We stayed 14 nights at the Blue Lagoon in March last year, and thought I'd share my thoughts and tips.
Firstly, all in all it was our holiday of a lifetime so far (hopefully until our honeymoon this year, but our honeymoon will have a lot to live up to!).
The rooms were exquisite. We stayed in a beach bungalow, and absolutely LOVED having the Indian Ocean and beach right outside our back door. The water bungalows were on the opposite, 'not quite as good' (i.e. beach not quite as wide, slightly choppier seas....just) side of the island (albeit, only about 50 feet away!) and as people have said the water bungalows were not very private. The beach bungalows also have fantastic outdoor showers - again loved it after a hot day in the sun.
We actually had people in water bungalows (or given upgrades!) say they'd have preferred the beach bungalow, so that would be my first tip for this particular resort.
The food was universally excellent, as you'd expect. The service was generally good, although I felt our personal waiter wasn't quite as attentive as some other waiters. We'd quite often not be able to see him, although to be fair it never got frustrating and we never had to ask for anything twice.
The place is paradise. Loved sunbathing on the jetty and snorkelling under it where it was like another universe. Occasionally we'd walk down to the sand bank - believe it or not it can take a further 15 minutes to walk from the start of the bank to the last bit of beach (depending on how high the tide is) at the end of the strip. Amazing. Word of warning, we took a gentle stroll down one day in our swim wear, and despite having lotion on, by the time we got back an hour later we'd picked up a lot of sun!
Restaurants are good. We were very happy with the main restaurant, and didn't use the (a la carte) grill in Blue Lagoon, but we ate out once or twice per week at each of the two a la carte restaurants in the Village and Cottage/Spa (can't remember which is which, and too lazy to check, but they were both excellent)
Quick comment about the other two 'resorts' on the island. I liked the ambiance of the Cottage and quite often sunbathed at the central pool, or have a glass of wine at the wine bar there before dinner. (It has a great Karaoke machine, which as a fan of Singstar we really enjoyed using..... even though sometimes we were the only people in the wine bar lol.)
However, I don't know if it was a shock from staying at the Blue Lagoon, but I found the Village a bit too busy. "Butlins" (which I've heard people call it) is completely over the top - it still serves the same food and drink as everywhere else LOL - , but I'd probably not want a relaxing honeymoon at the Village. Each to their own of course.
AI drinks were excellent - one of the few places in the Maldives that include cocktails, and they were also happy to make us cocktails we had had in the Caribbean if you tell them the recipe ;)
What else...memory stretched.... oh yes, the Scuba diving is well worth doing. Fairly reasonably priced (i.e. it's PADI who aren't the cheapest, they're just the most well known), but the instructors are brilliant.
Trips - we did a sunset cruise. Fantastic. Saw a family of dolphins which was wonderous. Also took a trip to a small deserted island a few miles away (i.e. just the two of us on the island). Again, amazingly romantic. Some people actually paid for this almost every day!
That's all I can think of - it's not one of the highest 'ranked' hotels in Maldives by accident, it's a fantastic island and true paradise. the Blue Lagoon part has the advantage of being a 'secluded paradise' whilst being part of a much larger island offering a wider choice of restaurants etc.
By all means drop me a message if you want any more info. (I'll be on for a few months as I'll be reading about Mauritius for our honeymoon ;) )
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Kuramathi Island Hotel Kuramathi
- Village Hotel Kuramathi
- Kuramathi Village Hotel
- Kuramathi Cottage Spa
- Kuramathi Island Resort Maldives