Kurumba Maldives

by admin on October 14, 2014

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Kurumba Maldives

Rich experiences. Warmth that enchants. The very first Maldives resort. Kurumba draws on its proud history, charismatic character and heartfelt service, to offer diverse experiences amid a stunning island of the Maldives.  Just a short 15 minute boat transfer from the airport or Malé, Available 24 hours. Kurumba offers a wide range of accommodation from Pool Villas to Beach Bungalows all linked to the many dining venues and entertainment areas with a meandering pathway within lush tropical gardens.

Kurumba Maldives offers guests the complete Maldives island resort experience. Relaxing on the white sandy beach.  Swimming in our protected crystal clear lagoon. Treat yourself to an exquisite Maldivian spa treatment. Exploring the underwater world on our vibrant house reef. Be energized with the daily scheduled activities, watersports or scuba diving.  Experience one of the many excursions. Be inspired by the Maldives culture, local food, art and dance. Eight Restaurants. Three Bars. Maldives most vibrant nightly entertainment. With so much choice, Kurumba is the favorite Maldives Resort of many.

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The room was lovely. It was very spacious and I loved the bathroom with the outdoor shower. The staff cleaned the room twice a day so it was kept immaculate.

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It was great to be greeted on arrival by the friendly and helpful staff.  On the way to the hotel we were given cold towels and a cold bottle of water which were a relief from the humidity. We were also given delicious coconut sorbet upon arrival at the hotel.  I read reviews about hearing the planes, so I was a little worried about this. However there were not many planes flying over, we couldn’t even hear the planes from inside the room.

The amenities provided are as described on their website. In fact the sky-open bathrooms are wonderful. They have 5-6 restaurants on the island – one serving Japanese, one Arabic, one all-day Cafe, one offering Continental, etc. which is more than expected. The whole property is very well kept and the layout is such that it does not feel crowded despite being quite full. The staff are always smiling and extremely courteous, be it the restaurant staff or the housekeeping staff or the other maintenance staff. They have two pools which are very well maintained. The housekeeping is extremely efficient with a turn-down service in the evening. Requests for extra tea, coffee, towels, etc are promptly attended to. Extra beach towels and slippers are a big plus. Snorkeling in the house reef is quite good. Snorkeling equipment is provided free during the duration of your stay and free snorkeling training is also provided. Various activities like trip to Male, island tour, spa treatment,various water sports, diving, etc are available on payment basis. Entertainment like music (jazz, painting, artisans doing lacquer work) etc are organized daily for the guests.

Amazing spa treatments

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While you are on Kurumba, reserve an evening, stylish settings and the sounds of the Indian Ocean.

During the Sounds Of The Sea dining experience, you will indulge in an extraordinary 5-course menu with each course complimented by fine wines. Exclusively focused on you, your butler will tend to your every need.

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Information and some photos from www.kurumba.com

 

Beautiful Napa Wedding!

by admin on September 5, 2014

I was in Napa for Labor Day weekend to attend an amazing wedding and stay in the Napa River Inn which was lovely. We could easily walk a few blocks and see the damage from the earthquake from Saturday, August 23rd. The town has bounced back quickly as 85% of the business were up and running which was wonderful to see. Here’s a building that had major damage that destroyed a car that was parked in the parking lot!

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We had a fabulous Japanese food at Morimoto Friday night, which if you haven’t been to one of their restaurants, it’s amazing! Go if you can!

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Each plating presentation is a work of art!  Each dish was so delicious and beautiful:

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Saturday was just gorgeous out with the grapes ready to harvest soon, the wedding couple were such a lovely couple.  We thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people and enjoy the extravagant event,  the attention to detail and flawless execution made everything truly memorable.

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After the ceremony we were greeted by different cocktail stations so beautifully decorated, with fruits and vegetables adorning every corner!

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I loved the shaved ice station where it was perfect for a hot summer day!

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This was our schedule for the wedding !!  it went until 5am!

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Just look at the creative performance artists who entertained us as we walked up to the wedding reception, they were phenomenal:

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The stunning out door nature setting for the wedding with the many food stations to peruse was the perfect farm-to-table experience for all the foodie lovers:  whole beast, taste of tomato, fresh fish, corn station and last but not least Mixology for the perfect drinks

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The center pieces were all done with fruit and vegetables in wooden Asian boxes. Stunning!

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Wedding Blog part 2

by admin on August 7, 2014

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Just look at the beautiful menu and name tag that my sister made. I love the fans – they came in handy for the hot beach weather there.

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This is a picture of me and my sister Karen, mother of the bride, who put such special  details into the whole evening, seen through the wedding, program fans, menus, name tags, and table placemats from different places in the world.  Her keen eye and immaculate attention to detail was stunning, what a talent she has!!!

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My family below with all my brothers and sisters.

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And my husband Dick and daughter Adrianna and I here, unfortunately my son Garrett couldn’t get off from his summer job. We missed him!!

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Dreams Cabo San Lucas

by admin on July 23, 2014

I was just at my niece’s wedding in the beautiful Cabo San Lucas, this is their website, http://www.davidandmagdalena.com

How sweet are they:
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Their wedding was at the most ideal beach getaway haven – the elegant and beautiful Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa All Inclusive, with top notch amenities and beachfront accommodations. Aside from frolicking on the pristine, white sands of the private beach, guests at this all-inclusive resort can also play a few holes at Cabo Real Golf Club or have fun at the on-site recreational facilities such as outdoor pool, fitness center, and Dreams Spa by Pevonia. Kids can have fun at Explorer’s Club. Diners can enjoy a variety of Mexican, Asian, Mediterranean, and international cuisines and flavors at El Patio, Himitsu, and Portofino restaurants. Steaks and seafood specialties are available at Oceana and Seaside Grill, while coffee and snacks are on offer at Coco Cafe. Five bars and loungers are also available, serving wines, beers, and spirits.

Just check out these pictures of the resort!

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Happy 4th of July!

by admin on July 3, 2014

July Fourth is a great time to get together with family and friends and watch fireworks. This year I’m spending the Independance Day weekend festivities in Idaho at my family cabin.   We’re enjoying being back in the mountains, boating, jet skiing and all the firework over Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho.  lake pic

But if you are in the SF Bay Area , there will be lots to do and see around the Bay Area with fireworks, food and fun!

There’s the Alameda County Fair, or the Berkeley Marina, how about the Danville parade, but if you are in SF, Pier 39 Fishermans warf is the place to be, fireworks start at 9:30pm.

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Happy Fourth of July!