Affordable luxury resort in North Ari Atoll with superb diving and all inclusive dining and activities
- Part of Planhotel Hospitality Group’s luxury resort portfolio
- Explore Ari Atolls manta ray and whale sharks hotspots
- Five restaurants offering a wide selection of cuisines
- Learn about South Ari with the resident marine biologist
Part of Planhotel’s prestigious Diamonds portfolio, Athuruga is a one-of-a-kind private island resort offering enchanting escapes in North Ari Atoll. The team’s priority is to take the very best care of each and every guest, offering them quality facilities and a wide choice of services to help personalise your trip. From the five different restaurants offering a wealth of worldly cuisines, to ayurvedic treatments in the wellness centre, and unparalleled underwater experiences with the onsite dive centre and resident marine biologist, Diamonds Athuruga is sure to deliver the Maldivian getaway of your dreams.
About Diamonds Athuruga
Located just a 20 minutes scenic flight away from Male’s international airport, Diamonds Athuruga is a peaceful island paradise boasting 70 stylish beach bungalows and beautiful overwater villas. This resort’s unique formula of premium services and elegant Italian decor ensures guests can enjoy every second of their holiday in total comfort and relaxation. And, for those wishing to take their vacation to the next level, Diamonds Athuruga offers a comprehensive all-inclusive package with the highest standards of care.
Diamonds is the luxury brand of the Planhotel Hospitality Group which boasts some 25 years of experience within the industry, guaranteeing a truly exclusive getaway. Benefitting from Planhotel’s extensive knowledge, Diamonds Athuruga boasts a host of premium services, from elaborate all-inclusive packages to onsite tailoring and innovative culinary journeys. Plus, you’ll be perfectly placed to explore Ari Atoll's manta and whale shark hotspots, supported by a professional dive centre and passionate resident marine biologist.
Explore the resort
International cuisine combines with experimental local dishes throughout Athuruga’s five outstanding restaurants. Located next to the beach, Maakeyn delivers a la carte dishes crafted in the open kitchen and delicious buffet dishes. European, and Asian ingredients are fused into an explosion of flavours at Thari, while Thila showcases the best of Japanese cuisine. Kakuni is a romantic beachfront seafood restaurant, and for an authentic taste of the Maldives, Farivalhu offers traditional dishes within the tropical garden. At the Boli Beach Bar, guests can savour tropical cocktails created by skilled bartenders, while the Thari Overwater Bar is a comfortable open-air sitting area serving selected spirits, beer, wine, fruit juices, soft drinks, and champagne.
The onsite Serena Spa ignites all the senses, with a blend of fragrant incense and oils, soothing decor, relaxing music, and healthy herbal infusions complementing each treatment. Other relaxing activities include pilates, yoga, water gymnastics, and more, while competitive guests can grab a game of beach volleyball, darts, billiards, table tennis, table football, or Nintendo Wii. If you’re looking to cool off, Diamonds Athuruga also offers a range of watersports including windsurfing, canoeing, snorkelling, fishing, and more. Unique, locally-made beach clothing can be purchased in the onsite Spherique boutique, or guests can even commission their own clothes from the resident tailor.
Diving from Diamonds Athuruga Maldives
The diving at Diamonds Athuruga is run by IDive Diving Centre, whose qualified instructors are waiting to help guests enjoy the wonders of South Ari’s underwater world. The mission of IDive is to make you feel at ease in any situation and deliver unforgettable and relaxing diving experiences for divers of all experience levels. Scubapro equipment is available to rent from this dive centre, as well as digital cameras, diver propulsion vehicles, and dive computers, and nitrox is free for suitably qualified guests.
Each day you will visit a different site aboard a typical Maldivian dhoni vessel specifically adapted for divers. Both single and two-tank excursions are offered, as well as night diving. Athuruga is perfectly placed to explore some of the most famous manta sites in Ari Atoll, including Maa Faru Corner. Of course, whale sharks are one of the main marine attractions in Ari, with divers also regularly encountering a variety of reef sharks.
- From January to April, this resort participates in ‘Dining with the Stars’ - a unique event where Jeunes Restaurateurs chefs share their skills, recipes, and passion.
- Diamonds Athuruga is equipped with its own medical clinic and in-house doctor offering 24-hour care.
Diamonds Athuruga boasts its own resident marine biologist on the island to answer any questions from guests who wish to learn more about the local underwater world. Scheduled events include biology evenings which explain interesting facts about the Maldivian coral reefs and its threats, guided snorkelling excursions, and weekly workshops focused on special topics such as mantas feeding techniques, corals development, and the use of plankton nets and microscopes to discover the microscopic marine world.
Diving in North Ari Atoll
Schooling reef fishYear round
Manta RaysYear round
Eagle rayYear round
Number of rooms
Official dive center rating
Bubblemaker, Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver, Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, Divemaster, Diver Propulsion Vehicle, Nitrox