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 couldn't have chosen a better place to "start" the splendour of the Maldives!
The atollo is small, perfectly cared for, a jewel in the middle of the ocean!
We found all kinds of cuddles, smiles and friendliness, good food, special moments arranged wonderfully.
Congratulations to the "Super GM Krzysztof Staszewsky" for his great professionalism and for skilfully overcoming that perfectly oiled machine that is the beautiful resort and all the staff that makes it possible every day so much synchronicity.
You have given us unforgettable days and we can't wait to plan our next visit!
Patrizia and Carlo
We traveled as a family of 5 (children 19,15,13) in July 2019. We booked the holiday as a once in a lifetime family holiday to create special memories before the children all go their separate ways, and had always promised them one day we would snorkel without wetsuits!
Our main aim was to be able to snorkel straight from the Island, and wow did Athuruga deliver on this. Although the reef is dead from the bleaching a few years ago the fish are there in abundance, it was like swimming in an aquarium, The icing on the cake were the house reef turtles that were there every day, quite un-phased by us and who we could happily stay with for 10 minutes at a time, and be within a few feet of. We also did a live reef excursion on one morning (arranged through the water sports department) with took in 3 live reefs within a 45 minute boat ride of the island and it was breathtaking; thank you Viktor.
Traveling as a family we were a bit concerned that some resorts can be a bit stuffy about children, but not Athuruga, it was like home from home, and nothing was too much trouble. For example fresh fish was always on the menu and live cooked by Titu infront of you. All the children loved this and would queue up each lunch and supper time. On one occasion Titu saw them waiting, knew their favourite fish was not on the menu that day but went to the kitchen to find some just for them.
The Island is simply stunning, small, but even when full not overcrowded .The accommodation spotless, the odd bit of wildlife wanders in (geckos) but this just enhances the desert island feel.We stayed in the beach bungalows.
The food choice and quality was brilliant , and for your stay you are allocated a table waiter, who will look after you superbly throughout (thank you Nashid)
In summary if snorkeling, friendliness, and a little bit of luxury is what you're after, whether you're a family or a couple this incredible island is for you.
The seaplane transfer arranged by the hotel was delayed by 3 hours. Reason was that another flight arrival was delayed. This was unpleasant as the waiting room has no air con and all that is provided is a small drink and small sandwich with some fries. On arrival at the island I was checked in quickly and offered a welcome drink. I asked Elisa for an upgrade to a water villa as soon as possible.
The beach bungalows are clean and have air con and a ceiling fan. Mine was on the sunset side. The bathroom is outside which means it can get very humid. Soap, shower gel, shampoo and moisturiser are provided. I told reception that ants were covering the toilet at night so you either stepped on them or sat on them. They said they would resolve this. There are also smaller mites on the bedroom counter and around the kettle.
Booking with Expedia I was offered a VIP dinner on the beach which was organised by reception. I also asked again about my upgrade to a water villa. I was told by reception that one woul be available on Thursday and come back to confirm. I came back later only to be told there was one available on Saturday. I was unhappy about this as I was leaving Sunday and if I was willing to pay full price there was one shown available on the website.
The snorkeling area is quite small with lots of dead coral. There are some nice clams and clown fish but not enough to keep you interested for a week. I have yet to see the turtle.
The food is plentiful with enough choice. The bar has a good selection of drinks. The staff service is excellent and friendly.
By day 3 I wished I had booked another island to visit as this one does not provide the quality of accommodation and house reef offered by other islands i have visited.