Friday 17 May – 7 June 2013
This was our fourth holiday in the Maldives – first two times at Meeru and then in 2011 to Kuramathi. We’d never been at this time of year so were nervous just what the weather would throw at us (we have had two weeks of solid rain before which wasn’t very nice!).
The week before we were to leave we emailed the island and asked for Deluxe Beach Villa 349 – we stayed in 347 last time (as repeater guests we were offered a free candlelit dinner – any further visits you will receive a free bottle of champagne). We were given the key to 349 and caught the buggy up to our end of the island. It is just as beautiful as it was on our first visit – you look up and see coconuts, bananas, fruit bats, flowers everywhere - it’s another world!
The villa itself is perfect except for a couple of small niggles. There were only 8 coat hangers between us and as we were staying for three weeks there were not nearly enough. Drawer space is in short supply too. However, a quick call to housekeeping and more hangers were delivered within half an hour. Also there are only two bath towels and two hand towels (excluding your pool/beach towels) . For ladies who have long hair to dry there are not enough so I brought an extra one with me. I’m sure however, if you asked for another they’d be only too glad to supply one for you. One point to bear in mind is that not all deluxe beach villas have a direct view of the sea. The villa next door to us, 350, had a huge shrub in front of them.
We did get bitten badly in the first week despite taking 100% deet with us. Last time we came we thought we were getting bitten by the spa pool so we stopped going there and on this visit we didn’t go at all but still got bit! Another place where we knew we were getting bitten was the buffet restaurant – we only ate there for breakfast and we didn’t hang around.... We eventually visited the Medical Centre and were given Autan insect repellent, antihistamines and Fenistil cortisone cream.
Weather – we did have some rain - one day was completely written off the rest of time were showers – some really heavy. Of course if it’s raining they can’t “fog” the island to kill the mosquitos and this is when they go on the attack! The problem I found was because it was windy the sea was quite rough (on previous visits the sea has been like a mill pond). I gave up snorkelling in the end but I have to say because it was windy I came back with the best tan ever! Every cloud.......
Buffet restaurant – the Farivalhu – one disappointment here is that you can’t get fried or poached eggs, however, there is a huge choice from curry and rice to toast and marmalade. We enjoyed all the food on the island our favourite being the Tandoor Mahal. The staff here, as they are everywhere on the island, are extremely friendly and can’t do enough for you. At the Duniye, however, we found the staff slightly over-zealous. They fussed over us too much and we couldn’t enjoy our meal as a consequence. Even the chef came out to ask if we’d enjoyed the food. Perhaps because it’s newly built it doesn’t have any lighting in the foliage outside so it doesn’t have the same wow factor as the Siam (pronounced See-am) Garden next door. At this Thai restaurant you feel as though you’re eating in the middle of a jungle as the trees and plants surrounding it are up-lit. We’re non-meat eaters so I can’t comment on the famous Steak Diane but all the food is lovely I’m sure no-one would be disappointed with it (Select All Inclusive is a must in my opinion).
The sunset cruise is well worth doing. We didn’t see a sunset and it was quite choppy but we did see a pod of dolphin. The crew give you a glass of sparkling wine and come round to take photos if you want one. Very enjoyable.
We also went on the sightseeing speed boat trip. This is booked through Aqua Sports and costs $45 each. It only lasts half an hour but is well worth it. You are taken around the atoll – Rasdhoo, Veligandu, there’s a private island, a picnic island, around Kuramathi and the sand spit. We’ve never laughed so much – it was like a roller coaster ride because the sea was rough. Ahmed was our “captain” and he stopped now and again so we could take photos. When our time was up he asked if we wanted to be dropped off near our villa and so our trip ended at the Serenade jetty. We clambered out of the boat (not an easy thing to do with the swell) and flung our life jackets back into the boat. We felt really special walking into the Laguna bar (our local) with everyone looking at us – probably because my husband fell out and I tripped out of the boat! Was great fun!
The sea plane flight on the return journey was slightly hairy because of the weather. We were late leaving the island because of a storm and we had to detour to another island and wait until another storm had past. One passenger (not English) complained to our Australian female pilot that he and his wife were going to miss their plane. As a cool as a cucumber she replied “if we can’t see the runway we can’t land.” He shut up after that although she had her face in a paper bag for much of the journey....
I would like to say a special thank you to all the Laguna and Farivalhu staff who were outstanding. It’s the people that make your holiday enjoyable and I can honestly say, as previous reviewers have already said, it’s refreshing when everyone speaks to you even if they speak very little English, i.e. the gardeners and the beach sweepers.
All in all it was a wonderful holiday and I can’t wait to return to the Maldives.
- 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
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