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Kurumba break

7 days from £2,350pp


  • Easily accessible from the airport with a ten-minute speedboat ride.
  • Proud of their traditional Maldivian heritage and offer guests native cultural experiences.
  • Choose from a multitude of international dishes at their eight wonderful restaurants.
  • For a very romantic experience guests can dine under the stars, right on the beach.

Price includes

  • All accommodation
  • Scheduled international and domestic flights


Our rating: First Class


Accommodation consists of eight room, bungalow and villa categories, as well as the opulent Royal Kurumba Residence, which has two bedrooms for up to six guests and luxurious amenities such as two private pools, Jacuzzis and gazebos with day beds. All options are spacious and dotted around the resort’s grounds, with some located close to the beach for dazzling ocean views and others set in the privacy of the coconut grove.

Amenities include air conditioning, safes, satellite TVs, minibars, complimentary internet access, tea/coffee facilities and en suite bathrooms. Private outdoor space is also included, while the villas also come with their own pool or Jacuzzi. A number of the rooms can be interconnected to accommodate groups of friends or families.


Accessed via a ten-minute speedboat ride, Kurumba is located close to the airport island of Hulhulé and is about five kilometres from the capital island, Malé. The island is just 500 x 250 metres in size, so you’ll never be far from the beach.

Food and drink

Eight restaurants and three bars can be found on site serving a variety of cuisines and beverages, including local Maldivian, Italian, Indian, Japanese, Middle Eastern and Oriental dishes. Pastries and light snacks are available during the day from Thila and the café, while breakfast is served at Vihamana, including freshly baked bread, waffles and omelettes.

For drinks, Kandu is an open-air bar with an overwater deck where you can enjoy fine wines and live entertainment, Athiri is the place to go for cocktails on the beach and Kalhu is a modern karaoke bar.

The resort can cater for most dietary requirements if informed in advance, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free. Another bonus is that those staying on an all-inclusive basis are welcome to dine in any of the resort's restaurants, which is often not the case at other properties.


The resort has a kids' club to keep younger guests entertained, and there are two children’s pools. The wide range of facilities and activities on offer here makes this a great resort for families. All accommodation options can fit at least two adults and one child, with interconnecting rooms also available.


For a special experience, try 'Spa under the Stars', an open-air massage for couples that allows you to be pampered while picking out the constellations, and is topped off with champagne and chocolate-dipped fruit.

Facilities and activities

The resort presents endless activity options to suit all tastes, from water sports such as canoeing, wakeboarding, parasailing and jet skiing, to snorkelling and diving lessons, wine tasting, cocktail mixing classes and painting with a Maldivian artist.

Further facilities on site include two swimming pools in addition to the children’s pools, a gym, three floodlit tennis courts, volleyball, ping pong, snooker, air hockey, board games, a DVD library and an orchid nursery.

Environmental and social responsibility

Kurumba supports the Kudhakudhinge Hiyaa Orphanage in Villingili by regularly donating money and equipment, such as furniture and TVs. It also has a number of measures in place to help reduce its impact on the environment, including recycling, reusing garden waste using a mulcher, composting food waste, investing in solar water heating systems and using LED lighting in high-use areas.

Kurumba offers excellent value, and its proximity to the airport makes it a good option for those who would rather avoid a lengthy transfer. We love the fact that guests on an all-inclusive stay are free to use any of the restaurants here, while the reef found just offshore makes for excellent snorkelling opportunities.

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