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Diamonds Athuruga Holidays

Diamonds Athuruga Holidays 2016-2017

Luxury Maldives Holiday

Awash with stunning beaches and home to beautiful water villas, Athuruga is authentic yet cosmopolitan.

Light and contemporary, Diamonds Athuruga is one of the best maintained Maldives resorts, with regular improvements only enhancing its appeal. Like sister island Thudufushi, the resort has introduced a variety of new dining options for 2016. As well as the main buffet restaurant or overwater restaurant, you’ll be able to choose between live show cooking at the Japanese restaurant, fresh seafood on the beach, and a traditional Maldivian open-air dining experience on the beach.

The surrounding waters here teem with brightly coloured fish and other marine life. Superb snorkelling can be done straight from the island – from the boat jetty or via the cut-through by the overwater restaurant – and it’s worth booking one of the snorkelling trips to nearby thilas for the chance to spot manta rays or whale sharks. It takes a little longer to reach the best dive sites, but it’s recommended if you don’t mind the journey.

The Beach Bungalows are just steps from the water’s edge. As at Thudufushi, the beautiful Water Villas are stylish white residences, and here they have an open wooden deck built on stilts over the water. With custom-made rattan furniture, hand-made parquet floors, contemporary Italian lighting and benefits including iMacs and free Wi-Fi, these deluxe villas have a real 'wow' factor. At Athuruga you’ll also be able to choose between sunset or sunrise views. Spa lovers will be able to indulge with options that include one spa treatment per room per day at the Serena Spa. Stay on the beach in an Exclusive Spa Beach Bungalow, or overwater in an Exclusive Spa Sunrise Water Villa or Exclusive Spa Sunset Water Villa – all of which are exclusively reserved for Kuoni guests.

Key information

In the South Ari Atoll and close to sister resort Thudufushi

Airport transfer time: Approx. 25 minutes by seaplane from Malé airport

Rooms: 71

Kuoni extras

Diamonds Athuruga can only be booked through Kuoni in the UK

Good to know

Children over 8 are welcome in Sunrise and Sunset Water Villas.

Accommodation information

71 beach bungalows and water villas

Activities

• Sail to a nearby picnic island* • Snorkel on the house reef with the marine biologist.

Dining

7 dining venues (3 restaurants, temporary restaurant Dec-Apr, Maldivian corner, seafood beach dinner venue and bar)

What's included

All Inclusive

All Inclusive

Beach Bungalow guests: • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the main buffet restaurant, Maakeyn • 1 lunch at the Japanese teppanyaki restaurant, Thila, per stay • 1 Maldivian dinner experience at Farivalhu per stay • Selected drinks including wine, beer, cocktails and soft drinks (excludes premium brands) • Welcome cocktail • Snacks at the beach bar • Minibar refilled daily (beer, soft drinks and mineral water) • In-room espresso machine with tea and coffee capsules • Selected watersports • Fisherman’s Island excursion organised once per week (every Saturday) • Wi-Fi in the lobby area
Water Villa guests – As per Beach Bungalow guests plus: • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the overwater restaurant, Thari • Selected sparkling wine menu • Mini fridge refilled daily (wine, beer, soft drinks, and mineral water) • In-villa afternoon snack • Wi-Fi in the Water Villas.

NB - Beach Bungalow guests can dine at the overwater restaurant, Thari, or at the Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe temporary restaurant (based at part of the overwater restaurant, open Dec-Apr and included for Water Villa guests) at a supplement.

*Denotes local charge

Rooms:

Beach Bungalow
Just steps from the water's edge. • air-conditioning • ceiling fan • sitting area • telephone • iPod docking station • minibar • espresso machine with tea and coffee capsules • open-air bathrooms with a shower and a terrace • 47m²

Exclusive Spa Beach Bungalow
These rooms are as per the Beach Bungalows, but include the benefit of 1 spa treatment per room per day included at the Serena Spa (from a choice of: serenity full body aromatherapy massage, anti-stress head, neck & shoulder massage, aromatherapy back massage, padabhyanga foot & leg massage and sports massage). • air-conditioning • ceiling fan • sitting area • telephone • iPod docking station • minibar • espresso machine with tea and coffee capsules • open-air bathrooms with a shower and a terrace • 47m²

Sunrise Water Villa
Built on stilts over the water and enjoying exclusive dining in the à la carte overwater restaurant. • air-conditioning • ceiling fan • sitting area • telephone • minibar • espresso machine with tea and coffee capsules • iMac • Wi-Fi • large terrace with dining area and sun beds • direct access to the water • 98m²

Sunset Water Villa
Built on stilts over the water and enjoying exclusive dining in the à la carte overwater restaurant. • air-conditioning • ceiling fan • sitting area • telephone • minibar • espresso machine with tea and coffee capsules • iMac • Wi-Fi • large terrace with dining area and sun beds • direct access to the water • 98m²

Exclusive Spa Sunrise Water Villa
These rooms are as per the Sunrise Water Villas, but include the benefit of 1 spa treatment per room per day included at the Serena Spa (from a choice of: serenity full body aromatherapy massage, anti-stress head, neck & shoulder massage, aromatherapy back massage, padabhyanga foot & leg massage and sports massage). • air-conditioning • ceiling fan • sitting area • telephone • minibar • espresso machine with tea and coffee capsules • iMac • Wi-Fi • large terrace with dining area and sun beds • direct access to the water • 98m²

Exclusive Spa Sunset Water Villa
These rooms are as per the Sunset Water Villas, but include the benefit of 1 spa treatment per room per day included at the Serena Spa (from a choice of: serenity full body aromatherapy massage, anti-stress head, neck & shoulder massage, aromatherapy back massage, padabhyanga foot & leg massage and sports massage). • air-conditioning • ceiling fan • sitting area • telephone • minibar • espresso machine with tea and coffee capsules • iMac • Wi-Fi • large terrace with dining area and sun beds • direct access to the water • 98m²

Facilities:

Spa*, watersports centre*, PADI dive school*, boutique*, tailor*

Restaurants & bars

The main restaurant for Beach Bungalow guests, Maakeyn offers buffet-style dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lunch might consist of pizza and pasta, or a barbecue grill where the catch of the day and a selection of meats are cooked to perfection. There’ll also be a choice of local dishes and themed dinners. The resort recommends that Water Villa guests book in advance to dine here.

The main dining venue for Water Villa guests is Thari, the overwater restaurant, which features a modern European and Asian fusion à la carte menu.

From December to April, a separate part of Thari houses the Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe temporary restaurant will host a number of chefs (members of the Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe) on a rotation basis, who will rustle up gourmet specialties. This temporary restaurant is included for Water Villas guests. If you’re staying in a Beach Bungalow then you’re welcome to eat here too, but it will be at extra cost. One evening each week a Jeunes Restaurateurs chef will prepare a gourmet dinner, and for the rest of the week a chef will prepare the exclusive menu designed by Jeunes Restaurateurs for Diamonds Resorts.

The Maldivian corner, Farivalhu, offers cultural dining, where guests are invited to share in a starlit dining experience under the palm trees on the beach. You’ll help prepare traditional Maldivian dishes which will then be served in the open by the Maldivian chefs.

Thila
, the intimate Japanese restaurant, offers a live show cooking experience, where specialised chefs prepare fresh sushi and cook a selection of seafood and meats on the teppanyaki grill.

For a romantic dinner on the beach, Kakuni offers freshly caught seafood and fresh lobster under the moonlight. There’s also Boli - a beach bar serving up light bites and tropical cocktails.