The rooms were all laid around the circumference of the resort, meaning that wherever you are located, you have a stretch of private beach to share with only 1-2 other rooms. In the Maldives, fighting over sun loungers is a thing of the past. With numbered beds on the shore for each room and beach towels provided in the room, it was all just so easy. We did shamefully little during our stay but with sand as soft and white as icing sugar and crystal-clear jade waters, we didn’t even feel guilty. This is what you come to the Maldives for.
Unless you consider using your masseters to eat your body weight in food a form of exercise, our only real activity at Kurumba was snorkelling. We went every day of our trip and considering we are relative novices, we were hooked. The snorkelling equipment hire prices seemed extortionate, above and beyond what one would consider reasonable but like a pair of dullards, we were prepared to pay for it…..this was without realising until the end of the trip that all the money is refundable upon return of equipment. Right. That makes more sense. I am not renowned for being the voice of logic within our circles…..but what was Pumpkin’s excuse??
The fabulous thing about snorkelling here, if you are inexperienced and a bit apprehensive like we were, is that Kurumba is home to so many house reefs that there is no need at all to fork out or arrange any particular trips; Of course, such trips are available with snorkel masters, varying in duration, standard and location but we were suitably enthralled by the huge variety of fish we saw in the house reefs – wrasse, moray eels, reef sharks, sea cucumbers, clown fish, blue-lined snapper, barracuda, parrot fish, long-nose hawkfish and those are just the ones I can remember! Just one dip beneath the surface leads you to an exquisite waterworld of graceful fish, intricate corals and a rainbow of colours, larger than an artist’s palate.
My only regret is not having the photography skills (or equipment) to be able to capture them in the glory of their true hues, particularly the shy turquoise rainbow fish that scurried away at the first sign of our presence. The Maldivians are very protective of their corals and rightly so – with a new appreciation for their beauty and fragility, it is clear to see why there are ever-evolving innovating projects to help conserve them. The hotel arranged a fantastic after-dinner presentation on marine biology – I was disappointed to note the paucity of attendees as it was highly informative and we learned so much about the marine life we had seen and picked up some useful tips for snorkelling, perhaps the most useful being the fact that moray eels, although generally very peaceful provided you keep a safe distance, have the strongest jaws in the ocean – something we had not realised when Pumpkin first spotted an enormous one and dragged me over, aghast, pointing repeatedly at it! Gratefully, we returned to London with 20 intact fingers between us but be very aware of this before you start chasing after them, eager to grab a good photo!
Kurumba was a wonderful introduction to this fabulous archipelago. Friendly, high quality service, flawless facilities in stunning settings and more competitively priced than many other resorts, I would highly recommend this resort. But… couples wishing to escape to a secluded abyss may wish to look further afield, as Kurumba is a family-friendly and larger resort with a kids club on site and with the proximity to the airport, you may experience intermittent flight noise. It takes a lot more than this to put us off a place and the wonderful food, choice of facilities, pristine waters, ample house reefs and dazzling marine life more than compensate for this. We are already making provisional plans for the next trip. I’m cheekily trying my luck at a 3rd anniversary return but have a feeling I’ll be fighting a losing battle!