Coming back to Kuredu is an amazing thrill every single time. The fact that the sea plane actually lets you off smack on the jetty is beyond cool. Then a leisurely, barefoot, stroll towards the centre of the island and the sound of drums and somewhat atonal (but happy) singing from a line up of smiling staff. Gets to me every time. This was my 11th visit (I think...) and the first one was back in 1999, quite by coincidence (can you imagine!?). Like slipping into paradise by mistake. I was stunned by the beauty of the Maldives in general and by Kuredu in particular and that feeling is still the same, only increased. I crave another fix regularly...a atoll junkie so to speak. :-) Kuredu is sometimes "accused" of being too big, but remember that the size gives more space. In this case MUCH more space. A tiny Island is not automatically more intimate. If there are too many bungalows for the area it can still feel crowded. Even more so on a small Island. Kuredu has made very wise decisions on how to best use the size to its advantage. The interior is mostly still wild an lush, giving an idea on what a huge undertaking it must be to build a resort on an Island here. The football pitch and golf course are cleverly hidden. The resort is separated into 3 areas, though you would never know it from appearences. In the centre of the Island is where the shops, dive center, gym, a la carte restaurants and general action is. To the west you have the Sangu for over 18 years and in the east you have the O resort for over 12 years. This works extremly well. You can be as lazy and relaxed as you want and as active as you want.
Arriving in style to paradise on Kuredu
The seaplane transfer system was no less than a revolution for the Maldivian tourism business making it possible to build resorts on remote islands.
Outside our bungalow 153
Supernice Resort Manager Rainer Steihilber. He is doing an outstanding job running this place. :-)
Above a greeting from and invitation to Kuredu by Rainer Steinhilber. You will see him everywhere around the Island and, like me, wonder if the man ever sleeps at all? Still he always takes time to talk to guests and displays such genuine patience and committement to guest welfare. Starting late April 2017 he has got help from new GM, Patrick de Starcke, formerly Komandoo and Hurawalhi. Welcome to Kuredu Patrick!!!
Stunning Kuredu sunset
The Maldivian sunsets are very special. Mesmerising colours and that perfect temperature and softly caressing breeze at the end of another tropical day. Kuredu is on island time, which means that the clock is set one hour ahead of the capital Male. Instead of rising and setting at 6 am and pm respectively, the sun does so at 7 o' clock. Reasonable for morning coffee with a view and for pre dinner drinks. Island time is just one example of taking service seriously indeed. :-)
Another MAGIC Maldivian morning - just add coffee and Life is complete!
This time we stayed in the part of the island allocated to Sangu resort. It is really hard to choose between O- resort and Sangu, they are both fantastic. The bungalows on the south-east tip (250-260 are the best) is really Robinson-like and also close to the over water spa that I like to spend some time in. Having dinner on the outside deck of the O-resort with flickering oil lamps and the sound of waves with an indigo sky darkening above is holiday dream weaving. Sangu, on the other hand, is a bit smaller and just by the sandbank and that fairytale sunset on the southwest part (not that you are ever far from anything, really...). I would say that it's a toss up. You could do what we do and go many times and try them both. :-)
We visited the Teppanyaki in restaurant Far East and met an old friend, the Teppanyaki chef Joseph that we met on Kanifushi in 2016. Small world. He gave us a great show and a yummy meal. Who knew that champagne went so well with teppanyaki???? ;-) When you are on the AI plan (and you really should be...) you will get 50% off food in the a la carte restaurants AND of course still have the drinks included in AI. That makes a visit to any of the lovely restaurants great value for money and a nice night "out"
Funny that I feel i discover something new every time I am on Kuredu. The sights and sounds and heat and wonderful hospitality.... it is a no brainer really, coming back. We loved being on Kuredu again and another visit is already booked for February 2018. There is never just ONE trip to the Maldives, there is just a first trip...and a second....well, you get the picture. :-) KUREDU WEBSITE