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An island blessed with white sands, azure skies and lush tropical greenery, Kandooma is a refreshing alternative to the traditional Maldives holiday, with plenty to see and experience for the whole family. With the exception of the Garden View Villas and Garden View Beach Houses, all accommodation is built around the edge of or on the water with cool clean lines, white washed timber and large picture windows making the most of those stunning views. A full-service spa offers plenty of indulgent treatments and there are water sports of every kind for the enthusiast, including a PADI dive centre for beginners and the more advanced. The Kitchen offers a blend of contemporary European and Asian cuisine featuring fresh seafood. Pre-dinner snacks and cocktails can be enjoyed at the Sun Deck, The Lounge and Poolside Bar. The Kandooma Kids' Club will keep younger members of the family happily engaged with a variety of activities, including mini snorkelling, arts and crafts and cooking.
Kandooma lies 35km south of Male International Airport in South Malé Atoll. Transfer time 40 min by speedboat.
160 villas all with air-conditioning, large picture windows, satellite TV, telephone, mini-bar, safe, fresh ground coffee & loose leaf tea, citrus press and fresh oranges daily. Beach Villas with sea views have 1 king-size bed, outdoor shower and living area with daybed and hammock, sleeping max 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child (on a rollaway bed).
Beach Houses have bedrooms on 1st floor with a 1-kingsize bed and sleep max 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child (on a rollaway bed). 2-Bedroom Family Beach House, these are ideal for families are the size of two Beach House’s together. They offer sleeping space upstairs as well as living and dining below, with 1-kingsize bed, 2 twin beds, sleeping max 6 adults or 4 adults and 2 children (on max 2 rollaway beds). Sea View Overwater Villa offer a truly wonderful experience, hovering over the turquoise waters and with a large open bathroom with outdoor shower and bathtub, 1-kingsize bed, sleeping max 3 adults (third adult on a rollaway bed).
Kandooma Café (breakfast, lunch and dinner, international cuisine). Kandooma Lounge. The Kitchen (European/Asian). The Deck (tapas, pre-dinner cocktails). Bokkuraa Coffee Club. Wine room (240 labels at take-away prices). Spa and gym. Water sports including canoeing, windsurfing and sailing. PADI Dive Centre. Volleyball, petanque, football, tennis, basketball and underwater hockey. Kandooma Kids' Club (4-12 years). Weekly classic films on the beach. Library. Babysitting (on request). Laundry/dry cleaning service. Free Wifi.
Choice of meal plans available at this property are, half board, full board and All-Inclusive. In addition to these are
Stay Spirited which includes:
- red or white wine served by glass.
- Draught Beer -A selection of house spirits.
- Selected mocktails and cocktails.
- Soft drinks including chilled juices.
- Kandooma mineral water. -Beverages served available between 11.00 am till 12.00 midnight in Kandooma Cafe, Bokkuraa Coffee Club, Lobby Lounge and The Deck.
Stay Indulgent: Wine and dine anywhere and everywhere including premium spirits, premium wines (excludes wine cellar menu), premium beers, all cocktails, Illy coffee and Dilmah tea, soft drinks, fresh juices, mineral water, smoothies and milkshakes anywhere - including in room mini-bar and ice cream.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner in any outlet including Dining Events run in rotation on a weekly basis:
Spirit of Maldives: lively buffet at Kandooma Cafe spirited with 'Bodu Beru'Performance with bon-fire and dancers, an integral part of Maldivian culture. Treat yourself to a Lamb on the spit and some of the finest locally presented Maldivian cuisines.
Fishermans Market: Bokkuraa Coffee Club transforms into a haven for fish lovers with prime Maldivian fish, an elaborate salad bar and an eclectic selection of starters and desserts.
Dine IN! Sample International flavors IN The Kitchen with an open interactive dining experience.
Family Style IN! the Kitchen: Choose a menu which is influenced by the rich flavors of Chinese, Thai, or Vietnamese cuisines served "family style" at your table for everyone to savour! Bar-B-Que Feast!: variety of freshly caught fish, kebabs, skewers, prime beef and vegetables to your liking.
Dim Sum: The Kitchen All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum Lunch with a huge variety of dim sum Maldivian Beach BBQ: dine under the stars on the West Beach Romantic Dining Pleasure: Watch the sunset and enjoy private BBQ dinner in front of your villa during your stay.
Stay Indulgent package also includes - Daily Snorkelling Trip, Kayak, Catamaran, Boards, Surf Board and Windsurfing Plus one 60 minute massage per adult per stay. Stay Indulgent package is only applicable for full length of stay with minimum of 3 nights. All guests in a room must be on the same package.
All buffet meals in Kandooma Café and selected local alcoholic and soft drinks in the Stay Spirited package.
Stay Spirited includes:
- red or white wine served by glass.
-A selection of house spirits. -Selected mocktails and cocktails.
-Soft drinks including chilled juices.
-Kandooma mineral water. -Beverages served available between 11.00 am till 12.00 midnight in Kandooma Cafe, Bokkuraa Coffee Club, Lobby Lounge and The Deck.
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I was at Kurumba for 3 days before checking into Holiday Inn as we wanted to try an overwater villa. Pro : - Room was white clean modern. - Loved the bathroom with rain shower. The water pressure... Read more was amazingly good. Cons : - Our water villa faces the Kandooma Island residence. For 2 nights they have some sort of village party till very late. - I guess because of the village across, there are many crows neat the water villa and house flies in the café. - The food variety was ok, breakfast food was the same for the 3 days I stayed there. Lunch & dinner had more variation. - Housekeeping was once a day and on 1 day , I was in the room when the housekeeping came. After cleaning up, the guy came up to me and asked if I need anything anything at all let him know. So I am thinking is he asking for tips? Unfortunately, I did not bring any cash so I cant tip him. - The beaches here do not have fine white sand. They are coarse and more tiny stones. - The wifi was really bad.. only place to connect was at front desk. - The bedsheet was too rough for me. Its quite uncomfortable to sleep in. Read less
This resort is stunningly beautiful. The accommodations are excellent. The staff, from those who clean the rooms to the general manager, couldn't be more willing to do anything to make your... Read more experience awesome. Not only will they take you by boat to an awesome snorkeling site and not charge you a penny to do so, but there are multiple "dry snorkeling" opportunities at the property. By that I mean that the water is so clear one can see a wonderful variety of tropical and other fish and sea life by just looking down into the water from the walkway leading to where the boats are docked or from the walkway leading to the above-water accommodations. The above-water accommodations are fascinating! Stay at this property and you will not want to leave. I wanted to stay forever! Read less
The resort's villas are fantastic. Lots of room, huge bed, orange juicer with 6 oranges a day provided, coffee French press, private deck and hammock looking out to lagoon. The restaurants were good... Read more and lots of choices at buffets. Excursions for dolphin cruise and snorkelling trip were good. Resort prices were high but food prices not too bad Only negatives were spotty internet service which was slow and kept kicking me out and choppy 45 minute speedboat transfer to and from airport, but that's likely the same for all resorts in Male atoll Read less
We regretted staying for only 5 days. There were many things to do. Staff were attentive and helpful. Our twins had dietary requirements, and the kitchen brigade went out of their way to ensure... Read more their meals were satisfactory (gluten, wheat, flour, egg and dairy free). From check in staff to Kandooma Cafe, and The Kitchen restaurant staff and Kids Club plus the water activities staff members - each and everyone whom we dealt with was friendly, courteous and we made lots of friends with the Chefs, respective Managers and guests. We also received our anniversary cake complimentary of the pastry kitchen. The kids loved the pool. Read less
Everything bout this place is great! The staff were beyond excellent, very warm and friendly. The place by it self was clean. The rooms were spacious. It was quite child friendly, and wheb it came to... Read more the food maybe they could have a bit more variety. Specially with the kids menu. But all in all it was a very memorable holiday.We would go back to Holiday Inn Kandooma any day! Read less