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Kuramathi Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kuramathi
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London, United Kingdom
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“Delightful”
Reviewed 6 June 2012

A very belated (and brief) review of Kuramathi Island Resort - my girlfriend and I stayed here for 10 nights in March 2011. I agree with pretty much all the previous reviewers in terms of the highlights/tips for this resort. We had a wonderful and relaxing time although we did engage some serious overeating!! We stayed in a beach villa and thought the surroundings were lovely and secluded. We both adored the sunset on the sand bar at the top of the island. This was an outstanding holiday from start to finish :)

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

Well, what can we say that hasn't been said. This place is heaven. So as not to waste any time, we have written a guide to what we think are the "need to knows". Hope this is of help to people!

Booking

Excellent. Booking done through Kuoni, no problems.

Travel

We flew BA from Gatwick, in economy. We travelled from Jersey, so all our bags went direct from Jersey to Male (brilliant). We checked the flight online and noted it wasn't full, so we didn't pay for an upgrade. The flight was empty and we had 3 seats each in Economy. That said, the 777s are pretty comfy so you'll live, its only 10 hours. Premium Economy was full on our flights (several of the premium economy passengers moved to economy!). Use SeatGuru to pick your seats for online check-in.

Transfers

We paid for the seaplane transfer. This is our number 2 tip (see below for number 1). The sea plane is about $50 each I think. On landing in Male, you are taken to a special Kuramathi seaplane lounge, where the luxury begins. Imagine a white heaven, with comfy chairs, chilled drinks, fresh cakes, a view over the seaplane area. A perfect place to wind down after the flight and wait the hour or so for your transfer. If you get the boat, we understand there is a lot more waiting around in public areas (which we can't comment on as didn't use).

Food / Drink

Number 1 tip - get the super all inclusive. Without this, the resort is expensive. With it, you get EVERYTHING for free except for lobster, cigarettes ($3 a pack), cigars, certain wines and certain other special foods ($80+ foods). You do get unlimited minibar (refilled every day), unlimited cocktails, beers (Tiger or Carlsberg I think, both draught, lovely), wine (house wine in the day, wine list in the evenings, all very good), food all day in any restaurant on the island, etc. Fillet steak? Included! Without it you are stuck in your one allocated buffet restaurant, which we ate it for one night but didn't love. The Island Coffee Shop does the best lunch on the island by a long way (the fish burger is to die for). Best steak was at the Island Barbecue (Australian Tenderloin aka Fillet Steak - heaven). The Indian and Thai places were both also excellent. We didn't rate the Italian, but the setting is fantastic.

Accommodation

We stayed in a beach villa and we loved it. We didn't like the look of the water villas when we were there, so we would recommend these. They are between 10 and 50 yards from the beach in beautiful jungle like manicured gardens. These were our favourite when walking around. If you are going to upgrade, then upgrade your food option BEFORE your room if you have to choose. The best beach is on this side of the island too.

Diving

We both dive. The dive school is excellent and guided dives are fairly priced (but don't do courses there, it is VERY expensive). We did 10 dives over our holiday and paid $450 each total (we have our own gear). This included my 15 litre tank fee (air hog). Nitrox 32 is free. Depth limit is 30 metres by law in the Maldives. All dives are limited to one hour (again, its the law) and the dives all lasted an hour which is good value. We didn't enjoy the hammerhead dive as we didn't see any so it was just floating in the blue for an hour. Stinging plankton are fine, the odd little itch but its really not bad. We'd recommend short wetsuits. Definitely do the one day dive safari - spectacular diving. All diving (except house reef) must be guided in the Maldives as well. We would recommend you get your advanced as otherwise dive options are limited.

Sailing

I did a little dinghy sailing on the last day. The sailing is quite safe and very well monitored. If you are rubbish, they will go and get you, so don't panic. Fleet is quite new but limited (I took out an RS Q'Ba which is similar to a Laser). If you're a keen sailor and this is your purpose for the holiday then this isn't the place for you. If you want to go out for an hour on the odd day, then its fine (useful for divers on the last day in your no dive time).

Getting round the island

The island is about a mile long, so quite big. We aren't disabled but would warn that most paths are sandy so for that reason we couldn't recommend wheelchair bound people to go here. DO NOT TAKE HIGH HEELS. The website even says this. You won't be able to walk, you will have to carry them, you will look ridiculous. Flip flops or barefoot and put your flip flops back on in bars, etc. There is a little bus which goes round the island and gives lifts, which is great.

Other things

- Men aren't allowed to sit topless in the bars
- Topless sunbathing is illegal in the Maldives (for women obviously)
- There is a local island nearby which you can visit. We didn't bother
- The sunset cruise is lovely, do it (its free)
- The mix of guests is about 45% English, 45% German, 5% Russian, 5% Other
- The resort was 100% full when we visited. It never felt cramped or full and we could walk round without really noticing people, but the bars in the evening had a good atmosphere. Just what we wanted

Room Tip: Upgrade to super all inclusive instead of your room if you can only afford one. Beach villas are the...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

We had a very enjoyable holiday! There has been many reviews and lots said, however just a couple of tips to add.
Take an old t shirt to go snorkeling in as you will burn if you stay in as long as I did. I found the easiest place to go was off the jetty opposite the reception area as you can walk straight onto the reef from there. This got busy sometimes but we went early in the mornings and had the place to ourselves . I also noticed when you spot a small group of people together for a while it was worth a look as they probably were watching a turtle or something interesting. Buy a cheap disposable underwater camera to take with you as they are expensive on the island.
The sandbank was mostly empty early in the morning to take pictures too. Girls it's worth wearing a floaty dress or such with such a stunning backdrop for your pics!.
Happy holidays all!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2012

We went to Kuramathi for our honeymoon and spent 10 nights in a Jacuzzi water villa.
We chose the speedboat transfer (I am not a great flyer) and whilst the journey is over an hour, it is much easier than the seaplane option in our eyes (bus to seaplane terminal, wait for plane, stop at 2 other islands, lands in sea and final stage by boat!). Staff on the boat gave us cold towels and bottles of water and spoke to us about the resort.
Our accommodation was fantastic – large space, very clean and views of the sea to die for. Steps down to the sea meant my husband could step off onto the hose reef to snorkel – perfect! The villas were very private and so well maintained.
We had the select all-inclusive package due as we upgraded our accommodation and are eternally grateful we did. A fabulous choice of restaurant and tried everyone. The Siam Garden (thai) and the Island BBQ were favourites, with the food and service both exceptional.
Considering it is one of the largest islands in the Maldives, it never feels like it. Yes, you see other people at meal times and wandering it around but it was never overcrowded, we never had to queue for anything and the staff did treat you like individuals.
The only small criticism we had (and it is barely worth mentioning) is there is no room service for that one night you would live to stay on your deck, watch the sunset and have a drink or a bite to eat. We understand the logistics of it would probably be a nightmare, but it would have been a great optional extra.
The Island is stunning and maintained by a fantastic ‘gardening’ team. All the staff are helpful and polite – the perfect resort! You will not be disappointed!

Room Tip: Ask for an 'end of row' water villa - 280 is great for watching the sunset!
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 June 2012 via mobile

My wife and I were in awe by the outstanding service provided by everyone at this resort. I wish I had lots of adjectives within my vernacular in order to describe just how wonderful this resort truly is. My only recommendation for those interested in traveling to the Maldives is to inform yourself about the weather and the seasons found in the Maldives. Although it was predominately overcast throughout our stay, we still managed to remain in good spirits. I look forward to another visit to the Maldives, and, quite possibly, back to Kuramathi Island Resort.

Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

Well words can't describe this island, In one word PERFECT.
This was our honeymoon and we booked with Kuoni uk, From start to finish it was perfect.

All the staff go out of there way to make every minute of your stay perfect, can not fault a single thing.


Wont write a long review so I will Bullet point the main things.

*Food, amazingly fresh and tasty
*Drinks, A massive selcetion
*Rooms, Heaven
*Staff, Faultless
*Views, Breathtaking
*Sunset Cruise, Beutifull especially as we got to see Dolphins

Honestly you have to experience this Island, It delivers standards of a 5* Resort

Emma From Kuoni is an amazing lady, Nothing is too much to ask. She goes above and beyond to help all her guest visiting the Island.

now go book !!!!!!!!

Room Tip: All The rooms are incredible, from beach villas to Water villas. The jacuzzi villas are a little mor...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

The experience began with the approach to Male airport whereby the islands were drops of stunning beauty in the crystal blue ocean.
The short transfer to the Kuramathi seaplane lounge passed the bluest of coastlines, the lounge itself was a haven of cool elegance with drinks and snacks to enjoy whilst watching the comings and goings of the sea taxis.
We could not wait to get aboard and considering we had flow overnight the excitement drove away any tiredness.
We got seats at the front and marveled at the sight of these really cool pilots who flew barefoot it seemed like something out of Indiana Jones. The noise the smell all added to a marvelous flight.
on arrival the walk down the jetty to reception will always be my most impressive memory of arriving to paradise we could not believe our eyes we immediately saw fish of every colour shape and size including the infamous reef shark that came to say hello.
Kuramathi is a must and should be on everyone's bucket list, I can not praise it enough it has everything you need and more the food was fantastic, the staff tentative and charming, the accommodation is of a very high standard.
The marine life and reef were magnificent we had to buy a book so that we could identify all of the fish species, I understand that this is one of the best islands as the reef drop off is so close. Even for the timid you can see so much just from looking into the water from either your water bungalow or jetty's.
Th island has a vivid array of plants and animals.
We found everyday to be one of discovery and amazement and I hope that the management keep it up as they have it perfect.
Although I have been home now for a month I cannot wait to some day go back.
So anyone who has a reason to celebrate or any excuse will do get there as it is very very special indeed.

Room Tip: water bungalows one ending i a 0 240,260,280 etc
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kuramathi Island Resort
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Region: Maldives > Alifu Atoll > North Ari Atoll > Kuramathi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kuramathi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kuramathi Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 290
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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