Here's a true in-depth review of Kuredu. Be prepared for lot's of stuff to do and with great service. This is a great starting resort if you ever plan to visit the Maldives, as it's got everything you need! This is our second trip to the Maldives and I personally did a lot of research before booking this resort. I read hundreds of reviews here on Tripadvisor before actually booking a trip to this resort, which is a big one, be prepared for that. CHECK IN AND TRANSFER Smooth transfer from Velana International Airport - check in as usual with TMA and fast, seamless transfer all the way to the reception. Great introduction by island host and you get taken care of on a personal yet professional level. You can even text with your Island host on your phone whenever you like, as well as make reservations for excursions, dinners and actitivies through their convenient resort app, the app was a bit buggy at times, so sometimes you actually need to walk to the reception to sort some things out. No complimentary internet for non AIP guests staying at our room category- this is a bit limited, so be sure to actually buy a SIM card at the airport if you are not AIP at Sangu. ROOM We stayed at a Private Pool Villa. We did some hefty research before booking our room here - we previously stayed in a Water Villa at Kuredu's sister resort Vilamendhoo - this was a true experience that I recommend everyone to try. Kuredu's Water Villas did not really meet the same expecations, as our Island host actually gave us a quick tour of this room category - which made us certain of that the Private Pool villa is by far the best room option, since it's located next to the best beach as well as to the Sangu area - which is the nicest area on the island. The Water Villas were simply too small, and located in a very windy area of the island, with a lagoon just full of seaweed. Private Pool villa was spacious, had a cozy feel and with a well stocked mini bar, a large 1,5 m deep pool as well as a nice outside sitting area. Choose this room category, it is really private. Some minor details; when looking closer, you can really see that this room is not recently built- some areas of the room felt a bit aged and the outdoor bathroom is nice, though a lot of insects keep you company during the evening/night. Keep this in mind before booking a room at Kuredu - you WILL have ants of different sizes in the bathroom, as mentioned in other reviews. Yes, it's a tropical island, but still, management and cleaners can do a bit more here. The lizards can't keep up with eating them all! Not super nice to use the toilet when it's covered with insects. You will be provided with insect spray, but it doesn't seem to work very well. Room feels bigger in real life, so be sure to check out the pictures! ISLAND It is a huge island compared to what's common in the Maldives. If you like walking or jogging this is a perfect place to be. Resort doesn't feel crowded, however we stayed mostly at the Sangu area, also in low season. This area is adults only and it situated in the "nice" part of the island (i.e. nicest beach, clearest water, best bar etc). Other areas seem quite average or even deserted (north part, and O resort) maybe because of low season, the restaurant there wasn't even open. Middle of the island is less intimate, and more focused on services. Buggy transfer is available which is good. You can see that the island is developing good, a lot of solar panels, electric vehicles etc. Island is very lush and has got a lot of wildlife! This is common throughout all of Maldives though. If you like swimming it's a perfect island, since there are miles of accessible areas to get soaked. Unfortunately, you won't see much coral or fish wherever you go, since most of the lagoon contain seaweed. You will only find it on specific areas, often far away. HOUSE REEF / DIVE CENTER As there are many house reefs of different qualities in the Maldives, unfortunately Kuredu's isn't really much to see. Despite being a huge island compared to other ones, the house reef is basically just a small strip between two buoys. A shipwreck is to be found (nice touch), but thats about it, a lot of dead corals, some fish and occasionally a turtle or some rays. In some areas of the island, you don't really get that classical Maldives paradise feel when all you can see is seaweed floating around, this is probably due to the huge amounts of seaweed in the lagoon, and you won't find much fish there either. All in all is this resort not for you if you like excellent house reef snorkeling, but good if you want to see some bigger animals- you can easily see several during one snorkeling hour. Try Vilamendhoo instead if you want an excellent house reef! Huge thanks to Prodivers, - especially to Thasleem who also really made sense of the orientation dive (I have read here that some previous Kuredu guests' find this particular mandatory dive a bit annoying). Great feeling among the crew and decent equipment. Dive center is located centrally on the island which is super convenient. A bit pricey for single dives, especially when you are already certified. Not as many dive spots as in Ari Atoll, but a good variety of options for AOW divers and above. You will enjoy this well run dive center for sure! FOOD & DRINKS Like most 4 star resorts, Kuredu offers a wide range of buffet foods. We were allocated in the Sangu Restaurant, which is by far the nicest place to eat your lunch or dinner. As AIP (all inclusive plus) guests we were able to use any restaurants which was a nice thing. Even though different theme nights were available, it still did not have a great variety of foods. Mostly the same foods but in different forms, repetitive and could be improved! We did enjoy the Naan bread and of course a big thank you to the chefs at Sangu who prepared this every night! Great service here and also in all other bars/restaurants on the island, you never walk on the island being thirsty, be sure of that! We had All Inclusive Plus (the other option; AI Gold - does not really seem to be worth the extra money, unless you stay on the island for many weeks and fancy premium spirits). Check their website for details regarding what's inlcuded and what's not. I got exactly what I expected from the AIP, just wished for a bit more variety in the buffet. Drinks is definitely the highlight here! SERVICE Mostly great service island wide. Some areas seem a bit "far away", where the service is just dependent on demand. O resort was deserted. Service related to sports activites, here's an example: ...for the Tennis and Padel court- just SKIP the padlock for opening the gate to the court! It just takes a lot of time to find Mr Gym Receptionist every time! Have faith in guests booking the court and save time for both guests and members of staff! Some of the organisation and logistics for activities can definitely be improved, as this is just one example. Huge thanks to the friendly and helpful staff, especially to Shair at Sangu Restaurant who made our all of our dining experiences excellent. A true serviceminded member of the Kuredu staff! ACTIVITIES & WEATHER This was our second trip to the Maldives and also in July. For 11 days we only had proper sunshine for 3-4 days. Rest of the stay was cloudy or rainy. Be aware that there is not much to do if it rains. Sand and pathways are constantly wet and for almost 1 week the beaches were wet... yes, it is a tropical destination and wet season- keep this in mind if u book your Maldives trip in July. What you can do here is basically almost all sport activities, from golf to kitesurfing. We did a lot of Padel Tennis, of which they are now building more courts for. To us it seemed a bit odd since we were practically the only ones using the Padel court for almost two weeks! Maybe it's a high season thing... Regardless, it's a really nice touch to have more than just a regular Tennis court and kayak hire available. Golf court was nice! However using the driving range should be complimentary for AIP guests... it would definitely make us pay for playing a round our two if we actually managed to learn the game properly from start. As AIP guest you get a 10 min driving range lesson, which is not really gonna get you going, unless you pay more. We tried some excursions, including the Full Day Snorkel Sailing, which was nice, we were supposed to visit 4 different snorkel spots - but the boat had an engine faliure half way and we only visited two spots. We got 35 USD$ off of the total 135 USD$ charge - why only 35? Found this skimpingly odd since we were promised four spots! So many activities available but no events? Not a small golf or racket tournament? The island literally have almost all racket sports represented! Hand line fishing was a true experience! I recommend this to everyone visiting the island. We even had our own catch of the day for lunch! Try at least one or two excursions per week, as this can really be the highlight of your stay. Kuredu is really a nice island and you will not be disappointed all-in-all and the members of staff are really nice. Be sure to request a room as well, as they really try to give you your preferred room number! PROS Very friendly staff and good service Nice variety of drinks and bars Convenient app for booking resort activities CONS Very limited snorkeling, poor house reef Sports activites can be better organised Repetitive food buffet…
This is frist time for me in Maldive’s it was interested trip am very happy with Staf and this island food nice. Staf great and also very very. Friendly community huge island with deferent zone. Thanks fir Kuredu Staf see you later
Amazing island with the nicest staff and everything you could wish on your doorstep. I can’t recommend how amazing my stay was at kuredu. The island is beautiful with a gorgeous Sandy spit to the west and beautiful sunsets. The pier bar is tranquil and sangu has great food, friendly staff and island vibe.
Very helpful and enthusiastic staff. Very good service and facilities. Jacuzzi beach villa with access to clean blue lagoon was very convenient. With fully inclusive package, customer should get unlimited and in restricted access to all the restaurants and bars
Accommodation and the beach are great (premium beach villa). Food is good (from seafood mostly fish). Waiter Asim (banthi buffet restaurant) and bell boy Humaish made the experience very comfortable. The weather was great. We really enjoyed the stay.