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Kuramathi Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kuramathi
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

Spent 7 night in Kuramathi. We had previously spent the week traveling around Sri Lanka and the bar had been set very high. We arrived on the island (vis a wonderful sea plane flight) very tired and in need of a bit of a rest and relaxation. We were not disappointed.

We traveled with two teenage daughters and we booked 2 Beach Villas. As previous reviewers stated these are not directly on the beach but a bit of research beforehand had prepared us for this already. There is quite a lot of vegetation between you and the sand, however, the paths are clear and well lit and we could see the sea and walk to it within 20 to 30 paces. We felt they were ideally placed as, to be frank, come the middle of the day this is a blessing as it does get very hot and a shaded veranda is something to be grateful for, plus it meant that the villas were private with no one walking directly past your outside space. They are also situated on the best side of the island for swimming but only a 3-4 min walk to the snorkelling channels on the coastal side.

The rooms themselves were large and well presented with comfortable beds and an excellent standard of cleanliness was maintained throughout our stay.

As there were 4 of us and we had already spent a lot touring we opted for the Standard All Inclusive. We loved it. Our allocated restaurant was about 5 to 10 minutes walk away (depending on how hot it was and how many cocktails you had sampled). You are allocated a table and a waiter (Abou was wonderful) which meant he soon got to know what we liked to drink and was very friendly without being intrusive. There seems to be some concern regarding the Standard All Inc and comments about getting board with the buffet. This is simply not the case, but probably arises from the assumption that the evening buffet is set out on the same basis as the lunchtime which is incorrect. Each evening has a set theme. French, Far Eastern, Americano, Maldivian, Italian, Indian and Tex Mex, were on offer during our stay and this works on a 14 day rolling plan. Within that there were various starters, a good range of meat, fish and veg dishes, a fresh cook station, as well as fruit, pastries and various other deserts. Wine by the glass was good (white and red I did not try rose) and whilst it was classed as house wine the variety seemed to vary from night to night depending on the theme. Overall we were impressed. It suited us as one of our daughters is quite a fussy eater. As it turned out she tried things whist on holiday that she would never try if ordering from a restaurent menu, safe in the knowledge that she could always try a small amount and not go hungry if she did not like it.

We chose the island initially as it was large compared to some of the others and we felt we might go stir crazy confined to a smaller area. It was a good choose as there was plenty to do but we never felt the island was busy (despite the fact that it was full). No shortage of sun beds, always plenty of seating in the bars, and never long to wait to be served. The evening entertainment was varied, we went to the stingray feeding, listened to a band one evening and my daughters went to the film nights whilst we worked our way down the cocktail menu. We took full advantage of the snorkelling equipment (to many varieties of fish to name, sharks, eels, sting rays and turtles) and I would urge you to try it, was bit out of my comfort zone to start with but then became addicted. My husband and youngest daughter went on the Deep Sea fishing trip and caught a huge sale fish (which they cooked up for us to eat in the evening). On our last night we went on the sunset cruise and it was a fitting close to a wonderful holiday.

Our only disappointment was not seeing the dolphins - luck was on our side. During our sea plane ride back to Male we saw a wonderful sunrise and then the dolphins came out to play. Fantastic.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

If your looking for somewhere totally relaxing to the extent were you dont know what day it is or care Kuramathi is the place to choose.From the start of our holiday to the end we were looked after
by all the staff on the Island. So many restaurant to choose from . definitely recommend you do the
super duper all inclusive.we stayed in a beach villa which was lovely and quite sufficient because in our case we spent very little time there.All staff were very friendly and helpful.if you read the other reviews they all tell you about the Stingrays snorkeling Sharks. Don't worry they are not interested in you.We taught ourselves to snorkel with the help of a video and saw amazing fish and coral you must try this.worth every penny you spend saving now for the next time.I can go on and on but go and make your own memories.final comment . It does what it says on the tin... Mandy

Room Tip: Don't throw lots of money at a room because you won't be in it that much
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank 9rockchick17
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

We have just returned from a weeks stay in a water villa. What can we say,only that this place is beautiful. The place is spotless, the staff very friendly and the food fantastic. If you're going here you are in for a real treat. If you can, try and pay the extra for the all inclusive for the various restaurants etc, every one was excellent. Well done Kuramathi island resort, top marks from us!

Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

We have just returned from 10 days on this Island. We stayed in a water villa and it was amazing. Several restaurants to choose from and the allocated Buffet Restaurant very good. Staff couldn't do enough for you. Stingray feeding every night is great, what a lovely thing to watch, the man is amazing, these animals trust him so much. Lovely nature walks too and plenty to do if you want to. Everything about this place is done to ensure maximum comfort and relaxation, we will definitely be returning and I could not recommend you to this island enough. Fantastic holiday thank you Kuramathi.

Room Tip: Room 236 was great but all the water villas look good.
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1  Thank Angie M
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

My husband and I went to Kuramathi for our honeymoon in August 2013. This island was just amazing! We had a beach villa, at the top end of the island near the reef restaurant and the long spit of sand perfect for the sunset. The staff were superb and couldnt do enough for us! Constantly checking if we needed anything (but not too much that you were annoyed by this)
A beautiful resort in an amazing location.
If i could I would go back every year!

Room Tip: The top of the island definitely appeared to be quieter!
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Jennifer M
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Reviewed April 12, 2014

Stayed here for seven nights following a tour of Sri Lanka. Beautiful island with some amazing friendly staff. The staff around the hotel were lovely but unfortunately the staff at reception were not all that helpful.
Food.
So pleased that we opted for the Select All Inclusive as the main buffet restaurant was not that impressive. The food was luke warm and nothing special. The restaurants on the select all inclusive were fabulous, so if you can stretch the budget I would definitely recommend this option. The Reef restaurant was one of our favourites along with the Island BBQ. The only problem was managing to get into the restaurants as you have to prebook, this was a problem unless you were prepared to get up early to go and and book them. We ended up having to call our rep as the reception staff would just say 'sorry fully booked'. After telephoning the rep, she managed to get us a table on the night we requested with no problems. Every night when we were at the restaurants none of them were full so really couldn't understand this.
Drink
No problems with any drinks, cocktails were amazing I have to say.
Pools
Both the pools were clean and the garden areas were lovely.
Villas
We booked a beach villa which we were led to believe overlooked the beach, this is not the case! These are really garden villas as we couldn't even see the sea from our villa. I really think this is misleading and wrong. But the villas itself was lovely, immaculately clean and had everything you would need.
The island is kept wonderfully.
All in all we had an amazing holiday but the biggest disappointment was that we were there to celebrate our 25th anniversary and our travel agent had sent an email out to the island to explain this and we were told to take our wedding certificate with us to prove this, which we did. Unfortunately this was not even acknowledged! I told the rep who really didn't make anything of it. She asked it we'd received anything in our room, which we didn't, and that was it. Slightly disappointed with Kuoni and not not sure I would use them again. I loved the island and the majority of the staff were amazing but am more than likely going to try another island the next time. I would recommend it to friends but would inform them of the little downsides to it.

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Reviewed April 12, 2014

We stayed on Kuramathi for 5 days during our honeymoon, and it was true paradise. We were on the all inclusive package, and we certainly took advantage of it. Our water villa was beautiful, and we were blown away by the sheer amount of sealife around the island.

As we were on the all-inclusive we could eat at all the different restaurants on the island, and in each one the food was amazing. My favourite was The Reef, for its stunning fish, and my husband loved Duniye for its spectacular fine dining. Even the buffet breakfast and lunches were delicious. The only slight let down we had was the food at the candlelight dinner were were offered as an extra, which was distinctly average. It was a shame as we'd have preferred a repeat visit to Duniye instead!

There are quite a few things to do on the island, including scuba diving, obviously! My husband loved his introductory dive, and the lady who led it was very professional, friendly and put him right at ease. We also went for a ride on the 'sofa', an inflatable dragged behind a speedboat, which was very exhilarating. The spa is also heavenly, with the treatment rooms out over the water. There's nothing like a relaxing massage while listening to the waves beneath you.

The staff on the island are all very lovely, though perhaps not quite as forthcoming and friendly as the staff we encountered on the neighbouring Sri Lanka. Also, as a few people have noted, there is a very strict policy around food and drink in the rooms. Due to the fact that not everyone on the island is on all-inclusive, the owners want to make sure that all-inclusive guests don't sneak drinks to non-all inclusive guests. This makes economic sense, but did mean that as honeymooners we couldn't enjoy a glass of fizz in our lovely jacuzzi. We were actually told by the Kuoni rep that you could take wine to your room as long as you requested it when you had dinner, or that you could take up to 6 cans of beer from the bar. Unfortunately, after a few very embarrassing and awkward conversations with restaurant and bar staff on our last night we discovered that this wasn't true. We were grudgingly given 2 cans of Carlsberg - romantic! This is a shame, as everything else was perfect. We didn't want to get smashed in our room, but it did feel a little bit like being at school and being frowned on. However, I mainly place the blame for this at the door of the Kuoni rep who gave us bad information.

Despite this little blip, everything else was amazing, and I would recommend Kuramathi to everyone! Go now!

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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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
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kuramathi
Price Range: $394 - $1,941 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kuramathi Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 360
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in Rasdhoo Atoll , Kuramathi Maldives is 1.8 km in length and tapers to a pristine stretch of white sandbank, lending a dramatic quality to the idyllic surroundings of turquoise lagoons, tropical jungle and flora. Catering to all budgets, 12 distinct choices of villas are on offer, ranging from the individual Beach Villas to the idyllic Water Villas with Pool. A splendid pick for families and friends travelling together is the Two Bedroom Beach house. Savour exquisite dishes from 12 superb restaurants catering to diverse taste buds. Sip exotic cocktails in the 7 bars located in beautiful settings around the island. The island's vast size opens up to a wide range of activities. Immerse in therapeutic healing at Kuramathi Spa as we revive the holiday psyche. Younger guests find thrilling options at Bageecha Kids club, featuring fun and educational experiences. There is something for everyone on this paradisiacal haven that embodies Maldives in a natural setting. ... more   less 
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Kuramathi Island Hotel Kuramathi
Village Hotel Kuramathi
Kuramathi Village Hotel
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