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Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives
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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Amazing Maldives Holiday”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

Travelled with a 3 year old and was a smooth journey, We were met at the airport and ushered to the awaiting speedboat ride which was fantastic,.Upon arrival it was hot and there were icy drinks offered and a teddy bear for my little one. All staff were welcoming we had a lovely surprise when the beach villa was upgraded. The room was amazing, clean, fresh,and near the beach. My little girl still asks for House number 18 :).We stayed 9 days and packed it full of activities like the breath taking sunsets, dolphin trip, local island (top tip is to buy all souvenirs there as it is cheaper than the airport), yoga at sunset and spent 2 well spent days in the spa (the ginger tea which i forgot to ask the brand name is a must after a salt scrub and deep tissue massage). The kidsclub was fun for my little one and had activities she enjoyed. We made some fantastic friends with similar aged kids that we shared out days and evening entertainments with. It is a lovely family resort., We all got along so well it really made the holiday special.
The staff especially at the restaurant were simply the most hospitable I have ever met in any hotel, thank you for making our stay wonderful (I did gain a few kilos). My little girl was so fussy and all efforts were made to offer her something she liked to eat. The only thing we were not able to try is me cooking for her or bringing her favourite food along (polenta with baobao leaf). There was endless supply of milk and kids ate free (even when I had food brought to the room at night so we can enjoy the evening entertainment like a local band, movie night, bingo, or karaoke (we did it all).
The magic of the resort if the staff, the villas, the views of the beach, the family friendly pool and lovely views. I have already recommended this to some work mates who are planning their family holidays. We very much look forward to returning in the not so distant future. Next time, I will try snorkeling and also feeding the sharks. There is so much to see and do. We loved every single minute.

Room Tip: Buy souvenirs from local village Mix the all inclusive option not for all days to allow sampling of...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Joseph D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, responded to this review, 7 May 2014
Dear Agi196,

We would like to thank you for taking time sharing your stay experience with us on Tripadvisor following your recent stay.

We are very pleased to read that you and your family have an amazing time in our resort and your daughter have enjoyed the activities in the kids club. The ginger tea that you mentioned is specially brewed by our spa team and please contacts us if you would like the recipe.

The team and I are looking forward to having you back to our lovely resort on your next holiday in the Maldives.

Warmest regards,
Joseph Della Gatta
General Manager
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

Perfect and beautiful island resort hotel. Made my honeymoon with my wife perfect and memorable for our entire lifetime. Extremely friendly, helpful, and ever ready staff. Something important that makes any guest's stay feel extremely peaceful and home. Perfect view from our Overwater Villa No.57. We spent 5 days there and it was just perfect, not too long not too short. Thanks for the memorable honeymoon :)

Room Tip: We stayed at Overwater Villa No.57, its a the better/best view in our opinion, just remember to lock...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Joseph D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, responded to this review, 7 May 2014
Dear Gordonling,

Thank you for your wonderful review about us on Tripadvisor following your recent stay.

We are very delighted to read that you have enjoyed the comfort of the Overwater Villa and it is our great pleasure to know that our team has done a great job to make your honeymoon pleasant.

The team and I are looking forward to welcoming you back to our little paradise in the near future.

Warmest regards,
Joseph Della Gatta
General Manager
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Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

We spent 4 days at a beach villa and upgraded to the water villa for the last couple of days and what a great decision that was. Book the water villa for your entire stay if it's viable because it worth the difference.

The island itself is not very big and is walkable. Sunset walks are amazing and there are thoughtful decks around the island for beautiful pictures.

Breakfast and dinners were good with plentiful spreads. Huge dining hall but most dining took place al fresco.

The dive centre is fantastic, and equipped with an able crew. I tried the UV dive and it was mind blowing! If you prefer snorkeling, book a sea excursion to visit a sea dune, snorkel and have a private picnic in the middle of the ocean. :D

Bring your suntan lotion and leave the deadlines behind!

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Joseph D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, responded to this review, 5 May 2014
Dear Fareed H,

We would like to thank you for the wonderful review about us on Tripadvisor .

We were pleased to hear that you enjoyed the comfort of the Overwater Villa and the diving experience. The team and I are looking forward to having you back to our little paradise on your next visit to the Maldives.

Warmest regards,
Joseph Della Gatta
General Manager
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Singapore
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

Maldives. Snorkel and dive paradise. The ocean that ranges from turquoise to azure to jade green to cobalt blue: amazing.
Yes, Kandooma has most of these things. Except the house reef is a short boat ride away and so the free and easy aspect of snorkelling is just not there. They do have one or two boats a day taking you to their nearby house-reef, but you arrive there with 20 other people and aren't allowed to explore on your own and its a scant 30 minute swim. Just really wasn't satisfying. Even the paid snorkel outings were too short and left you wanting a lot more.
We stayed in the beach house accommodation. It is an elevated room with a casual area below the house with a private beach shower and a sitting area; it is shaded by palm trees. We had a sunset dinner there one evening and it was very pleasant.
I think it is a better choice than the water villas at this resort. They looked like boxes, perched in a shadeless shallow bay, I cannot imagine that they would be anything but broiling hot under the tropical sun. If you want a water villa, I would recommend another hotel.
The food was extremely costly. Our room did not include meals, and one can expect to pay USD 100 per person per day for 3 meals and any beverage other than filtered water would add even more. They told us that our second cup of espresso would be chargeable. I complained and we were not actually charged, but I was really shocked considering the breakfast is USD31++
The boat transfers are also expensive. It was USD 500 nett for return airport transfersfor the pair of us.
If you select this hotel, make sure you do it on a package that includes transfers and at least half board, or be prepared to pay a lot more than the price of the room.
Next trip I will go to a better class of hotel with an on-shore house reef and transfers included. End of the day, it isn't mush difference in price, but a lot of difference in the experience.

Room Tip: Picka seaview beach room or house. Nice and better value.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Joseph D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, responded to this review, 5 May 2014
Dear DugongKechill,

Thank you for your valuable feedback about us on Tripadvisor.

First of all, we are happy to read that you have enjoyed our Beach House and the sunset dining experience. We also want to thank you for highlighting the area that we could improve on.

Once again, we thank you for your valuable feedback as we take our guests feedback very seriously which it allows us to monitor and improve our processes and service. We look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back to the Maldives in the future.

Warmest regards,
Joseph Della Gatta
General Manager
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Reviewed 30 April 2014 via mobile

All of the Maldivian Islands are beautiful maybe except the capital Male as it's too touristy but the hotel islands and private islands are a tropical dream there's nowhere else like it. This hotel is new and had everything you need and want but you won't need much as the ocean, white soft sand, sharks, sting ray, giant bats, hermit crabs under your feet and the whole experience will keep you amused

  • Stayed July 2013
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Joseph D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, responded to this review, 5 May 2014
Dear Danxxiel,

Thank you for your positive review about us on Tripadvisor.

It is a real pleasure to read that you have good memories of your stay with us and we are glad that you have enjoyed the natural beauty in the Maldives.

The team and I are looking forward to welcoming you back to our little paradise in the near future.

Warmest regards,
Joseph Della Gatta
General Manager
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singapore
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Arrival was swift, hopped onto the speedboat & arrived on a beautiful resort blue green clear seas
Checked in was quick except escorted by a chinese girl who almost forgot to explain everything but forgiveable as she was 3 months into the job, was housed on the western side beach house No.8, not everything was working, bathroom clogged, ants everywhere, coffee plunger wire mess was worn out, had to dial "0" & help came soon, had requested if we could upgrade maybe 1 night to the water villa, not being platinum member, nope..was offered US $400 to upgrade but said no..We had the half board which was quite great, breakfast was great & could any coffee you wanted, dinner was at Kandooma cafe with a different theme every night, did the free snorkel with the dive team at the pool & also went with the Kandooma Orange dive team to explore Turtle Point cost US $59++ which had 2 dives & kudos to the energetic staff kept everyone safe, & one even took some nice pictures of turtle & beautiful fishes as he dived deeper, must visit is the The Deck during sunset amazing... had a couple of runs round the island & the usual bathe & shore snorkel...last day today, will do the Como massage later to finish our wonderful 5 nights in Paradise & it was really beautiful though little pricey but it is pricey everywhere on any atoll...in Maldives.. 4 out of 5 for me here

Room Tip: Choose the beach house, 1 to 10 will be good & near to breakfast venue..Must try The Deck for su...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Joseph D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
Dear Tsaidavidtristan,

Thank you for your valuable feedback about us on Tripadvisor following your recent stay.

We are very pleased to read that you have enjoyed your stay with us. We would also like to thank you for mentioned some areas that we could improve on.

Once again, we thank you for your valuable feedback as it is very important to help us to understand any shortcomings so that we can focus on improving our services. The team and I are looking forward to having you back to our little paradise in the near future.

Warmest regards,
Joseph Della Gatta
General Manager
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

second time to stay in kandooma... it is simply an amazing hotel with amazing staff..from the time we were greeted in the airport to the minute we were dropped back in the airport...5 nights of amazing charm.i would definitely go back.the beach house was much more than amazing this time and my requests in the time of booking were all catered for painstakingly. the water and the beach were so much better in this time of the year than last time. i love it!!it will be always my destination if we go to maldives again..thanks to all the fantastic staff there

Room Tip: beach houses close the pool are simply fantastic
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Joseph D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
Dear Mimicom,

We would like to thank you for choosing our hotel for your stay again in the Maldives and sharing your stay experience with us on Tripadvisor.

We are very delighted to read that you have an amazing time with us and it is our great pleasure to know that our team has done a great job to make your stay pleasant. I will definitely share your comment to the team which your comment is an inspiration for us to serve our guests better.

Once again, thank you for your loyalty to our lovely island and we are looking forward to welcoming you back to us in the near future.

Warmest regards,
Joseph Della Gatta
General Manager
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Property: Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives
Address: Kandooma Fushi
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Region: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > South Male Atoll > Kandoomaafushi Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kandoomaafushi Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives 4.5*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Find your tropical island paradise at the lagoon-facing Holiday Inn Resort (R) Kandooma Maldives. Let speedboats ferry you across the turquoise waters from Male International Airport to our contemporary Maldives holiday resort in just 40 minutes. Slip into island life from the moment you arrive at Holiday Inn Resort (R) Kandooma Maldives, with world-class diving and surfing facilities at your doorstep. Our beach villas ooze style and boast elegant touches like outdoor showers and iPod docking stations. Grab coffee and wood-fired pizza from the Bokkuraa Coffee Club beside our sparkling infinity pool, or unwind with a good book and enjoy views over the peaceful lagoon. You can indulge in a soothing Thai massage and other beauty treatments at our Kandooma Spa and book the Spa Suite's private garden with plunge pool for a romantic afternoon. Discover a Maldives hotel for family here, where you can learn to sail on a catamaran around the region's sandbanks and sip on alcohol-free cocktails on a sunset cruise. Diving and snorkelling among colourful reefs is just five minutes by boat from Holiday Inn Resort(R) Kandooma Maldives. As a child-friendly Maldives hotel, your children will be kept entertained with face-painting and fun games, while parents can unwind with a game of tennis or a workout at the gym. Top off a perfect day with a Maldivian seafood feast and breathtaking sunsets at The Kitchen restaurant. ... more   less 
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