Hotel review: Diamonds Thudufushi, Maldives

Thudufushi, Maldives. By Packing my Suitcase.

When traveling, accommodation is a very important requisite. Your decision depends on your budget, on the location, the quality and many other requirements that should meet your needs and what you are looking for. That is why, Packing my Suitcase will from now on present you once in a while a hotel review, in order to help you make a choice, give you an idea or to even show you something new.

I couldn’t begin the hotel review series with a better choice than the Diamonds Thudufushi, where I spent my honeymoon in the Maldives.

After months looking for the perfect hotel for me and W., we decided that this was the one, because of 3 main factors:

The price: lower than the most resorts in the same category at the time

Recommendations: every review I read about the hotel was positive

The style: we loved the white style and the decoration, very romantic and clean

But lets get to the point! Why did I love this 5 starts resort in the Maldives? And why do I recommend it to you?

A warm welcome

When our seaplane arrived at a little harbor in the middle of the ocean, the hotel boat came and picked us up. There was a little nice crew smiling and welcoming us and helping with our luggage.

As soon as we arrived at the island, the manager and the assistant were waiting for us for a very warm welcome. Of course, they knew our names and even spoke to us on “our” language – in this case my husband’s language: German. They gave us some information about the hotel, showed us our room and explained how everything works. There was already an afternoon snack waiting for us!

Seaplane, Maldives. By Packing my Suitcase.

Maldives, by Packing my Suitcase.

After getting set up on our room and being amazed with the view from our water villa, we went to the reception to have a little briefing on how things work at the island and make a little tour around the resort’s facilities. We finished our first night at a cocktail organized at the spa and enjoyed to meet other guests and the hotel staff.

The Resort Facilities

  • The Thudufushi offers all you need for your vacation in this little paradise:
  • 2 Restaurants: the main restaurant, located on the beach, and the over water restaurant
  • 3 Bars: 2 at the beach and one over water
  • Diving Center: a store with equipment and rental of waterproof cameras
  • Sports & Leisure center
  • Gym
  • Doctor
  • Spherique Boutique: with souvenirs, postcards, sunscreen, beach clothing, etc.
  • Serena Spa

The Room

Our room was a water villa. We had an amazing bed, the perfect bathroom – the shower had a door to the inside and to the outside – a spacious closet and the most astonishing terrace I’ve ever been to: with huge couches, a dinning table and chairs, two big chairs to lay down at the sun, a Jacuzzi and stairs directly to the water, where we spent most of our time.

Some extra: great Wi-Fi connection, a computer, a mini bar, a safe and a place to leave our clothes to dry.

The Service

Housekeeper: we had the same one during our entire week at the hotel, he was so friendly and always smiling and helping us with anything we needed.

Waiters: already knew us after the 2nd day and always indicated us to our table and served us with the drinks we wanted, before we even asked.

Barkeeper: our barkeeper was an amazing professional. Made us any drink we asked for, was funny, already knew what we always ordered and until the end – when our flight was delayed because of the rain – he was there giving us champagne!

Thudufushi, Maldives. By Packing my Suitcase.

Snorkeling guide: she was not only a snorkeling guide, but also a marine biologist and knew everything about the local marine life. We learned a lot with her and had great moments under the sea.

Yoga instructor: even though I was the only one wanting to take the class on a rainy day, she did it with me and have to say that it was a very memorable memory doing yoga listening to the rain drops on the sea at the Maldives.

The restaurants, bars and the food

Did I mention we had breakfast in our terrace looking at the sea every morning? Yes we did! This option was only available for the water villas, and the request was made at the water villa restaurant. You can choose in advance what and when you want to eat.

Breakfast atThudufushi, Maldives. By Packing my Suitcase.

Main Restaurant: is the biggest, and it works as a buffet. So if you chose the all-inclusive option – which I totally recommend – like we did, here is your paradise. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Over water Restaurant: it was included for the water villas, but if anyone from the beach villas wanted to eat there a reservation had to be made. We had our own table there, everyday the same one, we couldn’t complain, our view was amazing anyways. Works as “a la carte” and also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The bars: during the day the beach bar is open, and there you can also have afternoon snacks. The over water and main bars open at night and they have a menu with innumerous cocktails to choose from.

The restaurants and bars are incredible; and I don’t even need to mention that the food was fresh and spectacular and that we gained a few kilos at the end of the trip.

The Activities

Worried that you will get bored spending one week in a tiny island in the middle of the ocean? That’s the last thing you need to worry about. At Thudufushi you have plenty of options to keep you busy – if you want to be busy, of course:

Snorkeling: apart from snorkeling around the hotel, you could sign up to daily excursions and sail to other tiny islands nearby; they are not included in your all-inclusive package, so you need to bare in mind that they will be an extra cost for you.

Diving: daily excursions organized by the diving center, as well as certification courses.

Gymnastic in the water

Yoga and Pilates

Beach Volleyball

And other aquatic activities such as windsurfing.

Time to relax: the Serena Spa

We have used the services of the spa and can highly recommend it. They offer amazing options to relax, to detox your body and a romantic option for couples -both are in the same room, each getting your own massage. The Serena Spa has a very relaxing atmosphere, and after you finish your massage you can lay down a little bit on their chairs at the reception and have some tea. All the services are extra cost.

The Island

The white sand island can be walked in less than half an hour, it is surrounded by turquoise water and amazing marine life. The corals could be more beautiful and vivid, but the marine life we encountered compensates this fact. We saw turtles, baby sharks, black tip sharks, rays, moray eels and a huge diversity of fishes, enough to make W. decide to get a diving certification!

Small details, big difference

  • ย If your water villa is too far to walk to the beach, there is always a golf cart to drive you around the hotel;
  • The hotel has an illustrated board with the local marine life;
  • People on the beach villas complained about mosquitoes (we didn’t have this problem at all);
  • Everyday we got an afternoon snack with fruits and sandwiches in our room;
  • Every day a different dinner theme (Sushi, Mexican, Italian, etc);
  • Every Friday there is a traditional Maldivian dinner with a presentation (local dancers);
  • MAILBOX! Yes, you can send postcards directly from Thudufushi, they have a cute little mailbox, and yes it works! All my sent postcards arrived in their destinations. Thank you Thudufushi!

Mailbox at Thudufushi, Maldives. By Packing my Suitcase.

Extra tip: on their website there is always a discount if you are booking it early or last minute. We did an early booking and got 30% off the total price!

When: from 06-11 November, 2013.

ย A special thanks to the hotel staff: each one of you made our stay even more unforgettable. I had tears in my eyes when I left.

After this complete review, I guess you also got enchanted by this hotel. All prices and more images you can find on their official website. And if you want more about the Maldives you can check my previous post Honeymoon in the Maldives: what to expect.

Don’t miss the next hotel reviews coming up. And if you represent a hotel and would like to work with me, do not hesitate to contact me, I will be happy to discuss some ideas with you.

About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • This hotel looks very extravagant, yet homely enough to resemble a cozy apartment. It doesn’t really look like a hotel to me, and it’s seems bigger than a lot of the hotel rooms I’ve stayed in. WIth restaurants, bars, gym and even a doctor on site, it sounds like you and your husband stayed in a small town ๐Ÿ˜€ The island looks magnificent. Was it windy there? Because since it’s a small island, you’d expect there to be strong sea breezes in your face ๐Ÿ™‚

    I see you took a photo of a shark in the sea… LOL. If I were you I wouldn’t bother with taking a photo but swimming for my life. You are very brave!

    • Hi Mabel ๐Ÿ™‚ yes in the Maldives, each Island is a Resort, and each one of them are like a city. As they are hours away from Male, the capital, they need to have everything at the island, especially doctor. And yes, the rooms a big, the island is the only place you will be while staying there… one week is fine, but imagine 3 weeks? So make you feel at home… or even better ๐Ÿ˜€ and yes its really windy and while I was there it rained a lot at night, kind of scary ahaha. And no Im not afraid of sharks, I love them… I love the marine life and also to dive ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for reading, Im happy to hear from you!!

      • Oh wow. Small cities within resorts, and yet from your photos there is still a very strong island feel in the Maldives. Good that it rained at night so you had time to go out exploring in the day ๐Ÿ˜€ And what fine food they offer too…I bet there was a lot of seafood on the menu ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Not afraid of sharks, I see. You love sharks, so maybe they love you too and leave you alone. That is good to hear. In the seas around Australia, the sharks aren’t friendly at all ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Yes, technically each island is a city ๐Ÿ™‚ there is not much to explore on the land, but I lot in the water, and I love that!

          Regarding to sharks, they are friendly in many places around the world, and the Maldives is one of those places ๐Ÿ™‚ actually they are afraid of you there!

  • looks like paradise! How lucky are you?

    • Its really a paradise, I miss it! It wasnt cheap, but we saved for a while and it was worth it, traveling always is right? We gave this trip to ourselves as our wedding gift ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Beautiful place and very inviting photos…especially in the heat like today.. A place to consider when visiting Maldives ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oh yes, tell me about it, I so wish I was there now! Diving ๐Ÿ™‚ yes you can definitely consider Thudufushi or Athuruga, they are twin islands from the same group ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wow, mind blowing! Beautiful images, beautiful resort, beautiful island.

  • It looks so beautiful! Love the white villas.

    • Yes me too, when I saw for the first time It was also my first thought… I love white! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Looks amazing!

  • Such a beautiful place! I would’ve spent hours on that terrace, just looking at the ocean ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ohhh yes, but most likely you would spend hours in the water too, its amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • No way! How clear, crystalline and turquoise the water is amazes me. You took amazing pictures, I think they really catch the essence of the place.

    • Its amazing isn’t? When I saw it the first time I couldn’t believe it! The whole week I was there I couldnt hahaha Its like a dream, something out of this world, but it isnt ๐Ÿ˜€ thank you! Im happy you liked my pictures… the truth is: this amazing water helped ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sooooo beautiful….one of my dream locations….great post: informative AND BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    • Hi Diana!!! Yeees, the Maldives was the place I always planned to spend my honeymoon, I guess since I heard Tom Cruise and Kate Holmes spent their honeymoon there haahah… at that time I still didnt have a fiance, or a boyfriend for that matter hahaha and thank you, Im glad you liked it, if you go you will never regret!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Karen

    Hello allane,
    Very much enjoyed meeting you at thudu and also I love reading your trav blog!
    Hope all is well with you!
    Lots of love,
    Karen xxx

    • Hi Karen! How nice to hear from you ๐Ÿ™‚
      I also enjoyed meeting you in Thudu… great times! I can only imagine how much you miss this paradise!
      It makes me happy to know you like my blog, come more often ๐Ÿ™‚
      Yes everything is fine with us..I hope with you too! What is your next stop?
      Thank you for the kind comment… lots of love to you too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    Gorgeous!! Must have been a paradise honeymoon!! I went to the Maldives for the first time just last summer and absolutely fell in love with it! It’d be a dream come true and I’d love to save up for a water villa one day, as I’ve never done that and the Maldives must be one of the ultimate places!! Beautiful pics ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you for your kind comment ๐Ÿ™‚
      Yes it was a dream honeymoon, even than what I dreamt of my entire life! True, the Maldives is an amazing place and I hope to save up a little and go again someday!
      How nice that you went there too!! Its impossible not to fall in love with this place right? You should definitely go again and stay at a water villa, its very different, for sure you will love it! Thank you for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

  • What an island! Splendid resort and beautiful pictures. I bet your honeymoon was unforgettable. I wonder now I read this post, would Maldives be suitable for family vacation?

    • Thank you Lorraine! Its amazing isnt it?
      My honeymoon was indeed unforgettable, we hope to go back there someday!
      And answering to your question, yes its suitable for families. We saw couples with babies, and a mother and a daughter. A friend of mine is traveling around the Maldives now and she mentioned she was in a resort where there were many families. The Maldives offer lots of fun activities for families! Thinking about going? ๐Ÿ˜€ You wont regret!

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  • You sold me at Maldives! Stunning hotel. We went there on our honeymoon and stayed at CocoPalm. Gorgeous photos as always

    • Ohhh thank you, glad you liked the photos ๐Ÿ™‚ Amazing, I hope you enjoyed it a lot…this place is heaven on earth, really miss it! I hope we booth can go back there sometime soon ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Oh my goodness this looks amazing….the views, the room, the service, the food….!! The Maldives are at the top of my list of dream destinations! So glad you enjoyed your honeymoon and congratulations ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Jessica! Thank you so much for your kind comment! I hope you can make it to the Maldives soon… you wont regret having it on your dream list ๐Ÿ˜€

  • You spotted a shark! Have you snorkeled (or dived) a lot elsewhere? How did this compare to other places?

    • Yes!!! We saw a few sharks there ๐Ÿ™‚ I have snorkeled in the Galapagos Islands…and dived in Croatia! The Galapagos is a winner, but its hard to compare it with other places! The Maldives was amazing, but I wasn’t a diver back then, Im sure that you can spot much more sharks while diving, including the famous wale shark ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I have snorkeled with a whale shark in Africa (Tanzania!). So cool!

        So you are saying Galapagos is the top of the top?

        • Really??? How amazing!! I still didnt see one, hopefully in November when i go diving in Egypt!!
          Yes Galapagos is one of the top diving and snorkeling destinations in the world! Especially if you want to see big animals

          • What did you see in Galapagos?

            For me, the best diving has been in Sudan. Divers say it is 15 yrs behind Egypt in a good sense, visibility etc. There were big wrecks that still had wine bottles inside. So few divers that things stay intact. I also saw Cousteau’s (French explorer, filmmaker) “research center” in the sea!!! It was a small construction but they had used it for living or research purpose. Cool.

            But I think my all time favorite is whale shark snorkeling in the Mafia island, south of Zanzibar. Unfortunately I don’t have photos but I try to write about it one day. Amazing. I strongly recommend!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

          • I swam with sea lions, turtles and hammer head sharks!! There is a lot more… in a specific season there are also whales ๐Ÿ˜€ they say there is only one kind of shark that they dont have there, sorry I dont remember which one because there are a lot of different species hahaha. But the thing is that these animals are everywhere, you dont have to go deep, its amazing!

            How cool, its great to know, I had no idea diving in Sudan was amazing like that! Abou Zanzibar I knew, me and my husband were actually looking at the flight tickets price… sometime I hope to go there!! And please do right about it, I would love to read it and see how your experience was ๐Ÿ™‚

          • I was thinking about you this week because Emirates sent out their fall promotions. Check them out!! We flew them from Paris to Dubai, and from Dubai to Dar Es Salaam. From Dar you take a ferry or a tiny 6-8 seater plane to Zanzibar (or Mafia). Very easy, very short.

            I worked in Tanzania in 2000 so I used to go to Zanzibar every other weekend. Lovely. I was afraid to return there in 2010; I thought maybe they had restored the Stone Town in a bad way, maybe it had become too touristic, etc, but no, it was still very lovely. It was actually our honeymoon and since my husband had never been to Zanzibar, we chose that destination (plus few nights in Dubai on our way back).

            I don’t know about the sea in Brazil, but the sea in Zanzibar fantastic!

            When would you go there? Most ppl combine Zanzibar with a safari, but we didn’t.

            Wow, Galapagos sounds amazing. I will go there one day… My husband doesn’t dive (ear prob) and I do only snorkeling these days, so I like destinations where you don’t need to go deep to see things.

          • Really??? How awesome, thank you for the tip, I will take a look at it for sure!! Zanzibar really does sound amazing… Its kind of rare to find a place nowadays that isnt packed with tourists… In fact its rare! Its great to know that! Now Im very curious to visit it!!

            The sea in Brazil is great, but our waters are not so clear, mainly because of the sand mixed in the waves, looks dark green. But there are amazing clear water beaches too, it depends really on which region you are going. Close to Rio there are amazing options like Arraial do Cabo, Angra dos Reis and Buzios. Close to Recife there is Porto de Galinhos and close to Natal there is Maracajau… but we dont have sharks you can swim with… We have dolphins though

          • There are touristic places in Zanzibar, too, and I guess it depends on the season too. We were in October/November.

            We toured the island by a car we rented. Nungwi which is the northern tip is the most built up area but the sea is lovely there. Let me know if you plan to go and I can tell more!

          • That is great to know!! How long do you recommend to stay there? Is the island cheap itself?

            Sure I will let you know!! I would love to know some tips you have! ๐Ÿ™‚

          • I think we had 10 full days there. Basically, I would spend 2 nights in the Stone Town, the capital, and then do maybe 2 spots in the south + east and 1 spot in the north. I can recommend a local guy who rented us a car and who can organize pick ups.

            Well, as a general rule nothing is cheap in Africa.. A lot is imported, there are security issues so hotels cost more…

            In the Stone Town count 100usd for a good double room. Elsewhere, we paid anywhere from USD 50-250 per night. That 50usd place was in the north and it was African run. A bit run down and not the safest place, but we liked it because it felt less touristic and it had a lovely beach. But 50usd for a place like that is not cheap!

            When would you go?

          • Awesome! Thank you for the itinerary tip! I still dont know when we are going, not this year Im sure, because we already have planned trips until December

          • PS and the food: it is cheaper than Paris but not as cheap as in India… Local beer is cheap ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Hahahaha good to know!!

          • PS Hope you don’t mind me linking, but this is a (sad) story of a boat owner/diver I knew in Sudan. You may like it…

          • Thank you for sharing it!! I really enjoyed reading this post of yours! Sad and very emotional. Well written! Woman you have a lot of stories to tell!

          • Thanks for your kind words!

          • You’re welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

  • In my wishlist! <3

    • โค๏ธnรฃo irรก se arrepender! E nem รฉ tรฃo longe assim da China

  • Looks like you’ve been to some beautiful beaches as well lady! This looks amazing, what a gorgeous place for a honeymoon. I can just imagine myself there now…ahhhhhhh pure bliss ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ohh yesss!! Not in as many as you, but the Maldives its already a start!! ๐Ÿ™‚ and yes its an amazing place for a honeymoon, actually just the perfect one! I want to go back there one day!

  • Wow. This place looks amazing and you answered every question I had about it. They should hire you as their publicist! ๐Ÿ™‚