What to expect
- Sleep Quality
Last 5 reviews
Well, where do i even start! What an amazing little piece of heaven! We had the most beautiful stay here from start to finish! I could literally cry thinking about how special the trip was! The staff are absolutely incredible, they are all so attentive and they are all so humble too it really opened our eyes and we just felt very blessed and very lucky to be visiting such a place with such kind people teaching you a little life lesson I guess! We had a few days of horrendous weather and the staff still made sure we were all safe, that there was still things to do and made sure we never got wet etc! The beach villa and the water villa are both stunning and I couldn't even chose which one we enjoyed more (maybe the water villa just because waking up to laying on the water is just indescribable) The food was gorgeous every single night and I would say the main restaurant is definitely better than the water villa restaurant (we ate here once and found the atmosphere wasn't as great) - the BBQ they have on the beach is just amazing and TITU who works on there is such a beautiful soul, as are most of the waiters working there (a lot of them have been there for years) We literally have no complaints about this tiny little slice of heaven and I would go back there in a heartbeat!
We had 4 nights at Diamonds Athuruga for 5 adults, 2 Beach Junior Suite. It was a best family vacation for us. We put a lots efforts to make this family reunion happened due to all family members in different places (America, Australia and Viet Nam). We were wondering, it might be too boring to stay in 1 island for 4 nights but actually not, it turned out not enough. We had so much fun and great experiences. We were very enjoy our stays. We enjoyed watching sunrise and sunset with easy access to the beach from the back door. A resort had beautiful house reef with variety of fishes and corals. Most of coral are dead due to climate change that made ocean heat wave worse but thanks to Inga and marine biologist team are trying their best to recovery and reproductive a corals. Diamonds Athuruga is one of best house reef resorts and with all inclusive option so you can enjoy your stays without other expenses except some excursions. A services was great and very friendly. The buffet was ok to me due to not much option. Every breakfast was the same, lunch not much different and dinner changed daily with different cuisine. But with a services, room quality and natural house reef they had, it already satisfied us. By the way, a resort also provided some FREE watersports activities: snorkeling tour (2 sessions per day), kayaking and sunset yoga. There are a few excursions package with FEE such as Anemone Snorkeling/ Sand bank, Manta Safari, Sunset Fishing, ..... and also private Dhoni (recommended) up to 4 hours so you can discuss a destination that you interested. We was lucky to have Hussain as our tour guide for our private Dhoni. He was knowledgeable of the Maldives and enthusiastically, he brought us to the most beautiful places to snorkel and very professional assist us when we need help. When you make a room booking, please book excursions as much as you can at a time of reservations. You will saving some costs. Anemone Snorkeling/ Sand bank: it was beautiful white sand bank at middle of ocean with 45 mins boat ride. It will be the best time to visit it at low tide so you can see a bigger and longer walkway. When we been there at high tide (due to bad weather), we only able to see small sand bank exposed on top of water. But it was still good experience to visit. Then we heading to Anemone Coral Garden middle of ocean to do snorkeling. OMG, it was amazing colorful variety of fishes, corals and turtles. After a sand bank tour, we enjoyed so much so we booked last minute Dhoni Private Boat to explore more islands. We chose to focus on snorkeling to see more beautiful natures, fishes and corals. We also experienced to see Manta Ray. Also thank you so much to Krzys General Manager with very warm welcome and came around chatting to make sure we was happy with our stayed. Thank you all to Athuruga team from receptionist, restaurant staffs/chefs, bar, housekeeping and excursion team for yours professional and friendly services. We hope we will have a chance to come back. Highly recommended.
A COMPLETE GEM
Everything about this resort is lovely. It's so hard to find fault. So why the dropped one star. I guess when you pay a premium and when you expect paradise, any minor shortcoming is amplified. Let this not be a reason not to visit, because it is indeed so very special and is a dream in most every way. I would just flag that because so much on this resort is WHITE- pure white, it shows age more than anything otherwise would. It never felt dirty, it felt clean and you can tell cleanliness is extremely important- but small blemishes stand out more against the whitest white. If you're the kind of person that pays attention to that level of detail, it might distract you from how perfect everything else is. HIghlights: the evening BBQ, the endless watersport options, the afternoon time cakes, cookies and drinks, the instagram worthy property- it shines from every angle.
Our experience, an experience of a life time
I booked seven nights at Diamonds Athuruga for my wife’s 50th birthday, we stayed in Water Villa 11. The booking was made through Kuoni as a surprise celebration, the only thing my wife knew was we were off to paradise in the dream destination of the Maldives. I have to say Kuoni were fantastic throughout, the customer service was unbelievable. I picked to fly with Emirates via Dubai, and then Emirates to Malé. I kept in regular contact with Kuoni who conveyed my ideas for my wife’s 50th celebration to the team at Diamonds Athuruga, the customer service was out of this world leading up to departure. We flew from Heathrow and arrived in Malé, we were meet by a Kuoni representative and guided to the TMA check-in. Our breath was immediately taken away by the clear blue colour of the sea. we travelled by sea plane to Athuruga which was the first moment my wife had seen the Beautiful setting I had chosen for the occasion, the reality of seeing the beautiful setting and Water Villa’s blew even my expectations. We were greeted by the team lead by Francesca, the sea plane was greeted by boat. We were taken into the beautiful Diamonds Athuruga island, we were then taken by buggy to our water villa. Well what can I say, it was simply stunning. I love the villa’s, the white structures set against the clear blue sea was breath taking. I certainly chose the style of accommodation over others, which suited our taste. We were settled into our villa and then we went off for lunch on the over water restaurant, our waiter was Solah who made our stay an amazing experience. His attention to detail was impressive, we only had to mention small details in passing which would make our stay even more memorable and we would find them put in place for us. We often returned to our Villa to find the staff’s attention to detail had materialised into actions, we requested low sugar drinks for the mini bar and milk for extra cups of tea in the morning and without delay the requests were put in place. The customer service and attention to detail continued to remain at very high standards, one morning I lost my wedding ring in the sea. Our neighbours at Villa 10 came out and snorkelled around, to my amazing and relief found it on the bottom. When the team initially heard the concern to recover me ring was something I will never forget, and the action was lead by Solah after breakfast and even the diving team were mentioned to come and help. When ever we left the villa we were greeted by buggy, our driver had a interest in making our stay as memorable as possible. He would point out any Eagle-rays or Stingrays or Sharks, he would also bring our breakfast to our room with a welcoming smile. Our room attendant was Eesa, he kept our villa presented at a high standard throughout our stay. Our bed was made with a romantic theme upon our arrival, and on the day of my wife’s birthday the bed was dressed in a birthday theme whilst we were at dinner. At dinner the team at the over water restaurant brought out a beautiful birthday cake and sang happy birthday, all arranged by the Diamonds team and Kunoi. We then went down to the island for a traditional Maldives evening, the team managed to get my wife up and dancing which she was always remember. We general eat in the over water restaurant, we did eat in the restaurant on the island and the food again impressive. We used both bars in the evenings, weather permitting we enjoyed evenings at the over water restaurant. We tried to mix up things up with evening drinks on the island, then head back to the villa to see out the evening before bed. We were provided with snorkelling equipment, I unfortunately picked up an ear issue after a few days where I had been swimming. I visited the island doctor to treat the eat infection, my experience who was very positive one. I had regular calls from Kuoni during our stay, special thanks to Amanda who could not do enough too make our experience a memorable one. We did not do any diving whilst on the island, we did one day excursion to see Dolphins and the sand bank. The Dolphins was something my wife wished for, the team from Athuruga did not let us down. The whole experience totally blew our minds, I will certainly be back in two years time for my 50th birthday (fingers crossed). The customer service was unbelievable, we really could not fault the experience and the levels and details the staff go to to make the stay a memory that will last for ever. The island is beautiful and the views are stunning, the weather was generally extremely good to us and we only had a few rainy days. Take me back 😎
Wonderful watervillas and staff
We booked Athruga for 1 week then Thudufushi for the 2nd week of our honeymoon, but then arranged through Kuoni to stay an extra night as our waiter Farooj and other lovely local staff were singing, dancing and playing drums at their Friday Maldivian party night The staff were great fun and so helpful. The water villas are amazing, although perhaps a little worn in areas. Was so wonderful just walking out every morning, having breakfast delivered to the villa and literally living on stilts in the sea. The resort also had an amazing marine biologist Inga and they did snorkelling trips off the beach twice daily. We personally preferred to just snorkel off our water villa and they leant us snorkels and masks for the week. We loved both islands, but personally preferred Athruga for its layout, food choices and staff, but the decking is larger on the Thudufushi water villas and we preferred the deeper snorkelling off the 2nd island. We had treatments at the Serene Spas on both islands and they were equally amazing. We booked through Kuoni and would highly recommend them as although they weren’t based on the islands Amanda and John phoned and WhatsApped to check everything was perfect, sorted us staying an extra night at Athruga and were always on call. Fab honeymoon 😊
© TripAdvisor 2019
These reviews are the subjective opinions of individual travellers and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.