A naturally unspoilt and wonderfully informal island hideaway perfect for diving and watersports.
Small and picturesque, Thudufushi has welcoming staff and a lovely casual atmosphere. Diving is one of the most popular activities here. The island’s location on the outer edge of the atoll means that there’s access to deeper ocean and larger marine creatures. There’s a great area for waterskiing and windsurfing, a large lagoon and house reef, and an impressive marine biology programme includes coral regeneration.
Dining options include the buffet-style restaurant, Maakanaa, plus an intimate Japanese restaurant with a teppanyaki grill and a cultural Maldivian corner, where two guests at a time can prepare traditional dishes with the chef and then dine under the palms of the tropical garden. Rooms on the beach include a few cottage-style Beach Bungalows scattered around the island on the beachfront and spacious Junior Suites with a separate living room (highly recommended if you want your room on the beach). There’s also the extra choice of Beach Suites and Jacuzzi Water Villas.
Water Villas at Diamonds Thudufushi
The chic white Water Villas here are impressively spacious and offer five-star luxury. Distinct in their design, they feature custom-made rattan furniture, hand-made parquet floors and contemporary Italian lighting, and one of the highlights has to be the large private terrace offering direct access to the water. The Water Villas also have iMacs with a large selection of movies and music. Water Villa guests have access to their own restaurant, Aqua, which has a modern European and Asian fusion à la carte menu.
Diamonds Thudufushi is an island that really takes your breath away. When you arrive off the seaplane it feels like you have landed in paradise; the sea is bright turquoise against the powder white sand and bright white contemporary water villas. The water villas offer something very different to other islands as they are Italian in design and very private and spread out from the surrounding villas – perfect for a tranquil oasis of calm or a dream honeymoon! We were so lucky to have the opportunity to snorkel and see turtles in their natural habitat around the reef – something I will never forget."
Isabel Adams, Personal Travel Expert, Kuoni Solihull
In the South Ari Atoll
Good to know
Minimum age 8 in overwater villas; minimum age 12 in spa villas. Minimum stay: 7 nights 26 Dec-06 Jan.
Make the most of the free watersports on offer, including the daily guided snorkelling tour of the house reef.
68 beach bungalows and water villas
• Practise yoga or Pilates* • Go waterskiing* • Take a water gym class • Learn about the marine biology centre's impressive coral regeneration programme.
3 restaurants plus Maldivian corner, seafood beach dinner venue, bar
Beach Bungalow and Junior Suite guests • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the main buffet restaurant, Maakanaa • Selected drinks including wine, beer, cocktails and soft drinks (excludes premium brands) • Welcome cocktail • Snacks at the beach bar • Minibar refilled daily (beer, soft drinks and mineral water) • In-room espresso machine with tea and coffee capsules • Selected watersports • Fisherman’s Island excursion organised once per week (every Saturday) • Wi-Fi in the lobby area and Junior Suites
Water Villa and Beach Suite guests As per Beach Bungalow guests plus: • Breakfast in-room or at Maakanaa • Lunch and dinner at the overwater restaurant, Aqua • Mini fridge refilled daily (wine, beer, soft drinks, and mineral water) • Wi-Fi in the Water Villas.
NB – Beach Bungalow guests can dine at the overwater restaurant, Aqua, at a supplement.
*Denotes local charge