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We arrived by sea plane to a little island that you could walk around in less than 10 minutes and I wondered if we would get bored. Far from it...I didnt want to leave. Stayed in a combo of beach villas for 4 nights and water villas 4 nights. Each have their own charm and are tastefully decorated with direct access to the beach right at your doorstep or the ocean at your feet. The water villas however are in a different class, and the private water villa restaurant is exquisite. Snorkelling was not bad with its own house reef on your doorstep, sadly the coral is badly bleached but the fish life still abundant. We saw mantas, sting faysm reef sharks, Moray eel and the usual assortment of tropical fish. The PADI dive school was superb and I dined every day at a different location, well run with attention to safety and having a great experience.
We couldn't have chosen a better place to "start" the splendour of the Maldives! The atollo is small, perfectly cared for, a jewel in the middle of the ocean! We found all kinds of cuddles, smiles and friendliness, good food, special moments arranged wonderfully. Congratulations to the "Super GM Krzysztof Staszewsky" for his great professionalism and for skilfully overcoming that perfectly oiled machine that is the beautiful resort and all the staff that makes it possible every day so much synchronicity. You have given us unforgettable days and we can't wait to plan our next visit! Patrizia and Carlo
Snorkeling with Turtles in paradise
We traveled as a family of 5 (children 19,15,13) in July 2019. We booked the holiday as a once in a lifetime family holiday to create special memories before the children all go their separate ways, and had always promised them one day we would snorkel without wetsuits! Our main aim was to be able to snorkel straight from the Island, and wow did Athuruga deliver on this. Although the reef is dead from the bleaching a few years ago the fish are there in abundance, it was like swimming in an aquarium, The icing on the cake were the house reef turtles that were there every day, quite un-phased by us and who we could happily stay with for 10 minutes at a time, and be within a few feet of. We also did a live reef excursion on one morning (arranged through the water sports department) with took in 3 live reefs within a 45 minute boat ride of the island and it was breathtaking; thank you Viktor. Traveling as a family we were a bit concerned that some resorts can be a bit stuffy about children, but not Athuruga, it was like home from home, and nothing was too much trouble. For example fresh fish was always on the menu and live cooked by Titu infront of you. All the children loved this and would queue up each lunch and supper time. On one occasion Titu saw them waiting, knew their favourite fish was not on the menu that day but went to the kitchen to find some just for them. The Island is simply stunning, small, but even when full not overcrowded .The accommodation spotless, the odd bit of wildlife wanders in (geckos) but this just enhances the desert island feel.We stayed in the beach bungalows. The food choice and quality was brilliant , and for your stay you are allocated a table waiter, who will look after you superbly throughout (thank you Nashid) In summary if snorkeling, friendliness, and a little bit of luxury is what you're after, whether you're a family or a couple this incredible island is for you.
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!
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