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The Perfect Honeymoon Destination
We had the perfect honeymoon on Athuruga. We arrived to dark clouds and then a torrential downpour (it is monsoon season after all), and hoped it wasn't a sign of things to come. It wasn't. The next day dawned bright and sunny and so it stayed for the next two weeks. We choose to stay in one of the water villas as it was a special occasion and upon arrival found the bed had been wonderfully decorated and there was fresh fruit and chilled champagne waiting for you. The view from the villa was incredible and we spent many early evenings watching the sun set and sipping wine. Rasa our housekeeper was fantastic, in that we barely ever saw him, yet the room was keep very clean and tidy and the fridge was always stocked. We could snorkel and swim from the steps of the villa and without going any further than that we stopped turtles and eagle rays as well as a multitude of smaller fish. We needed to borrow fins from the water sports centre to make the most of the snorkelling, and they were great, whilst they had multiple pairs in my size, my husband has ridiculous large feet and though they struggled the centre did eventually manage to find fins that fitter! Much to our delight this meant we could go on the Mantra Ray trip, whilst expensive, I have to say this was one of the best things i have every done. We were so lucky for the season as we found 7/8 that we snorkelled with for a good 45 minutes. They were Amazing! After that we decided to visit Davide and Fabio in the Dive centre - we spent the next four days with them, I did a refresher course whilst my husband did his open water. It was great Diving and the guys were fantastic, so patient and helpful. Unfortunately they have given me the dive bug back again so i need to plan something else... Lastly the food on Athuruga, as we were in a water villa we used the overwater restaurant for most meals. In some ways i am glad we did, we ate in the main restaurant a couple of times, on various themed nights, and i think if we had eaten there every day i would have come back 2 stone heavier from all the food i wanted to try! The food in the water villa restaurant was very good, and our waiters were brilliant. breakfast were delivered to your terrace should you wan them, which was a nice touch, I hate getting up and dressed for breakfast at hotels, and this meant we could get up at our leisure and not have to see other people! Overall, this Athuruga was exactly the place i had imagined my honeymoon, the views are stunning, the staff are attentive and friendly and the food is plentiful and tasty. I would most definitely recommend this place as a destination and hopefully one day we will be able to return.
We've stayed on the sister island (Thudufushi) to this resort twice. Having spoken to guests on previous holidays who raved about Athuruga we had high hopes. Whilst the resort was lovely and we had a great time, we were a bit disappointed and feel Thudufushi is the more superior Island especially if staying in the water villas. The decks at Athuruga are smaller and the rooms a little more tired. We will return to the Maldives, but more likely to the other island.
A small piece of heaven on earth
We visited Diamonds Athuruga on our first ever trip to the Maldives. The travel from Male to the island was the first time on a sea plane, which is an awesome start to an amazing holiday. The staff could not be more helpful. We dined at the main restaurant for all 3 meals per day, and the waiter there was very attentive, remembered our preferences from the first meal, was friendly, polite, and gave a particularly excellent service throughout. The food was good, but with it being “off-season wasn’t superb. A revolving buffet menu offering lots of choice for even a fussy eater, and once again, kitchen staff who were friendly and just a great bunch of people. We snorkelled every day, and went on one excursion to see the manta rays. Once again, the team were faultless. My only real negative, is that “all inclusive“ should mean all inclusive. Charging extra to eat tepanyaki, especially at $40 per head does not entice people. Similarly charging for internet access in the beach villas is not a sign of “all inclusive“. However these small aspects did not put us off. Would we go again, absolutely!!! Would we recommend this resort, absolutely!!! Did we have an amazing first experience of the Maldives, absolutely!!!
BEST HONEYMOON EVER!!!
This is your next holiday destination, look no further! I wish I could write an essay on this place, but here is the short and sweet version. This is not a billionaire's paradise, but it is perfect for the couple that want a quiet, intimate, refreshing and unforgettable holiday. This is a small island, with the most amazing staff, service, food, drinks and the most amazing house reef. If you looking for a value for money 5 star holiday, this is it. If you want a 7 star experience, this is not. This resort does all the important things perfectly! Your room is tidy and private, there are activities for everyone and everything, the food is amazing in variety and quality, and the staff are super attentive. They had a huge variety of free alcohol, including wines from various regions. There was Cognac, whisky and the most amazing cocktails and the most amazing home made gelato ice cream (perks of it being an Italian run resort!. Pizza and pasta every day if you are not adventurous, and its amazing! The staff are so attentive and friendly. The daily snorkeling is amazing and the beach is just outstanding. We stayed in a beach villa and I certainly do not regret it, my friends stayed in a water villa and it was nicer, but for me not worth the extra cash. They decorated our room on arrival and the whole trip was 5/5! I cant imagine a better honeymoon destination. DO NOT MISS OUT! Some people will always complain, and sometimes things happen, but 9/10 you will have the best experience. The hotel manager is absolutely amazing! And the behind the scenes tour of the island is very interesting. I highly recommend at least 9 nights here. And take every opportunity to experience this wonderful island. My wife and I hope to return often to this incredible place. I will certainly take more cash next time, to tip the wonderful staff better(You also get a dedicated waiter while you are there).
Great luxury diving break, even in monsoon season!
My husband and I visited Diamonds Athuruga last week. We arrived a day later than planned due to a missed connection (not Diamonds fault, more Kuoni than anything). We picked Athuruga based on the distance away from other water villas, I cannot think of anything worse than not having enough space from other humans when we have chosen a relaxing holiday! When we finally arrived by seaplane, we were greeted by dhoni and lovely hostesses who gave us a lovely welcome and they even made sure that our dive instructor was there to greet us when we got to the jetty! Top tip: we arrived with only 9kg of luggage each and used less than half the clothes we brought. So don’t pack too much! We stayed in the water villa for 7 nights - top notch experience. We had a lovely room, serviced by Latheef three times a day, unlimited alcohol top ups, afternoon cakes, breakfast served to the room, really comfy bed, toiletries, safe, beach bag and all the things you need for a week's stay. there was even a laptop which was useful when we were looking at our dive pictures. The water villa we had was a sunset villa which had a lot of sun all day and you could swim out from the steps of the villa. Food wise, we could not complain. As we dived all days, we had breakfast delivered to our water villa for 8am every day. The attention to detail was great - they knew which guest ordered which items and these were set out accordingly. We had lunch and dinner at both the water villa and main restaurant. When we fancied pizza or just grilled fish, we went to the main restaurant. We were served by Solah at the water villa all week and he was very attentive and friendly. The views from the water villa restaurant was great - we could look out to the lagoon and see the sting rays, sharks etc swimming around. Pretty cool! For our wedding anniversary, we also had the 'Maldivian night' dinner - really nice romantic setting, great food. Also, it appears that the restaurants are out to get you having food coma - the good food doesn't help our self-control! It was amazing!!!! Such fresh seafood and pasta, amazing desserts.... just what you need! Ps: you get offered lifts on a buggy from the water villa to the restaurant at meal times - perfect for when you have over indulged. We did not do any of the excursions on offer as we spent every day diving 2-3 times a day with Fabio and Davide at Athuruga. Snorkels, fins and masks were available to hire free of charge. On our first boat dive, we saw about 50 sharks (different varieties) and the dives just kept getting better. We also saw large eagle rays (>2m), turtles, napoleons, nurse sharks (even one upside down), lionfish, large schools of barracuda, oriental sweet lips, sting rays, stone fish, large groupers, lots of moray eels, trigger fish, octopus, cuttlefish, macro stuff like nudibranch, spearing mantis shrimp etc. Sometimes the current/waves can be strong (it is the Indian Ocean in monsoon season after all), but Fabio and Davide ensured that we felt safe - underwater communication was great. Hooking onto the top of the reef to get to the drop off at Mafaru corner was fun... the guys also made sure we had great dives by looking for hiding sea creatures! We will be back!
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