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Where do I even begin. From the moment we touched down at the seaplane drop off, we were greeted by Silvia and Krzysz. From there it was a short boat ride to the hotel, some quick formalities and into your room. We stayed at water villa 21, due to its close proximity to the channel for snorkeling. We also found that the sightings of shark, rays and turtle from our water villa was excellent. The water villas are amazing, being super spacious and tastefully furnished and decorated. The deck was simply sublime, with a choice of a 6 seater dining table, 2 sun loungers and 2 couches. You can take your pick of where you'd like to relax for the day! We highly recommend breakfast on the deck in the mornings. Our water villa assistant was Hassan (aka Jerry). He took good care of us, ensuring we always had enough towels, and cleaning according to our schedule. Over 2 evenings we returned to the room early, he profusely apologized for coming too late ( quite frankly we were early, and our room was fine, so there was no need for a 2nd clean). He epitomized the friendly nature of the Maldivian people. It's amazing to see how much care he put into ensuring the room was to our satisfaction, working through the sweltering heat! Thank you immensely Hassan! My only issues with the water villa was the lack thereof of a bathtub, however the shower entry from the deck with a dual shower wasn't a bad supplement. In addition, it would have been nice to have had a TV, but this also was a good thing as it kept us out of the room and socializing more often. I also recommend buying a sim card at the airport if you require wifi for work or other purposes. The wifi is far from ideal, but then again, keeps you off your phone. This can become frustrating when you need to do some work or stream. The wifi is the same at the bar and reception, with no wifi available in the beach villas. As we stayed in a water villa, we were allowed access to the water villa restaurant for meals. This is an a la carte restaurant, with more fine dining options. We personally preferred the buffet, with Chef Titu and Chef Abdul Moti ensuring our plates were always full! Both Chefs were always first to greet us, with Chef Titu on the grill outside, and Chef Abdul at the pizza station just as you enter the buffet area. We found food options to be vast, with the menu varying on most days. However it did become monotonous after a while. I don't think this is any fault on the resort, as there is only so much that can be provided at meal times. Drinks are served at the overwater restaurant bar from 6-10pm. We highly recommend this, as the sunset views are just insane! Samira is the barman. He's also a great photographer!😁 The beach bar, just beside the buffet restaurant is great as well, always beaming with people throughout the day. On certain evenings, there is also Karaoke for all to participate in. The karaoke is fun, with Krzysz, Silvia, Klaudia and Viktor getting involved in the fun, and encouraging guests to join in. Ranju and 2 other barmen run this bar throughout the day, and they are excellent! (Apologies I cannot recall the other barmens names). There are also some games which can be played at the beach bar. The snorkeling at the resort was great! Hussein and Viktor are both great, and patient. Don't be too alarmed if you're not a great swimmer or still finding your way snorkeling. They will assist you, or even carry you along with the float tube. I struggled on my first day, and after some help from Viktor and a bit of practice, I was going unassisted! They also have life jackets for those who will need. Snorkeling gear ( fins, snorkel and mask) are provided to you free to use for the period of your stay. There is a free guided snorkel of the house reef daily, which can get quite fun. The house reef is in good shape, as good as can be after the El Nino effect on the reefs globally. There are a healthy amount of fish all along the reef, with sightings of black tip reef shark, eagle rays, sting rays, needle fish, turtle, scorpion fish, sweet lips, batfish, Jack fish, moray eel, tang fish, clams etc. As we were about to depart the boat to leave the resort, we were amazed at the sighting of a mating pair of eagle rays in the shallows, insane! There are tons of nurse shark which gather at the end of the Pier every evening (we counted about 15 on one occasion). Ask reception for a torch if you'd like to see these amazing creatures in the evening, as it is quite dark at the Pier. We did a few excursions during our stay. We had done sunset fishing, which was okay. It wasn't a particularly great afternoon for fishing, with only a few fish caught all around. Still a great experience. We had also done a 4 hour private Dhoni cruise with another couple and family, where we did the turtle reef, Kalu Giri reef, and sandbank excursion. The Kalu Giri reef snorkel and sandbank excursions are highly recommended, with the turtle reef also recommended if you're not lucky enough to see turtle at the Diamonds Athuruga house reef. I had also done the whale shark excursion. I cannot recommend this excursion enough. Sightings are very dependant on your luck, we were however blessed with 2 sightings on the day, one in deeper waters, and another in shallower waters and up close. I recommend everyone visiting to do this excursion, as it is simply magnificent to see these majestic creatures. Hussein was our guide, and he was amazing, getting us into the water quickly and strategically positioned to observe these fish. This was definitely one of my highlights, and a once in a lifetime experience. The site to get to whale shark is approx an hour out by speedboat, with the excursion lasting approx 3.5-4 hrs. I must specifically commend Silvia on her customer service and care throughout our stay, ensuring we were always happy and satisfied with everything. We decided to extend for an additional 2 nights, and Silvia ensured we got the best available rate, and ensured our transfers were changed appropriately. She also ensured we had a room to use for the day on the say of checkout, due to our flight being in the evening. We had thought they'd move us to a beach villa, but she ensured we got a water villa to use. She is a gem to the resort, and we cannot thank her enough! I would also like to commend Krzysz on his management of the resort. On one evening there were some rowdy guests, and while it took a little longer than expected to get Krzysz involved, he eventually resolved the issue, calling the authorities to remove these guests accordingly. We had been to the Maldives once before, and both experiences were vastly different. The resort was fairly busy, and everyone friendly. This created a great social environment. In summary, the major perks of the resort are the huge water villas, free guided house reef snorkels, free snorkel equipment and great house reef. We feel as though we have made lifelong friends with those at the resort, from staff to guests. Thank you for the amazing time. And we hope to someday return. Muaaz & Halima
Bucket list Ocean Villa resort that was superb
We travelled as a family of 4, the adults in a water villa and the teenagers in a beach villa and spent a special week on the island. Although the ocean villa entitles those staying at it to eat at the Ocean restaurant which has an a la carte menu, we found that the variety in the buffet on the island was great for the family. It was made really special by attentive service from Ahmed who looked after us for the week. Chef Motin is a true character, and if he wasn’t a phenomenal juice maker and pizza chef he would have excelled in comedy, each meal was a joy to look forward to knowing that Motin would provide great food and good humor. The ocean villas are stunning, well maintained (in the face of some adverse weather) very comfortable and well serviced. The privilege of jumping off the deck for a swim is just amazing. The teens in the beach villa had a very happy stay with their villa right on the beach. Although there are phones between rooms, we brought along a pair of two way radios which helped arrange our day. The house reef is great for snorkelling and it’s awesome to see so much coral re growth following the bleaching in 2015/16. The resort is well run, always clean and the staff are very well schooled and very friendly. Chris the GM and Sylvia run a tight but happy ship and the guests feel it. We dived with the dive team from IDive - Micheal was a great instructor to the teens, the dive set up and team very professional and some high quality diving. This was a real treat of a holiday. Highly recommended.
Still dreaming of the blues ...
What a spoil this was ! Beautiful setting - barefoot luxury - indulged but chilled ! We loved every moment of this wonderful break away from the stresses of our current world. The Maldives is paradise!
Sea turtles, coral reefs, cocktails and beach days!
An unforgettable experience! The staff made for an excellent trip, super friendly and helpful always went the extra mile. We thoroughly enjoyed the food with lots of different options from pizza to local cuisine. A sea excursion snorkeling the reefs is an absolute must even for first time snorkelers we where amazed by the variety and beauty of it all. A must visit!
Well worth a stay
We decided to return to the Maldives at short notice with 2 friends to spend 7 nights at Diamonds Athuruga during early August 2021. From our arrival via sea plane to be met by Silvia and Chris their customer service levels were exceptional throughout our stay. We stayed in Water Villas 7 & 8 and unfortunately Villa 7 was not equipped the same as Villa 8 ( no Apple i Mac + mirror + artifacts ). The Water Villas otherwise were well positioned with good privacy and maintained to a high standard. The all inclusive drinks package staying in the Water Villas was an excellent deal. Even though we booked during the "rainy season we were blessed with 6 days out of 7 with beautiful sunny days. We decided to book a private snorkelling morning excursion via the Water Sports Centre and were blessed to have Hussain as our diver guide. What an experience - crystal clear waters/turtles/swimming with some dolphins/ watching Hussain diving down to unbelievable depths and resurfacing in one piece ! The Resort's Covid protocols were excellent with also included a very well run infirmary on site. On Day 3 we were all given a complimentary Covid Test which was new compared to our previous Maldives holiday in Feb 2021. The 2 restaurants allocated to the Water Villas one was a-la carte and the other buffet service. I personally preferred the a-la carte. Both restaurants were good but not exceptional. One evening the hotel management hosted a beach party which was very good especially the fresh tuna sashimi and sangria being my favorite. Being a small island all the evenings entertainment were provided by the staff. Silvia again deserves a special mention. What an asset to the resort keeping us up to-date every evening with our next days dining arrangements and any other requests that we had. I am sure that Silvia will soon be a Resort Manager.
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