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
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Italian-accented chic design meets open-armed hospitality in this intimate island stay
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
Diamonds Thudufushi Beach & Water Villas All Inclusive