We have a week booked on Athuruga with Kuoni towards the end of February, having been told that the refurbishment would be completed in January. We have just received a letter from Kuoni informing us that the work will now continue to the end of March - "Hand and power tools will be in use and work will take place daily between 0800 - 1700 hours". The work apparently involves installation of the new water bungalows, which Kuoni say are approx 500 metres from the beach. The letter goes on to say that "Athuruga have assured us that guests in standard rooms (which we have booked) will be located on the opposite side of the island. We do not expect you to be unduly disturbed by this work project and you are free to stay at the hotel as planned."
Kuoni have offered to allow us to change to an alternative hotel without charging for amendments, provided that suitable alternative accomodation is available. We would need to pay the difference if alternative accommodation is more expensive and they will refund the difference if it is cheaper.
I have researched availability of appropriate alternatives, but there is nothing much left at this late date. We have paid almost £5,000 for the week and are concerned that it is a lot to spend to hear hammering and power tools day in, day out. Kuoni are not offering any compensation or a full refund. Should we go and put up with it or does anyone know of a suitable alternative that is available ? We have been to Baros, Filitheyo, Reethi Beach and Thudufushi previously, all of which we really liked, though Baros is now too expensive and appears to be the only one available.
Excellent snorkelling is essential for us (other forms of entertainment are not, nor is a spa or pool), and we chose Athuruga because we enjoyed the excellent food and all inclusive of the sister island Thudufushi.
Kuoni appear to have Angsana Velavaru, Velassaru, and Kuramathi Isand Resort available (but I'm not convinced that they meet our criteria - can any of you experts advise ?). Veligandu and Komandoo are not available. Vilamendhoo is 'on request' so may be a possibility - I know that it is not so luxurious, but seems to tick the other boxes quite well.
Any advice would be appreciated.