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Amazing experience and hospitality
We had an amazing and very pleasant experience. The amenities were perfect. Everyone was so nice and welcoming, especially the room attendant Rati Kanta and the kitchen manager Ah need, who was wonderful and very attentive to our dietary needs. They remembered us and have sure everything was eyeing all the time. It might be expensive but truly worth the money.
Better than last visit.
We have just returned from a ten day visit to Kurumba during which I kept saying to my partner Alison - why didn't you book it for three weeks? Now there are a thousand and one reviews on TA regarding Kurumba so just believe me when I say all of the good things said are true and not exaggerated and the negative comments are purely personal taste. Yes there is a lot of aircraft noise but that doesn't bother me so don't let it bother you - just go there. Actually, I quite like watching the aircraft go by so there is an example of personal taste for you. Anyway, I am not going to repeat what a thousand other people have said about Kurumba and I am just going to tell you what happened to us during our stay and that will tell you just how good this place is. We stayed during January 2020 and this was our second visit - the first being 2017 and we thought then that this place was total paradise so you can't improve on it and we knew exactly what we were going to receive on our second visit. How wrong we were! After the journey from hell - Dubai airport was temporarily closed the previous evening due to thunder storms of Biblical proportions which flooded the runway so there was a back log - we were greeted on the jetty by a Kurumba representative who shook my hand and said "Welcome back to Kurumba - please follow me" A young lady then ushered us into one of the electric carts they have and drove us to our room to check us in - in our room. Great start after many delays left us wondering if we were ever going to get there. As we were also celebrating Alison's birthday Kurumba had left a few little treats in our room - some apricots, dates, nuts and some delicious chocolates. Thank you! On the day of Alison's birthday nothing was said but we had booked an evening meal in Thila and when we arrived they were ready for us with a "happy birthday" and please come this way. The table was decorated with beautiful flowers and two complimentary glasses of champagne were swiftly delivered. The meal was followed by a verse of "happy birthday" from the waiters and small but adequate cake was presented to Alison. Brilliant - thank you! We then went for a last drink at the Kandu bar and then disaster struck. I had bought Alison a small Pandora bracelet and put four charms on it and while we were sitting in Kandu Alison realised the bracelet had become undone and all four charms were missing. I told her to stay where she was and I went back to Thila to look for them. Anwar - the manager helped me and we found two of them but assumed the other two had slipped down between the boards and into the lagoon below. On our way back to our room we called into reception to thank them for the brilliant birthday celebrations and to say if anyone found a couple of Pandora charms and handed them in we would be eternally grateful. The following day we received a message to say that one more charm had been found by the guys at Thila. Furthermore - to continue the saga - we were having dinner at the Isola restaurant the following evening and a lovely Japanese lady called Miho came and introduced herself. She had been the duty manager the previous evening and had been told of our disaster with the Pandora charms. While we were tucked up in bed, Miho had gone to the Thila restaurant, had a word with Anwar and decided the missing charm was in the lagoon. So what did Miho do - she jumped into the water with a flashlight to look for it ! What can I say...that is way beyond the call of duty. I can not think of any other place in the world where the duty manager will go for a midnight swim trying to locate a missing Pandora charm. Thank you Miho. Over the course of our second visit to Kurumba, we came across Miho quite a few times and let me tell you that she is so enthusiastic about making people happy you will only have to meet her once and you will never forget her. Miho is like a bottle of champagne - when the cork comes out everything around you begins to fizz with lots of excited bubbles! Oh hang on - I forgot to mention that on the day of Alison's birthday - after another hard day on the sunbed - we returned to our room to find the bed decorated with flower petals. That evening - after the disaster with the Pandora charms - we returned to our room to find the flower petals had been replaced with a multitude of flowers and the message "Happy birthday Alison" written with green vines. For that we have to thank Ravi who was our house keeper and an absolute delight whenever we saw him. Here is another subtle change at Kurumba that we can only smile about. There is a wine tasting event held in the lagoon at Athiri One which has now turned into a welcome meeting for new guests and what a brilliant event it is. Please go to it and have a drink served by the happiest bar tenders I have ever come across and more importantly - meet the team who are there to make you smile. All of the managers are there - activity, spa, promotion, divers etc. Also the two men we never saw on our last visit - these two guys are new I hasten to add - the general manager Andrew and the executive chef Janne. Mady the M.C. for the event encouraged us to seek them out if ever we want anything. These subtle changes have improved Kurumba beyond measure. All of the management team are highly visible - especially Janne the executive chef because he is constantly moving between restaurants - all day long - and he will come to you to ask if everything is fine. I don't think he ever walked passed us without stopping and so by the end of our holiday we were damn near on first name terms and I have got his personal card should I wish to call him before our next visit. This place just keeps getting better! So one morning as we stepped out of the Vihamanaa restaurant after breakfast there was Janne on his way in. "So how was your breakfast - was everything OK?" Yes Janne - it always is. Anyway, Alison really likes oysters but Thila doesn't do them tempura style which is how she really likes them. So Janne - while we've got your attention - have you ever thought of doing tempura style oysters because Alison really likes tempura style oysters. We got the standard Kurumba answer to all inquiries which is - well of course, you shall have them tonight. The chefs at Thila are very good but I rather think they had never done a tempura oyster before because as we sat down and ordered our meal Janne appeared and went into the kitchen. The kitchen has a glass wall and you can watch all that is going on. At the end of our meal Janne appeared just to check - how were the oysters? Just like Kurumba Janne - absolutely brilliant ! Andrew the general manager will not walk passed you without exchanging a few words but on the occasions when it does happen it is because he is already speaking to somebody else. The moral of the story is - if you want to see the general manager or the duty manager just ask. If there is a dish you like but can't find at any of the superb restaurants at Kurumba - ask to see Janne and if he has the raw ingredients he will personally make it for you. This place is heaven - so get used to it ! We spent the rest of our time there basically having fun with all of the boys and girls that work there. Because a place like Kurumba needs diversity about half of the permanent staff are from all around the world so I don't know how many languages are available at Kurumba but it's a lot. Janne the executive chef is from Finland - Andrew the general manager is half Swede half Thai (that's a powerful cocktail) and Miho is Japanese. We began by learning their names (they wear name badges so it is easy) and then we started asking them where they were from and how do you say thank you in your language. Their primary function is to make you smile - make you happy - so we wanted to make them smile and smile they do when you say thank you in their native language. Honestly, we had so much fun learning "thank you" in Nepali, Indonesian, Thai, Maldivian, Sri Lankan, Japanese, Arabic, Filipino, Bangladeshi etc. They make you smile so make them smile and smile they will if you just learn one word - thank you ! So a thousand thanks go to Andrew, Janne, Miho, Sasha, Farrah, Noor, Fardoush, Hillary, Bandera, Jessica, Anwar, Panicha, Ahmed, Nur, Allina, Jamil, Khan and Ravi. All of those aforementioned beautiful people made our stay at Kurumba total heaven but I would just like to give a big shout out for Ravi for his artistic decorations on our bed and for keeping our room in the best condition, for Panicha who couldn't stop smiling at our attempts to speak Thai and to Sasha for mixing brilliant cocktails - for brilliant service and for great conversations. I know eventually - when time allows - Kurumba will read this review so we would just like to say thank you for a brilliant holiday and with no word of a lie we are already making enquiries for a return visit in 2021. See you then !
A++ super super vacation!
Everything was perfect: from the rooms to the exotic beach! The staff is excellent always available, nice, polite, welcoming and the service they provide is perfect! Special thanks to Rohan from Athiri bar and to Nazrul from the beach. Nazrul made amazing art from palm leaves for our child! He is a very good person and he deserves the best! The food was excellent in all restaurants and the spa was 100% therapeutical! We will definitely return! Thank you, kurumba for this perfect holiday!
We are a group of friends on a Maldives tour and our first stop on the trip is Kurumba. We chose this location as we wanted to start off nearby the airport as we did not wanted to relax after a long international flight and lots of connections. It was the perfect choice. Shortly after getting through immigrations, we were already feeling welcomed and relaxed on the island. We spent 4 days here and now we are on the way up north with a sea plane which we are also very much looking forward to. The team here could not be more helpful and always did their best to look after us. Plenty of choice for food and must say that the food in the Arabic restaurant is particularly delicious. Loved it here!
Will be back for more
Stayed for 3 nights in a pool villa and had an amazing time. Chose the property due to its location and proximity to the airport. Perfect as it’s so easy to get in and out. Granted the scenery has changed over the years as the nearby airport and islands are being developed, but it’s all good. It’s the people who work there that make it a special place. Came for business this time, but will certainly be back for some relaxation on the next trip. Recommend the dolphin trip, and the seafood restaurant.
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