A stay at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa is one of the best ways to relax and truly enjoy your vacation. The resort delivers with world class service, stunning villas, exquisite dining, and a spa retreat located on its own island. The Four Seasons Kuda Huraa is one of two Four Seasons Resorts in the Maldives, and is small and closer to Male compared to the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru. Staying at the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa is an experience to remember, and you definitely won’t want to leave!
We spent 3 days at the Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa and are sure you will have an amazing time here! We put together this Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa review to help you decide if this is the right resort for your trip to the Maldives.
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Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa Location
The Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa is located on a private island in the North Male Atoll. The resort is approximately 12 miles (20 km) north of Male. Everyone arriving in the Maldives will initially fly into Male International Airport and from there, you will then take a 25-minute speedboat transfer to the Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa.
If you’re visiting the Maldives for the first time, the whole arrival process can be quite intimidating. It’s a bit of complex organized chaos which always seems to work. It can be a stressful experience, especially if your incoming flight is delayed, but in reality, it will all work out and there’s nothing to worry about. Check out our Maldives for First-Timers Guide for all of the in’s and out’s of how traveling to the Maldives and the private islands works.
The Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa is more convenient to most other Maldives resorts as you arrive at the resort by a 25-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport. The cost is $308 USD per person for roundtrip shared speedboat transfer, and it will be included as part of your final hotel bill when you check-out.
The Four Seasons Maldives properties also offer special packages if you choose to stay at both properties, such as complimentary seaplane transfer between the resorts if you spend at least 3 days at each property.
Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa Arrival
Once you pass through Maldivian Customs & Immigration, grab your bags and head outside the airport. You will be met by a crowd of representatives from different hotels, all waving their resort’s sign in the air. Look for the friendly Four Seasons representative, or if you’re not able to find them you can ask a representative from a different hotel to help you find them. The Four Seasons representative will either take you directly to your speedboat transfer, or you may wait in the Four Seasons lounge for other passengers.
The speedboat transfer takes less than half an hour, and along the way you will get to check out some of the other nearby islands, before arriving at the Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa.
As the speedboat pulls up to the dock, be prepared for a warm and friendly welcome to the Maldives from the Four Seasons staff. You’ll be greeted and welcomed, and then will make the short walk from the boat dock to the reception area, where you will receive a refreshing towelette and welcome drink.
As we arrived during COVID-19 times, safety precautions were taken. All staff are wearing masks throughout the resort but guests are not required to wear masks.
Read About the OTHER Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
Check-in was completed quickly, and the layout of the resort, dining options, and other amenities were all explained to us. We were then escorted to our room via golfcart, along with our luggage. Service throughout the check-in experience was truly top-notch and we felt incredibly welcomed and at home here at the Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa.
Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa Rooms
The Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa island is somewhat long and thin, so the villas are stretched out along both sides of the island and extensive overwater stretches, with the overwater villas facing either sunrise or sunset. All Bungalows and Villas at the Four Seasons include private pools, and due to the location of the island, feature either a sunrise or sunset view. All rooms also include twice-daily housekeeping, and daily fresh fruit, coffee, tea, and bottled water.
The entry level rooms are the Deluxe Beach Bungalows with Pool, which are surrounded by lush tropical greenery, and include your own private oasis with an outdoor pool, sun bed, covered relaxation area, and open-door access to your bungalow.
The bungalows bedrooms are spacious with an incredibly comfortable bed, beautifully designed room with vaulted ceilings, and a large bathroom lots of light and a fully stocked selection of amenities. If you are looking for even more room, the resort also offers a large selection of Family Bungalows with more beds and room.
Heading towards the southern tip of the island will put you at the overwater boardwalk to the Water Villas. The Water Villas stretch out in front of you on both the sunrise and sunset sides, and extend nearly as far as the eye can see!
During our stay at the Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa, we stayed in a Sunrise Water Villa with Pool and we loved our villa!
The Water Villas are beautiful, and when you enter the villa, you first have a large storage and closet area to one side, with a bathroom to the other. The closet area includes a beach bag, bug spray, safe, and other amenities. The bathroom features a large freestanding tub, large rainfall shower, and double vanities. The shower is also directly accessed from the outdoor deck!
Making your way further into the main room, the large King size bed is surrounded by a very spacious area with a small desk for working, sitting area, bar area, and a window bed that looks directly out towards your private pool. What makes this window bed really unique is that you can also fully open the windows and dive directly into your pool!
Outside on the truly expansive private deck you have not one, but two overwater nets for relaxing, lounge chairs with an umbrella, access to your private infinity pool, and a lower seating area right next to the water access. Whether you prefer swimming in the pool or the ocean, you are never more than a few steps away from either at the Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa.
There are additional Water Villas and Beach Villas available with multiple bedrooms and even more space, luxury, and privacy for the ultimate experience.
Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa Amenities
Just like any other resort in the Maldives, it is important that the resort you choose has a large number of activities to keep you entertained, as there aren’t any options to head somewhere else if you are bored. The Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa has plenty of options to keep you entertained during your visit, and also features the amazing Island Spa, which you definitely must visit!
The main pool at the resort is very large, and also includes a large number of lounge chairs with umbrellas. It is located near the main restaurants, and also features an infinity edge, and a perfect location to watch the sunrise. There is also a smaller children’s pool located here.
The second large pool is the Serenity Pool, located next to the Reef Club on the southern tip of the island. This pool is only available to adults, and is a tranquil oasis to relax, well into the evening.
The Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa has a fitness center on the island which is available 24/7 and located in the center of the island, overlooking the main pool. If you are hoping to keep your tennis game on form while in the Maldives, you are also in luck as the resort has a tennis court available for complimentary use.
Note that for families staying at the Four Seasons Maldives Resort at Kuda Huraa, there is a large kids club available on the island, located near the main pool and restaurants. Kids even receive a complimentary welcome gift and they have plenty of beach essentials ready for kids to enjoy.
Additional Available Amenities
As mentioned above, there’s a dive center and a water sports center on the island, both located near the Welcome Jetty. You can arrange a multitude of different dives and dive certifications. The water sports center also rents jet skis, hydrofoils, or you can have a try at jetblading with the X-jetpacks. We both tried jetblading for the first time here at the Four Seasons and had an amazing time. We received a full explanation before entering the water, and then continued instruction while out on the water to make sure we both learned the skills to get airborne and have an amazing time!
The resort also offers sunset cruises aboard a traditional Maldivian style boat, as well as dolphin cruises, snorkeling expeditions, and more.
One of the highlights of the Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa is undoubtedly their magnificent Island Spa. It is known for being the only spa in the Maldives located on a separate private island, and only accessible by boat. To access the spa you must take a ride on small dhoni to reach this tranquil oasis. The spa offers many types of treatments, and has beautiful spa changing rooms with direct access to overwater spa treatment rooms, complete with glass windows in the floor and open doors, for a fully immersive and relaxing experience.
The Island Spa also offers unique options such as night spa treatments, yoga classes, and reflexology. We highly recommend booking a treatment here during your stay to have the full unique Island Spa experience.
Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa Dining
At all Maldives resorts, dining is extremely important as you don’t have the option to cook yourself or go somewhere else. The resort offers a number of dining options, and the Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa also offers a few different meal plan packages to best suite your needs during your stay.
Meal Plan Options
Finding out the meal plan options before making your booking is important when choosing the right Maldives resort for you. At the Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa the entry room rate package for all room types is a Bed and Breakfast, so that you have the daily breakfast buffet at Café Huraa included.
Dining for other meals is on an a la carte basis at any of the below restaurants on the island.
Café Huraa Restaurant
The Café Huraa Restaurant is the primary dining place on the island, and is located in the main central hub of the island along with most other restaurants and the main pool. The restaurant is all open-air and features a large buffet for breakfast and dinner.
For breakfast, prepare to bring a big appetite to the large buffet selection. To start off, there is a freshly squeezed juice bar, and freshly baked bread selection. There is also a large selection of healthy prepared items, and an extensive do-it-yourself salad bar.
The Café Huraa buffet also includes a large Middle Eastern section, charcuterie choices, and a mix of hot Western and Asian dishes to choose from. Lastly, you can also find a fresh Asian cuisine station where they will prepare fresh noodles to order, as well as an omelet station and station for waffles, pancakes, and crepes.
Despite being in a buffet format, service was impeccable, with warm and friendly smiles from all staff, and an attention to detail and desire to go above and beyond which we have not found at any other Maldives resort.
For dinner, Café Huraa also delivers with a large buffet. There are plenty of hot food options, which change daily, as well as freshly baked breads, a large salad bar, lots of small bites, and of course a delicious looking dessert station.
Throughout the day, Café Huraa is open for a la carte dining for lunch or a light snack.
Baarabaru Restaurant is the flagship restaurant at Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa, and serves up outstanding fine Indian cuisine each and every night. But don’t just take our word for it, because Baraabaru has been awarded one of CNN Travel’s top ten “Maldives’ Finest Tables” for 2022. The restaurant seating is primarily located on a deck out over the water, where you can watch fish and reef sharks swim below.
Baarabaru has so many great dishes available packing intense flavors and exquisite detail into a delicious package. We also extremely attentive and warm service here, that truly elevated the dining experience.
For main dishes, we can highly recommend the Tandoori Lobster for a unique twist on flavor pairings with a whole Indian Ocean lobster. For a more classic Indian flavor, the Chicken Tikka Masala did not disappoint. You also won’t want to miss the freshly prepared Biryani and either the Garlic Naan or cheese Naan.
Reef Club Restaurant
The Reef Club Restaurant offers both lunch and dinner, and is located at the adults-only pool at Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa. For lunch, the Reef Club specializes in Italian pastas and pizzas, as well as a few lighter options. For dinner, the restaurant offers a large selection of appetizers as well as classic Italian risotto, pasta, meat, and seafood dishes.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Burrata Pugliese salad with heirloom tomatoes, as well as Insalata Mediterranea to start, followed by the slow roasted duck breast and black cod.
Other Dining Options
Of course, you can also order room-service anytime of the day or night and enjoy a great meal on your terrace, or even have breakfast in bed. Note that in-room dining is not included in any of the meal plans.
In addition to the above restaurants, there is also the Kandu Grill for fresh steak and seafood, the Poolside Bar for drinks and light bites throughout the day, and the Sunset Lounge for specialty cocktails.
Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa Review Conclusion
A trip to the Maldives is special, as it involves long flights, multiple transfers, changing of time zones, and a final boat or seaplane transfer. Once you arrive, you want to have the perfect Maldives experience, and the Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa offers up an unforgettable experience. The resort is beautiful, and the Bungalows and Villas in particular are extremely well-appointed. Food options are some of the best in the Maldives and the service everywhere you go is truly memorable. Overall, the Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa is an excellent Maldives resort choice for anyone looking to have the ultimate vacation to create lasting memories in the Maldives.
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