I have recently returned to Kuramathi and have completed my review which should be on the website soon. I have been watching the forum for several months prior to my visit and noticed that a lot of people had trouble finding out information about the different room types. We saw every room type (from the outside of course) whilst there so would like to shed a little light on the location and general look of the villas. The Kuramathi website gives good pictures of the inside of the rooms and lists the amenities but donesn’t help much in terms of location. Hopefully you willl find the following information useful and if anyone has any questions about rooms or anything else, I will be happy to help. Please remember I am commenting about the outside of the villas only.
Garden Villas – These are in blocks of 4, one block sits right near the beach and the others are in what is called gardens but some areas are quite tatty. They don’t look like guest villas from the outside as they look quite run down. In fact we thought they may be reserved for staff’s family if they came to visit because they didn’t fit the general standard of all other guest villas. The are located in the village end of the island and are closest to the lagoon side of the sea.
Beach Villas – These are a really good size and are in a horse shoe shape closest to the lagoon side at the village end. I would say that 60% of them should be called garden villas because they are certainly not close enough to the beach to warrant calling them beach villas. A lot are covered from trees and so it could be hit and miss sunbathing on the terrace. They look like a good standard but kind of remind me of the lodges at Centre Parcs in the Lake District as a lot of the garden areas are quite overgrown and tatty.
Deluxe Beach villas – these are semi detached and located at the sandbank end of the island on the reef side. The last 2 villas 355 and 356 (we stayed in 356) have the terrace on stilts over the sea but the rest of the villa is on land. The others have a sandy path leading down to the sea (maybe about 10 steps from terrace to sea). Some have a lot of greenery which obstruct the view from your room but most have a nice clear view of the sea. Villa 354 was the only one that we saw where you could get onto the beach without going through the villa. This was where ourselves and villa 355 were able to get into the sea. Therefore if you want more privacy, I would recommend requesting that you do not have this villa. They are small in comparison to beach villas an all higher room categories but we were pleasantly surprised by the size…ample room for 2 and still ok if you had a 3rd bed in the room.
Beach villa with Jacuzzi – The back garden looks quite big. They are located on the reef side and mostly have a nice area of beach near them. Again some are not overly close to the beach but closer that the beach villas.
Superior beach villa with Jacuzzi – These look quite contemporary in design but back garden appears quite small compared to other villas. Not all have a sea view and some sit on a very rocky area of beach. These are on the reef side at the village end of the island.
Deluxe beach villa with Jacuzzi – These are in a lovely location on a beautiful area of beach on the lagoon size. They also have a parasol (as well as loungers) on the terrace. These are in the central area of the island near the palm pizzeria and would be our choice of villa if budget could have stretched that far.
Water villas – these are semi detatched with shared steps down to the lagoon. They are on the lagoon side and the ones closest to 301 could see the sting ray feeding from the balcony. The balconies are completely covered and so no sun all day. They are close to the sandbank.
Water villas with Jacuzzi – These are detatched and are located on the reef side close to many snorkelling channels. The sea can get quite rough when windy on this side of the island so some days you will be fighting with some waves for a swim but on calmer days is it fine. They are a very good size and still look new (much newer looking than the water villas) with very good sized sun decks.