Kuramathi – 2011

 Leave your worries behind, seek heaven on earth …

 

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… which just about sums up  Kuramathi up really and we soaked it all up in February 2011.

This jewel in the Indian Ocean has it all really. The Island is about 30 minutes from Male airport by sea plane.

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Formerly 3 different resorts, it is now the biggest resort island in The Maldives archipelago, it is one mile long, and as such has quite wide stretches of beach in places.

The resort can cater up to 800 guests and there are 600 staff and you can still go for a   stroll and not see anybody until you get to one of the many watering holes. There is a pool and spa complex, tennis courts and the water sports are pretty good. The Rasdhoo Atoll Dive Centre on Kurumathi is well sort after because of the sheer diversity of the species is impressive, the small clown fish, the huge manta rays, the sharks, the turtles, the eagle rays, morays, the colourful parrot fish and many more beautiful creatures.

For those of you like me who prefer snorkelling, you don‘t have to go very far, the House Reef shelves away about 300 feet from the shore and given the diversity of the marine life on offer, it is a real treat. The resort loans you snorkels and flippers. I generally take my own but this time the equipment I borrowed was far superior to my own and as such, I went further and saw much more including a turtle that stayed with us on the surface for a while before plunging into the depths.

One very special facility the Island is the Eco-Centre run by Dr Reinhard Kikinger who gives a series of optional presentations during your visit about what is in the sea – and the sand – around you. I have been snorkelling on many occasions but learned a whole lot more about the ocean and its inhabitants thanks to Dr Kikinger who has lived on Kurumathi with his wife for many years. In January 2011 the European Travel and Tourism Group, TUI, awarded the Eco-Centre at Kuramathi its ‘International Environmental Award’, in recognition of its exemplary contribution to the protection and conservation of nature and biodiversity” and in particular its work protecting coral reefs in the Maldives. The Dr Kikinger experience is something that all lovers of the Indian Ocean should experience. It was a real treat and one of the highlights of our holiday.

The International buffets are  gourmet extravaganzas, but there are other restaurants on offer such as Thai and Italian. On the All Inclusive package, eating in the main restaurant is the only option. Although for an additional cost you can eat in the other restaurants. We didn’t bother eating elsewhere because the quality and variety of food the buffets had to offer was second to none. Thank goodness for the snorkelling! I have never eaten quite so much in my life!

The accommodation is very good as well.  This was Home Sweet Home for two wonderful weeks.

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The staff were wonderful and service generally was pretty good and all in all it was one of our best holidays. There was one very small thing that let it down for this sun worshiper, was that there were no sun loungers, just chairs, on the beach, although we understood that the management were addressing this at that time.

I would just like to leave you with a shot of the Kuramathi sunset.

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