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There are 3 Resorts on...
There are 3 Resorts on Kuramathi:
I was in Kuramathi Village. This place is okay. Nice Bungalows. Facilities are good :
- Dive Center
- Different Restaurants
- Football ground
- Fitness Center (Placed at Blue Lagoon)
Robinson Crusoe style
Luxurious. Outdoor showers were fab, four poster beds the whole works, and the room boy was great, he would turn over the room twice a day and decorate your bed with flowers 2-3 times during our stay. Highly recommended. Literally step out of your room into the sea.
Kuramathi Village - Review
Having read some of the negative reviews, I should like to redress the balance. Firstly, I have been to 63 different islands/countries/territories and therefore can make comparisons.
The fact my wife and I have visited Kuramathi twice in 5 months is testimony itself about the resort.
The resort is spotless, the island is beautiful, the service is first class. Furthermore the variety of food compares favourably with other resorts around the world that we have visited.
Small black tip sharks and small stingrays abound and large Manta Rays and Dolphins can be seen fairly regularly.
The only negative part of the holiday, which has been highlighted by previous reviews is that of the lack of legroom on Monarch Airlines.
There are 3 resorts on Kuramathi Island. They are: Kuramathi Village, Kuramathi Spa and Kuramathi Blue Lagoon.
I stayed at the Blue Lagoon. This resort is at the end of the island. Because the resort was at the end of the island, it was pretty quite. Which I liked.
There are 20 rooms on the water (water bungalows) and there are 36 rooms on land (beach bungalows).
The water bungalows have Air Conditioning, Mini Bar, In-room safe, IDD Telephone, Hair Drier, Balcony/terrace, Shower only, Pipe-in Music and Beach Towel. You have a shared stairs to the water.
The beach bungalow have Air Conditioning, Mini Bar, In-room safe, IDD Telephone, Hair Drier, Balcony/terrace, Bath and Shower, Open Air Shower, Pipe-in Music and Beach Towel.
I had a water bungalow. This was the first time I was staying at a water bungalow. But I have to say it was quite a nice experience. I didn't had trouble sleeping at night above water. It was more relaxing.
A small island (Kuramathi) with 3 different categories of accomodation, all of them are reasonably priced.
The island is really beautiful and relatively calm (a good place to hide away). It has a great situation: perfect views of both sunrise and sunset. It has a diverse shore: you can swim, "seawalk" and snorkel, too.
If you choose to stay on...
If you choose to stay on Kuramathi you must stay in the Water Bungalows. There are water bungalows in both Kuramathi Cottage and Kuramathi Blue Lagoon, but my preferrence is in Cottage. They are beautifully sited on poles along the side of the island with the reef just outside. If you are lucky you will see dolphins playing outside the reef. I have seen both dolphins, sharks, turtels, lionfish, napoleon, you name it, just about everything here. The corals are repairing from el Ninjo when the water temperature raised and destroyed a lot of chorals. I cannot find anything negative about this resort. You find a beaty saloon, a tennis court, very nice restaurants, a pool, a gym, an outdoor jacuzzi, beutiful beaches, excellent dive centers, everything!
WATER BUNGALOW OR BEACH BUNGALOW?
WE STAYED AT KURAMATHI COTTAGE CLUB IN A WATER BUNGALOW, THE WATER BUNGALOW ADVANTAGES ARE, THE FANTASTIC VIEWS, BEING ABLE TO SNORKEL STRAIGHT OFF THE BALCONY,WATCH THE SHARKS HUNTING (AT DAWN-WE ONVIOUSLY DID"NT GO IN THE WATER UNTIL THE SUN WAS WELL UP!) AND ALSO THE WATERBUNGALOWS ARE MOSSI FREE AS THERE IS NO FOLIAGE NEARBY TO HARBOUR THEM. . THE COTTAGE CLUB WAS A GREAT PLACE TO STAY, THE STAFF ARE EXCEPTIONAL. THE WATERBUNGALOWS ARE VERY ROOMY INSIDE AND HAVE A HUGE BALCONY AND APPARENTLY BEING REFURBISHED THIS YEAR (ALTHOUGH THEY DIDNT LOOK LIKE THEY DESPERATELY NEEDED IT). THE BEACH BUNGALOWS LOOKED VERY NICE AS WELL , ALTHOUGH I DID NOT GET CHANCE TO LOOK INSIDE.
THE SPA AND POOL AREA IS FANTASTIC-SPOTLESSLY CLEAN(AS IS THE WHOLE ISLAND) WITH LOCKERS, SHOWERS , BAR .WELL EQUPPED GYM, EVERYTHING YOU NEED IS THERE.
THE MAIN RESTAURANT ISN"T THE BEST IN THE WORLD CULINARY SPEAKING (ALTHOUGH THE SERVICE IS FIRST RATE), BUT THATS NO GREAT CONCERN AS THERE ARE ANOTHER SIX RESTAURANTS ON THE ISLAND TO TRY-PLUS ROOM SERVICE (A LIMITED MENU, BUT VERY TASTY)
Really Nice Place
My wife and i went to Kuramathi Village in feb 06 for 1 week. On first arrival the place does look stunning, Infact breathtaking! its a nice welcome after a very long journey. Our room was lovely (Delux room). The aircon works fantastic, it does need too!. The water is warm and clear as you would expect. Snorkelling is great, but its hard to get out to the channel if you go during low tide.
Food was very nice, there is always a choice even if you dont like the ala cart menu, there is always Pasta, grilled fish and grilled meat every lunch and dinner time. We are both a little fussy with food and had no complaints at all during our week.
As others say on here watching the rays being fed is well worth the walk, its amazing to see, the guy who feeds them is a bit strange though!, he is always looking at the cameras and not what he is doing. The black tip reef sharks that cruise along the coasts are great to see, but dont worry, they are very nervous and will not get close.
Now the negatives, RATS!, we saw too many of them! mainly around the bar area at night time, also running up the trees, I have been to the maldives before although it was another island,and never saw them. That minor problem aside, the island is gorgeous we both loved every minuite.
Why visit Kuramathi?
1.It is not an intimate island. There are three resorts with a taxi traversing back and forth. This means:
(a)If you want a drink when on the beach you often have to walk 15 minutes to your room.
(b) You cannot get a drink from the bar as you cannot use your all inclusive anywhere on the island, but only in the resort closesest your room.
2.The Bungalows are set back from the beach, many set in a kind of Semi Circle Shape. This means:
(a) In most Bungalows you cannot walk direct from your bed to the beach without crossing a path.
(b) The verandas are out front. This is far less intimate as your veranda faces about 10-15 others, and you sip cocktails with many other people walking past on the path directly in front. On most other islands the front of the bungalow is set on the beach and the path is set behind, meaning you have privacy.
3.Entertainment. Three resorts means one lot entertainment each night when the other two do not have it. If you are all inclusive you will not be able to use your all inclusive in the resort that has the entertainment that night.
4.Beach beds are a problem. There are none, which quite frankly kind of makes the idea of a beach holiday to relax a little pointless.
5.Socialising, again not so intimate. On a smaller resort you get to know many people after the end of the week. You go to one bar and know you will bump into someone you know. This is not often the case on kuramthi as there are far more places to spend the evening.
6.We went looking for Paradise, but found a couple had brought 6 children with them screaming and shouting as we lay on our towels (No Sunbeds).
7. People Booking after May beware. Out of 6 days in rained non stop for 4.5 of them.
We spent 6 days at Kuramathi Coconut Village in May 05, having been on another resort the previous year. One day was spent at Gatwick due to the 30 hour delay to our Monarch Gatwick Flight.
Kuramathi Village, Maldives
"To keep it brief, this is a place you must visit."
You really have to see it to believe it, I could go on about it all day, simply amazing. Go, see for yourself.
"Ohhh, lazy days!!"
Isn't this what life is all about. Fantastic. :-)
Well what a way to wake up every morning, just step out of your room into the clear blue sea, ahhhh, the pictures don't do it justice, it really was paradise. The sunsets were fantastic. Shame I can't fit the whole photo album on.
down near reception at kuramathi village
sunset at kuramathi
I've booked to go to Kuramathi Village for 2 weeks (21 August - 5 September0. Has anyone been there. I would be interested to know what your experiences are.
thanks advance for any replies.
RE: Kuramathi village
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Went there a year or two ago - great place - you'll love it. Anymore info required, you can email me.
Weather in Kuramathi Village in December
Please can any one tell me what to expect from the weather in the Maldives in December??? Thanks
RE: Weather in Kuramathi Village in December
The weather should be just fine, November - February is the premium season.
BTW if you have not booked already, you may want to look at great rates for Kuramathi Village:
I go to rashdoo atoll, to kuramathi cottage club resort.I would like to know what is the hotel like and what about the activities, and all the information can get about it. I would like to know about the island and the activities, and at last, if anybody can tell me how the weather is going on now, because I will go on the 1st of october for a fortnight. thank you very much
Re: kuramathi cottage
Take a look at my maldives page (www.virtualtourist.com/m/33427/6c1/ ) it is all about Kuramathi cottage club and has lots of info and photos-have a great holiday!