My wife and I stayed in Athuruga for 2 weeks at the beginning of July 2011 for our honeymoon. We had a fantastic time. We stayed in a water villa (no. 14), which definitely lived up to our expectations. The bed was very large and comfortable. It has everything you need – a walk in wardrobe, complete with a his ‘n hers robes (as well as the bath robes), espresso machine, Mac with lots of music/ films on and internet access. The deck area is amazing – the same size outside as you have indoors, with 2 large sofas which were very comfortable and a dining table where breakfast was delivered each morning.
We liked the position of our water villa, as it was on the reef side of the island, so you didn’t have to swim far to get to it. We were the last water villa on our side (except the luxury water villa, which was never occupied the whole time we were there), so it was quite secluded. It took probably 5/10 mins to swim (or float!) down to the cut through to the drop-off, so if you want to be nearer this, you need a villa nearer to the island on the same side. We couldn’t see the sunset all the way on our side, but to be honest I don’t think the majority of the villas could, regardless of which side you were on. We found it was quite hazy at the end of the day so the sunsets weren’t that amazing anyway.
We ate in the over water restaurant most nights, and had our regular table by the edge of the restaurant. Our waiter looked after us for the whole 2 weeks, and was attentive but not overly so. We thought the food was great – enough selection so that there was always something new to try, if you wanted to you could have had a 4 course meal for lunch and 5 courses for dinner, every day. Although we do agree with some other comments on here about the service being very quick (almost too quick), if you wanted gaps between courses, that was no problem – we either just asked our waiter or got down from the table and had a breather on the sofas around the edge of the restaurant and the food would be brought out when we returned. The only thing we would say, is that you didn’t feel very welcome staying for drinks too late – the music would be turned off and sometimes the cushions taken off the sofas, and there would only be the 1 barman still in the restaurant. I sort of felt a bit out of place and were often the only ones there. There was definitely more atmosphere on the island bar, but then again it was nice sometimes to just look at the stars and have a drink in silence at the over water bar. It was also much breezier and cooler in the overwater restaurant – the couple of times we did eat in the island restaurant, I did find it quite hot and stuffy.
We thought the all inclusive was great – almost all drinks included (inc. prosecco, a large variety of cocktails, lager, variety of wines). The only thing for us was Jack Daniels not being included, and on a couple of occasions they had run out of mint for mojitos! We didn’t really mind about this, as I guess mint isn’t really native to the Maldives!
Entertainment was fine – not too intrusive. The singer was ok, not really needed in our opinion, but nothing to moan about. We enjoyed the couple of talks by the marine biologist as well in the evenings.
The snorkelling was amazing. The best we have ever done (been to Great Barrier Reef & Red Sea before). We didn’t bother with scuba diving, as we are not PADI qualified, and you could see so much snorkelling anyway we didn’t think it would be worth it. We saw so many different types of fish, manta rays, sting rays, reef sharks, turtle. All snorkelling gear is provided for free. We did a couple of guided snorkels, which are good especially the first time swimming to the drop off.
Also, although we went in the ‘wet’ season, it only rained about 3 times in 2 weeks, which were short downpours. We had one day where it was quite overcast for most of the day, and quite windy, but to be honest it was quite a nice change from constant sunshine!
The only minor niggles we had were no free wine in the room (just 1 bottle on arrival) – seemed a bit silly as wine was included everywhere else on the island. Also, they needed to put a lock on the internal shower door, as when it was windy this did move about a bit at night and was quite noisy.
Overall, we had an amazing time, we would definitely recommend Athuruga to honeymooners!
- 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