Written on: 26/01/2004 by walkerm (10 reviews written)
Some beach bungalows get sewage smell
My partner and myself spend two weeks at Kuredu Island in January 2004. We had a great time and would not hesitate to recommend it. As always, it had its negatives as well as positive - however, for us the positives far outweighed the negatives.
Kuredu Island Resort is approximately 40 minutes, by Seaplane, from Male airport. We did not try the boat transfer as it was 4 hours! We got reports from other guests that the boat-transfer is 'not nice', especially in choppy seas. The seaplane is smooth, quick and offers great views of the islands between Male and Kuredu.
We stayed in a Beach Bungalow (No 330), situated in the North-part of the Isand. On arrival we had the option of upgrading to a Beach Villa/Water Villa but after a couple of days in the bungalow decided it was fine. The bungalow consisted of a single room, with glass front-door opening onto a wooden-decking veranda. The room had mini-bar, safe, double-bed, two wickerwork chairs and a table. The back-door opened out onto a open-air (surrounded by a high-wall) bathroom with shower/toilet/sink. The shower had hot water, although it needed running for about 5 minutes before getting hot. The bunglow was about 15 seconds back from the beach in a shaded setting. Each bunglow is detached, with about 1.5 meters between each. They DO NOT have mosquitoe nets and there were quite big gaps in the window/door-frames. A lot of folk at Kuredu were being eaten alive by mozzies and a significant few had their holidays ruined by them. To tackle the mozzies bring Mosquitoe Coils (green things that smolder and work VERY well) and lots of DEET-based repelent. We forgot the coils - doh! - but the repelent worked quite well. Note that the area is NOT a Malaria region, so no need for malaria tablets!
From our bungalow it was a 5 minute walk (you can walk round the whole island in 45 minutes!) to the pool/restaurant/reception. We noted that bungalows 375-390 often had a general sewage smell around them - this is due to the sewage-plant nearby and if the wind is in the wrong direction. The smell was noticable, but not overpowering.
The Pool/bars/main-restaurants are located together, near to the Spa and tennis/badminton courts. We had an 'All-Inclusive' package which gave us breakfast/lunch/dinner as well as unlimited soft-drinks, beer and a selection of (poorish quality) spirits. Costs of brand-name drinks is high - similar to UK prices. The two main restaurants serve all food on a 'help-yourself' basis. The food was often 'themed' and we found it better than 'ok'. When you first visit the restaurant you will be allocated a table and waiter - this is fixed for your whole visit (note, you will be sharing the table with another couple). We tryed the 'Far East' restaurant (There are three restaurants that are not covered by the All-Inc price - The Beach, The Far East and Sangu) and got an excellent 3-course meal with house-wine for two costing a total of $55.
We hired snorkeling kit (US$30 per 6-days) and found the water around Kuredu teeming with colourful fish, turtles, (safe) sharks etc.... It was great fun and even a novice/first-timer will be amazed! I am not happy with PADI safety (in general, NOT Kuredu in particular), so didn't do the diving - but I'm told that it is brilliant around Kuredu and nearby islands.
There is windsurfing, paddle-boats, kite surfing, skiing, (windsurfing/paddle-boats are free on All-Inc!!), pro-dive centre etc....
Now, the Resort says that money (cash) is not needed as all purchases on the island are 'signed-for' and you pay at the end by credit-card (remember this is an Island resort - the WHOLE Island is the resort and only guests/staff allowed on it). However, when the bags were delivered to the room the guys hung around for a tip, also you will be asked to donate a tip to the crew on some excursions. Tipping at the resort does not seem to be clear. We left US$15 for the room-boy (he did a good job and was a generally nice guy), US$40 to the waiter (Mujey - who was brilliant, non-intrusive and very knowledgable on topics concerning the Maldives). We tended to give $US1 tip to the excursion 'pot'. When tipping at Kuredu, remember a 'well-paid' professional (IE a Software Programmer) gets about US$150 a month - we beleive the waiter was on US$70 a month. So, big tips (someone left a waiter US$100!!!) are just not needed. You will also need cash to make purchases off the island, when on excursions AND (so many folk are caught out on this) $US25 each for departure tax). Bring about $US200 and you wont go wrong (unless you are a big spender!). You CANNOT get cash on the Island, so bring it with you. US$ seem to be accepted in most places, but not all, we found $US50 in Maldive Rf's was useful for buying drinks/snacks when on excursions.
In general, we found most of the staff very friendly (some seemed to blank me, but as soon as I smiled and said 'Hi' - they always beamed back big smiles; maybe not all folk say hi....!) and helpful. The gifts were all made in Thailand and quite expensive, although they can and will make a shirt for you in the shop! Bring a couple of underwater disposable cameras - the Photo-shop is a rip-off (A camera costing £7 at Heathrow cost $US27 at the resort!!!) with developing costing $US20 for 27 prints.
Bottom line, Go, and have fun!! But take note of the points above (especially the mozzies)...
We went with Best@Travel, flying with QATAR airlines. Total cost was £3000 for the two of us on All-Inclusive. I would recommend both the agent and the airline.
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