MALDIVES – PART 2: KURAMATHI

The next island to be explored by us was Kuramathi. We stayed in a beautiful beachvilla with a Jacuzzi which gave the whole experience some extra spice.

Set in Rasdhoo Atoll, on one of 5 islands located in this tiny archipelago, Kuramathi island offers a naturally Maldivian holiday experience, with unique twists to suit everyone.  Located 56 kilometres west from Male’ International Airport, the island is over 1.8km long. Guest villas are scattered around lush gardens, facing secluded areas of long beaches or poised over water. Many areas of the island remain untouched, inviting guests to leisurely stroll along deserted beaches or through virgin vegetation.

What we liked most about Kuramathi:
- The greeness almost Jungle feeling and the Botanic walk.
- The sting-ray feeding.
- The eco center with some interesting facts about the sealife.
- The sandbank.
- Getting to know a real Maldivian local who told us a lot of backround info about the Maldives.
- The evening light.

blog_MG_7312Being nicely welcomed at Kuramathi Lobby. blog_MG_7311blog_MG_7011  Starting the day with some fresh pasta and a glass of white.blog_MG_7028blog_MG_7017blog_MG_7025Afternoon SPA Treatment. blog_MG_7015blog_MG_7021blog_MG_7143 blog_MG_7079 blog_MG_7074Impressed by the heavy vegetation. – It was by far the greenest island on our trip.  blog_MG_7070We enjoyed the green-house lecture by Roshan Chhetri from India. blog_MG_7067 blog_MG_7061 blog_MG_7060They grow their own vegetables and plants. blog_MG_7032With freshly pedicured feet – off to the pool. blog_MG_7154blog_MG_7087blog_MG_7151Getting a tan. blog_MG_7055blog_MG_7181blog_MG_7177 blog_MG_7159They even have their own little nature museum. blog_MG_7197blog_MG_7185blog_MG_7196 blog_MG_7204blog_MG_7210 blog_MG_7232blog_MG_7209blog_MG_7224blog_MG_7215.jpg blog_MG_7260Spectacular sting-ray feeding on the beach. blog_MG_7279blog_MG_7274Having a nice fresh grilled fish with Nastassja. blog_MG_7296 blog_MG_7320Saying goodbye and heading to the next island. blog_MG_7321blog_MG_7317Enjoy three more Maldives parts every second Friday. More to come: Velassaru, Cocoa Island and the last about Malé (Maldives’ capital).

Keep travelling,
yours Tanja for NECTAR & PULSE

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MALDIVES – PART 1: KURUMBA

In November 2012 my soon husband-to-be Christian and me went on a little paradise pre- honeymoon to the Maldives. After this journey we both decided pre-honeymoons are the best honeymoons. Since no journey is a real journey if it’s not done the NECTAR & PULSE way, we tested four different resorts in two weeks. Each one we will present individually because they were so different concerning character and style.

The first beautiful island we came to was: Kurumba – A true original.

It is set on a tropical island in the North Male Atoll, conveniently located a brief 10-minute speedboat ride away from the airport, Kurumba was the first private island resort in the Maldives. Lush tropical gardens, white sandy beaches, and a vibrant house reef are the hallmarks of this classic Maldivian resort.
The general standard of the resorts in the Maldives is very very high – but the places we visited raised in terms of luxury the order we visited them – which made us “wow-ing” every day a little bit more.
What we liked most about Kurumba:
- Kurumba makes a big effort concerning environment friendliness and waste management which is very important for the future of the Maldives.
- The Veli Spa.
- The felt privacy of the beach villas which are located right by the turquoise ocean.
- The originality and history.
- The orchid nursery.
- The friendly staff.

All in all it is the perfect family island. Not too fancy and not too modern and due to the very small size it feels homey and cosey as soon you put your feet on it.

blog_MG_8796After a quite long flight from Munich to Muscat (Oman) and from there to the Maldives we were happy to finally espy the characteristic islands from above. blog_MG_6896blog_MG_6904blog_MG_6934We took a seat in the spacious lobby and were very warm welcomed by the staff of Kurumba. blog_MG_6862This was our beach villa – like 10 steps from the crystal clear Indian ocean. blog_MG_6966From the first day on I totally fell in love with the outdoor shower. blog_MG_6968blog_MG_6869It doesn’t just look like a postcard – you feel like in a postcard. blog_MG_6893Warming my cold German November feet in the warm gentle sun. mhhhh oh lala
blog_MG_6890blog_MG_6882 A windy breeze. blog_MG_6864blog_MG_6858blog_MG_6855Kurumba even grows their own orchid garden.blog_MG_6933blog_MG_6945blog2_MG_6950blog_MG_6960We enjoyed some massage treatments at the Veli Spa. blog_MG_6819…and spent the nights watching the stars and palmtrees. blog_MG_6925They grow their own plant and vegetables. blog_MG_6924blog_MG_6912blog_MG_6910blog_MG_6908 blog_MG_6859blog_MG_6865 blog_MG_6849 blog_MG_6796blog_MG_6817blog_MG_6982The boat taxi brought us back to the airport for going to the next island. Sad to leave – but can’t wait to explore the next Robinson Crusoe hide away. blog_MG_6989Enjoy four more Maldives parts every second Friday: Kuramathi, Velassaru, Cocoa Island and the last about Malé (Maldives’ capital).

Keep travelling,
yours Tanja for NECTAR & PULSE

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