Kurumba Maldives Expands Its Offerings With New Photo Studio

Kurumba Maldives is pleased to announce its partnership with MMPL (Mesmerizing Maldives Pvt. Ltd.) with the opening of a Photo Studio at Majaa Recreation.

The professional team of MMPL is a bespoke guest photography service catering to over ten resorts in the Maldives. Perfect for guests seeking an enhanced photographic service to meet very specific needs, they bring out the best of our resort in a fun and memorable photo shoot, offering guests treasured memories to take away.

New Photo Studio, Kurumba Maldives
The professional team of Mesmerizing Maldives Pvt. Ltd. (MMPL)

The team works with male and female qualified photographers, specializing in portraiture and family shoots, amongst other photo services. These customarily cater for weddings, honeymoons, Renewal of Vows and family getaways.

New Photo Studio, Kurumba Maldives
Kurumba Maldives

Guests can enjoy a personalized photography session at their convenience and are then invited to view an array of their photos in the comfort and privacy of a dedicated viewing lounge at Majaa Recreation. After this viewing, guests are able to choose from customized albums, digital packages and other products to purchase as cherished gifts.

The Photo Studio is open daily 08:30-17:30 hrs. and offers flexible timings for photo shoots upon request, such as sunset shots or private dinners.

New Photo Studio, Kurumba Maldives
Photo Studio at Majaa Recreation, Kurumba Maldives

For further information, please check:

www.kurumba.com/maldives-photo-studio
Resort Photography Pricelist
Wedding Photography Pricelist

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), number one best All-Inclusive resort in the world (2015), Travellers’ Choice Awards (2015 and 2016) on Trip Advisor and the Best Luxury Family All Inclusive Hotel – Country Winner at the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2016.

Maldives to host the Grand Finale of World Travel Awards 2016

Maldives received the honour of hosting the Grand Finale of the World Travel Awards 2016. As this year marks the 23rd anniversary of the World Travel Awards, the prestigious event is set to take place at Olhuveli Beach Resort & Spa on the 2nd December 2016.

Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as the “Travel industry’s equivalent to the Oscar’s” the World Travel Awards are the most comprehensive and most prestigious awards program in the global travel industry.  The World Travel Award was established back in 1993. Every year the World Travel Awards holds Gala ceremonies for Regional winners and a Grand Finale event is held to award the Global winners. Over the years, the platform has been reputed as the highest level of achievement in the Travel and Tourism Industry. Since then Maldives has won in numerous categories at the World Travel Awards

The Grand Finale of the World Travel Awards will be attended by industry’s key stakeholder, decision makers and gains the attention of the most influential Travel Trade media.

During the World Travel Award 2015 Grand Finale Maldives won the award for the World Leading Beach Destination. For the Grand Finale of 2016 Maldives different resorts and companies have been nominated for the following categories:

As the event day draws closer final preparation are underway at the Olhuveli Beach Resort and Spa.

Kurumba Maldives awarded Best Luxury Family All-Inclusive Hotel in the Maldives

Kurumba Maldives is proud to announce they have been recognised as 2016’s Best Luxury Family All-Inclusive Hotel in the Maldives by the World Luxury Hotel Awards.

The 5-star resort is delighted to have also been nominated Best Luxury Restaurant Hotel and Best Luxury Island Resort at the prestigious awards this year.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards is the pinnacle of recognition of accomplishment by hotels in the luxury hospitality industry, offering acknowledgment to hotels for earning the respect of guests and industry players alike, by awarding hotels, as voted for by the public. Previously, Kurumba’s outstanding Veli Spa has won the World Luxury Hotel Award for Best Luxury Spa in 2015.

Fathimath Maniku, Executive Director at Universal Resorts commented: “We would like to thank all Kurumba Maldives’ followers for casting their votes, as their contribution has helped us achieve these awards. This prestigious accolade serves as an inspiration for us to continually improve and evolve. Our All Inclusive packages offer great value for money and a diverse choice of Food & Beverage experiences. There is plenty on offer for families in our resort. We are extremely pleased with the recognition of our guests.”

Festive Celebrations at Kurumba Maldives 2016 – 2017

Kurumba Maldives is ready to celebrate Christmas and New Year, paradise style! With a series of gastronomic experiences, presented by our Executive Chef Glen Cooper and his culinary team, guests can enjoy a varied selection of delicacies and classy, cosmopolitan events.

The festive events include unique activities such as wine tastings set in the sparkling blue lagoon, cocktail mixology classes and cooking demonstrations. For kids, a fashion show, a gingerbread competition and a visit from Santa himself along with many other activities will keep them entertained throughout this special period.

On Christmas Eve, dinner in Thila will showcase an exciting and vibrant buffet complete with live cooking stations, followed by entertainment at Kandu Bar, which is not to be missed!

Festive season, Kurumba Maldives
Kurumba Maldives

On Christmas Day, our team will perform the classic Christmas Carols at Kandu Bar – an annual tradition – and for the children, a kids party will be organized at the poolside to meet the one and only: Santa.

Festive season, Kurumba Maldives
Kurumba Maldives

On Boxing Day (26th December) a special barbecue will be organized by the poolside for a more informal treat.

Festive season, Kurumba Maldives
Kurumba Maldives

On New Year’s Eve, the theme “White Party” will take center stage; glamorously dressed guests will walk down the red carpet, starting the celebrations with bubbles. A comprehensive and lavish buffet will be served in Thila. Entertainment during dinner and a few surprise performances will culminate with a fabulous awards ceremony, especially for guests, including categories such as “Best Dressed”, as well as a raffle draw. The party will move into Kandu Bar as the night progresses, with songs from one of the most popular live bands in the Maldives and a mixture of classics and best tunes from our resident DJ.

Festive season, Kurumba Maldives
Festive season, Kurumba Maldives

Welcome 2017 with a complimentary New Year’s Day recovery brunch served from 8.00am until 2.30pm.

Orthodox Christmas dinner will take place on 6th January, served in Thila with a focus on fresh seafood followed by entertainment in Kandu Bar with a live band.

Kurumba Maldives is celebrating the success of 2016 and will bring in 2017 in their own exceptional style.

Festive season, Kurumba Maldives
Festive season, Kurumba Maldives

For further information, please check:
//www.kurumba.com/festive-season-2016

Or email us directly at [email protected]

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 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.

Kurumba Maldives

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

Kurumba Maldives

Kurumba Maldives is a tropical getaway located in the North Male Atoll. Within 10 minutes from Male International Airport, you can take a comfortable speedboat ride to the island. This five-star resort is ideal for couples and families.

The resort is the first private island to be opened in Maldives. Coconut palm trees dot the island. With blooming tropical gardens and white sand beaches giving picture-perfect views.

Priding on their exemplary customer service, the staff ensures that guests have a warm and welcome stay at Kurumba. Offering room types fit for the requirements of elderly guests as well as guests with special needs. Special services are always available for the guests upon request at the time of check-in. From Pool Villas to Beachfront Deluxe Bungalows, all rooms are a short walk away from restaurants, entertainment area and the beach.

The island has various dining options. From international buffets to a-la-carte menus, you are free to choose as you desire. Japanese delicacies. Hearty Italian. Fiery Indian curries. Local Maldivian dishes. All available in this homely atmosphere.

If you’re looking to kick-back and relax, Kurumba is the right place for you. To begin, treat yourself to a healing ritual at Veli Spa. Or find the path to inner peace with the guidance of the in-house yogi. Top it up with a fun excursion or simply go diving at the beautiful house reef.

Enjoy Maldives in full color at Kurumba Maldives.