Diamonds Athuruga Beach & Water Villas All Inclusive
What We Love
- A great reef for snorkeling and a perfect lagoon for water sports
- The neutral white and sand decor keeps the focus on the stunning views
- The beach bungalows are right on the beach; nothing but sand between your room and the lagoon
What To Know
- All meals, snacks, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, laundry service and non-motorized water sports are included in the Jetsetter price
- Set in the middle of the Ari Atoll, the resort is a 25-minute seaplane flight from Male International Airport
- Free WiFi
Island Zen. Light streams through billowy white curtains and bounces off the sand-colored floor in the open-sided common spaces. The modern, minimalist furniture and decor allow nature to flow through interiors framed by some of the few remaining coral walls in the country.
Bed and Bath
Glass doors open the simple interiors of the bungalows to the veranda and the beach. The rooms, built in pairs, share a wooden deck divided by back-to-back long benches. There is no TV or bulky furniture to clutter these standard rooms. The Water Villas, on the other hand, are newly built and radiate a startling white elegance, with four-poster beds, lacquered writing desks and polished herringbone floors. The lack of a balustrade on the deck opens out the vista over the lagoon, while reasonable privacy is maintained by the distance between rooms.
All guests are on a generous all-inclusive package that includes water sports, laundry, one island-hopping excursion and, of course, all meals, snacks and drinks. The buffets are built around daily themes of national or regional cuisine, but with a regular outlet for fresh-caught fish, pasta and pizza (the resort attracts a large Italian clientele). Water Villa guests have their own fabulous new restaurant on stilts. During the day, though, everyone comes and goes through the delightful, relaxed beach bar.
In the Area
The essence of a Maldives holiday is filling the day with very little more than sun, sand and a nap or two. Lying on the beach, strolling in the shallows and snorkeling around the resort’s reef is interspersed with canoe trips and sunset beach volleyball. You can arrange snorkeling excursions if that’s your jam. Otherwise, the only reason to leave the resort is to visit the nearest island to glimpse Maldivian daily life or perhaps to try your hand at big game fishing.
How to Get There
We booked Athruga for 1 week then Thudufushi for the 2nd week of our honeymoon, but then arranged through Kuoni to stay an extra night as our waiter Farooj and other lovely local staff were singing, dancing and playing drums at their Friday Maldivian party night The staff were great fun and so helpful. The water villas are amazing, although perhaps a little worn in areas. Was so wonderful just walking out every morning, having breakfast delivered to the villa and literally living on stilts in the sea. The resort also had an amazing marine biologist Inga and they did snorkelling trips off the beach twice daily. We personally preferred to just snorkel off our water villa and they leant us snorkels and masks for the week. We loved both islands, but personally preferred Athruga for its layout, food choices and staff, but the decking is larger on the Thudufushi water villas and we preferred the deeper snorkelling off the 2nd island. We had treatments at the Serene Spas on both islands and they were equally amazing. We booked through Kuoni and would highly recommend them as although they weren’t based on the islands Amanda and John phoned and WhatsApped to check everything was perfect, sorted us staying an extra night at Athruga and were always on call. Fab honeymoon ????
My stay at Athuruga was a way better then I could imagine!
I stayed in the amazing Watervilla: there are all the facilities you can desire, with a very big and beautiful terrace, like a mini apartament!
The service was so great and the staff always ready to help, and quickly.
The beach area in front of watervilla has very comfortables sunbeds!
The buffet in the main restaurant was great, with a big choise of food and desserts.
The overwater restaurant is like an italian restaurant and I really appreciated the "charme" of the waiters and the quality of the food. The staff make me feel like a Vip thanks to the great service.
All the staff make me feel at home, from the general manager, to all the kitchen and restaurant staff, watersports guys, receptionists, room attendant and boutique ladies!
Thanks to Athuruga to have been my dream place !! I will come back soon!
Micaela from Bathala
We arrived by sea plane to a little island that you could walk around in less than 10 minutes and I wondered if we would get bored. Far from it...I didnt want to leave. Stayed in a combo of beach villas for 4 nights and water villas 4 nights. Each have their own charm and are tastefully decorated with direct access to the beach right at your doorstep or the ocean at your feet. The water villas however are in a different class, and the private water villa restaurant is exquisite. Snorkelling was not bad with its own house reef on your doorstep, sadly the coral is badly bleached but the fish life still abundant. We saw mantas, sting faysm reef sharks, Moray eel and the usual assortment of tropical fish. The PADI dive school was superb and I dined every day at a different location, well run with attention to safety and having a great experience.