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.
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).
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia and Agoda so you can book your Diamonds Thudufushi reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Diamonds Thudufushi Beach And Water Villas
- Diamonds Thudufushi Beach & Water Villas Hotel Thudufushi Island
- Thudufushi Hotel South Ari Atoll
- Diamonds Thudufushi Thudufushi Island, Maldives