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Review of Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives

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Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“A place worth to visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

The island is clean, staff very friendly. Food was not great. In the way to the island the speed boat broke down and we had to wait for another boat. Mr mohammed riza the manager there was very helpful and welcoming.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Ahmed O
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Joseph D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, responded to this review, 31 May 2014
Dear Ahmed!

We appreciate very much to receive your feedback and comments about staff and food at the hotel.
There are three restaurants in the island with different types of cuisine. On arrival the guest can always get us know about special food preferences and our chefs will do the best to satisfy all the guests' expectations.

Furthermore, please, accept our apologies regarding boat issue happened to you which is infrequent occurrence. Due to close location of the hotel to the airport boat can always be repaired soon or another transfer can be delivered immediately to avoid bad consequences for the guest.

Wish welcome you back to Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma!

Warmest regards, Joseph Della Gatta General Manager
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Coolangatta, Australia
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

My son (16) & I travelled to the Maldives recently for a surfing holiday booked through "The Perfect Wave" with an accommodation package at Holiday Inn Kandoomas. Perfect Wave provided just that, perfect waves & incredible service, they knew exactly which reefs would work on which tide & swell & we couldn't ask for more. The holiday was awesome. Just a little bit of a bad taste was left in our mouth with the resort, while perfect with rooms, facilities, presentation.......... it was bloody expensive. $8.00 USD + service taxes + GST = about $9.00 for a beer & meals were really expensive as well, a club sandwich was about $36.00 USD with taxes. They just didn't cater for people on a lower budget. Unfortunately they don't tell you this in the brochure, so make sure the credit card is ready for a smashing.
It really is a beautiful resort & I don't want to put anyone off visiting, just be aware of the costs.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank Glen R
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Joseph D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, responded to this review, 2 June 2014
Dear Glen,

Sunny greetings from Holiday Inn Resort Kandoom!

Thank you very much for your feedback and information about taxes in the comment for other potential guests. We will check one more time an information given about taxes for F&B with our partner Perfect Wave to avoid such a situation in the future. Due to extremely specific location, protection of the islands' vulnerable environment by government and taking into consideration that all the resources are specially imported to the islands, the prices at the restaurants are subject to 8% GST and 10%service charge in most of the resorts and hotels in the Maldives.

Furthermore, we can also send our la carte beverage menu on any individual request to give opportunity for the guests to allocate budget accordingly.

We are looking forward to welcoming you again to surf paradise.

Warmest regards,
Katerina Danilenko
Sales and Marketing department on behalf of Joseph Della Gatta, General Manager.
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Kandooma is a little piece of heaven on Earth. The island is large enough to host 3 beaches, 1 surfing spot, a water sports Center, kids club, 3 restaurants and lots of tropical trees that help to build the paradisiac scenario.
Regardless the room you choose you will be 50 m away from the closest beach and you will feel the luckiest person on the Planet. Food is great but expensive. Buffet costs 39usd plus 18%tax per person. A pizza, sandwich or any light bite will cost you 25/28 usd plus 18% tax. Beer is 6usd plus tax.
You can do some calculations on your expenses but I believe a minimum half board is advisable.
Staff makes us feel very comfortable and are supportive all the times.

Impressive the level of commitment to keep both beaches and walkways free of coral, leaves and other plants!

Finally, Some serious negative notes on the billing process. First, at check in you will be requested to pay a sum that you didn't expend yet. I understand that the bill should be settled at the end as no one will be leaving the island unless using the resort's boats! Secondly and this is a serious issue, they were taxing 10% on top of the bill and then 8% on top of that sum. A simple calculation will make us understand that they were (are?)taxing more than 18% as informed on the bill (and website) and the trick is there unnoticed to most of the clients. They corrected my bill after some time but I was quite disappointed with the whole situation.

Room Tip: Any room will be close enough to the turquoise waters! But if you're a big spender go for the wa...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Miguel M
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Joseph D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, responded to this review, 10 June 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about your recent stay with us.

We are pleased to know that you find our staff friendly and supportive. Our great team, facilities and environment here that helps make it a fabulous resort. Moreover, we thank you for a note about the billing process as we work hard to monitor the check out guest experience and constantly improve it. We wish to have the opportunity to greet you at Holiday Inn resort Kandooma again.

Warmest regards, Joseph Della Gatta General Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

Our holiday experience in Kandooma was more than we had dreamed of .. We were warmly greeted by the Holiday Inn team at reception and presented with a welcoming iced cold drink, just after departing from the fast speedboat transfer from Male Airport .... one note re the boat transfer, ensure that you have covered the costs in your holiday package, as we understand these can be high ($200 approx per person), however I cannot substantiate this as this cost was included in our holiday package !

The Holiday Inn beach villa we stayed in (as outlined in room section) was very clean (cleaned daily), air conditioned and situated in a perfect location for the beach, and for the rest of the island. To be honest there is nowhere on Kandooma that is too far to walk for the restaurants, pool or water sports centre, just enjoy the sun and spectacular views while walking around the beaches ...

There is a Water Centre and Scuba Centre for those of you who are adventurous and also a volley ball area for exerting your energy in .. The hotel has a swimming pool just in front of the main hotel area and again there are plenty of areas to sit relax and watch the sun set to the West ..

Three restaurants cater for many international cuisines, and pockets .. They all have themed nights that are listed in the Kandooma newsletter provided every Monday .. We tried all three, our favourites being the Bokkhurra (Thali set, great food) and the Kitchen (great food) .. The costs are higher than you would expect, however this is the same throughout the Maldives as much of the food and drink has to be imported ... To note each meal has a MET tax and service charge added, however you have to remember that you are in Paradise and the environment that surrounds you needs to be protected for future generations ..

All beaches and tree covered areas are swept on a daily basis, so a great deal of hard work goes into keeping Kandooma in top condition for guests.. Nothing is to too much trouble and all staff were very polite and courteous ..

In summary, we can highly recommend staying at the Holiday Inn Kandooma... we stayed for 10 nights and could have easily stayed for 10 more !

Jeremy Ridout
United Kingdom

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jerry r
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Joseph D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, responded to this review, 9 June 2014
Thank you for taking the time to give us such a valuable feedback and it is really wonderful to read that you have enjoyed your holiday at our resort so much!

We are looking forward to welcoming you again at our little paradise in the (near) future and will be happy to extend your stay at any time.

Warmest regards, Joseph Della Gatta General Manager
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Delhi
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

If you want a vacation where you want to forget the whole world and relax, then this is the place you need to be in. Full of tranquility mixed with a host of luxuries, can't ask for more. Stay at the Oversea Villa and it would make you feel like you're floating in Heaven

Room Tip: Go for the Oversea Villa
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bornfoodie001
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Joseph D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, responded to this review, 26 May 2014
Dear Bornfoodie001,

Thank you for your positive review about us on Tripadvisor.

We are pleased to learn that you had a great time with us and you have enjoyed the comfort and the luxury of our Overwater Villa.

The team and I are looking forward for your return to our resort in the near future.

Warmest regards,
Joseph Della Gatta
General Manager
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Bengaluru, India
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

It was a super resort and stay with amazing service! The rooms and the view were fabulous. The staff were really helpful and made my stay comfortable and pleasant.I would recommend this resort to my family and friends :)

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nheth
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Joseph D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, responded to this review, 26 May 2014
Dear Nheth,

Thank you for your comment about us on Tripadvisor.

It is our great pleasure to read that you had a memorable stay with us and the team has done a great job to make your stay pleasant.

The team and I are looking forward to having you back to our lovely island on your next visit to the Maldives.

Warmest regards,
Joseph Della Gatta
General Manager
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
64 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

Everything about this resort works. It is well organised and the staff are friendly and helpful. The room (I had unit 34) was beautiful, and well equipped. The minibar is exceptionally well stocked, you have fresh oranges with and orange press, flip flops, beach towels, power adapter, fan, stereo with iPod connection, TV, safe, etc. The outdoor bathroom is beautiful and spotlessly clean. Toiletries are in little colourful ceramic bottles, which gives it a nice touch. The decor of the house is all white, with some turquoise features (pillows, throw) - pretty much Hampton style. The a/c works well. Outside, you have a small deck with a day bed, coffee table and a hammock.

The island is beautiful, and kept very clean. Lots of space, and three swimming areas. Although the resort was not empty at all, the swimming areas are usually empty, except for the one close to the pool. The pool is large, with various sections. But who needs a pool, if you can swim in the bath tub warm ocean?

There is a variety of food packages, and even the basic full board provides you with buffet meals that are good. There is plenty of choice (both western and Maldivian food), and with upgrades (or one-off payments) you can also eat á la carte at the other restaurants.

The transfer from Malé or the airport takes about 45 minutes, and is an easy ride. You will get a refreshing cool towel and water when you get on the boat. Again, staff are great!

I only had one night at this resort, but it is certainly the place I want to come back to and spend a week, and make use of all the water activities.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank michanzl
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Joseph D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, responded to this review, 26 May 2014
Dear Michanzl,

We would like to thank you for your wonderful review about us on Tripadvisor following your recent stay.

We are very happy to read that you have an amazing time with us. It is our great pleasure to learn that you have enjoyed the comfort stay on our Beach House with the amenities in the room.

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

Warmest regards,
Joseph Della Gatta
General Manager
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Property: Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives
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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
Hotel Style:
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 Malé 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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Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Hotel South Male Atoll
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Kandooma Hotel South Male Atoll

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