Located on the western edge of the South Ari Atoll, Diamonds is an all-inclusive luxury beach resort. Diamonds offers guests two accommodation options, one is the classic Maldivian over the water bungalow, the other is a spacious beachfront bungalow. No matter which guestroom families choose, they’ll be able to sleep four family members. Each villa features direct beach access, rattan furnishings, a minibar, and a private bathroom. The main restaurant serves buffet style meals in an open air setting. Families will enjoy guided underwater safaris, dive lessons, kayaking, jet skiing, and sailing catamarans. Massages on the beach can be arranged.
Our Editor Loves
- House reef
- Snorkeling with eagle rays
- Private beach access
- All Inclusive Rates
- Water Sports
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
The resort itself is nice enough, in that the rooms are of a reasonable standard and the beach and the reef are nice. But the food was truly awful!! I am vegetarian and the food options are as follows: pasta (with either parmesan and butter or chili and garlic - though one day they did have pesto) cheese and tomato pizza, curry (occasional variation of what the main vegetable in the curry was) and salad, that is it!!! Every single day for lunch and dinner. I couldn't wait to get off the island to eat something else!! We mentioned the lack of choice to the receptionist and she basically wasn't interested. On the service whilst in certain places this was OK, it certainly couldn't be described anywhere as attentive however our biggest issue was having to repeatedly ask on one day for our room to be cleaned, it was eventually cleaned in the evening, I lost count of the amount of times we had to ask to get this done. Overall I am sure there is better elsewhere.
I write this review with our previous 11 Maldives visits (including to sister island Athuruga) as a basis for comparison.
We visited Thudufushi in early October.
We stayed in a beach bungalow.
There were definitely some great things about this island and resort but also surprisingly many negatives.
- Beautiful, small island
- Pretty decent reef
- Generally excellent food, though not a great variety.
- the resort as a whole is overpriced.
For the same money per night we have been to several resorts in the Maldives in water villas, also all inclusive.
- there was nobody to greet us at the airport (normally pretty standard in the Maldives)
- not the most friendly welcome, most the staff present seemed too busy to even notice new arrivals. Other island line up staff to greet guests or even have staff playing music. This welcome was quite subdued.
- no internet for 5 out of the 7 days due to outage following a lightning strike. Very poor and slow internet at reception only. Each day we would ask when it would be repaired and they had endless excuses. However not even an apology, let alone something to offer to make it up to their guests. Manager Shaheen advised us that the internet is apparently a gift to their customers, so they should not be upset if it doesn’t work! This is despite it clearly being advertised and included in the cost of this overpriced room.
They could have offered a free sunset cruise or even sent champagne or wine daily to all the rooms but there was no desire on the part of management.
- the beach bungalow is 3 star at best. Tired decor and no storage. Light was out and safe was out of battery.
Only 2 pillows and one single thin bedsheet in the whole room. (No duvet and not even a second pillow per person let alone any decorative ones). Even 3 star hotels have all that.
We asked for more pillows the first evening, the reception seemed surprised and none were delivered until we complained to one of the managers, Shaheen, the next day.
He was not as polite and helpful as we would have hoped. Instead of being apologetic he argued with us and claimed other 5 star hotels also offer just 2 pillows and no duvets.
We finally got extra pillows and a duvet but were made to feel as if they did us some big favour. Shaheen also avoided us the rest of our stay and did not check on us even once.
- No beer in the minibar despite being listed in the room directory, which was just a few sheets of photocopied paper, not even in a folder. Small thing but makes yet another bad impression.
- No TV or even a Bluetooth speaker in the room. We never watch tv in the Maldives but it is pretty normal to expect this in a “posh” resort in 2019.
- No pool in the resort. There is plenty of room on the island for it and even 3 star resorts have them. We knew this before we went but it I feel for the price, it should be there.
- The main jetty was being repaired, for over 3 months. It was blocked off and a real eye sore that obstructed half of the view from the beach bar.
- No sunset cruise as part of the all inclusive package (we have had this in 5 resorts). The trips also were a bit overpriced compared to other resorts.
Overall we were quite disappointed and I am afraid, for the very first time in the Maldives, I cannot recommend this resort. Not for the money they charge.