10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We have just returned from our honeymoon at the Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa. Despite being quite well-travelled, I can say that without a doubt it was the best holiday of our lives to date. It was an absolutely amazing experience and we could not have hoped or dreamed for more. The location and resort are just stunningly beautiful, but as many have said before, it is the staff that make this place so unforgettable. We felt so special and thoroughly spoilt for the entire duration of our honeymoon. We have never experienced service of this quality before and were completely wowed by their attention to detail, personal service, friendliness and professionalism. Our bungalow was very spacious and immaculately presented. The twice-daily housekeeping is done at very convenient times and they leave your room looking just wonderful. They even rake the sand by your outdoor shower twice daily to remove any footprints! The incense was also a very special touch. I was so glad that we chose to stay in a beach bungalow rather than an over-water room as we actually had more privacy and were closer to all of the wonderful facilities that the resort has to offer. The plunge pool and outdoor bed are also pretty flash and very welcome additions to this class of room that you do not get in the water bungalows. We used our pool at least once every day - just gorgeous. The gym is well equipped and the morning yoga with Justin was great. We could see baby sharks and baby sting rays from the sunrise deck before the yoga classes started. Although we were told that the resort was full, we would never have guessed this as at times we felt as though we were the only ones on the island. We got to do many of the activities alone and the pool and beachside were often completely deserted. There is a lot to keep the guests entertained and so there is always plenty of opportunity for privacy and quiet. Obviously, considering that this was our honeymoon, this was great and added to the overall experience. Also, we could see at meal times that there were quite a few children on the island. The resort is clearly popular with families. While you might think that this is highly undesirable on a honeymoon, it actually worked out perfectly for us as the kids were hardly seen, very rarely heard and the relatively high population of families meant that the resort was not inundated with honeymooners. We felt special - not like 'just another couple'. Despite what some other reviewers have written, we were very impressed with the food. Yes, it is expensive, but then again so is everything so why would the food be any different? We had excellent meals throughout our stay and were particularly taken with the Indian restaurant. We had a private dinner in the gazebo and the chef and waiting staff provided us with a night we will never forget. It was simply divine. And a wonderful bonus was waking up the morning after our special dinner to find that the staff had discretely placed a framed photo of the 2 of us at our dinner on our outside table - what a thoughtful momento! The breakfast at Cafe Huraa is also excellent - great variety and very tasty. We didn't eat or need lunch at all as the breakfast was so satisfying! I could go on for paragraphs about how awesome the pool complex is, but suffice to say we LOVED IT. We didn't use the spa as we had so many other things to do, but other guests reported that it was excellent. We did do the dolphin trip, Male transfer and snorkelling expeditions though, and all were superb. The snorkelling was really cool and the guides were all wonderful. Sunrise kayaking is also a must. We loved that the service and resort were totally top class without being pretentious. Nobody was interested in 'putting on airs' meaning that you can really just completely relax into your holiday. Your holiday is about you and your needs / desires, and the Four Seasons takes care of these perfectly. The staff are genuine, exceptionally well trained and really seem to enjoy their positions. We were called by our names and always warmly and professionally greeted. We felt so welcome and truly like VIPs for our stay. All of this lead to a most relaxing, happy experience and we did not stop beaming with delight for the duration of our stay. Honestly, we were thrilled with our holiday. I can only dream and hope that we get the opportunity to return to this wonderful, wonderful resort, but until then I would recommend it to anyone. You will not be disappointed and you will come away with spectacular memories to last a lifetime. We certainly have!"
- Travel date: 2nd March 2008
What a Wonderful Resort- Fabulous!!
"When we arrived at the Airport we were quickly met by wonderful staff of the Four Seasons who handled our luggage and whisked us off to the boat with no delay at all... The boat ride was great and it only took about 15-20 minutes... When we arrived at the resort, we were again met by staff who took us to the lobby to register and gave us tea and cold cloths.. Check in was swift and we were off to our room immediately. We were in a Beach Bungalow 202 and it was perfect. We were on the Ocean side and that particular bungalow has a lot of trees around it so you are not seen by everyone who walks by on the beach... Our outside area was big with two loungers, table for 4, a big covered bed area and a warm poolâ¦... Off the bathroom there is another outside area with a shower. I used the outdoor shower everyday and loved it... Our room was excellent and cleaned spotlessly everyday. They even dusted the rails of the bed (four poster) everyday. The main pool was never busy though the resort was fully booked. I guess because the majority of people also had their own pool and or tons of beach area... At both the pool and the beach we were given ice filled water every 30 to 40 minutes, fresh fruit Popsicles and people coming around to clean sunglasses.. The cold towels also were a blessing with the heat. We went with our 4 year old son and the Kids club was extraordinary. They all were so nice and really seemed to love children. The kids area was just next to the Dr. and it was a very central location. Our son loved to go everyday. Even though we wanted to do things with him, he was happy with the list of activities they had planned. The food was great in every aspect... We did not have a bad meal or bad service though out our 8 days there. As for activities we did lots, all at an extra cost, but worth it... I suggest everyone to do the Sand Bank trip... You hire a boat for a 25 minute ride out into the ocean to a sandbank were you have lunch.. The hotel puts up a tent for you and you eat under itâ¦ There is nothing there other than you and the sand surrounded by the Indian Oceanâ¦ It was a wonderful day... The spa at Kuda Huraa is also very good. My husband was there at least once every day and sometimes twiceâ¦ You take a dhoni over (about 2 minutes, if that) . Book in advance so you are not disappointed. My husband and I have traveled all over and have stayed at some of the very best hotels and resorts in Europe, North America, and Caribbean. The Four Seasons Kuda Huraa was the best so far... It just goes to show that you get what you pay for....and the Four Seasons is worth every penny."
- Travel date: 28th February 2008
Robinson Crusoe experience with 4/5 star service and food
"First visit to the Maldives but stayed in several Four Seasons resort hotels before. This one is good, not great but it has something about it thats very laid back and relaxing. Sea water is great - although a lot of broken coral on the beach and just as you go into the water which means wearing some footwear for protection is a good idea - and beach sand is very clean, white although not quite as powdery as say beach sand found on Bermuda. Water villas are a novelty but not practical (for a family) unless you are on honeymoon and want to be left alone. I suggest staying at one of the beach villas as its far more comfortable, more spacious and you walk straight out and onto the beach. The resort layout is flawed though. Reception, spa, bar and most restaurants are at the far end of the island (with the staff accomodation) while the water villas are the opposite end with the beach accomodation lying between them. This means that if you are in a water villa and want to go to the bar for a drink, you have a 10+ min walk (not far but with the sun blazing!) or you call for a buggy. Bar is very quite and I think its simply because people cant be bothered to go up there. Service is good and staff are friendly. Food (and especially breakfast) was good/average but not incredible. Beach food was really not up to Four Seasons 'go the extra mile' standards eg. the caesars salad with prawns at US$31 was 1 type of lettuce (massive pieces), a little dressing, 3 of the thinest slices of parmesan and 3 prawns. No anchovies, no hard bolied egg ...and 3 prawns?! You are in the middle of the ocean with fresh fish everywhere! Spa (on its own little island) treatments were very good. Another advantage is this resort is a 25 minute speed boat ride away from the airport. You are not dependant on the seaplanes and after getting off a long flight or indeed several long flights, the quicker you get the family to their rooms and the beach, the better. This resort is not over-manicured. Its more 'natural' with many people spending most the day barefoot and not in high heels which I understand you can find elsewhere in the Maldives."
- Travel date: 17th February 2008
Great honeymoon destination...
"We just got back from our Honeymoon at the Four Seasons in the Maldives and had a fantastic time. In particular: 1. The setting - the location is perfect - a very private small island surrounded by beautiful water. 2. Service - The service was amazing. Everyone knew us by name on our second day and all the staff were very accomodating. Also, as you'd expect from a Four Seasons, they anticipate all your needs before you think of them. 3. Food - I must say I disagree with the lost poster who said the food was only average. We had amazing food everyday of our stay - the breakfast buffet had a great selection and always kept us full til lunch. We had several amazing dinners, including a romantic dinner on a private spot of beach were we worked with the chef beforehand on personalizing our menu and the Asian restaurant was very good. We also loved the different curries from the indian restaurant. Definitely try the cooking school. 4. Spa - my wife went to the Spa everyday and thought it was amazing. For those of you considering the four seasons in the maldives as a Honeymoon destination I would highly recommend it. However, if you're debating between the Maldives and Bora Bora, I would have to say that I prefered Bora Bora (attended for a week on a previous vacation). It has everything of the Maldives but a more beautiful backdrop and even nicer water (if that sounds possible)."
- Travel date: 16th February 2008
"Just returned from my honeymoon in the Maldives for 7 days (after spending 8 days in Bali at the Oberoi and Four Seasons there, see my reviews). Here are my thoughts on the wonderful Four Seasons at Kudaa Huraa: 1. Service Excellent. The employees are extraordinary. The service impeccable. This includes, the restaurants, the bar, the dive boat/activities center etc. Of particular note was the Cafe Huraa manager and the main bar manager Arief. 2. Room We stayed in a sunrise side overwater bungalow. We loved the sunrise (we were jet lagged so were always up early). The lagoon itself left a little to be desired however. The water depth is 3 feet for close to a 400 meters out on the sunrise side. The sunset side was better in this regard. The rooms were enormous with a swim platform and nice fixures including a 42" flat panel television (movie check out is done at the lobby). 3. Activities Diving was extraordinary. The staff were super, super nice. The dive boat never had more than 6 divers (and one day there were just two of us.) The dive spots were 20 minutes away and the result was the best diving I have ever had. We had an average day at the spa. The whole spa on an island thing is a little overrated as I like to just drop in to a spa on a whim sometimes. Other activites were wakeboarding and kayaking. Snorkelling off the shore was mediocre (though many do it). If you are experienced you can take a boat about 400 meter off shore to the house reef (of course the Four Seasons charges for this---one side complaint is the constant nickel and diming for little activites when you are paying more than $500 per day for a room) Yoga was great. We did the sunrise and pvt yoga lessons with Justin. They were excellent. 4. Food This is my only source of disappointment. I have to disagree with prior posters. The only interesting food was the Indian food, partcularly the Tandoori. We requested additional local fresh chili pepper to spice the food up and the naan bread was excellent. The breakfast buffet was good as well. but everything else for all other meals was very average. I think the Four Seasons is trying to make everyone feel too comfortable as if they haven't left home. The asian dishes were awful (noodles), the western main courses were mediocre (all at Cafe Huraa) The Italian Food at Reef Club was filling but was very average. Even the BBQ was just okay with overcooked rib-eye being the norm. Bottom Line You can't go wrong with going here. The beach, the rooms, the water, the staff are all 5*. Will I return? Probably not. If I come back to the Maldives I would try something different simply because the Four Seasons plays it a little too safe for food and I would like to try another 5* hotel with so many nearby. But don't misinterpret me, for a honeymoon it doesn't get any better than this. ****One final note, don't bring alcohol in your luggage because the authorities at the airiport will confiscate it. We didn't, but heard others that did. Also, expect to pay $200-$400 per day on food and activities, even with a free breakfast."
- Travel date: 11th December 2007
"My husband and I stayed for 6 nights at the Four Seasons Kuda for our honeymoon. We stayed in an overwater bungalow. We absolutely loved the place! The staff are very friendly and attentive. The service is 5 star all the way. The food was excellent, especially in Cafe Hurra. Our bungalow was superb, comfy bed, excellent shower and toiletries. The view from our room was amazing and we often saw fish, sting rays and baby sharks swimming by our deck. Our room had it's own swim/snorkel deck so we could snorkel straight off our own room. The resort is also quite romantic and when we stayed it was fully booked however we still felt that our time there was quite private. The dolphin cruise was great fun, highly recommend that and the fishing trip. My husband caught a fish and the restaurant cooked it up for him, he was pleased! The day spa is great, very relaxing and staff are lovely, bit expensive but it's worth it. Main pool and pool bar are fun. My husband did loads of wake boarding and surfing and loved very minute. This is a place where you can do nothing or heaps of things - either way you won't want to leave - we didn't and are already plotting as to how we can get back there soon!! :) Enjoy."
- Travel date: 10th December 2007
"We stayed from 22-29 November in a beach bungalow with pool (#130) on the West side. This is an excellent resort with the high standards to be expected from FS. We plan on going back. Main points: 1. Service. Perfect â on a par with the Tongsai Bay (surely the gold standard) but with a lot more staff. Managed the difficult trick of successfully combining professionalism, warmth and humour all the way from reception to the beach guys. Successfully passed the âask a waiter in one restaurant to make you a reservation in anotherâ test several times. And where thereâs good service there is usually good management lurking in the background, but in this case often in the foreground, particularly in the restaurants (where they were leading by example and actually serving tables). Worth noting that the training was good enough that the staff knew not to âhoverâ over you but be all the same instantly available. 2. Villa. Roomy in a standard 5*+ Far East style. Privacy in this villa was good due to lots of vegetation in front but most seemed very exposed to the beach. However, well furnished (also outdoors with sun loungers etc.) and excellent bedâ¦slept like a baby. Despite the preponderance of glass walls once the blinds were down the sun was truly out. Strangely you are warned not to take the slippers with you (never seen this before) â which gives rise to the uncomfortable question as to whoâs foot fungus might have been deposited there before you! Bathroom inadequately lighted, particularly the toilet. Amenities a bit cheap-looking for this standard of resort. Bathtub huge but with vertical sides so lying back for a read in the tub is not feasible (and not an option due to the lighting in any case). Separate toilet but with an open ceiling, which might be of concern to more sound-sensitive guests (bathroom door can be closed to provide soundproofing if necessary). Plunge pool a nice size and only 5 meters from the beach so âswim in the ocean, rinse off in the poolâ was a pleasant option. Lots of towels, cleaning and turn down very thorough. 3. Food & Drink. Overall the high standard you would expect but nothing spectacular. Portions generally sized to appeal to models (or designed to make you want dessert). Pork products freely available (nice not to have to enjoy the delicious flavour of âturkey baconâ). Your choices: o Breakfast. Humanely kept open until 10.30 a.m., which meant we made it most days. Lavish spread to suit most national tastes, particularly good scrambled eggs â warm and soft (meaning fresh). o Indian. Least impressive of the restaurants. Food was under-spiced for an experienced set of taste buds (perhaps to appeal to Japanese guests?). Draft beer served in ridiculously small âponyâ (1/4 pint) glasses. o Italian. The lunchtime antipasto buffet is excellent â lots of yummy choices. Pastas all hand made and fresh, delicious but only available in a starter size. Main courses at dinner suffered from the chefâs extremely light hand on the salt - good fresh ingredients but without the bit of salt needed to bring out the flavours. Service here particularly good. o CafÃ© Hurraa & Barbecue. Described together because the best option for dinner was to go to CafÃ© Hurraa and ask for the barbecue menu from which to order main courses. CafÃ© at lunchtime: lots of choice and a gazpacho a Spaniard would be proud to serve. Sashimi starter both very good and surprisingly generously proportioned. Excellent fresh oysters â smallish but still plump and with seawater still in the shells. For dinner, the Barbecue offers the best selection for main courses (decent steaks) and the only restaurant to offer a decent-sized main course. At the Barbecue itself â we ate there one night â the service was slightly below the very high standard of the other restaurants. o Romantic dinner. Included in the package â should be called âdinner in the darkâ, and the food was getting chilly by the time it reached out remote outpost. A better option would be to offer non-honeymooners like us the option of âanything you want in the restaurant of your choiceâ â might be worth asking for this as an alternative as it would give you a better meal and FS less hassle. Point to watch out for: the resort pre-assigns your romantic dinner date (you are told on arrival) â a slight hassle to change it (only time we heard a âmaybeâ rather than an âof courseâ from anyone) and we didnât get the date we asked for, perhaps due to a shortage of lonely outposts. o Main bar. Well attended in the evenings, pleasant spot for coffee and watching the comings and goings in the afternoon (it is right next to the boat pier and reception). Lots of games and a cheerful and charming staff, slightly âdesign victimâ furniture being the only negative. 3. Gift shop. Big, lots of stuff, lots of it attractive, but at prices to make a rug merchant blush. However, before turning your back on these treasures read âtransfersâ below. 4. Activities. The only organized thing we did was a fishing trip â fun and only a couple of hours. Credit to the resort for having quite a number of short (<3 hours) activities available so you could get a taste of something without having to lose a whole day. 5. Beach. We went snorkeling and kayaking around the hotel â lots of fish to look at. Beach is fine-ish (not powder) sand and kept sparkling clean. Beach guys are around every 10 minutes or so and do drinks, food, etc. Plenty of loungers (well spaced apart) but I agree with another reviewer that it is very annoying that the loungers in front of your beach villa are not âyoursâ. It didnât happen to us, but it is possible that you could find a couple of strangers lying in front of your villa and be forced to march off to find somewhere else â I would have been very unhappy if this had happened to us. Management should mark off an area for âfree loungersâ for the water villa occupants and reserve the loungers directly in front of the beach bungalows for the respective villa â you shouldnât have to behave like a 3* tourist and âbagâ a lounger first thing in the morning at these prices. One other serious point is that the resort needs to put up warning signs for swimmers at the two ends of the island, particularly at the main pool end. The tidal currents â we stayed during full moon â are pretty ferocious and could get a child or even medium swimmer into quite serious difficulties. I had to quite literally drag my wife out of the tide race as we were being swept into the boat loading docks. 6. Transfers. We were the only people off our flight both coming and going so there was no wait â straight out of customs and onto the boat. Leaving there was no nonsense about âyou must get to the airport three hours before departureâ (i.e. we want you out of here as early as possible) and the resort timed it nicely so we left at checkout time and had about 1.5 hours to check in etc. However, a word of warning about Male airport â it has a lousy duty free area (unbelievable given the number of well heeled visitors walking through it every day) with a tiny and badly stocked booze and cigs. shop and a dreadful souvenir shop. My advice is to hold back the tears and visit the FS gift shop. 7. Costs. Pricing is more or less the same as a FS in a major city. We estimated $400 a day for food and drink (breakfast was included in the room rate) and this was about right to live well (and we like to live well!) and order whatever you want. Non-alcolholics could knock up to $100 a day off. To be truthful, I actually smiled when I saw the billâ¦.we felt we got value for our money. In sum, we arrived exhausted and stressed out, we left happy, relaxed, and a bit sad to have to go home. We look forward to going back."
- Travel date: 5th December 2007
Amazing hotel, location and service
"This place is fantastic, from the moment we stepped off the boat from the Airport. Nothing was too much trouble. We've stayed in water bungalows before so decided to stay in a beach villa with plunge pool. The villa was faultless in every respect, beautifully clean and comfortable and from our bed we could see the reef in the morning, what a sight to wake up to. Service was excellent, breakfast in the main restaurant was a bit busy so we chose room service on our patio overlooking the Indian Ocean. Our villa was something like 50 feet from the waters edge and we had complete privacy. A baby octopus lived just a few feet away from our villa in the coral, amazing. Food, weather and service 2nd to none."
- Travel date: 23rd October 2007
Great all around Maldives choice -- quintessential Four Seasons
"The Four Seasons Kuda Huraa is a terrific Four Seasons Property that delivers in almost every regard. Our overwater bungalow was terrific -- big, new, with modern conveniences (WiFi, big flat screen TV, ipod connectors), terrific water view, great bathroom. The gym was terrific -- great equipment, TVs, attendant that replaces your water before it is finished, and brings cold towels. The food in most of the restaurants was superb. The Italian restaurant is a particular standout. The breakfasts were great. The Indian one was less consistent -- we had one great meal and one mediocre meal. The beach and pool were beautiful and completely uncrowded. Service was great. I only have two criticisms: 1) the island the hotel is on is fairly small and could get dull after a few nighs. We stayed for four nights/three days and that felt about right. 2) It felt like a great tropical Four Seasons, but there was nothing distinctive about it. You couldn't tell that you were in the Maldives or anywhere else for that matter. We stayed at Soneva Gili afterwards, and though it was less polished it was more distictive. That said, my criticisms should not be read by anyone as recommendations against the hotel. It is a wonderful place and anyone staying there would have a great time."
- Travel date: 16th September 2007
"What a place .this was like being in paradise. The room (water bungalow) the service, the place, the diving Everything was just perfect. The only negative is the price is extremely high More than 1000.00$ per day"
- Travel date: 23rd August 2007
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