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The most wonderful place
What an incredible place with wonderful people. My sister and I stayed for a complete week of luxury and tranquility. Everything was incredible from the beautiful water villa, perfect breakfast delivered to our water villa, incredible setting, amazing sunsets, friendly and helpful staff and fantastic sea life that we saw snorkelling and daily at our villa. We don’t have the words to describe how amazing Diamonds Athruga is. Hopefully we’ll come back again. Thank you to the Diamonds team for making it so perfect.
Second time in paradise.
Returned a week ago from our second stay at Diamonds Athuruga (exactly 2yrs from from previous stay) Had the most amazing holiday again - it truly is a little taste of paradise and total luxury. We were made to feel special as returning guests from the moment we stepped off the seaplane and were even given the same water villa that we stayed in last time - sunset water villa 15. The water villas are fabulous - extremely well appointed both inside and outside. The outside decking areas are huge with comfy sofas, sun longers and a table and chairs with plenty of shade. The addition of the beach bags is a nice little touch. We chose to have breakfast on our decking most mornings which was always delivered exactly at the time we requested and was always excellent. We had all our meals in the over water restaurant (except on the Maldivian night) and the food was superb with plenty of choice. The resort is maintained to a very high standard but nothing is pretentious; it is elegantly understated providing a relaxed and informal environment. The staff are all amazing; hard working, friendly and cheerful and nothing is ever too much trouble. If I could name and thank all the staff individually I would, even the staff behind the scenes who you never see, for giving us a wonderful holiday. I must mention Ziyadh, our waiter in the over water restaurant, for the great service he gave us - always cheerful and friendly. He even claimed to remember us from our previous holiday as he was our same waiter then. Also Husnee, our villa attendant who attended to our every need and kept our villa beautifully clean. The behind the scenes tour was great - it really makes you appreciate the hard work involved in running the island and providing the luxury to the guests. We noticed a sad change in the state of the coral reef since our lat visit but fortunately the sea life was still amazing in spite of this. The island is tiny - you can walk round it in about 6 minutes but it is absolutely beautiful with white sand and crystal clear blue sea. I don’t think we ever saw more than a dozen people at any one time. Total tranquility and relaxation. I have one little criticism BUT IT IS NOT OF ATHURUGA itself. It is of some of the reviews I read before we went which criticised the change to the mini bars in the over water villas no longer being automatically stocked with wine. I feel sorry for these people that it was such a hardship for them to have to ring the main bar and request a bottle of wine and have it delivered to the villa within about 10 minutes by someone who was cheerful and happy to do it even in pouring rain. If it stops people wasting wine that has probably taken weeks to get there then good for you Athuruga. Thank you to everyone at Athuruga who made our holiday amazing - it truly was a little taste of paradise and we are really hoping to be able to come back again.
The best experience ever!!!
What can I say? This place is out of this world! The service is impeccable and the food is amazing! We stayed in a beach bungalow and you just sunbathe right outside of your room which is really handy! The rooms are kept really clean and we loved the partial open air bathroom. We would definitely return!
Just an awesome experience and a great honeymoon
It was just awesome! We almost cried the day we had to leave after almost two weeks of pure paradise! The island is very small but not to crowded (at least in october) and the water villa is just awesome! The staff is really kind and the service can not be described in words! Thank you very much for an awesome honeymoon! It will be very hard to get back to normality but we are already looking forward to our next visit to this small paradise! Special thanks goes to Solah from the overwater restaurant who was always very kind and helpful! Another special thanks goes to Valerio, who besides being an awesome marine biologist is also a very nice person! He helped us with the excursions and explained us a lot of things about the coral reef and his project for the island! Thank you once again!
Wow wow wow
We spent 7 nights in early September for our honeymoon and what a week it was!! After booking we realised it was rainy season but we didn’t see a spot of rain all week after leaving male airport. The island itself is tiny it took 7 minutes to walk all way round! But what a beautiful 7 minute walk it is walking in the shallows of the crystal clear water with baby black tip sharks swimming around your ankles. The resorts reef is abundant with beautiful fish, turtles, eagle rays and black tip sharks we spent 3-4 hours a day snorkelling every time seeing something different. There was guided tours twice a day from the resort water sports team. We stayed in sunset water villa 15 it was immaculately furnished with a large deck where we spent evenings watching the sun melt into the sea and nights laid looking at the array of stars in the black sky with a few cocktails. The villa had a massive four poster bed with a perfect view of the ocean, the double shower also had a door that opened onto the decking so you could shower whilst taking in the breath taking view! Food in the resort was exceptional we had breakfast delivered to our villa every morning, lunch in the buffet restaurant and our evening meal in the exclusive over water villa restaurant where we choose off a alcarte menu. The chief in the water villa restaurant was called Alexandro not only did he serve us amazing food every night but also lent my husband his own personal hair clippers as my husband had forgot to pack his! All the staff were always smiling and couldn’t do enough to help from the friendly golf buggie drivers that were always on hand to take us to the island bar where Vipen the bar tender would always have our favourite drink waiting! I would recommend this resort to anyone that is looking for a piece of paradise we will definitely be returning soon!
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