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“Thudufushi, Maldives - May 2011”

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Diamonds Thudufushi
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Newtonhill, United Kingdom
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“Thudufushi, Maldives - May 2011”
Reviewed 26 March 2012

I was lucky enough to stay here with my parents and younger sister (who is 2 years younger than me) for the first time back in September 2008. Unfortunately they returned in 2009 without me and when we planned to go in 2010 the island was shut to erect the new water villas. I finally got the chance to return in May 2011.

Arriving by seaplane is a great experience and not the normal arrival you make on a holiday! The flight from Male to the resort is marvellous as you look at all the little islands, most of which are uninhabited. Thudufushi itself looks great, especially with the new water villas. My family had worried this may spoil the island but the new villas are built around their own pier and extend out from the island, leaving everyone on the beach villas to have their own peace and quiet. Once the plane arrived on the pier the staff were there to take your bags to your room and you were made welcome with a nice cocktail.

The beach villas are very roomy inside, although there is no TV you certainly don't need one. After spending a few hours in the hot sun it can be relaxing to lie on the comfy bed with the air conditioning blasting, the ipod playing and staring out at the sea just 30ft from the doors. There is a mini fridge which is kept well stocked with soft drinks and an efficient laundry service too. The shower is open air but secluded from others and it really is a great experience to take a shower in the open looking up to the palm trees where you can often spot Fruit Bats flying around. The bathroom also features a double sink. Although the water villas are more modern, I'd rather pay less money and have my own bit of beach.

There is lots of sand around the island making it great for walking around. Each water villa has sunbeds and usually a 10 second walk from the sea! Common sites on the sand are white crabs which are very fast - they usually are more present at night and are completely harmless. Small lizards can also be spotted. Apart from annoying flies around the dining areas, there are a surprising lack of flying insects to bother you, the only scary one being the occasional large black Bees. If you can swim then it is highly recommended you take a snorkel around the island and look at the abundance of underwater life on your doorstep, with many tropical fish and small reef sharks. There are 2 daily diving trips along with a small dive centre in the middle of the island where very knowledgeable and friendly staff will be there to assist you. I managed to obtain my PADI Open Water Diving certification which was a great experience, and some of the dives I went on were fascinating with the chance to spot turtles and rare species of eels to name a few.

All staff on the island are very friendly and make you feel very welcome. Attention to detail is excellent, with one of the staff making a birthday cake for my Dad and even making sand decorations on the dinner table. Food wise there is something for everything if you go for all inclusive. Be warned regarding the spirits - if your expecting a single measure then in reality you will get triple ;-)

One of the simplest pleasures is watching the sunset which is truly spectacular. Staying on the island has to be experienced to be believed. I've had many ask how can I not get bored being stuck on a small island. It's not something that can be explained. If you get the chance to go, grab it with both hands. Myself and my family are reluctant to try any of the other islands as it's so perfect here. I've got the pleasure of knowing I'm going back in September 2012 and massively looking forward to it. If I ever get married, this is the place I'd like to come for my honeymoon.

Overall 5/5.

Pro's: The definition of paradise, sunsets to die for, great food, diving facilities, friendly staff, sealife.
Con's: None (the 4 flights from Aberdeen were worth the hassle).

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 March 2012

It always a wonderful structure. As for Athuruga, the Swiss company Planhotel is running the organization in the best way. The all inclusive formula is really ALL inclusive. Even laundry, room bar , brand alchoolic drinks, all regarding food and drinks. Internet service is good, wifi in the reception area at a good speed, measured with speedtest.net site, 7 Mbits down and upload. Not bad. Overwater bungalows also have a private router in every room. The reef is really good and close to the beach. The local Serena spa provides a good service in case you want to try some indian relax. I was at my first Thudufushi but after many trips to the Maldives. This island is really special. Do not take the speed boat from Male, it is too long and stressing, 2 hours trip about. really too much after the plane from home. For any question please ask me !

Room Tip: Room 30 to 40 have a big beach as well as the first numbers facing the lagoon.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 March 2012

We have just returned from Thudufushi . An island my husband had wanted to stay on for many years. I did not think our previous holidays in the Maldives could have been surpassed but this place is just wonderful. The snorkelling is great and the Water Villas are beautiful. I personally did not miss the beach at all. The water villa restaurant provides the best in dining and again this was better than our previous holidays in the Maldives. The staff are pleasantly attentive without being a bother. It is mostly an 'Italian' island but my husband and I found this a nice change, it was good being in the minority and we found our fellow guests delightful. This island I would recommend to anyone for peaceful beauty and tranquility.

Loved the whole experience!!

Mrs S. E. Rice March 2012

Room Tip: Water villas are superb, sunset side at the end was a dream place to be!
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, England
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Reviewed 13 February 2012

An amazing beach holiday with absolutely stunning location, views and snorkelling.
If you want white beaches, peace and quiet and stunning blue waters, Thudufushi is for you.

As so many other reviews have mentioned, a 30-40 minute flight from Male starts the trip and you fly to Thudufushi.
You're met on arrival with welcome drinks and towels and after a long flight from the UK, that was required.
We stayed in July 2010 so before the new water villas were built, so be very interesting to go back and try one of those.

The location and views are incredible, a small island that can be walked or swum around in 10 minutes.
In my opinion, this is the main appeal as it makes the island quiet and relaxing.
The staff are superb and nothing was too much trouble.
From what has been reviewed the animation teams change every season but our team were excellent and the evening talk about the stars was superb.
Food was very good, varied as we were there for 15 nights ! and the lobster meal on the beach is a must.
The beach villas are excellent and we stayed on the west side of the island in a detached villa, and had a lovely deck to sit and watch the sunset.
You stepped straight on to the white sand and then a few more steps and you're in the gorgeous sea and the reef for the snorkelling !
Manta's, small sharks, thousands of multi-coloured fish and the turtles, exactly what you'd expect to see, was there.

We went in July when it is cheaper due to their alleged rainy season, we stayed for 15 nights but only had 3/4 days when it rained.
It was still very warm and we still went snorkelling etc, just no sunbathing for a couple of hours during those 3/4 days, whilst the downpour came in.

Did a couple of trips out snorkelling but no diving, again very well organised with top class guides and equipment.

Perfect for a special trip or honeymoon and would love to go back some day ..................

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

My husband and I spent our second vacation on the Maldives for a week in the beginning of December. It was pure paradise the second time around! We were on Thudufushi's sister island, Athuruga, last year and thought that couldn't be topped. When we went to book this year though, they were already full for the time we could go. So we decided to give Thudufushi a try. We were not disappointed in the least!
My husband was a little concerned about the reef maybe not being as nice as in Arthuruga since we couldn't find much info in the reviews we read. Again here we were not let down at all. While snorkeling we saw eagle rays, turtles, octopus, morays, dolphins and millions of colorful fish amongst fantastic coral gardens. Each day we discovered a new area to snorkel around the island.
The island itself is small and cozy. It takes only about 10 mins. to swim or walk around it. There are about 50 beach bungalows and 23 over water villas. We had water villa nr. 16 and were very pleased. Unlike Arthuruga there is little golfcart "bus" that runs out on the boardwalk between the water villas and the beach. At first we laughed about this and said we really don't need this "luxury", but by week's end we were riding it too. The driver, as well as all local personnel we encountered, was more than friendly and always ready to help. This includes the waiter, bartender, roomboy, spa workers, ... Service was excellent! The only "complaint" we had was the Italian animation/sport team. They seemed to just be having a great time amongst themselves, couldn't really give correct information on snorkel trips, etc. There was also a man "singing" each lunch and night at the main bar/restaurant area. He didn't really bother anyone and was friendly enough - but his English pronounciation left you guessing which song he was singing! In fact all the Italian staff had just arrived on the island 2 weeks ago and I guess were still getting used to everything. They work in 5 month stints.

The food in both the main restaurant and water villa restaurant was heavenly! The chef is Sri-Lankan but has wonderful Italian influences. We enjoyed breakfast on our porch every morning! The all-inclusive on Thudufushi (&Arthuruga) is unbeatable! One tiny discrepancy we found was that it was stated in the internet that the water villas had an i-Pod docking station and an i-Mac. This was not the case. There was however wireless in the villas. The beach bungalows apparently have the docking stations. Also there's wireless in the lobby area. There was a doctor on call, with certain hours each day. Luckily we didn't need her. There is a boutique with some rather pricey things as well as some real bargains. Also a "souvenir" shop with some necessity items as well.

The week we were there, there was a good mix of nationalities: 40% Italian, 20% German speaking, 20% British, 20% Asian.A couple of families with small children, but nothing bothersome. Never once had the feeling of being crowded anywhere. The palms vegetation on the island is lovely and covers the cell tower well. Only improvement could be better hiding (the noise) of the diesel generator in the middle of the island.

Drinks at the bar were well-mixed and tasty. The cappuccinos are better than in Italy! Everything was very clean and even the beach was raked for trash (which did wash up daily) and shells/corals. The sunrises, sunsets, white powdery sand, turquoise blue/green water, white water villas, tasty dining in a laid-back atmosphere(barefoot island!), friendly smiles and service, almost perfect weather made our second trip to the Maldives once again heaven on earth!

Room Tip: Water villas on the right side have the sunset, on the left side have direct access to great snorkel...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Diamonds Thudufushi

Property: Diamonds Thudufushi
Address: P.O. Box 2019
Region: Maldives > Alifu Atoll > Southern Ari Atoll > Thudufushi Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Thudufushi Island
Price range (per night): ₹ 36,199 - ₹ 1,12,928
Hotel Class:5 star — Diamonds Thudufushi 5*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kick off your shoes and unwind at Diamonds Thudufushi, a little piece of paradise on its own private island in the Maldives. Set on a white sand island within the turquoise waters of a shallow lagoon, Diamonds Thudufushi offers luxurious accommodation and outstanding levels of service. Located on the south-western rim of Ari Atoll, just a 35-minute seaplane flight south of Male' International Airport, the resort is secluded and tranquil, providing optimum privacy in unspoilt surroundings. The natural beauty of the island has been retained and enhanced. Beach Bungalows have individual verandas and private beachfronts along the coral-sand shore. Experience the diversity of the Maldives by pairing your visit with a stay at Diamonds Thudufushi, offering intimate village charm. ... more   less 
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Diamonds Thudufushi Beach & Water Villas Hotel Thudufushi Island
Thudufushi Hotel South Ari Atoll
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