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Diamonds Athuruga
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Athuruga Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

It was simply amazing. The beauty of the place, the sweetness and warm welcome of the people
always ready to make you feel relaxed. Just no words to describe it.. I also recommend the food that was fantastic.
Actually, when you leave, you can't help thinking about coming back.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Federica B
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Stefano G, Manager at Diamonds Athuruga, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

Dear Federica,
Thank you very much for wonderfully recalling your stay with us at Diamonds Athuruga. It was wonderful to have your warm presence this month!

You brought a fantastic smile and personality with you to Athuruga, and it brightened the experience of our guests and staff. We strive to make Athuruga feel like paradise for our guests, but it is delightful to know that the island is an amazing environment for our staff. It is a pleasure to know you enjoyed the atmosphere of the resort.

We hope to have you back with us soon, we know it’s difficult to not constantly think about returning to this magical place.
Warm regards

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Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

Our 3rd visits to Diamonds and it was just as stunning as the first!
Briefly the huge positives: Water Villas are stunning (we discovered this time that the Northern facing Villas are classed as Sunset Villas that his time of year - September. However if you want Sun on the deck all day just do a bit of research as to what may suit your needs best). Staff are incredible, friendly and attentive (special mention to Farouq in the over water restaurant and Easa who looked after our Villa). Snorkelling is second to none with vast variety of Marine life. The food, just love it! Especially the over water restaurant. Buffet/ Teppanyaki are also great.
Some (minor) negatives: The cocktail list/ quality should be addressed. They are Ok, but just don't match the high level of everything else available. The Barstaff do a great job, but possibly the Hotel should look to investing in some better quality spirits.
Afternoon 'snacks' delivered to the water villas. A lovely touch, and very much appreciated, however when it's 30 degrees, maybe 2 slices of cake would be better replaced by Ice Cream or something similar, and a little more variety maybe?
These really are minor points, and don't let these detract from an overall excellent Hotel.
Diamonds still remains our favourite Maldivian destination, and we look forward to returning in the future!

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Vasco80
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Stefano G, Manager at Diamonds Athuruga, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us at Diamonds Athuruga. I am very happy to hear your 3rd time at the resort was just as wonderful as your previous experiences.

I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your accommodation. The sunset over the Watervillas at this time of year is incredible. I often stroll the Watervilla Walkway right before 7PM at this time of year to catch a glimpse of the sun setting, and it is always a remarkable moment.

Thank you for your compliments regarding our snorkeling activities and the quality of our food in all of our restaurants. We host several JREs (Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe) throughout the year to help design our menus and train our resident chefs to cook consistently delicious meals, and I am delgithed that you were able to enjoy them.

Thank you for bringing your suggestions to our attention, however minor you believe them to be. Any comments for imporvment are greatly appreciated by Diamonds Athuruga as it helps us improve.

Thank you again for your wonderful review, and we look forward to welcoming you back for a 4th time to enjoy some improved cocktails and refreshing afternoon snacks!
Best regards

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Reviewed 22 September 2017

Arriving into Athruga, we were blown away! It's a stunning as the pictures. However, the food does not live up to the standard expected and the cocktails are shocking.

We had spent the first week of our honeymoon in Kuramathi where we were utterly spoilt with wonderful food, wine and cocktails. Coming to Athruga to stay in a water villa and eat at the a la carte restaurant was disappointing. We complained and the standard did improve but it seems they are complacent. The food was bland and we found ourselves asking for extra sauce to add flavour. They only served processed cheese and tried to use weird combinations to shoe horn the same thing into multiple meals (tempura with taziki?!) The cocktails are all cheap ingredients and syrups rather than fresh juices and coconut.

The accommodation was beautiful, if slightly tatty and it rattled a lot if it was windy in the night. They need to work to keep they're standards up eg. the towels are looking tired and when we spilt a drink on the sheets they didn't change them.

The snorkelling and diving was great but the reef is in very poor health, apparently due to the sea temperatures. This doesn't seem to have affected the wildlife, with so many fish, harmless sharks, formations of Eagle rays, a couple of resident turtles and a sting ray living in the shallows by the villas.

For the price you pay this doesn't live up to expectations, although we did have a lovely time.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Emily O
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Stefano G, Manager at Diamonds Athuruga, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2017

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for leaving a thoughtful review regarding your stay at Diamonds Athuruga. Feedback from our guests allows us to continually improve the service we offer, so we consider it to be extremely valuable and important.

I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed the picturesque nature of Athuruga. The island always leaves a breathtaking impression when arriving for the first time.

It is not our standard to serve food that does not satisfy our guests. I will therefore address your valuable comments with the relevant departments in order to verify and improve the consistency and quality of both our cuisine and our cocktails.

I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed the beauty of our Water Villas. Our housekeeping staff changes the sheets every two days, but I must apologize if your Room Boy did not notice the stain on your bed, or your sheets would have been immediately replaced.

I am encouraged to hear your wonderful experiences around our house reef, along with the fact that you were able to witness all the beauty of our surrounding marine life. Despite rising sea temperatures creating incredibly difficult conditions for Maldivian corals, Diamonds Athuruga is still full of numerous beautiful species, which are always a wonder to observe.

Thank you again for taking the time to write your review. I am glad to hear that overall, you had a lovely experience, and I sincerely hope that we will be able to welcome you back again for an improved experience.
Best regards

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Reviewed 16 September 2017

A fantastic honeymoon in a beach bungalow here, the quality of everything was amazing, from the food to the service offered, absolutely perfect!

Loved the variety in food at every meal, the cleaning services and helpfulness of the staff, and the wonderful location, I wouldn't believe there is a better island in the Maldives for a honeymoon. Also the laundry service was free!

Room Tip: I heard good things about a lot of rooms
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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Stefano G, Manager at Diamonds Athuruga, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for taking the time to review your stay at Diamonds Athuruga. I am delighted to hear that you were thoroughly satisfied with your stay, and it was a privilege to host you for your honeymoon.
I am pleased to hear you enjoyed the variety of options available at our restaurants. Our chefs prepare excellent meals based on different themes for every day of the week.
I am very happy to hear that you appreciated our laundry and cleaning services, and most importantly the helpfulness of our staff. I must agree with you that Athuruga is the most exceptional Maldivian island for honeymoons, it is truly a unique experience.
Thank you again for your wonderful review. We look forward to welcoming you again soon for another fantastic vacation!
Best regards,

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Reviewed 8 September 2017

We spent 10 nights at Diamonds Athuruga - a beautiful tiny Island with Italian flair. We were welcomed warmly by Stefano (GM) and his team. The entire staff is friendly, welcoming and we felt so special all around, even though you are left to your own devices. Excellent foods and service. Clean bungalows (we stayed in the beach bungalows). Snorkeling around the Island is excellent, See turtle, spotted eagle rays, nurse sharks, abundance of beautiful fish. Whale shark -, Manta Ray-, and snorkelling excursions a must! We can recommend this Island to anyone seeking tranquility and a Paradise!

Room Tip: All beach bungalows are approximately the same, no particular fancy
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank hellaf
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Stefano G, Manager at Diamonds Athuruga, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2017

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your thoughtful review on your time at Diamonds Athuruga. I am very pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay.

All the members of our staff are motivated and committed to provide our guests with an exceptional and unique experience. As you say, we overlook nothing in order to make you feel “special all around”.

I am glad that you enjoyed the cuisine on the island, and that you had the opportunity to experience the life below the water. Our many fish swimming happily among the corals are a beautiful and memorable sight to see. Furthermore, I am very happy to hear you took advantage of a host of excursions that you offer. The peacefulness of swimming around a Whale Shark, so large and yet always so calm, is a moment that leaves a lasting impression.

Thank you again for your heartfelt review. We are looking forward to welcoming you back for more tranquility on our “little Paradise”!
Best regards

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Region: Maldives > Alifu Atoll > Southern Ari Atoll > Athuruga Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Athuruga Island
Price Range: $1,014 - $3,485 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Diamonds Athuruga 5*
Number of rooms: 73
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Athuruga Island Resort is the twin island of its sister Thundufushi. The island comprises of a thick vegetation of coconut palms and surrounded by powdery beach which extends to one side of the island. The lagoon on this side is small and the superb house reef is within the swimming distance while on the other side the lagoon is very large, sandy and is ideal for paddling around. Athuruga Island resort is best described as an elegant and intimate holiday resort with a high standard of service which offers offer All Inclusive only. There are only 51 rooms, named as 46 Beach Bungalows and 05 garden Villas. Catamaran, laser boat, canoe, windsurfs offered free to guests who must be experienced & licensed for these activities. Snorkeling equipment are offered free against a deposit towards loss of damage. Free guided snorkeling on house reef daily. Free laundry service. Aerobic, stretching, water gym and dance lessons free of charge.1 sunset fishing and 1 fisherman island excursion per stay included free. Beach towels provided free. Free doctor's service and infirmary. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Diamonds Athuruga Beach And Water Villas
Diamonds Athuruga Beach & Water Villas Hotel South Ari Atoll
Athuruga Hotel South Ari Atoll

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