Where To Stay In The Maldives: A Travel Expert’s Tour

Day 1: Kurumba

After arriving later than planned due to a slight flight delay we finally arrive in the gorgeous Maldives. A short 10-minute speedboat later and we disembark at the stunning 5-Star Kurumba Resort. Staff await our arrival with a friendly smile and a very refreshing coconut sorbet (yummy!).

We check in to a Deluxe Beach Bungalow set right on the beach, and then head to the Thila Restaurant for a gorgeous 3-course gourmet à la carte dinner (you are spoilt for choice with eight different restaurants on site!). After a cocktail and a nightcap, we decide to get to bed to get a good night’s sleep. The rooms are absolutely immaculate and the bathrooms are stunning with outdoor rainforest showers! Attention to detail is fantastic – we were given lots of lovely goodies to use during our stay, including flip flops. The next morning we woke up to the most stunning sea-view out of the large floor-to-ceiling bedroom window!

 

After a delicious breakfast we were guided around the luxury resort, shown all areas and the different styles of rooms. The spa sanctuary was extremely nice offering a range of lovely products; they also offer a range of different couples treatments, for the perfect relaxation time spent with your other half.

The resort is also well catered for children, with an varied kids club programme from 9:00 – 18:00 every day. And to make this even better… it’s free for 4-17 years old! Kurumba even offer Babysitting services available for 2-3 years old.

Pros: The resort is close to airport making the journey quick and pleasant, all rooms have an outdoor rainforest shower, excellent choice of à la carte restaurants (a total of 8), good facilities for children aged 4-17 years, beautiful relaxing spa with an excellent range of treatments.

Cons: Not many facilities catered towards infants, local islands in view, complicated food plans, extra charge for recreational activities.

 

Day 2: Kuramathi

We arrive back in Male to embark on our speedboat over to the 4-Star Kuramathi Resort. After an hour and a half on the very bumpy waters we get a glimpse of the island, although seeing Rushdoo – the local island with its obvious pylons and satellites in full view did concern me a little! All fears were overcome when we sail on past to the neighbouring Kuramathi.

On arrival we are greeted by a warm welcome and offered a refreshing Kiwi Smoothie. Straight away we are taken on a tour around the luxurious resort, only then do I realise quite how big and spread out this resort actually is! As the resort was almost full at the time of our stay, we only managed to view a few of the room types (mainly the deluxe varieties) which are all very lovely.

After a quick dip in the gorgeous crystal-clear Indian Ocean we got ready for the evening ahead. In our 2 bed beach bungalow the resort staff hosted a private à la carte dinner, we followed this with cocktails on the beach, whilst listening to the fantastic live band.

Waking up to the beach and sea on your doorstep was truly amazing!

Pros: An excellent choice of restaurants, fantastic amenities included in the all-inclusive package, a varied choice of room categories, varied kids activities catering for all ages (indoor and out).

Cons: Opposite Rushdoo island (lagoon side), the resort was very spread out and large.

 

Day 3: Dhigali

We arrive back at Male airport, transferred by shuttle to the lovely dedicated Maldivian Airways departure lounge. Whilst we were waiting for our seaplane transfer, we were treated to a range of complimentary cold drinks and snacks.

The 45-minute seaplane journey was PHENOMENAL! A great way to take in and fully appreciate the beauty and vast-ness of the Maldives.

We disembark the plane onto a pontoon and shuttle over to the jetty. I thought to myself, “WOW” we have finally arrived in Maldives paradise – this is truly what I have dreamed of!

We are greeted with warm smiles by the hotel team of staff and then taken to the Jade restaurant for a delicious spot of lunch. After lunch we are taken to tour the rooms and facilities that the 5-Star Dhigali Resort has to offer. The rooms are all fabulous but what stood out for most of us were the beach deluxe beach bungalows & beach suites. We checked into our Water Villas before meeting up with the rest of our travel group to have sunset cocktails at the funky beach bar, followed by a delicious gourmet dinner hosted by the very friendly general manger.

 

The following morning, making the most of the Water Villa’s direct lagoon access, we try our hand at some snorkelling along the beautifully colourful coral reef before enjoying brekkie. After just a short stay at the luxurious Dhigali Resort we headed to the jetty ready to travel on to our next Maldives destination, met by the lovely hotel team along the jetty offering a friendly goodbye – waving at us until we get outside the harbour walls. A very personal touch we all thought.

Pros: Incredible seaplane journey to island, feels like a true paradise island but on a medium scale, new and contemporary, personable service

Cons: Offers minimal breakfast choices

 

When you dream of paradise do you imagine a holiday to the Maldives? Then Place an enquiry and our expert travel advisers will contact you shortly to make this dream a reality! 

 

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