Review: Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa

Review: Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa

 

The Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa is the smaller sister property to Landaa Giraavaru, done in the style of a Maldivian village. It's popular to combine this with Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru with the Paradise Twice offer, which includes a speedboat transfer to Kuda Huraa, direct transfer from Kuda Huraa to Landaa Giraavaru (no stopping in Male) and a return seaplane transfer from Landaa Giraavaru to Male. Plus, enjoy complimentary daily breakfast for two, upgrade at check-in if available and a $100 spa credit as thanks to Four Seasons Preferred Partner benefits.

This review is part of a trip report including Etihad First Class and luxury resorts in the Maldives and Southeast Asia. For the prior posts, please see:

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TravelSort Clients receive these Four Seasons Preferred Partner benefits, when reserving the Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa:

  • Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (excluding signature suites and villas)
  • Daily full American breakfast for two people per bedroom, served through In-Room Dining or in the hotel restaurant (including buffets)
  • Spa credit of USD100 once during stay (not applicable to products)
  • Complimentary basic Internet (up to 2 devices) in all guest rooms, complimentary premium Internet (up to 4 devices) in all suites.


Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa Lobby and Check-In

Our transfer from Landaa Giraavaru to Kuda Huraa was just 25-30 minutes and provided some lovely views, which I'll share in a post on Trans Maldivian seaplane transfers. As at Landaa Giraavaru, there's a buoy that the sea plane lands at, which helps minimize the noise for those at the resort. You then board a speedboat for the short distance to the resort.

We were welcomed by management and staff, and soon sitting down in the airy lobby by reception:

Review-Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa: Reception and Lobby

 

Our lemongrass infused welcome drink wasn't quite as striking as the coconut welcome drink at Landaa Giraavaru, but it was cold and very refreshing, and the munchkin preferred it.

Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa Review-Welcome Drink and Refreshing Towel

 

Soon, we were off to our Beach Pavilion with Pool that I'd booked for our first night; I'll cover our Sunset Water Villa in a separate post.

Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa Beach Pavilion with Pool

Kuda Huraa means “little island” in the Maldives' local language, Dhivehi, and true to its name, the island is very walkable. The island is much more landscaped than Landaa Giraavaru, which has been left with more of its natural jungle, and there are lovely bursts of magenta bougainvillea on many of the paths.

Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa Review: Lush Landscaping and Bougainvillea

 

Beach Pavilions and Bungalows are each tucked into foliage, so that even though they are spaced quite closely together they feel very private. Here's the entry from the beach:

Beach Entrance to Beach Pavilion 204, Four Seasons Kuda Huraa

 

Each pavilion has its own plunge pool, and even though we only had 20 minutes or so until dinner my son insisted on splashing around in ours, which he enjoyed immensely. An adjacent thatched roof bale offers welcome shade during the day:

Beach Pavilion Plunge Pool and Thatched Roof Bale, Kuda Huraa

 

The Pavilion itself consisted of a bedroom with a King bed, sofa, tables and large flat screen. As at Landaa Giraavaru and all Four Seasons, Kuda Huraa features incredibly comfortable Four Seasons beds. These were the most comfortable beds of our trip, and we slept very soundly.

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Review: Beach Pavilion King Bed

 

There was a bowl of welcome fruit (not quite as elaborate as at Landaa Giraavaru) and also a very sweet kids' welcome amenity for my son, which I immediately hid since he has enough energy without bouncing off the walls from a sugar high 😉

Review: Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa: Welcome Fruit

 

Between the bedroom area and the bathroom is a walk in closet space, with more than ample room for our little carry ons and clothes. The bathroom offered dual vanities, with the toilet behind a door to the right, and walk-in shower to the left.

Beach Pavilion Bathroom Dual Vanities, Kuda Huraa

Beach Pavilion Indoor Shower, Four Seasons Kuda Huraa

 

Opposite the sinks was a large soaking tub, although since we were there just one night we showered and didn't have occasion to use it.

Beach Pavilion Soaking Tub, Four Seasons Kuda Huraa

 

In addition to the indoor shower, there's an outdoor courtyard with stepping stones to an outdoor shower. The outdoor space also had a convenient rack for hanging swimsuits and other wet clothes to dry.

Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa Review-Outdoor Courtyard and Shower

 

Outdoor Swimming Pools

Breakfast each morning at Cafe Huraa overlooks the main pool area, although we only had time for a swim our last day. Even though the resort was already very full during our stay, due to spring break and the approaching Easter holidays, the pool was never crowded. After all, you don't come to the Maldives to swim in a pool when the ocean and marine life is so amazing 😉 Nevertheless, my son loved his brief pool swim, and the water seemed the perfect temperature–refreshingly cool but not cold–given the outdoor heat.

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Review: Main Swimming Pool

 

Practically as soon as we sat down a smiling pool staffer brought us ice cold water, sunscreen, and refreshing towels. And I guess there must be some guests that do spend a fair amount of time by the pool, since there was a “Zzzzz” sign to use if you were sleeping and didn't want to be disturbed! 

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Poolside Service: Ice Water, Sunscreen, Refreshing Towels

 

Next to the large main pool is a children's pool, a good choice for younger kids who may not be confident swimmers yet.

Kids' Pool, Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa

 

And for couples or those seeking a completely tranquil experience, there's the Serenity Pool located near the Reef Club, which is for quiet use by those age 16 and older.

Review: Four Seasons at Kuda Huraa - Serenity Pool

 

Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa Restaurants and Dining

The resort offers several restaurants: Baraabaru, serving Indian dishes; Reef Club, with Italian cuisine; Cafe Huraa, where the daily breakfast buffet is served, along with all-day dining; and Kandu Grill, with fresh caught seafood is displayed on ice and grilled to order.

 

Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa Activities

Kuda Huraa offers snorkeling and diving, dolphin watching cruises and surfing fun as well as other water sports such as X-Jetpacks, parasailing, Standup Paddle Boarding (SUP). There's also tennis (on a nearby island), spa treatments (again on its own island), the complimentary Kuda Velaa kids' club and more. I'll cover Kuda Huraa activities in a future post.

 

The Verdict

Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa is a lovely small island closer to Male that is a nice complement to Landaa Giraavaru, for those who want to stay at more than one resort in the Maldives but don't want to have to go through Male again to get to the second resort. I did prefer the beach and sand at Landaa Giraavaru, which was the whitest and finest of all the Maldives resorts I've been to. And while it's hard to compete with all the diving opportunities in Baa Atoll, I was very pleasantly surprised by our turtle safari, where we were able to see 4 turtles in addition to a rich array of fish while snorkeling.

Kuda Huraa is also a favorite in its own right for surfers, since there's world class surfing here during the summer months. Additionally, as I'll get to in my review of the dining and restaurants, I loved the Indian cuisine at Baraabaru–it was superb, and highly recommended. And of course, as I noted, the Four Seasons really does have the most comfortable beds, giving us the best nights of sleep during our entire trip.

If you've stayed at Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa recently, what was your experience?

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Disclosure: I paid for my stay, which was booked with Four Seasons Preferred Partner benefits. The views expressed in this post are my own.

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