Back to Kuramathi after Khandolhu

Trip Start Jun 14, 2006
Trip End Jul 05, 2006

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Please  do read all logs before judging Kuramathi,  I just said the bad bits on first post as there WERE bad bits, however please note that thankfully as it turned out  It was one of our best trips in the end Although first entry is painfully long after this, there are only 1 moan, The rest are just great pics n great memories (sounds from this entry like we don't recommend this island but   WE DO.... just not the bottom end) , we're just telling it how it was for us and where NOT to stay if you are wanting to experience the Maldives for the first time as some parts of the island are definitely NOT "typical "  of the Maldives at all and also definitely not "Honeymoon material "( which I guess is why most will be reading this)  Once on the the Island it was explained to us that the island is split into 3 star, 4 star and 5 star ) We paid a awful lot extra when we got there to make it worthwhile . We were shocked by our first  few days. This entry is only about those first few days. It is important to say as I would be gutted if I was going to the bottom end on a honeymoon and feel I can say these things because I have stayed on 2 other islands prior to Kuramathi. So know that the Maldives are not really like this at all. ...! So, Day 1 ........We knew the second we stepped on it the island to no welcome that it was not going to be all we'd expected it to be, Cheap white plastic chairs and little mini plastic tables everywhere, (will get to the rats.....ewe ..... later... not "squirrel's" as they kept telling us) Pathways were horrible and mainly soil scattered over concrete, so definitely not a no shoes place at all. ( up to the point of reaching the middle cottages and spa) there is the start of sandy paths, the top end is all sand, ( they put that down to it being rainy season, so how come than that Meeru and Velavaru have the same weather in rainy season yet you can still walk round) and remarkable to how the rain only affects one quarter of the Island ??  On any Island you visit in the Maldives the locals take great pride in their customer service and guest experience, In Kuramathi at the bottom end, tables are left un tendered and you need to rescue a plastic chair from the beach to sit on in the bar. (or use a full ashtray) and although you can still sink your feet into the sand in most islands, if your toes so wish to dig deep while sitting ( some of is do do that toe digging thing)  it is never enough to hit the floor, Not so in Kuramhati, you'll hit concrete in seconds and hurt your toes). Expect there to be ants all over a half finished drinks: and of the cocktail kind (undrunk cocktails in the Maldives. ....... what's that all about?) Come morning found out exactly what the travel agent had meant by saying that the Island is "split into 3 parts". ......... Princess Ange has thrown her toys out of her pram by now and refused point blank to stay on this side of the Island (she's been for a walk round the Island and seen the other rooms, guests and service, Also the sun sets at the other end too  The sand is just too "grainy" and there is a jetty outside the "superior bed rooms " making it unsuitable for swimming/ pottering) , her list does go on but Huddy knows when he's beat and resigns himself to opening his wallet further..... leaving this part made our holiday, ( it can be noted there also a nightclub: should you want one at the bottom  end).  So:  We had already upgraded our room to "superior" before we left the UK, this "superior room" was actually newly built adjoining concrete block."The best rooms" on the island: rubbish. Their only main feature was to host to a shower that trickled water: no actual showering in it as no shampoo couldn't be used because surrounded by plants and there was also a proper one indoors to "shower in") had an ocean view (see pic) definitely NOT what you'd expect on account of the ugly wave breaker outside your rooms. Anyway  we refused to stay in a concrete block  with an adjoining verandas ( although our neighbours were lovely we "upgraded" as you don't come to the Maldives to stay in a concrete block , unless you know in advance that's what you are doing: brings me back full circle. The bottom is all inclusive which we always go to Maldives anyway  and I recommend if you like a drink as thet really adds to the cost while you are out there because they import the alcohol.( the brochures call this bit coconut village" the middle "village"  with the original , more Maldivian " rooms which I think everyone going to the Maldives should expect to experience this kind of room, we were unable to move to these because we were "all inclusive" and they are half board ( called Kuramathi cottages and spa) You can't stay  there if you have booked all inclusive.??? (this is also where the spa and swimming pool  area are, you can use the pool if you are in any end but the bar is not free so you would have to walk all the way back to your all inclusive part at the bottom end ( bar at pool is free when staying at the blue lagoon) the top end has better rooms but more importantly "proper sand", (still not talc sand by any stretch of the imagination here tho as in other islands we have stayed, but a thousand times better than the bottom village. The blue lagoon has wooden chairs and tables, far better waiter service and the food is superior by far. As we were all inclusive still on our 2nd upgrade from the village to the blue lagoon which cost about 750.00 we were then backwardly compatable ( excluding coffee and pool snacks) to the cottage and spa basically, were able to eat in the middle restaurants but should you choose to go back down to the bottom end from the blue lagoon ie: if you wanted to go to the disco, then you had to pay at the bar even though you were coming from the 5 star end. Which only has a piano player and a singer , but very posh cushions ha, ha !! the acts usually play the bottom end first then the top and rotate, so if you have a drink in your bar then go elsewhere later you tend to catch the same act twice.  At the top end (blue lagoon ) the paths are actually covered in sand and well maintained from here on in , so, I expect you want to know about the rats ... well, it was raining very heavy ( see photo) for the first  days, and one evening just before a dinner a storm was brewing, we were sitting in the bar and behind Huddy's  head I saw a whole family of rats run up the tree behind him, I was horrified and asked the bar staff. They all laughed and said it was normal they live in the roofs. There are lots above the restaurant .  ( adjoins  the bar and it should be considered like squirrils in UK as they are not vermin really ??? ) before you say it, I do know there are rats in the Maldives everywhere and but they then  went on to say each room has ten rats the icing on the cake was seeing Marie nursing some poor guy back to sanity as he had a  rat in his room under his bed the were so used to this they plonked him in bar while they got it from under his bed  xxx 
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