The first private island in the Maldives, Kurumba Maldives has been treating guests to a slice of paradise for the last 44 years. It really couldn’t be simpler, land at Malé International Airport, clear immigration, grab your bags and head to the Kurumba desk where a friendly member of staff will guide you to a luxury speedboat for your 10 minute ride to paradise.
Within no time at all, the busy airport hustle and bustle will feel miles away and you’ll be stepping out onto white sand beaches, lapped by clear water from the lagoon that surrounds the island. It was like we blinked and our travel tiredness disappeared to be replaced with a Maldivian paradise.
Sometimes we really love our life.
It didn’t take us long to work out that Kurumba is a pretty special place. Want a tropical paradise teeming with wildlife, fringed by postcard worthy white sand beaches? Dream about a turquoise sea and snorkelling right off the beach? Love slick service from staff who always seem happy to help? Enjoy watching sublime sunsets? Fancy multiple delicious food options to sample each day? We do and we’re happy to report back that Kurumba ticked all of those boxes and more.
Our ‘Beachfront Deluxe Bungalow’, as the name would suggest, opened right out onto the beach. Every day we woke up to the sounds of the ocean and we could do yoga outside on the patio right next to the white sand beach. We had a very comfortable kingsize bed, flat screen TV, inviting seating areas both inside the room and and outside on the patio, a full minibar (complete with a cool miniature cocktail shaker), easy to use coffee machine (celebrations all around), dressing area, a semi open air bathroom with both an inside and outside shower plus a bath tub and a full range of amenities. We also had useful items like beach sandals, a beach bag and mosquito repelling wristbands.
If we didn’t know better then it would have been easy to stay in our room, relaxing in the comfort, but the outside resort beckoned and we had island exploring to do. Let no one say we aren’t adventurous…
The island might be tiny but Kurumba is certainly not a place to get bored; there seemed to be something to do for every moment we spent on this tiny Maldivian island and we spent our days trying to fit it all in.
For down time there was sun bathing by the beach or the pool, for moments of activity there was a full activities programme including things like yoga classes or environmentally friendly ‘coral gardening’ with the Kurumba team.
There were also excursions off the island including a fabulous ‘Sunset and Dolphin Discovery Cruise’ where we saw so many dolphins leaping out of the water and playing in front of the boat that we lost count.
We went on a memorable ‘Snorkelling Safari’ trip (included in our All Inclusive Dine Around package) where we swam with stingrays as they flew through the water with their graceful ‘wings’ and, to top it all off, we also saw 3 turtles; it really was spectacular.
And what were we doing when we weren’t off exploring, soaking up the chilled vibes on the beach or being amazed by the pretty flowers in the Orchid Garden?
We were eating of course…
The Vegan Food:
There are a variety of meal plans available to guests staying at the resort and ours was ‘Dine Around All Inclusive’ which quite simply gave us the opportunity to eat and drink everywhere, choosing from the 8 restaurants and 3 bars in the resort.
The quality of the food can often let a place down in our experience, especially when dining ‘all-inclusive’ but not so at Kurumba. We were spoilt for choice and ate around the globe during our stay in paradise, sitting down to meals inspired by Indian, Middle Eastern, Asian and European cuisines.
Our dietary requirements as vegans were more than well catered for with the staff helping out with any food related questions we had. You can read more about what the food was like in our vegan foodie heaven post ‘What vegans can eat at an all-inclusive resort in the Maldives’ but be warned, it might make you hungry.
Here’s a few of our favourites so you get the idea.
The Vegan Essentials:
Our bed already had our choice of non-feather pillows so a peaceful vegan sleep was guaranteed…
The in-room amenities were in refillable containers (hooray for being planet friendly) and were from luxury brand Molton Brown who although do not test their products on animals, do use animal derived ingredients in their products so they aren’t vegan.
Of course, no luxury resort would be complete without a spa and it’s hard to avoid Veli Spa as the perfumed aromas draw you in as you walk by. We couldn’t help but drop in to see what was on offer and were pleasantly surprised to see that there was a selection of vegan products to purchase from eco friendly brand, Tanamera.
The facials use the vegan friendly Thémaé products (you just need to check that the specific products don’t contain ingredients like honey) and the range of massages and treatments was impressive.
‘Spa Under the Stars’ romantic couples experience anyone? Tempting…
The Vegan Food Quest Verdict:
Check into Kurumba Maldives for an escape to luxury that is located only 10 minutes by luxury speedboat from the international airport. Being vegan is easy and you’ll have no issues eating well in the huge range of restaurants on resort.
Don’t forget to take the opportunity to enjoy one of the many excursions where you too might get to meet some of the Maldives most famous inhabitants (including dolphins and turtles!) up close and personal in their own natural environment.
We were guests Kurumba Maldives but please rest assured that their generosity in hosting us didn’t influence our views.
North Male Atoll 08340,
Prices for 2017: Starting at US$369 for a Superior room on BB with luxury round trip transfers from US$80 per person, including taxes and service charge.
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