sun,sand & snorkelling!
Excusions off the island are somewhat limited
The most relaxed ever
You are in the Maldives so it is a bit criminal not to have a peek underwater, it's so lovely down there!There is a dive centre on the island so you can learn to dive there or dive, dive, dive if you are already qualified.The house reef is very good. There is even a small wreck near the jetty and this can be done from shore. The Kuredu Express is a...more
There is a spa on Kuredu and it looks fab. The treatment rooms overlook the sea and have a real luxury feel about them. So if you feel like a bit of pampering, then go fo it.A word of warning: prices are on the steep side. Probably slightly more expensive than in your average London salon.Example in Nov 09: full Swedish body massage was $96.more
Go definately for snorkelling. It is an experinece you won't regret!!!And if you fear of "tsunamis", I have to inform you that Maldives Island generally have an anti-tsunami protection due to their coral structural. When the tsunami struck, no one of the snorkellers or divers where harmed. In all of Maldives, only about 150 people where lost due to...more
The BeachWe ate here on my birthday and it was very yummy. I had mussels as a starter and boiled maldivian lobster as a main course, which was well worth the money. Service was brilliant.The BonthiAlthough we had an excellent meal at the The Beach, when we go again we will probably just stick to the Bonthi which is the restaurant for the Beach...more
When you are staying in the Beach villas, as we did, you have a set restaurant that is yours as far as all inclusive goes. There are others that you can pay extra for - but why bother unless you have a really special occasion.The restaurant we used was reasonably varied day to day, with various themes being chosen throughout the week. One day would...more
We liked going to the pool bar in the evening and relaxing on the loungechairs while looking into the ocean and swallowing as much rum as possible.The Akiri bar is also nice, a very romantic atmosphere. Comfortable chairs grouped in 2s or 4s around little glass top tables with oil burning lamps. Nice memories of a couple of afternoons there...more
Between the two restaurants for the beach bungalows and villas is the Babuna Bar, a massive area which has a stage and recreation area for games, loads of tables, and of course the bar.Evening entertainment mostly consisted of various live acts from nearby islands singing their hearts out. Now, I'm not one for commentling on other cultures music,...more
There are two ways to get around the Island of Kuredu.
1. In your bare feet
2. In your flip-flops
Might I suggest the former, but carry the latter with you for the sharp corally bits on the north shore.
The only supply shop in Kuredu which is also the internet shop, I found to be quite expensive for just about everything. A little disappointing as there was the usual display of souveniers that we would have liked to bring home.
Items of decorative jewellery are not marked to indicate whether thay are turtle shell or such like so you have no idea whatyour buying other than the prices are high.
Internet is relatively cheap although you are warned that the time is for while you are at the computer and not whilst accessing the internet and several times the connection was very slow.
Be aware that the Maldives are a 100% muslim country. Any religious items that do not pertain to the muslim faith will be confiscated at the airport. You are prohibited from bringing alcohol or pornography into the Maldives (this may include magazines that show partial nudity but aren't necessarily classed as pornography).You can be fined if you...more
Just a thought - at certain times of year there can be a problem with airborne insects such as mosquitoes etc.
We visited Kuredu in October and there was nothing airborne, but there were hundreds of sand-ants.
You cant feel them until it's too late - so get that repellent on! The shop on the island does a bottle of repellent and sun-screen in one. Well worth buying some!
The majority of the accommodation is located approimately 10 to 15 minutes walk away from the restaurants and bars. You are not permitted to take glasses out of bars ( they will not provide paper or plastic cups). So if you are relaxing on the beach at your bungalow and would like a drink you have to go to the bar or use you mini bar and this is...more
Although in some shops in the airport you can buy the same souvenirs they sell in the resorts for a lower price, the food was very expensive.Make sure you eat a big breakfast the day you leave. We had a very small breakfast and then headed off to the airport. We had a few hours to wait before our plane left. So we did the usual bought cheap liquor,...more
Most of the time we were barefoot, even in the general restaurant as sand is laid everywhere. Some areas get a little spiky so carrying a pair of sandals/flip flops is recommended but try it first as everyones feet sensitivity is different. We brought various items to ward off the mosquitoes, so either we were very lucky or the plug in and...more
Very light, breathable clothing. We didn't leave the island and the gift shop had a very limited toiletry section.We brought Immodium AD instants (which we used once each). Plenty of sunscreen, and aftersun lotion.Headache tablets (incase of hangover). underwater camera and film, a must!!!! mosquito coils, insect repellent (deet based)The only...more
If, like me you are interested in astronomy, and you have only ever seen northern skies, then this is a good place to dip you toe in to the delights of the southern hemisphere.Being so near to the equator means that the pole star almost sits on the northern horizon, giving you half a sky that you've never seen before.Add to that the fact that the...more
My favorite thing about Kuredu is the feeling I got when I looked out into the ocean. Everyday it was just as beautiful an exciting, it is the most amazing place I have ever been.
As if it isn't already perfect enough, we got the Him n' Her massage......pure bliss. For $130 for the both of us we used the jacuzzi for 30 minutes, we were massaged together in a candlelit room for about an hour, after the massage we went back to our room to relax and we were sent a bottle of champagne (which we drank on the beach). Well worth the money.
Fondest memory: Weather:
Even though we went in the rainy season, the weather was gorgeous. My husband and I both had enough sun to turn ridiculously brown. When it did rain it was short bursts and then the sun was back out and luckily it mostly rained in the middle of the night.
One of my favorite nights was walking back to our bungalow in the pouring rain from the babuna bar. I suppose it is what you make of it.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Kuredu. I think they have set up the resort perfectly, with just enough choice to make each day a little different but not too much going on that it seems commercialised. I loved the island way of life and didn't miss the computer or watching tv one bit.
My husband and I miss Kuredu dearly, it truly is paradise and an experience I ( we ) will never forget.