I have been very excited about visiting Hurawalhi, this brand new luxury resort in between two of my long time favourites Kuredu and Komandoo and managed by GM Patrick de Starcke. Opened as recently as 1 December 2016, it is already up and running in an impressive way, no doubt helped by the extensive experience of GM and staff both. Many well known smiling faces belong to top notch staff previously employed on Kuredu or Komandoo.
We were welcomed by Patrick on the jetty and then Jeteen, a very nice man (he gave as loads of chilled champagne) took care of us and gave us some basic info about the resort and about our stay. It is a small resort, very beautiful and it just lacks a bit of green to be perfect. I am sure that time and the tropical climate will soon rectify that. Despite the lack of size there is a full a tennis court and a football field. I happen to know that the GM is an enthusiastic tennis player, this might have something to do with it? ;-) Anyway it's a nice addition. I am convinced that many resorts will need to expand their fitness facilities in the future. On Hurawalhi there is a stunning gym building on two levels with a glass walled view towards the Indian ocean. Right on the beach! Well done!
Spectacular villa on Hurawalhi (#242).
We stayed in a water villa towards not only an amazing sunset, but also within splashing distance of "The Wall", a wonderful spot for snorkelling. You get there by swimming in a crystal clear, aqua green/turqoise coloured lagoon. Breath taking nuances. It cannot be properly photographed. IRL is a whole different thing. Go see.
The villa is very spacious, light floods in with dark wooden floors and interior design in very good taste. Gave me a Scandinavian vibe (or is it wishful thinking?). I just adored the bathroom! Huge, marble tiles in a light sandy colour, just like the Maldivian coral sand. Enormous shower space that led directly to the wooden deck outside, beside the pool. Huge deck by the pool, and maybe the biggest pool I have ever encountered in a water villa accomodation. An important thing for us was that all the villas had been built in an eco concious way. Well done!!
The bed was the most comfy I have ever tried, maybe even a tad better than the one in Baros, and that is saying something! The Villa felt very stable and properly secured since there was literally no disturbance from the sea below. You know when a building is not nice just on the surface but through and through. Well done!
All the amenities and details you can expect in a luxury resort of course, and the wine cooler was more than generously stocked on the All Inclusive plan. Aaaahhh... the bliss of uncorking a bottle of chilled Rosé without batting an eye lash. I don't know about you, but I have been taught to avoid touching the mini bar in any hotel on pain of death, so this is so luxurious, so indulgent. If you are planning youre honeymoon or a romantic getaway, do not look any further! Well done!
At the end of the water villa jetty is a dreamlike spot. The Champagne lounge. So tranquil, so harmonius, so relaxing, soooo romantic. That Place alone is Worth a visit to the Island!
We did get to see a beach villa as well and they are just as Lovely. It is a matter of what you prefer, really.
South west beach outside villa 119
The beach villas come with or without a pool. Just a question of preference. I admit I have a weak spot for a private pool, but on the other hand, the Indian ocean is a pretty good pool too :-) You just can't go wrong here. Again; the bathrooms are to die for. Those tiles, I want the same at home!!!!
There is an over water spa, Duniye, and Prodivers handle the diving. Also, a Marine biology center.
Our intro tour - the ballons mark that it was Valentine's day!!!
We got this little tour of the Island with helpful information from this charming young man. All the staff are just adorable.
Delicious lunch menu by the pool!
So what about the food and drink? Well, we started off by being plied with delicious, well chilled champagne and decided to have lunch by the pool instead of going to the Canelli restaurant. There is a "Snack menu", also part of the AIP, with sumptous small dishes. Above you can see the pizza, but we also tried some wonderful lamb koftas and a greek salad. All dishes were freshly made and very tasty. Drinks all made on premium spirits and from scratch. Loved the Coconut Mojito!! The service by the pool area was faultless and warm. Well done!
At night we had dinner in the main restaurant. A grand affair with lovely food and happy waitors. The Under water restaurant 5.8 was fully booked
(I should have thought about booking early...). We had talked to some couples from Stockholm a few Days earlier (while on Kuredu) and they had been over to Hurawalhi for lunch in the 5.8 restaurant. They said it was the best food experience they had ever had. Next time we will make sure to book. :-) They recommended us to go all in with the wine package as well, and who am I to argue the obvious? :-) Breakfast was Lovely with quite a few nice details like juice in small glass bottles for instance.
Going back to Komandoo was easy peasy with a 10 minute speed boat transfer. Really, while you are here you should take the opportunity to sample all the three different resorts. I bet there is nowhere in the Maldives where transfer (and cost for transfer) is so advantageous.
Having been to around 40 resorts in the Maldives I have visited Kuredu 11 times and Komandoo 4 times so far. This is certainly a testimony as good as any about how good these resorts are. So. The BIG question. Will I go back to Hurawalhi??? YES, YES, YES!!!! I am in the process of booking right now to, once again, have paradise in my sight. Do not miss Hurawalhi people. Just saying. Maybe I will even see you there???
Have a look at the breath taking video below (it's ALL true!!) and the Hurawalhi WEBSITE.