We stayed on this location together with our daughters on the second week of February, 2017. A superb place to spend one unforgettable week. We noticed not only a generous mother nature with this island (the seabed was fantastic for snorkeling) but a strong attitude of staff to protect and preserve this piece of paradise as well. Grateful for an upgrade on suite water villa, which made our stay as a family even more enjoyable. Everything went friendly and relaxing, from Caterina’s welcome, to Husam’s meal service, Silvia’s yoga sessions or drivers of golf cart “Thudufushi Express”. Excellent food on the overwater restaurant, with the Chef Barberia evening being the “cherry on the cake”. And applause for Vito, his piano and wonderful music. Thank you very much for a very well done job! You exceeded our expectations.
Harry M. United Kingdom
From the moment we were greeted off the seaplane, to the moment we had to say goodbye, our stay at Thudufushi was as close to perfect as possible. All the staff here help create a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, and they all seemed to genuinely care about making your stay in this slice of paradise, one that you will treasure forever.
We stayed in Water Villa 7, which is on the sunrise side. I was initially disappointed when we were told that we were staying on the sunrise side, because of the reviews that I had read here. I need not have worried. Our room was huge, and you actually have more privacy than on the sunset side. The best part of the reef is also on the sunrise side (we had turtles, rays, sharks, and fish of all colors, shapes, and sizes swim right past our villa!). We also had sunshine on our deck all day (which I didn't think we would, given some reviews). We found that the best place to watch the sunset was on the beach, with a cocktail in hand!
Saeed, our ‘room boy,’ was amazing and very thoughtful. He went to such efforts to keep our room looking beautiful. For instance, we came back from our manta ray excursion to find our bed decorated with flowers and a manta ray made out of towels!
The food and drink were all delicious. We mostly ate at the over-water restaurant, and our waiter for the week was incredibly friendly and welcoming and knew exactly what we liked. We also ate at the teppanyaki restaurant and had a romantic dinner on the beach one evening, as well as the main beach restaurant. The food was varied, but the seafood (as you would expect), Italian food, and curries were particularly good.
The team at the water sports center were all fantastic. They were all great fun, and went to huge efforts to organize excursions and try to make your experiences ones to remember. We were lucky enough to swim with manta rays (ticked off the bucket list) but sadly weren't able to find the whale sharks (still needs to be ticked off!). If you have the opportunity, I would highly recommend going on the manta trip, and also on the various snorkeling excursions on offer. The resident marine biologists are brilliant and are keen to teach you about the incredible sea life. I would also highly recommend going on a night snorkel.
If I get the opportunity, I would certainly return to Thudufushi. They have managed to achieve the very difficult balance of laidback luxury and have done it in style.
Holger S. Germany
Paradise on earth.
This hotel is a real pearl with a great management!
We flew in my waterplane, which lands luckily not directly at the hotel (like Moo Fushi) but at a pontoon some hundred meters away from the island. Therefore, there is no plane noise on the island. Also, you get to have your first ride on the Dhoni!
Beach bungalows are perfectly fine for a vacation, because you spend the majority of your time in the water or at the beach or eating. ;) The outdoor showers are great!
The food is well prepared, always fresh and plenty of selection. Since the hotel does only offer all inclusive, it is very comfortable. Great selection of fish and salads, Indian food, BBQ, and pizza/pasta. The waiters are friendly, speak at least English and Italian, and help you with everything you need. Try to get a table close to the beach, so you can see the gray heron looking for fish (when he is not at the BBQ). In fact, everyone is very attentive.
Approximately 60% of guests are Italian, then some Germans, Swiss, French, Brits, and Americans.
The watersport activities are included, which is ideal for surfers, sailors, and for kayaking. The iDive center offers dives, and the marine biologist makes snorkeling tours twice a day. The water is clear, the reef is nice and with lots of fish, and still some intact corals. You can see sharks, mantas, turtles, morays, groupers, and so on. I recommend visiting Biology Night, because it is informative and helps you to get to know what to do to protect the reef, flora and fauna.
Additionally, the hotel offers daily excursions, e.g., manta and whale shark watching, snorkeling at different reefs, sunset fishing, and big-game fishing.
The weather early September was good. Before we arrived, there were two weeks of constant rain, though.
As mentioned in the title: A Paradise on Earth!
Room tip: when travelling early season (September/October), take a Beach Bungalow.
Jaime D. Spain
Staff is great, food also great (mainly Italian food), but Water Villas are awesome. Rooms have everything you could think to have a memorable stay: big terrace with a table to enjoy your breakfast, all-inclusive minibar, coffee machine, and even good-quality Wi-Fi connection (also a Mac in case you need check the Internet or watch a movie). I cannot think of a better stay in Maldives despite many others having more expensive accommodations.
a traveler United Kingdom
We spent three great nights here at the end of an excellent but rather breathless tour of Sri Lanka. It rounded off a great holiday perfectly. From the moment that we arrived in Male, everything worked like clockwork. The flying boat transfer was a real thrill, and we were greeted at the island by friendly, smiling staff who could not have been more helpful or accommodating. Our rooms—beachside bungalows—were right on the pristine white sand beach, really well equipped and fantastically comfortable.
During our stay, we enjoyed great scuba diving organized by the very professional on-site dive center, a sunset snorkel trip (complete with torches to view the night-time fish), a really informative presentation from the resident marine biologists, first-class cuisine, professional-quality cocktails (cocktails are part of the all-inclusive package—as were an unexpectedly good range of wines) . . . the list goes on.
I am running out of superlatives.
The fact is that this place is just brilliant, without being up itself which I find to be a common problem at high-end resorts. Everything and everybody is relaxed. The vibe is as good as I have experienced anywhere. The place is Italian-owned, with a lot of Italian guests who inject a real ‘dolce vita’ feel and who, I assume, are responsible for the fact that the pasta and pizza are the best you will find outside Italy (although the rest of the food is brilliant too—expect to put on a bit of weight).
There weren't even any mossies to bother us.
My recommendation, unless you are on honeymoon, is to go for a beach bungalow—much more fun and one water room on stilts is pretty much the same as another!
I only wish that we could have stayed longer . . .