Kuramathi Island Resort, Rasdhoo Atoll, Maldives
If you’re like me and last went to Maldives on your honeymoon (big smile), you need to read this now! A few months ago, we showed up at Kuramathi with (a) bags packed for an entire week (b) serious reservations about how kid-friendly our holiday would be this time around. Believe it or not, sparkling waters, colorful marine life, a fantastic kids club and a sperm whale (yes, you read that correctly) later, we realized we had just experienced what was surprisingly the best family-friendly vacation we’d had in awhile. And yes, it all began with that welcome bag for kids on arrival….
- Baby cot
- Child menu (in some restaurants)
- Doctor on call
- Babysitting services ($10 child/hr at the kids club or $15 child/hr in-villa)
- Villas on the beach or over the water – you decide. The two bedroom beach villas are perfect for large families.
- Bageecha, the Kids’ club dishes out many toys and activities for children between 3-12 years of age inside their cute tropical themed enclosure. The kids club also has a nicely cordoned off playground complete with slides and see-saws as well as a covered sand bank for those hot afternoons. Kids are fed lunch, snacks, juice and even ice cream in the premises so you don’t have to worry about shuttling back to feed junior. Activities here include nature walks, treasure hunts and beach activities as well as marine life education in conjunction with the resort’s Eco Centre. The stars of the show though are the staff at Bageecha. I have never seen a more passionate set of crew who go well and beyond their duty to make sure you and your little ones have the best family holiday ever!
- Kuramathi is perhaps the biggest island in Maldives and gives you access to white, soft powder sand and crystal waters. Snorkeling just off the beach is easy and on a clear day your little ones don’t even need to go snorkelling to see the colorful marine life. Nemo, Dory and the lot!
- There are 3 pools, 2 of which are infinity but all come with shaded, designated space for kids.
- All guests in Kuramathi are on a full board meal plan and regardless of your room or package, food is taken care of. Each guest is allocated a buffet restaurant where they go for all meals. In addition to the three buffet restaurants, Kuramathi boasts of nine à la carte restaurants where we all found something for all our palates. Buffets were above average with good variety, with some restaurants better than the others.You can opt to upgrade to an all inclusive package and have unlimited select drinks across the island as well as a la carte meals at any of their awarded restaurants. Worth knowing that you get 3 complimentary bottles of water in your room everyday. The rest have to be bought.
- Surprisingly, Kuramathi does not have a room service menu or the facilities for the same. This means better planning and carrying a few snacks for the kids (and you) in your luggage. Worry not though, for there’s plenty of food and drinks to be had on the island and not for a moment did we miss this service.
- Though we just loved the snorkelling, a full range of family-friendly excursions were available, ranging from island hopping, visits to local islands, submarine trips and sunset cruises to big game fishing.
- The massive sperm whale exhibit at the Eco Centre kept us in awe for hours. For those interested, the resident marine biologist and horticulturist give regular talks on conservation.
- A diver’s haven, more than 20 local dives sites are within easy reach of the resort. Also, Hammerhead Shark Point is eight minutes away by boat and one of the few remaining places in the world where you can still see these beauties.
- Six bars around the island that serve classic and tropical cocktails. Happy hours on champagne anyone?
- Plenty of options for nightlife across the island.
- The Spa, with its option of a couple’s massage right by the beach front, is such a neat treat.
- From Male airport, you can opt for the seaplane (20 minute ride, $260+ per adult; $175+ per child) or speed boat (1. 5 hours ride, $ 175 per adult; $ 88+ per child). In our opinion, invest in the seaplane – for both speed and the picturesque ride.
- Private island resort
- 296 Villas
- 9 Restaurants
- 6 Bars
- 3 Swimming Pools
- Fitness Centre
Mandy’s Tip: We never missed our evening walks to the sand bank to take in the most spectacular sunsets ever. It stretches out far into the ocean and we often felt we were the only ones on the island.
Travelling mom Natasha Tulsi contributed parts of this review.