have internal décor that respects the surroundings in which they are located. Natural wooden elements and glass are designed to give a sense of space and making the most of the destination’s’ light and weather.
The RIU chain was founded in 1953 by the Riu family. Since its beginnings as a small holiday firm on the island of Mallorca the chain has expanded vastly. RIU Hotels & Resorts now has 93 hotels in 19 countries and over 70 per cent offer all-inclusive service.
The Riu Sri Lanka, the chains first hotel in Asia opened its doors in August 2016. The 501-room hotel in Ahungalla offers the brands signature RIU 24-hours all inclusive service.