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Reviewed 14 November 2011

Wow. That's virtually all we need to write!! The long flight is followed by an air-conditioned boat ride (about 50 mins) to this secluded Maldivian Island. What awaits you is blue seas, white sands, sunshine, cocktails, amazing food and incredible service. Every meal was delicious (The Palm was our favourite), each cocktail was deliciously cool and yummy, and we felt like we were in paradise all week. The room was beautiful - decorated to welcome us on our honeymoon, turned-down and tidied twice a day, wonderfully cool with the AC - we stayed in a Water Villa room near to the Laguna Bar, with steps right down into the lagoon. The regular meals in your 'dedicated' restaurant are yummy, but we would definitely recommend upgrading to the all-inclusive al-a-carte for that extra bit of extravagance - the choice of 6 restaurants and drinks inclusive anywhere on the island certainly added to our experience. The island was nearly full when we were there (approx. 700 guests) though it never felt like it. The service and attention from staff was perfect. The air-conditioned golf buggy that runs you up and down the island was true James Bond stylee luxury. We would 100% recommend this resort for your Honeymoon!! We're already saving up to go again in 3 or 4 years!

Room Tip: The 'tip' of the island is quieter with only one bar, whereas the chunkier end of the island has about 3/4 bars and restaurants all near each other. We preferred the quiet end as we enjoyed sitting for hours looking out into the dark sea drinking cocktails til the wee small hours...
  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Millbank10
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Reviewed 14 November 2011

My partner and I stayed here for the last two weeks of October 2011 to celebrate our 30th birthdays. Everything about our stay was amazing, and all I've thought about since coming home is going back!

We flew Emirates from Manchester via Dubai. Excellent flights, excellent service and the best aeroplane food we've ever had! (Not flown Emirates before). The enternament system is great and helped to pass the time.

When we landed in Male, after clearing immigration and collecting our luggage, we were met by the Kuoni airport rep who took us to the Kuramathi stand. They already had our seaplane tickets waiting for us, and they took us to the TMA stand to check in for the seaplane. We then went by minibus to the Seaplane terminal. There, we were shown to the newly opened Kuramathi lounge. It was lovely, air-conditioned with complimentary snacks and drinks, very comfortable sofas and daybeds, and a balcony where we could watch the seaplanes take off and land.

We waited about 40 minutes for the seaplane. In that time we were able to check in and read through some island info. Then we had our flight, it took about 20 minutes and was fab. The plane is cramped but the views are fantastic. We were dropped off on a wooden platform on the others side of rashdoo from Kuramathi, and within a few minutes the Dhoni boat came to collect us. It was just a 5 minute ride to Kuramathi, by this time we were so tired but also really excited.

The main reception was being refurbished while we were there (it's not near any rooms and causes no disruption whatsoever) and the Eco Centre was doubling as a reception. We were greeted with cool towels and a cold fruit drink, and a member of staff introduced us to the island, and went through everything we would need to know. It was about 11 am when we arrived,a nd we were told our room would not be ready until about 2pm. We were disappointed as all we wanted to do was shower and change. However, they offered us use of the Spa changing facilities in the meantime. We had packed swimsuits, a change of clothes and suncream in our handluggage just in case (although could have just taken them out of the cases at this point), so we pointed out our cases so they could be delivered later, and we were taken by golf buggy to the Spa, where they were ready to greet us and showed us to the shower area. The Spa is next to the main pool, so we grabbed a couple of loungers there and went for a refreshing swim and a bit of a sunbathe before going to our allocated restaurant (Farivalhu) for lunch. After lunch, we wandered down to the Thundi Lounge (our nearest reception) to ask about our room. It was only about 1:15 but it was ready, they gave us our key and arranged for our cases to be delievered.

We stayed in a Deluxe Beach Villa, number 349. These rooms are fantastic, located at the tip of the island near the sandbank. There are other bigger or more luxurious rooms, but if I went back I would definitely go for a DBV again. They are completely secluded, and when you walk out of the back doors there is about 10 metres of white sand, then the water. You rarely see anybody else except for your neighbours paddling in the water. There is a sea wall a little way out to protect the beach from erosion, but it really didn't bother me, I didn't find it at all unsightly, and it created a lovely calm lagoon to paddle in before venturing further out to the reef.

In terms of which room to go for, 355 and 356 have decks on stilts above the water, these look pretty fab, almost like a water villa. The only issue is you don't have your own bit of beach, but from the front door you are just a few steps from the beautiful lagoon on the other side. The beach outside 354 looks like it has collapsed, there are sandbags with sand on top and a drop into the water, so I would avoid this room. The beach outside 353 is quite steep. but all the other rooms look great.

The room had everything we needed, a huge bed, TV (only switched it on to catch up on the news), mini bar (all included, soft drinks only, refilled every day), tea and coffee making facilities, a combination safe, a lovely bathroom and an outdoor shower. This was great, I didn't use the indoor shower once! The room is serviced twice daily by your room boy and is kept spotlessly clean. Yes, we did get a few ants, but it's a tropical island, so what do you expect? The rooms are semi detatched but we never heard anything from our neighbours.

The island itself is beautiful, with stunning beaches, and so much greenery. The island is quite big by Maldivian standards, but at a stroll it only takes about 20 minutes to walk from one end to the other. There are little electric golf buggies and a minibus that travel up and down the main path, you can wait for them at designated stops, and you can also call for them. We hardly ever used them, just once after returning from an excursion, preferring to enjoy to walk instead. I know some people hate the idea of vehicles on islands, but they are not noisy at all, and if you really don't want to see them, just walk on the footpaths rather than the main path, and you'll never see them.

There are two pools, the main pool and the infinity pool. both are lovely, and I never saw either of them full. we never had a problem getting a lounger at either. The rolled up towels on the loungers at the main pool in the morning are put there by the room attendants, not by people reserving them! At the main pool, the pool bar do poolside service, whereas at the infinity pool you have to go to the bar for drinks, but the Fung Bar is literally steps away.

We were on Select All Inclusive, which I highly recommend. The choice of restaurants was fantastic, we liked them all, with the Island BBQ and the Siam Garden being our favourites. The Steak Diane at the BBQ is amazing, and we felt the service was best at the Siam. You can book 2 days in advance from 8am (you have to go to your nearest reception, you can't book by phone) and we never couldn't get into our first choice (except on the day we arrived). For lunch, we liked the Coffee shop if we were at that end of the island, or our main restaurant if we were at the other. We had lunch at the Palm a couple of times, but as we like to eat dinner there we didn't go a lot at lunch. The food in the main restaurant is actually really good, it was different every day with lots of choices - there was always a curry, a selection of salads, cooking stations with fresh fish and some kind of stir fry, a toasted sandwich section, lots of different breads, and lots of desserts. Breakfast in the main restaurant was also good, lots of choices - curry, cooked breakfast, pancakes, waffles, cereals, fresh fruit and pastries.

The island is set up very well, I have heard it described as too big and mass market, but I didn't feel this at all. It is big, but not at all over crowded. We were told by a member of staff that while we were there it was at 100% occupancy, and we couldn't figure out where everyone was. We hardly saw anybody. Even at dinner, because the A La Carte restaurants are pretty small, we hardly saw anyone. It is a big island, but this just gives more space for everyone. A lot of the time we could have been on our own desert island.

Evening entertainment was low-key. Our nearest bar what the Laguna Bar (it was also my favourite). At sunset every day they have stingray feeding. Now, here people may not agree with me. It was certainly a spectacle, with lots of rays and baby sharks swimming around (and the ever-hopeful heron), and I can see why it's popular, but i was uncomfortable with it. Kuramathi prides itself on being an eco-friendly island with lots of environmental initiatives, but by doing this they are encouraging unnatural behaviour amongst the stingray. I would have been happier for them not to do it.

We're not really fans of organised entertainment, and planned to stick to the quieter bars, but we saw The Wood one night and they were fantastic! After that we saw them each time they played, they play once a week at each of the Laguna, Dhoni and Sand bars. There is a large choice of bars, every night at least one has nothing going on so if you want a quiet drink just head there (we did most nights). The only bar we didn't drink in was the Havana Bar, which has Karaoke. We stuck our head in once and then retreated! Luckily it's soundproofed.

The all inclusive cocktail list is huge, I counted more than 60. They made the best daiquiri I have ever tasted. It was a shock to get back to the UK and drink something that wasn't a cocktail! If you don't like them strong ask them to make them a little weaker, they certainly like the drinks to have a kick to them.

The service across the whole of the island is second to none. All of the staff are incredibly friendly, and nothing is too much trouble. If you always drink the same thing (we didn't) the bar staff usually know your order by day 3. The staff outnumber the guests, although you don't see them all.

There was a good choice of excursions and activities. The sunset cruise is not to be missed - a glass of sparkling wine while you watch the sun go down on the water. We saw lots of dolphons as well, which everyone got very excited about (I nearly fell off the boat!) We also did the snorkelling safari to the reefs of Rashdoo, Madivaru and Madivaru Finolhu. This was great, lovely to be shown around by a marine biologist, although there were perhaps a few too many people.

The spa was fab, we went for a lovely couples massage and it was well worth the money. We didbn't go in the open air pavilion as it wasn't available, but the room we were in was just a little way behind it, still with views over the water.

The snorkelling around the island was fantastic, it was my first time snorkelling and I was amazed at the sealife. Even in the lagoon there are loads of fish and a few coral growths, but it's on the reef side that you see the most. Between the house reef and the snorkelling safari, we saw nearly everything we wanted to see and more - loads of Picasso Triggerfish, young black tip sharks, moray eels, titan triggerfish (including one nesting one - stayed well away!) clown fish, pipefish, surgeonfish and so much more. The only thing I didn't see was a sea turtle (but we saw lots at Kadholhu). We went on the Coral Romance excursion - an overnight stay at Kandolhu, a tiny island with an amazing reef (it spoilt me a little bit I'm afraid) and it was unbelievable - but I will do a separate review for that island.

A couple more things: everyone wants to know about weather. Our first week was pretty much perfect. The second week, not so much. Three days of heavy rain, and the a lot of cloud at other times, and pretty windy at night. But honestly, it didn't spoil the holiday at all. i could have done without the torrential rain, but even when completely overcast it was about 30 degrees (and I got sunburned on one of these days!). The two weeks before we got there were perfect apparently - it's just a matter of luck. I would chance it and go again at this time of year.

And just to mention - I had a slight concern that there may be issues with us being two women together, but it was never an issue. Overt PDAs would not be appropriate (for anyone) but we never had to hide being a couple and it was never a problem.

It really was the most amazing two weeks we've ever had. I cried the morning we left (departure was handled very smoothly!). It was meant to be a once in a lifetime holiday, mainly due to the cost, but we will definitely go again. It may take us years to save up for it, but one day, we will go. Since we got back I keep looking at the photos and wishing I was still there. I swear time in the Maldives passes quicker than the UK, it really didn't feel like two weeks! I would recommend the island to both families and couples. We went during UK half term, and there really weren't all that many kids there, and the ones that were there were very well behaved. The food, service, scenery, sealife etc are all exceptional. Don't think about it anymore, just book it!

Room Tip: The Deluxe Beach Villas have the best locaton
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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16  Thank Coldilox
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Reviewed 14 November 2011

First of all, we arrived around 11 in the morning but we're kindly asked to go and have lunch because the room won't be ready until 02 pm.
We went for a beach villa. Bad choice, the beach villas in kuramathi are not beach villa, but garden villas. Actually the garden villa has a nicer location and are on the beach, also the garden villas are much newer. The beach villas are pretty old. Having a walk on the beach we've seen the superior beach villas, which indeed look muck better. So, think twice before choosing a beach villa on this island.
The food was ok, but pretty basic and it was always the same. No icecream available, just two days in 8 they served icecream. There is icecream available at the "gelateria" but is not a part of the all inclusive, so you have to pay.
For all the water sports you have to pay, except the windsurf, but if you don't know you have to take some lessons and of course, pay.
There is NO drink available on the beach.
But the worst came at end. Our flight had the departure at 22,45, but the boat transfer to Male Airport was at 09,00 o'clock in the morning. They told us that the boat has to leave in the morning because there are corals and so on. So more than 13 hours in the airport, this is crazy when you go on all inclusive for 8 days and you loose one.
The scenery is exotic, warm and clear ocean water.
The island is very silent (too silent, sometimes).
There are 3 bars on the island, all very cozy with plenty of drink, most of them part of the all inclusive system.
The staff is nice and they speak very good english. Very good red wine :)
We used Kuoni as a tour operator, so the girl in charge for Kuramathi, Emma was very, very nice.
Overall, it is not a fair price/ quality ratio taking into account that we paid 6200 usd for one week, we lost one entire day and the beach villa was actually a garden villa.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Ramona D
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Reviewed 12 November 2011

This was our third holiday to the Maldives, the first two were to Meeru Island which was also excellent but we wanted to visit another island this time.

We chose Kuramathi partly because of the select all inclusive option which enables guests to eat at any of the restaurants on the island. Also we booked with Kuoni, via Blue Bay Travel, the agent recommended this island and informed us if we booked a beach villa we would automatically be given a room upgrade to a deluxe beach villa. These are positioned close to the sand spit at one end of the island in a quieter area and are right on the beach.

We were very happy with our room 347: comfortable bed, nice bathroom, lovely outdoor shower, sunloungers on the decking and another pair of sunloungers which we position on the beach as we liked. There's only one small downside of DBVs - they are semi-detached and have a connecting door. We could hear our neighbours' music, snoring (!) etc., but then again you spend so little time actually in your room it hardly matters.... Our room boy, Hussan, was excellent. He kept our villa extremely clean and even left us little (and not so little surprises) on our bed (see photographs).

Food:
We ate in our allocated buffet restaurant, Farivalhu, for breakfast and our allocated waiter, Abdullah, looked after us very well and always had a smile for us. On your first visit you will be allocated a table and we found the food here to be fine but sometimes it was a little disappointing when, for example, you asked for a poached egg only to be told the "poached egg man is not working today"!

Our villa was closest to the Reef restaurant and whilst we were there it was being extended - both in kitchen size and a brand-new sitting area was constructed. We loved the food here and the staff were very friendly and attentive.

The Palm, Tandoor Mahal, Siam Garden and Barbeque restaurants also had excellent food. We especially enjoyed the Indian and Thai buffets even though this was towards the end of our (3 week) holiday and by then we were getting to the stage and not being able to face any more food! The Siam Garden is in a particularly lovely location, quite central, and surrounded by lush foliage which gives the impression that you're in the middle of a jungle.

Snorkelling:
As a novice snorkeller I thoroughly enjoyed the reef at Kuramathi. There are channels and markers to follow out to the reef and it is a wonderful site to see all the coral and hundreds of fish. You can hire buoyancy vests from the Dive shop if you're not a confident swimmer.

Sunset cruise:
This is a lovely trip - you sail just off shore, the crew hand out glasses of champagne which you sip whilst you watch the sunset (we saw a pod of dolphin which made it even more special). A crew member came round taking photographs of couples which was a lovely touch.

Stingray feeding:
This is thoroughly recommended: pick a table nearest the area where the feeding happens, order a cocktail, wait for sunset, and then at 6.30 p.m. a man in a wet suit with a bucket of fish arrives and wades into the water with the sting rays. The odd shark, fish and the ever hungry heron turn up too. It's an amazing sight.

Bars:
Our "local" was the Laguna Bar with it being the closest to our villa. We were well looked after there and especially had a great night when The Wood, local band, were playing. My husband and I would like to say a special thanks to Manjula for taking the time to talk to us and for translating when talking to our new friends from Italy. Also Upul, Nilantha, Thushara, Catherine and Andy were also a joy to meet and we can't thank them enough for making our holiday extremely special.

To sum up. We did get bitten the first week. Mosquitos seem to know you're a new arrival and try to ruin your holiday as the bites are very irritating. However, once we had a bit of tan (and we were lucky with the weather as it only rained once during the day throughout our three weeks there), they seemed to leave us alone!!! The sand spit is amazing - we would walk up after breakfast when there was no-one there and it was lovely. At sunset there's always a bit of crowd but it's still extremely beautiful. Went to the spa once for a henna tattoo and this was a very pleasant experience. Will be go back? I think so. We've loved the Maldives since our first visit in 2008 and but what makes Kuramathi special is it's so pretty, it was a joy to walk from one end of the island to the other and the staff go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your holiday. Thank you Kuramathi.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank DebraDebra
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Reviewed 11 November 2011

We spend 6 nights of our honeymoon in a Deluxe Jacuzzi Villa at Kuramathi. We have nothing but rave reviews about the place. The island is just beautiful, especially at the sandbank. We were simply astounded by how clear, blue and warm the water was. It was truly paradise.

The room was great and we loved waking up to the view of the ocean. The room was also very clean and a really good size. We only used the jacuzzi twice. I wished the water in the jacuzzi could have been heated to a higher temperature but it did not bother my husband the slightest bit.

I was glad we went on the select all inclusive package, as I was not very impressed with the buffets at the main restaurant. My favorite places to eat were the Italian, Thai and Indian restaurant.

Although it is a very big resort for Maldives with fairly large number of guest, it never felt crowded or busy. A perfect honeymoon.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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