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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:23 pm Reply with quote
Debra
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Location: County Durham
This was our third holiday to the Maldives, after Meeru in 2008 and 2010 but we wanted to visit another island this time.

We chose Kuramathi partly because of the select all inclusive option which enables guests to eat at any of the restaurants on the island. Also we booked with Kuoni, via Blue Bay Travel, the agent recommended this island and informed us if we booked a beach villa we would automatically be given a room upgrade to a deluxe beach villa. These are positioned close to the sand spit at one end of the island in a quieter area and are right on the beach.

We were very happy with our room 347: comfortable bed, nice bathroom, lovely outdoor shower, sunloungers on the decking and another pair of sunloungers which could be positioned on the beach as we liked. There's only one small downside of DBVs - they are semi-detached and have a connecting door. We could hear our neighbours' music, snoring (!) etc., but then again you spend so little time actually in your room it hardly matters.... Our room boy, Hussan, was excellent. He kept our villa extremely clean and even left us little (and not so little surprises) on our bed (see photographs).

Food:
We ate in our allocated buffet restaurant, Farivalhu, just for breakfast and our allocated waiter, Abdullah, looked after us very well and always had a smile for us. On your first visit you will be allocated a table and we found the food here to be fine but sometimes it was a little disappointing when, for example, you asked for a poached egg only to be told the "poached egg man is not working today"!

Our villa was closest to the Reef restaurant and whilst we were there it was being extended - both in kitchen size and a brand-new sitting area was constructed. We loved the food here and staff were very friendly and attentive.

The Palm, Tandoor Mahal, Siam Garden and Barbeque restaurants also served excellent food. We especially enjoyed the Indian and Thai buffets even though this was towards the end of our (3 week) holiday and by then we were getting to the stage of not being able to face any more food! The Siam Garden is in a particularly lovely location, quite central, and surrounded by lush foliage which gives the impression that you're in the middle of a jungle.

Snorkelling:
As a novice snorkeller I thoroughly enjoyed the reef at Kuramathi. There are channels and markers to follow out to the reef and it is a wonderful site to see all the coral and hundreds of fish. You can hire buoyancy vests from the Dive shop if you're not a confident swimmer.

Sunset cruise:
This is a lovely trip - you sail just off shore, the crew hand out glasses of champagne which you sip whilst you watch the sunset (we saw a pod of dolphin which made it even more special). A crew member came round taking photographs of couples which was a lovely touch.

Stingray feeding:
This is thoroughly recommended: pick a table nearest the area where the feeding happens, order a cocktail, wait for sunset, and then at 6.30 p.m. a man in a wet suit with a bucket of fish arrives and wades into the water with the sting rays. The odd shark, fish and the ever hungry heron turn up too. It's an amazing sight.

Bars:
Our "local" was the Laguna Bar with it being the closest to our villa. We were well looked after there and had an especially great night when The Wood, local band, were playing. My husband and I would like to say a special thanks to Manjula for taking the time to talk to us and for translating when talking to our new friends from Italy. Also Upul, Nilantha, Thushara, Catherine and Andy were also a joy to meet and we can't thank them enough for making our holiday extremely special.

To sum up. We did get bitten the first week. Mosquitos seem to know you're a new arrival and try to ruin your holiday as the bites are very irritating. However, once we had a bit of tan (and we were lucky with the weather as it only rained once during the day throughout our three weeks there), they seemed to leave us alone!!! The sand spit is amazing - we would walk up after breakfast when there was no-one there and it was lovely. At sunset there's always a bit of crowd but it's still extremely beautiful. Went to the spa once for a henna tattoo and this was a very pleasant experience. Will be go back? I think so. We've loved the Maldives since our first visit in 2008 but what makes Kuramathi special is it's so pretty, it was a joy to walk from one end of the island to the other and the staff go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your holiday.

Thank you Kuramathi.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:40 pm Reply with quote
Casey Jones
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Location: Cumbria
Thanks Debra.

This report brought back many memories for us as we went to Kuramathi in May 2010. A very beautiful Island as you say & very big for a Maldivian Island but the beauty of that is the many restaurants & bars..a great choice. The Thai was one of our particular favourites also..an amazing setting.

The resident band The Wood are awesome. I know they used to do some chill out stuff at the various other bars on different evenings, but when they were together performing on the main stage rock n roll till 2am..brilliant!!

You can have a read of my trip report from Kuramathi HERE if you wish.
Thanks again.

Casey Cool

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 5:34 pm Reply with quote
Debra
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Location: County Durham
Hi Casey/Gary

I read your report before we went - it only confirmed that we'd made the right choice, and we knew that Kuramathi would turn out to be a close rival to Meeru!

Just to let you know they seem to have solved the problem re: lack of hot water as our villa, at least, had solar panels on the tank - we never went short of hot water.

As with Meeru, it's the staff who make your holiday special. We met some really friendly people on both islands and we can't wait to return to paradise again in the near future....

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 5:42 pm Reply with quote
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Debra wrote:

Just to let you know they seem to have solved the problem re: lack of hot water as our villa, at least, had solar panels on the tank - we never went short of hot water.


That's good. To be honest I think it was just teething problems with the newly refurbished villas. They were totally stripped out & remodeled with new fixtures & fittings when we were there so all good now Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:38 pm Reply with quote
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Lovely Photos Debra, thanks for sharing them.

I looks a lot larger than Meeru which seems nice. The gardens look really nice and so does the reef.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:36 pm Reply with quote
AlanB
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Location: Sandhurst , Berkshire
Hi was good to read your review as it does bring back some good memories for us after our visit in 2006. it is a beautiful island and I believe it has now been changed to just the single resort rather than the 3 when we visited.
We loved the cocktails which where part of the AI package and especially the Kuramathi special mixed by one of the bar staff , Would like to visit again sometime once we have been back to Meeru again in 2012.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:57 pm Reply with quote
LittleAlex
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Thank you for sharing, great report!! we are now really considering going there for our belated honeymoon... Although Meeru is still VERY tempting Smile

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