Kurumba. Doesn't that name just scream "TROPICAL PARADISE"? Well, Kurumba means *coconut* in divehi, the local language, that is tropical for you. Originally opened as far back as in December 1972, Kurumba was the first resort in the Maldives and is still, together with Baros, the backbone on which Universal Resorts has built its fame and fortune by the famous Maldivian Maniku brothers & their family. >I have been to Kurumba a few times and, to my surprise, loved it! I thought the proximity to Malé would be a disturbance I would not be able to overlook, but I was completely charmed. That being said, if you want the complete Robinson thing, look elsewhere, but Kurumba has got so much more going for it. It can also be the perfect start or ending to your Maldivian adventure to avoid unnecessary waiting at the Airport due to seaplane transfers not being possible during the dark hours (the sun sets arund 6 pm here).
I adore Kurumba. It is like the City Hotel of the Maldives. Might have the softest sand in the Maldives and a great house reef. Only drawback is the concrete walk ways aroound the island, even if they are rather narrow and discrete. Over the last few years Kurumba has updated the resort immensly and is well worth a visit. Their "basic" rooms are Lovely, otherwise, go for deluxe beach bungalos on the northern part of the island. The shortest transfer in the Maldives is BLISS after along flight and Before a long flight as well!!!!
This is how it all began.
It's just over 40 years ago, just Think what an amazing journey this tiny country has made!!!! I Think the Maldives is the one tropical paradise that has made the most of tourism while still keeping some sort of Control over the impact on the Environment. Sure, it can get better, but compared to many once lovely places in the world, this is still paradisical. Kurumba is a great examaple of that. Being so Close to Malé and all the boats and air travelling, it is soooo calm and peaceful when you are on the Island. :-)