Having taken so much precious information on Tripadvisor I feel I should share my experience in this resort with the community. We went on honeymoon to Kuramathi cottage and spa and having been in other “paradise” places such as Bali, Phuket, Brazil we will try to provide a comparative view.
We have stayed for 9 days in a water bungalow. I must stay that we agree with the negative and positive features highlighted by others in the site. One thing I must add is that you can not take ANY king of alcohol into the Maldives. We did not know this and our bottle of Champaign was kept for a wee at the airport and then returned when we left. It was quite irritating, particularly because a bottle of the Champaign costs over 200€ at the resort…
The transfer from airport to the hotel can take 2:30h or about one hour, depending on the kind of boat used, and I guess this depends on the number of tourist arrive in the same flight..we just fell asleep during the transfer.
On the positive:
The island is beautiful and well kept.
The staff is nice.
The diving is truly amazing with a huge variety of fish (we saw between others; turtles, dolphins, stingrays, reef sharks etc…) and corals. Note that the house reef is partly beached in some areas) due to an unexpected rise of the water temperature that occurred a couple of years ago.
The place is very calm, it was not a crowded island (August 2006) and at the same time it has many facilities (free sauna, tennis and table tenis, jacuzzi etc..). Beware, you room will not have a TV, and this can be good or bad according to your habits. It certainly was relaxing for us and a good experience not seeing the world in war for a week or so..
The entertainment is not very good but in the evening most days there is something going on. I recommend that you take a good book with you, to read in the break between snorkelling…you will notice that the time goes by very slowly in the island if you have a stressful lifestyle when not on vacations.
The water bungalows on the Cottage are large and spacious, with a great view of the see, but not luxury at all. I think it was quite enough for us. They provide a kettle and free coffee and tee, but no free water..!
And this last point takes me to the negatives:
The real annoying thing in the Resort is the price of the drinks, and particularly the fact that they do not provide any drinkable water. The tap water is desalinised and not suitable for drinking. So you can start imagining that every drop of water that you will have during your vacation will be paid at an exorbitant rate. An half litter (1/2) bottle of water costs 3$-that is 6$ per litre and a big bottle 1 ½ litter costs 4 $. Excluding other drinks and considering that you drink about 3 litters per day in a hot place like this it can be easily worked out how much you may spend in 10days: 10days*2person*3litters=60 litters at a rate of 6$ for small bottles (360$) and 2.7$ for big bottles (162$). Do you think petrol is expensive; water in this place is 6x more expensive. And guess what they don’t give any water in the breakfast. And the variety of fruit is also very poor for such an expensive placeA tea or coffee costs 3.5€, and a bottle of wine costs about 25€.. Therefore I must agree with a previous reviewer that the resort is a rip of in some aspects.
This is, in my opinion, the weakest point of the Maldives by far (I suppose the same prices apply for other resorts) compared to Thailand or Bali where everything is a small fraction of the price. The strong point is the calm and somewhat exclusive character. Perhaps the second depends on the fisrt…
Interestingly the dinners at the main restaurants are not expensive and will cost you about 15USD, and in the buffet nights 20USD. The food is good, particularly at the buffets since you will have a lot of variety.
In summary, Kuramathi Island is a very beautiful place and you will love the island and the underwater life that you will see. This makes it worth to visit. Beware that you can not take alcohol for the Maldives, you will not have a TV on your room, and that you will pay a small fortune for any drinks. I would further recommend that you will take your own snorkelling gear.
If you need more info, email me and, I will be happy to help.
- 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