Holiday Day Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives is conveniently situated on the South Malé Atoll, adjacent to world-class diving and surfing sites.
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The hotel’s practical comfort and modern design provide a haven for hard-working travelers seeking
balance in their lives. Offering smart casual dining, extensive water sports and activities, dedicated
kids services and a refreshing spa, Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives is the ideal gathering
place for friends and families. Guests can choose to relax or enjoy an active getaway, knowing they will be genuinely welcomed and
valued throughout their stay. Kandooma welcomes you to stunning views of the Indian
Ocean and soothing wave lullabies. Take your pick from 160 villas available in eight different categories
– any choice is a delight. All villas are designed with cool clean lines of whitewashed timber, and large
picture windows that look out to the great blue outdoors. Grab your flippers and head on over. The
perfect balance of relaxation and adventure awaits you!
The villas of Kandooma are built to meet the modern
traveler’s need for comfort, style, recreation and
convenience. Inviting touches engage your senses.
Whitewashed floorboards evoke fresh coolness yet oer
warmth and texture to bare feet, while large picture
windows beckon the sun right in. Choose from the
different room types available – your home away from
home in paradise.
Standard amenities in all rooms include:
• Fully stocked mini bar
• Loose leaf tea, fresh ground coffee and
• Telephone with IDD
• Private indoor or outdoor showers
• Flat screen television with local and satellite channels
• Wifi broadband
• iPod docking stations
• In-room safe deposit box
• Newspapers in various languages
• Radio Kandooma access
Garden View Villa
Decked out in modern décor, the Garden View Villa offers a cosy 48
square metres of space with an outdoor living area, in a choice of two
configurations: 1 King bed or 2 Single beds.
Beach View Villa
The Beach View Villa serves up enticing vistas of sand and sea, and its
48 square metre construction includes an outdoor living area. Choose
from 1 King bed or 2 Single bed configurations.
Garden View Beach House
Offering a striking mix of natural elements with contemporary, casual
décor, the 71 square metre Garden View Beach House has a duplex
construction, and indoor or outdoor shower options for your choosing.
Sea View Beach House
Featuring an open-air living space on the ground floor and bedroom on
the second floor, the Sea View Beach House provides 71 square metres
of modern casual décor and a breathtaking view of the ocean.
Sea View Beach House (2 Bedrooms)
Accompanied by uplifting views of the tranquil turquoise sea, our 2
Bedroom Sea View Beach House incorporates indoor and outdoor living
space decorated in a modern casual style within its 142 square metres
of luxurious space.
Island View Overwater Villa
With a private sundeck, large outdoor shower and bathtub and a
spacious bedroom, the 85 square metre Island View Overwater Villa
pampers you with the space and amenities to take in the best of the
Sea View Overwater Villa
The Sea View Overwater Villa oers a roomy 85 square metres, featuring
a spacious bedroom with a large outdoor shower and bathtub and a
private sundeck with an overwater hammock, for the best of the
Sea View Overwater Villa (2 Bedrooms)
These villas come furnished with the same luxurious facilities as their
single-bed counterparts. Bask in the ultimate Kandooma experience
with family and loved ones in the generous 170 square metre space
At Kandooma, simple pleasures are the order of the day. The resort offers a selection of several restaurants, diners and cafés, each with its own distinctive cuisine, aroma and
character. Are you worn out by the day’s activities, and loathe to leave the comfort of your villa home? No problem, 24-hour take-out service offers tantalising bites around the clock. To really settle in, order up ado-it-yourself barbecue delivered fresh to your doorstep.
(6.30 am to 10.00 pm)
Greet the new day in the “Big Barnacle” in the company of sunshine, atoll waves and Radio Kandooma’s breakfast show. Tell our attendant chefs how you’d like your eggs to go with your international breakfast, complete with fresh orange juice, fresh ground coffee and loose leaf teas. Come evening, the “Big Barnacle” transforms from brightand breezy to soft and romantic, lit by the intimate glow of candles and buoyed by the chillout beats of Radio Kandooma Bleu. The dinner menu stars a unique fusion of Mediterranean cuisine spiced withtouches of Asia as well as themed buffet nights.
(8.30 am to late night… or early morning)
Order up a cup of coffee or tea and settle back and listen to the diving stories told by the divers who hang out here. Or play bar top games, enjoy light snacks or, perhaps, catch a classic movie under the twinkling stars.
Bokkuraa Coee Club
(11.00 am to 11.00 pm)
Enjoy a little bit of the “city-by-the-beach” at Bokkuraa Coee Club. Choose from a daily changing rotation of fresh pastries and homemade ice creamsto go with boutique coffees and teas freshly brewed to order. Take in the stunning vistas of pool, sea and sky, or catch up on the latest buzz while you wait.
(11.00 am to 11.00 pm)
Steaks, pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and your favourite poolside beverages make a compelling case for lounging the day away in the sun. Go on, you know you want to!
(5.30 pm to 11.00 pm)
Atop the Kitchen is the Deck, probably the best place in Kandooma to catch the sunset. Enjoy an aperitif or after-dinner cocktails mixed toperfection by the resident mixologist. After sundown, Moroccan lanterns take over to complement the stars in the night sky.
The Kitchen and Wine Room
(6.30 pm to 10.30 pm)
An exquisitely elegant dining experience with the best view on the island, The Kitchen offers diners a sublime Mediterranean-Thai menu out on the beach with feet in sand, in upholstered comfort overlooking the Kandooma Channel. Or engage in light-hearted conversation with the chefs at one of the two main kitchen ranges. Just 15 paces away is the Wine Room with a choice of 250 different old-world and new-world wines.
Settle right in with a do-it-yourself villa barbecue, with fresh ingredients delivered right to your door. Enjoy Kandooma in the comfort and privacy of your villa, surrounded by family and loved ones, and great food on the grill!
Take-out and delivery
The perfect end to an exhilarating three-day dive, wind down with a selection of simple but tempting bites picked up at your leisure or conveniently delivered to your door. Two different menus – breakfast and all-day means that any time is a good time for a bite.
The surf is conveniently located out the front of the resort. Kandooma Resort has access to a host of world class waves in the area suitable for surfers of all abilities on different tides. The number of surfers at Kandooma at any one time is limited to 40.
Kandooma Right is at your doorstep if you’re staying at Kandooma Resort. You could throw a cricket ball on the take off zone from your villa.
A fast breaking right with two take off spots, the first an easier option with the second a more critical take off. This wave breaks over relatively shallow reef for 100 meters and provides many barrel opportunities.
It is best on a mid tide and is one of the best waves in the Maldives when 3 to 6ft. It likes a SE swell direction and is offshore in any W wind.
Tucky Joes / Boatyards
Considered by those ‘in the know’, to be the best break in the Maldives on it’s day.
The take off can be steep and a very fast reaction is required to set up for the freight train ahead. Up to 200 mtrs long it offers many barrel opportunities, sometimes linking to offer long intense rides out of the sun.
On a perfect day you will get a 3 barrel sections with the best being the last if you have the guts to take it on. The reef is shallow and low tide can stop play.
Prefer light NW wind and SE swell. Not for the faint hearted on a big day.
Iyaru Faru near the island of Gulhi, an inhabited island, eastern reef of South Male Atoll.
Sectiony left and right, which picks up more swell than most of the breaks in South Male Atoll.
Can have a good end section on the left in a big southerly swell. The right is a real mixed bag and rarely delivers the goods.
Best in N winds, and the higher the tide, the better.
Boduhuraa, unhabited island near the Anantara Resort, eastern reef of South Male Atoll.
Small short left, best in wind NW to N. This wave is a fickle one, but with the right conditions is a very fun option.
Gulhigaathuhuraa , unhabited island attached to Anantara Resort. Eastern Reef of South Male Atoll.
The wave has two sections, the outside is a fat, slow and meandering wave perfect for longboarders and even beginners and the inside section is a really nice, fast little right-hander that picks up less swell than most other places but on its day delivers perfect barrels.
Best in winds W to NW, named after the resort workers’ quarters on the island.
Natives / Foxys
This wave is very fast and hollow breaking over relatively shallow coral. It’s “Goofys Paradise” or if you’re fast on the backhand you will love this wave. Breaks for 100 to 150 metres and provides many barrel opportunities.
Best with SE swell and NW wind. On transfer you will visit both Foxy’s and Rip Tides, so you get the best on both worlds.
A right hander breaking for 150 metres on a reef in the middle of a channel. Need a transfer to this wave even though it is very close.
The wave is aptly named as sometimes very strong currents can sweep you seaward so we always check current conditions before settling in for a session.
Great wave for the longboarders and shortboarders as well as low intermediate surfers, providing very carvable walls with the occasional hollow section.
Best with S swell and SW wind.
Photo’s courtesy of the Holiday Inn