Where in the Maldives can you combine a baby moon, a surf trip and a 30th birthday? The answer is the Four Seasons Resort at Kuda Huraa. Just under a half hour speedboat ride from Malé, the island is one of a kind with a marine rehabilitation centre, sand bar spa and the annual Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy. We spent three nights and four full days taking in everything the property has to offer.
- The Resort
With 96 thatched beach and water accommodations on Kuda Huraa, each constructed by local craftsmen using indigenous materials and techniques, that reflect a real sense of the Maldives. Our beach bungalow was perfect for me while pregnant; close to restaurants, reception and the main pool, and with a plunge pool and sun deck for privacy with a garden path leading to the beach. There’s a total of 4 restaurants on the island; the Tandoori Lobster at Baraabaru was so good I ordered it twice during our stay, and you can’t leave without experiencing the Tiramisu at Reef Club.
There are two public pools on the island, one for adults only as well as a complete gym and business centre, so you’re never away from the creature comforts of home.
Kuda Huraa is not the only Four Seasons property in the Maldives though, in the north lies Landaa Giraavaru, a 44-acre wonderland in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Add to that the luxury catamaran, Four Seasons Explorer to connect the two via 3-, 4- and 7-night cruises, plus private leisure, surf and manta ray charters. Finally there’s the latest addition to the Maldives collection, Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll, which opened in December 2016 as the group’s first exclusive-use private island.
- The Spa
One of the best pregnancy massages I’ve ever experienced comes courtesy of the spa at Kuda Huraa. Each of their treatment rooms is a small over water bungalow meaning guests who can lie on their stomachs are treated to a view of the ocean under them to watch marine life swim by. During my massage, the table was adjusted to have my upper body elevated and a triangle pillow placed behind me to lie elevated but on my back. When I return, I’m dying to try the night spa experience; limited to one couple per evening from 10 pm – midnight, the ritual includes a full body brush, wrap, massage and facial treatment under the stars. You’d sleep like a baby after that!
- Marine Savers
Marine Savers are in charge of the Marine Discovery Centre (MDC), an interactive research and education centre that introduces you to the role we can each play in conserving the local and global marine ecosystem. It operates a fully functioning turtle rehabilitation centre on the island, one of the highlights was the turtle feeding which happens daily at 4 pm. The team have made incredible progress since 2011 when they began following concern over dwindling sea turtle populations across the Maldives. This government-endorsed programme focuses on the protection of turtle nests followed by assisted rearing, the rehabilitation of injured turtles and the photo identification techniques and satellite tracking.
- Dolphin Watching
Spinner dolphins are small dolphins that are famous for their acrobatic leaps and spins, and it was incredible to see these creatures up close in their natural environment just off shore from the resort. We began with a short briefing from one of the marine biologists the hopped on board a boat and cruised through the atoll to see schools of dolphins swim around us.
- The Four Seasons Explorer
A unique way to experience the Maldives is on the three-deck, live aboard luxury catamaran the Four Seasons Explorer. Perfect for scuba divers or surfers wanting access to remote sites among the untouched reefs and exotic atolls. We had a look while it was the HQ for the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy. With luxurious cabins, fine dining and plenty of water toys to keep you busy, it’s the ultimate sea experience in the Maldives.
Kuda Huraa is surrounded by world class surfing breaks like Sultans and Chickens and the team at Tropicsurf are on hand to help beginners through to experienced surfers get to grips with the waves. The best waves occur all year round for beginners and from April to October for experienced surfers.