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Kurumba Maldives
4.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Vihamanafushi, 09000   |  
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Ahmedabad, India
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28 hotel reviews
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“Wow what a holiday!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012 via mobile

Fabulous experience...from the booking procedure to welcome to snorkelling to food, rooms, staff, price, check in, check out, maaja kids club, bars, pools...you name it and it was perfect for us. In the end they asked point out what can we improve and i said, have some english magazines in the library... Such a small area for improvement. Travelled with my wife and two daughters, 8 yrs and 2 yrs old. It was my little ones birthday and the resort team kayutsu (from burma), rousal at the restaurant, the maaja kids club team, richard, vijay and even the housekeeping guys by floral decoration in the room, made the birthday so special for her with cakes, baloons, cards and lots of love and fun... Then the sunset and dolfin cruise with richard, snorkelling lessons with vijay, even the sales lady at the kurumba resort shop; all so thoroughly professional and hospitable. Strongly recommended if you are travelling with kids...

Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

This resort just completes the magical experience of Maldives! Friendly staff, serene view, fun activities for free and great choice of cuisines...we stayed in deluxe beach front bunglow, i think it was room no. 642. It was very close to the sand bar beach so we would just soak up sun, keep ordering our drinks and they would serve some complimentary fruits and juice shots once in a way. You get to see reef sharks, baby sting rays, clown fishes...complete array of colorful fishes. They provide free snorkelling equipment and also complimentary classes for basics on snorkelling, which was good for us as we were first timers. The staff is friendly and helpful. If you are a vegeterian, they do have a good no. of choices for you. Its the kind of place you'd like to visit over and over again!
Later they did ask for feedback over email and the response was pretty prompt.
I must thank the Kurumba staff for making our stay a wonderful one :)

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

I recently returned to Kurumba for my third visit, however this was to be a completely different trip for us, due to the fact that we were taking our 18 week old daughter and therefore we saw the resort in a completely different light. Having visited before with my friend, then husband and family.... I knew that this would be a completely different trip, but thankfully Kurumba definitely did not disappoint!

We had booked one of the Family Villas so that there was more room for us, and were worried that we may miss being on the beachfront as these villas are slightly back into the island, with Gardens in front rather that the beach.....however I have to say that it did not affect our stay at all. The villas had recently been renovated to include a small pool in the back (as apposed to the jacuzzi that was there previously) and this turned out be be perfect for our needs. The weather whilst we were there was not perfect and there was quite a bit of rain in the evening, which is to be expected in October, however it was still very hot for our little girl......but having the pool to dunk in when she was getting uncomfortable was a lot easier than that trying to find shade on the beach, and the area outside the pool also gave us a bit more privacy for sunbathing (if/when the baby would give us the chance to soak it up!). The housekeeping staff were very attentive to our needs, and ensured that we had enough water every day as we were not only drinking it ourselves, but needed it for cleaning bottles, sterilising, and making up milk and food for the baby.

The staff were amazing towards the baby too..... they were delighted to see her when we visited the restaurants/bars and they even looked forward to getting a wee cuddle! The main buffet restaurant staff were very quick to let us know that if we needed anything special for the baby... just to let them know and they would arrange it for us, and our many trips with the microwave sterliser were treated with no issues at all. On that note, we had taken our steriliser with us, but learned when we were there that the resort actually has one for guests to use, as well as a bottle warmer.

The resort was perfect for taking the baby for walks in the buggy, as there are paths around the whole island, unlike some that only have sand paths to walk around. And if we needed to get out and about on the boats, then the Launch Crew were fantastic at taking the buggy on and off with the baby still inside, rather than having to disturb her everytime. She was very settled on the boats too.....even on a very rough transfer that made her laugh every time the boat jumped! The sea barriers around the island also made the lagoon very calm and perfect for taking her for a wee swim.

I know that a lot of people's concerns with Kurumba are the proximity to the airport and the boat traffic around the island as it is so close to the airport, however I found that this was perfect for us for a number of reasons. Firstly, after around 18 hours of travelling with a baby, the last thing we wanted to do was wait around in a hot and stuffy airport for a seaplane.... and instead were on the boat within 5 minutes of coming through the security, and in the pool in our room within the hour!! Also, having a small baby, it was a comfort to know that we were so close to Male and the hospitals... just in case! As for the air/boat traffic, it gave my dad (who probably isn't so good at being somewhere remote) something to look out for and have a look at, and it didn't bother me at all.

After meeting the GM at a "Guest Cocktails" evening, we got to talking about the environmental issues facing the Maldives at the moment, and he offered to show me what the resort were doing to try and tackle their waste on the island and took me to the island's new "Recycling Station" that has helped to reduce the waste on the island from around 7 dhonis a week, to 1. I found this fascinating as the rubbish island is something that we see a lot of on documentaries across here, and it is nice to see a resort that is taking the matter seriously!

As I mentioned earlier, the weather wasn't perfect whilst we were there, and it often rained in the evening/at night....however this did not affect our stay in the slightest. The only thing that the rain affected was being able to sit in the amazingly comfortable big lounge chairs on the veranda in the bar!! We still managed to get on excursions to see the Dolphins, my mum went on a couple of snorkelling trips, and mum and dad both went on a day trip to a sand bar which they absolutely loved (the only reason we couldn't go was that there is no shade on the sand bar and would be too hot for the baby), I did a couple of dives, and we got a lot of sun during the day! And when it did rain at night, there was still plenty of entertainment on the resort from movies, to music, so we were never bored.

I should probably stop now as I could write about the resort for pages......but I really would recommend Kurumba to anyone. There were quite a few children on the island whilst we were there, however I only know this because the staff told me........apart from our own daughter, I hardly say any children at all. Therefore I would say that the resort is perfect for families, but also Honeymooners, couples, friends......anyone that is travelling to the Maldives. We are looking forward to our fourth trip and hope it won't be too far away..... and I am sure that our daughter will love joining in the with childrens club the next time round!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We booked this for our honeymoon. Turned out to be a very nice experience. Courteous staff. Superb well maintained rooms. Good central restaurant. Were able to get the dishes we wished starting from Dosa/Curd/Sambar to Italian cuisines. Would definitely recommend this.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We went here for our honeymoon and the staff really took note of this. We were treated extremely well and got special honeymoon treats. We booked a deluxe bungalow and it was worth every cent. Nearly all rooms face the beach, with ours being roughly just 20 metres away from the great blue ocean. So whichever room you choose, you'll probably get a great view. Rooms were always kept clean, despite us messing it up with sand everywhere.

Service: Great but could be better. Not all staff were adequately trained. At times, some were a little unfriendly (but only very very few, so they could be having a bad day)

Value: For what we paid, we think it's superb value. The excursions were reasonably priced as well.

Sleep quality: Great. Comfortable beds. Comfortable room.

Cleanliness: Great. Always kept clean.

Location: Superb. Nearest to the airport (just 10 mins away). Although you can hear planes passing, it didn't bother us at all.

Rooms: Spacious. Simply lovely.

Beverage selection: Great. And reasonably priced (considering you're on an island)

Food: Good but could be better. Somehow the food didn't really suit our palate. They do have a really wide selection of restaurants though, so we suggest you try all of them. We didn't get the chance to try all restaurants so can't really comment.

Finally, we would like to especially thank Joy for assisting us when we arrived and making us feel right at home and the breakfast restaurant manager (sorry, we didn't catch her name) for taking care of our meals.

Hopefully we'll visit you again.

Much love, Farhan & Farhana.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

i really enjoy snorkeling and diving. various facility and many activities to do, well trained and symphathethic stuffs, well managed resort, great time at beach bar and live acoustic band, excellent spa and good food.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

I traveled so many times all around the world and my stay for one week in this resort nov2012 was the best ever, am sure it's the best place that I've visit, location, staff, activities, clinic and services, I guarantee you that your stay will be at least one of the best places that you visit,
Simply it's heaven.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Kurumba Maldives

Address: Vihamanafushi, 09000
Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Vihamanafushi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vihamanafushi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Kurumba Maldives 4.5*
Number of rooms: 180
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kurumba is Maldives' very first resort. Located just 10-minutes from the airport with boat transfers available 24 hours a day. Explore our vibrant house reef. Relaxing on the white sandy beach. Swimming in our protected crystal clear lagoon. Treat yourself to an exquisite Maldivian spa treatment. Be energized with the daily scheduled activities, watersports, excursions or scuba diving. Be inspired by the Maldives culture, local food, art and dance. Nine styles of accommodation are spread amongst the island's lush tropical gardens. Eight restaurants, three bars, Maldives best nightly entertainment scene, Kurumba is a perfect holiday destination. Kurumba is the Maldives in Full Colour. ... more   less 
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