Kurumba Travel Guide
Brown booby © Muriel Gottrop
Conveniently located just a 15-minute boat ride from the airport in Malé, Kurumba's white sand beaches, tropical gardens and coral reefs are a major draw for tourists in the Maldives. The five-star holiday resort of Kurumba is one of the most popular resorts in the Maldives, and the first to open in the country in 1972. The resort was completely rebuilt in 2003, and offers state-of-the-art scuba diving and a spa; other relaxing activities include tennis, sailing, fishing, parasailing and windsurfing.
The accommodation in Kurumba is private and secluded, consisting of luxury bungalows scattered throughout the 48-acre circular island, connected by shaded paths. The island is quiet with little in the way of nightlife, although there are seven excellent restaurants serving everything from French and Italian cuisine to Japanese, Indian and Lebanese.
Kurumba doesn't have much in the way of shopping and sells only a selection of souvenirs and gifts. However, the resort's proximity to Malé, where there is plenty of shopping, makes it one of the best resorts for those itching to buy Maldivian crafts.
Kurumba has an impressive variety of restaurants and bars, offering more than the average resort. A whopping eight restaurants offer guests a selection of cuisines including Japanese, Italian, Indian, Tunisian, Moroccan, Chinese and, of course, Maldivian. There are also several bars and the option of ordering room service, or arranging a private romantic meal somewhere on the island.
This popular resort has a vibrant nightlife, organising discos, traditional dancing nights, live music concerts, karaoke evenings and much more to entertain guests keen for a party on the beach.
Kurumba offers diving and snorkelling, jet skiing, water skiing, sailing, parasailing and windsurfing, and is conveniently close to one of the best surf spots in the Maldives. Surfing lessons are available. There is also a gym, a spa, and a yoga pavilion to keep guests happy on land.
The resorts close proximity to the airport is an advantage but also means there is more ocean traffic in the area; the rooms that face away from the airport are generally quieter.