Ken Flockhart, the General Manager (GM) here at Kuredu Maldives started working with us in December 2011. Born and raised in England just outside London, Ken grew up with hopes of either becoming a professional golf player or an architect. At the age of 17 he decided to go a different path in life and started focusing more on a service related carrer. After graduation Ken then chose to study hotelmanagement at Ealing college on the west side of London. Receiving his degree has led to him to work at several prestigious jobs in wonderful areas such as the Bahamas, Grenada, the Caribbean, Doha, Cyprus and many more.
On Ken’s free time he likes to play either golf or tennis. Even though he might not be a very experienced diver yet, he really wants to create more time to do so.
Ken always strives to keep motivating the 760 staff members to serve our guests with a smile everyday. The results of which is a part of the greatest joy that comes with the job, positive feedback from guests. Ken always tries to respect everybody on the island and is always seen attending the staff activities to take part of the fun together with the other employees.
Yesterday Kuredu Resort celebrated Earth Hour. A world wide event where people are encouraged to switch off their lights and electrical appliances to save energy. To raise awareness for this special occasion Kuredu Island Resort Maldives decided to invite all guests to a candle litt dinner on the beach. From 8:30 to 9:30 the resort and guests switched off the lights and were able to reduce the electrical consumption on the island by 56.2%!
Last year as part of Earth Hours “I will if you will” initiative; Kuredu made a challenge that if one person bought an electric car, Kuredu would install a water bottling plant. In 2012 the resort used more than half a million plastic bottles. Since the challenge was accepted Kuredu kept their promise, and in the beginning of January 2013 opened its own bottling plant. The bottling plant features glass re-usable bottles and has drastically reduced the islands plastic dependency. For more info. see bellow video.
This years “I will if you will” challenge was that if one person committed to start using solar power the resort would switch of 500 air-conditioners on the 23rd of March. As was the case last year the challenge was accepted and last night the resort switch off the air-conditioners to keep their commitment.
TRAVEL OPERATORS- Scuba Travel UK, Diethelm Travel/Orca,Fly Maldives, FIT.
Welcome back to some many time repeaters Tomas, Michaela, Frank, Helga, Herman and Gabriel, it was great to see you all again. Our itinerary did not let us down. A combination of strong currents and blue water made the sites in Baa Atoll exciting.
The long drift on Dhigu Thila, gliding along the reef over the pinnacles and into the coral garden was superb.
Raa was full of fish and Noonu gave a mixture of water speed and viz.
A new site at the north point of Kalaidhoo, produced massive shoals of snapper, emperor and fusiliers, with the current keeping the fish together for some good photographic opportunities.
Orimas on the first dive showed us sharks in the current, but the second time two days later with almost no water movement gave a very different feel. The reef was full of Jacks and Baracuda, octopus mating and some young sharks getting intimidated by the large grouper.
I even managed to find the giant frog fish on Raa Fushi.
The time has come to celebrate! For 25 years now, since 1988, Kuredu Island Resort and Spa has been successfully open for business. This silver anniversary will be celebrated in December (4th-10th) and we hope to see many guests, new and repeaters, at our planned party. In honor of the anniversary Kuredu now has a new logo which can be seen on our facebook page as well as on Kuredu Island. Look out for it when you come for your next vacation!
When arriving on Kuredu Island Resort and Spa the first person you will usually meet is an island host, who will be waiting for you on the jetty. This could be Shamil, who has returned for his second year of employment on our holiday island. Prior to working on Kuredu he travelled with a group of dancers who visited different islands in the Maldives to show the art and dance of Maldivian culture. He says his reason for returning is that there is no better place to work than on this paradise island. “Kuredu is lively and the staff is natural. The relaxed atmosphere allows you to be yourself.” When asked what his favorite part of being an island host was, he replied “I like that you have to be spontaneous. Every day you meet new people and there is always something to do. When I meet guests who have a problem I like to be responsible for solving it and making the guests happy again.”
Did you know, Shamil is an amateur photographer. Have a look at his photos (eden within) by clicking here.
The recent naming contest that was started on Kuredu’s Facebook page has come to an end. Kuredu Island Resort has now officially named it’s famous heron. Amongst the suggestions posted were Harvold, Holger Flax, Sir Arthur, Jean-Michelle and Charlie. Some believe he has emigrated from Africa and want him to be named Edu, whilst others believe he is actually female making Henrietta a more fitting name. Another suggestion was to call him Huredu. In the end, though, two names stood out of the crowd. It was a close decision with just thirteen votes between them. Henry won with 66 votes, closely followed by Harry with 53 votes.
MONSOON TRIP REPORT 11-17.02.13
GUESTS FROM – Scuba Travel UK, Scuba Travel SE, Vectra Viagens BR
Surface conditions due to the unusual seasonal wind were a little choppy, but it does not stop Monsoon. A good aspect of diving from ribs is that they sit low in the water and do not roll like most of the local boats, so we can keep diving.
The blue water is clear in Baa Atoll, and this opens up the sites and makes a big difference. The first 20mins on Dhonfanu Thilla was very exciting. A pair of eagle rays met us right when we entered the water, then came the napoleons, then loads of jacks who were schooling a group of fusiliers, and finally a squadron of 8 spinning eagle rays over the deep sand. Dhigali Haa normally a good macro dive surprised us with sting rays and a massive barracuda getting it teeth cleaned. Fen Fushi Giri in Raa Atoll was again busy and is a very fishy site with a large quantity of various creatures. The frog fish are still on Raa Fushi in Noonu and Orimas performs with it’s pelagic life, entertaining as ever.
Turtle Airport on the outside reef of Kuredu lived up to it name with many take offs and landings. This large group of reptiles offers some very close encounters, and are a joy to photograph with their great colouration and shape.
We are very proud to receive yet another award from TripAdvisor. This time from their “Traveller’s Choice 2013″ for being one of the “Top 10 Hotels for Romance – Asia”.
Travellers’ Choice awards are based on millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers. We take great pride in this recognition from our guests and promise to continue striving towards improving our services and romantic ventures.
Our romantic highlights include the option of having your wedding ceremony or renewal of vows on the beach as the sun sets over the horizon. Candlelight dinners with the sand between your toes or a romantic champagne breakfast served in the comfort of your own room are among the many romantic possibilites that Kuredu Island Resort have to offer.
Kuredu also won Trip Advisors highly prestigious award “The Certificate of Excellence”. For more info click here.
To view Kuredu’s Trip Advisor page click the link bellow.
Picture this, you are standing barefoot in 28°c on a golf course, situated on an island in the middle of the ocean. There is nothing to disturb your focus, no people stressing you to hurry up, no extra layers of clothes stiffening up your swing.
This is the everyday feeling here at Kuredu Golf Club
The golf course if a 6-hole pitch & putt course where every hole is par 3. Before playing your round you can warm up on our full-size driving range or practice either your putting or chipping on our practice green. If your partner doesn’t enjoy the game of golf they can relax and kick back in the bar whilst your try to overcome the many bunkers and fast greens.
Click here to find out more information about the bunkers that we recently added to to course.
Our Golf Pro Ronnie will gladly answer any of your questions. And also offers free practices for beginners wednesdays at 17:00. You can view his profile or contact him via facebook by clicking here.
If you are interested in more photos visit the golf clubs own facebook page Kuredu Golf Club and remember to keep an eye out for any new hole-in-one’s.
You swing your best when you have the fewest things to think about.
- Bobby Jones