KOAMAS LUXURY ESCAPES FAM TRIP TO OUTRIGGER KONOTTA RESORT MALDIVES - 2016
I was fortunate enough to be invited to visit Outrigger Konotta Resort Maldives and was very impressed with this fabulous boutique resort.
I was greeted at the airport by the Maldivan Airline’s team, who are the ground handlers to Outrigger Konotta.
The team was very friendly and professional and one person escorted me the lounge whilst the other one took care of the check in for the domestic flight
The Maldivian Airlines lounge is very comfortable. Plenty of seating, air-conditioned, free WiFi and a good selection of beverages as well as hot and cold snacks.
The weather was bad, so there was a slight delay of 30 minutes with the flight but this didn’t matter as the lounge was comfortable enough to wait in.
The flight from Male to Kadhadhoo took around 50 minutes and was comfortable.
On arrival at the airport, the weather was not good. We were met by the Outrigger Konotta airport rep and he collected all the luggage for the clients and this was taken by truck to the jetty. He arranged umbrellas and we took the short walk down to the jetty.
Our luxury speedboat was waiting for us and it was easily the most impressive boat out of all the boats waiting from various resorts.
The journey which took around 30 minutes, was a little rough, but the Captain and the crew made sure we were well taken care of and made as comfortable as possible. During the course of the journey we completed the registration cards and were handed our room keys and a map of the resort and some basic resort information was given to us.
On arrival at the resort, the view of the beautiful beach and lagoon soon picked up everyone’s spirits and made the journey well worthwhile!
The island is fairly small, with thick lush vegetation. There’s plenty of vegetation near the villa’s, allowing for privacy.
I stayed in a Beach Villa with Pool which is the lowest room category. WOW! From the outside they look like small houses, as they are two stories. All individual detached villas.
On entering the villa you have a small entrance hall, which leads to a very large, open plan living room with an oversized ‘L’ shaped sofa, large coffee table, TV , desk and chair and mini bar area. The lounge area is spacious and doesn’t feel part of the bedroom at all. Whilst it’s open plan, you do feel like you are in a separate room.
Steps lead down to the bedroom, which comprises of a King Size Bed with side tables and large TV.
Large full-length windows allow plenty of light in the rooms.
A dressing area with plenty of wardrobe and draw space is located just off the bedroom and outside the bathroom.
The bathroom is very spacious, with his and her vanity units, a dressing table and large bath tub as well as an indoor rain shower.
An outdoor staircase leads off the bathroom and up to a private upstairs terrace, which boasts an oversized day bed, sun loungers, and an outdoor shower. There are stunning views and plenty of privacy making it ideal for relaxing, reading and working on your tan.
Leading from the bedroom you have a stunning ‘L’ shaped private plunge pool, complete with a waterfall feature and oversized day bed. The private terrace offers an area for outdoor dining.
The Over Pool Vila’s are similar in design as the Beach Villa in terms of the interiors, with the large living area as well as the bathroom. Whilst there is no upstairs gazebo, the private sun deck is large with private plunge pool, oversized day bed, over-water hammock and steps leading directly into the ocean.
The resort boasts one all day dining restaurant, Blue Salt which offers a variety of ala carte dishes from around the world. Breakfast is cooked to order, however, a choice of pastries and fruits are served to you at your table, nicely displayed in a bird cage! In-door and out-door seating is available and the kitchen is the open plan so you can see the chef cooking your food to order.
The infinity pool boasts views of the sea and has several oversized double day beds and private gazebo’s dotted around the outside. There’s a good selection of international cuisine also available at the pool bar.
On my first night, I dined in the resort’s signature teppan-raw bar, Nala Rah, which was fantastic. I am not a seafood or fish lover so I opted for steak. The Chef was wonderful, entertaining, charming and the food was absolutely delicious.
You can opt to have a drink in the bar area and just look out at the crashing waves. The restaurant is a completely wooden structure with wooden shutters and really reminds me of a luxury beach Shack. The views are amazing and the atmosphere is really relaxed. On the ground level, there’s plenty tables and chairs as well as large day beds and a small entertainment area, with pool table and table tennis.
The Spa is quite unique with a large hydro pool which guests can enjoy free of charge. The views out at the ocean really enhance the experience.
The water sports and dive center are operated by Best Dives and the array of water sports activities and excursions are excellent. There is something for everyone.
Sadly the weather really was not in my favour during my short stay so I did not get to snorkel but I spoke to the dive Manager who happily informed me that the reef is brilliant on the resort, with plenty of colour fish, resident sharks as well as colourful corals as well. Nearby there’s a reef which is home to around 6 or 7 turtles.
The service on the island is excellent. The staff was friendly, professional, attentive, without being intrusive.
Outrigger Konotta is, without doubt, a fantastic addition to the Maldives and to the Koamas Luxury Escapes collection and is perfect for families as well as couples.
I have no hesitation in offering this resort to our clients and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the team and the Management for a fantastic time. For great service, and an overall amazing experience.