New Italian-designed water villas in the Maldives
Earlier this year, the PlanHotel group quietly added water villas to their two Maldives resorts, which were also both celebrating their 20th anniversary. What makes these water villas unusual is their unique sense of style that is unlike anything else in the Maldives.
The 25 water villas at each resort were designed by Italian Architect Mr. Ettore Mocchetti, and even a quick look shows that the extensive use of white both inside and out gives the villas a 5-star look that contrasts with the thatched-roof hut designs found at most other Maldives overwater bungalow resorts.
The Diamonds Athuruga Beach & Water Villas and the Diamonds Thudufushi Beach & Water Villas are both exclusively all-inclusive resorts, located not far from one another in the South Ari Atoll, about 80 kilometers southwest of Malé International Airport.
While they don't list the total area of the water villas, guest reviews report that they are impressively large and very well appointed. There's a king-size bed in each in addition to a sofa bed. The bathrooms are also special, with a huge walk-in shower featuring a double shower head and direct private access to an outside terrace.
All inclusive includes more here
For those looking for a full-on all-inclusive resort in the Maldives these two should fit nicely. Many resorts in the country don't include any alcohol in their packages, charging guests a small fortune for each drink, but at the Diamonds resorts there is beer, house wine, and most spirits included in the one price. You can even have beer or wine in your own mini-bar, also included in the rate. For those of us who like to relax with a cocktail or three while on holiday, this is a welcome feature.
The all-inclusive packages also include daily entertainment, daily snorkeling tours of the house reef, and a Fisherman’ s Island excursion once per stay. This is of course in addition to beach lounges and towels and non-motorized water sports.
Your own in-room iMac
According to the websites of the resorts, the Diamonds Athuruga Beach & Water Villas includes an Apple iMac computer with movies and music instead of a typical flat-screen TV entertainment system. This is a first for the Maldives and an interesting development in general. The screen on an iMac might not be as large as some LCD TVs, but it's of much higher quality and having a selection of movies and music to choose from really seals the deal.
The Thudufushi resort, according to its website, only offers iPod docking stations for in-room entertainment, with no listing even for a standard TV. The prices at the resorts appear to be pretty much identical, so if you want your own Apple computer in your room you know which one to book at.