Kuramathi – A paradise of choice for all
Kuramathi Maldives has been a favourite island of ours for many years; an exciting mix of incredible food, friendly service and fantastic facilities. We decided to delve a little deeper and pick the 10 reasons why we love it so much.
1 –The food
From the simplest snack to the most elaborate menu, there will be something at one of the 12 restaurants to match any craving. If staying on Full Board or All Inclusive, you dine at one of the 3 main restaurants, each offering a delicious, ever changing buffet with live cooking stations and an array of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Select All Inclusive is definitely the option for foodies. The package includes a selection of wines and you can dine in all of the 9 à la carte restaurants for something a little more special. If you love your seafood then try The Reef and for fine dining make sure you visit Duniye. Other themed restaurants include Italian, Thai, Indian, Japanese – the choice of where to eat is incredible.
2 – The villas
All of the residences on the island are decorated in an understated Maldivian style that exudes relaxation. You could add some indulgence to your stay by opting for a villa with Jacuzzi or go for some extra space and unwind in the spacious Deluxe Beach Villas with Jacuzzi. There are also some new gems in Kuramathi’s crown as, in 2016, the resort opened some stunning new villas that added to the wow factor on the island. Lavish water villas with incredible views; 2-storey beach houses perfect for families; and the chic water villas with private pools for the ultimate sense of Maldives luxury.
3 – Perfect for families
The choice of rooms and activities at Kuramathi makes it a great choice for a family holiday. For the kids aged 3-12, there is the Bageecha kids club where there’s a range of exciting activities that changes daily – the treasure hunt on Fridays is a real adventure for little pirates. But the kids don’t have to be in the kids club to have fun, there are loads of fun and educational activities for the all the family to get involved in, not to mention adventures in island's Semi Submarine
4 –So much to do
Kuramathi has created a really diverse activity and excursion programme. From visits to local islands to submarine trips and music parties; not to mention the gym, tennis court and 3 pools on the island. Of course, the lagoon is perfect for a snorkelling adventure and you may see some incredible marine life such as turtles, manta rays and reef sharks. A favourite way to enjoy the evening for us is the cinema under the stars where you can relax in front of the big screen whilst stretching out on the beach.
5 – Arrive from above
Although many prefer to sit back and enjoy a bracing speedboat transfer, an insider tip is to indulge and step on-board an awe-inspiring seaplane flight from the airport. Look down over the stunning archipelagos and try to catch glimpse of some of the larger marine life – it’s certainly not a time to forget your camera. Setting down on the water, you will be greeted on the wooden jetty that stretches from the white sand and stands over the unbelievably clear lagoon, allowing you to see vibrant coral and colourful tropical fish.
6 – The space
The Maldives islands are often thought of as remote beach resorts but Kuramathi is much larger than most. This extra land and the clever design using the dense forest of the island give it a real sense of space and a great place to wander. So many guests come back and tell us that it never feels overcrowded and it’s not unusual, at some points, to feel like they were the only ones there.
7 - Renew your vows
Kuramathi has become increasingly popular as a place to give a special blessing to your marriage and renew your vows. Whether you want a big celebration at the beach gazebo or a more intimate ceremony on the stunning sandbank (a seemingly endless stretch of white sand going out to sea), the resort is a wonderfully romantic location to reaffirm your love.
8 – The Spa
A visit to the recently renewed Kuramathi Spa will add to your spirit and feeling of tranquillity. A space of harmony built amongst the lush vegetation at heart of the island, Kuramathi Spa offers a wealth of treatments and programmes to soothe and relax in an incredible setting. The water pavilion overlooking the lagoon can be used for couple massage for igniting extra romance.
9 – The watersports
The draw of the Maldives for many is the beautifully blue lagoons that surround the islands. Aqua Sports offer Windsurfing, paddle boarding and water-skiing and are the first water sports school in the Maldives to offer RYA certification. For those thrill-seekers out there parasailing and speedboat-pulled inflatables are also on offer. For those looking to go deeper, the experts at Kuramathi’s dive school have been delving into this part of the Indian Ocean for almost 25 years and will know exactly which of the 20 local dive sites will be perfect for what wildlife you’re seeking.
10 – The sustainability
Learn more about the Maldives at the eco centre, headed up by the resident marine biologist who will both entertain and educate about this unique part of the world. An advantage of having a marine biologist working on the island is that they can join you on a snorkelling trip and point out the most interesting residents of the ocean.Kuramathi is very focused on the environment and has many initiatives, like the coral reef protection programme and hydroponic garden, to look after this fragile eco system. Drinking water is also filtered and bottled on the island.
A Kuoni holiday is about those ‘wow’ moments that make it stand out from the average and we think this is exactly why we have such a great relationship and have worked with Kuramathi Maldives for so long. For those seeking peace and tranquillity, for those wanting a family adventure, for those wanting indulgent romance; for all, a paradise awaits.
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