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Kurumba Maldives the Resort that Started it All

Paradise Found in the Indian Ocean: Day 5
Exploring and enjoying the very special Kurumba Maldives resort in a tropical storm.

In 1972, Kurumba opened as the first resort of the Maldives, ushering in an age of exotic tourism for the country. Recently, Kurumba has completely renovated and refreshed their facilities to continue to lead the luxury 5-star Maldives experience that it defined 40 years ago. With 180 bungalows and villas, the resort is large enough to explore, but small enough to have a feeling of your very own island. Even the name Kurumba, which means coconut in Maldivian, hints at a tropical paradise. We were very excited to experience the island.

Waking up to see the sun shining in through the large balcony windows was a great way to start the day. I peered out to see the beach a footstep away.

Waking up to see the sun shining in through the large balcony windows was a great way to start the day. I peered out to see the beach a footstep away.

When ready, we headed out for breakfast at Vihamana, the main restaurant. The buffet selection was excellent with different worldly cuisines. I had a freshly made omelet, roti and curry for a local taste, banana bread and a coffee.

After breakfast we met with Leah and Myla at the reception area. Leah, the sales and marketing manager, gave us some background on Kurumba before Myla took us for a personal tour of the island.

Myla gave an informative tour and her bright personality made it especially fun!

Myla gave an informative tour and her bright personality made it especially fun!

First we went to see some of the restaurants. With everything from Italian to Chinese, there was plenty of choice for dining. We passed by the conference hall which holds 500+ people and is often used for important government meetings. Then we saw some of the other room types including the very impressive Deluxe Pool Villa. The private villas would be ideal for families or those looking for some more luxury and privacy.

Not only do you get your own private pool...

Not only do you get your own private pool…

But you also get a private beach...

But you also get a private beach…

Learning about the extensive list of activities available! Jet ski tour sounds like fun :) The scuba diving center is right next door, which offers great dives for all experience levels.

Learning about the extensive list of activities available! Jet ski tour sounds like fun :) The scuba diving center is right next door, which offers great dives for all experience levels.

The recreation center was a great place for kids play. I can see how families would love this resort as well.

The recreation center was a great place for kids play. I can see how families would love this resort as well.

The Veli Spa provides the ultimate relaxation many seek in the Maldives.

The Veli Spa provides the ultimate relaxation many seek in the Maldives.

We ended our tour at the Sand Bar, sipping on a Passionfruit Mojito and Pina Colada while sitting on coconut tree stools.

We ended our tour at the Sand Bar, sipping on a Passionfruit Mojito and Pina Colada while sitting on coconut tree stools.

We enjoyed our drinks at the Sand Bar and lounged on the beach chairs on the sand. Sunbathing on white sandy beaches and dipping in the warm water to freshen up was what it was all about.

Unfortunately it started drizzling, so we walked back to our bungalow for a freshly brewed in-room coffee to wait for the rain to subside. It seemed the storm was headed in our direction, so we decided to make the best of it and get some snorkeling gear which is conveniently provided at the recreation center.

Relaxing at the bungalow with a cup of coffee.

Relaxing at the bungalow with a cup of coffee while surfing the web.

By the time we got our snorkel gear on, it was raining pretty hard. Though the sea was rough, the lagoon was still really calm so we just snorkeled around the lagoon’s reef. The rain was cold, but the water was really warm which meant it was hard to stop snorkeling!

Even rain can't stop the fun in Maldives!

Even rain can’t stop the fun in Maldives!

The sky is amazing.

The sky is amazing.

Plenty of sea-life to see in the lagoon.

Plenty of sea-life to see in the lagoon.

Angel fish among others didn’t mind getting close and personal with us.

Angel fish among others didn’t mind getting close and personal with us.

Finding Nemo among some coral.

Finding Nemo among some coral.

You can tell by her smile that Christina loved the experience!

You can tell by her smile that Christina loved the experience!

After our swim, we took a nap before getting ready for the Guest Drinks at 5 pm. This was a complementary activity for guests to mingle at the Beach Bar over some nice cocktails.

The Beach Bar got quite packed as guests from around the island packed in under the roof to socialize.

The Beach Bar got quite packed as guests from around the island packed in under the roof to socialize.

Christmas lights and palm trees make for a romantic atmosphere.

Christmas lights and palm trees make for a romantic atmosphere.

After the drinks, Christina and I headed over to Vihamana for dinner. The dinner buffet, like breakfast, provided a large selection of different cuisines so that there was something that everyone would enjoy.

Steak, octopus, fish, steamed vegetables and gravy really hit the spot after a day of exercise!

Steak, octopus, fish, steamed vegetables and gravy really hit the spot after a day of exercise!

As I was settling into my food coma, we decided to call it a night. The rain stopped at this point and with a cool stroll back to the room, we ended our first full day at Kurumba.

Even with a tropical storm looming over the island, we couldn’t NOT have an amazing day!

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