49 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Was it as good the second time around?
"NO. It was even better. We went to Kuredu on the 19th December 2014 for Christmas and the New Year. We had booked the Komas Villas. When we arrived we were put in the "O" Villas with the option of moving to the Komas Vilas the day after. When we arrived at the "O"s we decided to stay as we had stayed there before and loved every minute of it. The pool and restaurant are adult only .No children under 12.
Christmas eve was amazing tables were set out on the "O" decking over the Indian Ocean for the Christmas Gala with every type of meat and sea food you could imagine. We then went down to the main pool and we were met by a Winter Wonder Land. Santa and sledges. White Christmas Trees and lasers of pink and blue into the sky .New year was much the same. Santa even came by boat to see the Children Christmas Even though he did fall in the sea. It all added to the fun. We saw Dolphins passing our Villa .Black tip reef sharks. swimming past your feet as you paddled. Kuredu is a beautiful Island . Paradise at it's best. The staff do all they can to make your holiday perfect. Cannot wait to go back"
- Travel date: Sat 31st of January 2015
Brilliant Honeymoon with everything amazing
"Me and my wife just got married October 2013, and planned for a Baros Island / Cocoa Island Honeymoon. But to our luck, they were both booked out leaving us with Kuredu. We were told that Baros and Cocoa were the best places for a honeymoon. So we were worried that our honeymoon wouldn't be that great. Anyway we booked 4 nights all inclusive Sultan Villa. It was the most amazing stay we had ever experienced.. Everyday and everything was more than perfect. From food to touring the island. From snorkeling to enjoying a romantic walk in the sun.. Surroundings just amazing and dream like. Following the beautiful nature, sea life and perfect weather... Amazing staff brought comfort, great honeymoon gifts and quality service. Nothing to fault.... Kuredu will bring you as much as Cocoa or Baros Island would. A stay to remember... And thats all you need... I would definitely recommend Kuredu to anyone.... "Kuredu is the place to be""
- Travel date: Fri 3rd of January 2014
"Had to week in Kuredu.It was perfect.I cannot praise it enough.We had booked the "O" Villas Which I now believe the name has changed.We were upgraded to the Water Villas for one night as they had overbooked.This was amazing but I still liked the "O" villas better.The outside bathroom and Loo seemed very strange at first but to see fruit bats flying overhead was wonderful. There were baby basking sharks swimming around your feet and turtles and stingrays.Brilliant holiday .The only thing I found was the waiters wanted tipping every day or they really did not want to know. Went to the golf course it was a laugh as I cannot play.Got bit to bits though.Always take spray with 50deet .It does work but not on the sand fly.Would I go back .Yes back.YES............................................................... "
- Travel date: Tue 15th of January 2013
A paradise island.
"I have stayed at Kuredu twice the first time was in July 2008 for my honeymoon where we booked a jacuzzi beach bungalow which is located close to the Sangu Resort. Dependent on your room number you will be allocated the Sangu restaurant where children are not permitted unless over the age of 14 which is ideal if you are going for a honeymoon or romantic break.
Arrival to the resort is via Seaplane and on arrival into Male airport you will be transferred via coach from the airport to the seaplane departure point where you are greeted by friendly staff and escorted into a private lounge with comfortable seats, television screens and complimentary refreshments and an ice cold towel to refresh after a long journey.
The seaplane journey is approximately 30-40 minutes to the Kuredu Resort and upon arrival into the resort you are greeted with traditional maldivian music and a refreshing cocktail and ice cold towel whilst filling in your registration forms. The service is absolutely 5* and the staff are so keen to please.
The jacuzzi beach villa is fairly large and opens out onto the beachfront where you have your own private loungers with the perfect view of the Indian Ocean.
The room is a hexagonal shape with plenty of storage and at the time of my visit there were no televisions just a cd player which was a welcome break from back home!
A four poster double bed and outside is an open air bathroom with shower, double sinks and a large jacuzzi bath and relaxation area.
The jacuzzi beach villas are air conditioned and sheltered from the sun so are cool throughout the day.
The restaurants have a theme each evening and the food is enjoyable with a wide variety. On the all inclusive package all non branded drinks are complimentary and pancakes are served by the poolside each day at 10am complimentary.
There are 3 al a carte restaurants on the Island available for an additional charge.
On site there is an excellent Dive Center called Prodivers and they have their own website and also allow you to gain your PADI qualification on site.
Kuredu is one of the larger resorts offering a wide variety of facilities including Duniye Spa, Golf Club, watersports club, jewellery shop, gift shop, numerous bars and restaurants, tennis courts a football pitch and a nightly entertainment programme in the main bar.
A very clean and tidy resort which has been modernised and is ideal for those on any budget as charter and scheduled flights are on offer to Male.
The staff are outstanding at this resort and we have visited twice in the last 12 months and they remember us down to the drinks that we had! Fantastic service and they really look after you.
- Travel date: Fri 13th of August 2010
"I and my wife are just back from our honeymoon in Kuredu and I have been reading these reviews since I booked and feel we should give our view now.
We stayed in the Oâ villas for 2 weeks on the all inclusive option. (All inclusive is needed as a spirit and mixer will cost $12.50)
Our flight out with Monarch was a lot of hazel, we wanted to upgrade to premier as it was our honeymoon and where unable to do this before hand with direct holidays (Not good at all, will not book with again). When we arrived at Gatwick airport I was sent to a lot of desks which had big cues at them to try and get upgraded with no luck and was then told by a staff member to ask the crew when I board, as they had four seats available on board. I did this and got upgraded at a cost of 155 pound per person one way; feel they could have done it a little cheaper since it was last minute. The upgrade is worth doing as it was along flight and you get a free bar and all the other extras. Great fun.
The transfer at Male to the seaplane was well organised. We where told to take whatever luggage we need now and the rest will arrive at our hotel by 19:00 by boat on the same day, which it did.
We where then taken to another waiting room to await our seaplane transfer. This room is very nice and cool with plenty to drink which is all free. A member of staff took me around and showed me the sea planes and told me a little history of the island â Very nice people and was not looking a tip. The seaplane ride is great and gives you the best view of the Maldives and a nice way to start you holiday.
When we arrived at Kuredu, the blue clear water and white beaches and a lovely cold drink a waits and a very nice welcome. The Sangu and O resorts have their own receptions and we were transferred to the O resort as requested before hand by the taxi service, The road is mad with trees growing everywhere. When we arrived at the reception we were given another drink and advised of various things.
We where then escorted to our room, which was suburb with great views (Ask for villa near 320, as the lower down the beach you go the more trees there are and wave breakers, which block your sea view) and shown how things work. The O Villas in my view are a lot nicer inside then the other villas, although the sand is not as good but still very nice. The water on this side of the beach has a very strong current, so be careful but overall the resort and pool all makes up for this, plus no children under 12 are aloud and it has the best view of the sun set.
We ate mainly at the O restaurant. Our waiter was good, very nice and did what we asked although other waiters did go overboard for their guests. The chief is very nice as is all the staff on the island. The food we felt got a little similar and boring after two weeks but still tasted very good. You can eat breakfast and lunch at any of the restaurants without booking but for evening meal you can book that morning, Franco's to eat in is ok, service was very slow and you can order room services which tastes very nice. Pizzas are very good, although slow to arrive but hot. I rathered the beach are the Far east restaurants as it is alot like you would get in a great restaurant back home (around $60 for two courses and drinks for two).
Diving/ snorkeling gear costs $8 a day with deals done for longer. Pro divers are excellent and know the water and area well so go speak to them early in your holiday; the turtle trip is great as was the local island visit and you must do the night fishing and the sunset cruise (All great). On the island visit you get to meet the locals and their way of live (i.e. Schools, Hospital etc).
In summary the island is paradise with great staff and great food and as much to do as you want. (May cost you, but your on holiday). With regards tipping our advice is tip a little at the start, middle and end. They do work for it, especially the room boy who is great and very friendly and cleans your room twice a day. (The staff dont go looking for tips but may expect a little tip. About $30 for two weeks for the room boy and $20 for waiter)
Building work is taking place at the top end of the island by o resort bungalows and in the middle by the spa but here it is hardly noticeable. We were very sad to leave and would recommend Kuredu to anyone.
Tips to help you on your holiday.
1. Bring plenty of high factor sun cream (Very hot and expensive to buy).
2. The mini bar food is cheaper in the shop to buy. (store up and take back to your room)
3. You do need flip flops for the rocks at the O resort side of the beach and for night, so you done stand on any mini crabs.
4. Take some small dollar notes for tipping.
5. The area is not lit up well so bring a torch and a small umbrella if going in wet season as they will cost $20 over here.
6. Go to kuredu web site and look at rooms and email hotel and state requirements.
7. If staying in kuredu ask for villa around 320.
8. If on honeymoon, let hotel know this before and when you are there as you will get a surprise. (Let room boy know)
9. Have a small bag packed before hand with clothes for going out that night and a swimsuit and leave sun lotion at top of suitcase to take out when over there.
10. Go to the spa, it is great and not expensive. Cheaper then home.
11. Things are layed back here. So relax and do the same and enjoy
- Travel date: Thu 2nd of July 2009
"Just got back last night, this was our second visit and we took four friends with us this time. just great, wonderful place, great snorkling, great staff, wonderful food. hope to return. as for accomadation we stayed in the garden bungalows they are basic but ok, have everything you need. we only have a late afternoon sleep and sleep in the evening. not in them that much. I love the out door bathrooms GO FOR IT ITS GREAT"
- Travel date: Thu 26th of March 2009
WOW - Complete Paradise
"We have jsut returned from paradise back down to earth with a massive BUMP! The place is exactly (if not more) as it says 'on the tin' it is complete Paradise.
Spotlessly clean, the food and service is amazing and the people, well it is really difficult to put a word to descibe them - they can not do enough for you.
We stayed in the Beach Bungalows, which have recently been refurbished and were fabulous, they made your bed three times a day and water was brought to your room.
Would we go back ??? Oh yes, tomorrow if i had the chance, recommend it to anyone, we are definaltley saving our pennies to return ASAP - go for it you wont be dissappointed!!!!"
- Travel date: Tue 14th of October 2008
Hi All We have just arrived back from ou...
We have just arrived back from our honeymoon to Kuredu, from the min we stepped off the plane in Kuredu we were met by the Island Resort Leaders and then given welcome drinks and brought to our room which all i can say is amazing we over looked the indian ocean in a Beach Villa Room 109. The villa was close to everything and we loved it. The buffet Rest had so much to choose from and then we ate a couple of times in Francos amazing food and really good value. We drank mostly at the pool bar as we found the guys who worked there the best fun Namal and Saji. I would rec this destination to anyone as we had no problems from the min we arrived til the min we left an amazing place and we are going to defo to go back again. Starting to save again for it.
- Travel date: Sat 4th of October 2008
Stayed 14 nights in water villa on honey...
"Stayed 14 nights in water villa on honeymoon. It was as great as it looked on their website. I recommend the massages in the spa, we had 3! I want to go back but cannot afford it now we have a child! We booked this as it was best of both worlds: quiet during day on water villa side of island (sangu) and more going on in evening on main side of island. All staff so friendly and hard working. Met some great people there too. When we booked it was best value maldives if you want a water villa all inclusive.
No bad things to say. "
- Travel date: Mon 1st of September 2008
A perfect honeymoon destination! The peo...
"A perfect honeymoon destination! The people, food and resort are outstanding they cannot do enough to help. We stayed in a beach bungalow which was basic but cleaned every day twice and had a superb view of the ocean. Make sure you take snorkelling gear with you to enjoy the turtles and bright coloured fish which can be seen on the house reef. An excellent place which we are desperate to return to."
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of August 2008
My wife and I spent 14 days on Kuredu in...
"My wife and I spent 14 days on Kuredu in January 2007 on our honeymoon. We stayed in a beach bungalow which was basic but very clean. The whole experience was fantastic. The island itself was wonderful, beautiful clear blue sea and great beach. The food in the restaurant was great, fantastic choice and lovely, helpful staff. We visited the Akiri bar and found the drinks excellant (the lager was San Migel and Cobra!!!!nice!). We are not into diving so cant really comment on that side of it, though we did have a couple of goes snorkelling and really enjoyed it, lots of great fish to sea and managed to see turtles whilst out on the free kayaks. Overall the place was just fantastic. I have seen criticism on here, but our experience was that it is a lovely, friendly place. We wanted a honeymoon to remember (obviously!!) and this was it!!! WONDERFUL!"
- Travel date: Thu 7th of August 2008
Our first time to the Maldives. We were...
"Our first time to the Maldives. We were delayed by 24 hours because of faulty First Choice aircraft. They rarely travel on time anyway. We stayed at the 'O' Resort - (there are 3 resorts on the island) - which was completed September 2007 and our accomodation was one of the Beach Villas and it was brilliant! Absolutely brand new and we thought we were the first people to stay in our villa. (Obvioulsy not, but it felt that way) The beach was great but you could not really swim from it although I did and the snorkling was very exciting - even had an encounter with a 2 meter black tipped reef shark plus loads of turtles!!
The restaurant / bar area of O Resort is outstanding and stunning during the sunset. Food you could not fault. Although the Villas were excellent, we are going to come back next year and stay at the O Resort Jaccuzi villas where the beach is excellent to go straight in for a dip. O Resort does not allow children under 12! Great as it made the pool area very pleasant. Sorry kids, but we preferred the peace and quiet. The Diving was quite good - and the dive centre was superb. I did a Nitrox course. The best trips are the all day snorkle trips. Saw loads of Mantas and probably saw more than on the dives I did. We found it difficult to find any real faults. We suggest you don't stay at the Garden Villas. You pay for what you get. Sangu is proably the best part of the island resort although we preferred O Resort. We are well seasoned travellers and just loved Kerudu. It is large enough to have your own privacy."
- Travel date: Sun 22nd of June 2008