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Kurumba Village Resort

Kurumba Village Resort, North Male Atoll

Kurumba Village Resort in Maldives was the first resort opened in the Maldives in 1972. The Kurumba Village Resort is set on the North Male' Atoll, Kurumba Village Resort is only 2 miles away from Male' International Airport.

The private balconies and patios all face the sea and are shaded by a row of palm trees, a perfect settings to contemplate the tropical sunsets.

Submitted By Mr R E Stanley
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"Food Was Excellent"

We have just returned from a fantastic 9-day holiday at Kurumba, flying with Emirates (who were pretty good - leg room OK, food choice very good, in flight entertainment pretty good.) Arriving at about 9.30 am in 28 degree heat it was bliss to get a transfer on an amazing air-conditioned, leather-seated speedboat (although we decided to sit up on the top deck in the open) - like something out of a Duran Duran video!

We were a bit worried beforehand that being only 15 minutes from the airport this might affect our enjoyment of the holiday - but whilst there are quite a lot of seaplane and main flights arriving and taking off during the day, we didn't really notice them after a while. You can see the mainland from Kurumba, but we were on the other side of the island so again this didn't really affect our enjoyment of the holiday. The island itself probably takes about.

We had booked a deluxe room but on arrival were told that they didn't have any left so they were giving us a free upgrade to a deluxe beach bungalow, which was fantastic, with a four poster bed, satellite TV, and indoor AND outdoor shower!

The food was excellent - the breakfast had a huge choice of continental and cooked options, and in the evening the main restaurant had a different theme every day so that we never ate the same type of food twice: one evening was Italian food, another Mexican, another Chinese etc. We didn't bother eating at any of the other restaurants as a result.

Costs are quite expensive - between us we spent around US $500 on lunches, and drinks in the evening after dinner - and that we being quite frugal, we never had more than 2 drinks each in the evenings, usually only just one, and we skipped lunch a few days to try and save a bit of cash. However, we're not complaining too much as it was still a fantastic holiday.

We also saved money by buying our own snorkelling kit rather than spending $10 a day hiring it. There were a lot of fantastic fish to see, even inside the barriers (but even more outside them). The tide does get very low sometimes so you can actually just wade out quite a long way when this happens.

The sunset cruise was quite nice, although we didn't see any dolphins unfortunately. Really, all you get for $39 each is a glass of champagne and a few canapes in the middle of the Indian Ocean. We didn't bother with the glass bottom boat trip as we'd heard from another couple that you could see just as many fish by snorkelling in the house reef.

Live entertainment in the evenings was quite good (although we got a bit tired of "Wonderful Tonight" by the end of the trip!) - they had a live band every evening, and on one night the staff put on a show of music and dancing, which was very good. Be warned - the nearer you sit to them the more chance they will try and get you up to dance! The staff in general were very friendly and helpful.

All in all, this was a perfect relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings. The guests seemed to be a large mix of nationalities: French, Russian, Japanese, British, South African. We would definitely return to the Maldives tomorrow if we could afford it! Although we would also quite like to try a different island which was really "in the middle of nowhere".

A couple of pointers if you're planning on going:

1. You need AT LEAST factor 30 sun cream (I took factor 40 as I'm fair skinned), and wear a t-shirt when swimming/snorkelling if possible, as you can get very sunburnt otherwise (this caught us out on the second day).

2. Being a natural island there is natural wildlife around - lizards (very cute), ants, bats etc.

3. I'm prone to mosquito bites so took Jungle Formula to wear in the evenings, and it seemed to work. I think I got maybe one bite, which is something of a miracle for me!

4. If your flight home is not till the early morning it is well worth paying extra for a late checkout. Normal checkout is 12 noon, but we paid an extra $125 to keep our bungalow until 12 midnight, which meant that we could have a shower, snooze and evening meal before leaving.

Thomson
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Kurumba Village Resort

Address : Ooty Mettupalayam Road, Hill Grove Post, Kurumbadi, 643102, The Nilgiris Tamil Nadu, India

Telephone : +91 423 223 7222

Fax : +91 423 223 1222

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Official Rating : 4 Star

Number Of Guestrooms : 180

Overall Rating : 100% From 1 Review

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