Recently spent a week in Kuredu. We had actually booked something in Makunudu (North Male atoll) but at the very last moment (Friday 3pm for a leave the next monday) the travel agent (T.Cook not to name it) decided that it was overbooked and did not offer any alternative but cancellation or Kuredu.
I was really upset and in a bad mood since Kuredu was indeed one of the few places I didn't want to go. With 325 villas and bungalows I was sure that it would be overcrowded and overall a bad experience. This only to tell you that I (my wife as well) finally left (what else could I have done? Cancellation and stay in Aberdeen under the rain and the awful grey sky???) in a rather bad mood.
Trip was OK. Direct fly from Manchester. A bit messy at Male airport since they could not find our booking (thought: it's all gonna go wrong...), finally redirected to the Maldivian Air Taxi base (they know how to deal with tourists, quick delivery to the resort is clearly the point). Finally arrived by boat at Kuredu after a stop at Kanuhura (pretty close).
I must say that by this time my mood had already slightly changed. This was my first time in the Maldives and I don't see how one could not be sensitive to all this sunshine, the turquoise water, fishes all around the place, palm trees and sandy beaches. I felt tired but better!
Regarding the resort now, let's be precise.
I can easily understand why some wrote bad reviews abt Kuredu. If you get one of the Beach bungalows or "O" beach villas you might be REALLY disappointed because they are not on the side of the lagoon but that of the open ocean, don't have a proper beach and most have pretty ugly big blocks of concrete to break waves just in front. Indeed the Beach bugalows look worn out and don't have immediate access to the beach. Water villas might be OK but I don't think they are the wisest choice.
As others have said the best choice is definitely the Beach Villas and Jacuzzi Beach Villas (that's what we had, Villa 224). You have proper access to the beach (indeed you are on directly on the beach) and you face the lagoon (and yes, there are plenty of turtles, rays, and all sorts of funny fishes right there, no need to go far away). Jacuzzi beach villas on the right side of the jetty (when you arrive) might be slightly better because the beach is broader and, in my opinion, a bit nicer. But it's pretty nice on the other side as well.
Food was excellent (and I might be picky, french are supposed to be so, right?) considering this is a buffet. Lot of choice with a pretty decent variety of vegetables and fruits. Fish and meat at every meal if you want to (OK fish is mostly tuna but it's quite good). The waiter was quite nice and not overtly expecting tipping all the time.
Weather: no need to discuss abt it. Wonderful.
Bar and resort in general: much to my surprise it wasn't really crowdy although one might expect that in january. The thing is that the perimeter of the island is 3.5 kms, pretty big.
For reasons I can't gather there are not many people swimming so that you really have the beach on your own. And during the day apart from a few people walking along the beach you barely see anybody. Bars are fine and if you go all-inclusive you can get pretty drunk all day long if you fancy cheap vodka, cheap whisky etc. If you prefer a good cigar with a Cardhu then this is not included. And if you'd rather have a cocktail, it's not included either. So if you mostly drink sodas and beer on the tap you'll be alright. But if you want something more you'll have to pay.
Same with water. But honestly with the all-inclusive package you get a 1.5l bottle for 1.5USD if I'm correct. That's not especially outrageous, is it?
Mosquitoes, pests and the rest: did not see any rat (heard of some but, again, on the other side of the island), caught a cockroach in the bathroom (fair enough since the bathroom is on the outside at the back of the Villa), killed 4-5 mosquitoes and never been bitten once. Might be different with the water and "O" villas since I suspect that the fumigation efficiency is strongly diminished when you're not in the middle of the island.
If you don't stay for more than a week you should consider immediately going to the bars (not to get drunk but) to check the different small cruises and trips they offer. There is a decent choice at pretty reasonable prices. You might also check at the diving center for diving and snorkeling option (although you might as well walk from you villa and do the snorkeling just there! It's really nice. However be careful with urchins hidden under rocks: it hurts!! + there are murenas (might hurt even more)).
People, as others have said, are mostly friendly. However none of them will be able to tell you anything interesting abt the country and its history since most of them are from Sri Lanka and the rest from various places including India or Bangladesh. And indeed, being in a resort you don't get anything abt people living there and their habits. But you don't get there to use your brain, do you????
I don't know if I'll ever get a chance to go back to the Maldives but Kuredu certainly was not a bad experience at all. Just hope that the construction of so many new resorts in the next decade won't alter the place too much (and I have serious doubts on this point).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, surrounded by a beautiful lagoon and long stretches of white, sandy beach, is the only Resort on the island of Kuredu, in Lhaviyani Atoll. Your seaplane transfer from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is a scenic, 40 minute flight 383 Rooms include 10 Sultan Pool Villas including 1 2-Villa Family Suite, 50 Sangu Water Villas including 1 Honeymoon Suite, 100 Jacuzzi Beach Villas, 93 Beach Villas, 90 Beach Bungalows, 40 Garden Bungalows. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kuredu Island Resort And Spa
- Kuredu Island Hotel Kuredu
- Hotel Kuredu Island
- Kuredu Island Maldives
- Kuredu Maldives
- Kuredu Island Resort Maldives
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