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Being one of the largest holiday islands and one of the first open to tourism its now run like a pretty well oiled machine.i could go on extolling its virtues but instead will try and remember some of the lesser asked questions that i would have liked to have known prior to travelling.firstly the basic and select all inclusive.its a massive hike in price but as others have said its worth every penny.in terms of alcohol there is virtually no difference in packages but when it comes to dining they're worlds apart.the themed restaurants were excellent and the menu's especially considering its an island were fantastic.The select All Inc. allows you to eat in any of them and pick anything off the menus with just the odd meal carrying a supplement (Wagyu Beef and some lobster dishes).The select packages also offers a choice of about 20 wines Red/Rose/White from the back of the wine list.I understood (but don't know for sure) that travellers on the basic package were welcome to use these restaurants with wine by the glass and receive 20% off the menu price/bill.having to book at reception for an evening meal 3 days in advance was odd especially as the restaurants were nearly always half empty.you'll also find getting a bill to sign after every meal or visit to a bar unnerving at the start (we were generally $125 - $175 at lunch and $150 - $275 in the evening) but when you've got over the shock at the price you'll see $0 at the bottom.they claim to use this to assist with ordering stock etc.in terms of drink most spirits were branded.Vodka was Smirnoff,Absolute,Stolichnaya etc but the likes of Grey goose were available for $5/$6 supplement.our favourite restaurants was the 'Inguru' at the sand bank end for lunchtime and the 'Duniye' in the evening.the island is very lush,green and very well maintained and Mozzy sprayed twice a week.all the staff including the ones you wouldn't normally have regular contact with were polite.we had one of the 'lesser' rooms, a garden villa but it was fine and set on one of the better stretches of beach.tipping (in U.S.$) did go on to a limited degree but didn't seem to be expected and was always appreciated.The mini bars are NOT free,just a few sodas and 2 bottles of water a day allowance.All inc. beer was generally Carlsberg or San Miguel.DO pack your full face masks,they are not banned like some islands just not considered 100% safe but diving equipment is available free on the island (handy as i broke my full face) DON'T pack drones, these are banned as many rooms have open/outdoor showers.Don't bathe topless as the islanders are Sunni Muslim.Do be patient at the sand bank, everyone wants a solo photo at low tide.Do try and get on the semi submersible,it was finally fixed on our last day and well worth the $59 a head and were blessed with a pod of 40-50 dolphins seen from below and on the deck.i could go on, it was a great vacation but if you are on the point of booking then you really must consider your flight home times.its about an hour from the island to Male by boat and it only leaves TWICE a day (6:00am and 2:30pm) so you could be sitting around the airport for hours, you could consider booking a seaplane return to Male to better suit your return flight (about $175 a head) or to whittle away a few spare hours consider the brand new airport Lounge which is landside/pre passport. $27 a head,nice clean quiet air conditioned with cold sodas and modest well presented food.
I have visited many islands in the Maldives but Kuramathi has to be my favourite. It has the exact balance of being paradise and choice of facilities, restaurants and things to do. Amazing house reef, snorkelling channels and choice of excursions and water sports. The island for being one of the larger Maldives islands is so peaceful you would wonder where everyone else is, the beaches were quiet and the bars never overcrowded, always receiving amazing service. Select All Inclusive is 10000% a must – Select All Inclusive is worth every penny; we dined a la carte every day and evening only using the buffet once. There was so much choice with no restrictions; if I wanted to order 2 or 3 things to share it was all included. The select all inclusive option only seems to be used by the English market. Most German, Asian guests only use the buffet , so you found they were a little bit busier but the 9 a la carte restaurants were peaceful and not over booked, you were never rushed. The food was amazing with such extensive choices. This is very hard to find on other islands as a lot of other resorts you are just limited to a buffet. The island is tropical with trees and vegetation around, so yes you will get bug s and mosquitos,. Yes there might be a tree in front of your room but this gives the island the beautiful scenery of paradise. The island fog twice a day for mosquitos so we never had any problems. Entertainment on an evening, the great thing about Kuramathi is you get the choice of going to bar with a bit of an atmosphere and enjoying the band or dj etc or going to quiet place and enjoying the peace. We loved the band Antidote thank you to Jay for all our song requests. The sand bank on a night time is an amazing viewing point for the stars, there was a meteor shower over the time we were here and it was breath-taking, every night we were the only people there. The sunset is amazing from the champagne loft and sandbank, not many people went to the champagne loft as they thought it was extra charge but there are drinks included on the all-inclusive including cava by the glass. Kuramathi is so beautiful but one sad thing were the amount of people that looked at everything though there phones or sat in the restauraunts/bars not speaking to each other. Yes maybe you want to show off that you have been to the Maldives but enjoy the sunset through your own eyes and look at the fish when snorkelling not through your go pro, lock your phone in the safe and make some amazing memories. Kuramathi is a 10/10 for us and we will definitely be returning!
We spent a week in Kuramathi after a busy few days in Sri Lanka. Sea plane in from the airport was incredible. On arrival reception and staff very attentive with a cold flannel and drink. Check in takes no time at all and then your off on the buggy to your room. We had a water villa with jacuzzi. The room was so clean and tidy. Housekeeping work so hard cleaning your room twice a day. The food and specialty restaurants are all outstanding and need booking from the receptions. Electric buses ferry you up and down the island to the designated stops. We went on trips to see the manta rays and turtles and we were not disappointed. The guides and boat staff all professional and knowledgeable of the water and local areas. The islands very clean and tidy with postcard sea and sand. Paradise.
This was our 6th visit to Kuramathi. We have been to several other islands in the Maldives, but this is easily the best in our view. We were last here about 3 years ago, before the new build at the sand bar end of the island had been completed. It was interesting to see the new end of the island, but it was not to our taste. The buildings have a very contemporary feel which we thought was out of place on this island. My husband and I referred to it as "visiting the city". The good news for us was that plenty of people seem to like it, so guests seem to be spread out over all the island, making it feel quiet and uncrowded. Our favourite pool is next to the spa, there are plenty of sunbeds available and it is easy to relax and enjoy it. The very small pool attached to this main pool is no longer full of small children from the children's club as the club now has it's own pool. Bliss. We love the beautiful vegetation of this island, and we love how well it is cared for. The food is always good (we go basic all inclusive which is perfectly good for us), and we then buy the odd dinner in one of the a la carte restaurants if we fancy. When we first visited the island, most of the staff were very good, now they all are. Our room boy Hasan was fantastic, and all the bars and restaurants are well staffed and everyone is very efficient.. We noticed some other changes on this visit: there seemed to be fewer English people, more Germans and more Chinese people. This increases considerably the number of smokers on the island and also sometimes makes for a lot of noise. We also noticed that the coral is bleached and white, or crumbled away and in some parts non-existent. This in turn means fewer small fishes in the sea. We have always enjoyed snorkelling in Kuramathi but this time it was not so good. We went on the sunset cruise offered to all. We have been on this trip on other visits, but this time it seemed rather short, a bit perfunctory and the boat seemed to make a lot of smoke. Not so memorable therefore. We used to really enjoy the live music in the evening, but it seemed to us that there is not so much variety of music on offer, and we found the resident band a bit loud and noisy and relentless rather than musical. There are lots of choices for rooms/villas on this island. We like the villas at the reception end of the island, or the middle of the island which have a more traditional feel to them.
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Fantastic island, plenty of amenities, restaurants and bars, amazing snorkelling, fun activities and plenty of sealife. A wonderful holiday. I can't wait to go back. We enjoyed a lot of snorkelling, plenty of restaurants for a variety of dining options, casual place for lunch or icecream and amazing cocktails. Definitely a must to tick off the bucket list.
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