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Beauty and the bugs
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.
A honeymoon in paradise
We stayed in a water villa for 10 days in June/July 2019 for our honeymoon. The island is absolute paradise! It is incredibly beautiful with astounding views every time you look up. The reef is filled with beautiful fish which you can see using snorkels. You might even see the occasional ray, turtle or shark looking out of your villa or swimming around the restaurant. There are also lots of baby (not dangerous) black tip sharks on the beach. With the water villa, you get access to the over water restaurant which has a very varied menu with daily specials every lunch and dinner time. The food is delicious and there is a very varied selection of drinks. All of the staff are incredibly friends and go above and beyond to make your trip special. The resort also offers several excursions (mostly diving and snorkelling related) where towels, drinks and snacks are provided. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone and everyone, but particularly couples looking for a special and romantic honeymoon!
A small slice of heaven!
We’ve just returned from our honeymoon at Diamonds Athuruga and couldn’t fault the island at all! We booked it to relax and snorkel and it provides exactly that. We did 7 nights in a beach bungalow and 3 nights in a overwater villa. The beach bungalow was great, very spacious and the outdoor shower was a nice touch, but the over water villa is next level! I would definitely recommend experiencing both but we felt like if we were going to the Maldives we had to do a overwater villa and we certainly didn’t regret it! Limited WiFi in the beach bungalows which is great, ideal to detox from social media etc, and WiFi in the overwater villa to send pictures home and make everyone jealous! Snorkelling was brilliant and one of the main reasons we chose this island. Amongst other things we saw a manta, nurse shark, turtles, black & white tip reef sharks, eagle rays, stingrays and moray eels on the house reef. The marine life/ water sports staff were all great, I didn’t get all of their names but Vita, Inga, Hussain and Leoni all do the house reef snorkel tour at 11 and 4 everyday which we always joined! Buffet food was nice, good selection and a great bbq by the beach every night. The overwater restaurant was (again) next level! Delicious menu and excellent service by Farooq at lunch and tea. If you do get an overwater villa then breakfast on the decking is a must! It’s the nicest place you’ll ever eat a fry up!! Thank you to all the staff for helping us have an unforgettable honeymoon, I would highly recommend this place to anybody!!
Relax in paradise
We stayed at Diamonds Athuruga for 10 nights in a beach bungalow. The island is beautiful with excellent snorkelling. A great selection of food in the buffet, good quality and cooked well. A lot of guests in the water villas chose to eat in the buffet restaurant instead of the over water restaurant. We felt the service in the bar was a little slow, but a good wine / cocktail offering. We felt the price point was justified by the quality of food, the beauty / size of the island and the snorkelling and could see why the island has many repeat bookers. We have previously visited the Maldives in January so we were worried that the weather wouldn’t be as good, however there was no reason to worry and would definitely return in June. We stayed in a beach bungalow which we did feel was a little tired now however the room is a good size. Our room was bungalow 30 which was very well located, a quieter side of the island which was perfect for us. We didn’t feel this was a ‘luxury’ resort however it’s a beautiful island with a very good, consistent offering. Previous resorts we have stayed in have offered a higher standard of accommodation however the island makes up for this. The doctor on the island was very helpful. We were in the Maldives to relax so we didn’t want to use WiFi too often however it was frustrating that we couldn’t always connect to it when we did need to use it. We had a perfect 10 nights and feel incredibly relaxed and refreshed!
Dream holiday of a life time
My sister, brother and I took my 86 year old father to athuruga for a once in a lifetime holiday. It was beyond all expectations . We stayed in water villas 1 and 2 which was the perfect location for us. Being able to swim straight from the deck was a real treat. We ate at the water villa restaurant and we were never disappointed. The food and choice was excellent . The staff couldn't do enough for us, especially for Pops. Saeed, Anoop, Ziyadh - had a lovely sense of humor and really took to pops , which made his day. The head chef, Rudi ensured that the food was of a very high standard and varied. His soups, the Laska crab soup and local fish soup were delicious. He even gave me the recipes and took the time to come and explain it to me. Thank you Rudi. But I am sure my soup will never come close to yours. All the staff at Athuruga were extremely courteous and helpful. The island itself is small and intimate. Swimming good and the snorkeling excursions, especially to the reef near Moofushi island was well worth it. Thank you one and all for this wonderful experience.
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