Kurumba Turns 40

Maldives Promotion House – One of the first resorts of Maldives, Kurumba, will be turning 40 years on the 3rd October 2012. Kurumba Maldives will be celebrating its Ruby Birthday by holding 40 activities in 2012.

These activities will align with current Corporate Social Responsibility projects as well as celebrating past guests, previous challenges and successes. A formal black tie dinner will be hosted on the 3rd October 2012 with a number of celebrities, media, key past guests, owners, personalities and staff all on the invite list. During the evening there will be presentations and evening entertainment.

Kurumba was constructed in 1972 on the uninhabited island of Vihamanafushi. The concept was simple and back to nature using coral stones, this being a common material for building houses in the Maldives in the 1970’s, which were collected from the surrounding reefs. The roof was covered with thatch and coconut timber was used as beams and columns. Two small generators provided electricity and meals were served in the small restaurant, which was sufficient for 60 guests. Local staff, without formal training, was employed throughout the resort.

According to the Maldivian entrepreneurs, construction was nevertheless a laborious task with the limited facilities available at that time. National infrastructure was at its lowest level and the country was just recovering from the impacts of the Second World War. “I was a cook, a gardener and a room boy. We had to do everything ourselves,” explained Mr. Maniku. “We had nothing in the Maldives then, nothing. No Banks, no airport, no telephones only ham radio or Morse code with Colombo. Even the UNDP experts said that tourism would never succeed because there were no facilities, no infrastructure.”

The 30-room Kurumba Village was opened on 3rd October 1972 as the first ever Maldivian resort of the fledgling industry. Kurumba has now been upgraded in different phases after it’s opening, the major renovation being done during the 90’s. Presently the resort is 180 rooms which includes a Royal Kurumba Residence, Presidential Suites and Pool Villas all the way through to the lead-in Superior rooms. Kurumba Maldives today is still evolving and is proud of being a pioneer in the Maldives and a part of living history.

Throughout the year, Kurumba Maldives plans to hold events to mark this momentous occasion as well as preparing a coffee table book showcasing the history of Kurumba Maldives.  Kurumba Maldives will also be running a photo competition, with a main prize of a 7 nights stay for two persons in a Pool Villa, daily Champagne breakfast, lunch and Dinner in Vihamana, return airport transfers, a sunset cruise and two signature Veli Spa treatments.

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