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Our first experience in a Guest House, the White Maakanaa Lodge (second part)

Our first experience in a Guest House, the White Maakanaa Lodge (second part)

We continue the story of our experience at the White Maakanaa Lodge talking about its beach and its beautiful reef. About 50 meters far from the Guest House there is the beach reserved for its guests and for those of other Guest Houses, which currently are about 5 or 6, but were mostly deserted during our stay. There are some wooden sunbeds and others in plastic, all quite old, and some structures specially prepared to create a bit of shade, as well as several wooden seats fixed to the ground. The beach is very wide, especially considering the fact that it is very little frequented, since every G.H. takes its guests every day to excursions. The sand on the beach is pretty clean, almost perfect I would say, while in the water, on the sandy bottom, unfortunately, it is much easier to find objects in plastic, cans, textiles, glass or other, as a sign of negligence of many people... The lagoon slopes gently toward the sea, and at the bottom, on both sides, one can find wonderful and large stretches of reef filled with colorful and also very large live corals, as well as a fair number of fish, even of extra-large size. The last day, I saw the biggest porcupine fish that I had ever seen, about 60-70 cm long, then a turtle, some very big parrot fishes, butterfly fishes... I was greatly disappointed to discover, the second time we went snorkeling at that place, that someone had in the meanwhile rudely torn to pieces four gorgeous, yellow, white and blue corals, which were intact the day before... probably with the fins! I hope that everyone, tourists and Maldivian islanders, does anything to keep clean and intact such a beautiful sea! The beach, as I said before, is comfortable and wide and its reef is very nice, but you don’t go there often, unless the weather is bad. Indeed, the Guest House schedule contemplates every day a hike in heavenly places (I will talk about that in the appropriate sections), except on Friday, the holy day for Muslims, when you can seize the opportunity to learn about the island, the mosque, the local games, the beach and the reef of Keyodhoo .... During these trips we went to Bodumohora, Hulidhoo, Aarah, Anbaraa, in the beach next to Alimatha, to snorkel along the Kuda Kandhu and to fish in the evening and in the morning. With regard to our experience in fishing trips or in the various desert islands, as I wrote, I will talk about in special reviews, while it really deserves to be mentioned right away that the Kuda Kandhu reef is of an extraordinary beauty. When I saw the Bodumohoraa reef I exclaimed "I have never seen such a beautiful reef!"... But it was only because I had not yet had the chance to see this: so convenient and close to Keyodhoo, so rich, colorful, close to the surface, vast ... such that we asked to be taken there three times. In our opinion, we can say that we were very pleased by this new experience, and that we would not mind at all being able to repeat it next year, in fact, I hope so!!! "
Our first experience in a Guest House , the White Maakanaa Lodge

Our first experience in a Guest House , the White Maakanaa Lodge

Our arrival at the jetty of Keyodhoo, in the afternoon after an hour and a half by speedboat from Malé, was received with exquisite courtesy by almost all the staff of Maakanaa, who gave us two necklaces of flowers and refreshing towels. Loaded our luggage on a cart, we were taken in five minutes to what would have been our home for the next two weeks, the White Maakanaa Lodge. A refreshing colorful drink was waiting for us just beyond the door of the outside wall, in a small and welcoming "lobby" furnished with taste and simplicity, with wooden table and chairs, sand floor, plants, corals and other decorations coloured in red, white or blue. In one corner there was a faucet and a shower head, useful to rinse off the sand from the feet before entering the house, and on the opposite, the ladder to climb to the terrace-restaurant. Handled the formalities (Fittey listed us briefly the schedules and the programs of the various days, adding that for that week we were the only guests in their structure) and settled our things in the room, we went on the terrace for dinner. Being our first time in a Guest House (we had 5 previous experiences in the Maldives, but always in resorts that included a self-service buffet), we did not know what to expect: we found a table prepared in a wonderful way with flowers and leaves, in addition to everything needed for dinner. We could choose what we wanted to drink (except alcohol obviously) and, at the side of our table, over a longer and equally decorated table, there were six plates full of delicacies, enough to feed at least a six-persons family: spaghetti with seafood (and perfectly cooked!), rice cooked in two different ways, delicious eggplant, seasoned with an ingredient unknown to me and cut into small cubes, fresh vegetables and grilled carangid. Like my usual, I wanted to taste a bit of everything ... and I thought, "Well, also this year I will gain weight in the Maldives ! All too good !!! " This happened on the evening of our arrival, but it repeated all the times we had lunch at "home", with the only difference that the content of the dishes was different every time (pasta and rice, however, always there). As fruit, we usually had only one type of local fresh fruit (mango, pineapple, watermelon, banana ...) in abundant quantity, and there were no sweets, except on rare occasions. If someone cannot renounce to the dessert after the meal, shall say that to the chef. After the meal we were always offered the coffee, until they realized that we never drank it. They asked us right away, on the day of our arrival, what we preferred to have for breakfast, and they accommodated us: some sweet and some savoury food, bread for toast, butter and jam, sandwiches, cakes; to drink we had a fresh juice jug, tea, coffee and a compound soluble in a sachet called "ye-ye", which we liked a lot (it tasted like a balanced mixture of sugar, coffee and milk). My husband and I have almost always drunk that. For the day of my husband's birthday the staff organized a party with extraordinary decorations and an amazing chocolate cake, music and lights. Finally, they made us twice an appreciated and unexpected surprise: a candlelit dinner by the sea. The first time, Fittey told us they were late with the dinner and invited us to have a little tour of the island with him ... but in a small bay near there, everything was already set up for the dinner, with flowers and plants on the table and on the sand, candles protected by colored paper containers put in a circle, Ahmed and Gep ready to serve at the table! And to increase the romance, a beautiful full moon reflected on the sea, while Adam handed to my husband two gifts for his birthday, celebrated the day before, and one to me !!!! The second time, Fittey accompanied us, as soon as we got ready after we had returned from a trip, on our beach, and there were candles planted deep in the sand, forming a heart! How not to be struck by so many attentions? Delicious dinners, as always, but with that extra touch that makes them stay in your heart for a long, long time! The rooms in the Guest House are not large, actually a little bit smaller than those found to date in the other resorts, but comfortable and functional. The bed has a nice new mattress, hard as I like, and covered by a canopy veil; I thought it was for mosquitoes, but during my stay in the house I've ever seen one. The bed is made two times a day, and we found it decorated in a masterful way, not only on the day of our arrival or on my husband's birthday, but also other times. Next to the bed are two bedside tables, and in front of it, a small closet with two doors (about 2 meter wide x 2 meters high x 50 cm deep) with a drawer at the base. In the room there are also a small table with a drawer and a mirror and a second table to put our suitcases. Outside of the window of our room there is a drying rack with enough clothespins for the holiday needs. The bathroom is small, composed for half by a shower comfortable also for two, however leaving little room for the toilet and the sink. Needless to say that everything is new, since the structure has been opened for only a year and a half. In the case of families with one or two children, the staff can put in the room a single or a bunk bed, even if the remaining space is limited (one should spend little time in the room, weather permitting!)
Beautiful, peaceful Keyodhoo (second part)

Beautiful, peaceful Keyodhoo (second part)

We continue with our story to the discovery of this small and quiet island. In front of the Keyodhoo pier, there is a large square, and there Fittey showed us a volleyball court, a playground for children and a football field. Then he told us about a tradition of people of this island, which I think is wonderful and brilliant, he really left me speechless! He told us that every day, from 16 to 18 or so, the mothers and women of the island meet in this area to play volleyball together... nor the males, nor the children, nor other people are allowed: women only. In fact, in that time frame, the volleyball court is only for women. (Other women and girls meet and play "bashi" inside the fence of the school).  And the children? Right next to the volleyball court there is the playground. Here is the ingenious solution: on the one side there are the mothers playing, on the other there are the children. They play completely safe (there are no cars!), at most a thud in the sand or in the grass.  And the fathers? On the other side of the playground there is a football field, where the males play. There is a fence for young kids, another fence for other older boys, and a real football field for the great matches. What more could you want from life? The whole family can have fun at the same time, safely, with friends, with no stress!  And in the evening, if you want, you can jog along the roads around the island. I met several women, young and old, practicing this sport.  These are not the only hobbies of the inhabitants of Keyodhoo. During the fourteen days we lived alongside with them we could see, for example, in a "Bashi" female tournament, organized by the school's teachers and played on a field with a low net in the center, which is located inside the school’s fence, next to a huge banyan tree. The rules of the game “Bashi” are interesting and exciting.  The last day of our stay in that paradise finally we saw a fishing competition which took place between three teams, one from Malé, one from Felidhoo and one Keyodhoo, if I remember correctly. There was even a TV crew from Malé. The teams, who had started at five in the morning, had returned at eleven to compare what they had caught: the team with the greater weight of fish caught would win. The team with the biggest fish would win an award as well. The biggest fish was a huge carangue that weighed about 19 kilograms.  On that occasion the girls from Keyodhoo played a beautiful dancing show with tambourines and vases.  Along the streets of the island you can see the other Guest Houses of Keyodhoo and numerous souvenir shops, but it is not easy to find them open and their opening hours do not appear anywhere ... .you must be lucky , or ask ... in the evening, if the owner or a neighbor sees you go over there and see you are interested, maybe he will call you and invite you to enter (this is what happened to me), showing modest but varied assortment of craft items or sarongs at very fair prices. The two small supermarket opposite the harbor are open in the evening, after dinner.  Finally, next to the school there is the most beautiful building of Keyodhoo: the mosque. It is brand new, gold and white, with large windows and an outdoor area with work in progress that will surely become more and more filled with plants.  The tall white minaret, with its golden decorations can be seen from far away, arriving with the dhoni from hiking. Moreover, you can hear the prayer through the loud speaker even when waiting off the island for evening fishing.  One Friday, a day of celebration for Muslims, since at the Guest House no excursions were organized, we are adequately covered us and we stepped inside the mosque to see the beauty, brightness and feel the sense of peace.  Almost in the center of the island, next to the mosque, there is the small cemetery of Keyodhoo. It is very different from the cemeteries that we see in Italy, and reflects the simplicity of these people: it is a simple lawn, covered mostly by grass, with small concrete headstones.  The streets of the island, arranged perpendicularly forming a grid, are always very tidy and clean. Each morning all the women of the island clean them, armed with brooms of various sizes and, as you pass by, you are amazed for seeing them always so clean.  Among the plants and in some corners of the island, sometimes you can see heaps of rubbish, but never on the streets. The homes along the streets sometimes look poor or untidy, but never dirty.  I would make one final point on this: When I left Italy I thought I would have found many more mosquitoes, but I was pleased to see very very few, only close to the plants and bushes at the seashore. Despite having brought with me the mosquito spray, I never needed to use it. 
Beautiful, peaceful Keyodhoo (first part)

Beautiful, peaceful Keyodhoo (first part)

After an hour and a half by speedboat from Malé, with a nearly flat sea and a slightly cloudy sky, we have finally arrived at Keyodhoo pier, an island on the east side of the Vaavu atoll.  Almost the whole staff af the new Guest House White Maakanaa Lodge welcomed each of us with a refreshing towel and a necklace made out of tropical flowers.  Once we loaded the suitcases on a cart, we walked to the Guest House and we began to observe and discover this island, which would have hosted us for the following fifteen days.  The same evening the friendly Fittey has offered to guide us among the island's streets, explaining everything and answering my numerous questions.  First of all, we have seen the Vaavu Keyodhoo Health Centre, which is the island's hospital, with only four beds, but it handles perfectly the first emergencies. The most severe cases are in fact sent immediately to Malè, using one of two ambulances, which are the only cars on the island.  We then moved in front of the Secretariat of the Keyodhoo Council, the townhall, a neat short blue and white building next to the school, attended today by over 150 children aged from three to sixteen.  The children start school at 6:45 AM (they are accustomed to wake up early for prayers) and finish at 1 PM, when they return home for lunch (with variations according to age). Obviously, more than six hours in a row of school activities for a child are a lot. Therefore, to make a mid-morning break for about half an hour for a snack, they go home! In fact it takes just a few minutes to walk from school to home! Such a school is so beautiful!  For two mornings I went in front of the entrance of the school, to see how the children of this island start the school day, and it has been a wonderful experience  Every morning the children arrive in front of the school gate (the older ones alone, the younger ones accompanied by their mothers) and there they quietly wait for the 6:45 bell. Females are all dressed in total white from head to toes, boys wear white shirts and blacks pants; only children who have gym class have blue and white T-shirt and black shorts. The little girls do not wear the veil, and I saw that they are all combed the same way: a braid, long or short, tied with two blue ribbons of the same color (one at the top and one at the bottom of the braid). When the bell rings they all enter the school and bring their books to class, then they go out and arrange themselves in lines divided by groups, ready for the morning prayer. Then the teachers and school operators arrive at school, and within five minutes some students in charge sing the prayer with a microphone, while all the others listen carefully.  The first morning, two 7 or 8 years old children (a boy and a girl) sang the prayer, and it was wonderful to hear their shrill little voice at the microphone singing the prayer without hesitation. The second time, I saw two older students singing the prayer.  After the prayer all the students sing the national anthem, then everybody enters their classrooms to attend the classes. This ritual lasts for ten, fifteen minutes and, as I understand it, is done every morning.  Near the harbor we saw a bar, the only one currently open on the island. It is a meeting point for friends for a chat or to play cards, where we could find soft drinks and coffee.  Nearby there is also a restaurant decorated throughout the year with bright colored lights. It is quite popular, perhaps because it features a large TV screen. In that restaurant, each evening, we saw people who were staying at another Guest House, not equipped with its own restaurant, having dinner.  We knew that Keyodhoo currently has just over 800 inhabitants, doing many different jobs just like all over the world (there are not just the fishermen), and I wondered why tourists continue to call these islands, inhabited almost exclusively by Maldivians , "the fishermen islands", as most of the inhabitants did that work.  Close enough to the sea, opposite to the port, Fittey showed us two tiny supermarkets where to buy groceries we could need and, a little farther, a fairly large building called "the house of the current", where a powerful generator produces the electricity needed to all the houses of the island.
Volleyball match

Volleyball match

During our recent holiday in Fihalhohi we got to see how great is The passion for volleyball for the staff working on these small islands. Before leaving I had seen on the Facebook page of Fihalhohi that I follow regularly from HOME that the Volleyball team of the island was proud to announce that it has won the game against the rival team of nearby Ohluveli. In our previous trips to the Maldives We had often attended matches of volleyball between a representative of players of the island and a makeshift team of tourists but we didn't know that there was this kind of events. A few days after our arrival we were invited by the waiters in the restaurant to go to attend the Match between fihalhohi team and jumeira vittaveli, this match was the semifinals of the tournament of the zone 2 and the winning team would then played the final. At 16.45 an attendant was waiting for tourists on reception to accompany them in the area reserved for the staff at the Centre of the island Where The match would be held at 17 o' clock. When we entered on to staff quarters we understood how important this tournament is for them. On the walls of the dormitories are posted billboards with pictures of the winning teams of the volleyball and soccer tournaments between the Islands. There are captions of thanks for their results. It is clear that these events are very popular. The team of Fihalhohi won easily with a 3 sets to zero against the opposing team and thus qualified for the final match. The game was quiet and there was much cheering from supporters of the team. Guests partecipating to The event were spread of bands to be tied in front with the team name of our island. The victory has thus allowed the team to play the Final, the opposing team was again Ohluveli. Also this game would be played in Fihalhohi and for The opportunity the front desk sent an official invitation to the guests to join the game. Orange t shirt with the symbol of the 35 years of Fihalhohi and green belts Were distributed and lots of colorful balloons were tied around the field greens and orange. Supporters of olhuveli dressed pink and white shirts and the team wore black and orange, the colors of the Fihalhohi team are green and Orange on a white background. All Players have their own name on the T shirt.The match was exciting, especially since supporters of Fihalhohi was able to involve with enthusiasm the guests of the island. Singing, drums, even a metal tub Was beaten to the rhythm of the choirs. On the last set has appeared even a mermaid, rooting it felt from every part of the island, it was very nice. At the end of the game great enthusiasm among the fans who Embraced each other and they applauded their team. Finally there is the podium and both teams Have been awarded and the best players too.Then slowly the crowd of tourists is dispersed leaving the team Celebrate with the direction of the island and the staff. The team will then meet the Winner of the tournament Area 1 Male Atoll, and the winning team will play then the final match in Male and will be the winner of all the Maldives. Us from home we will follow developments and of course force Fihalhohi!!
Qatar part 1-2

Qatar part 1-2

There is no indication, we ask And we head towards the great Teddy bear in the center of the hall. The hotel is behind it but to access it is necessary to go upstairs by elevator. The lobby is welcoming, reception people spoke good English. We paid immediately in dollar and required the alarm for 6.30. They accompanied us to the room that is Better than standard that we requested. The room actually is huge and has a Giant TV. The bathroom has a large glass shower, 2 washbasins water close and bidets but it does not work. We have complimentary The coffee and two bottles of water. The child does not pay and he wasn t Counted. We realize that there are Slippers and bathrobe and toothbrush for just one person while we're in 3. We have our toothbrushes with us so no problem. The double bed is spacious, we are comfortably in three and the sheets are very soft. The alarm clock rings, we get up refreshed and ready for the second flight. We are happy with our choice. The second flight begins to take on just when we arrive at the counter. We are in board and here they will deliver immediately to children their complimentary kit. The flight is quiet, many empty seats, in the back rows there are people lying on 4 central places. The breakfast is good and valid service. Very kind hostess on both flights. bathrooms always clean. We arrive on time. You always travel well with Qatar and We suggest the hotel break in case of long stop in Qatar. I hope in return flight to Pisa we can change the places but in any case we are more than happy with choosing Qatar airways
Qatar part 1

Qatar part 1

Qatar airways. Our summer holiday 2016 were not directed toward the Maldives because due to work problems we didn't know in which period we would get the holidays and then couldn't book flights. It is no secret that early bookers for flights save money. I was always monitoring the Situation of prices of major airlines and waiting to know when we would have Had our holidays I looked around. The best rates for August were those of Oman air then suddenly the company has cancelled direct flights from muscat clutching a partnership with sri lankan Airlines. This resulted with the addition of the stop over in Colombo. The total duration of the flights for us Did not justify the price. We therefore excluded this company. The turkish was slightly cheaper than the Emirates and Qatar but we didn't Flew well last year so it wasn't appetizing. I was so looking elsewhere when in April we Finally got confirmation of the dates of holidays and in those Days the Qatar launched the promotion for the new airport of Pisa. Discounted tickets went sold out from morning to evening of the same day : the flight that we were interested in was already all sold for promotional rates. We found great rates by making a stopover in outbound flight. As we had the afternoon departure from Pisa and a morning departure from doha we decided to exploit the opportunity of staying inside the new airport In Doha in Hamad airport hotel. We requested a quote for the minimum duration of stay, between 5 and 8 hours, the price of around $ 200 is not cheap but it seemed preferable than waiting 7 hours at the airport. When we Booked and paid for the tickets we chose the neighboring places. We were good to go. Three days before departure we receive a route change For flights to and from Pisa which were Advanced of 10 minutes. Type of aircraft does not change but in fact The seats are reassigned separating un on The flight. We have not appreciated. Following the instructions of the website we try to go in and edit the seats, of course the site does not allow us to edit the posts, it reports an error loading seating chart. We Called Qatar and they told us that they can't change places but just make a report to keep is near if possible. I try to change seats during the Check in online but you can't ... We are very disappointed. We understand that the seats are not guaranteed but if you have multiple people on the same ticket Purchased months earlier and places nearby you cannot intersperse on plane putting a kid in row 9 and The parents lin line 18 and 23. This is ridiculous. I Called again Qatar and they tell me that the most they can do is to put 2 people close and the third remains distant. This I did not really like but had ti accept it.We get to the day of departure, with the new seats. The joke is that many places on Flight are empty so we don't understand why there were no seats available when during Check in we tried to change places, maybe they all missed the flight? Who knows! The first flight on a Boeing with 2 rows of three seats, each equipped with screens Tv. The seats are comfortable. We expected gadgets for children but for our son It was missing And he was also booked on Child meal, they apologized but they say on the aircraft they do not have anymore ... We travel in the evening, but they didn't give any travel kit, even sleeping mask, only headphones to follow the movie. Meals are served immediately after take-off to the children, their Briefcase contains a plate of pasta, French fries, fruit mousse, fresh fruit juice Chocolate chocolate and jam sandwich. The Children are licking their chops. The Standard menu includes a choice between chicken and fish, I chose a light meal, chicken and boiled vegetables accompanied by fruit salad. The food is good. They Brought is drinks and then tea and coffee. The flight is quiet and reach the Qatar 10 minutes early. Pass the luggage controls and look for the hotel.
renewed Spa

renewed Spa

Epicurean SPA Fihalhohi Fihalhohi on the occasion of the 35th anniversary opening made it big, a new jetty,they extended bar and restaurant, a new customer loyalty program and a new SPA. As I had already reviewed after the visit last year in 2015 the SPA was being enlarged. Now the SPA is ready and has been expanded. There are more working girls and often we see them go into uniform, always smiling. new treatments have been introduced and the range is now more complete. The massages range from typical Swedish massage or hot stone Oriental, thai, balinese, energizing up. they also Have a massage that mixes together several types of Ayurvedic and thai massage shiatsu, balinese culminating in a head massage, good price, I would recommend it. Reflexology, manicure pedicure are available. There are also various facial treatments, cleansing, moisturizing, refreshing technique with oils and lymphatic massage. Treatments can also be made with short or longer duration times and the price varies depending on the length of treatment. The SPA offers discounted packages of mini treatments such as massage or head massage of 25 minutes. Also you can do the treatment or the sauna and jacuzzi. You can also give a treatment With the gift voucher. For last I recommend the treatment for sunburn that is typical of the Maldives where so many Europeans get sunburnt because they are not paying attention to the recommendations on the Sun and its intensity at this latitude. Treatment refreshes and helps skin cells to regenerate. When we arrived they delivered two voucher in order to take advantage of an extension of 10 minutes of treatment if we booked a Swedish massage or balinese of thirty to fifty minutes within two days of our arrival. The treatment was available on time between 2 and 9 p.m. This discount is only and guests in the premium room. Who chose the all inclusive package can do a test massage of 15 minutes. These incentives are definitely nice to promote SPA
Superior room

Superior room

Stayed at the Kurumba resort the last 3 days of our vacation in August. We'd been to this resort already and wanted to come back although only for a short period. Upon arriving at the airport from the previous resort we were greeted by their staff, they attacked the suitcases the packing slips of the assigned room and as soon as Arrived the other guests, in about thirty minutes, they walked us to the pier where there awaited their wonderful yachts. On board they offered a cold towel, they served a bottle of water and distributed the Kurumba Magazine magazine that summarizes activities, history and other interesting news about the resort and how to avoid boredom during your stay. It is impossible to get bored here even if you stay for 2 months ...you will Have so many activities that you can indulge! The trip is short but the other guests they all went to the upper deck to enjoy the crossing, we remained the only ones inside the yacht. In 15 minutes we enter into Kurumba Jetty where we are Received and accompanied in the reception room. We are served a delicious coconut sorbet and We get explanation about the General rules of the island, catering and activities .then we do our Check in and they accompany us to the room. We chose a superior, that are closest to reception so our journey is short. We are on the first floor as we requested. We are in the third building coming from the Sea rather than the second as Last time, the view is still nice. The room is beautiful as we remembered it. To the left of the entrance to the walk-in there is a closet that contains the Safety life jackets In an emergency tsunami, a flashlight for the Walk at night, iron and iron axe. The closet is roomy with large drawers and hanging space for long dresses. Behind you it opens the double door leading to the bathroom area, on The left side there is the Closed door that allows , if necessary ,to make connecting rooms. On the right the corner bar. In corner bar there is a mini fridge , Well stocked with soft drinks and spirits. Peanuts, candy, potato chips and other snacks. Bottles of vodka. A free big bottle of water for every person, complimentary kettle for tea and coffee. The bathroom has a shower indoors next to one of the 2 washbasins, the second basin is on the other side next to the water close. Bathrobes and towels are available hanging next to the sink. There is also the dirty laundry basket. In the middle of the room still covered but just at the end of it There is a big bath tub , from which you can see the sky full of stars . And at the end of the room The open air shower It Is a bathroom of a decent size! As utility they provide you ayurvedic body cream and shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. These Are very good products and they can be purchased at Souvenir shop. You will also find cotton balls, Cotton swabs and dental kit to brush your teeth. Also in the bathroom you will find towels for the beach. If you have chi loden superior room like we do you will be welcomed with beautiful beach bag Brown colored, the more luxurious Rooms have a colorful striped bag with different shape and maybe slightly less capacious. For The 3 of us this is perfect for us. The bedroom is very spacious, on the right side there is the couch, in front of it the Television and desk, the double bed is positioned on the wider side of the room, straight in front of the glass door to the balcony. On the balcony table, chairs and sofas make the stay outside especially comfortable. On the desk a book provides detailed prices of catering services and activities. You will also find free weekly activities program brochure and to payment and to book. The proposals are numerous, from cooking classes and boduberu, painting, yoga and physical activities, guided snorkeling, water sports motorized and non. Excursions of any kinds, diving, glass boat and finally a range of activities for children. Also on this pamphlet there is a promotion stating that if you placed on Instagram 10 photo tagging Kurumba they are offering you an excursion with the glass bottom boat. A good promotional idea. We worn our beach costumes and go down to the beach where Sun beds are assigned to our room, here the Sun beach is a thin strip, behind there are tall palm trees offering shade. Under the Palms a few hammocks provide a relaxing rocking. We are close to Water sport center, here it pass Often canoes, stand up paddler, and sometimes the water drift. Here the bottom is sandy, lagoon-soft sand is so soft that you guess if The lagoon was covered with artificial sand . the reflection of light on clear water is almost dazzling. To snorkel you must move westward, where are reported the passes to leave the reef and Also The coral gardens. If this is not enough for you the pool awaits you near reception. They provide beach towels when you arrive there . Alternatively you can play tennis or volleyball or soccer in the camps in the Interior of the island, train in the second swimming pool near the maaya kids or go to book a cuddle to Veli SPA but you certainly won't get bored. Uu
Superior room

Superior room

stayed at the Kurumba resort the last 3 days of our vacation in August. We'd been to this resort already and wanted to come back although only for a short period. Upon arriving at the airport from the previous resort we were greeted by their staff, they attacked the suitcases the packing slips of the assigned room and as soon as Arrived the other guests, in about thirty minutes, they walked us to the pier where there awaited their wonderful yachts. On board they offered a cold towel, they served a bottle of water and distributed the Kurumba Magazine magazine that summarizes activities, history and other interesting news about the resort and how to avoid boredom during your stay. It is impossible to get bored here even if you stay for 2 months ...you will Have so many activities that you can indulge! The trip is short but the other guests they all went to the upper deck to enjoy the crossing, we remained the only ones inside the yacht. In 15 minutes we enter into Kurumba Jetty where we are Received and accompanied in the reception room. We are served a delicious coconut sorbet and We get explanation about the General rules of the island, catering and activities .then we do our Check in and they accompany us to the room. We chose a superior, that are closest to reception so our journey is short. We are on the first floor as we requested. We are in the third building coming from the Sea rather than the second as Last time, the view is still nice. The room is beautiful as we remembered it. To the left of the entrance to the walk-in there is a closet that contains the Safety life jackets In an emergency tsunami, a flashlight for the Walk at night, iron and iron axe. The closet is roomy with large drawers and hanging space for long dresses. Behind you it opens the double door leading to the bathroom area, on The left side there is the Closed door that allows , if necessary ,to make connecting rooms. On the right the corner bar. In corner bar there is a mini fridge , Well stocked with soft drinks and spirits. Peanuts, candy, potato chips and other snacks. Bottles of vodka. A free big bottle of water for every person, complimentary kettle for tea and coffee. The bathroom has a shower indoors next to one of the 2 washbasins, the second basin is on the other side next to the water close. Bathrobes and towels are available hanging next to the sink. There is also the dirty laundry basket. In the middle of the room still covered but just at the end of it There is a big bath tub , from which you can see the sky full of stars . And at the end of the room The open air shower It Is a bathroom of a decent size! As utility they provide you ayurvedic body cream and shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. These Are very good products and they can be purchased at Souvenir shop. You will also find cotton balls, Cotton swabs and dental kit to brush your teeth. Also in the bathroom you will find towels for the beach. If you have chi loden superior room like we do you will be welcomed with beautiful beach bag Brown colored, the more luxurious Rooms have a colorful striped bag with different shape and maybe slightly less capacious. For The 3 of us this is perfect for us. The bedroom is very spacious, on the right side there is the couch, in front of it the Television and desk, the double bed is positioned on the wider side of the room, straight in front of the glass door to the balcony. On the balcony table, chairs and sofas make the stay outside especially comfortable. On the desk a book provides detailed prices of catering services and activities. You will also find free weekly activities program brochure and to payment and to book. The proposals are numerous, from cooking classes and boduberu, painting, yoga and physical activities, guided snorkeling, water sports motorized and non. Excursions of any kinds, diving, glass boat and finally a range of activities for children. Also on this pamphlet there is a promotion stating that if you placed on Instagram 10 photo tagging Kurumba they are offering you an excursion with the glass bottom boat. A good promotional idea. We worn our beach costumes and go down to the beach where Sun beds are assigned to our room, here the Sun beach is a thin strip, behind there are tall palm trees offering shade. Under the Palms a few hammocks provide a relaxing rocking. We are close to Water sport center, here it pass Often canoes, stand up paddler, and sometimes the water drift. Here the bottom is sandy, lagoon-soft sand is so soft that you guess if The lagoon was covered with artificial sand . the reflection of light on clear water is almost dazzling. To snorkel you must move westward, where are reported the passes to leave the reef and Also The coral gardens. If this is not enough for you the pool awaits you near reception. They provide beach towels when you arrive there . Alternatively you can play tennis or volleyball or soccer in the camps in the Interior of the island, train in the second swimming pool near the maaya kids or go to book a cuddle to Veli SPA but you certainly won't get bored.
Magic rihiveli

Magic rihiveli

We had the pleasure of visiting Rihiveli during our stay in August 2015. Rihiveli and Its lagoon are a symbol of the Maldives, everyone has seen at least once a brochure showing the photo of sunrise island. When the speedboat is approaching Rihiveli , the lagoon 's emerald green welcomes you and color clears as you reach the arrival Pier. Beside the landing pad of seaplanes. I wasn't aware that there was an option to reach the island by seaplane, we're still in South Male and speedboat from the airport an hour away too. The gentleman welcoming us has a nice typical Maldivian dress with sarong . He invites us to remove our shoes and accompanies us at reception to Check in through the long Jetty. The dazzling color here is white, white on white sand covered the long Beach Pier traveling all reception and ends at the bottom of all the island, white beach bar. Reception view paintings with descriptions in French, here is the language mainly spoken and cherished tourism is French. There are Even some Italians and Spaniards but The prevalence is French. Take a guided tour of the island, starting with the Water sports, where you can rent for free and continue towards the center of the island. The rooms are spread over 2 sides, each cottage is independent and has its own private beach. Each House has a name in French, on the walkways that lead to the lodges are posted Wooden fish that bear the names of tourists repeaters. Almost all the rooms, which are approximately 35 are not air conditioned, there we are informed that the ventilation is guaranteed thanks to some openings that we see on the walls of the House. We continue this exploration into the center of the island. Here the road splits in two roads, left, we head to the seaside restaurant, right down to the other houses and the bar. We meet a grey-headed Grey Parrot who speaks in French and Italian and continue towards the bar. Here there is the SPA reception. The treatments are performed in the halls near the sea. Prices and treatments in the Standard levels. Next door is the bar Center of life on the island. In the Ground floor large sofas extend along the circular perimeter of the room, on the inside the bar which also offers a decent Espresso. Upstairs 2 pool tables, smokers Cannot access this plan but can smoke on the ground floor. The floor is sand, there is a variety of Board games and outside even the bowls. In front of the bar there are tables and chairs, very pleasing in the Evening but impossible to stay during the day under a scorching sun and dazzling reflection of the Sun on the sand. Here one evening per week Place the white evening and have dinner on the beach. One night a week you dine on sunrise or barbecue island. Themed evenings are among the few activities proposed generally It's an island 100% relaxation. If you want they will Lead you to snorkel with dhoni because in Rihiveli there is an extraordinary lagoon but no Reef. But you can't have everything and the lagoon is impressive. On the side of Bar it is easy to see pass the dolphins in the morning, on the side of the Islands the lagoon allows you to walk around for hours in less than one meter of water. I highly recommend the coral shoes, the bottom is rich in Broken corals, especially between the 2 islands of sunrise and birds. If you don't want to walk you can fin kick or canoeing the islets or the wonderful sandbanks formed in the lagoon. It's a wonderful show. The restaurant is very nice, done in Overwater wood platform with the buffet from the inside and the tables arranged along the sides of the sea. The water is served in a carafe, the kitchen is European, the buffet has a few courses, due to the small number of rooms. Very good pasta, choice of meat and fish, vegetable buffet, French fries, desserts are good. The fruit is fresh and dry. Delicious ice cream available upon request. Wi-Fi is Free and good and picks up all over the island. You can feel a Atmosphere of peace, time seems to stand still. Unfortunately I have to report the bad habit that they throw in sea fish scraps. In this way they Used stingrays and sharks to be served by humans and this kind of fish feeding we know It might be dangerous to us. The spectacle of all these animals, including large sharks arriving as soon as someone goes in this area is impressive. I lost count of stingrays and sharks are grouped waiting for food. There are tourists who go specially in the morning to attend this show, I personally I was shocked without even seeing them Eating. This is the only move which dulls my memory of Rihiveli because the rest is fantastic and the only memory makes my heart jumps
Dolphin Cruise 2016

Dolphin Cruise 2016

Sunset Dolphin cruise Fihalhohi 2016. Like last year we chose the premium room and received a complimentary excursion to choose between some activities from water sports and excursions. We could choose between catamaran excursion, windsurfing, canoeing, snorkeling Safari, glass bottom boat and other proposals. Our favorite remains the Sunset Cruise to look for dolphins. We booked this excursion. We were only 13 at the meeting point, last year the boat was full we were 28!! We have positioned ourselves for upstairs. There was a wisp of air. The guide tells us that the morning in Rihiveli Lagoon they had viewed 5 manta rays and dolphins. But we're not going there as last year. We are moving further north. We crossed The atoll from Fihalhohi to Ohluveli with smooth sea and warm temperature then arrived at the other end of the atoll eventually got up a little wind. We passed the new resort recently opened on July 15 th by atmosphere (all over water with private pools, so much luxury and little sand) and we headed to the pass behind Guraidhoo. On the island you can see the guest house under construction now ultimate, even 3 floors!! The waves are stretched and they increase in thickness, are the large ocean waves,of dolphins no sign. We go behind the Kandooma and the spectacular waves for surfers and we go towards byiadoo. Last year we found them right here but to not now. I fear that this time we won't be so lucky. Let's have another round in circles and we descend back toward the Kandooma. 3 other boats circling around. All looking like us. But the dolphins are not seen. Then in the distance 2 dips, a Pirouette. Here they are at last. We approach followed by other boats. It is a large herd, with many small. They swim in groups of 3. How exciting. Pass under the boat, jumping, we follow them, disappear and reappear and still dives and pirouettes. This show is always exciting no words that do justice to see all this. We turn around several times and then let them go into the blue. We are offered a hot drink, by now the Sun is setting. The boat points towards Fihalhohi. Dark and cloudy Sky. In the distance Rannalhi and Fihalhohi. Our journey goes quiet. Let's put on some clothing because It is colder now . We arrive and Go to have dinner as the restaurant is already open, it's almost 8 pM. We are delighted by the spectacle that we saw. Thanks Fihalhohi for this latest wonderful emotion
Dolphins  Cruise

Dolphins Cruise

Dolphin excursion Fihahlohi. When we checked in we were offered a choice of Fihalhohi free half day excursion among those from their proposals. A pleasant surprise reserved for those of us who had booked a premium room. Among the excursions offered there are a guided snorkeling, Excursion to the island of fishermen and the afternoon tour dolphins sightseen.Having a baby there appeared the best Choice, though to be honest the dolphins often pass in front of the beach of Fihalhohi. We waited a few days to book because the weather was uncertain and the sea quite choppy then finally we were pardoned by good weather and booked an afternoon trip. The meeting was at 16.30, after the convocation and the appeal of all the rooms we were driven to dhoni where they counted us again and just as we were Still docked and the engine is off it Appeared next to us the fin of A dolphin. And we thought it would be probably the only meeting ... Parties to the South we passed a sand spit and we reached the gate of beautiful Rihiveli, frequent sightings of dolphins area. But that day we found any dolphins nor their shadow. So after a few rounds we headed to Ohluveli and Fun island chased by wind and clouds of bad omen, we could capture le palms of Ohluveli . the new resort in buildings on the island next to Fun island and its over water bungalow. It was told us that it will be super luxurious . still not a dolphins fin. We turned to the outer reef beyond Kandooma and Guraidhoo but still no dolphin. Big waves riding by surfers are going to crash into the reef in an explosion of foam and few surfers have fun. Truly spectacular. Increasingly black sky and gentle breeze. No dolphin. Back in South male atoll towards the Cocoa and its wonderful rooms built on boats over water. It Is attractive also from the sea. I would love to visit it but even excursion whole day are challenging for your wallet. Here we stop, between byiadoo and the near island, the staff is deciding whether to make another turn or give up when Finally appear a couple of Fins, The crowd is delirious and everyone starts to run from one side to another of the dhoni, you risk falling into the water!! We chase the dolphins and we see other 2 pieces, turn a little around the boat and then we leave. We go home happy for about ten minutes then water in buckets. But the mission is accomplished and even if we get back a little late and The restaurant is already open and is already serving dinner we are Very happy. We thank the staff and we run to Dine excited for this new gift that Maldives have given us.
Dolphin Cruise

Dolphin Cruise

Dolphin excursion Fihahlohi When we checked in we were offered a choice of Fihalhohi free half day excursion among those from their proposals. A pleasant surprise reserved for those of us who had booked a premium room. Among the excursions offered there are a guided snorkeling, Excursion to the island of fishermen and the afternoon tour dolphins sightseen.Having a baby there appeared the best Choice, though to be honest the dolphins often pass in front of the beach of Fihalhohi. We waited a few days to book because the weather was uncertain and the sea quite choppy then finally we were pardoned by good weather and booked an afternoon trip. The meeting was at 16.30, after the convocation and the appeal of all the rooms we were driven to dhoni where they counted us again and just as we were Still docked and the engine is off it Appeared next to us the fin of A dolphin. And we thought it would be probably the only meeting ... Parties to the South we passed a sand spit and we reached the gate of beautiful Rihiveli, frequent sightings of dolphins area. But that day we found any dolphins nor their shadow. So after a few rounds we headed to Ohluveli and Fun island chased by wind and clouds of bad omen, we could capture le palms of Ohluveli . the new resort in buildings on the island next to Fun island and its over water bungalow. It was told us that it will be super luxurious . still not a dolphins fin. We turned to the outer reef beyond Kandooma and Guraidhoo but still no dolphin. Big waves riding by surfers are going to crash into the reef in an explosion of foam and few surfers have fun. Truly spectacular. Increasingly black sky and gentle breeze. No dolphin. Back in South male atoll towards the Cocoa and its wonderful rooms built on boats over water. It Is attractive also from the sea. I would love to visit it but even excursion whole day are challenging for your wallet. Here we stop, between byiadoo and the near island, the staff is deciding whether to make another turn or give up when Finally appear a couple of Fins, The crowd is delirious and everyone starts to run from one side to another of the dhoni, you risk falling into the water!! We chase the dolphins and we see other 2 pieces, turn a little around the boat and then we leave. We go home happy for about ten minutes then water in buckets. But the mission is accomplished and even if we get back a little late and The restaurant is already open and is already serving dinner we are Very happy. We thank the staff and we run to Dine excited for this new gift that Maldives have given us.
Dolphin manto Ray excursion

Dolphin manto Ray excursion

Dolphin manta excursion. Galvanized by the splendid excursion made a few days earlier and information about sightings of Manta Rays come about in these days we decide to participate in this new outing. 3 hours trip by dhoni. From 9 to 12. Cost 50 dollars per person and 25 per each children. Obviously no match is guaranteed but we want to try. We are presenting at the meeting point all agreed timetable, it is checked in by all participants, about twenty and head towards the pier to board the dhoni. It must be said that the new meeting point is no longer a nook in reception but they did a nice desk next to The Diving, where they can explain the tours, there are a few chairs Where to wait, there is more space than in reception and it is convenient to diving jetty. The diving jetty is in expansion, are doing a pier very big and there are work in progress. They also built many walls between here and water sports to stop some sand and leave some beach on this side. We get on the dhoni, there is a small Introduction on our hike, on services of Dhoni and on how to behave In case of meeting them and not disturb them in any way if we meet sighting and spoil this magical meeting. We head South towards Rihiveli lagoon, recognize her from afar and beats me already Heart, is an unforgettable place. Rihiveli lagoon we hope to meet both dolphins that manta rays. Actually no dolphin, seems instead to have Spotted a manta. The Our guide dives and begins Research, after a short The throw a rope and Driving while he remains in the water looking. We approach the Dhoni diving that has just uploaded the divers who have made a Dive right into this mantra point. The Mantas are deep tell us and decide to take us to According to a lookout point. Here we find Big traffic of boats, all in search of mantas but apparently nobody Are. Also passes a huge cruise boat scuba SPA and makes an impression See a boat so Large enter into the atoll next to these small boats. We are in a shoal near Guraidhoo, not far See Villigili byiadoo and Cocoa. Even here the Guide dives but After a bit of research goes back and takes us to snorkel on the reef of byiadoo. We see A turtle, the reef is nice but nothing To get excited about if you hope to see manta rays. Go up that is you noon, we should Already arriving in Fihalhohi according to schedule. Offer us a drink and leave destination Fihalhohi. We take a thunderstorm we bathe as the Sun peeks through the clouds. We arrive at Fihalhohi that it is already time to Lunch ... Hungry and with the hunger for great meetings still present, but You know that these meetings cannot be determined. In Cute hike In the complex. I would recommend it, for sure.

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