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
My sister, brother and I took my 86 year old father to athuruga for a once in a lifetime holiday. It was beyond all expectations . We stayed in water villas 1 and 2 which was the perfect location for us. Being able to swim straight from the deck was a real treat. We ate at the water villa restaurant and we were never disappointed. The food and choice was excellent . The staff couldn't do enough for us, especially for Pops. Saeed, Anoop, Ziyadh - had a lovely sense of humor and really took to pops , which made his day. The head chef, Rudi ensured that the food was of a very high standard and varied. His soups, the Laska crab soup and local fish soup were delicious. He even gave me the recipes and took the time to come and explain it to me. Thank you Rudi. But I am sure my soup will never come close to yours. All the staff at Athuruga were extremely courteous and helpful. The island itself is small and intimate. Swimming good and the snorkeling excursions, especially to the reef near Moofushi island was well worth it. Thank you one and all for this wonderful experience.
Have just returned from 7 day holiday , the island is very small , you can walk around it in 10 minutes.
The beach is beautiful, the sea so blue and clear you can see all the beautiful fish . We wore reef shoes , which are needed as quite a few sharp lumps of coral in sea .
The weather day and night was a constant 32 . We had rain most days but it was over very quickly and then the sun was back out . We had one day where it rained all day .
We had a beach bungalow, which was lovely , the air conditioning worked well .
The food was very good and very fresh . Good selection, the fresh fish and the steak was absolutely delicious.
The staff were excellent, all worked very hard , a special thanks to Moiz ? our waiter during our stay , he gave excellent service , he even remembered what drinks we wanted for breakfast .
Excellent holiday , felt truly rested , would love to return.
This was our 9th visit to the Maldives. We have previously been to several other islands including Thudufushi, the sister island to this one. The Maldives is a beautiful place and we love it. Over the years we have seen it grow from a small airport island and a few resorts - to a very large airport island which now has a bridge (built by the Chinese apparently) over to the main land of Male capital. There is also extensive building development of the airport island and the sea plane terminal (previously one shed) is now several buildings as well. Lots of growth.
MALE TO ATHURUGA
We paid $60 each for the seaplane lounge - what a waste of money that was. Its dark, damp and has very limited food and drink options. We would have been better in the main open air lounge with fresh air and a view! We arrived early morning after a long flight and the seaplane wait was about 3.5hrs. Not all bags could go on the plane but they didn't tell us until after they had loaded it so no opportunity to prioritise or rearrange your luggage. My advice is to pack bags where some of each parties luggage and suncream etc is in every bag. Our bags arrived about 6hrs after we did so I was wearing hubby's shorts and T-shirt for the first day!
Lovely - but the bathrooms are a bit tired now and could do with some maintenance. The Thudufushi villas have a seperate sun deck - these don't so you have to chase the sun around throughout the day. The coral is dead following the 2015 heat wave, with far fewer fish than we are used to. However, we did see giant rays, eagle rays, turtle and dolphin from our villa which was fabulous. The majority is sea slugs though. The diving is good with plenty to see once yu are off the main reef. Our room boy changed after 3 days and we got Hassan who was fabulous.
Lovely toiletries are provided - shower gel, moisturiser and a combined shampoo/conditioner. I think most women will need to take their own hair conditioner as few will want to use a combined one in this humidity. The water rarely gets hot - most times is just about warm - which for most days is fine. Don't expect a hot shower tho.
Really nice food but a lot of Italian influence with pasta and risotto and it gets a bit repetitive. If you don't like or can't eat fish, then the choice runs out quickly. Service is very good. The staff are lovely. We ate in the buffet restaurant one night and it was very nice.
The maldivian night is predominantly fish, as you would expect. The house wine is certainly drinkable. There is wine in the villa complimentary but this was not to our personal taste. Ample water is also provided in the villas. The tapanyaki was not open when we were there, may be due to lower occupancy levels.
The staff made my husband a birthday cake which was lovely of them.
The island is small, clean and you can walk around it at low tide in about 10 mins. At high tide you can't walk around. It was very quiet when we went, being about 50% full and that was largely due to the new isalnd close by not being opened as planned (Bathala) and the guests being re-located. The spa is expensive and so we didn't use it - each time we walked past it seemed quiet/empty. I am sure more would use it if the prices were reduced.
The "entertainment" seemed to be led by the staff, for the staff. The average age of guests was around 40+ and yet we had a disco night with current music and the only people dancing - the entertainment staff. The most interesting entertainment was the talk by the marine biologist - what we could hear of it, as the entertainment crew were all laughing and talking at the back, disrupting the presentation. Some of these staff moved to Bathala when it opened during our 2nd week - lets hope they were more considerate there.
We went to the near by local island. It was so very disappointing to see plastic bottles piled high, rubbish strewn over the beach and the streets littered with rubbish.
On a similar note, the island still uses plastic straws and plastic trinkets in the cocktails. Come on guys! On the one hand you want us all to help reduce the environmental impact and save the islands, but on the other hand you are not doing anything yourselves. You have a responsibility to educate the locals and the visitors about the impact of plastic and rubbish on these lovely waters and islands and you are not doing enough! Previous islands we have visited have arranged reef cleaning trips for example.
Overall, the maldives is a wonderful, magical place but I suspect this may be our last visit. The days or numerous fish swimming past your feet in an aquarium like lagoon seem to be long gone. The priority now is building and development with little regard for conservation.
I realise this review sounds a bit negative. Everyone here will say its lovely, wonderful, magical etc and how great it is - and that is true - we wanted to write something meaningful and acknowledge that YES, it is wonderful - BUT it could be better and the resorts have to take some responsibility for that.
To end on a positive note - the staff (with the exception of the reception staff who were totally useless and bordering rude) were some of the most polite, friendly and helpful we have come across. Thank you to them.
My husband and I recently stayed for 12 blissful nights on Diamonds Athruga. It was, without question, the best holiday we have ever had. We stayed in the beach bungalows for 6 nights then moved onto the water villas for the final 6 nights. Both were amazing, clean, with spectacular views from both. I loved the sunset yoga, the snorkelling and just walking around the whole island (which didn't take very long).
We had an issue in our first week with a large party of adults and children but the General Manager, Thomas, dealt with it immediately. Thank you Thomas !! However, he came to our aid again at the end of the holiday when I slipped and fractured my wrist. Not what anyone wants on a Maldivian Island but all of the staff were amazing and within a couple of hours I was on a sea plane off to the hospital in Male (which was exceptional). So, to sum up, despite these two blips this remains our best holiday so far, the staff are extremely friendly and professional, nothing is too much trouble for them. Will we be returning...........100% yes !!
Topical paradise could not be a more beautiful, comfortable or relaxing place then at Diamonds Ahuruga. Food, service, comfort and cleanliness were all perfect for me. My husband and I stayed in a beach bungalow. Two highlights were the outside shower in the bathroom - showering under palm tree leaves and stars made me feel so free. The second highlight was our own little beach section outside our sliding door and balcony which was about 20 steps to the water. The nicest house reef snorkeling Ive experienced so far. A large variety if beautiful fish were a prelude to the turtle I swam with, and the sting ray that I saw The cute baby black tip reef sharks were very entertaining (swimming in ankle deep water). I came upon a much larger specimen just outside the reef, I also saw a white tipped reef shark and a sand shark. The sea plane trip from Male to Athuruga was an experience on its own. I truly recommend this wonderful piece of paradise.