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We stayed in a pool villa on the island and it was truly beautiful, something that you would never regret choosing.
spacious inside, inside bathroom and outside shower & your own pool & outside day bed & jacuzzi.
paradise on earth. (photos on my homepage at present)
The island is your hotel!...
The island is your hotel! Kurumba is one of the bigger places with about 200 places for guests. You can't believe that walking around, the only time it was crowded was around diner time. We often had a beach to ourselfs. Everything is clean and the people are real friendly. You have your own waiter during the time you're there, we had Ali. There are several restaurants where you can eat at night so you don't spend your entire vacation in the same place for every meal. The beach, clear water, beautiful fish, sun, palm trees, what more do you want?!
Brilliant Hotel in Maldives
This hotel was outstanding. The service impeccable, the pool area was out of this world and the rooms amazing - beautiful flowers and spacious and exceptionally clean (also 5 metres to the beach). The hotel is 15min by boat from the airport. There are tennis courts, curio shop, deep sea fishing and scuba diving activities, gym etc etc etc and 3 different restaurants on the little island (can walk around the island in 15 min) - you really don't need anything more. Service was outstanding. The rooms were just beautiful. The pool area (and extensive cocktail menu) is so beautiful you don't need to go to the beach.
We had not been to the Maldives for 8 years and were really looking forward to our break. We chose Kurumba because of the short transfer time as we were only going to be away for a week and didn't want to waste time waiting for a sea plane.
The transfer from the airport is short - about 10 mins on the hotels boat. As soon as you are on board you are given water and cold towels and just sit back for the ride to the island.
Kurumba has had a facelift over the past 2 years and you would never know that this was the first island in the Maldives to accept tourists, over 20 years ago. Our room (a deluxe bungalow on the beach) was great. Large bathroom with 2 sinks, shower, bath and outdoor shower, a good sized bedroom with day bed and a slate floored porch with another day bed - get the impression that this place is relaxing yet?!
The food was much better than we had anticipated, especially for a buffet. There was variety every night and nice touches, like the laksa that could be made to order and then finished yourself with a variety of spices. We stayed on a half board basis and used a credit to eat one meal at the Ocean Grill restaurant. My Sea Bass with Tamarind Sauce would have graced the menus of most London restaurants.
Snorkelling on the reef requires crossing the shallow lagoon and navigating a path over some coral which given the depth of the water can be tricky. Best snorkelling and easiest access to the beach is to swim out from near Room 180. It's worth the effort as the vast kaleidoscope of colours that meet you is amazing. We saw a variety of fish including a couple of baby sharks and stingrays.
Kurumba is close the airport and so you can hear aircraft taking off (though not landing) but if like us you live in London this is not a new experience or one that stops you feeling refreshed and relaxed within 48 hours of arriving.
The hotel is well appointed, with a good standard of food but really set apart by the staff for whom nothing is too much trouble - I would recommend this place and will be going back - it would be rude not to!
My husband and I had our honeymoon at Kurumba in September 2004 and had an amazing time. The resort was fantastic, we stayed in a Deluxe Bungalow, and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. We loved opening the curtains in the morning and seeing the sea, what more could you want?!
We stayed on half board so dined at the main restaurant where breakfast and dinner are buffet style with dinner offering themed nights with a number of different dishes. As it was our honeymoon we also received a complementary candlelit dinner on the beach. We were made to feel like the most important people in the world, nothing was too much trouble and the food was amazing. The staff throughout our stay were charming and courteous.
The sea was perfect for snorkelling, and you didn’t have to go far too see it all. We stayed in Barbados last year and we’re told the snorkelling was brilliant but it didn’t come close to that at Kurumba.
The beach bar was fantastic and the food was also lovely. When the weather permitted we loved to sit on the decking outside that sits over the sea. From there you can watch the fish, stingrays and baby reef sharks while you drink, after a lazy day on the beach and in the sea it was the perfect way to end the day.
Didn't want to go home
Just returned from 7 days in Kurumba - flew Heathrow/Doha/Male with Qatar Airways. Having read awful reviews of Doha airport the transfer went very smoothly. It is a small, v.busy airport with horrendous queues for toilets - transfer early/late in the day when less busy. Qatar airways to Doha was the better service with good leg room. We found Kurumba to be a high quality resort. We had rooms 224/225 which were bungalows with the sand/sea just a step away from the door. Rooms 200-250 have the best aspect on the island looking out over the Indian Ocean, other rooms did look out over the industrial parts of Male and the airport. Service excellent - food good but is expensive. Found eating in the Neptune Cafe just as good as the more expensive restaurants. Not for those looking for a "Robinson Crusoe" holiday but if you like luxury this is for you. We did the Sunset Cruise excursion -this is expensive for what you get, but having said that we were lucky enough to see dolphins - would have been very disappointed in this trip without seeing them. Snorkelling good off the reef beware of coral, best to go at high tide. Best holiday all round ever had.
You may want to go somewhere else
My Wife and I went to Kurumba for 8 days of our honeymoon having travelled and stayed in Hong Kong for the previous 7 days.
We are now reasonably accomplished travellers to the Maldives having stayed on 2 other islands - Vilu Reef and Nakatchafushi (since renamed).
The Maldivians greet you the same on every island, the attention to detail in meticulous, the little touches here and there. Kurumba is not special in this respect - they're are all like that !!!!!
Here are our genuine thoughts on the island
Huge island - you'll never get the Robinson Crusoe experience here, hundreds of staff - even more guests when full
Large ships and tankers anchor up nearby dominating the view
Frequent jets overhead as the airport is closeby - great for transfer time but dreadful for the getaway experience
The capital city Male with it's industrial backdrop easiy viewed too
We went to the bar one night and saw a Drag Queen singing (seriously) - we turned around and went back to our room
If you want a smoochy island for a couple forget it - people and kids everywhere!
Accomodation was good but nothing special just block and rendered bungalows that didn't open out straight onto a beach. None of them do and you will have 3 or 4 immediate neighbours. Retirement village sprang to mind !
Food, activities, staff, restaurants were all good ( but then they are on all of the islands!!!)
If you are the stereotypical person from say Southend who has paid for a Maldives holiday you'll love it - it you want an exquisite experience on a tropical island away from everything - forget it. Our best advice when it comes to the Maldives is to steer clear of the places with the shortest transfer time from the airport as these will be larger, noisier and not have the views. When you have spent so long getting to the Maldives surely you can give another hour or so to transfer to your idyllic island.
Forget all the fabulous staff, great food blah blah comments - all the Maldivian Islands are like that but some are just what you imagine them to be, fabulous little islands in the middle of nowhere - real mini-paradises, Kurumba sadly is not.
I have taken the time to write about this 4 years after we went and I don't normally write reviews - but this put a blot on my honeymoon and it took 3 days to transfer us away from this horrible island.
We chose Kurumba for our honeymoon for two weeks in February-March. Well what can I say, good choice!
The island is beautiful. Mature coconut palms sway in the breeze and the gardens throughout are glorious. The coral sandy beaches are a bit special, (although be careful for sharp pieces of coral on the sea bed). The sea is crystal clear and shallow out to the coral barrier. Tame fish approach you and swim around you when you go for a swim. Snorkelling is excellent; we spotted a camouflaged Peacock Flounder and numerous other strange creatures in the deep surrounding the island.
The deluxe bungalow we stayed in was around 30 feet from the beach and facilities within are excellent. The four-poster bed is large and comfy. The bathroom is smart and well appointed, his and hers sinks, nice touch. Excellent shower, enough room for two! Air-conditioning is a godsend, especially in February, with temperatures around 32-35 degrees and very humid. The evenings are barmy, very warm and humid. The clear night sky is incredible for star-gazing.
If you want great gourmet food then Kurumba is for you. We went B&B; the choice of food is outstanding. We tried all the restaurants, Indian, Chinese, Lebanese, Tapayaki, Italian, Ocean Grill, Buffet and the Beach bar. Food is exceptional, especially lobster at the Tapayaki, which we ate at 4 times. Our honeymoon meal - sitting next to the ocean with a bottle of white wine and a whole platter of amazing seafood, lobster, tuna, prawns, scallops, crab and more. Unforgettable.
Prices for food are reasonable; we were eating out for around $75-$100 per night. Drinks are a little bit more expensive, a 440ml glass of Carlsberg draught beer is $8 (£4.72) and the cheapest bottle of red wine is $30. $10 for a glass of sparkling wine and the same for cocktails. A service charge of 10% is included on all dry and wet sales. The Mini-bar is way over-priced so we avoided it except for water.
As for excursions we went on the Champagne Sunset Cruise, cruised with dolphins the other side of the Full-Moon island and the settled back with drinks and nibbles as the sun subsided. It’s worth doing and very romantic. Another trip was on the snorkelling adventure. They took us to two uninhabited islands with coral reefs, one near Bandos. The sights below are something to behold. The array of marine life is staggering and simply unforgettable. Our guide said turtles swim these waters but alas not when we were there.
The only negative things I can say about Kurumba is that Male airport is very close; you can see and hear planes fly right over (although strangely/luckily not at night). This concerned us at first but after a day or two you don't notice it too much, if you're after no shoes no news holiday then you will be somewhat disappointed. Secondly mosquitos are a problem, my wife and I were bitten around 45 times between us even with insect repellent on!
But lastly but no means least the thing that really makes this place are the people. Nothing is a problem for the staff of Kurumba, everyone smiles and chats to you. They all seemed genuinely happy that we choose their island for our honeymoon.
A very special place and one that will live with us for a long time. Hopefully one day we will be lucky enough to go back...
I have just arrived back from 8 day holiday to Kurumba with my Mum.As all the other reviews say it was wonderful. The rooms were beautiful, the beach and island is absolutely pristine. The food was always good and the staff are so lovely. Everyone is so nice. Really nice mix of tourists too, not so many English people, there were people from all over the world. I was slightly worried there would be very little for me to do in the evenings but the bands are great in the water bar, you cant complain dancing in the moonlight over looking the sea! There was even the added advantage of some hunky US Officers turning up and a few saucy Italian Pilots all very keen to meet the English girl on holiday with her mother!
This was just what i needed, ultimate relaxation, you have to try the Hot stone massage in the Spa, i had it 3 nights in a row! Unbelievable.
Will definately return. Alex the hotel Manager is lovely and deeply dishy. All in all a fabulous holiday. I wouldnt fly with Air Srilanka again, you have to change at Colombo, far better to get a direct flight.Planes were very old and tatty.
A perfect island of Paradise for absoluetly anyone with any taste.
Loved it x
"Views on Kurumba"
We visited Kurumba April 2005, never having been to the Maldives before, we didnt know what to expect, but it was wonderful and we thought we were in paradise. The people were so helpful and friendly and the snorkelling we did was out of this world. We saw dolphins on sunset cruise trip which was amazing.
We only hope we can visit again one day.
A Dhivehi phrase that we picked up "Pahoong anani" (I will return)
Jane & Paul
"Beaches and things"
Beach on Kurumba
"our room welcome"
When we arrived in our pool villa this was waiting for us it was so lovely..
Can you please help i am going to Kurumba Maldives August 2005 for my honeymoon and although i have been told its fully operationall i want to know will it still be the same as before and if there has been any damage from the tsunami, is there a knock on effect e.g disease
If anyone has been there expereince would be welcomed
Re: Kurumba Maldives
The Maldives is still a paradise
I am sure you will have a wonderful time.
Re: Kurumba Maldives
Your a Lucky man. Kurumba Maldives is fully operational and there is no change in the outlook of its newly built buildings. I was in Krumba Maldives Yesterday. Its wonderful and fully operational. Its occupancy is even one of the highest even as at today.
Wish you a wonderful holiday there. looking forward to hear from you when you are in Kurumba Maldives.
Am thinking of booking Kurumba for our honeymoon next October but have found relatively few reviews. Anyone been??
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I've been to Nakatchafushi or some similar spelling!
I will be adding a page on it sometime , but if you like snorkelling the Maldives are almost unbeatable. The weather is not 100% predictable but try eg
for an overview.
Powerful trick is just go to eg.
and type in Kurumba
I got 1000+ back!
Re: Kurumba, Maldives
Reviews will probably only start trickling through now because it's not long reopened after a huge refurbishment, including some fantastic pool villas.
Try tripadvisor.com if you haven't already, and also try calling Kuoni, they are pretty willing bunch, and did a big article on the newly opened Kurumba, so someone from the organisation is bound to have visited and can give you the finer details.
On another note, one of the staff members at Taj Exotica where we went used to work for Kurumba but was head hunted........ he said the service at Kurumba was very good.
anyone had stayed there? what about the private villa?
Stayed in Kurumba in 2004 in one of the two (at that time) Pool Villas. They are absolutely fabulous. Brasilian hardwood flooring, four poster bed with white linen. Lounge area with satelite TV. 8' private walled garden with four poster day bed, wooden steamer style sun longers, private pool with spa(hot tub). Outside shower and bath (beneath canopy).
Karumba is a great island - close to Male. Individual Italian, Chinese, Steak restaurants. Two pools, gym, tennis court and great staff! I recommend taking the trip to Male. You can pick up some supplies of things they don't have on the Island - Milkshakes etc for a fraction of the price in the Restaurant. Stick with the guide from the hotel. If you don't the locals will follow you every where from the moment you land. The guide will get you off the boat and into the town where you can break away on your own. infact he was so interesting and helpful we stuck around with him 9and i'm not one for guided tours!)
Have a great time