Last updated: December 2, 2017
After an overnighter in Hulhumale, we jumped on the speedboat that was going to take us to Kuramathi Island Resort from Male. After 1.5 hours later we arrived at one of the biggest resort islands in the Maldives, and indeed it was a bigger island than I first expected.
Upon arrival, we were upgraded to one of their Overwater villas (happy face), and here you can read all about mine and Christine’s stay at Kuramathi island resort and what I think about the resort itself and if I will recommend you to go here as well or not!
This is a rather extensive review of Kuramathi, but again a trip to Maldives is not something you do every day and there are many things one might wonder before booking! So, hopefully, this Kuramathi review will give answers to your questions and hopefully help you to choose if this is the right Maldives resort for you!
Room Standard (Villa Deluxe Water)
As mentioned, we were upgraded to their overwater villa category, and yes this was a dream come true for us. How was it you might wonder? I will tell you this, it’s a spacious villa, you have the ocean outside your door, a big comfy bed, bathtub, and a flatscreen TV. At this point, you’ve probably figured out that I like the overwater villas at Kuramathi, and yes you’re right!
Another highlight of this villa or any villa at Kuramathi Island Resort is the high ceiling, so it feels even bigger than it already is. It’s also private as you can’t see into the other overwater villas, and each villa has its own terrace with armchairs, sunbeds and a stair down to the water.
This is what you get when booking a Villa Deluxe Water
Comfy bed with fluffy pillows and soft sheets
Kitchen with minibar & wine cooler
Couch and Flatscreen TV (with great channels!!!)
Bathroom with shower, toilet, bathtub, free toiletries and robes & slippers
Terrace with table, chairs, sunbeds, shower, and stair into the ocean.
- Complimentary water
Depending on where your villa is located, you’ll be allocated to one of the 3 main restaurants that’s serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I would guess that every restaurant serves similar kinds of breakfast since the difference will be the location only to make it more convenient since it’s a big island.
We had our breakfast at Farivalhu Restaurant, and the food was well-made and the restaurant itself boasts a nice view over the water. However, you should come early to get the best spots!
The breakfast is very varied I must say, fresh bread, veggies, great coffee, continental styled dishes, Asian, salad, pastries, yeah you name it and I’m sure they’ll have it. You will probably not miss something while eating here.
Dinner & Lunch
During our stay, we had one lunch at Farivalhu and the other lunch at the A La Carte restaurant Palm. This will not be included if you’re on Full-board, but the prices are still reasonable, about 18 USD for a pizza. The palm serves mostly Mediterranean food such as pasta, pizza or salad. The pizzas were delicious and good sized!
As for the buffet lunch at Farivalhu, again I must say that there were good variations and the food was delicious. So, if you don’t want to splurge on A La Carte, that’s totally fine since the “main” restaurants have plenty of choices!
As for the dinner, we first ate at Inguru, which is an Asian Fusion styled restaurant. Here they serve fresh fish every night along with many other dishes. I had the red snapper as the main course, and it was simply delicious!
And again, really good bread! (Yes, I love bread). A fun fact about Kuramathi Resort is that they have their own bakery and a very passionate chef, so don’t be surprised if you will eat some of the best bread you’ve ever eaten!
Our second night we ate at the Reef, which is what I would call a more exclusive and elegant restaurant, where we had dinner with their Assistant director named Pierre Edlund (He’s also from Sweden), so that was a fun coincidence. We also discovered that Pierre and I share a passion for cookies!
Back to the food… I had Yellowfin Tuna as an appetizer and Mahi Mahi and red snapper as the main course, and they were both delicious and nicely displayed. For dessert, we first had some of their iconic ice cream with screwpine flavor, and then the rhubarb and ginger tartlet.
While I didn’t try everything on their menu, I would say to 99,9% that you won’t be disappointed by anything, you could tell that the chef is very passionate and only serves the best for the guests of Kuramathi Island Resort.
The Reef was my favorite restaurant and I would highly recommend having at least one dinner here.
On our last night before having dinner at the reef, we made a visit to the spa where we got a 60-minute massage. As usual, you fill out some papers before changing clothes, and before you enter the massage room, you can enjoy a relaxation area with jacuzzi and sunbeds.
As for the treatment itself, I felt that the masseuse was professional and made sure that I was comfortable. The massage could’ve been better, but it was still good, so it’s not something that I would complain about. We had the Swedish massage, and usually, it feels like the masseuse knows exactly what to do, but here it felt somewhat spontaneous.
Another small minus for the Spa was the fact that there was no music and you could hear the A/C working during the whole session, which wasn’t very relaxing. I’m not sure if it’s like this every time, but this was the first spa-treatment I’ve been to without music or the sounds of the ocean.
Despite this, I want to give a kudos to the person who designed the Spa at Kuramathi Island Resort. It’s a beautiful spa area, and the relaxation areas were amazing. All of the staff was also very friendly and attentive.
Outside the room
So, what’s outside the villas at Kuramathi? As mentioned it’s a pretty big island, so there should be a lot of things to do right? You’re absolutely correct, there are plenty of things to do, and even though there are lots of guests staying on the island, it still feels very private.
Outside the villas, you can enjoy watersport, eco-center, snorkeling, bars, spa, gym, tennis court and soccer field, kids club or take a stroll to their famous sandbank. Sunset watching at the sandbank is very popular among the guests at Kuramathi Resort.
For me, I really enjoyed just walking around and find my own favorite spots to photograph and just enjoy the beauty of the island. It’s a real paradise with lush palm trees and white beaches with 50 shades of blue/turquoise, just like the brochures that showcase the best of the Maldives!
The staff was very attentive and helpful at all times. Whenever you see someone from the staff they will be smiling and greet you, which is very nice when you’re on a holiday. It spreads happy vibes, and they don’t have a stiff appearance at all. The staff is very relaxed and likes to have fun with the guests, yet staying professional.
Wi-Fi is something that’s important to me due to my work, and I know for many others it’s quite important as well. At Kuramathi Island resort, you don’t have to worry. The Wi-Fi is working very well at most places on the island, especially in the villas and restaurant areas.
Since it was our first time to the Maldives and the fact that this is an island in the middle of the ocean, I was pleasantly surprised by the Wi-Fi speed. So, I can assure you that you won’t have any problems with uploading amazing photos on your social media channels and make all your friends and family back home jealous!
The Kuramathi resort is located in the Rasdhoo Atoll, which administratively belongs to Alif Alif Atoll. To get here you can take a speedboat that will have a duration of about 1.5 hours, or go by seaplane which should take 20-25 minutes.
The location is ideal in many ways, you have access to local islands and a wonderful large reef with plenty of colorful fishes!
Summary of my stay
Kuramathi Resort is one of my favorite resorts in the Maldives. Everything is just great, and it’s just how you picture the Maldives except that it’s a bigger island, which also makes it suitable for families. You will also find a great value for the money here at Kuramathi with bungalows starting from 350 USD per night with Full-board included for 2 pax.
I mean for being the Maldives, that’s an amazing value package, and the villas aren’t that much more expensive either. If you have the money to spend on water villas, then, by all means, do it, but if not, don’t worry, you will still have a great stay here, and you can still take photos outside some of the overwater villas.
I will summarize Kuramathi Island resort as the following:
- Delicious food with plenty of choices
- Beautiful beaches and nature
- Great Snorkeling
- Friendly staff and great service level
- Freshly-produced salad from their own garden
- Good Wi-Fi
- Amazing value for your money
Would I recommend you to stay at Kuramathi in the Maldives? YES, totally! No matter if you’re a couple or family, or just a bunch of friends who wants to travel to paradise, then this resort will always be a good choice.
The only reason why I wouldn’t recommend Kuramathi would be if someone wants to visit a smaller island or if they want something even more luxurious. I think Kuramathi is quite luxurious and elegant in many ways, but it’s a 4-star resort, so, yes there are more luxurious resorts in the Maldives, but Kuramathi will be more than enough for most travelers!
And for myself, I would love to go back someday! If I were to give Kuramathi Island resort a rating between 1-10, I would give them 9 out of 10, which means this resort is excellent!
Useful information about Kuramathi Island Resort
Flights and Hotel
What other guests say about Kuramathi on Tripadvisor:
Other guests who visited Kuramathi has written about the excellent level of service and mentioned words like friendly, professional and helpful. Guests have also written on Tripadvisor that they really appreciate the snorkeling and the island itself, and mention this as “the real Maldives” and what you can expect after having looked at the brochures.
Difference between all-inclusive and full-board at Kuramathi Island Resort
To make this Kuramathi review complete, I want to tell you the difference between all-inclusive and full-board – something that’s good to know before booking your vacation!
When you book full-board you have all meals included at one specific restaurant. This restaurant will be the one that’s closest to your villa, but can also be changed if you let the resort know in advance. The drinks are additional.
Basic All Inclusive Package:
Main Meals: Your breakfast/lunch/dinner buffets are located in one of the following restaurants; Haruge, Malaafaiy or Farivalhu restaurant (based on your villa category).
High Tea: From 15.00 to 17.00 you can have both tea and coffee + snacks at the Island Coffee Shop, Dhoni Bar or Farivalhu Restaurant.
Beverages available in all restaurants & bars (menu featured): Please note that Champagne, Bottled Wine, and Premium Brands are not included. Any items not included are indicated in the menus.
- Soft Drinks such as Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Fanta, Soda Water
- Canned Juices such as orange juice, pineapple juice, apple juice
- Spirits / Liquors
- Cocktails – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic
- Wines – house wine by the glass
- Beer – draught beer
- Water – house mineral water
- Specialty Teas – from Earl Grey to flavored teas
- Specialty Coffees – such as Espresso, Latte, Cappuccino
Minibar in Villa: Non-alcoholic beverages such as soft drinks and house mineral water is included.
Snorkelling & Windsurfing Equipment: You can borrow snorkel, mask, and fins for free at the Aqua Sports & Fun center located next to the Diving School.
You also have access to windsurfing equipment 1 hour per day (complimentary usage) at the Aqua Sports & Fun center located by the lagoon (facing the beach) in the middle of the island. Note that lessons aren’t included in this package and basic knowledge is required. Guests must pass the competency assessment (charged at USD $18) before using them independently.
Excursions: One Sunset Cruise and One Trip to the neighboring island Rasdhoo per person per stay.
Select All Inclusive Package:
Everything from the basic all-inclusive package is included in this package.
Main Meals: Your main restaurant will be located near your villa. But you’re welcome to use any of the other restaurants within their opening hours for any of your meals. Note that reservations can be required when dining at some of the other restaurants than your main restaurant. Premium dishes such as lobster and private dining experiences aren’t included in this package.
Wine: House wine by the glass as well as bottles wines that are featured in Select All Inclusive Wine List is included in this package (available only at the restaurants with meals.)
Map of Kuramathi Island Resort
Down below you can see a map of where Kuramathi Island Resort is located in the Maldives. It’s about 1.5 hours by speedboat from Male Airport. Seaplanes are available as well.
Hope you enjoyed this review of Kuramathi Island Resort! If you have any further questions about the resort, don’t hesitate to leave a comment with your questions!