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Kuramathi Island Resort, Maldives

Kuramathi Maldives, October 2009One of the largest islands in the Maldives, Kuramathi Island Resort is a must-visit for families and couples seeking a fun-filled tropical island adventure. 

Set in Rasdhoo Atoll, in the South of the Maldives, Kuramathi offers a naturally Maldivian holiday experience to suit everyone from honeymooners to families. Forget your heels and glamorous frocks, Kuramathi is all about getting barefoot, kicking off your sandals and going back to nature. A relaxed, traditional Maldivian resort.

Not only is Kuramathi one of the largest islands but it was also one of the first to welcome guests back in the 70s. Whilst a lot has changed on the island over the years, there are still many areas across the 1.8 km which remain untouched.  However, the unique feature of the island which sees guests returning time and time again to visit is the long, powder white sandbank that stretches out into the lagoon – possibly one of the most idyllic spots in all the Maldives to watch the glorious sunset.

Unlike many resorts in the Maldives, Kuramathi is an island full of choice. Offering a wide range of villas (9 room types in total), numerous dining experiences and diverse facilities from water sports and diving to tennis and the gym, it has much more on offer than you’d expect. It is a laid back, carefree island, ideal for families and those who like an active holiday.

We were lucky enough to be staying in one of the spacious and elegant water villas. These have to be the ultimate in Kuramathi experiences – complete with all mod-cons, a large two-tiered decking area, jacuzzi and steps into the lagoon we couldn’t fault a thing. It is the perfect spot to enjoy panoramic views of the Indian Ocean  and soak up the sun from the comfort and privacy of your own room.
There are seven different restaurants to choose from on the island. You will be assigned your main restaurant depending on your location on the island and this will be your destination for breakfast each morning. if you aren’t full board then the choice is yours for lunch and dinner and what a choice it is.
On our first evening we ate at the Island Barbecue. Select high quality meats are cooked to your desire, complemented with traditional barbeque side dishes and matured fine wines. Set right on the beach, with views out to the sea and the infinity pool, this chic restaurant also offers a selection of island grown organic food. However it was the Reef restaurant which really impressed us – an intimate restaurant, situated on the beach along the narrow stretch of the island. The speciality has to be the fresh catch of the day from Maldivian waters. Cooked whichever way you like, your catch of the day is served with a variety of sides. Simple yet superb. If it’s available, we highly recommend the Red Snapper. Other restaurants include a Thai restaurant, Indian restaurant and pizzeria. Whatever your tastes, there’s something to suit all. And if you’re staying for 2 weeks you’ll never be bored.
There are three bars on the island but for a relaxing pre-dinner drink head to the Sand Bar or Laguna Bar for an exotic cocktail complete with panoramic views over the lagoon. At Laguna you can also watch the nightly stingray feeding. Many of the bars also feature entertainment throughout the week and all stay open until the last guest leaves.
Water sports, snorkelling and diving are big features of the island. For the more adventurous, the hammer head shark diving is amongst the best in the world. However if you’re a little less of a thrill seeker opt for a snorkel safari along a nearby reef to spot local clown fish, rays and if you’re very lucky a black tip reef shark, we promise they’re friendly. Excursions are also available on a traditional Dhoni or catamaran.
For those looking to relax and unwind head to the tranquil spa located near the main pool and gym. Each room is catered for couples with two massage beds. Lie back, relax and listen to the waves crashing against the shore.
As a family friendly island, childcare facilities are top of the agenda. Bageecha, the kid’s club at Kuramathi has a great team of professionals who will keep little ones entertained and occupied whilst you have a little “me time”. Little ones can enjoy nature walks, treasure hunts, marine life lessons, movie nights and more. The hard part will be getting them to leave the kids club at the end of the day.

All in all Kuramathi is a relaxed, fun-filled island. The all-inclusive, family friendly aspect of the island may not suit everyone, especially those seeking the ultimate romantic break and looking for a little more luxury. But for laid back types seeking variety, great value and a lively island break – Kuramathi couldn’t be more perfect. Need To Know:

  • Rooms There are 9 grades of room. From affordable Garden Villas through to a more luxurious Water Villa.
  • Facilities Spa, DVDs, boutiques, gym, 2 pools, tennis, water sports, dive and snorkel centres, eco centre, medical centre, 9 restaurants, 6 bars.
  • Check-out Noon, but flexible subject to availability. Check-in, 2pm, or earlier if available.
  • Children Children of all ages are very welcome. Kid’s club and baby sitting services are available.

Kuoni (01306 747008 or www.kuoni.co.uk) offers 7 nights on full board basis at the 4-star Kuramathi, Maldives in a garden villa, including flights with British Airways from Gatwick and group transfers in resort. Prices for December 2012 are from £1,632 per person, based on two sharing. To book please quote: MV174

For more information on rates and to book your stay visit Kuramathi.com.

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