Kurumba Maldives Welcomes Chef Andre Chiang For A Unique Culinary Event

Renowned Chef Andre Chiang from the famed Restaurant Andre in Singapore will be visiting Kurumba Maldives to offer an exclusive menu, as part of his World Octaphilosophy Tour, from 14th to 16th August 2016, at the waterside Thila restaurant.

Andre Chiang OCT - Portrait KitchenChef Andre was born in Taiwan and trained in Michelin starred restaurants across France, before settling in Singapore. Restaurant Andre closes every time Chef Andre travels, in order to be part of every experience of his current “World Octaphilosophy Tour”.

Chef Andre ChaingThe concept of Chef Andre’s Octaphilosophy revolves around a multi-course cuisine, with no starters or main courses; all dishes are regarded as equally important. Each finds its ultimate expression in the dining experience, which is centered on eight elements of gastronomy that inspire Chef Andre Chiang: salt, texture, memory, pure, terroir, south, artisan and unique. Dishes are highly seasonal with a Southern-French influence and combined with the technical precision of the Asian gastronomy.

Chef Andre ChaingGlen Cooper, Executive Chef of Kurumba Maldives stated: “Kurumba Maldives is very excited to welcome Chef Andre Chiang and his team for this truly innovative and unique experience. Aside from the variety of restaurants available in our resort, we always look at special and memorable collaborations that result in something simply amazing and out of the ordinary for our guests.”

Chef Andre ChaingRestaurant Andre’s most recent accolades include:

  • Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 – Restaurant ANDRE #3 Best Restaurant in Singapore
  • World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 – Restaurant ANDRE #32

This unique culinary event will consist of a dinner on 14th and 15th August, as well as a cooking demonstration on 16th August. Limited space is available.

For further information, please contact Kurumba Maldives at [email protected] and check

www.restaurantandre.com

www.kurumba.com/chef-andre

www.kurumba.com/maldives-restaurant

www.kurumba.com/maldives-island-restaurants

About Kurumba Maldives

Kurumba Maldives is set on a tropical island in the North Malé Atoll, conveniently situated a brief 10 minute speedboat ride from the airport. Dotted with coconut trees that are the island’s namesake, Kurumba was the first private island resort in the Maldives. Beautiful gardens, palm fringed white sandy beaches and a vibrant house reef is the hallmarks of this classic Maldivian resort.

The resort offers an array of nine styles of accommodation, ranging from comfortable Superior rooms to the spacious Royal Residence, spread amongst the island’s lush tropical gardens with easy access to the beach. With eight different restaurants to choose from Kurumba Maldives will charm you with its unparalleled choice of dining experiences and a wide range of recreation activities and entertainment. All while maintaining idyllic refuges and quiet spaces of relaxation to create the perfect balance for a holiday in paradise, perfect for honeymooners and families alike.

Over the years, Kurumba has played host to a variety of foreign dignitaries and Heads of State. It has also been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards, including Maldives Leading Hotel (World Travel Awards) in 2010 and 2011, and Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for Best Service and Luxury (2013) as well as the number one All-Inclusive resort in Asia (2014 and 2015), and number one best All-Inclusive resort in the world (2015).

Kurumba Maldives Celebrates International Children’s Day 2016

For the fourth consecutive year, Kurumba Maldives celebrated International Children’s Day 2016 by welcoming 30 Maldivian children from the orphanage “Kudakudhinge Hiyaa” residing in Villingili island. Aged 9 to 16 years old, the children enjoyed an exciting afternoon at the Resort.

Kurumba Maldives - International Children's Day 2016After a fun speedboat ride from Villingili island to Kurumba, the children were welcomed at the Conference Hall by Kurumba Maldives’ Bodu Beru team, who performed a few songs for them. Then the children enjoyed a delicious buffet and sweet treats prepared by Kurumba’s team of chefs, whilst some of our team members sang and danced for them. This encouraged the children to do the same in return. This was then followed by a Magician Show and fun team games, accompanied by Kurumba’s mascots.

Kurumba Maldives - International Children's Day 2016Ali Farooq, Assistant Food & Beverage Manager of Kurumba Maldives stated: “Kurumba Maldives endeavors to support our local community through events and projects like this. This year, we combined Maahefun – celebration marking the beginning of the Ramadan – and International Children’s Day for the kids to enjoy.”

Kurumba Maldives - International Children's Day 2016The Kudakudhinge Hiyaa orphanage, located on Villingili and Hulhumalé islands, hosts children between the ages of 6 months and 21 years old. This is a self-supporting service that requires help from the community and industry in order to continue providing a caring, safe and educational environment for these children.

IMG_8128Kurumba Maldives has an ongoing commitment to Kudakudhinge Hiyaa and over the past 2 years has provided numerous improvements to the orphanage’s residential areas. These include upgrades to the kitchen, laundry, play areas, CCTV and installing new computers, along with providing ongoing consumables such as linen, cleaning equipment, toys and complimentary repairs and maintenance.

Kurumba Maldives - International Children's Day 2016For more information on Kurumba Maldives’ CSR program, please check www.kurumba.com/maldives-csr-activities

For more information about upcoming events in Kurumba Maldives, please check www.kurumba.com/maldives-event-calendar

About Kurumba Maldives

Kurumba Maldives is set on a tropical island in the North Male’ Atoll, conveniently situated a brief 10 minute speedboat ride from the airport. Dotted with coconut trees that are the island’s namesake, Kurumba was the first private island resort in the Maldives. Beautiful gardens, palm fringed white sandy beaches and a vibrant house reef is the hallmarks of this classic Maldivian resort.

The resort offers an array of nine styles of accommodation, ranging from comfortable Superior rooms to the spacious Royal Residence, spread amongst the island’s lush tropical gardens with easy access to the beach. With eight different restaurants to choose from Kurumba Maldives will charm you with its unparalleled choice of dining experiences and a wide range of recreation activities and entertainment. All while maintaining idyllic refuges and quiet spaces of relaxation to create the perfect balance for a holiday in paradise, perfect for honeymooners and families alike.

Over the years, Kurumba has played host to a variety of foreign dignitaries and Heads of State, including Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and former US Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. It has also been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards, including Maldives Leading Hotel (World Travel Awards) in 2010 and 2011, and Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for Best Service and Luxury (2013) as well as the number one All-Inclusive resort in Asia (2014 and 2015), and number one best All-Inclusive resort in the world (2015).

Kurumba Maldives Makes A Splash With Newly Renovated Dive Centre

The team at Kurumba Maldives is delighted to announce the reopening of the Euro-Divers dive centre on 12th May. This was completed as part of the resort’s continual improvement philosophy; to provide the best value in any 5-star resort within the Maldives. As the Maldives is listed as one of the top locations for diving in the world, Kurumba Maldives wishes to encourage more guests to experience this wonderful activity, in this very unique environment.

The aesthetic of the Dive Centre has been designed to provide a welcoming and open entrance which will be much easier for guests to find. Flowing spaces make up the tank room, storage and drying rooms as well as allowing for an inspiring dive school classroom; while in addition, the showers and bathrooms have been updated. The centre is also fully equipped with state-of-the-art gear and nitrox free of charge for license holders, and offers vast storage for in-house guest equipment.

Euro-Divers dive centre, Kurumba Maldives
Euro-Divers dive centre, Kurumba Maldives

The remodelling is complete with high ceilings under a traditional thatched roof, constructed from distinctive materials such as lava stone, ceramic and pebble-textured tile, with natural woods under silver, white, and turquoise furnishings. The Dive Centre now faces the sunset and ocean, and the open-plan style, brings an airy and relaxed atmosphere to the space.

Although conveniently located within 10 minutes of Malé airport, Kurumba also offers the chance for guests to explore over 30 different dive sites, the most famous sites being Banana Reef, HP, Nassimo, Okobe and top manta spot, Sunlight Thila. Most of these amazing dive sites are found within a 5-30 minute boat trip from the resort, including 2 manta points, and some of the most exciting drift dives in the Maldives.

Euro-Divers dive centre, Kurumba Maldives
Euro-Divers dive centre, Kurumba Maldives

Euro-Divers offers a selection of internationally recognized PADI dive courses ranging from the Bubblemaker for children, through to Assistant Instructor qualifications with many specialties in between.

Kurumba Maldives Dive School, operated by Euro-Divers is open 7 days a week, with 3 scheduled dives per day on offer, as well as night dives and fluo night dives on request. There are customized schedules for all ages from 8 to 80, and free trial dives 3 days per week for those keen to explore the underwater world.

Blessed with a year round water temperature between 28 to 30 degrees Celsius, with water visibility up to 40 meters, the Maldives is the perfect destination for recreational divers. Kurumba hopes that the newly upgraded dive centre will encourage more guests to start their dive journey or continue to explore the beautiful underwater world.

Euro-Divers dive centre, Kurumba Maldives
Euro-Divers dive centre, Kurumba Maldives

As the famous Jacques Cousteau once said: “When man sinks beneath the surface, he is free.” Kurumba Maldives invites their guests to discover the beautiful freedom of the marine world and experience life in full colour.

For more information and a special celebratory offer, please check:

www.kurumba.com/maldives-scuba-diving
www.euro-divers.com/scuba-diving-maldives/kurumba-maldives
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UZoVBuwn1Q
http://www.kurumba.com/maldives-diving-offer

Kurumba Maldives receives two World Travel Awards in 2016

Kurumba Maldives is proud to announce that they have been awarded two accolades in the 2016 World Travel Awards as follows:

Maldives’ Leading Resort 2016
Indian Ocean’s Leading MICE Hotel 2016

The first award highlights Kurumba as Maldives’ Leading Resort, which is presented to the best 4.5 to high end 5-star resorts. Kurumba Maldives has been revitalising itself with a large investment to enhance the guest experience progressively over the past six years. Combined with these actions, the resort was rebranded under the principle of “Maldives in Full Colour”, which has brought a highly differentiated guest experience with the goal to offer more for its guests than resorts further afield.

The second award, as Indian Ocean’s leading MICE hotel is presented due to the resort being able to successfully host corporate retreats, groups, incentives, meetings and events on its grounds.

The prestigious World Travel Awards have been recognising organisations delivering outstanding customer experiences in travel and tourism for more than 20 years. They have become a key global institution of the industry, stimulating competition and innovation among operators, as well as providing a helpful testimonial for quality to travellers worldwide. The Wall Street Journal is among the many media that have heralded WTA as “the Oscar’s of the travel industry”.

Judit Rosa, Sales & Marketing Manager of Kurumba Maldives commented: “We are thrilled to receive these prestigious symbols of recognition. A key part of these awards is a voting poll and we would like to thank all our loyal guests and key partners for their continuous support. Secondly, as a resort we are always looking to raise our standards and create a unique and thoughtful journey for our guests on a beautiful island setting. We are truly grateful for the positive recognition from our guests.”

For a list of all the awards, please check:

www.worldtravelawards.com/winners/2016/indian-ocean
http://www.kurumba.com/maldives-awards

Kurumba Maldives Welcomes Yoga Guru Vijeth For Yoga Week

Kurumba Maldives is pleased to announce the arrival of Yogi Vijeth, experienced Yoga therapist, teacher and Yogic counselor, for a week of Yoga related sessions.

Vijeth started practising Yoga when he was 12 years old. He graduated in Gurkula School, then completed a postgraduate degree in Yogic science in Mangalore University, India. He then conducted a Chandrayana Vratta program, which is an ancient yoga detoxification technique (weight reduction programme) for several groups, as well as research on the effect of yogic practices during pregnancy. Vijeth is an experienced teacher and has conducted a series of seminars and workshops during his career.

From 16th to 23rd May 2016, daily special sessions will be on offer for up to 20 guests per group. These include Yoga and Meditation in the mornings and evenings plus Yogic Counselling and Therapy. The Yoga and Meditation sessions will include a group discussion about creating healthy habits and setting goals.

The Yogic Counselling and Therapy sessions will revolve around the Yoga philosophies, which act as a therapist in removing self-created problems in our minds. Yoga philosophy is both science and art. Its reason and technique will help individuals appreciate life. Private sessions with Yogi Vijeth can also be arranged upon request.

This unique visit is in addition to the existing complimentary group Yoga sessions which are part of the expansive weekly activities program; along with many other varied activities ranging from the active, like guided snorkelling, to the more indulgent wine tasting or live cooking demonstrations. Kurumba consistently strives to offer all its guests more, so they can experience the very best of the island lifestyle and the Maldives In Full Colour.

Advance booking is recommended through [email protected]. More information can be found at: www.kurumba.com/maldives-yoga-week-02

Kurumba Maldives Welcomes Roberto Cuda For Cocktail Week

Kurumba Maldives is pleased to announce the arrival of Mr. Roberto Cuda: highly awarded Mixologist, Bar Trainer and Beverage Consultant, for a week of special cocktail themed event.

Roberto has a broad experience in cocktail mixology, developing his skills in places like Italy, Dubai, Ibiza or London and specialising as a Head Mixologist, assisting in the development of bartenders and beverage menus with original and inspiring recipes. Roberto has been well awarded contending in cocktail competitions.

Roberto will be performing his skills behind the Bar every evening from 1st to 5th April 2016 at Kandu Bar with a special menu of cocktails in Kurumba Maldives, accompanied by a variety of nightly entertainment.

This special cocktail menu will also be available to guests on All-Inclusive meal plan as part of their package and accessible to other guests at the usual cocktail prices. Non-alcoholic cocktails will also be on offer.

On 7th April, an exclusive food & cocktail pairing evening will take place in Isola restaurant for a maximum of 20 guests. This will feature a 5-course set menu with paired cocktails.

More information about Roberto Cuda is available at: www.robertocuda.com

About Kurumba Maldives

Kurumba Maldives is set on a tropical island in the North Male’ Atoll, conveniently situated a brief 10 minute speedboat ride from the airport. Dotted with coconut trees that are the island’s namesake, Kurumba was the first private island resort in the Maldives. Beautiful gardens, palm fringed white sandy beaches and a vibrant house reef is the hallmarks of this classic Maldivian resort.

The resort offers an array of nine styles of accommodation, ranging from comfortable Superior rooms to the spacious Royal Residence, spread amongst the island’s lush tropical gardens with easy access to the beach. With eight different restaurants to choose from Kurumba Maldives will charm you with its unparalleled choice of dining experience and a wide range of recreation activities and entertainment. All while maintaining idyllic refuges and quiet spaces of relaxation to create the perfect balance for a holiday in paradise, perfect for honeymooners and family alike.

Over the years, Kurumba has played host to a variety of foreign dignitaries and Heads of State, including Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and former US Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. It has also been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards, including Maldives Leading Hotel (World Travel Awards) in 2010 and 2011, and Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for Best Service and Luxury (2013) as well as the number one All-Inclusive resort in Asia (2014 and 2015), and number one best All-Inclusive resort in the world (2015).

Kurumba Maldives Offers a Scholarship for Maldivians

As part of its ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility program, Kurumba Maldives is pleased to announce the launch of its scholarship programme

Kurumba Scholarship FlyerKurumba Maldives has established a scholarship programme to assist Maldivians who plan to continue their education in college. Under this programme, Kurumba provides scholarship grants to two graduated high school students, to enable the recipients to complete a 3 year graduate programme in Hospitality & Hotel Administration at an accredited institution of the resort’s choice in India.

This scholarship is eligible to Maldivian citizens and permanent residents who have passed in 10+2 system of Senior Secondary School examination or its equivalent from a recognized Institution with English as one of the subjects, securing not less than 50% marks in aggregate. Those appearing in qualifying exam can also apply on provisional basis. Provisional admission will be cancelled on non-submission of having passed the qualifying examination at the time of admission or latest by 30th September 2016.

Graduates with challenging life conditions and with a higher level of aptitude and attitude will be preferred.

Age limit: Not more than 22 years as of 1st July 2016.

Application submission deadline: 31st March 2016.

Please apply at [email protected]

For more detailed information, please click here

About Kurumba Maldives

Kurumba Maldives is set on a tropical island in the North Male’ Atoll, conveniently situated a brief 10 minute speedboat ride from the airport. Dotted with coconut trees that are the island’s namesake, Kurumba was the first private island resort in the Maldives. Beautiful gardens, palm fringed white sandy beaches and a vibrant house reef is the hallmarks of this classic Maldivian resort.

The resort offers an array of nine styles of accommodation, ranging from comfortable Superior rooms to the spacious Royal Residence, spread amongst the island’s lush tropical gardens with easy access to the beach. With eight different restaurants to choose from Kurumba Maldives will charm you with its unparalleled choice of dining experiences and a wide range of recreation activities and entertainment. All while maintaining idyllic refuges and quiet spaces of relaxation to create the perfect balance for a holiday in paradise, perfect for honeymooners and families alike.

Over the years, Kurumba has played host to a variety of foreign dignitaries and Heads of State, including Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and former US Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. It has also been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards, including Maldives Leading Hotel (World Travel Awards) in 2010 and 2011, and Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for Best Service and Luxury (2013) as well as the number one All-Inclusive resort in Asia (2014 and 2015), and number one best All-Inclusive resort in the world (2015).

Kurumba Maldives Launches New Website

Kurumba Maldives is proud to announce the launch of its new website.

Developed by QUO, the new website has been designed to be more user-friendly, particularly for mobile and tablet users.

Video content has been added, to assist with exploring experiences, facilities and services within the island. The second stage of development will be launched in the coming weeks and will include an upgraded booking engine, a live chat functionality, an interactive Blog site and an updated guest reviews page.

Kurumba Maldives

The distinctive character of Kurumba emerges through this new concept and design, particularly in reference to the choices the island has to offer and its unique and enriching guest experiences, continuing with our commitment to provide more for our guests than resorts further afield.

Jason Kruse, General Manager at Kurumba Maldives stated: “It is Kurumba Maldives’ wish to offer an accurate and complete overview of Kurumba Maldives, the Maldives in Full Colour brand, and the guest experience whilst managing guest expectations and queries. It has become more user-friendly, with simple navigation and clear features. We strive to give our guests as much information as possible, which will be very useful for those who wish to prepare their holiday in advance, as well as those who can’t wait to arrive, with menus, excursions, night entertainment and facilities, etc.”

About Kurumba Maldives

Kurumba Maldives is set on a tropical island in the North Malé Atoll, conveniently situated a brief 10 minute speedboat ride from the airport. Dotted with coconut trees that are the island’s namesake, Kurumba was the first private island resort in the Maldives. Beautiful gardens, palm fringed white sandy beaches and a vibrant house reef is the hallmarks of this classic Maldivian resort.

The resort offers an array of nine styles of accommodation, ranging from comfortable Superior rooms to the spacious Royal Residence, spread amongst the island’s lush tropical gardens with easy access to the beach. With eight different restaurants to choose from Kurumba Maldives will charm you with its unparalleled choice of dining experience and a wide range of recreation activities and entertainment. All while maintaining idyllic refuges and quiet spaces of relaxation to create the perfect balance for a holiday in paradise, perfect for honeymooners and family alike.

Over the years, Kurumba has played host to a variety of foreign dignitaries and Heads of State, including Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and former US Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. It has also been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards, including Maldives Leading Hotel (World Travel Awards) in 2010 and 2011, and Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for Best Service and Luxury (2013) as well as the number one All-Inclusive resort in Asia (2014 and 2015), and number one best All-Inclusive resort in the world (2015).

Kurumba Maldives’ M.I.C.E Facilities

Kurumba Maldives is conveniently located within 10 minutes of Malé International airport and 15 minutes from the capital of Malé, making its position a great advantage for companies wishing to organize meetings, incentives, conferences and events.

Thila Restaurant, Kurumba Maldives
Thila Restaurant, Kurumba Maldives

As the first private resort island in the Maldives, Kurumba has had the privilege to organize numerous events over the years since its opening in 1972. The team has vast experience in special occasions such as state dinners and conferences.

Conference Hall, Kurumba Maldives
Conference Hall, Kurumba Maldives

This beautiful island, boasts 8 restaurants, 3 bars, nightly entertainment, water sports, a diving school, a vibrant house reef for snorkelling, excursions, a recreation center with numerous facilities and activities, a spa and paradisiacal beaches.

VIP Lounge, Kurumba Maldives
VIP Lounge, Kurumba Maldives

The Bougainvillea Hall is Kurumba’s main convention hall. Its high ceilings give the well-appointed room an open feel, without pillars obscuring attendees’ views. This meeting space caters for up to 200 guests in a variety of layouts. In addition, The VIP lounge is connected to the main conference hall and can be divided into two spaces. Suitable for up to 60 guests, this space is perfect for breakouts, a rest area for speakers or for smaller meetings.

Conference Hall, Kurumba Maldives
Conference Hall, Kurumba Maldives

The bathroom facilities adjacent to the conference hall and in the VIP lounge have all been recently renovated, while the installation of new carpets in the conference areas has provided a fresh feel to the space.

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Ms. Judit Rosa, Sales & Marketing Manager at Kurumba Maldives commented: “Kurumba Maldives is fully committed to providing the best value for money and continually improving its services and facilities. We have invested over USD1 million over the past year in accordance with our improvement policy and we are looking forward to welcome more MICE guests to the island in 2016”.

Team building activities can also be arranged by the Majaa Recreation team, as well as excursions, social events and cultural experiences for delegates and their spouses.

Thila Restaurant, Kurumba Maldives
Thila Restaurant, Kurumba Maldives

Indoor and al fresco dining options are available, including the ever popular Thila restaurant’s 1st floor, which offers spectacular views and can be booked for private events. This space is ideal for a cocktail reception or as a dining space. The Food & Beverage and culinary teams will work on dedicated menus based on requirements.

Media Contact:

Please contact us with any questions that you may have regarding organizing your meeting, event or itinerary. We will be happy to assist you in organizing your package, accommodation, transfers and all the small details that really count. Phone: (960) 6647369 Fax: (960) 6643885 E-mail: [email protected]

About Kurumba Maldives

Kurumba Maldives is set on a tropical island in the North Malé Atoll, conveniently situated a brief 10 minute speedboat ride from the airport. Dotted with coconut trees that are the island’s namesake, Kurumba was the first private island resort in the Maldives. Beautiful gardens, palm fringed white sandy beaches and a vibrant house reef is the hallmarks of this classic Maldivian resort.

The resort offers an array of eight styles of accommodation, ranging from comfortable Superior rooms to the spacious Royal Residence, spread amongst the island’s lush tropical gardens with easy access to the beach. With eight different restaurants to choose from Kurumba Maldives will charm you with its unparalleled choice of dining experiences and a wide range of recreation activities and entertainment. All while maintaining idyllic refuges and quiet spaces of relaxation to create the perfect balance for a holiday in paradise, perfect for honeymooners and family alike.

Over the years, Kurumba has played host to a variety of foreign dignitaries and Heads of State, including Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and former US Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. It has also been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards, including Maldives Leading Hotel (World Travel Awards) in 2010 and 2011, and Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for Best Service and Luxury (2013) as well as the number one All-Inclusive resort in Asia (2014 and 2015), and number one best All-Inclusive resort in the world (2015).

Kurumba Maldives
Kurumba Maldives

Review — Kurumba’s Veli Spa revives authentic traditional medicine

Review — Veli means sand in Dhivehi and indicates Kurumba’s commitment to incorporating essential local ingredients such as coconut oil and indigenous herbs into its spa treatments at Veli Spa. “We are the first spa in the Maldives to use traditional medicine in its most authentic form as a base for our treatments,” says Spa Manager Aishath Zulfishan, or Xubba, as she prefers to be called.

Spa Oils, Veli Spa, Kurumba Maldives
Spa Oils at Veli Spa. Photo Credit: Kurumba Maldives

Kurumba is the Maldives’ first resort and it’s refreshing to see that it continues to be a pioneer in the industry. Using ancient Maldivian medicine in its treatments, is an important step in preserving a unique element of local culture that has been passed on from generation to generation.

It took Xubba eight months to learn Dhivehi Beys, traditional herbal remedies, from one of the most respected local herbal healers. Her proudest moment was to invite her teacher to Kurumba and offer him a treatment at Veli Spa. “He was speechless. He had no idea that this is what we are doing. His words mean more to me than anything,” she says.

Maldivian traditional medicine dates back to a time before doctors. It is based on local herbs and medical knowledge and secrets travellers from faraway shores have shared with the local people over centuries. “Unlike medicines one buys at the pharmacy, herbal medicine is not a quick fix but a life long solution,” Xubba says.

Using traditional remedies and local ingredients is part of the holistic approach to wellness at Veli Spa. “We all lead busy lives, and muscle tension is often the result of mental tension and stress,” Xubba says. “A spa treatment is a journey, we assist guests to foster a positive outlook and embrace self care.”

For my aching writer’s back she prescribes Akarakaraa Theyo Dhemun (Spirit of the Maldives), a signature full body massage, that was especially created for Veli Spa and can be tailored according to needs.

Spa Treatment Room at Veli Spa. Photo Credit: Kurumba Maldives
Spa Treatment Room at Veli Spa. Photo Credit: Kurumba Maldives

I ask my masseuse Made, who hails from Bali, to apply strong pressure. Her nimble hands spread signature oil – healing local herbs and coconut oil – in relaxing strokes and apply pressure point work in all the right spots, loosening my tight muscles. I soon drift off, lulled by the rhythm of her hands and the soothing scent of the herb-infused oil. My massage is finished with the application of heated sand poultices, which feel so much more comfortable against my body than hot stones, which are commonly used in other forms of massage to warm up tight muscles.

Veli Spa, Kurumba Maldives
Veli Spa. Photo Credit: Kurumba Maldives

Supple, relaxed and feeling nourished, I float over stone steps and across landscaped water features to another treatment room where Sri, also from Bali, indulges my feet in an hour-long treatment.

Pedicure, Veli Spa, Kurumba Maldives
Pedicure at Veli Spa. Photo Credit: Kurumba Maldives

She soaks my callused feet in warm water enriched with purifying sea salts. Whilst I sip a glass of complimentary champagne, Sri gently works away on my feet – scrubbing, buffing, shaping, exfoliating and massaging. A shea butter and mango wrap leaves my feet and calves feeling deeply nourished; skillfully applied metallic red nail polish makes my feet look great for weeks to come.

Resting in the spacious and tranquil relaxation room post-pampering, I reflect on how lucky I am to have been given a taste of Dhivehi Beys at Kurumba’s Veli Spa. Saying farewell to the enthusiastic Xubba, the country’s first Maldivian Spa Therapist, I feel hopeful that these traditional remedies will continue to be passed on from generation to generation. Kurumba Maldives is once again leading the way of innovation and preservation.

Lounge, Veli Spa, Kurumba Maldives
Lounge at Veli Spa. Photo Credit: Kurumba Maldives