Kurumba Village Tourist Resort Hotel

, Male, Maldives
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Kurumba Village Tourist Resort Hotel

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North Male Atoll - Male - Maldives Hotel Website | 442324
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Beyond Expectations

from marquis
If you require no news,no shoes and total isolation then read no further,the Kurumba is not for you.If you don't mind hearing the odd aircraft fly over, or seeing the odd luxury yacht sail by, or trying to name other islands that you can see,then you will love the Kurumba.
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
My boyfriend and I spent 1 week on Kurumba and stayed in a Deluxe Bungalow. It exceeded our expectations. Our room was just huge, with very high ceilings and very luxurious bathroom. The staff can't do enough for you and the rooms are very well looked after.
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
Went for 4 weeks in December, loved Kurumba. 6th time in the Maldives and definately the prettiest, cleanest island I have visited. Took our two children aged 10 and 4, who did not get bored and had a wonderful time. Food was unbeatable so if you like a good variety of food this island is ideal. Drinks were a little more expensive than other islands. Staff were wonderful as always. Russel and Nikki are fab in the kids club. Christmas was fantastic, the food was great and the entertainment was well worth staying up late. Had a great time and would recomend to anyone. You must visit Kuda Bandos which is a nature reserve and amazing for snorkling. There are golf buggies on this island which is a great help if the kids are up late and you need a lift back to your room. Anwar and Shukath in the shop are great fun and Lewis the bar manager is fantastic with the kids.
Must say hi to Cara! Hope you had a great birthday!!!


from A TripAdvisor Member
We have just come back from Kurumba. It was fabulous, the island was half empty which made it great as we had our own section of beach outside our room where most days only saw the odd couple walk past. We took our 5 year old daughter who loved it. The shallow lagoon and pool were perfect for children and we used the kidz club a few times which was great. The fact that it was near the airport mean't no big transfer time and the planes are only occasional and didn't bother us. Although you could see Male it added interest for us and our room was the other side of the island. This was our first time to the Maldives and we picked it with our daughter in mind. Lots of facilities to make sure you don't have to worry, they even have a resident doctor. Perfect for families, the staff are the warmest, loveliest people I've met and love children. The service was second to none. It was my birthday whilst we were there and they made me feel very special with lots of genuine little touches. I also used the water sport facilities which are run by a concession company and were not quite the standard of service of the hotel but learn't to waterski anyway and mean't that if you get bored easily lots to to.

Kurumba in November

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just came back from the Kurumba - stayed in a deluxe room just 5 meters from the waters edge. Overall the hotel was fantastic - being close to Male has a number of advatages such as transfer time although you dont quite get the isolated feeling. The facilities are fantastic especially the restruants. The best aspect of the hotel are the staff who are fantastic. Hope this helps.!!

Was OK

from A TripAdvisor Member
We just returned from 14 days in the Maldives, 7 in Kurumba and 7 on another island. The rooms and facilites are all very lovely, very deluxe, food is good. So on paper this is a wonderful hotel. The problem is that you don't have the get away from it feeling that you should have when you are in the Maldives, you are so close to Male that you always have air traffic overhead, tankers either going by or parked out in front and can see the city very well. I would rather have been a bit further away from Male even if it meant giving up a bit of the luxury.

response to June 25th post

from nickwill
Just wanted to add my 2 cents about Kurumba. We stayed there 3 years ago and went in March. I don't think that Kurumba is in the same league as Banyan Tree or Angsana Resorts.Kurumba should not be rated as 5 star. In any case we thought the house reef was excellent. Getting out to the drop off was easy and lots of big fish out there.The water was crystal clear. The only thing i did not like was the fact that we could see industrial islands and big tanker type ships in the horizon. Maybe the water was not so clear for you in June because it was the monsoon season.
Just my 2 cents for what it is worth.

Fantastic but....

from CheshireCat1471
Having already been to the Maldives (it's our favourite place in the world!) we were really excited about going back. I checked on Tripadvisor before going and was disheartened by the reviwer from Singapore as I really wanted this holiday to be perfect.
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!


from A TripAdvisor Member
Are in our tenth day of our holiday and can't fault it. I can only say that the people who write bad reviews don't like this sort of island it's fairly busy with 400 staff, business conferences, air hostesses staying over etc but there is still a good mix of couples (esp honeymooners) and a few families. To say all this we sat by the pool today and there was only another three couples there. It's close to the airport and capital (on the horizon) but I don't mind that although we did ask to change rooms to get a more solitary view- it was no problem. The food is fantastic esp in the chinese and ocean grill. The drink prices are about the same as back home.
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
We stayed at Karumba in July for a week and had the most amazing time. The accomodation is luxurious and very well maintained. The rooms are tended to at least twice a day. The staff on the Island are extremely friendly, helpful and courteous. They take great pride in their Island and it shows.

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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