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Reviewed March 14, 2013

My husband and I stayed here in November 2012, we had wanted to book this resort for a while and finally did and stayed for 10 nights. The attraction for us was the amazing looking Water Villas and I have to stay they did not fail to disappoint!! They were spacious inside and out, with the outside space being amazing. Rooms were clean and mini bar stocked with wine and beer!

The over water restaurant served great food and with a good selection for lunch and dinner; a choice of around 5 starters, soup, pasta and 5 main courses and 3 desserts. I could not find fault for the food only that the decision on what to have was sometimes hard to choose!

We would drink at the over water bar before dinner and loved the little extras they have here, popcorn, olives and peanuts served with drinks! Yum! This was also the case for the island bar which we enjoyed after dinner.

Entertainment team, we lovely and friendly and certainly seem to work very hard!

My only observation was the way management would swan round the bar of an evening drinking alcohol and chatting seeming completely oblivious to all the other staff and guest around them.

The current around the water villas is very strong and I did at time struggle to swim! You defiantly need to be a strong swimmer!

Overall this was an amazing holiday and will return again, the staff are attentive and friendly and could not do more for you!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Just got back from Thudufushi after a two week break. The island is stunning and the accomodation was excellent. We had a beach bungalow and it was just wonderful to walk out onto the beach and straight into the sea. We did think about a Water Villa but we both prefered the idea of a Beach bungalow. Kholik and Satchi in the bars where great and looked after us well. Hassan our room boy!! Really did look after us as well. Angela and Marcho couldn't do enough for you from the Animation team. J wanted to be bigger than his boots. And didn't like it if he was proved wrong and then he blanked you. The food was very good, plenty of choice even for the fussiest of eaters. Also Ibrahim our waiter was excellent. The only problem we had was that my husband came down with a chest infection which the doctor on the island treated as a cold paracetamol and decongestants. 2 weeks with not much snorkling he wasn't happy. Once home he saw our doctor and was given a script for anti-biotics. Did take the romatic side away. But we still enjoyed it. It is an Italian based island with 60-70% of the tourists being Italian, a few brits, a few french and austrians. I would recommend this island. Wouldn't bother with chartering the boat for big game fishing as we did. Expensive and we didn't even get a nibble. Might be better if they used strips of bait instead of poppers etc. The fruit bats and tree dragons were fantastic to watch as was the heron!!!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Just come back from Thudufushi Island and this was the best holiday for me and my wife.
First I want to say what type of holidays we like, we are quite fussy people. We like quite beach, good food, meet other people to share experiences, we like snorkelling and I like diving. This is pretty much everything that Maldives has to offer. We do not ask for 5 star resorts just clean and not too crowded.
We have been to other Maldivian island before ( Veligando)and this helped us to compare the quality of the island and everything that is there to compare including reef, snorkelling, food, diving, exclusivity of the beach (privacy), how many beach and water villas are there on island, is it for couples, or families with children.
We choose this island over others because of good house reef, diving, wale shark excursion and it did not disappoint us. We went on wale shark excursion on our second day and saw 3 separate sharks and got to snorkel with them too. This was experience you will never forget. Also the water activities team made video and good pictures which we could take with us.
We stayed on island for 12 nights. 6 in Garden room No.48 and 6 in beach villa No.35. The Garden room was a quite surprise. The size of the room was as big as for villa and bathroom was even bigger. We definitely would recommend to anyone. There is enough outside space to be enjoyed around the island. We split our accommodations because we thought that we will miss the privet beach experience, but to be honest we did not used it as much as we thought we would. We chose beach villa No.35 because it was detached and also had good reviews on tripedvisor.
Note - most of the villas where semi-detached, which is OK, but as they all are the same price so better if you can have your own.
Island itself is very small. Only 47 beach villas, 2 garden rooms and 25 water villas. You can walk around island in 10min.
Food: we could not fault it. Food was excellent. What people have to realise is that the temperature is 30 degrees and food has to be fresh and safe. There was fresh pasta, pica, grill stations and also plus everything else and probable a lot more that you really need. We could not stop eating fresh grilled beef. We asked where it is from and we were told that it is from Australia.
Staff: This Island offers twice a day snorkelling excursions, which is good for people who does not feel confident or wants some assistance. They are excellent as they will explain about marine life, different fish or any question that you will have. Very friendly, after one week it feels like you know them for very long time. There are yoga classes twice a day, water yum, many other activities if you like. This island offers quite holiday and, if you want, there is so much to do and see if you want to.
Rest of the staff on island were excellent too. Always smiling and will do anything for your comfort. There was no problem with communicating with anyone.
Diving: This is 5 star diving resort, I guess it is slightly more expensive than average diving centre, but you physically do not have to do anything, just jump in the water. Team will take care of absolutely everything. The staff is very professional, specially Diving team manager- Stefano Sindici. I took my Advance Open Water course and was not disappointed. My instructor was Fabio Sapigni-excelent.

Room Tip: We stayed in Garden room for 6 nights, Then beach villa 35
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

Having been in the Maldives in April this year ( A week on the Attol Explorer, and a week on Atheruga, could not wait to get back for my 60th birthday treet, and was not dissapointed.
Chose Thudufushi this time as was told it was better for spotting Whale sharks & manta Rays, it was still a 45 min journey by speedboat to get to the Whale shark area, but the manta rays were starting to to be seen off of the Island.
The staff were excelent and always very attentive and helpful, with a spcial thanks to Shareef our waiter , Kholil, Barman, Victor, Reception , and J, in the dive centre, who all helped to make our stay all the more enjoyable.
They have now changed the Chef in the water villa resteraunt, who now specialises in Oriental/Asien food, the first night was outstanding, the second, well, uncle bens rice came to mind, we were honest with the Chef who apreciated the feed back, and it quicly reverted to first class cuisine.
Would certainly recomend, and even the food in the buffet on the island was first class.

Room Tip: WV 1-9 + Suites, get the sun from sunrise to sunset (more 7-9 for full sunset ), WV 10-15, no sun a...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

We visited Thudufushi for the first week of a two week holiday in Dec 12. The second week is in the sister resort of Atharuga only 20 minutes away by speedboat and we've arrived there just today.

Thudufushi is in South Ari atoll about 35 mins by seaplane from Male. Their time is one hour ahead of Male so at this time of year it is 6 hours ahead of the UK.

The island is of modest size. There are 47 beach bungalows, all very nicely situated, and a similar number of water villas which look very spacious though they're not for us - we prefer to be on solid ground and close to all the facilities.

There's not much interior to Thudufushi - you can walk around it in 10 minutes and across it in 3, but it's tidy and there is some pleasant vegetation.

We choose our Maldivian islands by their reefs and this one was excellent. The dropoff is close inshore for most of the island's circumference and there are some very nice inshore coral areas that would be ideal for snorkelling beginners. As Thudufushi is on the western flank if South Ari atoll it has lots of interesting reef residents and our "spots" during the week included several Napoleon wrasse, plenty of white tip and black tip reef sharks, many eagle rays, hawksbill turtles and more. Dolphins pass close by the eastern beach sometimes several times a day.

There is an excellent team of mainly Italian staff who look after all the diving, watersports, and entertainment. The team includes a couple of marine biologists so qialufied advice is always available if you film or photo something interesting. They even had a humpback whale passing offshore in the summer.

The rooms are fine, comfortable, air conditioned and spacious with lots of drawers and cupboards. We were pleased to see no TV, though they do provide you with an iPod sound dock!

This was the first time we had booked an all-inclusive resort. We were pleasantly surprised to find the range of drinks offered over the bar included all we wanted including San Mig and other beers on draught and a good range of wines and spirits. As for food, I usually reflect in these reviews that the buffet experience in the Maldives means you enjoy a great variety of food which is often disappointingly mediocre. This one was really no different, but with exceptions. The fresh fish carpaccio should delight sushi-fans, and the open air charcoal grille was also great for fresh fish steaks. I guess if there's a message it's that fish caught locally is likely to be a much better menu choice here than a piece of red meat that has made its way to the Maldives from New Zealand or Argentina.

the AI package also included laundry, wifi at reception, your room mini bar, escorted snorkelling twice a day (including sunset snorkelling), and one excursion from the day-by-day programme. I thought that was most generous, bottom line was that on departure we only found ourselves paying for spa treatments, shop purchases, and speedboat hire. To wit.....

...On transferring between the two islands we decided to cough up for half a day in the resort speedboat so we could enjoy our own private excursion via the manta ray point and three other unpopulated island reefs before going on to Athuruga. This worked very well and amongst other things our daughter got to swim with a bunch of dolphins who happened by. And yes we did get to see mantas if only about 10 metres below us at the cleaning station.

In all a very good week and whilst it might not be quite perfect it's a great place to holiday and we would have no hesitation recommending it.

Room Tip: Rooms 44-47 might be disturbed by the Saturday night disco, otherwise they all looked fine to us
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

This was our fourth visit to the Maldives so we knew what to expect. The manager was very visible throughout our whole visit and engaged us and other visitors in conversation - very nice guy. All the staff on the island are very helpful and friendly and the bar staff very attentive. Our room was fairly simple but beautifully clean with a huge bed and outdoor bathroom - very typical of other Maldevian Islands we have visited. We had a huge expanse of beach outside our BV (no 38) and we were very happy with the location. The reef was a little disappointing with less fish than some of the other islands we have visited but none the less very enjoyable. We saw eagle rays, titan trigger fish and parrot fish every day. My husband is a scuba diver and he was lucky enough to be on a dive where a young whale shark was very visible and stayed with the divers for about 3 minutes - it was about 4 metres long. An unforgettable experience.

The food was by far and away the best we have experienced in the Maldives and we enjoyed the varius cooking stations, particularly the fresh fish and fresh pasta. The chef came out into the retaurant every day and chatted to us - very nice touch.

The island has a large number of Italian visitors and the animation team are all Italian but the team spoke great English, were great fun and chatted to visitors every day and night as well as leading snorkelling trips around the island and organised various evening entertainment.

All in all we had a wonderful holiday but I think after visiting the Maldives for four consecutive years it is time tro try another experience in another part of the world.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

First, I will describe us, then I will describe our experience. I am going to try to be as fair as possible. Skip to the end if you want a briefing, yet if you have time, read the complete review.

Our background. We are a couple that travels frequently in a middle class level. We visited Thudufushi the last week of November for 7 days and it was our honeymoon thus we spent more than we normally do on this vacation. It was our first time in the Maldives. Our expectations of this trip were basically to disconnect from the world and to have our piece of heaven for a week. Friends of us recommended the hotel, so we did not check many alternatives.

We took the Maldives Air Taxi towards Thudufushi, making a stop on the W Resort first, to drop some guests for that hotel (which seems to be a preferred destination for Asian) and then went to the Diamonds Thudufushi. There, the plane lands apart from the resort, which I find good because it is safer than having those planes flying to close to the villas or bungalows. On arrival, a Dhoni (the boats they have there) and take you to the island where you get the typical welcome drink. There you finish a couple of administrative things and they take you to your apartment. In our case, we had a water villa, so they have those golf carts so you don't have to walk all the way there. We had the water villa 7 which faces south south west.

The water villas
The water villas are an amazing place to stay. Everything is white except for the floor which is wood and the lamps. It is very nicely decorated. You get your Air Conditioned space with your bed, a sofa, lamps and 2 desks. The bathroom is very comfortable and practical. The WC is separated from the showers. Then you have 2 sinks so you can use it in parallel and then 2 showers (a cascade flow of water, a top shower and the one you can hold). The showers have a door into the terrace.

Then there is the terrace which consists of 2 parts. The living room / dining room with a very comfortable outdoor sofa and table as well a dining room with 4 chairs. The next part is the sun bathing are where you have 2 double sun bathing chairs, so up to 4 persons again. After that, its you and the ocean.

The power outlets are quite international. I guess you can plug your devices there no matter where you come from (as long as it supports 230 VAC). So you don't need any adapter if you go there from Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia. America might due to the 110 VAC.

The minibar gets filled everyday. It has only beverages (no snacks), white, rose, red wines, 2 beers, fanta, cola, tonic, big bottle of water. They could include more small bottles of water but it is ok. Juices were nice as well.

The beach towels get changed once per day and the room service comes 2x per day, which is quite nice. =)

Introduction
We then got the introduction to the hotel amenities by the guest relationship staff. They explain you where the TV room, boutiques, Nursery, restaurants, schedules, etc. There I think they spent way to much time on the costly activities (diving, excursions, boutique) and they forgot a very important piece of knowledge: to tell you that if you are in the water villas and wanted to eat in the beach restaurant, you had to make a reservation. So we had a bitter moment when we wanted to try the buffet restaurant. A tip for the hotel staff: It is better to use the phrase "It is included" rather than "It is free" when referring to the things that you get and don't have to pay for. When you say "It is free" it makes me feel that you are doing me a favor (which you are not) and if you rather say "It is included" it makes me feel that I am getting value for what I paid or, which is a good thing.

The water villa restaurant.
Then we had our dinner at the water villas restaurant. The restaurant is great, you have a different menu every day consisting of 4 alternatives for each of the 4 courses. The preparations are the ones of a luxus hotel and the food was simply delicious. Being an italian hotel, there is always something italian like risotto, pasta , etc. But you get fish, beef, duck, and local cuisine. You get the same table every night and are attended by the same waiter.

The buffet restaurant
We tried the buffet twice, once we went there without reservation (as nobody told us that we had to make a reservation for that one) and the waiters told us that we should make a reservation, I made my theater and we finally ate there. Since that occasion, we did not return there. Not because the food was not good, it is just that the food in the water villas is way much better and it seems that the food in the buffet does not change much. Finally, I don't like buffets, I prefer restaurants.

The breakfast at the water villa
When being at the water villas, you have the choice to take your breakfast on your terrace or on the restaurant. We had it once in the restaurant and then always at our terrace. It is just amazing to wake up and have your breakfast ready just 2 steps away. The breakfast is quite standard, prepared eggs, ham, cheese, coffee, yogurt,pan cakes, french toast, juices. We just loved having breakfast at the villa every day.

The ocean access
From the water villa, you have direct access to the ocean via a ladder. (I jumped directly, however you do have to check first. In our water villa 7, you can jump at a definite position, however in other ones, the corals are just there and if you jump, you can get hurt, so check first). Then you have corals directly and all kinds of beautiful fishes. You get snorkeling equipment included from day one. So we spent a lot of time just snorkeling around our villa (and all the way to the end of the reef).

Our excursions
We took 4 excursions. Two to snorkel in other reefs, to see fishes that we could not see around our water villa (like the clown fish, turtles and we even saw dolphins) a sunset fishing and the included one to fisherman island. We found the excursions good and not expensive, you get for what you pay for. The fisherman island is good to buy souvenirs (aside from a shop in the hotel),, there is nothing special about it, but they take you to a lagoon later (part of the ocean where the water is 1.5 meter deep). If you go to fisherman island, take bug repellent with you.

Hotel shops
There is a tailor that makes custom made clothes, and the prices were not expensive. We did not do it, but I think it is a cool thing. Then there is a small souvenir shop which has many things and the prices are OK. Finally there is a boutique with quite expensive things. As we are not into buying Armani shirts in our vacations, it was not something for us. However, it would be good if the boutique had also more affordable items, I think it would be more successful.

Nursery
My wife got sick and we went to the nursery. The doctor was very friendly yet he seemed only to be able to speak italian. But if you can't speak any latin language, I am sure some of the staff can help translating. And the medicines are included.

The Spa
We did not use the Spa, yet some guests on the water villa 6 ordered massages to their room and we were very jealous. =)

The animation personnel
The animation personnel are basically young Italians which speak other languages. You end up knowing all of them. They are very open minded and friendly. The night activities are simple, yet quite good (movie quiz, marine biology presentation, nintendo wii, karaoke). We found them quite good, simple but entertaining. Else they accompany the guests to the excursions and do the daily activities.

The service personnel
Here we have a point where the hotel faces its greatest challenge. As I mentioned in previous reviews, one of the risks that hotels take when they hire local people as waiters, bar tenders, room boys is that their culture might not allow them to really understand what we the guests are looking for.

One thing that really bothered me, is the fact that they perform the minimum acceptable. Our waiter was OK, did not have a great personality, but it is OK, he is that way and we respect that people have different personalities. However, somehow they offer you a drink when you sit in your table, then you get at most one refill (or they ask once if you want something else) and that is it. They will never ask again if you need something else, and you do really have to act actively (call him) and ask for it. Many times I would have enjoyed an espresso or a digestive after dinner, yet once we got our desert, the waiter never approached again. Of course, you can call him and ask for it, but even that was difficult.

The same thing happened at the bar at the island. The waiters were quite friendly and everything, but having a 3rd cocktail... not unless you stand up and go to the bar and ask for it. As this pattern repeated on the 2 bars and the 2 restaurants, I can just guess that that is the way they are trained. Which is not OK.

Poker management
Someone on the management of this hotel chain think that he is managing an airline instead of a hotel. They play poker with the reservations (especially the water villas) by overbooking them. Which means that you might not get a water villa even if that is what you booked. Fortunately, that was not the case for us, but other guests did have to go to the beach bungalows instead (which seem to be nice, but it is a lower class). When I found that out, I thought. If that had happened to me, that would have ruined my honey moon.

One day, they even offered us to change to the Moofushi hotel with a free lobster dinner and free speed boat excursion and a senior water bungalow, which after analyzing it was quite a good deal. Once again, they overbooked and needed the villa and it seems that they constantly do it. We did not take the opportunity because that means having to pack, being transported and learning how another hotel works... which for the 7 days that we were there, was just not worth it, and I can live without the lobster. But that again, makes me loose respect for the hotel management which gambles in such a way. So if you get to the hotel and they say that they do not have a water villa for you, at least tell them that they should send you to Moofushi and offer you extras like excursions or spa treatments or romantic dinners. Do not allow them to give you the beach bungalow, you should get more.

The last day
On the last day, you have to check out at 12:00 PM, and Air Taxi was not arriving before 18:00. You cannot decide when to take the Air Taxi ,they decide that for you and you do not have a voice. In that case, I think that it is unfair that we, for example, could eat at the water villas restaurant and have to go to the buffet. Especially since we arrived late the first day and did not have lunch there.

Then, there are two rooms that you can use to change or take a bath or sleep if you want, but you get them only if they are available, and once again, you have to dig for that information. Nobody approaches you and tells you what you can do while you wait. If we didn't ask, we would have not had lunch that day. So basically, it is like Cinderella, at 12:00 noon, you feel like a stranger there. I mean, you still have a limited access to the services (the bar for example), but in the end, it is very uncomfortable to be there just waiting feeling like a bug.

So that was it. I am done with the review, I hope it helps.

In summary
The water villas are excellent, the hotel is quite nice and the service needs some hospitality lessons (even though I guess their behavior comes from above). I would not return, but just because I would rather visit other Islands.

Room Tip: Any water villa is great, but the ones facing south are more private that the ones facing the Island...
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Address: P.O. Box 2019
Location: Maldives > Alifu Atoll > Southern Ari Atoll > Thudufushi Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Thudufushi Island
Price Range: $693 - $2,534 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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