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Kuramathi Island Resort
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“Everything you've always dreamed of and more!”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

When you think of The Maldives, you imagine a truly special place with white sand surrounded by a turquoise and azure sea and a brilliant blue sky overhead. Well, Kuramathi provides all of this and more!!

We flew direct to Male by British Airways from Gatwick and decided it would be worth paying the extra for a sea plane transfer to Kuramathi after such a long journey. We feel it was the right decision. After a short bus ride from the Main Terminal, it was lovely to be able to wait for the plane in the cool, clean Kuramathi lounge while enjoying light refreshments and watching the seaplanes taking off and landing. The flight itself didn't take long and was very pleasant giving a great view of some of the other islands and atolls. We were somewhat confused when we all got off onto a pontoon in the middle of the sea but soon spotted a boat arriving to take us the short way to Kuramathi. At first this seemed odd as we wondered why it couldn't take us right into the island but once there we realised the water was too shallow and also that seaplanes landing and taking off close to the beaches would ruin their peaceful nature. The check in process was short,, efficient and simple, thanks to the brilliant idea of asking us to fill in our registration forms while waiting at the airport. We then handed these to the Kuoni Rep who sorted everything out while we sat enjoying a cooling towel and refreshing drink in the Lobby. One of the Island buggies or minibuses then took everyone to their rooms.

We stayed in a Beach Villa and have no complaints or regrets about our decision at all. The bedroom was spacious with a large, comfortable Kingsize bed, TV/DVD player (though we didn't even switch it on once, a record for us!!), minibar with soft drinks, a settee, large bathroom, outside shower (more about that later) and a front decking area with another couch and two day beds. They'd even thought of giving you your own tap by the steps to the villa to wash the sand off your feet. I'd read about the outside shower but couldn't imagine it at all and even began to panic a bit about being overlooked or it being little more than a hosepipe on a hook pouring out cold water! I needn't have worried! It was truly amazing and we both absolutely loved it! The walls are high enough to give complete privacy, the shower itself is very modern with a choice of two shower heads at different levels and the water is lovely and warm! Its a wonderful experience showering outside with a brilliant blue sky above and it becomes somewhat surreal at night when the moon is out, dark is closing in and fruit bats are flying to and fro overhead!! On a more practical note, it saves you emerging from the shower into a hot, steamy room. The Room Boy kept the room immaculate and came in twice a day to clean, replenish the mini-bar and turn the bed down. Our villa was just across a pathway to the beach and about 5 minutes walk to our restaurant and the bar so we thought it was in the perfect position.

We'd opted for Basic All Inclusive and were more than happy with this. Our allocated restaurant was Haruge. When we found out that you are allocated a restaurant, table and a waiter for your whole stay, we were a bit unsure that this was a good idea but we soon decided that it worked very well indeed! You never needed to decide in advance what time you wanted to eat or worry about a table being free and your waiter gets to know you and becomes more like a friend by the time you leave. We found our waiter, Shimal, to be exceptionally helpful, polite, efficient and a very informative source of all kinds of information about Kuramathi and The Maldives in general! The food itself was plentiful, varied and of a very good quality. There was a different theme to the Buffet each night so this meant a continual change of menu so you didn't get bored. We have found that many hotels struggle to provide tasty desserts, not so Kuramathi! As well as fruit, there were always delicious cakes and gateaux and, most unusually in our experience, they were able to make light, fluffy, tasty mousses unlike the tasteless, rubbery efforts we've been given elsewhere! We thought it a great idea to have people making fresh toasted sandwiches at lunchtime and the choice of filling was very wide indeed. The House Wine was extremely pleasant so we felt no desire to upgrade to Select All Inclusive. We'd decided beforehand that if we wanted to eat a la carte at any time, we'd just pay the extra for that particular meal (you get a 20% discount on the Menu prices if you're on Basic All Inclusive) but never felt the need to do so. Going to any of the a la carte restaurants also meant deciding and booking in advance and we prefer not having to think ahead like this when we're on holiday. Its definitely a good idea to go for some sort of All Inclusive package though as everything on the island is very expensive, which is understandable bearing in mind the transport etc costs involved. It means you can relax and enjoy the 62 different alcoholic cocktails on offer without having to worry about the cost!

The island itself is absolutely beautiful with pale sand beaches, tropical vegetation surrounded by a sea of varying shades of turquoise! We found it an ideal size - large enough not to get bored but small enough not to take too long to reach the other parts. We also found the shuttle very useful when we wanted to go to the other end of the island for sunset on the sandbar or stingray feeding. The colours were just so wonderful and intense.

There are several marked snorkelling channels but, as my husband isn't a strong swimmer, he decided to stick to the area along the shore on the opposite side of the island. This provided plenty to see as there were shoals of literally thousands of tiny fish and quite a few larger ones accompanied by Reef Sharks of up to about 6ft in length! These are completely harmless but its wonderful to be able to tell people on your return that you spent hours swimming a few centimetres away from sharks! Snorkelling equipment comes free as part fo the All Inclusive package.

My husband was a bit concerned initially that there were no sunshades on the beaches but we soon decided this was a good idea as it left them looking beautiful and there was plenty of natural shade to be found by the trees and bushes. There were always plenty of sunloungers and it was fairly easy to find a quiet spot away from other people. This did mean you had a bit further to walk to a bar for a drink if you wanted one, but this was easily solved by taking a few of the bottles of water or soft drinks from the mini bar with you. One of the amazing things about the resort is that, apart from at mealtimes and occasionally in the bars in the evening, the island never appeared busy providing a very relaxing atmosphere.

We thoroughly enjoyed the Sunset Cruise included in our package, although we didn't see any dolphins or a full sunset (why do clouds always appear from nowhere just as the sun almost reaches the horizon!). Having read other reviews we decided against the trip to the neighbouring island. Stingray feeding was great fun as was watching the crabs scurrying around on that particular beach! The evening entertainment was pleasant, low-key and relaxed.

We opted for the speedboat transfer for our return to Male Airport both to give us another experience and to cut down a little on costs. This too was great and in a very flash, expensive boat not just an ordinary speedboat. It was a lovely touch having some of the Kuramathi staff standing on the jetty waving goodbye to us until we were out of sight in spite of the fact it was only 6am! We think there's only one speedboat transfer per day and that's at 6am so if your flight isn't until the evening or late afternoon, its worth finding out if you can get a seaplane transfer later in the day as you wouldn't want to hang around Male Airport for hours as its quite small (although they are refurbishing it at present).

To summarise, yes, The Maldives are expensive but Kuramathi absolutely lives up to expectations and is definitely well worth the money. After thinking of this as a trip of a lifetime, we, like other reviewers, are planning on coming back and for longer next time! All the staff genuinely want you to have a special holiday and do everything they can to provide this so well done and thank you!. Everyone, guests and staff always has a smile on their face and its not surprising Kuramathi truly is Paradise!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

End February we stayed at Deluxe Beach Villa for 10 days. The bedroom was very spacious and decorated with a lot of wood. The bedroom is well equipped with : king-sized bed, attached bathroom, air conditioning, fan, hair dryer, bath and beach towels, bathrobes, minibar, in-room safe, telephone, coffee/tea facilities, flat screen TV with many channels (TV5 monde, Rai Italia, CNN, BBC World, Discovery Channel, WB, etc.), DVD player with iPod docking station and an outdoor rainfall shower.
The terrace has two sunbeds and two sunbeds on the beach from which we could directly go to the snorkeling channel 7 or 8.
Every day, you receive a small bottle of hair conditioning, shower gel and body lotion.
They make up the bedroom twice a day.

You have three receptions on the island where you can do all the operations (restaurant bookings, information, pay your bill the evening before your departure). Don't forget to ask for a second keycard if you are not always with your partner (you don’t need to use the keycard to have electricity, so you can switch on the air conditioning when you are not in your bedroom). You can find at the reception 7 interesting leaflets about diving, restaurant menu, spa, Eco centre, water sports, guest news, big game fishing and one book to make the reservation for the excursions:
- Island Hopping/48 dollars per person from 8:30 to 16:30 on Tuesdays & Thursday
- snorkeling safari/25 dollars per person from 10:30 to 12:30 on Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays & Mondays
- Rasdoo Island/10 dollars per person from 16:00 to 18:00 every day except Thursdays
- Sunset cruise/20 dollars per person from 17:30 to 18:30 on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
- Coral Romance (overnight excursion)
- Big game fishing : 500 dollars from 5:00 to 11:00' 14:00 to 18:00 : 350 dollars, 5:00 to 17:00 750 dollars

Normally, if you choose for the half or full board, you need to eat at lunch time (12.30 to 2 pm) and in the evening (7.30 pm to 9.30 pm) in the Farivalhu restaurant (that was the nearest and designated restaurant for our bedroom) : every day there is a theme for the evening buffet e.g. : Maldivian, European, Chinese, tex mex, French, Far East, Italian, American, Chinese, Mediterranean, Surf and Turf, World Island.

For your breakfast (7.30 to 10 am) you have a buffet consisting of salami, cheese, yoghurt, jam, doughnut, muffin, assorted bread, station eggs, maple syrup, bees honey, French toast, pancake, waffles, beef bacon, grilled chicken/veal sausage, grilled pork bacon, grilled pork sausage, scrambled egg, baked beans, grilled mushrooms, sliced or diced potato, bacon or pepper pudding, steamed rice, salad bar, oatmeal, chinese congree, three hot meals like mixed vegetable curry or coconut roti or beef chicken curry, four cereals, homemade chocolate & hazelnut spread, four canned juice, one smoothie. If you want to have some water, you need to order it and pay for it. A large bottle of water (1.5 l) is 4 dollars and 2 dollars for a small one (500 ml). At all the prices that I will mention, you have to add 10 % service charge and 8 % GST.

At lunch, we ate at the Palm restaurant. The price of a Caesar salad was 14 dollars and with 3 shrimps: 25 dollars! The average price of a pizza was 14 dollars and the average amount of the bill was 80 dollars (starter, main course = pasta, pizza, ice cream, soft drinks).

At 4 o'clock it was time for us to have an ice cream. They have a big choice of flavours. I can recommend the screw pine (new flavour for European people: you can see the tree during the botanic walk). One scoop: 4 dollars, two scoops: 6 dollars, three scoops: 8 dollars.

For the evening, we ate at the six restaurants which you have to pay if you don't have the Select All Inclusive package. On Sundays, there is a buffet at the Thai restaurant (38 dollars/pax) and on Fridays, there is a buffet at the Indian Restaurant (38 dollars/pax).

Finally, this option was interesting even if you don't drink alcohol. My favourite restaurants were the Reef specialized in fish but the place is very windy (main course from 30 dollars to 45 dollars) and the Island Barbecue (main course from 30 dollars to 45 dollars). The average amount of the bill for these restaurants was 140 dollars for 2 people (starter, main course, dessert, soft drink). The Siam Garden Restaurant was not a real Thai restaurant (I have been several times to Thailand; it was more a Chinese restaurant).

The time doesn't seem too long because you have many distractions table tennis, darts, a tennis court (free of charge, they provide you with the rackets and the balls), a Jacuzzi with a sauna at the swimming pool, a well equipped fitness centre, four walk trails, excursions like Rasdoo Island to do some shopping (they sell a lot of items in wood), the sunset cruise (20 dollars - we saw dolphins!). If you have a look at the Rasdoo beach, it is full of plastic bottles, etc. and you can understand better why you have so many rubbish on the sand bank of Kuramathi that the staff cleans every morning. When we walked on the sand bank, we took the plastic bottles, etc. to put them in the nearest dustbin.

I didn't try the spa centre but it is quite expensive : e.g. a skin care of 75 minutes : 125 dollars, vital defense (anti-aging prevention) : 60 minutes for the price of 110 dollars, optimizer (anti-aging treatment) : 75 minutes for 135 dollars, gommage marin (30 minutes for 75 dollars), gommage vegetal (45 minutes for 90 dollars), deep detox body wrap (75 minutes for 130 dollars), detox cellulite care (75 minutes for 120 dollars), traditional Thai massage (90 minutes for 110 dollars).For men, you have special treatment : skin fitness or power moist, age defense (50 minutes for 100 dollars).

If you want to use Internet, you need to pay for it. 2 hours: 4 dollars, 5 hours : 8 dollars, 10 hours : 14 dollars + 8 %. Your package is only valid for 5 days!

What I really appreciated in this island resort is the fact that you have 9 snorkelling channels from the beach. I saw a turtle three times, black-tip reef sharks, rays, octopus and multi-coloured fish. You have the impression that the resort is new because they maintain it all the time. One hour after my arrival, they phoned me to know if everything worked properly in my bedroom. All their chairs are also very comfortable and their white cushions are immaculate. The island with 35 gardeners has luxurious vegetation like a botanic garden. Every day, they sweep up in front of your door and all the paths of the island. Moreover, this is an eco-friendly resort: you can visit their hydroponic gardens, the marine biologist gives presentation and they produce their own drinking water.

If it is your birthday, they don't forget it and you receive a small attention.

A last word about the staff: they are really friendly and very efficient (nearly 600 people work on this island).

It is the first time that I have such a good service/organization in a hotel of this category : cleanness, kindness of the staff, many possibilities to spend your time.

For me, everything was perfect except:
- the two towels in the bathroom were a bit small
- they have only one model for the pillow (very soft it was not convenient for me because I have neck problems)
- no bikes to visit the island but well a minivan or a buggy which passes every 10-15 minutes (very useful because from my bedroom to the main reception it takes 20 minutes - 1,8 km)
- there is no shower, no locket for late departure! The only possibility is to have your shower at the swimming pool in an open space or to pay to keep your bedroom until your departure.
- Kuramathi Island Resort has chosen to work with Trans Maldivian seaplanes and you cannot choose when you want to leave the island : my friends had to take the seaplane of 3 pm and their international flight left at 11 pm and the resort has only a lounge at the airport when you arrive.
- The Select All Inclusive package ends at noon even if you have arrived at 6 pm but you can eat the lunch buffet at your designated restaurant. Fresh juices (7 dollars) and Wi-Fi Internet are not included in the package.

I will recommend this island hotel with its 290 bedrooms.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

We stayed at Kuramathi resort during 11 days in March. We had a deluxe beach villa at the end of the resort (on the side without wind). I found this location the best place to stay on this resort, the beach is almost only used by the residents of those villa's, the bottom of the shore is made of sand which great to go swimming in the morning.

The room is large with a flat screen TV with a DVD player and an iPod station. You have a bathroom with a bath and also an outside shower. There is a safe and you have two bathrobes at your disposal and a torch should you need it.

There is a Ping-Pong table and a baby foot near the reception. The hotel organizes visits of their facilities (hydroponic garden, water desalinization, etc.) but this has to be booked in advance at the receptions.
We have visited the water treatment facilities with the main engineer, the hotel use ocean water; they purify it (removing the salt and filtering the impurities) and use it to water the garden. A part of the water is further purified to be used for the toilet and for the showers some of this purified water takes extra steps to make it drinkable. The hotel can make 400 liters of drinking water each day. They send regularly bottle to be tested by laboratories to ensure the constant quality of the produced water.

The island is very large (there is 1.7 km from our bungalow to the main reception). There is a shuttle bus every 15 minutes, the bus pick you up on the road, even if you are not at an official stop. There are also two reception offices in the middle and at the end of the island where you receive the same services as at the main reception.
The personnel are friendly and helpful.

The Wi-Fi signal was very good in the villa, at the receptions but not by the pool.

You can run around the island, a full lap (including the sand banks at low tide) of the island is 5,8 km mostly on hard ground with some pure sand pads.

I've dived 10 times, there are two offices where you can go (the main one is near the reception and the second one in the middle of the island) they are managed from the same company but they propose different dives from each other’s. You can choose to dive with one or the other, they manage to transfer your equipment according your planning.
You do not get a price per dives, everything is decomposed (the dive, the boat – for each dive, the equipment) which makes difficult to have an idea of the final price per dive. They offer free Nitrox but the standard tank is 10 L. If you want a 12 L tank you will pay an extra 4$.
The team is professional and there is a decompression chamber on the island.

The dive are diversified, you can have dives to discover the reef life or the pelagic (sharks or Mantas). During the different dives, I've seen black tips, white tips and a hammer sharks, turtles, eagle rays, scorpion fishes, frog fishes, etc.

The last day I've asked to dive to a site I never dove and they accepted without problem.

You can see beautiful fauna even if you don’t dive. When I snorkeled along the drop off I've seen two turtles (one between channel 1 and 2 and the second between channel 7 and 9), one octopus, some eagles rays, many black tips sharks (there are common here) and a white tips shark.

There are three main restaurants on the island and you are assigned to one of those, based on proximity during you stay. There are also 6 other theme restaurants (Fishes, Indian, Asian, Italian, world and barbecue) you can enjoy (free of charge or not depending of the package you selected). There is also ice cream at the Palm and I must say I enjoyed it, those are well maid (almost) Italian ice creams. My favorite flavor is the screw pine (a red fruit from a tree of Kuramathi).
The Maldives are not cheap and we wanted to find something worth. This was in my opinion, a very good choice. The reality comes very close to the dream.

Room Tip: The deluxe beach villa on the top site are very quiet
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

My husband and I have just returned from two weeks on this beautiful island. This was the third Maldivian Island we have visited and it compared very favourably with the other two - Meeru Island and Filitheyu.

The snorkelling is really good but you do have to be careful with the current when the tide is turning to go back out. It was probably my fault as I decided, on that occasion, not to wear flippers, preferring to stick with my aqua shoes. It was quite a struggle to get out of the current and I am a very strong swimmer. However, others with flippers didn't seem to be having such a problem.

We were quite disappointed with our accommodation when we arrived. Having booked a beach villa, we were given what was essentially a garden villa with no view of the beach at all. This seems to be a common complaint with this island as other guests were also complaining about the same thing. I would suggest that, if a beach view is what you want, then upgrade to a superior beach villa. However, having said that, after a day of chilling out, we decided that, for us, it wasn't such a huge issue as we were close to the beach (20 metres) and we spend most of our time down on the beach anyway, not in the room.

I would say that the standard beach villas are a little tired and could do with some modernisation but the room was kept immaculately clean and the bed was very, very comfortable. The bathroom/shower were modern and, again, kept very clean.

The food at the Haruga Restaurant was fine and we particularly enjoyed it on the Chinese theme nights. There wasn't as much choice as we had experienced at the other two islands we have visited and lunch times did get rather monotonous. However, I wouldn't recommend upgrading from the standard All Inclusive unless money is no problem at all. We did have a meal at one of the A La Carte restaurants (The Island Grill) which cost us approximately £100 which only consisted of a starter and main course - no drinks or dessert. We thought this was a complete rip off but, nevertheless, enjoyed the food. However, this extortionate amount was by no means reflected in the difference in the food between the A La Carte restaurant and the Haruga Restaurant.

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. The island is beautiful with lovely walks through the lush vegetation. The sand spit is amazing and atmospheric if you visit it just before dusk as the sun goes down.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

Kuramathi Island is heaven on earth!

My husband and i was here on our honeymoon for 7 nights in October 2007 and it was wonderful.

We stayed in a beach bungalow, half board and it was the perfect holiday.
Food was lovely (a few places available that you can eat in), staff couldnt do enough to help you and accomendation and the entire island was very clean.
The spa was lovely and we had several treatments. Dont expect loads of party and action if you go here. This place is 150% all about relaxing and taking ite easy.

If you do want to go scuba diving i recommend that you book it as soon as you arrive on the island. We didnt and when we went to do so it was fully booked so we never got to do it. BUT, you have to have something you didnt do that you can go back to. Snorkeling in the water just off the beach is amazing as you have tropical fish and coral just on the doorstep.

I can recommend to go on the trip offered to the nearby island Rasdhoo. If Kuramathi is heaven on earth, going to Rasdhoo will quickly bring you back to reality and you realise how important the tourism is to this little island. Kuramathi is Maldives polished and luxury, Rasdhoo is real Maldives life.

I recommend this paradise island 200% and it is one of many goals of mine to go back here at some stage in my life.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

We have just returned from 7 days on Kuramathi and I spent the last 6 months checking for reviews on trip advisor everyday, so it only seems fair that I add my own review now!!!

This year my husband and I celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary and to celebrate we thought we would have a 'holiday of a lifetime' and that's exactly what we got!

We chose Kuramathi based on reviews and value for money compared to other islands. This is the first holiday we have been on like this- we usually ski, so to go somewhere and have to do nothing all day, we didn't know how we would find it.... Funnily enough, we settled into Maldivian life with surprising ease!

We booked the Select All Inclusive, and we are so glad we did. Although we don't drink alcohol, we were still getting through approx $100 on mocktails (coconut lips is AMAZING!!), coke and water!!! The food is unbelievable and the portions are MASSIVE! Everyone raves about the Steak Diane at the Island Barbeque... And we are no different- we actually booked to go there twice because we knew that we couldn't order anything other than the steak diane the first time!!! Special mention for Nazeeh, who flambéd our dinner by our table, describing all the ingredients as they were added. It was a brilliant experience and we highly recommend trying it! Having said that, we loved every meal at all of the restaurants- we went back to the Thai (Siam Garden) twice!! All the food is superb- it is more the experience of the cooking process with the steak diane, (and Nazeeh of course!) that made it.

As we were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary, we had chosen to renew our vows as part of the holiday. Asim was our wedding coordinator and he was brilliant. We met with him at the start of our holiday and he ran through everything with us. The whole day was amazing and Asim couldn't do enough for us. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful and we have some fantastic photos from the day. Special mentions for Fareed, our Master of Ceremonies (and our allocated restaurant waiter for breakfast and lunch- he's a real jack of all trades!!), Shiham our best man (who felt the need to point out that I was taller than him- I didn't tell him that I wasn't even wearing shoes!!!!) and Raya our bridesmaid- everyone was absolutely brilliant and will forever be in our memories of making our anniversary so special.

This island is big, but its exactly what we wanted- enough choice of restaurants and bars that you don't get fed up of the same thing- but you honestly don't really see people!!!

I can't say enough about this island- the pictures will say more than I can. We would love to go back and take our daughter (who we didn't allow to come with us this time!)- she would love Kuramathi- especially the snorkelling and the endless flavours of ice cream!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Kuramathi island is a must see and a true asset to the Maldives. We visited during the early July and stayed for around 3 nights which we were under the illusion, would be enough. I can honestly say that couldn't be further from the truth, with us kicking ourselves for not booking it for longer.

Prior to visiting the Maldives, we also convinced ourselves that it would be a once in a lifetime vacation (due mainly to the exorbitant costs involved!) However, I would have to say hand on heart that it was worth every penny.

Upon arrival at the island, we were given a warm welcome and taken to our water villa via buggy. The water villas are a sight to behold, and falling asleep to the sound of waves is another experience not to be missed.

Kuramathi island has a number of notable things to do. Be sure to look out for the unique wildlife (herons, hermit crabs, fruit bats along with various types of vegetation. The sunset cruise also allows for a beautiful view of the island and sea at dusk, while the excursion to the local island of Rasdhoo gives a partial insight into the life of local Maldivian islanders. Stingray feeding is also an exciting display, where tourists are given the chance to witness an experienced feeder feeding stingrays at close range.

The island boasts a number of high quality a la carte restaurants. Most notable for me was the Reef restaurant and the island BBQ where I was able to enjoy watching my steak being flambeed right by my side. We also had the option of Thai cuisine (siam garden) which is also fantastic food.

I would definitely recommend Kuramathi island to anyone thinking of a visit to the Maldives. The staff were so diligent, friendly and genuine and I have never experienced customer service like I did on Kuramathi island. We love the Maldives and we love Kuramathi island! It was a truly a holiday to cherish for the rest of my life.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kuramathi Island Resort

Property: Kuramathi Island Resort
Address:
Location: Maldives > Alifu Atoll > North Ari Atoll > Kuramathi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kuramathi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kuramathi Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 290
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Measuring 1.8 km long, this idyllic resort in North Ari Atoll is dotted with lush flora and fauna, turquoise lagoons and tapers into a pristine sandbank. Catering to all budgets, the choices for villas are many, and ranges from the simple yet stylish Garden Villas to the ever popular honeymooners' favourite over water choice, Water Villa with Jacuzzi. Early 2016, Kuramathi is set to extend the options with new villa categories that will features villas over water, several with private pool and also two bedroom houses suitable for families or friends travelling together. Savour exquisite recipes from over 10 restaurants catering to diverse taste buds. Imbibe tropical concoctions in 6 bars conveniently placed around the island, and they have the added plus of regular evening entertainment. Leave your worries behind, and choose our great-value all inclusive packages to enjoy the best that Kuramathi has to offer. The Basic All Inclusive includes a wide range of premium beverages while the Select All Inclusive is ideal if you wish to have a taste of Kuramathi at its best where you wine and dine at any restaurant of your choice. Rejuvenate, revitalize and beautify at Kuramathi Spa, with its blend of diverse therapies using signature product line Voya, which comes from Ireland and is made from hard-harvested organic seaweed. Dive with eagle rays, friendly sharks and explore world class dive sites. Become a certified sailor at the only Royal Yachting Association certified water sports school in the Maldives. Bond with your family at Bageecha Kids Club and let the children indulge in fun yet educational programs. Learn more about the thriving organisms both in and out of water at the multi award winning Eco Centre. There is simply something for everyone on an island that is naturally Maldives - Kuramathi Island Resort. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Kuramathi Island Hotel Kuramathi
Village Hotel Kuramathi
Kuramathi Village Hotel
Kuramathi Cottage Spa
Kuramathi Island Resort Maldives

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