So earlier this month I went on a dream vacation to the Maldives. I’ve been searching for a resort that’s eco-friendly, where I could experience marine wildlife without interfering with its balance. I also recently learned that if sea levels continue to rise, the first country that will no longer exist due to sinking would be the Maldives. However, the country is one of the least-polluting countries on Earth, which made it very easy to produce less waste and appreciate the environment as much as possible. I had been researching for weeks and then I came across Kurumba Maldives. I was really impressed when I began reading reviews for the island resort as I literally could not find one that was defamatory in any way. All previous guests to the resort wrote very similar things about what makes Kurumba such a great place to visit. Their hospitality was top-notch and it’s clear to see that each and every guest was attended to and catered for. Below is my complete review of my 6 nights on Vihamanaafushi with Kurumba Maldives.
Kurumba is actually the first resort to be built in the Maldives, beginning in 1972. Although the resort doesn’t boast any water villas, they definitely aren’t behind in the resort game. This is probably due to the incredible service, location and excursions that are provided here. Kurumba is only a quick 10 minute boat ride from Malé airport, which I found really important as I wanted to make sure I spent some time exploring the mainland and local Maldivian culture.
For as long as this resort has been running, the décor of the rooms is clean, sleek and relatively contemporary. We stayed in one of the Deluxe Beachfront Bungalows, which run along the edge of the island, giving you a morning view of crystal clear ocean and sunshine. At 74 Sqm, the bungalow has a feeling of luxury isolation. The bathroom was to-die-for, featuring a stand-alone tub right in the middle, an indoor and outdoor shower, and a double vanity.
Where do I begin? Every moment spent here was a highlight. From scuba diving, snorkelling, dolphin discovery cruises and even a Maldivian cooking demonstration, Kurumba will make your vacation the highlight of your year. Below are some images from the beauitful Veli Spa, where I had a full body massage that left me feeling weightless.
Just to make sure I get this out there, Kurumba have 8 different restaurants on the island, providing a wide array of cuisines to suit your taste buds. On our second night there, we were invited to a hosted progressive dinner. For those who don’t know what a progressive dinner is, it’s when you go to a new location for each course of the meal. So we began in the Japanese restaurant, where we ate vegetable maki rolls, papaya salad and they even brought us in some hot and cold mezze from the Arabic restaurant next door. We then moved onto Thila restaurant where we ate beetroot risotto and finally to the Italian restaurant, where we were given a whipped coconut cream dessert that was showered with tropical fruit.
Our room was kept so tidy day in and day out, the staff were always so aware of whether we had enough beach towels and whether there was any sand on the floor, which would happen almost every day considering we were living on the beach.
Service was extraordinary, one thing that I absolutely loved was the big bottles of water that were delivered to our room every morning.
Will I be back
If I ever come back to the Maldives I’d definitely like to try out some new resorts but I’ll always have a place in my heart for Kurumba and I will definitely have to make a return.
Prices at Kurumba for 2017 start at US$369 for a Superior room on BB. Luxury round trip transfers from US$80 per person, including Taxes and Service Charge. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or +960 6647393. www.kurumba.com