Kurumba - The Maldives in a nutshell!
16 Aug 2011
Kurumba - The Maldives in a nutshell!
Kurumba Maldives was the country’s first private island resort and having pioneered tourism to the islands for nearly 40 years has remained one of its very finest. Kurumba takes its name from the Maldivian word for coconut, which grows in abundance across this tropical haven, and the 5 star resort’s peerless blend of luxury and tranquility tempts many a visitor to return to its sandy shores time and again.
Situated in the North Malé Atoll, merely 10 minutes via speedboat from both the Capital and Malé International Airport, weary travellers will welcome Kurumba’s convenient location.
Upon reaching the resort and receiving refreshments from the staff, guests can sink their feet into the powder soft sands and feast their eyes on the azure waters of the Indian Ocean,
Lush gardens ablaze with frangipani, hibiscus and bougainvillea stretch across the island and shady coconut groves loom over 180 luxury bungalows and villas. Kurumba has 8 categories of accommodation which incorporate state of the art facilities and a contemporary warm design. The introductory Deluxe and Superior rooms have a graceful, colonial style with spacious teak-finished interiors, open air showers and sunny ocean-side balconies.
The resort’s signature Deluxe Beach Bungalows hide among the fragrant tropic flora in graceful horseshoe shaped clusters, just yards from the pure white beach corralling the island. Each features a king-sized bed , luxurious dual-basin bathroom, a glass-walled shower and giant freestanding bathtub, and adjoining the bungalow is a delightful garden containing an outside shower and spacious decking veranda.
Kurumba’s Pool Villas are even more sumptuous with the additional luxuries of a large private pool (each uniquely shaped), day bed, Jacuzzi and orchid garden with waterfall. The largest of these pool villas are the resort’s four Presidential Suites; these are duplex apartments of over 250 sq metres, each with a large living area and interior courtyard.
However, the largest and most extravagant villa on the island is the Royal Kurumba Residence. Measuring 768 sq metres in diameter and housing two bedrooms, two private pools, a huge living area and veranda, this opulent suite has proved a favourite of many visiting dignitaries and heads of state. Every category of accommodation on the island comes fully equipped with all the modern amenities you would expect from a first-class resort.
Few resorts in The Maldives can match Kurumba for the variety and quality of the food available. The resort has no less than 9 restaurants serving an eclectic selection of the finest world cuisines. One could eat solely in Vihamana, the main restaurant, and never tire of the themed gourmet buffets served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The speciality restaurants on the island offer a range of fine dining options to suit every palate. Deciding whether to savour far-eastern sushi and teppenyaki at Hamakaze or feast within the palatial Lebanese décor of Al Qasr (sampling its grilled meats and kebabs) is no easy task. Making a choice between the delicious Indian, Chinese and Italian menus of Kurumba Mahal , Ming Court, and the La Cucina respectively, is equally difficult.
For guests who want to season their meals with a pinch of Maldives romance, the Ocean Grill offers a unique beachfront setting in which to dine; relish the finest grilled seafood by candlelight surrounded by a panoramic vista of the ocean. Those seeking total intimacy can request a private dining experience for two, either on the beach, out on a yacht or even on their own desert island. For those feeling a little more social, the resort also features three bars. Tthe Sand Bar, located on the western end of the island is perfect for a refreshing beverage or light snack with your feet in the sand, the Rendezvous Lounge for karaoke kings and the salubrious Beach Bar, where guests can share a drink and conversation in the company of a live band.
Surrounded by soothing reflection ponds, the Veli Spa is an oasis of serenity in the heart of the island. Here guests can enjoy a dedicated yoga session and unwind with an aromatherapy steam bath or rain shower. Guests are led to one of eight treatment rooms to feel stress melt away via the creative range of treatments available. Using fragrant local herbs and spices the Thai, Balinese and Maldivian massages are a particular treat. Alternatively, you may want to indulge in reflexology or simply revitalize your skin with a selection of exotic body wraps and polishes.
The resort’s other facilities are equally impressive. The Sports Complex boasts a fully-equipped gym, pool, and three floodlit tennis courts. Business meetings can be held in the conference centre and there’s a shopping arcade for gifts and souvenirs.
However, if water sports are your passion then Kurumba is the place to visit, with the Dive School offering a full range of PADI diving courses. Beginners are eased into the sport gently in the clear shallow waters of the lagoon and, once competent, guests are taken to explore the most spectacular dive sites in The Maldives. Dazzling shoals of iridescent tropical fish wait to greet you as friendly reef sharks, manta ray and turtles swim by.
The calm waters surrounding the island are also ideal for kayaking, waterskiing, windsurfing and parasailing, all of which can be found at the Water Sports Centre and there are Fun Tubes and Banana Rodeos available to keep children entertained. This is all in addition to a wide range of fascinating local excursions. Guests can sail the Indian Ocean in a private yacht (stopping for a picnic on a desert island), wave to the dolphins on the ever popular sunset cruise or partake in a spot of night-fishing under the stars.
5* Kurumba Maldives – www.kurumba.com
7 nights Room & Breakfast
From £1279# per person
(#applies to departures 02 Nov 2011)
SAVE UPTO £258 per couple
To book please call Kuoni on 01306 747008 or visit www.kuoni.co.uk Tour Ref: IO0020
Flights based on direct British Airways from Gatwick
Whatever your age or interests, Kurumba Maldives is the perfect holiday location for memories which last a lifetime.
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