I stayed 3 days at the beautiful Four Seasons Kuda Huraa, on North Atoll. Instead of a sea bungallow I chose a Beach Bungallow with Pool.
The bungallow was right on the beach, just steps from the sea, on the susnset side of the island. We always enjoyed an amazing sunset!
It was huge, with an outside shower as well as an inside tower and a large tub enough for two. The pool was right in front of the bedroom and we had a large deck with sunlounges, table and a "bale".
Service, as always in the Four Seasons chain was second to none, just excellent. Many restaurants, good food, amazing breakfast and many facilities.
An amazing "spa island" you could reach in a short boat ride from the main island. This resort was destroyed by the tsunami and was totally rebuilt , having reopened again in October 2006.
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If you are tired of city life, try Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa has named Jamie Jones to the position of Executive Chef at the 106-bungalow resort situated in the turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of India.
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If you know the excellent service given by Four Seasons worldwide,you are just in the right place to pamperd yourself.
This Maldivians dance called 'Bodul Baru'. The dance move consists mixed of Arabic and Hindi.If you lucky enough, you could watch in the city in Male or in your resort.This pics was taken during our Opening staff party in Fourseasons Kuda Huraa.
There is a small whale or boat to/from Kuda huraa and Bodu huraa.If you miss a Dhoni from Bodu Huraa,you could take a boat ride from Kuda huraa. price range around 2USD.
We stayed at the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa for 5 nights in late May. We were lucky not to have any rain during our stay. The water is clear and blue and really does look just like the pictures. We flew from Hong Kong to Singapore and then on to Male. After we met the FS staff, we had to wait a few moments for the other guests to get through immigration and then we went to the boat, which holds about 18 people. The boat ride was no problem and we were quickly checked in at the lobby when we arrived, even though it was midnight. (The resort keeps its own timezone -- resort time is set at 1 hour later than Male time.)
In short, we had a great time. But, I know that I look at the reviews and want to hear about any negatives to manage my expectations, so...
We were on the sunrise side and, as other reviewers commented, the foliage is not entirely grown in so there is not as much privacy as one might like.
When we arrived there was fruit, a small cake and bottled lemonade in the room waiting for us. Since it was midnight when we arrived, we left it for the next day. Unfortunately, the next day, the lemonade was gone after the room was made up.
One night we had to wait 2.5 hours for our dinner at Reef Club. It seems there was some mix up, but no explanation was offered. Luckily this was the exception and service, especially by the Maldivian staff, was excellent.
The shaded chairs on the beach do not belong to any specific bungalow. These cannot be reserved and are on a first-come basis. Some beach bungalows have an umbrella and chairs close by, while others have a larger tropical looking shade. This can make things a little tense with the neighbors. If your bungalow has an umbrella but you'd prefer to sit under the tropical-type umbrella, you feel like you are sitting in "their" spot. At the same time, I can understand the idea that one would want to preserve the view and not have a beach full of umbrellas.
It is a coral island and the sand is not very soft -- bring reef shoes (or you can purchase them at the dive shop).
To summarize: the issues above were minor and we enjoyed the beach, the food was good and the spa was excellent.
Beautiful hotel not so beautiful food
We stayed at Kuda Huraa for the first 5 nights of our honeymoon. The hotel is absolutely gorgeous. We stayed in a beach pavillion - the rooms were amazing. Huge! The rooms have an outdoor shower and a nice plunge pool that faces the ocean. The bath tub is big enough for 2 plus people.
The service at Kuda Huraa is amazing. They are prompt with room service and attend to every deatail. However, if you are a scuba diver or an early raiser you should probably call housekeeping when you leave so the room is made up when you return. The first day we didn't and when we came back at 12:00pm the room was not ready. Overall, the rooms at kuda Huraa are probably the best rooms we have ever stayed in.
We are divers and the scuba shop was great. The staff was great - total valet service. It is very convenient. The dives were soemwhat shallow and vis wasn't so great (we went in the monsoon season). The dive profiles are somewhat easy - pretty shallow and not very challenging. I was worried about the currents and you don't need to be (at elast at this time of year).
The food at the hotel left a lot to be desired. The breakfast buffet was excellent - lots of choice. Room service, lunch and dinner were not so good. I am a huge foodie and the food here just didn't even come close to some of the regular bistros or cafes near our home in Los Angeles. Its very expensive and not worth the price.
The spa is one of the most peaceful spas we have visited. The rooms look out over the water. There are adjoining changing rooms with a steam room and outdoor shower. Perfect!
Really, the other islands near by are not an imposition. The rooms are large enough with enough outdoor space that you don't really notice the other islands unless you are on an excursion or diving. Yes, the water ways around the island are busier than some of the more remote islands in the maldives but the service is so great you don't notice.
A dream come true
Wow!! We've stayed in many five star resorts all over the world and I must say that this was definitely in the top 3!!
The personalized service, the attention to detail and the way the guest is treated like a king, made our stay at the Kuda Huraa a truly unforgettable one.
The only downside I would say is the cost of everything. Everything is charged at a very high rate, from the food to the diving, drinks etc. so bring heaps of dollars with you. Also, you are kind of forced to eat at the hotel. The excursions to Male are in the late afternoons and last for about 3 hours so you hardly have any time to even walk around and see the city properly. It would have been nice to be able to spend an evening in Male and eat at a 'non-5-star' restaurant for the 'local' experience.
Anyways, one of the best resorts ever and we are going back in a month!!
A little piece of heaven
My husband and I really needed a short get-away so we jumped on the Resort's 4th Night Free promotion.
2 weeks later, we were flying into Male airport on a close-to-empty night SIA flight from Singapore. As always, service onboard was superb. If only they had a day flight, then we could get to see all the terrific atolls as we landed!
Immigration at Male Airport was slow, but not unpleasant. Luggage out by the time we were cleared.
Greeting from Four Seasons staff was prompt and we were asked to take our seats nearby as we waited for other guests to exit Customs. That took quite a while but the night breeze reminded us to chill. Finally, we were shown to the waiting Four Seasons speedboat, our luggage loaded on, life vest fastened, given cold towels and water by the young and attentive crew, and off we went, in the near pitch-black, for a 25 min ride to paradise!
We were met at the main jetty by Juliana, Director of Public Relations and several other staff. Check-in was quick and gracious and a cold tropical drink later, we were on a golf buggy ride to our Water Bungalow 305! Again, I wished so much it was day so we could really get a feeling of the island, but even at close to midnight, the place looked magical. (The water bungalows are located at the far end of the island, so you'll be buggied past the entire stretch of resort/land accomodations).
Our Villa - totally rebuilt after the tsumani (as much of the island was), it 's just like what you see on the resort's website - only better! How does one describe the sublime view of endless tranquil ocean provided by the floor-to-ceiling windows as one lays in bed? The cool, night breeze and the gentle lapping of the waves from the spacious deck to the side? Everything in the villa was first-class and beautifully thought and laid out. We loved the huge plasma tv but never turned it on when the ocean outside was forever changing and taking our breath away. We loved the 3 showers, the amazing toiletries, the idyllic lighting, huge tub, walk-in wardrobe, private deck! We were in heaven!
The morning light brought the whole island into perspective and it was even more beautiful than we imagined! Below our villa, in the crystal-clear water, one could see lots of colorful fishes, 2 baby sharks, and even schools of cuttlefish going about their way!
The Restaurants -
An expansive, varied and utterly delightful breakfast buffet can be had at the Cafe Huraa, located next to the infinity swimming pool. A spread totally worth getting up for! Alternatively, you can also have breakfast brought to your room. We were delighted the service staff remembered our names from the first time we were introduced and always addressed us personally throughout our stay! (Even the buggy staff knew where we stayed! Fantastic!) The Cafe also serves up Asian/Western cuisine for lunch and dinner. Loved the al fresco setting and maldivian thatched roofs!
Baraabaru Restaurant - their signature fine dining Indian restaurant! Open only for dinner, it even has its own tandoor bar!
You will dine on the outdoor deck, built over the sea. Expect to return many times for the excellent cuisine and service!
Reef Club - was stuck by lighting and a burnt-out shell the time we were there. Their pizzas were temporarily served up poolside and they looked real good. It's since been rebulit.
Sunset Lounge - My husband played billards with one of the young staff while I chilled. Located near the open-air lobby and overlooking the jetty, it's a fabulous place to people watch!
In-Bungalow Dining! We loved it! Not only do they deliver your food on the dot and piping hot, they practically serve you! Available 24 hours a day, the menu caters to every taste and they will also cater to any special requests!
Other inpromptu dining - we were surprised by the staff that occasionally came by as we lazed on the deckchairs and offered us complimentary home-made fresh fruit popsicles and local coconuts in addition to the ice-cold water and facial spritzes. That was a real nice touch!
Activities - lots to be had but we only took a boat out once to the House Reef. Again, fantastic service from the crew - they anti-fog your masks, guide you snorkelling, and hand you cold towels and drinks when you return to the dhoni!
Spa/Surf School/Gym - didn't go
Kuda Mas Kid's Club - too old
Resort Shop - loved it! Was there everyday and never left empty-handed. There's good things to take home too from the Spa Shop and Watersport Centre Shop.
What we absolutely loved!
The Explorer! Every Monday, the 129 foot, 3-deck catamaran comes home to Kuda Huraa for a few hours. Guests can go for a tour of the vessel - and make sure you do!!! We are already making plans for an Explorer getaway!
The relaxed, beautifully-landscaped with frangipani blossoms, bougainvillea and coconut trees little Maldivian-village-like island of Kuda Huraa. We never felt too isolated, yet close enough to our guests and staff for complete privacy. (FYI - Staff ratio on Kuda Huraa to Guest ratio - 4:1, talk about service!)
The Daily Resort Activites - from sunrise to sunset, you can do something different everyday should you choose to. From a sunrise kayak to surf talks to yoga and dolphin watch cruises - take your pick! Don't ever worry about what to do here!
Visiting Landaa Giraavaru - a short seaplane ride away but a world apart from Kuda Huraa.
Snorkelling right off our water bungalow! Plenty of friendly fishes especially around the Reef Island. Water was always calm, warm like a giant bathtub! Amazing for asia, no sea bugs! We were in the water morning, noon and night!
The Kuda Huraa Staff - warm, genuine and all so proud and happy with their work. It was so hard leaving the island cos they really made us feel like family. From Tom (General Manager), Kim (Director of F&B), Mohammad (Cafe Huraa), Ram (Director of Rooms), Martin and all the amazing staff, a big Thank You!!!
Not forgetting the wonderful and brilliant Juliana, who took time to play host to us as she juggled with press visits and photo shoots - we are so very grateful for your hospitality! You are a Gem!
We will return soon, and thats a promise!
Last tips - bring reef shoes and binos! Enjoy heaven!
A real gem in the Maldives
We stayed two nights at this resort before and after our stay at even nicer FS LANDAA GIRAAVARU (FS LG). This resort is very nice yet suffers only from its comparison with FS LG. It is actually located in a very busy and commercial area south of Male. There is a great deal of construction and not so nice looking scenery nearby yet the resort does a good job at concealing it once you are on the island. This is a VERY small island and you feel rather cramped compared to the FS LG. Our villa was very well done. The finishes are up to Four Seasons standards. The staff is very competent and friendly. The management is very attentive to detail and helpful. The private plunge pool at the villa is great as is the architecture as a whole. The villas are packed in pretty tightly and some are very exposed to the narrow beach. It is best to find one that has more greenery and affords more privacy. The chairs in front of your villa on the beach are actually not yours but may be used by anyone so you can look our your villa and see people 30 feet in front of you and vice versa. This is a major design flaw and another reason to make sure your villa is more secluded with lots of greenery! The main pool is nicely laid out and you can see the crashing waves in the distance. The food is excellent. At present, there are no ceiling fans in the main outdoor restaurant which is another major design flaw. However, we were told some were forthcoming. The other smaller restaurant on the tip of the island offers a nice vista and excellent food. The common areas are nicely appointed. There is no free public access internet! IT IS A SHAME THAT YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR INTERNET ACCESS AT A FOUR SEASONS!
Although this is up to Four Seasons standards, you may feel a bit claustrophobic after a few days. This is a place to stay for a few days before heading onto the FS LG. In some ways, you feel as if this is a big marina in a busy port. You can see the villas on the next island which is just a stone throw's away. The spa is on a separate little area but is also right next to a very busy boat traffic area. I cannot imagine it will be a tranquil place for a treatment. Despite its drawbacks, this is still a fine resort. Just don't expect to experience that remote island experience.
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Hilton Maldives or Four Seasons Kuda Huraa ?
Hello all, I am planning a trip that includes a few days in the Maldives but can't decide on which resort to stay, the Hilton Maldives or the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa.
Has anyonde stayed in one of these or can give me any insight?
Thanks in advance
Re: Hilton Maldives or Four Seasons Kuda Huraa ?
When are you going? I have been to Hilton before and found it unbelievable and am booked to go at the end of June but I just received information from the resort that they are renovating one of their restaurants, wine cellar and some other areas May- July 11th. Mostly it will be internal so not noisy or disruptive but the restaurant which is being renovated is the most romantic with a deck over the water and was our favourite. The afternoon tea venue will not be available either ( second level balcony where you watch the sunset and sip high tea, reminiscent of a grand plantation style building.) - another favourite.
I am not sure whether to go now because everyone will be crowded into the main restaurant for every meal so some of the appeal of quiet exclusivity will be lost. Otherwise, the Hilton experience would be hard to beat.Can forward the info from the resort if you wish.
I am going for a honeymoon in Maldives and looking for a hotel which would offer the best value. I was either looking at the beachfront bungalow at fourseasons, beach bungalow at Taj Exotica, lagoon villa at Taj Coral Reef, Banyan Tree, Angsana, Makunudu Island. I would appreciate any help at these or any other places you would recommend. I would prefer not to do a seaplane transfer but a dhoni or speedboat transfer from the airport.
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Avoid Makunudu. Full review here: http://tinyurl.com/tlq7
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definitely go for four seasons kuda huraa or banyan tree... they're the best for an unforgettable honeymoon...
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We went to Makunudu and had a fabulous time - fantastic food, great bar.
Very rustuc feel, only 36 rooms and a very personal feel.
Not a hilton style bug chain feel - so it depends what you want. We wanted rustic Maldivian charm and it was just what we got.
Only negative was the catamaran - in need of some TLC!