Sun on our faces, sand on our feet and salt in our hair, this is the spirit of the Maldives! Arriving into Male to blue smooth skies and sunshine, we made the seemingly effortless transition from the arrival hall to the island of Kuramathi which lies gracefully just a 1 hour speedboat transfer to the North Ari Atoll.
As the boat slowed and we dropped anchor, there was an air of excitement as we eyed the cyan seas and stretches of sand draped with overhanging palms. Arriving into the fresh and airy main entrance, we were warmly welcomed and introduced to the Island by one of the Kuramathi team who were more than happy to point out areas of interest and importance (The Loft champagne lounge bar obviously) on our short and sweet caddy journey en route to our deluxe water villa.
Turning onto the wooden decking we were greeted with over water villas bridging each side of the ocean, each villa standing tall and proud against the backdrop of paradise. We quickly realised, there’s paradise, then there’s The Maldives!
As we entered our deluxe water villa we opened the door to the most spacious and grand home. Fresh furnishings, first class facilities and the finest amenities, our villa oozed luxury. We wasted no time in allowing the Maldivian air to fill the bedroom and were quick to peruse the large, decked balcony. The color of the ocean in the Maldives is like nothing we have laid eyes on before. Those picture perfect postcard images you see of the Maldives? It’s that and so much more! An effervescent myriad of multi tonal blues and salt sparkling on the surface. Without hesitation, we scaled the balcony and lapped up the essence of the elements.
Kuramathi resort offers accommodation bridging across both land and water in the form of beach villas, water villas, two bedroom beach houses perfect for families and honeymoon pool villas. As one of the larger islands in the Maldives, Kuramathi has considered every preference offering villas with both pool and Jacuzzi options, whilst achieving the highest standards of design, furnishings and amenities.
As the sun fell, we made our way to the northern tip of the island, which as if architecturally designed by the Gods, features a sensational snaking sandbar that slopes into the depths of the Indian Ocean. This was the perfect place to draw breath and relax to the sound of the dissipating shore, the ocean villas cast merely as a silhouette as the sun buried itself beneath the horizon.
Rising early, we drank coffee on our private balcony and eyed black tip sharks circling the reef. Indeed every morning offered a spectacle of oceanic movement and this frequent display of sharks, stingrays and turtles became somewhat of our morning ritual.
Perfect preparation for what was to come! After a hearty breakfast at the Farivalhu restaurant offering a delightful assortment of dishes dedicated to every palate from around the World, we made our way to the jetty for the start of our snorkel safari spanning across the neighboring islets. As we sank into the aquarium below, we were treated to one of the best snorkel experiences in all of our travels. Colorful coral cascaded into the abyss as schooling sergeant major’s danced alongside us. Three reef sharks could be viewed weaving in and out of the deep and a curious eagle ray joined the party as he treated us to several up close and personal performances. We returned to the island as salty souls once more.
Kuramathi Island is home to varying luxurious accommodation categories and three main buffet restaurants in which one is dedicated dependent on your villa type which acts as a hub for your daily activities. All major areas of the island can be accessed within a short caddy ride, with frequent pick up and drop off points to the all day island coffee shop, any of the seven bars around the island ranging from a pool bar with infinite views of the Indian Ocean to a wine and cigar lounge, the sand bar and the Laguna bar offering simply stunning sunset views, cocktail in hand. The spa and wellness center is also the perfect escape from the island set amidst lush vegetation offering a selection of treatments based on traditional rituals from Europe, India, Thailand and Indonesia. Enjoy a specially blended herbal tea beachside and be prepared to be pampered like a king and queen.
Dressing to impress before dinner at Farivalhu, we were regular visitors of the champagne loft housed at one of the two infinity pools that drape over the marine. For front row seats to the edge of the horizon and undoubtedly the best seats in the house for sunset, choose to book a couples table or kick back in the bucket seating and toast to the most glorious golden glows. Drink it in, they don’t come much more marvelous than this!
Offering up an extraordinary exclusive escape, Kuramathi resort has something for everyone. You are in the heart of the Maldives once you step out of the boat or seaplane transfer to leafy lush lawns, sensational silky seas and a real taste of Maldivian luxury. We were looking for a slice of heaven to get lost on, and we certainly found it in Kuramathi Resort.
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