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
We stayed with my husband for 7 nights and it was absolutely amazing. Beautiful nature, very warm sea, nice weather, tasty food and very helpful and friendly staff. They clean your room twice a day. You can lay on the beach, snorkel - they borrow equipment for free, do some trips such as turtle or sharks or manta safari, or you can go to sister idlands. Perfect vacation 5 stars, we are definitely coming back.
So many hotels to chose from in the Maldives; it makes it very difficult to make a decision. Friends recommended DiamondsThudufushi and it was absolutely stunning. We also chose an all inclusive package which made life v easy. The seaplane trip to the atol in itself is such an experience and we fell in love with the serenity and privacy of the island, esp as we needed to reconnect as a family,(19/17/11 year old kids) yet with plenty to do when we felt like it. The snorkelling is amazing and we did half of the scuba dive Open Water 1 course. As we only had 7 nights we did not finish it, but can continue another time anywhere in the world. The food was fabulous and we enjoyed a Michelin chef from Geneva. Wonderful fresh food and the best homemade ice creams we have ever tasted. We opted for the beach bungalows and would again - the water bungalows are lovely but such a long way to walk on hot wooden decks (altho golf carts available). We walked straight out of our bungalows onto the beach and could snorkel from there. We also had the chance to spend a little time with Nura Madjzoub, a world famous yoga teacher. We loved particularly the sunrise mediation (we had never done either yoga or med before). The daily excursions offered were great - we snorkelled with turtles, manta rays and dolphins - you pinch yourself continually! There is no swimming pool at Thudufushi but it is not needed and even our youngest did not miss one. The sea is all you need. Also no TVs in bedrooms which is exactly what we wanted. Every evening there is some form of entertainment from Documentary film evenings through to a beach disco evening with DJ and screen. It is a refined resort - great for families or couples. You cannot go wrong with Thudufushi. Our only complaint was that we wished we had booked for 10 nights and not 7 nights, just not enough time so we will have to return!
What can I say about this resort? Since 1994 (first time I went to the Maldives) I keep paying visit to Thudufushi or to twin island Athuruga once or twice a year. It's the perfect place to be in: if you are a diver (I am!) nothing compares to Ari Atoll to see mantas and all the beautiful undersea landscapes here. And IDive the on spot dive shop will make the difference for their concierge dive services: unparalleled! The island itself is a perfect gem. You'll see the turquoise waters from your very arrival by seaplane: unforgettable! If you choose overwater villas or the junior suite beach bungalows (my favorites) you'll be spoiled by the unspotted and well appointed interior design and service. The restaurants are really unforgettable (thank you Giacomo, best chef in Maldives!) a perfect culinary experience. If you are lucky, you can drop in during some special events, as the gala dinners with star chefs from all over Europe. I spent Easter holidays there this year and the management (Mrs. Sara Rosso, thank you!) put on a super festive celebration week, with daily surprise parties and gadgets. It has been like to be in a great family party! The atmosphere cannot be described: I will never quit Maldives islands, and the reason is - in a huge part- Thudufushi.
High luxury hotel and very friendly and helpful staff. We paid the overwater bungaloo, so we had access to the restaurant and all meals were just exquisit! pure luxury! The room was divine and the beach was a dream.
As soon as we arrived, they informed us that we were lucky enough to have a room upgrade to the suite, at the end of the platform. We were so happy and honored, however we realized that the suite was a shared suite with another room, which took away all privacy, as the deck and pool were shared. This is why, all couples that were accomodated in the suite next to us left promptly to be accomodated in another bungalow and we had around 3 different neighbors because of that. The view from that suite is just marvelous, but if you want privacy, choose a normal bungalow.
Another problem we encountered was the excursions. They were not properly organized, and even though we registered for a pair of them, but there was rain forecast, which in the end didn't happen, nobody let us know that they were taking place! The initial comment was "the excursion is cancelled because of the weather", but in the end, they decided to go on. It was very disappointing, since our names were in the registration form, and they knew that guests would depend on their final confirmation. A simple call to the room would have been greatly appreciated...
The entretainment of the hotel is just ok, but they should come out with more options, as there is no much to do if it rains (which we got quite a lot).
To sum up, just choose a normal overwater bungalow if you want privacy, and be in the lobby at the proposed time if doing excursions and even if they mention that the excursions are cancelled as they might finally take place.
Overall, the hotel is excellent and I highly recommend it. Pure beauty and luxury. I hope I can come back one day!
My wife and I stayed for 7 nights, by far the best holiday we've ever been on.
The resort is absolutely amazing, beautiful turquoise water, great snorkeling and clean, luxurious beach villas.
We were welcomed by the friendly, Sabrina. All staff were exceptionally friendly and the food from the main restaurant (buffet) and bars was delicious, every day. Thanks to Ali for maintaining our room, Muhammed, Thushan and the other gents from the restaurant for the great service and conversation. Thanks to Matteo and the other gents from the water sports centre for the gear and snorkeling. Big thanks to Kholil and Udaya for keeping the beverages flowing throughout our stay.
We recommend 'The Back of House Tour' as this gives some insight into the running of the resort, very interesting.
Special thanks to Thomas, for the hospitality and assistance with retrieving my jacket. I commend all the staff at the resort, from the manager, ladies and gents at reception, chefs, waiters, bar men, etc. everyone that works there, on an exceptional service rendered to me and wife during our stay. World class. We look forward to returning.