How the Maldives’ first private island resort remains one of the best

Oct 31, 2021

Since opening in 1972, Kurumba Maldives has set the bar for luxury and indulgence

This is no castaway island: Kurumba Maldives is buzzing with live entertainment, great restaurants, and incredible things to do – and is just a ten-minute speedboat trip from the airport. Believe it or not, this retreat was the first private island resort in the Maldives, with a proud history that dates back to 1972: for the past 50 years, it has set the bar for luxury and indulgence in the archipelago, and continues to lead the way with its pristine accommodation and top-class facilities. Whether you book a Superior Room, a Deluxe Bungalow or Beach Villa, you’ll have the beach right on your doorstep – while the Garden Pool Villa offers a private plunge pool, courtyard garden, and room for up to four guests.

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The best bites

Would you prefer to dine in-room, on the beach, or at one of the resort’s eight restaurants? The choice is yours. Maybe you’ll start your days with breakfast in bed, or head to the plentiful buffets of Vihamanaa and Thila, whose views encompass the ocean, gardens and beach. The former also hosts lunch and dinner, with its buffets and live cooking stations offering a new theme every day – such as seafood, international and flame-grilled specialities – while the likes of Athiri and Café serve à la carte dishes and premium beverages. Or, take your pick from the opulent international restaurants, including Al Qasr (for a Middle Eastern menu), Mahal (Indian), Khing Thai (Thai) and Hamakaze (Japanese).

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The must-do activities

A soft-sand beach encircles the entire island, beyond which lies a vibrant house reef: yours to explore on PADI-guided scuba dives, snorkelling trips, and glass-bottomed cruises. For more high-octane jaunts, there’s everything from jet skiing to parasailing on offer, as well as fun water activities for the kids (they’ll love the banana rides and stand-up paddleboarding). The resort’s daily activity calendar is surely one of the most varied in the Maldives – featuring sandbank picnics, turtle safaris, sports fishing and much more – alongside two swimming pools, tennis courts, and the sublime Veli Spa.