Set in the centre of the island, the Hydroponics Garden is a remarkable facility which caters 70% of fresh salads to the food outlets on the island. The garden which runs by a greenhouse system consisting of 20 greenhouses produces herbs such as coriander, rocket, green basil, mint, purple basil, dill, sage and lemongrass. This efficient and eco-friendly method facilitates rapid harvesting where plants grow within a month’s time. The greenhouses are categorised by type, for instance 15 greenhouses grow lettuce whilst another 5 grow herbs. Richard Brittaine, Resident Horticulturist who leads the Hydroponic Garden says that the system which is wholly dependent on water is supplied with nutrients that make up the solution necessary for the plants to grow, and the water is changed every 2 months. The facility has been running for nearly 18 months and more plants are planned to be introduced over time.
On June 5 2011, everyone from everywhere unites to celebrate a global event – World Environment Day. The theme for this year – ‘Forests – Nature At Your Service’ will mark the 39th celebration of this colourful event which began in 1972. Countries from all over the world participate in World Environment Day by taking part in many activities that contribute to the betterment of nature.
Kuramathi, being an island blessed with luxuriant vegetation and pledged to eco-friendly practices partakes in this vibrant occasion by planning a ‘green program’ for the day. Following the theme for this year, a tree planting session to protect the shoreline against erosion is to be held. A nature walk around the island highlighting the Banyan Trees, Nature Trail and Botanic Walk is planned for the day as well, followed by a demonstration of coconut plucking, and you will also get it to sample it! For our little guests, an exciting game is scheduled, where they are instructed to count the number of Banyan Trees on the island combined with an “Ice, Water” game.
In the evening, a short nature film will be aired on the beach near the Sand Bar with an exciting twist i.e. – A special Environment Day Cocktail!
On this special occasion, Kuramathi is also getting ready to make a solemn pledge: for every tree we have to cut down, we will plant another in its place. If you are going to be with us during this time, please do join us in our efforts to promote environmental awareness.
Nearly 70% of our body is made up of water. What is the total amount of water on the Earth? The answer – Estimated 326 million cubic miles of water.
Indeed, on June 8, 2011 the world marks the importance of water by celebrating the World’s Ocean Day. People around the planet celebrate and honour the body of water which links us all, for what provides to humans and what it represents.
Kuramathi celebrates this global event by planning a special program for the day. If you are a certified diver, join us in the afternoon as we clean up our house reef. The fun yet strenuous activity will be followed with fresh coconuts on the beach!
A thrilling twist is brought to this day as we launch our first underwater photography competition, open for all our guests! Guests are asked to submit their underwater masterpieces from 1st to 8th June. Special Prizes are rewarded to the top 3 candidates for their artistic efforts. Images submitted shall be reviewed by the voting panel (guests and team members) and the top 3 images get their well rewarded yet valuable prizes. The winning photos will also be displayed at the Eco Centre with photo credits, of course!
Ever wondered who the amicable character in Haruge Restaurant is? His cheery greetings and exclamation of pure joy when answering a guest question about the food at the buffet. Ibrahim Hussain Ali commonly referred to as ‘Beybe’ (meaning brother in Dhivehi) is that jolly man. One of the oldest and loyal team members of Kuramathi, Beybe has contributed his services to this island for 30 years. He first started as a kitchen helper in 1981 and has worked his way up to his current position of Commis 1. When asked what motivated him to work and stay on Kuramathi, Beybe gave a swift and confident reply.
“My passion lies in cooking and anything related to cooking. Let’s say if I mix one ingredient with another ingredient to make a tasty dish. I would apply that to your question as well. My zeal for cooking and my love for this island, this being my second home gave me the drive to stay here. Cooking is my past time and to ensure that the guests are fully satisfied with their meal is what motivates me further. I have witnessed the many changes on Kuramathi and it has been a wonderful journey to this day, and I should thank for all those who helped me achieve the position I am in presently.”
Birthday: 15th June 1958 (53 years)
Star Sign: Gemini
Favourite colour: Blue
We are all having a good start to the year 2011, dear readers. Some have made new resolutions, some are trying new hobbies and some are celebrating their achievements of the past year. We from the Kuramathi team are delighted with the successive awards we have attained. From the TUI International Environmental Award to the HolidayCheck Award, our persistent efforts to deliver the best of our services and original products to our valuable guests prove this statement.
The World of TUI International Environmental Award provides acknowledgement and funding for environmental and nature conservation organisations that have made an exemplary contribution to protecting and conserving natural resources in their holiday destinations. The award was launched in 1991 and is worth 10’000 Euros. For year 2010, the Eco Centre at Kuramathi Island Resort has won this prestigious award making it the first winner in the Asia Pacific region in the award’s history.
From over 400’000 hotel reviews in year 2010, HolidayCheck honours the 99 best hotels worldwide. This year it included Kuramathi Island Resort, in the category “Beach Holidays”. This is the 6th time they have presented the HolidayCheck award and the first time the award is split into ten different categories.
Us from the Kuramathi Team, is comprised of a team solely dedicated to achieve excellence in everything we endeavour. By being environmentally conscious and setting up objectives to maintain sustainability indeed our perseverance has come to fruition.
Imagine you are sitting down beside the poolside, snuggled in that cosy chair. Need something refreshing to guzzle down? Well, the new Pool Bar menu presents its vast selection of mocktails, fruit and vegetable blended shakes, to quench your thirst, completely refreshing your mind in the process! The menu includes fresh fruits and vegetables to tailor make your own blend of shakes. The pool bar menu has an exclusive display of fresh fruits and vegetables for you to choose while our barman cleverly concocts a mouth watering recipe. Fruits on the display include watermelon, orange, lemon, pineapple and papaya.
Let’s try our culinary skills to whip up a shake from our pool bar. The Four Tops, is comprised of four fruits as the name suggests. All one needs some pineapple (260gm), a hint of banana, preferably diced (10g), and a slice of an apple (150g) and a bit of mango (20g). Blend these in a mixer with ice added to your liking and voilà, you have your own tasty natural goodness right in your hands!
Football fans, athletes at heart, we’ve got great news! Yes, our new Futsal pitch is ready! Set on the middle of the island, it is complete with a running track of 70m by 36m and is open for our guests and team members alike.
A friendly match at the field kicked off on the 20th of January, when the ‘ageing’ Kuramathi team members played against the youngster squad. Had we, the spectators, the choice to pick a winning team, we would have gone with the youngsters ‘cos we could see from the sidelines what the oldies were up to… including having more players on the field than they should?!
– Exploring the Maldivian culture, history and arts
Used as an alternative of a lounge, a ‘Holhu Ashi’ (Pronounced Ho-lhu Ash-i) is a large seating area made of coconut timber, commonly found in local islands as a venue for relaxation and island gatherings. At our Holhu-ashi we explore the Maldives, bringing you a new story with every issue.
Before the modern age arrived, Maldivians practised their own unique way to address weather. Using a complex calendar matching the sun or moon and based on the rising and setting of specific stars. It comprises of 13 o4 14 day intervals referred to as “nakaiy”. This is an assumed weather pattern categorised into the two monsoons present in the Maldivian weather system.
The two seasons are referred to as Iruvai (Northeast Monsoon) and Hulhangu (Southwest Monsoon). Each Nakaiy is predicated for its benefits, for instance the sixth Nakaiy starting from 17th June to the 30th is perfect for agricultural means. Following the Hulhangu monsoon is the Iruvai season, which begins from 10th December to the 22nd of December. Wind blows from the north east with sunshine. This period is considered a good season for fishing, our customary resource, which heavily relies on the Nakaiy forecast.
It is not a surprise to say that this highly complex alternative to read weather is developed by early Maldivians. Why not give it a try to add new words to your vocabulary! Learn these nakaiy’s!
Nakaiy – Pronunciation; Na-Kaiy
Iruvai (Northeast Monsoon) – Pronunciation; Iru-Vaiy
Furahalha – Pronunciation; Fura-Ha-Lha
Fasbadhuruva – Pronunciation; Fas-Badhu-Roova
Furabadhuruva – Pronunciation; Fura-Badhu-Roova
Dhinasha - Pronunciation; The-Na-Sha
Hulhangu (Southwest Monsoon) – Pronunciation; Hu-Lha’n-Gu
Kuramathi has over 700 employees solely dedicated to providing better services to our delightful guests. Of the many team members who call Kuramathi their home, one such team members is Haamiim Ali, a Maldivian from Fuvahmulah, (Southern Region in the Maldives) who has joined the ranks of Kuramathi’s team in June 26 2006.
Haamiim, who currently works in the Guest Services department as a supervisor is an experienced team member in the hospitality industry who has served the resort for a consecutive 5 years. He was employed as a receptionist and with utter commitment he soon rose above the team hierarchy to become the supervisor he is today.
“I like working here, the work atmosphere is well balanced. There are few instances where it’s a bit hard but it all goes away with the eagerness for work. Dealing with guests and ensuring they are well taken care of is simply one thing I love, because it makes both parties happy and leaves a smile on our faces. The world of technology fascinates me and during my free time away from work I devote to polishing up web designing and software development skills.”
Birthday: 6th July 1986 (24 years)
Star Sign: Cancer
Marital Status: Single
Favourite colour: Black and white