Name: Diamonds Thudufushi
Diamonds Thudufushi in the Maldives offers a “once in a lifetime” holiday that you will almost definitely feel driven to repeat. The resort sits on its very own perfect private island and offers elegant beach bungalows and luxury over water villas in a dreamy Maldives setting.
Just a 20 minute scenic seaplane flight away from Malé International Airport, this resort has a major and rather unique attraction. Over and above the magic you might expect many of the luxury Maldivian retreats, this little gem comes with it’s very own private reef. This “house reef” is excellent and beside the abundance of fish you will see turtles, black tip and white tip reef sharks and eagle rays.
At Diamonds Thudufushi you can choose between 33 Beach Bungalows, 14 Beach Junior Suites, 19 Water Villas, 2 Jacuzzi Water Villas and 2 Two Bedroom Water Villas. The decor is a mix of dark wood flooring and white walls with exceptionally large and comfortable beds and an impressive private deck or terrace to while away the days.
The 33 Beach Bungalows open straight onto the beach with private verandas containing armchairs, tables and sun loungers as well as an outdoor shower. The water villas are spacious and each have private access to the sea with an enclosed sun deck as well as an open sun deck. These water villas are ideal for slipping in for a snorkel first thing in the morning. If you are a fan of the underwater world, you will be excited to hear that these villas also offer direct access to the house reef straight off your deck. Many guests experience close encounters with black tip sharks and eagle rays just moments from their villas.
Sunrise view water villas are more spaced out so that you feel like you are completely alone. Sunset water villas are closer to each other but are ideal for enjoying a glass of wine as the sun goes down.
Those staying in beach villas enjoy a buffet style breakfast and evening meal. The variety of food is very good, with highlights like the BBQ night where the staff cook up a giant swordfish. The water villas offer a breakfast service on the deck of your water villa and VIP dining experience in the over water restaurant for lunch and dinner (beach villas don’t dine here) along with premium drinks. The food in this restaurant is Italian in style and is an impressive 5 course affair with excellent wines.
From the 20th of December 2015, Diamonds Thudufushi will be hosting a selection of 30 chefs Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe, who will be cooking different gourmet specialties for the winter season (20.12.2015 – 27.03.2016). In the “Overwater Restaurant”, a temporary restaurant will be created in partnership with the Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe Chefs’. This restaurant is included for all the water villas’ guests, all other guests may access the “Overwater Restaurant” upon availability and at an extra charge. The experience will include a Jeunes Restaurateurs Chef preparing a Gourmet dinner one evening per week. Jeunes Restaurateur Chefs will also organise a 2 hour free mini cooking class for a maximum of 10 people, which can be booked in advance during your stay. During the week, a Chef will prepare an exclusive menu specially designed by Jeunes Restaurateurs for Diamonds Resorts.
The “Centro Serena SPA”, an oasis of peace and serenity in a natural environment, perfect for those who desire to relax, restore and rejuvenate body, mind and spirit. Let yourself be pampered during your stay by the welcoming smiles and expert hands of our therapists who use a combination of herbs, oils, spices and flowers.
As it only takes 7 minutes to walk around this island (and most other islands in the Maldives!), you may fancy an excursion. The whale shark trip comes highly recommended and is only around an hour by speedboat from Thudufushi. This is your chance to get up close and personal with juvenile’ sharks (which are still huge!) snorkeling around these magnificent beasts. Take an early “drop” to ensure you get the sharks all to yourself.
If you are looking for a luxury retreat in the Maldives and to snorkel on your own private reef under your over water villa, you must consider Diamonds Thudufushi. Expect an aquatic paradise under a luxury villa and you won’t be disappointed.
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