My husband and I stayed on Kuredu Island for our honeymoon from 18th January - 4th February 2012. This place is truly amazing.
After a long (but smooth) trip with Emirates and exciting sea plane transfer, we were greeted by Laura the rep who sat us down and gave us the low down on the island whilst we sipped an ice cold mocktail and freshened up with a refreshing towel in the Akiri Bar. We were then shown to our Jacuzzi Beach Villa located on the south side of the island (number 220). The room was spacious and attractive with a massive 4 poster king bed with mosquito nets surrounding it. The bathroom was outside and included a day bed and jacuzzi in the garden, fantastic shower, his and hers sinks and a loo (obviously!). We had a great view of the beach (in fact we were on it), but were far enough from the shore to not be too bothered by the sea planes or the waves crashing on a choppier night.
Our room was kept beautifully clean by our lovely room boy who even did a fabulous floral display with the bed sheets and petals one evening. We also received fruit, sparkling wine and tee shirts as a honeymoon gift on our second day.
Our allocated restaurant was Koamas, and although we could eat in any other of the others if we reserved, we honestly liked the Koamas the best. We were looked after by our lovely waitress Maryam (who was one of only 2 waitresses on the island, all the other waiting staff were men, talk about outnumbered!) who was really friendly and remembered our names and our likes and dislikes. The food was exceptional and it was so nice that my hubby and I simply had to have a bit of everything. Needless to say the scales were not our friend when we returned! The desserts were gorgeous too.
We usually spent our evening in the Babuna bar which was the main and biggest bar on the island. The staff in there were out of this world, and we built up a fantastic relationship with a few of them. In particular we must mention Jewel and Sarath who made us feel really special and had a real laugh with us. Jewel really is a 'diamond geezer' (if you see him say this to him, he loves it!) and loves practicing his London accent. He is genuinely the sweetest guy and deserves recognition for his amazing customer service. Sarath was fantastic too, and also spent time chatting to us and making us feel really welcome and special. I can't think of a bad thing about a single member of staff in fact. They all work 12-13 hour days but never stop smiling, and I really can't praise them enough. We miss them a lot.
We went on an excursion to another island including a trip to the only factory in the Maldives which happened to be a tuna canning factory!! It was something different to do and was funny seeing boxes of Waitrose and Princes tuna stacked up there, so look out for where your tinned tuna comes from next time you go shopping! It was interesting to see schools, a hospital and Mosque and how Maldivian people live on the trip and shows you that it's not all luxury.
We visited the over water spa (at the O resort) and had the honeymoon indulgence package which was worth every penny. You can see fish swimming past when you are having your massage as there is a glass window in the floor of the spa room It was also incredibly relaxing sitting in the bath tub on the balcony of the spa and looking out to sea whilst drinking a fruity mocktail surronded by flowers in the bath water.
One of the island's greatest features was the sand bank at the Sangu resort area. It really is beautiful and makes you feel like you're on a desert island. You can walk out for what feels like miles and look back at the island and all its beauty.
As others have mentioned there is lots of interesting sea life and the fish are not bothered by you at all. If you like snorkelling, you will love it here.
Evening entertainment is pretty low key, but the White Party was lots of fun. Make sure you pack an all-white outfit so the UV lights make you glow! The Maldivian evening was interesting too, and the staff will make you something special from coconut leaves!
As someone else mentioned, you do get a few creepy crawlies in the bathroom, particularly at night, including the massive ants that seem to love hanging around in the toilet. I made my poor hubby accompany me to the loo if I needed to get up in the night!! We had a massive flying beetle in our room very early one morning and suddenly couldn't find it, and reception sent 2 security guards to our room at about 5am to help us as we couldn't sleep not knowing where it was! Sadly, we still didn't manage to find it, but they spent a good while helping to try and find it. We gave them a little tip for their troubles.
In summary, we would recommend a trip to this fabulous island, you will not regret it, and you will be hard pressed to find anywhere as beautiful with such amazing staff and food.
Tip: Avoid taking a trolley bag as hand luggage as you will have to be seperated from it on the sea plane at best or it could end up coming seperately on a speed boat. This is because they don't allow them as hand luggage on the sea planes as there is not enough room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, surrounded by a beautiful lagoon and long stretches of white, sandy beach, is the only Resort on the island of Kuredu, in Lhaviyani Atoll. Your seaplane transfer from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is a scenic, 40 minute flight The 383 Rooms include 10 Sultan Pool Villas including 1 Villa Family Suite, 50 Sangu Water Villas including 1 Honeymoon Suite, 100 Jacuzzi Beach Villas, 93 Beach Villas, 90 Beach Bungalows & 40 Garden Bungalows. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kuredu Island Hotel Kuredu
- Kuredu Island Resort And Spa
- Hotel Kuredu Island
- Kuredu Island Maldives
- Kuredu Maldives
- Kuredu Island Resort Maldives
- Kuredu Island Resort & Spa Maldives