Just returned from 11 wonderful days on Kuramathi during Sept/Oct. First things first, Kuramathi is without doubt one of the most idyllic tropical island locations I have ever been!
As ever with TripAdvisor, the key is to look for themes rather than individual comments; everything is subjective and contextual but one thing I would say is the comments in other reviews about service levels should be disregarded - some staff are happier/more enthusiastic/efficient than others of course but overall the service level is great and what you would expect of a quality resort.
Island: The island is just beautiful. It is superbly maintained and the staff are working on it constantly behind the scenes to keep it spotless. It is stunning.
Accommodation: we paid for a beach villa and were upgraded to a superior beach villa with jacuzzi! Excellent start! Of course not everyone will be that lucky but all the accommodation was modern looking and right on the beach or sea front. Our room (143) was spacious and modern. We had two day beds; one inside one out and a large entrance deck with private sun loungers. The bathroom had a big rain-head shower which is partially outside leading to a walled garden area where the jacuzzi was - although in truth we never got round to using it! I won't bother listing below in the 'the not quite as good's' but we did feel there was a slight lack of storage space - not a major issue.
Food and drink: the 'Select all-inclusive' is an absolute MUST for everyone. It was excellent. All restaurants, any snack or food, ice creams, deserts and milkshakes at any time during the day, a selection quality wine by the bottle for dinner, and best of all, almost every cocktail on a four page menu. The three buffet restaurants are varied and provide a huge and excellent choice for every meal but for dinner I recommend eating at the al a carte restaurants - they were great with a full menu of chef cooked food in everyone. TOP TIP: have the Steak Diane in the Island BBQ restaurant, it is cooked in front of you and was fantastic - had it three times in 11 days!!!
Bars: there are several bars (five I think?!) around the island. All table service and efficient. Most directly on the beach or over the sea - a superb way of rounding off the day with a cocktail. Sand Bar was our favourite: very chilled, low light and on big bean-bags on the sand. Über cool.
Facilities: not a lot to say, everything you would expect and more. There is an island shop for any essential you have forgotten to bring or for souvenirs; two or three dive centres, a water sports centre; gym and spa; and, a camera shop for developing photos or buying an underwater camera. I used the gym four times, it is excellent for a hotel facility; very large and well equipped. We also had two spa treatments which cost extra but they were excellent value and the couples massage was great fun.
Snorkelling: You are given snorkelling equipment as part of the package and you only need swim fifty foot out into the very shallow house-reef before you find yourself in an aquarium of stunning and varied tropical fish of every colour, shape and size - they are amazing. There are also turtles, dolphins and black-tipped reef sharks to spot as well. Simply amazing!
The not quite as good's:
Weather: we took a risk going in Sept/Oct as it is still part of the monsoon season. As much as international hotels like to control every element of their guest's experience their ability to influence the big man upstairs remains limited! I wouldn't go again at this time of year: the temperature is always hot but it rained a lot over the 11 days and with little else to do apart from relax on the beach it is not worth the risk. The rain brings cloudy skies and a slightly chilly wind and the sea starts to get choppy. Pick a time of year with guaranteed sun!!!
Island size: as beautiful as Kuramathi is, it is not the picture that i had in my mind of a Maldivian island - it is big! Nearly 2k long, it takes 40 mins to walk from bottom to top. The majority of accommodation is at the bottom of the island, as a result the reality is that despite the shuttle services running around the island, it is a hassle getting to the other end of the island. For example, the gym was about a 10-15 minute walk from our villa. Also, at night it is very poorly lit and signage is limited so you find yourself walking to restaurants at the top of the island like The Reef or The Palm in the dark and from the bottom of the island both are a 25/30 min walk. It is a popular island too, there are over 300 rooms so there were quite a few more people than we anticipated - although it wasn't overcrowded. It didn't feel quite as exclusive as we thought it would be - this might be a good thing if you are after a livelier destination of course...
Travelling to/from the island: get the seaplane there and back!!! we took it from Male to Kuramathi and it was a great experience and just a short flight. However, coming back we got the speed boat - a mistake! We had a late morning flight back to the UK (11.45) and because only one boat was going to Male that morning we were told to meet in reception at 5.45. We got to Male at 7.15 nearly 2 hours before we could even check in at 9.15! Following which we then had to wait until the flight at 11.45. The whole group were very annoyed by this - it put a dampener on the end of the holiday and added about another 4 hours onto our journey back to the UK!
Mozzi's: are everywhere!!! we got bitten daily and whilst there is no risk they are incredibly annoying... beware and bring mozzi spray (not that it made any difference!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Measuring 1.8 km long, this idyllic resort in North Ari Atoll is dotted with lush flora and fauna, turquoise lagoons and tapers into a pristine sandbank. Catering to all budgets, the choices for villas are many, and ranges from the simple yet stylish Garden Villas to the ever popular honeymooners' favourite over water choice, Water Villa with Jacuzzi. Early 2016, Kuramathi is set to extend the options with new villa categories that will features villas over water, several with private pool and also two bedroom houses suitable for families or friends travelling together. Savour exquisite recipes from over 10 restaurants catering to diverse taste buds. Imbibe tropical concoctions in 6 bars conveniently placed around the island, and they have the added plus of regular evening entertainment. Leave your worries behind, and choose our great-value all inclusive packages to enjoy the best that Kuramathi has to offer. The Basic All Inclusive includes a wide range of premium beverages while the Select All Inclusive is ideal if you wish to have a taste of Kuramathi at its best where you wine and dine at any restaurant of your choice. Rejuvenate, revitalize and beautify at Kuramathi Spa, with its blend of diverse therapies using signature product line Voya, which comes from Ireland and is made from hard-harvested organic seaweed. Dive with eagle rays, friendly sharks and explore world class dive sites. Become a certified sailor at the only Royal Yachting Association certified water sports school in the Maldives. Bond with your family at Bageecha Kids Club and let the children indulge in fun yet educational programs. Learn more about the thriving organisms both in and out of water at the multi award winning Eco Centre. There is simply something for everyone on an island that is naturally Maldives - Kuramathi Island Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kuramathi Island Hotel Kuramathi
- Village Hotel Kuramathi
- Kuramathi Village Hotel
- Kuramathi Cottage Spa
- Kuramathi Island Resort Maldives