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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

Amenities

  •  All-Inclusive
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Sand below, thatch above and open sides with views of blue at this luxe, all-inclusive Maldives hideaway

The Look

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.

Beyond

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

Diamonds Athuruga Beach & Water Villas All Inclusive
South Ari Atoll
Athuruga Island, Maldives

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 1154 Reviews
Total peace and rejuvenation
Reviewed 1 week ago

Two women one 84 one 74 , ten hour flight direct with BA from Gatwick ,3hours wait for exhilarating 30 min flight in seaplane from Male .was it worth it .? . It was worth every uncomfortable minute . This hotel is a revelation .Swiss owned and run like one of their clocks smoothly and accurately. Genuinely friendly staff ,spotless accommodation and well planned menus .The overwater villa we stayed in was 90 mtrs square ,all white with a polished concrete bathroom and double shower which lead directly outside . Snorkelling directly from our deck was fascinating ,warm calm water with gently sloping steps . Lots of interesting trips on offer daily so although tiny tiny we did nt feel confined. In all our years of travel all over the world this place stands out above the rest . Young or old would enjoy the quiet efficiency. With one to one staff guest ratio the service is exemplary . Thomas Weber the hotel manager is charming and very approachable. If we live long enough we will be back . Thank you Plan hotels .

Honeymoon paradise
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent a week here for our honeymoon and couldn't have been happier. Had a sunset over water villa (if you go for an over water villa make sure you get a sunset one!). The food was Italian style and delicious with a daily menu for both lunch and dinner as well as a standard menu available for every meal. We had breakfast at our villa everyday which I would reccomend. Snorkeling was great with sharks, rays and turtles spotted daily. The villa itself was spacious and had all amenities you would need. Service was amazing in particular solah who served us food everyday.

I couldn't reccomend highly enough.

Everything about it was pure
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our first trip to the Maldives, and a so looking forward to what everyone kept telling us was an amazing place - and we were not disappointed. We booked an over water sunset villa which was definitely the best choice - however it is an isolated option - perfect if that is what you are looking for - it is easy to feel like you are one of only a few on the island, as if you don't go to the island itself you can spend your time seeing very few others. The rooms: the over water bungalows are suitably well spaced and well appointed with walk in wardrobe, and a door to the shower from the deck to save wet footprints though the bedroom. The decking was huge with a dining table for that breakfast in your room and on the sunset side the snorkelling is amazing right from the decking. The Restaurant: the water bungalow restaurant has an a la carte menu that changes daily - the food was excellent and more note worthy are the staff - they give you the same table and the same server for your stay our server was FAROOQ who was amazing and a huge part of our holiday to a point we were keen to go to the restaurant to see him. He immediately got the gauge of us and our English humour and the need for my boyfriends requirement for a spoon instead of his own dessert! We tried the buffet only the once and although the food was acceptable it was not in the same league as the over water restaurant. Entertainment: the evening entertainment is limited - the Maldivian night was entertaining, the karaoke night a bit of a miss - if you are looking for wild nights, this is not the place for you. The daytime activities are good, with a surprising amount on offer for such a small island, with things such as group snorkeling on the reef, paddle boarding and yoga to name a few. The staff in the entertainment group were more than helpful and willing to go out of their way to spend time with you and help you if you are in need. The Snorkelling: if you have not done it before speak to the staff and they will help you, the reef is dying but the fish are still abundant with turtles and reef sharks thrown in - all a very short swim away from the island. In summary: The island is small but its heart is big, keep an eye on the daily newspaper for the things that are going on (its easy to miss them if you are in the water bungalows and don't go down to the island) and expect to be treated like one of the family - We rarely go back to the same place twice and certainly not the same hotel - but on this occasion we may well do so..!

Paradise with an angel at the diving center
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The resort is a true paradise, and everything was just perfect, but this time the difference was made by Fabio, the manager of the diving center.
My husbund and I have been divingMaldives for many years now. We have visited many resorts and dived with many more, but we were delighted by the commitment and professionality shown by Fabio.
As we are in our old age, we need a fair amount of assistance while diving, this holiday we were unsure if dive at all, but when we firstly spoke to Fabio, we knew we were in good hands, and we ended diving almost every day. He provided a very high level of care, we felt as nothing was too much trouble and very safe. We enjoied very nice diving. Fabio made the difference between a non-dving and a very nice diving holiday. He trully was an angel to us, and we want to thank him for all he has done.

Even better the second time around
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to the Maldives several times and always gone to a different island every visit. Our last trip was in 2014 to Athuruga and as we were leaving in the dhoni my wife cried as she had enjoyed it so much. So as a 40th Wedding Anniversary present I booked a return trip. We were not disappointed, Athuruga was everything and more then we remembered. We stayed in beach villa 40 on the sunrise side of the island, it was perfect. There was a wide variety of food choices available all of which was prepared to a very high standard. There was something for everyone, curry corner was a particular favourite. The staff are very attentive without being intrusive and always willing to help. We went on two trips both were very enjoyable, I got to swim with Manta rays which has been an ambition of mine for many years. The Marine biologists that accompany the guests on the trips are very knowledgeable and accommodating, and are prepared to answer even the most stupid of questions. Thanks you Inga and Sara for putting up with us. The house reef has an enormous amount and variety of species to see, turtles and sharks and octopus to name but a few. The island is truly a paradise and if you are considering a trip to the Maldives I would highly recommend Athuruga. if you do go make sure you watch the sunset from the sundowner bar you will not be disappointed, Jeewantha will look after you.