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
Just fantastic, we'd booked an over water villa but on arrival chose to upgrade to a Jacuzzi over water villa. (No19 highly recommended)
The villas are spacious, comfortable and have everything you could want. Outside you get a covered area with dining space and sofas and then an open deck with sun loungers, Jacuzzi and steps down into the bluest, clearest water you could ask for.
A short stroll or golf buggy ride past the exclusive water villa restaurant (very good for breakfasts limited menu but great food at lunch and evening)
takes you to the island and the beach villas and hotel buildings.
We used to have lunch in the main restaurant as it offered more variety, including various cooking stations with slightly different options every day.
We snorkeled and kayaked and used the spa a couple of times.
The staff are very well trained, always helpful, remember your favourite foods, wine, tea or coffee preference all those little touches that add up to 5 star service.
I'm a diver so the inclusion of a marine biologist on site, a coral reseeding project and an incredibly well run dive centre just put the icing on the cake for me. (Divers please note the variety and diversity of marine life is breathtaking)
One very special mention has to go to Dr Christiana. The hotel has an on site Dr. Unfortunately I slipped and fell whilst fully kitted up for dicing and gashed my leg. Dr Chris not only took great care but also made sure she checked the wound everyday to ensure it was healing ok. Simply put she saved our holiday as without her being on site and her expertise I'd have had to go to Male and that probably would have been holiday over.
It really is difficult to fault this resort and if we do get back to the Maldives it will take something really special to stop me suggesting we go back to Thudufushi.
We visited here for our honeymoon in 2016. We had a fantastic time. The staff were amazing, and the food and facilities were top notch.
First half we stayed in a beach hut and the second in a water villa. The water villa as you can imagine was an entirely different experience. Worth every penny!
Everything was 6 stars! We loved our water villa.
If you are looking for a place to relax, see beautiful fish eat sublime food and get pampered Thudufushi is for you!
The water villas are spacious gorgeous ...
We have just returned from an amazing family holiday at Diamonds Thudufushi. The island is stunning and retains a traditional Maldivian feel. We were lucky enough to stay in the water villas which are huge and very private. The outside space is great for relaxing as the sunbeds are so comfortable, you can also have your breakfast served on your decking so you dont have to rush in the mornings. The reef is a real highlight, we saw reef sharks, turtles, eagle rays and stunning colorful fish just from snorkeling outside our water villa. The food on the island is of excellent quality and the homemade Italian ice cream was delicious. We did a couple of excursions whilst we were there including the sunset fishing, sandbank and dolphins. All were well organised and very enjoyable. I Drive were fantastic, my son enjoyed all the dives he did and was able to do a qualification whilst we were there. Diamonds will always be our island of choice, the setting is so lovely and the staff make your stay perfect.
I was stay and visit one night in this luxury resort. Obviously Excellent place to stay and mind free environment. Staffs are very polite and curtasy to the guest. Almost European guests are visiting this beautiful Island. This is the sister resort of Diamonds Athuruga.