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Kuredu Island Resort & Spa 4.0

Kuredu, Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives

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Pros

  • On a private island with white-sand beaches and a turquoise lagoon
  • Free buffet breakfasts and dinners included in room rate
  • Spacious thatched-roof rooms with private patios; some have jutted tubs or private pools
  • All-inclusive packages available (includes half-off at a la carte restaurants)
  • State-of-the-art dive center with a hyperbaric decompression chamber
  • Good buffet and a la carte cuisine at seven restaurants, plus seven bars and a teahouse
  • Three pools (all with ocean views), two spas, and a fitness center
  • Great on-site reef for snorkeling and diving (sea turtles are common)
  • Children’s pool and occasional kids activities
  • Sub-resort for adults only available
  • Rental bicycles and water sports gear (kayaks, snorkels, and catamarans)
  • Free island shuttle
  • Free 30-minute photo session and one free photo
  • Rooms have Nespresso machines, minibars, teakettles, CD players, and free Wi-Fi
  • Excursions available such as snorkeling, island tours, and fishing
  • Soccer field, six-hole golf course, driving range, volleyball, badminton, and tennis

Cons

  • A pricey, 45-minute flight is required to reach the resort
  • Fee to use Nespresso coffee pods (in lower-tier rooms)
  • Large resort can be hard to navigate on foot (bikes and shuttles are available)
  • Children aren’t allowed in overwater rooms (a pro for some)
  • No babysitting services, playground, or designated kids' club
  • Fresh fruit juices aren’t included in all-inclusive packages

Bottom Line

Stretching just over a mile in length, Kuredu is one of the largest resort islands in the Maldives. It’s loaded with restaurants and bars (14 in total) and has plenty of space for large amenities like a soccer field, golf course, two spas, and three pools. Kuredu isn’t as intimate as some smaller resorts, and it’s a pricey, 45-minute flight from Male. Still, affordable rooms and impressive food make Kuredu an outstanding overall value; travelers will be hard-pressed to find a better upscale resort -- especially one offering all-inclusive packages that include alcohol -- at these rates. 

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Scene

Large resort island with European guests and three sub-resorts

Opened in the late '80s, Kuredu is one of the oldest and largest resorts in the Maldives. To make the island more manageable, its 383 guest rooms and facilities have been divided into three sub-resorts -- Sangu, Koamas, and ‘O’ Resort -- each with its own restaurant, bar, and pool. ‘O’ Resort is exclusively reserved for families with children over 12, and Sangu Resort is adult-only. All guests are welcome at Koamas, which is closest to the main lobby and has the bulk of the property features. Guests can navigate the mile-long island by foot, free shuttle, or rental bicycle. With so much space, over-crowding and long lines are rarely a problem.

Despite its age, Kuredu’s rooms and facilities are well maintained and look almost new. Most of the resort’s restaurants and bars have floors made of sand, and many guests go barefoot throughout their stay. Most dining venues feature high ceilings made of dried palm leaves and large floating lights shaped like seashells, jellyfish, and manta rays.

The atmosphere on the island varies by sub-resort. Sangu is more romantic, with overwater rooms and no children, while Koamas and ‘O’ Resort have more families and groups of friends. Most guests are from England, Germany, and other parts of Europe.

Location

On its own private island, 45 minutes from Male Airport by seaplane

Kuredu is located on its own private island, roughly 100 miles north of Male in Lhaviyani Atoll. Kuredu is one of only four resorts in the 54-island atoll. After arriving at Male Airport, guests are instructed to wait in a private lounge for a 45-minute seaplane transfer to the island. At just over one mile long, the island is somewhat cumbersome to navigate on foot. Time on the island is one hour ahead of Male time -- an artificial time zone difference that many resorts use to make the days feel longer.

Rooms

Wide variety of rooms with modern amenities and free Wi-Fi

Kuredu has seven room categories in a variety of shapes and styles. Guests can choose from several categories of beachfront rooms, Bonthi Garden Bungalows, and overwater rooms (for adults only); some rooms have jetted tubs or private pools. Rooms range from 603 to 3,229 square feet and include flat-screen TVs, stereos with CD players and iPod docks, electric teakettles with tea and instant coffee, minibars, robes, free Wi-Fi and bottled water, and Nespresso machines. The decor differs between room types, but most feature four-poster king beds with delicate (and largely unnecessary) mosquito netting, vaulted thatched-roof ceilings, white bedspreads, and colorful throw pillows. Select rooms can sleep up to four people. All rooms have outdoor space with sunbeds and beach towels, and most have ocean views; some offer direct access to the beach, while the Sangu Water Villas have steps leading directly into the ocean. Note that age policies apply not just to rooms but to their related facilities; Sangu category rooms and the associated restaurant, pool, and bar are for guests over 18, while the 'O' rooms and features are not open to children under 12. 

Features

Spas, fitness center, golf club, soccer field, and impressive dive center  

Kuredu is loaded with amenities. The island has four gift shops, a jewelry store, multi-lingual lending library, modern fitness center, sports courts (volleyball, badminton, and tennis), and two spas. It’s also one of the few resorts in the Maldives to have a soccer field, six-hole golf course, driving range, and three pools (plus a whirlpool and kids' pool). Kuredu’s dive center is exceptional for its large number of daily excursions and a hyperbaric decompression chamber (one of the only chambers in the country). An Entertainment Center has table tennis, snooker, darts, foosball, and chess.

Beach

White-sand beaches, plastic lounge chairs, and an off-shore reef

Like most resorts in the Maldives, Kuredu is surrounded by lovely white-sand beaches and a clear, turquoise lagoon. Guests can take their pick from a number of plastic lounge chairs (some come with palapa umbrellas), and beach towels are provided in rooms. A good reef is located just off shore, and sea turtles are a common sighting. The water temperature was perfect (warm but refreshing) during our visit. There’s one beach bar right on the sand, and plenty more next to the beach. Unsightly seaweed washes up from time to time, but the staff makes an effort to clean it up.

Pools

Three beachfront pools with bar service, small kids’ pool, and hot tub

Kuredu has three beachfront pools, each accompanied by a bar. The Main Pool is located near the lobby and most of the restaurants, and it’s home to a toddler-sized kids’ pool. Located on the eastern tip of the island, the ‘O’ Pool has daybeds and two-person-sized loungers. ‘O’ Pool is reserved for guests 12 years and older. On the opposite end of the island is the Sangu Pool, which tends to be the most tranquil of the three pools (no children are allowed). This pool has a scenic infinity edge and a modest hot tub.

Food

International buffet and a la carte cuisine in seven restaurants

Kuredu has four buffet restaurants that are quite good -- Bonthi, Koamas, “O,” and Sangu -- and each is reserved for guests staying in the related room types across the resort. The restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast is free, and guests can upgrade to a variety of all-inclusive packages that offer a solid selection of alcoholic drinks (among other perks). Three a la carte restaurants are available at an additional charge (all-inclusive guests receive half-off meals). Room service is available, and snacks are served at the bars and poolside. Kuredu also has a great ice cream stand.

Drinks

Seven bars, a teahouse, and all-inclusive packages

Guests don’t have to walk far to find a bar at Kuredu. The resort has one large bar in every sub-resort: Babuna Bar (the main bar), ‘O’ Bar (no children under 12), and Sangu Bar (no kids allowed). Smaller bars include the Main Pool bar, beachside Akiri bar, Raalhu beach bar, and a Golf Club bar. All-inclusive packages include a good variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (plus most minibar drinks), though fresh fruit juices and specialty coffee drinks aren’t included. All-inclusive guests also get half-off premium liquors and cocktails. A scenic teahouse is located on the end of the arrival jetty.

Services

Water sports rentals, excursions, and private dinners on the beach

Kuredu has a water sports center that rents kayaks, catamarans, floats, snorkeling gear, etc. Bicycles are also available for rent. Popular excursions include a day on a deserted island, local island tours, sunset cruises, and diving trips. Guests can also go fishing and kitchen staff will prepare their catch for dinner. A free shuttle runs regularly throughout the island. A free 30-minute photo session and with one free photo is included for all guests. A weekly sushi-making class is hosted by the Main Pool to raise money for a local Maldivian charity. Room service is available, and private dinners can be arranged on the beach.

Entertainment

White parties, Maldivian dance shows, live bands, and night golfing

Kuredu offers more evening entertainment than most resorts in the Maldives. The main bar, Babuna, hosts some sort of activity almost nightly. Weekly entertainment includes live bands, cultural presentations, a “white party” with a DJ, Maldivian dance shows, and movies. Occasionally, the resort also hosts crab races, night golfing, sports tournaments, and special kids activities.

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