I can't even begin to explain what a wonderful holiday we had on Kuramathi. Maybe it's because we've never been out of Europe before. Maybe it's because we found an unbelievable deal (£660 p/p for a week all-inclusive - all meals, drinks, flights, upgrade to superior room and sea plane transfer). Maybe we were lucky to have good weather virtually all week despite it being Monsoon season. Whatever the reason I cannot recommend it highly enough and suggest anyone reading the negative points in the other reviews take them with a large pinch of salt.
Our Monarch flights weren't too bad and luckily we didn't experience any delays at all. True, there is no more leg room than on a short haul flight which is quite hard going on a 10 hour journey outward and 11 hour journey inward but I didn't feel in any position to complain bearing in mind the overall cost of the holiday. There were two films each way and two meals.
I heard from other guests that the rough 2 hour boat transfer was a bit of an enduance test after the tiring flight. We took the sea plane so it was only a 20 min flight (great fun and fab views!) with a 30 min wait at the airport. Highly recommended for the outbound trip as it's nice just to get there quickly. We took the boat transfer on the return journey and found it absolutely fine so again, perhaps we were just lucky.
When we arrived on 14 May at the reception at Kuramathi Village we were welcomed with an glass of fresh orange juice and cold towels... bliss. Our superior room beach hut was very clean and we loved the outside shower. I have attached a picture of the bunch of bananas we showered under, took me a while to get my head around that - a bit different from home! The room was serviced twice a day and if you leave a dollar or two tip on your pillow they do a clever design in the top sheet.
The restaurant offered a great variety of different foods (including curry for breakfast??), some evenings there was a buffet and some evenings it was a la carte. Tip - the first time you go there a waiter greets you and he remains your waiter all week. You will sit at the same table for all meals so make sure you pick one you like. We arrived at around 1pm and while most people had headed straight for their rooms we made a beeline for lunch and got a great spot overlooking the bay.
There is plenty of wildlife on the island but nothing will hurt you. The fruit bats are very large and fascinating, the lizards scuttle along harmlessly, the hermit crabs are hilarious and the fish in the sea... well... the best analogy I heard from a fellow guest was "it's like sticking your head in a posh aquarium"! Such an amazing array of multicoloured fish of all shapes and sizes, we even found Nemo.
The scenery is breathtaking, the beaches are quiet, the ocean is crystal clear, the cocktails are delicious and the weather is hot. I read previous reviews complaining about the lack of sun loungers but does that really matter?!
With regards to trips we had two included in our package, a shopping trip to Rashdoo and a sunset cruise. The first was OK but I felt a bit pressured by the locals to go in every shop and buy their goods. The second was lovely and if you are fortunate do do it on a fine evening the skies glow a fantastic colour, we did the cruise on our last night which was a nice touch. The other trip we went on (but paid for) was the Coral Romance trip. Without a shadow of a doubt this was the best thing we have ever done. We stayed overnight on a tiny exclusive island and experienced total luxury. It was the most perfect, perfect, perfect 48 hours of our lives... so much so that my boyfriend proposed at sunset on the veranda of our water bungalow and we are now engaged! Treats on the trip included a couples massage with flower bath, champagne and fruit afterwards, the exlusive use of many relaxing spa areas, 4 course lunch on both days, a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach and a champagne breakfast served in our room.
I honestly can't think of a downside to this holiday and that is not just because I am glowing with post-engagement-contentment! If you are realistic about what you expect for your money then you cannot go wrong with Kuramathi Village. I never dreamt of being able to afford a trip to the Maldives but we did it for an incredibly reasonable price and actually spent far more on a basic villa holiday to Portugal last year. Puts it in to perspective really.
- 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