Kurumba Village Tourist Resort Hotel, Male
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Beyond Expectationsfrom marquis
We arrived following a 10 hour flight with Thomson,which was excellent.Pay the extra and fly in the premier cabin,it is well worth it.After we cleared customs we were met by the hotel staff and taken to the jetty where we boarded the hotel's speedboat.Within 5 minutes we had seen a dolphin,and within another 5 minutes we had arrived.First impressions were WOW!!.The lagoon that surrounds the island is crystal clear,and I mean crystal clear and the sky is that blue you only see in the brochures.After checking in we were taken by buggy to our deluxe bungalow.WOW!!.Right on the beach.The bungalow was fantastic.The bed was huge, and the bathroom was enormous,his and her sinks,two showers,one outside, and a large freestanding bath.Fixturs and fittings, first class.While still on cloud nine,we went for our first swim,I think it was fifteen or was it sixteen steps from bungalow to water.
Things just got better as the week flew by.We stayed on a full board basis and we ate in the main resturant.The food was superb.The choice was endless and the service was brillant.The staff were extremely helpful and always smiling.
On our third night we went on a sunset cruise for two hours.Unfortunaltley we took so many photo's of dolphins that played around our boat we ran out of film and had none left for the breathtaking sunset.
Snorkling in the lagoon was great fun and the fish very friendly,we even named one 'nemo'as he always popped out of his little coral home when we came by.
On the last day we were having a drink in the bar overlooking the lagoon and just guess what we saw, baby shark! What a way to end the holiday.
As with all holidays there can be negatives.We wanted to go on a organised snorkling trip which was avaialble on Monday or Wednesday's.We arrived on the Monday so that was out,and on Wednesday they cancelled the trip as they needed a minimum number of people on the boat.That was a huge let down.So, if you book any trips always double check to see if it is confirmed.The drinks are expensive, but bear in mind these people have to import everthing,so prices are bound to be higher.
Could write for ever about this holiday,it was our best yet and we have already started planning next year's trip.
Great holiday,great island and great people.
Just stunning but...from CaroleQ
The only (quite big unfortunately) drawback is the location. Being close to Male you can hear EVERY plane taking off and landing in Male as well as all the small ones island hopping. There are stone walls (there I am sure for a very good reason) all around teh island and they do spoil your view a bit. Also, it is difficult to swim at low tide as they live a lagoon about 1m deep.
We are experienced divers and really enjoyed the different sites nearby. The scuba centre staff is very friendly, experienced and the equipment is in good condition.
If planes don't bug you it's a beautiful, well catered island.
Best holiday destination...hi Yvonne!!!from linny.b
Must say hi to Cara! Hope you had a great birthday!!!
Fabulous!from A TripAdvisor Member
Kurumba in Novemberfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Was OKfrom A TripAdvisor Member
response to June 25th postfrom nickwill
Just my 2 cents for what it is worth.
Fantastic but....from CheshireCat1471
If you want fantastic food, both in the main restaurant and the 9 others, beautifully appointed rooms, especially the bathrooms, exceptionally attentive staff and luxurious surroundings then this is the place for you.
Maldivians are particularly welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. It's obvious the island has recently been upgraded and decorated as everything looks new and is very clean.
The food is the best hotel food I have ever tasted, anywhere. They take it very seriously, with a huge number of chefs. I agree with a previous comment that whilst they have other restaurants there (Chinese, Indian, Italian, Lebanese, Pizza, Fish, Sushi Bar and snack/coffe shop) the choice in the restaurant is astounding and delicious. They also feature the other restaurants in themain restaurant on different nights, so even if you don't go you'll still get to sample the food. We did go to a couple and would definitely recommend a visit. I would also recommend the dinner on the beach for couples, it's really romantic. You have a marquee for two decorated with lights and flowers with your own waiter for the evening. You pay for the food and drinks you have and it's only $25 for the tent.
The rooms are large and airy, and the bathrooms are wonderful with his and hers sinks, bathrobes etc and very tastefully decorated.
However, if you want a remote hideaway island, with intimate thatched bungalows, not many people, no kids and a natural reef around the island, then this isn't for you.
My husband said I was being particularly picky, but all of the rooms were tiled roofs with rendered walls and there were far too many crammed onto one island, even if you are in a bungalow. Don't get me wrong they are still very attractive but not authentic, which is what I was after. When we stayed the island was only half full, I would not have liked to stay at full occupancy. Even the staff say it's too much and there are too many people. Unless you stay in a pool villa or above the rooms are the same inside. The basic (superior) is the same size as a bungalow, the difference being the superior rooms are in a block of 4 and have 2 large single beds pushed together. Whereas the bungalows are detached and have a four poster bed, but worth the extra money. You might also find it cheaper to upgrade your room when your there as opposed to booking it in the UK. To upgrade from a superior or deluxe room to a bungalow was $50 per night, per room, which was cheaper than when we looked when we booked it.
Also we were disappointed with snorkelling as there weren't that many fish, unless you swam quite far away, as on previous islands, but maybe it was just when we went?
Overall, we had a fantastic time but I would prefer a quieter island.
As for the reviewer from Singapore, I think he must have gone to a different island!
Excellentfrom A TripAdvisor Member
I would definately recomend it to freinds and family. I'm sure if we came back we'd try a 'no news no shoes' island but this was a good first base- especially is your not used to travelling aound the indian ocean.
Complaints only come from people here if it's not their cup of tea it does not mean there is anything wrong with the place- and if that bloke couldn't see the universal resort board right outside the airport I suggest he goes to specsavers!! ALso if he didn't receive a warm welcome perhaps he should give a walm reception first- the people here are first class if you treat them with the respect they deserve!!
Karumba is fantastic!from Shuttersonthebeach
There is a choice of seven restaurants, which are all of a very high standard. There is also evening entertainment if you want it. Personally, I would highly recommend the spa. You and your partner can opt to share the same treatment room which is very romantic. There are also a number of excursions that you can choose from; my personal recommendation would be the sunset cruise.
The best thing about being on the Island is that even at full occupancy, it never feels like it. The layout helps a great deal. You will rarely see more than a handful of people when you are soaking up the sun.
All in all, I found this Island to represent tremendous value for money, given the cost of some of the other resorts, which from what I've seen don't have an awful lot more to offer!
Top Local Tips for Male
Snacks Either bring snacks and chocolate with you if you need them, or go on a Male trip early on to purchase - very limited options at resort at very high prices.
Departing Male Airport Use the Business Lounge at Male airport - it costs about £12 per person but is well worth it for the comfort, peace and aircon!
short transfer After long journey from Heathrow via Dubai the few steps from plane at Male to the boat & 10 mins on boat beffore arriving at Kurumba was very welcome.
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- Address: North Male Atoll - Male - Maldives
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