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Kuredu Island Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kuredu
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

My wife passed her PADI Open Water just before this trip and we couldn’t have made a better choice for our first dive holiday together. Our week on M/V Monsoon took us on a fabulous tour of the Northern Maldivian atolls. We packed in 20 dives and one amazing snorkel.
Diving Highlights; Shark-tastic action at Orimas Thila, Snowflake bubbles at Christmas Tree Rock, Morays on the move on Dhigu Thila night dive, Manta Ballet at Hanifaru Bay and a Kuredu Express rollercoaster!
Our cocktail mix of 21 guests was drawn from England, N.Ireland, Germany, Russia and Brazil and Boat Manager Chris and Dive Guide Jukka saw to it that everyone had a safe and exhilarating experience every time.
Monsoon on-board accommodation is to a high standard and the crew were both friendly and efficient. The Dhoni boys were ever-helpful with our dive kit and always close by when we surfaced.
I’d strongly recommend the Maldives and especially this boat to any diver. (booked with Scuba Travel).

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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KenFlockhart, General Manager at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2013

Dear Kenneth & Teresa,
Thank you for the review of your recent stay on board our Safari boat Monsoon. It sounds like you had a wonderful experience both in the water and on board. Chris and his Crew certainly run a wonderful operation that combines a professional diving experience with a relaxing environment to return to at the end of a busy day.

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Ken Flockhart,
General Manager.

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Reviewed December 1, 2013

My husband and myself stayed in Kuredu in the beginning of November 2013. Loved every minute of it. We travelled from our home country Russia to Sri Lanka first and then to Maldives. Everything was organized very well, the slogan there should be - no worries. Were met in Male, provided with food in Kuredu lounge before the transfer to the island, met on the island and brought right to the doors of our garden bungalow. It was great that there were not many people on the beach at any time of day. Two days of seven were rainy, but you can find a lot of things to do there even on the rainy days. The only thing which I would change there is the width of the bed in the garden bungalow, to my mind it was a bit narrow. No Russian speaking personnel and this is no problem, especially if you are a Russian-English translator yourself)) Smiling people around, very good food, colors of trees, sand and ocean, which look like a movie set...really unreal colors. Would love to come back one day....

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank E_lina132013
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KenFlockhart, General Manager at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2013

Dear Elina,
Thank you for the review of your stay in Kuredu last month,
It sounds like you had a wonderful stay.
For our future Russian guests, we have a new Russian Speaking Island Host (Guest Relations) Team Member coming to join the Kuredu Team very soon.
We look forward to welcoming you back.

Regards,
Ken Flockhart,
General Manager.

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Reviewed November 30, 2013

App 45 mins from Male apt via hydroplane, Kuredo resort failed to impress me as an epicentre of paradise and of outstanding service. It is though solid, clean and quality destination for budget travellers.

(+++) Superb diving destination with sophisticated Prodivers team and excellent diving sites
(++) At time of our stay not occupied with families with children - appreciated it
(-) Fairly worn out equipment at sports centre
(--) Complicated reservation system when one wants to dine out at other than "dedicated" restaurant
(-) On-island "taxi" transfer not very functional, you though should not mind walking (up to 10mins)
(-) Uneasy sea access from Sangu water villas
(=) Spa is OK, failed to impress

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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KenFlockhart, General Manager at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2013

Dear Milan,
Thank you for sharing your opinion of Kuredu following your recent stay.
I am sorry that not all apects of the resort met your expectations.

Regards,
Ken Flockhart,
General Manager.

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Reviewed November 29, 2013

Great holiday island has everything you need. Excellent snorkelling on house reef. If you are feeling brave snorkelling on ocean side is worth negotiating way out. Go at high tide. 5 visit will return again

Room Tip: Select O Villa. Better restaurant
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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KenFlockhart, General Manager at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2013

Dear Stephen,
Thank you for your short but sweet comments following your 5th visit to Kuredu.
For future guests reading this, please do be guided by our snorkelling map (issued on arrival) which indicates the best and safest areas to snorkel.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Kuredu for the 6th time.

Regards,
Ken Flockhart,
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Reviewed November 28, 2013

Heaven on earth.

We travelled here on on our honeymoon, for 10 nights between October 25th and November 4th 2013. (All Inclusive - Definately worth it and advised for anywhere in Maldives as we would have ended up spending a ridiculous amount.)

Finding the perfect honeymoon location is a near impossible task however when I booked this trip to Kuredu I never knew what quite to expect. However it was one of the nicest places I've ever been. 25-30+ degrees for all 10 days along with heavenly views to match it all.

If anyone is looking for a paradise island, honeymoon or holiday Kuredu ticks all the boxes.

Accomocation - Jacuzzi Beach Villa
Fantastic view, room cleaned twice a day. Fan, TV, Room Safe, Docking bay for music (iPAD / iPod), All the necessities that one could require.

Staff
Always ready to help and were great.

Food
Definately go here on all inclusive and eat your hearts out. Food for everyones liking and more deserts and fresh fruit than one can imagine. Maldives is a muslim country so the meat here is Halal. You can eat all the chicken, beaf, lamb etc. There are some deserts or meals that contain wine in however with the variety on offer that one dish never made any difference to what to eat. If unsure what you can eat, the staff are very helpful and will guide you.

Diving / Snorkelling
Never done diving or knorkelling before and despite the nerves from me and the wife, the staff helped ease us into it. An amazing experiance that no one should miss out on. The diving staff were amazing and we now have our first two Padi dives to our names.

Island
Very well maintained. Staff are always visible during the day.
One of the larger maldivian islands. Me and the wife loved our after dinner walk for one hour around the whole island. It's truly something to see as living in London, I can't remember the last time I've seen so many stars !

Room Tip: Jacuzzi Beach Villa - Amazing Views !
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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KenFlockhart, General Manager at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2013

Dear Kumail,
Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your recent Honeymoon vacation in Kuredu.
Congratulations on your step into the warm Indian Ocean waters and becomming Padi certified.
Perhaps this achievement and the fond memories you have of your days spent in Kuredu will draw you back to our heavenly island one day.

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Ken Flockhart,
General Manager.

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Reviewed November 27, 2013

This review is long overdue as I kept meaning to write it since our return last year. However, once home, life always seems to get in the way! Now, as our 9th trip to Kuredu is so imminent (Saturday) it seems a good time to consider why we keep going back.

Our first visit to Kuredu was just for a week as, although it was my dream destination, my husband thought he would be bored. We had a few islands recommended to us but only Kuredu had a pool, so the choice was made. Interestingly, we never actually went in the pool that time! No doubt, we would have been just as happy wherever we went - same sea, same sand, same weather. However, for us Kuredu has its own special charm and we don't want to risk tryinjg anywhere else. Moreover, over the years we have been going, we have got to know many of the staff so well. They are absolutely wonderful, with such amazing memories. One of the most touching experiences last year for us was when we had a quick lunch at a restaurant close to the dive centre before my lesson. Just as I was leaving, one of the waiters (Mondi) came from the other side of the restaurant came over to talk to us. He had been at our normal allocated restaurant previously and, although not our own waiter then, could remember what time of year it was and who our waiter was.

The staff is probably the main reason we keep returning as, almost without exception, they all have an incredible knack of making everyone feel so special. Over the years we have seen several changes of management, but now the staff seem very happy. I have to disagree most strongly with the report which describes the staff quarters as a "ghetto". We have been taken round and it all looks lovely - in fact the pool area is probably better than the visitor ones.

There is quite often mention of the differences in the room categories as not everyone seems to have done sufficient research to know what they are booking. However, in our opinion, everything has been done to suit all tastes and budgets. The garden bungalows are the cheapest and, therefore, do not have all the trappings of the more expensive villas, but they are still comfy and on this fantastic island. The other end of the scale is the pool villa, which are absolutely amazing, though sadly out of most people's reach. However, they are not to everyone's taste as they are cut off from the Ocean view. In fact last year we got friendly with a couple who had arrived to find they had been upgraded to a pool villa and were most disappointed. I am sure whoever they were swapped with couldn't believe their luck!!

The island has always been kept immaculately clean and tidy, with gardeners and cleaners continually at work. Each time we go, we love wandering around to see what has changed and also who is where. There used to be a tendency for staff to remain in one place, but now they are moved around more. With the Facebook page so active now, it is so much easier to keep track of everyone, but we shall still enjoy finding everything out for ourselves.

Most people have the opinion that it is a mistake to return to a favoured holiday destination, for fear of disappointment. I must admit that for the first couple of returns, we wondered if that would be the case, but as soon as we step of the plane and breathe the Kuredu air, we know that the same magic remains. True, there have been one or two small changes that we haven't been so happy with, but overall the changes have been positive.

As my husband and I are now retired, we fear that each trip will be our last. However, within an hour or two of our arrival, we start planning what cut-backs and extra work we can do to come back. The friend who originally recommended Kuredu to us is very envious of our repeat visits but, with a growing family following her Kuredu honeymoon about 15 years ago, knows it will be some time before she returns herself.

The biggest drawback to Kuredu is the infamous Kuredu Blues that hit once you are home. This can only be cured by rebooking and starting a new countdown to the next time. Be warned if you are considering Kuredu - it will take over your life!

Room Tip: All rooms are excellent. If budget allows, beach villas upwards have a greater choice of restaurant...
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank DorkingLynne
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KenFlockhart, General Manager at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2013

Dear Lynne,

Thank you for your lovely review of your Kuredu experiences over the years.
You really have summed up what makes our beautiful island so special not just to those that stay as our guests but also to those of us that have the pleasure of working in such a wonderful resort.
We all look forward to welcoming you back this weekend for your 9th stay and to join with us as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary.

Regards,
Ken Flockhart,
General Manager.

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Reviewed November 27, 2013

My wife and I are well travelled but this was our first trip to the Maldives! My wife booked Kuredu for my 50th Birthday! It was the best possible experience ever. The service, food, resort & staff are amazing. The island is absolute paradise. We stayed in a beach bungalow (409) the location was fantastic, only a couple of minutes walk to all the amenities. The bungalow was basic but clean and our room boy Faisal (Frazer)was a star. We upgraded for the last couple of days for my birthday to a beach villa at the"o" resort, (326) the accomodation there is beautiful and we were completely overwhelmed with the villa and the "o" resort itself. The food is very good with a great choice every evening. Our favourite bar was the Akiri bar and Bobin the barman is an absolute legend, he had our drinks on the bar ready For us each evening. The island and staff are a credit to the General Manager Ken Flockhart! It is the first time ever we would go back to the same place twice! We cannot come up with one negative about our two week stay here. We were guests of honour at the Islands football match, greeting all the players and giving the trophy out at the end of the game to the man of the match, gutted not to be there for the final on the 9th Dec. We would recommend anybody to to go to Kuredu it's fabulous!

Room Tip: If you book a beach bungalow rooms numbered between 380 & 420 are very close to all areas.
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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KenFlockhart, General Manager at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2013

Dear David & Gail,
Thank you for the lovely review of your recent stay at Kuredu and congratulations on your 50th birthday.
It is pleasing to note that you enjoyed your stay so much that you are considering a return visit.
Indeed our Team Members are an absolute joy to work with and you have highlighted just two of the stars in Barman Bobin and Room Boy Faisal.
We look forward to the day when you step foot back on the warm white sands of Kuredu.

Regards,
Ken Flockhart,
General Manager.

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Address: Lhaviyani Atoll, Republic of Maldives
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Location: Maldives > Lhaviyani Atoll > Kuredu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach 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 Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kuredu
Price Range: $332 - $1,231 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kuredu Island Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 383
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. It is 1800 meters long by 325 meters wide, about 57 Hectares (143 acres). Your seaplane transfer from Velana International Airport is a scenic, 40 minute flight. The 383 Rooms include 10 Sultan Pool Villas including 1 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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