Newly Renovated Paradise
My wife and I stayed here for 6 nights at the end of September. To our surprise and delight the hotel had just re-opened on 9/15 following a year of renovations after the tsunami, which devastated many of the resorts including this one.
Everything about the resort was absolutely perfect from the very first impression. We were whisked away by speedboat from Male airport for a 30 min ride to the resort where the front desk manager immediately greeted us and looked out for us throughout the stay.
We stayed at a Beach Pavilion which was just right for two people. The highlights of the room were the awesome king size bed, fresh water plunge pool, huge bathtub (for two) and two showers including one outdoor. The interior deco was very contemporary with a Maldivian touch and of course untouched!
The service was impeccable. We had minor problems with the room (e.g. dead light bulbs) but engineering responded within 10 mins each time, with a smile. I happened to spend my b-day there and was greeted with a HAPPY BIRTHDAY at breakfast by the manager and waiters. The front desk even surprised me with a beautifully wrapped batik box with card.
The is nothing really, to do on the island besides sun-bathing, swimming, diving and just chillin. This is what a vacation should be like. We did venture to Male (the capital) but it was during Ramadan and prayer time so a bit quiet with no culinary delights. Shopping is OK but nothing authentic since everything is imported. This will be the best resort in Maldives as of November 1st The Four Seasons at Landaa Giraavaru will open. They will have an awesome activity where you can fly from Kuda Huraa to Landaa Giraavaru by sea plane and enjoy the facilities for one day. Also, they will have a program where you can spend 2 nights at Landaa, 1 night on the Four Seasons Explorer Cruise and 2 nights in Kudaa. This sounds adventurous but you may lose the chance to relax. Also Landaa requires a plane to get there and they will not transfer you at night. Keep this in mind.
Fresh water swimming pool. You NEED this. Don't consider a resort that does not have a fresh water pool. You will tire of the salt water even though it's so beautiful.
Fine dining at Italian, Indian and Chinese / Asian. Expensive but so is every resort in the Maldives.
Diving was great. Saw sharks, moray eels, sting rays and turtles!
I suggest place on the sunset side. You will never wake up for the sunrise.