Diamonds Thudufushi Beach & Water Villas All Inclusive
What We Love
- One of the best house reefs in the Maldives: close to the beach and teeming with fish
- An exclusive feel to the Water Villas, which sit atop stilts in the middle of a lagoon
- Friendly staff will fulfill your every wish
What To Know
- The Beach Bungalows are neither large nor particularly private
- WiFi is free only in the Water Villas; if you’re staying in a Beach Bungalow, you’ll have to visit the lounge for free access
- Expect nightly entertainment; it’s fun for families, but it certainly isn’t for everyone
- Free WiFi
In classic Maldives style, Diamonds Thudufushi is set on an intimate white sand island surrounded by a shallow turquoise lagoon. With a higher percentage of Italian guests than its sister resort, the Athuruga, the Thudufushi fittingly treats guests like one big family. The friendly European staff pitches the hospitality just right, informing and encouraging but never pushing. Italian touches decorate the interiors, too, with the contemporary light fixtures and handmade wooden parquet floors. You’ll find classic island touches, too, with thatch-roofed Water Villas that wrap around a wide beach interspersed with a canopy of tall coconut palms.
Bed and Bath
The Water Villas are the epitome of Italian resort style: light, airy and uncluttered in their classic white color sceme dotted with handmade rattan furnishings. The individual pavilions sit on stilts above the water, just off a dock from the main island, individually spread out within their own stretch of the lagoon. The Beach Bungalows are less impressive — they’re on the main island — but similarly pleasing in their light, white simplicity and direct beach access.
All guests are on a generous all-inclusive package that includes water sports, laundry service of course, all meals, snacks and drinks. The buffet on the “mainland” restaurant tends to skew American for lunch (think grilled fish and a pizzeria station), but dinner offers a selection of Italian, Asian and Maldivian cuisines, with theme nights and seafood barbecues that vary nightly. The Maldivian theme night is a lamplit outdoor extravaganza, with waiters in traditional costume and guests outfitted in wraps and sarongs. The Water Villas have an exclusive restaurant, Over Water, perfectly situated for sunset cocktails. The restaurant is open to Water Villa guests, but those staying in Beach Bungalows have to make reservations beforehand for an extra charge. The nightlife scene on the main island’s bar is varied but often includes entertainment — think shows, films or quiz nights. Come daylight, the sun-drenched Beach Bar is a great spot for a casual breakfast or midafternoon cocktail.
In the Area
Like most resorts in the Maldives, life at the Thudufushi is slow and dreamy — as it should be. Don’t expect to venture off the island, unless you’ll be partaking in one of the daily guided snorkeling trips with the resort’s resident marine biologist. Thrillseekers have the option of venturing deeper, via guided scuba dives with the on-site iDive center. Otherwise, the only reason to leave the resort is to visit the nearest island to glimpse Maldivian daily life, a trip that’s optional and included in your stay.
How to Get There
The resort itself is nice enough, in that the rooms are of a reasonable standard and the beach and the reef are nice. But the food was truly awful!! I am vegetarian and the food options are as follows: pasta (with either parmesan and butter or chili and garlic - though one day they did have pesto) cheese and tomato pizza, curry (occasional variation of what the main vegetable in the curry was) and salad, that is it!!! Every single day for lunch and dinner. I couldn't wait to get off the island to eat something else!! We mentioned the lack of choice to the receptionist and she basically wasn't interested. On the service whilst in certain places this was OK, it certainly couldn't be described anywhere as attentive however our biggest issue was having to repeatedly ask on one day for our room to be cleaned, it was eventually cleaned in the evening, I lost count of the amount of times we had to ask to get this done. Overall I am sure there is better elsewhere.
I write this review with our previous 11 Maldives visits (including to sister island Athuruga) as a basis for comparison.
We visited Thudufushi in early October.
We stayed in a beach bungalow.
There were definitely some great things about this island and resort but also surprisingly many negatives.
- Beautiful, small island
- Pretty decent reef
- Generally excellent food, though not a great variety.
- the resort as a whole is overpriced.
For the same money per night we have been to several resorts in the Maldives in water villas, also all inclusive.
- there was nobody to greet us at the airport (normally pretty standard in the Maldives)
- not the most friendly welcome, most the staff present seemed too busy to even notice new arrivals. Other island line up staff to greet guests or even have staff playing music. This welcome was quite subdued.
- no internet for 5 out of the 7 days due to outage following a lightning strike. Very poor and slow internet at reception only. Each day we would ask when it would be repaired and they had endless excuses. However not even an apology, let alone something to offer to make it up to their guests. Manager Shaheen advised us that the internet is apparently a gift to their customers, so they should not be upset if it doesn’t work! This is despite it clearly being advertised and included in the cost of this overpriced room.
They could have offered a free sunset cruise or even sent champagne or wine daily to all the rooms but there was no desire on the part of management.
- the beach bungalow is 3 star at best. Tired decor and no storage. Light was out and safe was out of battery.
Only 2 pillows and one single thin bedsheet in the whole room. (No duvet and not even a second pillow per person let alone any decorative ones). Even 3 star hotels have all that.
We asked for more pillows the first evening, the reception seemed surprised and none were delivered until we complained to one of the managers, Shaheen, the next day.
He was not as polite and helpful as we would have hoped. Instead of being apologetic he argued with us and claimed other 5 star hotels also offer just 2 pillows and no duvets.
We finally got extra pillows and a duvet but were made to feel as if they did us some big favour. Shaheen also avoided us the rest of our stay and did not check on us even once.
- No beer in the minibar despite being listed in the room directory, which was just a few sheets of photocopied paper, not even in a folder. Small thing but makes yet another bad impression.
- No TV or even a Bluetooth speaker in the room. We never watch tv in the Maldives but it is pretty normal to expect this in a “posh” resort in 2019.
- No pool in the resort. There is plenty of room on the island for it and even 3 star resorts have them. We knew this before we went but it I feel for the price, it should be there.
- The main jetty was being repaired, for over 3 months. It was blocked off and a real eye sore that obstructed half of the view from the beach bar.
- No sunset cruise as part of the all inclusive package (we have had this in 5 resorts). The trips also were a bit overpriced compared to other resorts.
Overall we were quite disappointed and I am afraid, for the very first time in the Maldives, I cannot recommend this resort. Not for the money they charge.
Having never been to the Maldives before we did love the overall relaxed feel and secluded tranquillity. However a few little niggles occurred. On arrival to our beach villa the beach bungalow hadn't had the complimentary honeymoon extras set out to welcome us....wine, decorated bed, fruit etc. First impressions count and this left us disappointed. We spoke to reception who explained why. She said our room was moved at the last moment so they did it all on the second day which was unfortunately just too late. The restaurant was nicely situated but we often found breakfast pastries dry or in the evening often the buffet was not hot enough. Our waiter didn't speak very clear English and made little conversation with us.
When we moved into the water villa, it was lovely but somehow didn't have the wow factor. There was no hot water in the shower, toilet paper in the Jacuzzi and various decor was a little tired looking. The wind had caused a pole to come lose from the top of an outside blind which was alongside the steps into the sea. We felt like we might get spiked! Kuoni called reception twice and I spoke to the receptionist about the Jacuzzi but by the next day nothing had been done. The cleaner kindly helped us out. The Jacuzzi was put on but as soon as the jets turned on brown bits of dirt filled the water :(
This is the most expensive holiday I'm ever likely to go on so quite frankly I expected 100% and didn't get it. We were offered a complimentary lobster dinner on our last night but even that was very difficult to eat!
On a plus note, I did love trying out snorkelling and seeing the bats, crabs and birdlife.