Where To Stay In The Maldives: A Travel Expert’s Tour Part 2

Day 4 & 5: Diamonds Athuruga & Thudufushi

After 5 hours of speedboats, domestic flight & a seaplane we eventually arrive at the stunning Athuruga Resort around 5pm. Straight away you feel like you’ve arrived in an isolated paradise! The concept is very obviously rustic and simplistic but the feeling you get from this island is calming and laidback.

We are greeted with a carved coconut with fresh coconut water to relax after the journey to the island. Afterwards we headed to our beach bungalow rooms to get ready for the evening. The rooms are beautifully situated right on the beach with the turquoise waters at your fingertips!

We have pre-dinner cocktails followed by dinner in the main buffet restaurant on the beach front. Once we finished our delicious buffet dinner, we are taken to a presentation with the resort’s personal marine biologist who tells us all about manta rays, which are common around the island. This very interesting presentation set the scene wonderfully for our upcoming snorkelling trip in the morning!

We wake up the next day to soothingly calm waters and take a stroll along the beach to reach the restaurant for breakfast.

After breakfast we are all taken on a guided resort tour and all agree that the water villas are absolutely stunning at Athuruga, by far the best we have seen so far during our trip! Walking along the boardwalk connection the water villas, we saw a turtle bobbing in the water and a sting ray in the shallows, plus a trio of black tip reef sharks. It is clear this resort is teeming with lots of marine life!

 

After the resort tour, a boat arrives to take us out to a well-known snorkelling spot which is reached in about 30-minutes. We get to see lots of wonderful marine life including a shark and turtle but no manta rays unfortunately.

We have lunch then jump on the speedboat to head over to the sister hotel Diamonds Thudufushi. We are greeted on arrival and jump straight in to a guided site tour. The rooms and resort are pretty much the same as Diamonds Athuruga, albeit the resort has one extra bar. When we were told that we would be staying in the resort’s gorgeous water villas for the night, we are all filled with overwhelming excitement!

 

Just as I thought life couldn’t possibly get any better I find out that I’m sharing a 2-bedroom suite with private infinity pool – happy days!

We have some spare time to just relax, so we decided to drink wine in our infinity pool looking out to the truly incredible turquoise sea that stretched out for miles undisturbed. 

During the evening we enjoyed pre-dinner cocktails followed by another marine biology presentation on important environmental issues. Afterwards we are invited to have dinner at the exclusive Overwater à la carte restaurant for a yummy set menu.

Pros: A Relaxing and laidback atmosphere at both resorts, stunning water villas, authentic back-to-nature style living.

Day 6 – Finolhu

After a very stormy night we wake up early to travel by seaplane back to Male, followed by a short domestic flight and a boat we arrive at Finolhu.

On approach to the island, we all notice an impressive sand bank and then soon realise this forms part of this resort! We reach “Mission Control” and instantly the ultra-coolness hits you… from the music, down to the props and I even see mermaids in the swimming pool.

After a quick tour we jump on a boat over to the Fish & Crab Shack on the sandbank where we are laden with gorgeous food and wine.

 

After lunch we take a stroll back along the beach and after a quick dip in the pool we start the inspection of the hotel. The hotel has a fantastically quirky style and atmosphere that is shown beautifully in all of the room categories. We then check into our chic and contemporary Water Villas.

We arrive at the white party for cocktails and we watch some circus themed entertainment on the beach, followed by Asian cuisine buffet in the main restaurant.

We finish the evening back in the bar where we dance the night away.

Pros: Lively beach club vibe, excellent entertainment, quirky style, great food.

Day 7 – Velassaru

We reach Velassaru by late morning following a short speedboat, domestic flight and then another 25min speedboat from Male.

We are welcomed by a team of staff and a lovely refreshing juice. We are told the day is at our leisure so after checking in to my beach bungalow I decide to make the most of the wonderful spa facilities. At 5pm we meet for a site inspection where we get to see the water bungalows and the other beach room categories. All have direct/ very easy access to the sandy beach. The large infinity pool area is a huge plus point for this resort.

After the inspection we head out on a breath-taking sunset cruise where we are treats to champagne and canapés.

After freshening up we head to the Sands restaurant for wonderful à la carte dinner with the General Manager of Velassaru. The sommelier has picked some lovely champagne and wines to compliment the dishes excellently on the menu.

We head down to the bar for cocktails after dinner and I notice other guests have settled in for an outdoor movie with popcorn!

Pros: Good location and close to the airport, great food, excellent spa facilities with a great range of treatments, rooms and bathrooms are very nice.

Cons: Unfortunately some parts of the island have views of Local Island and Rubbish Island, no children’s clubs, not the best Maldives island for seeing marine life.

 

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