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What a wonderful resort, people, destination, absolutely amazing from moment we arrived to day we left could not of asked for anything more. From the bbq each day on the beach to the drinks at bar the cleanliness of rooms, didn’t want for nothing and will look at returning in future
We stayed 8 nights in a beach villa followed by 6 in a sunrise water villa. We are therefore in a reasonable position to offer a comparative review. The island is tiny and the simple but comfortable beach villas are tightly packed. They open directly on to the mainly very narrow beach meaning that there is in places limited privacy. Walkers on the well trodden short stroll around the island are forced to pass close to many of the villas frontage, picking their way between private sun beds. Athuruga does not have any artificial breakwaters that can commonly be seen in lagoons elsewhere in the Maldives. This greatly improves aesthetic views of and from the island but leaves some parts open to beach erosion from wave action. A change in wind direction during our visit caused alarming under cutting of some parts of the beach exposing a mass of tree roots. Resort staff were urgently moving sand in wheel barrows to restore protection to one particular villa. As we approached an end to our time in the beach villa we discovered cockroaches living in the tea and coffee cupboard having eaten through several sugar sachets and leaving a mass of droppings. We are realistic and don’t expect a tropical island to be free from wildlife. On the contrary we consider exotic wildlife to enhance the overall experience. However we draw the line at cockroaches mixing with the food and feel that this represented a (hopefully isolated) failure of housekeeping. Anyway, we complained to the Manager and were promptly moved to a water villa a day early. The water villa accommodation was vastly superior. More comfortable, larger, cleaner, much more private and had wifi. Together the water villas probably take up more space than the island itself. We were in a sunrise villa so we had full sun on our decking until just after midday. From then on it was in full shade. In front of the beach villa it had been possible to find spots of dappled shade under the trees at any time. These spots were reserved for beach villas and there was no corresponding area for water villa guests. A few fixed umbrellas were located on the "Public" beach area but partial shade was not catered for and in any case you had to be quick off the mark to reserve one of the nicer sun beds. We visited in February and over the two weeks it became progressively more busy. There were many families with children who obviously knew one another from previous years and formed large, and at times, noisy groups. This detracted a little from the idylic and peaceful surroundings. Food in the buffet style main restaurant was excellent. Choice and quality was such that it was unthinkable that anyone but the fussiest guest would fail to find something of delight. There is an al-a-carte restaurant mainly for water villa guests but after a couple of samplings we returned to the main restaurant. Wifi is advertised as being available in the bar area. In practice this was mainly not the case with the error message ....Access point full. Please try later... whenever there were more than a handful of people present. This caused some frustration when trying to catch up with family at home. Given the cost of this resort, it does not seem unreasonable to expect decent wifi for those who want it. Diamonds Athuruga advertises its ecological and sustainable credentials. They purify their own water and supply it in re-usable glass bottles. Projects are under way to repopulate the bleached coral reef. The Kuoni literature supplied on arrival asks visitors not to buy any products containing shells or coral. Interesting, since every room and public space in the resort is adorned with coral ornaments and the shop is brimming with products made from shells. This undoubtedly sets a bad example although I suppose realistically no holiday to the Maldives can be particularly green or sustainable. The main activity we were looking forward to was snorkelling the house reef and this was spectacular. We were at first dismayed on arrival to be told that the coral was largely dead. We should not have been unduly worried. The fish have stayed, and in huge numbers and variety. We swam with Hawksbill and Green turtles, Moray eels, Eagle and Cow Tail Rays, white tip, black tip, nurse sharks and fish far too numerous to list. The Marine Biologist, Inga, was ever on hand to answer questions and to identify the latest sighting. Reluctantly we returned to the UK after two weeks. Despite some of the observations above it is important to maintain a sense of proportion. This is a paradise island, all be it a highly populated one. Its slight imperfections were greatly outweighed by the spectacular. When all is said and done we had a wonderful holiday worthy of 5 stars.
THANK YOU ATHURUGA
Wow what can i say apart from this was the best holiday myself and my wife have ever been on. We stayed in the watervilla which is fantastic for many reasons which i simply would bore you to death with. Every memeber of staff on the island made you feel welcome and provided you with a big smile. Special thank you to Silvia who was fantastic as soon as we arrived (very proffessional, organized). Also big thank you to Solah in the water villa resturant, lovely man been there for many years and again very proffesional. If you are looking for the perfect relaxing destination with the feel of pure luxury then this is the place for you, i have so many positive points and not one negative. Island is imactulate with staff racking the sand every night, bar tenders are fantastic, drinks are great food is wonderful and the islands lagoon is out of this world. We booked through Badlwins travel via Kuoni who again where fantastic, we will deffinatly be coming back again next time only with the kids in a beach bungalow. Thank you everyone @Athuruga island and Kuoni/Baldwins Travel for giving me and my wife a holiday of a lifetime. Sorry for the poor spelling/gramma :-) Russell & Rebecca
2nd time around....had it got better?
2nd time around here within 12 months. Had it not been for Sylvia the WV assistant, it could have been a disastrous start. With requesting a particular room (16). 11 months, 2 months and 1 month prior to arriving. Our request was completely ignored. But she did pull disappointment from the fire, getting us moved promptly. These WV are not cheap spending 10 days in them (and we had 2)!! To be palmed off by reservation department was poor and shows little regard for returning customers. The villas were as we remembered, bright very spacious and immaculate. Our room man kept them this way for the remainder of the holiday, so thanks. The restaurant had also changed its menu (in part) from mainly European cuisine to mixed far eastern, but there still lingered lots of pastas. I don't get travelling that far round the globe to have what can be had at home....thankfully Zihadya understood my requirements as he remembered from the previous year, so promptly went about getting some Maldivian food made. Which was spot on and what 'should've be more available on the menu. The clientele from last year had also changed, with people showing no respect for local religious beliefs. Topless bathers and also completely nude we had to endure from our water villa deck! Not pretty at all!! Also drones were visible on more than one occasion. The reef is healthier which was excellent as were fish stocks showing that the reefs are recovering. I didn't dive, my wife did and noted some of the practices were, a little 'gung ho' for her and worried her no end on her return to shore. If its your 1st trip to MV you'll love it as we did. But we did come away thinking.... Yes the WV staff are awesome and they make your stay an unbelievable experience there are more places & islands to visit.
Just got back from this tiny idyllic island,which was out of this world.After deliberating 3 other islands,Kuoni’s recommendation of Daimonds Athuruga certainly lived up to our expectations.We started the holiday in a beach villa and above water villa for the last week.The watervilla was out of this world and a must if your going to travel here. We stayed in the sunset water villa’s(same side as the restaurant)with sun ALL day(unlike the sunrise one’s) with no need to go to the beach to sunbathe,also the sunrise villa’s facethe lagoon where the boats are anchored and the sea lands which can be quite noisy! The staff were all very friendly,one that did stand out was Anoop Madhusoodanan from the beach bar,who was very switched on and went the extra mile and couldn’t do enough for you,always pleasant and friendly,had our drinks ready for us when we frequented the bar and never had to wait for a top up.the top barman is in the photo
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