Kuredu: for the wedding of your dreams

Does your dream wedding include in the Indian Ocean, white sands and swaying palms? If so, then Kuredu Resort Maldives is the island to pick for an unforgettable, romance-filled day. With its incredible turquoise waters and tropical climate, Kuredu is the dream destination for many wishing to exchange or renew their wedding vows.

The stunning backdrop is surpassed only by the beauty of the love that is shown during these once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Our dedicated Special Events Coordinator is on hand to work with you to help create a memorable day, customising your experiences to provide you with a truly unique ceremony. Choose from a wedding pavilion on the beach, your own private Dream Island or a romantic wooden sailing yacht to celebrate these important moments with your partner.

To ensure that your Kuredu memories never fade, Kuredu’s professional photographers can capture every angle of your wedding day. Pix Maldives photographers are masters at using the natural light and beautiful background to ensure the images reflect the startling beauty of the occasion.

Take a look at the below bridal photo shoot gallery that features the lovely Linnea Petré. Linnea’s shining personality, complemented by Kuredu’s sun-kissed romantic photo shoot locations, can also be admired in the Swedish BröllopsGuiden magazine.

Exchange of vows: Say it against a backdrop of numerous shades of blue

Say your vows and tie the knot at Kuredu Resort & Spa. Expressing your love against a stunning backdrop of turquoise waters and white powdery sand is a one-of-a-kind celebration of love and more romantic than you’ve ever imagined it to be. The Maldivian touch to the wedding is uniquely designed to add a delightful sensory bounty to your ceremony. The vastness of the ocean and the sheer beauty of the island will leave you in a pleasant suspense of what lies ahead in your life together.

You can create your own dream wedding. The ground package includes the ceremony, wedding decoration of your room, floral decorations and live Maldivian drum beats. The flexibility is then yours to add a romantic candlelight or veli dinner, bride’s makeup at Duniye Spa, wedding cake, bottle of champagne, or any other of the many available options to match your idea with our concept of individuality. We can also offer tailor-made supplement alternatives on our luxury yacht “Britt” or on the deserted Dream Island.

Book a photo session or for a wedding inquiry.

Kuredu’s new gym comes with one of the best views in the world

Kuredu Resort Maldives is excited to announce that we have a new gym, located in a specially designed building, offering one of the best views on the island!

Located adjacent to The Beach Restaurant, the new two-storey building offers a fantastic place to work out. Replacing the old gym, which was located in the centre of the island, the larger new gym has a downstairs area, dedicated to yoga, stretching and floorwork exercise, whilst upstairs those wanting to work with weights or cardio equipment can enjoy a stunning view over the turquoise waters of Kuredu’s lagoon, out towards the house reef. Thanks to TVs, you can also keep current with worldwide sports events.

The new building also houses showers and changing facilities, so you can complete your cooldown routine at the gym without having to return to your villa.

The facilities are available for all guests (children under 12 to be accompanied by an adult) to use free of charge, and our team members are on hand to help out and provide introductions to any equipment you may be unfamiliar with.

Kuredu’s gym is also where you sign up for yoga sessions, tennis and badminton, and the place to hop on a rental bike to feel the sweet Kuredu breeze in your hair.

All-Inclusive Plus Enhancements at Kuredu

From the 1st of November 2017, the All-Inclusive Plus package on Kuredu is growing! The All-Inclusive Plus package is the most frequent meal plan that our guests opt for, and already contains a great range of drinks, meals and activities for all to enjoy. But from the 1st of November, a number of new additions will join the list of benefits to help make your stay even more enjoyable:

– Red, white and Rosé wine from the minibar will be included
– All guests on the All-Inclusive Plus package will receive a demi bottle of champagne during their stay (1 per room)
– A larger range of hot drinks will be included: espresso, cappuccino, latte, macchiato and hot chocolate
– Complimentary, regularly scheduled group yoga sessions with Duniye Spa
These join a list of activities and wine and dine options that include (but are not limited to):
– 30-minute group snorkel introductions, windsurf lessons and golf lessons
– Use of a wide range of sport facilities including tennis, badminton and volleyball court, the FIFA-approved football pitch and the island’s gym
– A wide range of unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks from the islands’ bars (served by the glass)
– Soft drinks, canned beers, Kuredu water from the minibar (refilled once per day)
– 50% discount in Kuredu’s a la carte restaurants.

The All-Inclusive Plus package is a great way to enjoy all that Kuredu has to offer in a convenient and hassle-free way.
Treat yourself to an all-inclusive holiday in the Maldives with the current special offer for stays in November and December – book until 30th September to receive up to 20% discount!

Guests staying at Kuredu can reserve a table at Hurawalhi’s 5.8 Undersea Restaurant for an incredible multi-course tasting extravaganza and add another incredible highlight to the holiday.

Eat, drink and be merry this September at Kuredu

Kuredu’s Food and Beverage department is pleased to announce a series of dining events and promotions for September. Mark your calendars and say bon appetit and Pros’ as you enjoy the following special events in the sun or under the sparkling stars and the moon:

Beach Dinners

Following the success of beach dinners in the previous months, more special dinners are planned for September. On the 5th we will be hosting a full moon romantic BBQ, followed up by a Japanese-themed buffet run from The Far East on the 18th.

United Gindom

September is also a special month for any gin lovers out there, as we introduce Kuredu’s “United Gindom” gin menu to the O and Sangu Bars. Featuring a range of international brands, including Herno, which was voted the best gin in the world 2016, and Kuredu’s own line of new, handcrafted gins, featuring New Delhi Gin, Indian Ocean Gin, Kuredu Gin, Colombo Gin.

Life is Brewtiful

If gin is not your cup of tea, head to Sai Kotari, where along with the usual signature teas and coffees available, a number of craft beers and fruit shandies from around the world will be served for those fancying something a little different as part of Kuredu’s “Life is Brewtiful” celebrations.

Ruinart Promotion

Great news for those looking to enjoy new movies under the stars on a Sunday evening at Ralhu Bar: we’ll be running a special movie promotion that includes a demi bottle of Ruinart Brut, popcorn, chocolate and nuts.

October Festival

During the second half of September (and into October), Kuredu will be joining in the Oktoberfest atmosphere. As well as offering some traditional German beers, there will be two additional Oktoberfest beach BBQs on the 16th and 30th of September for those wanting to raise their glass and celebrate the joys that are beer and Kuredu!

Head to the Events section Kuredu’s Facebook to find out more and to confirm your attendance.

Dinners can be booked through Franco’s or by emailing us. If you wish to surprise your loved ones, a gifts voucher can be purchased here.

Kuredu connected with nature

Kuredu joined global World Environment Day and World Oceans Day celebrations this past week with a series of activities and events that highlighted the importance of doing everything we can to protect this beautiful planet of ours.

Kuredu connected with nature

Kuredu connected with nature

To mark World Environment Day, divers and snorkellers were invited to participate in reef clean-up events. The four divers, guided by instructors Giuliana and Laura, removed four bags of debris that ocean currents brought to the reef. As a small thank you to the divers, a blacktip reef shark and an octopus made an appearance. Snorkellers also contributed their part – some were so eager to help that they even pushed their freediving limits to be able to reach some of the debris on the reef. A big thank you to guests, Nika, Zoë and Birgit for their effort – and for making the necessary arrangements for our snorkellers to see a total of six turtles during the clean-up. The group even saw Dory (blue tang surgeonfish) – she just keeeeept on swimming on her tidied up reef!

Kuredu connected with nature

Repurposing waste and turning it into useful or arty products is one way to help clean up the environment. The resort’s team members were invited to put their creative caps on – see below some of their creations. The items were also displayed in Babuna Bar.

World Oceans Day saw a seaweed cleaning, as well as a clean-up dive. Instructors Pierre and Giuliana took the group to the famous Kuredu Express dive site, where they not only removed several fishing lines from the reef, but at the same time also had enjoyable encounters, in 20+ meter visibility conditions, with four eagle rays, turtles and a reef shark.

Kuredu connected with natureThank you for supporting us in keeping Kuredu and its surroundings clean, one good deed at a time!

 

World Environment and World Oceans Day at Kuredu

If you are coming to Kuredu next week, you have a lot to look forward to. With World Environment Day on Monday, 5th June, followed by World Oceans Day on Thursday, 8th June, you are kindly invited to help us protect the beautiful, but fragile environment that Kuredu is a part of.

World Environment and World Oceans Day, Kuredu
Kuredu Maldives Resort

The ocean around Kuredu is home to plentiful and diverse marine life, which for many guests becomes the highlight of their visits. Few places in the Maldives offer such a variety of encounters as Kuredu: the surrounding reefs are home to diverse coral, a plethora of micro critters and an astounding variety of fish. Sharks and rays are seen regularly while diving and snorkelling, as are dolphins’ leaps and twirls. The sad truth is, however, that the ocean suffers from marine debris, which ocean currents also bring to otherwise idyllic places like Kuredu.

Snorkeling, World Environment and World Oceans Day, Kuredu
Kuredu Maldives Resort

World Environment Day, 5th June

To show your commitment to a clean environment, you are cordially invited to join the Prodivers team for a house reef and lagoon clean-up event on Monday, 5th June, at 14:30. Snorkellers and divers are ambassadors of the ocean, so why not make a difference during your holiday at Kuredu and express your dedication to making this fascinating blue planet of ours healthier for everyone. Lagoon clean-up (for snorkellers) and house reef clean-up (for divers) will be free of charge events. Please sign up at the dive centre.

World Oceans Day, 8th June

On Thursday, special World Oceans Day snorkelling and diving boat trips will be organised. In the morning, snorkellers will head to two reefs and collect any debris they may come across, and divers will head to Kuredu Express and Express Outreef in the afternoon to enjoy possible big fish action and remove anything that’s not meant to be on the reef. The clean-up dive will be complimentary (*boat and rental fees apply).

Kuredu is always committed to doing everything in our power to minimise the environmental impact of the resort, but we know many of our guests are fascinated in both what we do, and how they can help, and next week will be a great opportunity for them to find out more.

Baby shark, World Environment and World Oceans Day, Kuredu
Baby shark, Kuredu Maldives Resort

Hurawalhi hosts Martin Stelfox’s Olive Ridley Project

Hurawalhi Maldives hosted Martin Stelfox, founder and CEO of the Olive Ridley Project, for a 4-day visit, during which the resort’s guests and team members received a lot of interesting information about sea turtles and about threats these magnificent animals are exposed to.

Martin joined our guests on two Turtle Tour snorkelling excursions; combined, we visited three different snorkel sites that are known to have resident populations of sea turtles – Kuredu Caves (a.k.a. Turtle Airport), Kuredu Lagoon and Komandoo House Reef – which allowed our guests to not only see these sleepyheads up close and personal, but also to get plenty of fascinating insights from Martin and Lisa, the resort’s resident marine biologist.

Founder of Olive Ridley Project Martin Stelfox, Hurawalhi Island Resort
Founder of Olive Ridley Project Martin Stelfox, Hurawalhi Island Resort

The Turtle Tours were charity events and it was with great pleasure to be able to make a generous donation to the Olive Ridley Project that will surely be beneficial to the organisation’s conservations and protection projects across the Indian Ocean.

To show our guest what lurks deeper down beneath the ocean surface, Martin happily accepted Prodivers’ invitation to dive at two of Lhaviyani Atoll’s famous dive sites, Kuredu Express and Kuredu Caves; in total, the divers spotted a whopping 16 green sea turtles! At Caves, the group even met two familiar turtles, Clio and Sapphire.

Founder of Olive Ridley Project Martin Stelfox, Hurawalhi Island Resort
Founder of Olive Ridley Project Martin Stelfox, Hurawalhi Island Resort

On Tuesday evening, at the weekly Prodivers’ Divers Night in Coco Bar, Martin gave a talk on sea turtle biology and the mission of the Olive Ridley Project.

To wrap up the visit, Martin joined the excursion to the Turtle Sanctuary at Naifaru to visit the 4 Olive ridley sea turtles that had to be transferred to Naifaru for rehabilitation after being rescued by Hurawalhi and Prodivers. Zoe Cox, the marine biologist of the sea turtle rehabilitation centre, was a great host.

On behalf of everyone at Hurawalhi, including guests who clearly appreciated the knowledge and passion he shared with us, we would like to thank Martin Stelfox for visiting the resort – we look forward to many more common turtle-related projects in the future!

Last but certainly not least, a big ‘well done’ to Paige, Lisa and Martin for having removed a ghost net from the nearby Latheef dive site and thereby prevented the reef from being further damaged and marine life being entrapped. 

Turtle, Hurawalhi hosts Martin Stelfox’s Olive Ridley Project
Turtle, House reef, Hurawalhi Island Resort

 

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Kuredu welcomes new General Manager Patrick de Staercke

Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, the Maldives’ second largest resort, has named Patrick de Staercke as its new General Manager.

To those who have had the pleasure to work with Patrick, the appointment does not come as a surprise. His professional background and excellent people skills have been a winning mix for bringing all resorts under his management to new heights; the popularity of one of the Maldives’ most romantic resorts, Komandoo, and the outstanding guest feedback that Hurawalhi is receiving, are examples of Patrick’s determination to exceed bottom line expectations and his drive to attain the best possible performance.

Patrick’s management skills, passion and customer orientation are on par with his bright personality, wit and accommodating nature, which inevitably results in good spirits running high throughout the team. This nourishing of positivity and keeping a strong focus on guest satisfaction and constant improvement of facilities and services are a prerequisite for any property to flourish; by having Patrick at the helm of the resort, we are certain that Kuredu will continue to be among the best-value resorts in the Maldives.

On behalf of everyone at Kuredu, we congratulate Patrick de Staercke on the appointment and wish him great success.

General Manager, Patrick de Staercke, Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, the Maldives

Kuredu Resort’s Celebrities: Wahhab

Kuredu is continuing its Celebrities series by putting the resort’s Excursions Supervisor in the spotlight.

We are pleased to feature Abdul Wahhab Abdul Rahman, known to colleagues and guests as Wahhab.

Wahhab joined Kuredu in 1990 and before becoming the resort’s Excursion Coordinator and later Excursions Supervisor, he had kicked off his Kuredu career by working in the kitchen and as a waiter.

Twenty-seven years later and Wahhab ensures the smooth running of all excursions that our guests join to explore beyond Kuredu. Whether you fancy romantic excursions, fishing ventures, atoll cruises or island hopping trips, Wahhab is the right person to turn to for advice on which excursion would be the most suitable for your desired holiday pace and interests. According to Wahhab, the excursion that guests enjoy the most is the full day sailing as it is really the Maldives in a nutshell; you get to see picture-perfect lagoons, sugar-white beaches, you pass by local islands, plus the odds of seeing dolphins in the wild are high. With a bit of luck, manta rays make an appearance and top off your snorkelling experience. Wahhab still reminisces on two extraordinary manta ray events: ‘I saw a massive manta, it was about 4 meters from wingtip to wingtip! And this time last year, my snorkellers and myself were surrounded by 32 mantas, I will never forget that day!’ One of Wahhab’s favourite snorkelling sites is Kuredu Caves, which is famous for its resident green sea turtle community.

‘I saw a massive manta, it was about 4 meters from wingtip to wingtip! And this time last year, my snorkellers and myself were surrounded by 32 mantas, I will never forget that day!’

Wahhab enjoys the peace and quiet that the evenings blanket the atoll with: ‘My favourite time to sail across the atoll at sunset, especially at full moon. Everyone who spends their holiday at Kuredu should join us for the Sunset Cruise, it’s such a pleasant trip, not to mention the pods of spinner dolphins that regularly come to show off their talents.’

When Wahhab is not cruising the atoll and guiding snorkellers across nearby coral reefs, he can be seen playing badminton or volleyball. ‘I love everything about Kuredu, but especially the good-quality accommodation, management and owners’ endeavours at making the resort a pleasant place to work, as well as the delicious food and the various recreation options.’

To thank him for his years-long dedication, Wahhab was invited by the management to attend the World Travel Market in London, to Singapore and to Bangkok, where the team got to expand their horizons in the various fields of hospitality, experience big city life and bond with colleagues from Kuredu and other CCR resorts.

Wahhab is one of Kuredu’s longest-serving team members, yet his personality traits haven’t changed all that much in these twenty-seven years. He remains modest and humble, with a great appreciation of the little things that make Kuredu a truly special place for guests and team alike: ‘If I only had twenty-four hours at the resort, I’d like to stay in one of the Garden Bungalows, go on a Sunset Cruise, indulge in rice and curry at Bonthi Restaurant and enjoy the peacefulness at Sai Kotari.