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 had 4 nights at Diamonds Athuruga for 5 adults, 2 Beach Junior Suite. It was a best family vacation for us. We put a lots efforts to make this family reunion happened due to all family members in different places (America, Australia and Viet Nam). We were wondering, it might be too boring to stay in 1 island for 4 nights but actually not, it turned out not enough. We had so much fun and great experiences.
We were very enjoy our stays. We enjoyed watching sunrise and sunset with easy access to the beach from the back door. A resort had beautiful house reef with variety of fishes and corals. Most of coral are dead due to climate change that made ocean heat wave worse but thanks to Inga and marine biologist team are trying their best to recovery and reproductive a corals. Diamonds Athuruga is one of best house reef resorts and with all inclusive option so you can enjoy your stays without other expenses except some excursions.
A services was great and very friendly. The buffet was ok to me due to not much option. Every breakfast was the same, lunch not much different and dinner changed daily with different cuisine. But with a services, room quality and natural house reef they had, it already satisfied us.
By the way, a resort also provided some FREE watersports activities: snorkeling tour (2 sessions per day), kayaking and sunset yoga.
There are a few excursions package with FEE such as Anemone Snorkeling/ Sand bank, Manta Safari, Sunset Fishing, ..... and also private Dhoni (recommended) up to 4 hours so you can discuss a destination that you interested. We was lucky to have Hussain as our tour guide for our private Dhoni. He was knowledgeable of the Maldives and enthusiastically, he brought us to the most beautiful places to snorkel and very professional assist us when we need help.
When you make a room booking, please book excursions as much as you can at a time of reservations. You will saving some costs.
Anemone Snorkeling/ Sand bank: it was beautiful white sand bank at middle of ocean with 45 mins boat ride. It will be the best time to visit it at low tide so you can see a bigger and longer walkway. When we been there at high tide (due to bad weather), we only able to see small sand bank exposed on top of water. But it was still good experience to visit. Then we heading to Anemone Coral Garden middle of ocean to do snorkeling. OMG, it was amazing colorful variety of fishes, corals and turtles.
After a sand bank tour, we enjoyed so much so we booked last minute Dhoni Private Boat to explore more islands. We chose to focus on snorkeling to see more beautiful natures, fishes and corals. We also experienced to see Manta Ray.
Also thank you so much to Krzys General Manager with very warm welcome and came around chatting to make sure we was happy with our stayed.
Thank you all to Athuruga team from receptionist, restaurant staffs/chefs, bar, housekeeping and excursion team for yours professional and friendly services. We hope we will have a chance to come back.
Everything about this resort is lovely. It's so hard to find fault. So why the dropped one star. I guess when you pay a premium and when you expect paradise, any minor shortcoming is amplified.
Let this not be a reason not to visit, because it is indeed so very special and is a dream in most every way. I would just flag that because so much on this resort is WHITE- pure white, it shows age more than anything otherwise would. It never felt dirty, it felt clean and you can tell cleanliness is extremely important- but small blemishes stand out more against the whitest white. If you're the kind of person that pays attention to that level of detail, it might distract you from how perfect everything else is.
HIghlights: the evening BBQ, the endless watersport options, the afternoon time cakes, cookies and drinks, the instagram worthy property- it shines from every angle.
I booked seven nights at Diamonds Athuruga for my wife’s 50th birthday, we stayed in Water Villa 11. The booking was made through Kuoni as a surprise celebration, the only thing my wife knew was we were off to paradise in the dream destination of the Maldives. I have to say Kuoni were fantastic throughout, the customer service was unbelievable. I picked to fly with Emirates via Dubai, and then Emirates to Malé. I kept in regular contact with Kuoni who conveyed my ideas for my wife’s 50th celebration to the team at Diamonds Athuruga, the customer service was out of this world leading up to departure. We flew from Heathrow and arrived in Malé, we were meet by a Kuoni representative and guided to the TMA check-in. Our breath was immediately taken away by the clear blue colour of the sea. we travelled by sea plane to Athuruga which was the first moment my wife had seen the Beautiful setting I had chosen for the occasion, the reality of seeing the beautiful setting and Water Villa’s blew even my expectations. We were greeted by the team lead by Francesca, the sea plane was greeted by boat. We were taken into the beautiful Diamonds Athuruga island, we were then taken by buggy to our water villa. Well what can I say, it was simply stunning. I love the villa’s, the white structures set against the clear blue sea was breath taking. I certainly chose the style of accommodation over others, which suited our taste. We were settled into our villa and then we went off for lunch on the over water restaurant, our waiter was Solah who made our stay an amazing experience. His attention to detail was impressive, we only had to mention small details in passing which would make our stay even more memorable and we would find them put in place for us. We often returned to our Villa to find the staff’s attention to detail had materialised into actions, we requested low sugar drinks for the mini bar and milk for extra cups of tea in the morning and without delay the requests were put in place. The customer service and attention to detail continued to remain at very high standards, one morning I lost my wedding ring in the sea. Our neighbours at Villa 10 came out and snorkelled around, to my amazing and relief found it on the bottom. When the team initially heard the concern to recover me ring was something I will never forget, and the action was lead by Solah after breakfast and even the diving team were mentioned to come and help. When ever we left the villa we were greeted by buggy, our driver had a interest in making our stay as memorable as possible. He would point out any Eagle-rays or Stingrays or Sharks, he would also bring our breakfast to our room with a welcoming smile. Our room attendant was Eesa, he kept our villa presented at a high standard throughout our stay. Our bed was made with a romantic theme upon our arrival, and on the day of my wife’s birthday the bed was dressed in a birthday theme whilst we were at dinner. At dinner the team at the over water restaurant brought out a beautiful birthday cake and sang happy birthday, all arranged by the Diamonds team and Kunoi. We then went down to the island for a traditional Maldives evening, the team managed to get my wife up and dancing which she was always remember. We general eat in the over water restaurant, we did eat in the restaurant on the island and the food again impressive. We used both bars in the evenings, weather permitting we enjoyed evenings at the over water restaurant. We tried to mix up things up with evening drinks on the island, then head back to the villa to see out the evening before bed. We were provided with snorkelling equipment, I unfortunately picked up an ear issue after a few days where I had been swimming. I visited the island doctor to treat the eat infection, my experience who was very positive one. I had regular calls from Kuoni during our stay, special thanks to Amanda who could not do enough too make our experience a memorable one. We did not do any diving whilst on the island, we did one day excursion to see Dolphins and the sand bank. The Dolphins was something my wife wished for, the team from Athuruga did not let us down. The whole experience totally blew our minds, I will certainly be back in two years time for my 50th birthday (fingers crossed). The customer service was unbelievable, we really could not fault the experience and the levels and details the staff go to to make the stay a memory that will last for ever. The island is beautiful and the views are stunning, the weather was generally extremely good to us and we only had a few rainy days. Take me back ????