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Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Huraa Island
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

We just got back from a wonderful trip to the Maldives staying at the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa for 10 days! I travelled with my family - husband and 4 kids aged between 3 and 11.

We have stayed at a few other resorts in the Maldives before (FS Landaa, both the One & Only resorts and Soneva Gili), but this was by far our favourite experience and we are already planning our next trip back.

It's a fantastic-sized resort for a family with kids (it's a relatively small island) which means that everything is within a 10-15minute walking distance, or an easy buggy ride. You never really worry about the kids getting lost. The older ones can navigate the resort easily on their own. And the younger ones wander around happily. There is a great kids club too.

This resort has a real intimacy and laid-back and easy atmosphere that is perfect for families that we haven't experienced elsewhere in the Maldives, and the staff are incredibly warm and friendly. Service was impeccable. It really did feel like 10 days spent in Paradise - it is a world away and the perfect place to relax and have fun in the sun! Our kids loved it and are already asking to go back, and the adults got to feel like kids again. Perfect.

This resort is not remote like some other resorts in the Maldives are (it is next to a local island and has a few other resorts within view as well), but I found that that did not deter one bit from the experience. In fact, it was our best experience in the Maldives so far! And the best too in terms of the variety of activities available to do. They have an excellent water sports centre, with top notch equipment (waterskis, sailing, jetskis, wakeboards, tug rides, parasailing etc.) run by an excellent team of people. Great maintenance, and a perfect safety record. You will not be bored! I am told that they rotate the equipment available every few days to keep everything fresh and new. Our 3 older kids (6, 9 and 11) learnt to water ski and wakeboard there for the very first time, and the instructors were wonderful with them.

The snorkelling was great. There is fantastic marine life all very close to the resort. They also have an excellent dive and surf school.

We stayed in a 2-bedroom overwater pool villa on the sunset side of the island, which was awesome. I personally prefer this side of the island to the sunrise side, because the snorkelling was better, and there was more marine life to see just off our deck! There was a whole variety of large and small fish in all colours, shapes and forms, stingrays, octopus, reef sharks.. and a lion fish that would camp out at the foot of our deck every evening. Loved it! The currents are stronger on this side of the island though, so for families with very young kids, probably the sunrise side of the island would be safer. The house reef is on the sunrise side of the island too, where the water is extremely calm. The beaches were lovely on both sides.

The breakfast spread was excellent! Lots of variety, and great quality. Live stations for eggs, juices and pancakes/waffles, and my favourite, the dosa! I loved the little organic corner too - with organic granola, organic cheese, as well as alternative milk like rice milk. Nice touch.

Meals at the Reef Club (Italian) and Baraabaru (Indian) were pretty good. And they do special buffet and themed nights which were great as well. Food is never cheap in the Maldives though, be warned!

The spa was excellent! It sits on its own isle a 30-second cute boat ride away from the main hotel. Beautiful setting. Very tranquil, with the spa rooms over the water. And the gym is also fantastic. Great equipment, nice view. Everything you need (if you can be bothered to work out on holiday).

The resort has a good variety of activities to do every day that don't cost very much to join - diving excursions, snorkelling excursions, photography lessons, twice daily yoga lessons, dolphin watching cruises, sunrise/sunset kayaking, marine talks by their biologists etc.. .

We were incredibly blessed with the weather in the 10 days we were there - blue skies and calm seas most days. And lots of dolphins! Dolphins everywhere! You could see them from our villa frolicking and playing in the sea. And they would play with the boat when we waterskied or jetskied. Big pods of 30 dolphins! Amazing. The water was so clear that you could see them diving deep into the ocean and coming back up again! Big dolphins and baby dolphins. We didn't need to join the dolphin excursion because we saw them on so many days just by being out on the ocean! It was wonderful!

Thank you to the hotel team for a wonderful stay and brilliant memories! We will be back! My only comment would be to see more vegetarian and health food options available on the main menu :) Oh, but that dosa and vegetable curry and chapati that you serve at breakfast? I could eat those for breakfast, lunch AND dinner! Hah! Yum! Could you add those to the main menu too, please?

Holidays don't get much better than this! Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Tuliohoch, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2012

Thank you for sharing your comments.

So happy to hear that you and your family had a wonderful holiday!

I have shared your lovely feedback with all of our staff, and could not agree more about the sea life as every day I get amazed such as a 3 foot Moray eel swimming by our arrival jetty two days ago.

Thank you for having made us your paradise and look forward to welcoming you and your family back!

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Reviewed April 9, 2012

We have 4 kids between 4 and 11 and have stayed at a number of hotels in the Maldives including one and only, the soneva resorts and the other four seasons resort. This by far was the best for kids. It's small enough to not have to worry about walking everywhere with the kids and the older ones can go off on their own. They also have a ton of water sports and activities for the kids. And the staff, by far the best staff in the Maldives. We're coming back next year again for sure.

Stayed: April 2012
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Tuliohoch, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2012

Thank you for sharing your comments.

I am very happy to learn that you and your family had a great time with us and felt that our Resort through your travels in the Maldives was the best!

We look forward to your return and will share your comment about "Best Staff in the Maldives" to our entire team!

Tulio Hochkoeppler
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

We went as a family with kids 7 and 9. The staff was very friendly and accommodating to the kids. My son has a nut allergy and this was well handled as I had told them before hand. We had the restaurant manager as well as the chef consult with us on this and they always offered to make special dishes for him. All the food, from the breakfast buffet to the restaurant was tasty and good.
We booked last minute and got the sunset beach villa with pool. It did not have a separate room for the kids, which would have been nice. Next time, I know to book early. It was nice for us to be able to walk on to the beach right from the villa and made it seem more spacious to have the dining outside as well. Made it feel more roomy. The rooms have a nice closet space as well as a good bathroom.
The spa was amazing. I gave into getting a male massage therapist and he was one of the best I have ever had!
The staff all over the resort seemed to know you personally and were very professional and curteous. They just wanted to say yes to everything you wanted! Wonderful. The personal service of the staff is what made our stay outstanding here.
Activities: As you can see not their website, the resort has all the water activities you can think of and all the staff is very helpful at the recreation center. One can stay busy the whole time. There is so much to do. Also, the kids club is very nice with capable staff.
Can't wait to go back to this resort.

Room Tip: If you want to do a lot of activities, you can ask for a room closer to the Recreation/Restaurant ce...
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Tuliohoch, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2012

Thank you for sharing your comments.

We are trying our best to accommodate all guests' interests including the young ones and glad to know that you and your children enjoyed very much your holiday with us. I will be delighted to share your kind words with all of the staff.

Look forward to welcoming you and your family back to our Resort!

Tulio Hochkoeppler
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

Everything about our stay was pleasant. The water is stunning, the service was very special and we became quite friendly with a couple of the staff members. I was also pleasantly surprised at how the place was so safe for our kids. Both of our kids really enjoyed walking out to the calm waters surrounding the waters and discovering things by snorkeling around. My husband swam a kilometer every morning in the calm waters around our villa. We also tried to learn to surf and the staff at Tropic Surf were incredibly patient and helpful. The only thing I would say is that the food is quite expensive for adults, however, very inexpensive for children. We would definitely like to come back.

Room Tip: You don't need to wait until your children can swim to enjoy this place.
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank CapandKim
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Tuliohoch, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2012

Thank you for sharing your comments.

Very happy to know that you and your family enjoyed your Maldivian holiday with us.

I will definitely pass your kind word to Chris and his Tropicsurf team and look forward to welcoming you back "home' in the Maldives.

Tulio Hochkoeppler
General Manager

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Reviewed April 7, 2012

First time to Maldives and Four Seasons and both exceeded our high expectations. We stayed in a sun rise water bungalow and it was beautiful, better than the photos on the website. From the moment we arrived until we were waved off on the speedbaot transfer to the airport the staff and the service were exceptional. Very friendly, warm and good humoured, nothing was too much trouble and great care was taken to every detail. Everyone seemed to know our names and soon we were enjoying friendly banter in every bar and restaurant. We must mention the diving and recommend it. We had not dived for 10 years so we did the refresher course and soo we were hooked on the two dive morning trips. Well done Angela for making it such a great diving experience.

We went with the half board plan and thoroughly recommend that - you are not restricted in chance and it is much better than a huge bill every evening!

A stunning holiday, hard to find any fault at all.

Stayed: April 2012
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Tuliohoch, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2012

Thank you for comments.

So happy to learn that you enjoyed your first holiday in Maldives and Four Seasons.....I will share your nice words with Angela and all of the staff.

We do hope to welcoming you back to our little piece of paradise!

Tulio Hochkoeppler
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Reviewed April 5, 2012

Been here twice now. Once as a couple and the second time as a famly. On both occasions the standard of service and hospitality is wonderful.
As a couple it was romantic as a family there was lots to do even with a two year old. We have stayed on both occasions on the sunrise side of the resort. On the first occasion the sand on the beach was more coral, however by the second visit the management team had gone to great lengths to get fresh lagoon sand on to the beeach. As you would expect with a 4S resort, the food is examplary, they have a cooking lesson activity which is amazing. They really look after you!
i would really recommend a visit if you can.

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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 4, 2012

Stunning facilities, outstanding spa and professional staff. The rooms on the beach were great for a family with small children. The kids club was great and keep our kids returning each day. The food was delicious, especially the Indian restaurant, and the breakfast was superb (fresh fruits, pancakes, waffles and eggs made to order). The dolphin cruise was wonderful for the kids and the snorkelling was another great activity. The spa, was beautiful and the services were all fantastic. We loved it so much we didn't want to leave.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Huraa Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Huraa Island
Price Range: $1,047 - $2,711 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa 5*
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover all the charm and intimacy of a traditional Maldivian village on this colourful garden island with pristine beaches and Tiffany-blue lagoon, just 25 minutes speedboat ride from Male' Airport. Sail to The Island Spa for natural treatments for men, women and children; or indulge in a lunar ritual on a starlit beach at The Night Spa. Explore up to 30 local dive sites with the PADI 5-Star IDC Centre. The Serenity Pool offers an atmospheric adults-only alternative to the main infinity pool while family activities include shark safaris, dolphin cruises and Robinson Crusoe adventures. Head to the Surf School to hang with the pros in some of the world’s most consistent and warmest swells. Take a dhoni to The Island Tennis Court or visit The Marine Discovery Centre to build your own coral reef and visit the baby turtles. Dining highlights include award-winning home-style Indian at Baraabaru and sophisticated oceanfront Italian at Reef Club.Kuda Huraa’s 96 thatched beach and water accommodations were each constructed by local craftsmen using indigenous materials and techniques to reflect a true sense of the Maldives. Beach Bungalows and Family Beach Bungalows have their own plunge pool in a private garden surround. Water Villas, some with plunge pools, entice with large sundecks and steps down into the lagoon, while the one- and two-bedroom Water Suites have a glass-walled pool and additional indoor and outdoor space for the ultimate in lagoon living. ... more   less 
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