Kuramathi is one of the bigger islands in the Maldives. It’s long enough that you would probably rather hop aboard one of the many golf buggies zipping through the island than attempt to walk the length of it.
The surprising thing here however was the fact that, despite its relative size, it still manages to remain quite intimate and very secluded – especially when you’re in your villa.
Speaking of villas, let me show you around where I called home on Kuramathi! It’s one of the newest villas on the island which means it’s pretty shiny and boasts quite the view.
Suffice it to say, it feels pretty special as soon as you walk in! That being said, it was early afternoon and there was too much to see and do on the island to just chill so bags chucked into the villas, off we went to explore the island (after lunch, of course).
We started off at the Champagne bar…
…before making our way through the coconut tree-lined pathways to what I like to refer to as the south of the island (in truth, I had no clue what part was North or South).
We stopped for a couple of drinks at the bar (down South) and soaked up some sunshine, before slowly making our way back to the villa.
The best views of sunset here are at the villas so, after a quick session snorkelling, I pulled out a bottle of vino, a couple of glasses and watched as the sun changed to all hues of orange before disappearing beneath the horizon.
Snorkelling of course proves the perfect excuse to try out that bath before dinner (gotta get all that salt water off…) and dinner for the evening was at the island’s Palm restaurant – an outdoor, sink-your-feet-into-the-sand, cocktails-in-hand kinda place.
You lose all track of time here as dish after dish of deliciousness makes its way to you from the talented chef. The island has its own gardens here and a lot of what you’re eating and drinking (right down to the mint in your mojito) is grown on the island.
I went for an octopus ceviche, followed by lamb while Lloyd started off with a chicken salad before also deciding on the lamb.
Dessert was ice cream but this was more so out of curiosity. See all day, I’d heard about ice cream being made from one of the trees on the island. I think it’s made from a nut found on the tree and Lloyd seems to think it was made from the bark of the tree – whatever it was, it had piqued my curiosity enough that I knew I had to try it.
Thankfully, it turned out to be really delicious (phew!) and a brilliant end to a fantastic meal!
Fed, wined and ice-creamed to the max, we headed off to the deck by the beach, wine in hand to relax and marvel at what turned out to be the super-moon. Relaxed days like this are truly what the Maldives is all about.