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“A Magical Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Kurumba Maldives

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Kurumba Maldives
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vihamanafushi
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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“A Magical Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

We arrived in the Maldives for our third visit to Kurumba, after a long flight from the UK, we instantly remembered why we had chosen to return as from the minute we landed right up to the time we went through security at departures the team at Kurumba looked after us with fantastic care and service
A major benefit of Kurumba is its closeness to Male as after a long journey it only takes 10 minutes by speedboat to be at the resort - some reviews do comment on the plane noise however this never bothered us and its very nice to watch the boat traffic but if you are looking for complete island isolation you will need to travel further afield. We feel this island suits us perfectly and love the fact its so close to the airport as no time is wasted awaiting for long transfers
We stayed in a Pool Villa and I would highly recommend this if your budget allows as not only do you have the beautiful indian ocean on your doorstep but you have your own private pool sun beds, day bed and outside shower in your own back garden
The resort has a selection of a la carte restaurants in addition to a buffet restaurant so all tastes and needs can be catered for - the Ocean Grill a la carte breakfast is a wonderful way to start your day with Ali and his team of Mueed and Shanua greeting you each morning with a smile and fantastic service
Everyone at Kurumba wants to make your holiday fantastic but a special mention must go to Moosa whose customer service is second to none
Evenings can be spent in the Beach Bar where occasional entertainment is provided for the guests and the weekly management cocktail party is incredibly popular
Overall we have just had the best holiday ever and we cannot wait to return next year

Room Tip: The Pool Villas are fantastic but if you want to see the Sunset each evening ask for rooms near the...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

Having booked Kurumba Maldives once more, I had an outstanding welcome on this little paradise island. We were treated to chef's special coconut ice cream on our arrival and taken by golf buggy to our room. WOW!! Room 208 is a villa right on the beach with a spectacular view of the turquoise lagoon. Breathtaking...
After lounging around by the Sunset Bar we went for the Arabic option dinner. I can definitely recommend the fish kebabs..really tasty and fresh.. although these are billed as a starter, there was plenty along with a mezze platter and Arabic bread.
Thursday night was party night with the DJ playing many European dance hits. There was a buzzing atmosphere and it is hard to think how this experience can be beaten.. dancing on the decking, under the stars with the sea breezes keeping you cool.. amazing!
Thank you Jason and the team for another fab stay!!!

Room Tip: Room 208 is a good one
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

This was our 3rd visit to the Maldives - but our first with children (age 10 and 5)...went for the 'safe' option (ie all-inclusive, near to the airport and male) and were not disappointed...the island is beautiful (lots of gorgeous plants, trees and flowers everywhere) and our beachfront bunglaow was very spacious, clean and nice. Food was excellent everywhere as was the service . The house reef too was excellent - and we saw some fabulous stuff out there, including turtles and really big sharks....When my daughter was taken ill with a high temperature and vomiting, we were whisked to the lovely resort doctor immediately which was all very professional and reassuring...important when you have kids! (she was fine 24 hours later) The only reason I didn't give it 5 is the location (not Kurumba's fault). You can see the airport, the capital Male and lots of boat traffic passing by....and with that some rubbish (empty plastic bottles etc) does turn up in the lagoon.....Although I had chosen the Kurumba because it was near the above it just made me realise that the islands that are further away from civilisation do offer a very different, more pristine experience.....Kurumba also has the necessary - but unattractive - breakwaters around it to slow erosion which also take something away from the traditional Maldivian desert island feel. That said, it's a beautiful island, excellent value for money and we had a great family holiday there.....

Room Tip: We had a beach bungalow on the side away from the restaurants etc which was very nice.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Chorley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

They know the meaning of 5 star! We spent 8 nights February 2013 at this paradise island. They say a company is only as good as its staff, this is true at Kurumba. The staff here are amazing, from the gardeners to the general manager nothing is too much trouble and they all make the effort to make you feel welcome, relaxed and pampered. Food is out of this world and can even cater for the fussiest of eaters. Rooms are spotless, grounds are tended to daily, food is mouthwatering from snacks to al a carte. There are so many small touches about this place that make it special even the fish are spectacular! A mention has to be given to the boutique team who are excellent fun to chat with and a great source of information. We have recommended this place to all family and friends and plan to visit again next year.The place never felt overcrowded despite having 90% occupancy. Words don't do the place justice you have to experience it yourself.

Room Tip: Rooms not facing Mali
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

Stayed for 7 days and found the professionalism of the staff and management of this property to be first class from arrival to departure. Truly a great Resort with so much to do. Activities are endless. Cuisine from Breakfast to there many many specialty restaurants will keep your local Gym membership active on returning home and are of world class standard. Beautiful Beaches, sunsets at Sand Bar, Rooms with out door showers and comfortable beds. Great wifi access in and out of rooms. You can feel the Kurumba team are so proud of there piece of paradise and they have all the right to be.!!!
Can't wait to go Back........

Room Tip: Get a room category that offers the champagne breakfasts it is a great way to start each day.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

This place surpassed expectation and was without a doubt heaven on earth!! We stayed for 6 nights and we were absolutely gutted when the time came to leave.

The food is out of this world - we booked for bed and breakfast and would definitely recommend this. We ate so much for breakfast that we really didn't need lunch. As the food in the evening was a little expensive I would recommend eating in the specialist restaurants for most of the nights as the buffet is a little over priced - although the food is still exceptional.

The only warning I would give is in respect of the mosquitos - I got bitten quite a bit so definitely take some deet with you.

All in all an absolutely amazing place and I would recommend it to anybody!!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

Friendly, helpful staff make your stay on Kurumba truly enjoyable. The beaches are beautiful, lagoon calm and easy for beginner snorkelling, and the reef abounds with life. The eight A La Carte restaurants make Kurumba pretty much unique in the Maldives, and the food is superb. They also have some very high quality wines. The Beach Bar, with new day beds on the terrace is a great place for a drink, as is the Sand Bar for a sundowner. Only real minus is close proximity of the airport (although this makes for a quick transfer), which means some aircraft noise. Didn't bother us though. This was our fifth visit, and we'll be back soon...

Room Tip: We liked the Deluxe Room - ask for one close to the beach
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kurumba Maldives
Address: North Male Atoll, 08340
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:5 star — Kurumba Maldives 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 luxury speedboat 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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