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Find adventure and relaxation for all the family at the Four Seasons' colourful private island of Kuda Huraa, voted the number one Travel Experience 2011 by readers of Condé Nast Traveller.
Sail over to The Island Spa for all-natural treatments including the interactive Kuda Spa Menu for youngsters aged six to 16; take to the waves wtih the resort's surf school (with lessons for guests aged six and above), visit the Marine Discovery Centre, or help the Reefscapers transplant coral fragments in the lagoon.
Apart from lounging by the lovely infinity pool, sampling the delicious gourmet cuisine at one of the three restaurants, including an Indian speciality venue, there's an enticing selection of complimentary activities on offer, such as snorkelling, motorised and non-motorised water sports, dolphin cruises, fishing and an excellent Kids Club (Kuda Mas) to keep everyone occupied if they so wish.
We particularly like the Marine Discovery Centre here. An interactive research and education centre that introduces guests and local school children alike to the role everyone can each play in conserving the local and global marine ecosystem. The Centre features 3D movies and 2D presentations on specific areas of conservation close to the Kuda Huraa team's heart, including turtles, coral reefs, sharks and dolphins.
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7 nights from £3,695 (low season) and £4,450 (high season). Price is per person sharing a room and includes:
These guide prices are subject to change and are dependent upon travel dates and availability. Please call our travel specialists to discuss your preferred dates, duration, room type, departure airport and multi-destination options.
Beach Pavilion with Pool - set back from the beachfront among shrubs for privacy yet with some ocean/lagoon views, these are located on the sunrise beach area and some can be linked via gates and verandahs for families or friends together.
Beach Bungalows with Pool - set amongst shrubs and palms on the sunrise or sunset beach with large infinity pool, daybed and Maldivian swing seat. There's a bathing pavilion with open-air courtyard garden shower too.
Water Bungalow - all sit on sturdy supports above the lagoon with unlimited ocean views, even from the bathtub; they also have a private deck/veranda for secluded sunbathing and open-air shower and steps into the lagoon. Some Water Bungalows also have private pool on their deck (supplement applies).
Water Suites - located on either Sunrise or Sunset side, the Suites have more outdoor living space with wrap-around views from full height windows. Master bathroom has an open-air courtyard shower. The separate living room has an adjacent shower room so families can opt to use this as a children's bedroom.
Two Bedroom Water Suites - feature additional separate dressing rooms, bathroom and outdoor shower for each bedroom. Below the deck, down some steps, is a platform with sea access and 'instant' snorkelling.
Royal Beach Villa - offers the best in comfort directly by the beach for families or friends looking for space. There are two bedrooms, each with dressing area and spacious outdoor garden shower, and an exclusive stretch of beach with loungers and a private gazebo over the water.
Family Beach Bungalows with Pool - ideal accommodation for families with younger children. Located by the beach they have a master bedroom facing the sea and opening on to the terrace and pool, with an adjoining study/children's bedroom with a sofabed and pull-out underbed, wardrobe and TV which opens to the communal dressing area leading to the bathroom with bathtub, separate wc and courtyard shower garden.
Discover a haven of tranquillity at the fantastic Island Spa, situated on its own tropical island just a minute away. Arrive in style on a dhoni (traditional Maldivian boat) across Kuda Huraa’s lagoon.
Spa programmes lasting three to seven days (ask us for further details) are complemented by the Island Spa Rejuvenation Menu, available in Reef Club restaurant, and healthy-eating recommendations are printed on all other restaurant menus.
There is a truly superb selection of treatments on offer in this award winning spa, but something rather unique and special, we would recommend enjoying the spa at night as well as during the day. Experience the magic and mysteries of the tropical evening air with our four lunar rituals, devised to attune the body to nature's purest rhythms.
Available for children aged from 4 to 12, the Kuda Mas ("small fish") Club keeps the youngest guests entertained during their holidays with an action-packed programme featuring a variety of beach and outdoor activities, creative crafts and games that are fun, educational and culturally enriching. Children aged three or under are welcome when accompanied by an adult guardian. Childcare services are available for a fee.
The programme at the Kuda Mas Club aims to provide a fun and safe environment for all children, allowing them to experience the Maldivian spirit through wandering, wondering, exploring and discovering through interactive activities, such as:
You could easily spend a month here and not run out of things to do! Here's a brief summary of just some of the activities on offer:
Surfing: A dedicated surf school with professional surf instructors offers escorted surf sessions and clinics for experienced surfers as well as lessons for beginners.
Diving: Known internationally as one of the world's best scuba diving destinations, the Maldives has an abundance of dive sites with one thrilling dive opportunity after another. The waters surrounding Four Seasons Kuda Huraa have consistently warm waters with outstanding visibility. Immerse yourself in enormous shoals of butterflyfish and oriental sweetlips; drift the channels with white tips, hammerheads and whalesharks; descend deep sea ridges with eagle rays, giant napoleans and blue marlin; spot turtles at dawn, dolphins at dusk and mass seasonal gatherings of manta rays; or marvel at the "weird and wonderfuls" that inhabit the vast reef-formations and unique Maldivian thilas. Exhilarating sites include vibrant thilas, exciting channels, coral-filled overhangs and fascinating wrecks.
The resorts' PADI Five-Star IDC Dive Centre offers tailored programmes for all abilities (including absolute beginners) and personalised experiences with specialty courses taught by some of the country's most experienced instructors.
Non-motorised watersports (all complimentary): include snorkelling, sailboats, kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans.
Motorised water sports: Parasailing (solo or tandem), jet skiing, wake-boarding, water-skiing, fun tubes and banana rides.
Marine Discovery Centre: An interactive research and education centre that introduces guests and local school children alike to the role everyone can each play in conserving the local and global marine ecosystem. The Centre features 3D movies and 2D presentations on specific areas of conservation close to the Kuda Huraa team's heart, including turtles, coral reefs, sharks and dolphins.
Island Hopping: The Maldives' 1,190 islands feature countless sandbanks and reef tops where you can enjoy unlimited land or sea activities – snorkel at isolated reefs, visit traditional Maldivian villages or relax in private on a deserted sandbank. The resort's 16.7m (55ft) luxury sports cruiser, Landaa Summer, allows you to island-hop in comfort. Its easy sea access makes for effortless snorkelling or swimming from the back of the boat, while the air-conditioned salon with flat-screen television provides comfortable relaxation in the heat of the day. Set lunches are served on board.
Dolphin Experience: Hundreds of dolphins live in the waters near Kuda Huraa. Join one of the resort's marine biologists for a short briefing on this fascinating marine animal, then hop on board a speedboat and cruise into the sunset, watching schools of dolphins swimming around you.
Yoga: As with all Four Seasons Resorts, the yoga programme here at Kuda Haraa is excellent. The resort's yogi offers complimentary group classes every morning and evening, as well as private, individual sessions that are tailored to suit personal preferences and ability.
Fitness: If you still have the energy for a workout, the gym is a state-of-the-art fitness facility featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, full length mirrors, a surround-sound music system, fitness equipment and the latest cardiovascular machines with individual flat-screen televisions.