Off the Beaten Path - The Most Intimate & Relaxing Maldives Experiences
Reviewed 12 September, 2021
My wife and I just returned from 8 nights at Kandolhu. This was our second trip to the Maldives, but our first time staying at Kandolhu. Without question, Kandolhu far exceeded our expectations and truly blew us away. Everything about the island is world class, but with the intimacy and attention of a smaller, more private experience.
The housekeeping, mini bar, front desk, spa, and most importantly - restaurant staff are truly phenomenal professionals. Each and every Kandolhu staff member contributed to our memorable experience from the moment we arrived. A very special group of people work at Kandolhu.
The dining and beverage experience across all the restaurants is excellent. We opted for the all inclusive plan and found the choices to be diverse and of high-quality (even by "big city" standards). We didn't have a single "bad meal" while visiting. Our mini bar was well stocked and included top-shelf liquors. Our only regret was not trying the "bar snacks."
The diving & snorkeling right off the island is incredible. The house reef is full of diverse marine life and made for a great morning/afternoon activity.
Our room (water villa with pool) had - what I imagine is - one of the coolest hotel bathrooms in the world. There are a variety of relaxation/seating options within the room/deck. We spent most of our relaxation time out back on our villa deck.
A week after leaving the island, we continue to glow when speaking about our experience. We look forward to returning to Kandolhu and recommending this property to others.
A paradise in the Indian Ocean
Reviewed 12 September, 2021
We stayed at Kandolhu Maldives 1st week of septembre in a Pool villa (with a private beach).
The experience was just fabulous.
The island is a treasure, very secluded (reached by seaplane + speedboat) which is a privilege as you are not too much polluted by lights and you can enjoy a skynight full of stars.
It is said that september is the low season due to wet and windy climate..honestly we don't understand because we stayed 2 weeks in the Maldives and the weather was just great and temperature perfect (between 28 and 31 degrees).
We have been welcomed like King and Queen on the island. The staff is just truly incredibly kind. From the house keeper, to the restaurant staff, the reception and the management (who came say hi few times) everybody was very nice.
I can't list everything they did because they just did a lot starting from a birthday cake, a birthday card (signed by all the staff), they remember your room number, your names, what you like or don't like, every night you have little pastries in your room etc.
We had taken the all inclusive package and we were very happy with it. We tried the 4 restaurants and we didn't have enough time to try all the food and wines ! Everything was just 5 stars restaurant. Very tasty and diversified ! Tepanyaki (with a great show), Mexican (on a piloti house and a breathtaking view), Olives (finest food) and the grill (with curry night).
There are no specific animations (open air cinema and coconut taste) but that was exactly what we were looking for. Peace, quiet, privacy (only 30 rooms on the island), fine food and snorkeling.
Our room was a beauty ! Full of exotism but also very classy/modern. We also enjoyed our private pool A LOT !
We also tried the diving a couple of times and the instructor and the staff were exceptional. The diving sites were also good. We could do a nitrox certification which was greatly organized .
Snorkeling around the island is great as you have a reef and a rocky wall. We have seen so many turtles, sharks and all kind of colorful fishes.
We definitely recommend this beautiful island / resort.
Thanks for everything ! We will come back !
Jessica and Nicolas
Paradise - Just magical
Reviewed 10 September, 2021
Kandolhu - The whole stay here has been beyond an experience which I'd always remember and cherish.
It was a surprise birthday trip from my partner and honestly, the overall experience of Luxury, Escapade and Leisure has been successful due to the warm and welcoming staffs of Kandolhu Team.
We stayed for 5 days experiencing the comfort of two different rooms (Beach Pool villa & Ocean Pool Villa) with great amenities including the little moonBirthday theme surprise and the lovely birthday card signed from all the staffs at Kandholu. The place also offer varieties of food along with the best ambience & wonderful staff with timely assistance when needed - The whole getaway was perfect, unfathomably. It's worth every dollar on your penny! Both Laura and Marc, the resort managers were friendly and welcoming. Great management I would say.
P. S. : If you're planning a trip of any sort to maldives - Kandolhu is one of my most vouched place to stay in and experience the marvellous and delightful service and the most glorious harbor of holiday destination.
So book your flight, reserve your room here and luxuriate at Kandolhu.until
Reviewed 1 September, 2021
Welcoming Management team, courteous, warm and knowledgable staff, comfortable room with great amenities, Kandolhu has it all covered.
Ata Roa, Sea Grill, Olive - tastes and flavours here hits home. Cocktails - wow!
Ayu, Deshan, Maan, Trisha, Linda and all chefs behind the scenes whipping up one great meal after the other. Overall experience speaks volume of Marc and Laura who makes their guests feel special. Frandi is engaging and so is his team.
Highly recommended - a holiday in Kandolhu!
Heaven on earth😍!
Reviewed 14 August, 2021
Heaven on earth! We spent a week at Kandolhu celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and cannot say enough good things about the beautiful island, gorgeous property, fabulous staff (too many to mention by name because they all went SO far above and beyond!), delicious food, plentiful drinks and AMAZING snorkeling….what a place😎!
With only 30 villas, it is totally secluded and so intimate. We were there post pandemic in low season and, while occupancy was around 50% for most of our stay, there was at least one night when only 8 villas were occupied. Yet they kept all five restaurants open the entire time and ALL were amazing! As others have said, the stocked wine fridge in your villa with the AI package is really nice, as are all of the other unexpected perks. We were in an overwater pool villa and the sunset views were just magical😍 (not to mention that fabulous bathtub with the million dollar view🥰!)
The spa was relaxing and wonderful, as was the “sign up for exclusive use” of the full service gym. Snorkeling at the reef just off the beach you will see turtles, rays, sharks and beautiful fish. We went on the snorkeling excursion to a couple of reefs very close by that may have been the best snorkeling we have ever seen (saying something because we have traveled a LOT to some amazing places!). Truly cannot overstate how much we loved EVERYTHING about this place, nor our hopes to return soon!
Many thanks to Marc, Laura and the entire Kandolhu staff for a truly memorable experience!