Travel Blogs from North Male Atoll
... wanted money upfront, and we had been told stories of people being stranded on islands when their boats fail to return... Some negotiating from the men and we persuaded them to accept payment once we were returned to port.
As we left the port area, the captain ( very loose title) and his helper both threw out hand lines to trawl for fish on way to Bandos Island ( I did wonder what would happen if they caught a fish , might stop the boat to reel it in ) they ...
... in Vietnam were over- harging for things but it was a small enough amount to be insignificant. As I said last time out in Sri Lanka, I've come to accept paying a little more for stuff and while it may bug me, it's just par for the course in developing countries.
I've come a long way in a short space of time, both in terms of physical distance and my knowledge and understanding of the Asian way. Whereas Latin America often just ...
... br> charging for the internet to put you off using it. The only one I’ve had was
about work but I got Drew to sort it out. I have already begun semi-retirement!
Interesting to see how the population of the island has
changed in the last few days. Helen will explain as I have lost control of this
laptop and cannot seem to type a sentence without it losing the entire document
or blowing it up to life size. Can’t get the staff these days. When we arrived
... the Spa was closed as well as one of the restaurants. Some of these works were actually quite loud and seriously disturbing near the swimming pool. As a compensation the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kurumba Maldives North Male Atoll
Absolutely perfect - and we are booked up again!
My fiancÚ and I visited Kurumba in October 2004 and I am delighted to say we are going back in 6 weeks for our honeymoon!
I have never once wanted to return to the same resort but we found the island to be majestic, welcoming and relaxing.
We stayed in a deluxe bungalow which was only 3 steps from the sea. The accommodation was brand new and certainly worthy of the hotel's rating. Room service was amazing - we called for a few extra pillows and within moments they were at the door! The bathroom was simply fantastic - open air and wonderfully spacious and tastefully decorated. I was delighted to be greeted with fresh flowers almost every day.
We were looking for a choice of restaurants and boy do they have them! But with the main restaurant running a separate theme each evening (direct from the other restaurants) it was difficult to choose. The quality and choice was perfect.
It goes without saying that the Maldives is simply beautiful - but what we were bowled over by were the people. There were more employees about than visitors when we last visited! The professionalism, friendliness and warmth was truly appreciated.
If you are looking for a beautiful location, with fine facilities, warm and welcoming people all wrapped up in sunshine - then Kurumba is for you. Looking forward to October '05 already!
Absolutley stunning. I would go back yearly if i didnt have millions of other places to visit! The staff were so well trained and attentive, as well as friendly. The resort is very well kept, the hotel is perfect.
A Disappointing Trip at Kurumba
My family and I stayed in Kurumba from 20th to 25th June 2005. It was our second trip to Maldives and previously stayed at Angsana Resort and Spa. The entire stay in Kurumba was extremely disappointing. Having stayed in Angsana just 2 months before, the overall impression of the hotel, its staff in general and rooms were below par.
The welcome at the airport was terrible. We were not met but had to search for the Universal Resorts booth for the representative. On arrival at the resort, the Guest Relation Officers and front office staff did not even offer a smile or greeting, and merely directed us to the lounge like a herd of cattle! This was the case throughout our stay. Some of the other hotel occupants also noted this of the front office staff. Our check in was done most unprofessionally and was neither sincere nor warm. It was a terrible first impression. Further, considering that the resort was running on half board, the service and attention from the guest relations officers and front office were appaling, considering that they were one of the most important people to promote the hotel.
The rooms were equally disappointing. While some may find the room acceptable, we did not, considering that we have been to other 5-star resorts and this was definitely, in our opinion, not on par. We booked 2 private villas and it did not even look similar to the pictures on the Internet! The sofa was old and had an awful smell, and the furniture was not tastefully decorated. We wondered what forms of 'renovations' the resort purportedly took. The bathroom, however, was the only consolation of the hotel and was wide and spacious (though the jacuzzi was initially not working!).
To be fair, the staff at the Vihamana main restaurant, the housekeeping staff, the boutique shop and sports centre were polite and extremely attentive. The food was generally good and always had a substantial spread. We went on half board and had our breakfasts and dinners at the restaurants.
Though not the fault of Kurumba at all, the house reef was not as good as that in Angsana. The waters were also not as clear as that in Angsana. Staff at Angsana were generally top notch, amiable and warm. The villas, though smaller, were more tastefully decorated, and your villa is guaranteed to be mere footsteps away from the waters. It even comes with a Maldivian swing! The staff at Angsana are generally more well informed about the house reef than at Kurumba, and provide more useful information about the house reef. You have to rent your snorkel set in Kurumba for US$7 a day (separate costs for life vest). You get that for free at Angsana.
All in all, we will not recommend this resort. It does not exhibit the 'real' Maldives. It is a fairly large resort with 180 rooms/villas, and if you really want more intimacy and privacy (even for families), we would recommend Angsana or even Banyan Tree, since they have about less than 50 villas on their islands.
Stayed at Kurumba in a deluxe Bungalow in Febuary 2005 and would definately go back. Lovely hotel, very friendly staff and a good choice of restaurants. The Pool is great as well, so much so we hardly ever used the beach. Would recommend this hotel to all as it is very good value.
My husband and I visted Kurumba Beach as part of our honeymoon in October 2004. It was one of the best parts of our trip and I can honestly say it was the closest to paradise we have ever been.
We chose an all inclusive option which was definately the best option as all water activities etc.. were included. Meals were taken in the main restaurant which had a different theme every night. The food was excellent every time we dined there. We enjoyed a honeymoon dinner on the beach which consisted of a seafood platter (more food than we could have ever eaten!) and a lovely bottle of wine. We were right on the waters edge surrounded by candles and it was truly perfect in every way.
We went on an island hopping excursion (also included) which took us to a traditional island where you can buy local crafts and then to a remote island where we had a barbeque and experienced fantastic snorkelling. The fish and sealife were just incredible and a memory that will stay with me for life is baby turtles swimming past us amongst the coral and the most brightly coloured fish you can ever imagine. On the way back we saw dolphins and their babies jumping alongside the boat almost playing with the waves - it brought a tear to even my husband's eye!
I know we were on our honeymoon and just incredibly happy but the little touches of fresh fruit every day, our open air bathroom and incredibly friendly and helpful staff made our holiday just perfect.
If you are just happy to be together and enjoy each other's company coupled with the most idyllic setting then Kurumba wil be perfect. Enjoy the sheer beauty of it all and we guarantee it will be the closest to perfection you could ever imagine.
Stay at the Kurumba in May 1996. Good accommodation, peaceful, good food, staff very friendly, shorter boat journey from airport island.
Go for the single chalets - it is worth it!
Not like Maldives
The Kurumba Resort is a Resort like every where not good but also not bad. But if youre going for a honeymoon or a really special occasion dont go there its too touristic and not like maldives. Go to Hilton or SonuVageli Banyan Trees or somewhere else .........
My husband and I stayed at Kurumba from the 6th - 21st December 2004 for our honeymoon.
We stayed in a 1st floor superior room and went for the half board option. When we arrived we were given a room with a view of the gardens (could see the sea behind the garden). We had asked for a view of the sea during booking but as it was a late deal we just went with it. Half way through our first week we asked if there was any chance we could change to a room with a view of the sea and they did it the following day for us (no trouble at all to them). The rooms were lovely and very spacious. The bathroom had a open air shower and indoor bath and separate shower and there were two basins. Nice bit of luxury!
Going half board was definetly worth it. The food in the buffet was very nice and plenty of choice with a different theme every night. I can imagine that it would have been very expensive to buy food for every evening. We ate in the Grill restaurant on two occasions and the food was outstanding. The first time we were given a free candlight dinner on the beach with a bottle of wine as we were honeymooners but we actually had the meal inside the restaurant as it was a bit too windy that evening (but the beach was only one step away). We had a choice of anything on the menu inc. lobster and we couldn't fault it. The second meal we had there was the seafood buffet that they have on a Sunday evening. This is well worth trying as you can eat all the lobster, crab, prawns, different fish etc that you can. We had it at a reduced rate as we were on half board and it only cost us 25 pounds ($50) for the two of us. We also had the chance to eat out on the verhanda that evening.
We spent our evenings in the beach bar which was set on stilts out over the sea. An average bottle of white or red wine cost us about 18 pounds ($36) and spirits were about 2 pounds ($4) each (unless you wanted the top stuff). Mixers were only 1 pounds ($2) and the bottles were large enough to cover three drinks. Wine expensive but the shorts and beer were relatively average price.
The whole of the island was unbeliveably tidy, clean and manicured. They brushed the lawns every day to get rid of any fallen leaves and raked the beach once the tide had gone down to get rid of any bits!!
There were plenty of watersports to keep you occupied if you wanted but we were pretty content with snorkelling. We bought our fins, mask and snorkel in this country before going and because we used them several times during the day, every day I think it worked out cheaper for us and we have them when we go next time. The snorkelling was quite good on the house reef and we did go on one snorkelling trip to a few other reefs. We didnt' bother with other trips as we just wanted to relax for the fortnight.
All in all this was one of the best holidays that we have been on. The people working on the island were some of the friendliest people that I have ever met and they couldn't do enough for you! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would return tomorrow if we had the chance.
Fantastic Marine Life
I spent two weeks at the Kurumba Resort in December 2004. We stayed in a Deluxe Bungalow which was very luxurious and had everything we needed. The bathroom was amazing. The only suggestion I have is to take a plug-in mosquito repellent as we got bitten quite badly at night.
I'm a vegetarian and found the food offered at the main restaurant rather lacking in vegetarian choices. There were a few occasions when my evening meal consisted of lettuce and a bread roll! However the other restaurants were fine.
Unlike other resorts I've stayed at, you were charged for everything from canoe and wind surf hire, right through to aerobic classes and tennis court hire. I found this really mounted up.
Call charges both from the room and your mobile are extortionate and whilst you can receive text messages, you cannot send them.
The hotel put on a number of mini excursions daily. The Sunset cruise was fantastic and well worth the money, high recommended. However I found the shopping trip to Male a complete waste of time and money.
The island is beautiful and there are plenty of hidden areas to sunbathe or relax on your own, just take a walk around the island and they are surprisingly easy to find.
We had a number of days when it rained constantly and I found there wasn't much to do. I would suggest taking plenty of books etc. just in case.... There is a good range of TV channels in English, French and German.
We flew with Air Sri Lanken and it was the best airline I've flown with. The staff couldn't do enough for you, the flights were on time and food and drink were plentiful. The on board entertainment was superb.
Returned yesterday 22nd November, from the most fantastic Maldivian Island of Kurumba Village, accomodation was in a deluxe beachfront villa, with terrace that opened onto pure white sand, rooms were large with four poster bed, food was excellent, we used the buffet style restarant and we were never dissapointed.
Staff were polite and only too happy to help.
In all one of the most magical and perfect holidays I have been on.
Would return tomorrow, but will have to wait until next year.