Imagine soaring palm trees overhead, pristine white sands underfoot, the shiny sparkle of the sun, and an abundance of community – Four Seasons Kuda Hura is all that you’ve dreamed of and more. Blending a sense of the serene with a warm immersion into the island life, Four Seasons’ two distinctly diverse but equally secluded resorts could be just what a perfect vacation spot should comprise of.
Fringed with coral reefs, conventional thatched-roof bungalows, and distinct craftsmanship, this resort is a depiction of tropical luxury and Maldivian heritage. Spreading across three magical islands, this opulent property houses the Maldives’ first private spa island, an unmissable sea turtle conservation sanctuary, and a top-notch surfing tournament. Exotic, remote, and undeniably breath-taking, the Four Seasons at Kuda Hura almost doesn’t seem real: in regards to its perfection, it’s an artwork in itself, created by mankind to represent heaven on earth. The ultra-luxe resort is 20-minute far by a speedboat ride from the capital of Male, contradicting the stereotypical image of a secluded, rarefied haven solely for loved-up, cashed-up couples. Sure, the 96-room resort is surely home to newlyweds – after all, who wouldn’t want to have a honeymoon in paradise? – but the surprising part lies in the fact that it’s an equally family-friendly destination where large groups can be seen snorkeling in the shallows, gorging on fresh seafood, sipping on mocktails, swimming at the pool by the infinite sea, and lining up for excursions to explore marine wildlife. Rope-twined ladders, coral stonewalls, woven palm leaf ceilings, and wooden gated doors suit 42-inch plasma TVs and Bose sound systems.
The long list of activities the resort offers – from cooking classes to sunrise kayaking – is almost tiring; but then, an air of freshness and a sense of discovery with nature manifests the right amount of profound energy needed to diminish the exhaustion. Beneath the deck of each of the over-water villas, flocks of rainbow-hued parrotfish and needlefish shaft through turquoise shallows, circumventing reef sharks that expedite through honeycombed spots of light. An experienced and a sight like this is not just known among tourists but also the world’s top surfers, who are left lured to visit the Maldives between April and October, with KH – as it’s lovingly abbreviated – hosting an annual, invitation-only competition, the Surfing Champions Trophy! But then, you don’t necessarily have to be a professional skater to surf the Maldives; amateurs, too, can try their hands under the guidance of TropicSurf, a Noosa-based surf institute.
If you get your camera ready, you win the chance to capture the radiant waters from multiple vantage locations, including the adults-only serenity pool – hidden at the southern tip of the island – or the overwater suites, both of which will float your worries away. You may end your day at the sunset lounge while enjoying the view and sipping on some Maldivian-inspired cocktails as the sunset unfolds right in front of you. For a more enriching experience, there’s also an option to enroll in a rehabilitation program that focuses on educating the island communities. No trip to any destination is ever complete without some indulgence in local food. And what better than Four Seasons’ open-air Baraabaru restaurant that combines over-water dining and vibrant Indian spices with signature experiences such as Tandoor Tapas, a wholesome four-course meal featuring tandoori dishes like Chicken Tikka, Paneer Tikka and Cheese Lobster. If you’re someone with a sweet-tooth, you cannot miss trying their Masala Tea Pannacotta, garnished with fresh berries. Café Huraa is another option that serves Western and Asian favorites under a traditional thatched-roof pavilion with an infinity pool at the backdrop. Here, guests typically savor international delicacies like the Maldivian Curried Lobster, Kimchi Soup, Korean Grilled Ribs, or comforting Beef Stroganoff.
Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Hura is a great private island closer to Male, which makes it a favorite amongst tourists who do not prefer investing much time in hopping islands or cruising from one spot to another. And what makes this property magical is its tranquillity and luxury – thus turning it into an ideal place to have a romantic vacation or unplug with your significant other. Don’t look for reasons to escape the daily hustle and bustle of the city, just savor the sunny side of life at Four Seasons Kuda Hura, Maldives!