- Location : Male' Atoll , No of Rooms : 160
Kandooma Island lies just 35 km south of the Male International Airport, via a forty minute speedboat ride to the South Male Atoll. 13 hectares in area, It is named after the Kandoo tree which is found in abundance on the island. For guests arriving late at night, the resort also offers the convenience of night transfers to the island.
This tropical isle is favoured because of its close proximity to many excellent dive sites. The Kandooma Channel and Kandooma Caves and Kandooma “thila” (an undersea mount) all contribute to making this area one of the republics’s most sought after destinations for divers.
For the non-divers, the surrounding clear water offers areas to swim and snorkel. Enthusiastic surfers will be delighted with the reef breaks on the north - east side of the island from the swell that comes in off the ocean.
How to Reach : Speedboat (40mins)
The Dive Centre is comprehensively equipped to meet the needs of advanced divers but also suitable and thoughtfully set up for absolute beginners. It is run by Euro Divers, a fully accredited organisation operating ten outlets in the Maldives alone as well as operating in several other countries. They will provide multi-lingual instructors to cater for Kandooma’s international guest mix.
Snorkeling offers a highly portable and simple way of getting to know the marine life. Quite often, as much can be seen snorkeling as diving and will give you a very good idea of how appealing it would be to take the plunge and commit to a diving course.
Kandooma Kids Club
Within Lego throwing distant of the Recreation Center, and adjacent to the Kandooma Café, the Kandooma Kids Club (KKC) is a world of adventure and wonderment for children aged 4 – 12. It is a place to be creative and imaginative, to engage and to learn. The KKC coordinators have been having a whale of a time developing activities for the week. We often wonder if they weren’t just enjoying themselves just a teensy bit too much
Like all Kandooma’s accommodation, the semi-detached beach villas come with large picture windows that positively invite the outdoors inside. Whitewashed floor boards evoke a sense of fresh coolness, yet feel warm and textured to bare feet. Luxury comes from light summer duvets and generously proportioned bath towels. Flat screen televisions, a place to plug in your mp3/iPod, indoor out-door showers and wifi broadband are our standard, in addition to all the other usual amenities you would expect of a world class lifestyle resort.
The beach villas are 36 square metres in size.
The sea-facing duplex villas offer the luxury of space. Located at the water’s edge, the villas present a striking mix of natural elements and modern design. Bedrooms located at the first floor level and so enjoy views of the sea. The living area underneath the bedroom is furnished with designer seating laid out on a carpet of fine white sand.
The duplex villas are 72 square metres in size, with 36 square metres on each level.
As the name suggests, are ideal for families or a small group of divers, and are the size of two duplex villas together. They offer sleeping space upstairs as well as living and dining below.
Water villas offer the ultimate in the Kandooma Maldives experience.
Hovering above coral and marine life in the shallow clear waters, guests will enjoy their time on their private sundeck, dangling their feet in the water, or at high tide, relaxing in a partially submerged hammock. Expansive living space is complemented by a large open bathroom which offers an outdoor shower and bathtub and views of the water.
The water villas are 85 square metres in size.
Breakfast (6.30am to 10.30pm)
Greet the day in the “Big Barnacle”! Wide archways let in the sunshine and atoll views. Also views, news, weather and music provided by the “bananas in the morning” breakfast show on Radio Kandooma Breeze. Fresh Juice, pressed coffee, an international selection of breakfasts and attendant chefs ready to receive instructions on just how easy you would like your eggs over.
Dinner (6.00 pm to 11.00 pm)
The Bright and Breezy big barnacle becomes a warm cave of soft glowing light present an intimate mood under the stars visible through the skylight 60 feet above. Chill out sounds of Radio Kandooma Bleu add to this almost surrealistic romantic environment. A banquet of travel inspired Mediterranean dishes spiced with flavours of Asia is supplemented by chefs busily working tandoor ovens, teppan grills and rottiseurs.
Lunch (10.00am to 11.00pm)
Relax! It’s too hot to do anything else, except perhaps to decide whether to order from a menu of fresh salads, sandwiches, wood-fired pizza or pick up a choice cut of eye fillet or lamb loin to be grilled by yourself under the shade of a coconut grove, pausing briefly for a sip of your favourite drink, chatting to fellow sun loungers. Then it’s back to the shade of the umbrella from where the searing blue of the atoll can best be appreciated.
(18.30 pm to 11.30 pm)
Some hotels take diners into the kitchen to sit at “the chefs table”. We’ve brought the kitchen out and put it in the middle of the restaurant to create an exquisitely elegant dining experience with the best view on the island.
Diners can choose to sit in elegant comfort looking out over Kandooma channel, out on the beach, feet in the sand, or engage the chefs in conversation by reserving a seat at one of the two main kitchen ranges.
The food will be Thai – Mediterranean with a good representation of sea food. About 15 paces away is the wine room where a choice of 250 wines will see that some indecision will be encountered in selecting a preferred label.
(5.00 pm to 10.00 pm)
For a slightly bohemian end to the day walk past the wine room (resist the urge to have a quick browse, you’ll miss the sunset) and up the circular stairs to The Deck. An expanse of Teak planking covering rooftop of The Kitchen liberally sprinkled with low tables, startlingly blue cushions, bean bags and monolithic granite planters of greenery.
Having freshly showered off a day of sunshine and saltwater, it is the ideal place to worship a sunset and the Mojitos of our resident mixologist. After sundown the area is lit entirely by Moroccan lanterns and the stars. Ideal to continue with cocktails and graze on our tapas menu.
Bokkuraa Coffee Club
(6.30am to 11.00pm)
Boutique coffees and teas are available to go or right there laced with cyan vistas of pool, sea and sky and the clean contemporary lines of the outlet itself. It is a “Buzzy place to enjoy a little bit of the city by the beach as you hear the now familiar hiss and froth of a cappuccino in creation. All fortified by daily changing pastries and homemade ice creams by the coupe or cone.
Take Out and Delivery
When back from a hectic four - dive day, the only thing you might want to do is flop on the lounger and get a pizza in the comfort of your Kandooma home. Muster up enough energy to drag out the compendium and look up what is available. You have a choice of ordering from a list of simple but utterly tempting bites.
You will have a choice of picking it up at the agreed time or having it delivered for a one off price. Plates and cutlery are all in your room. We use where ever possible reusable containers but where disposable is unavoidable we use biodegradable food containers.
Three different menu styles serve three different times from breakfast, all day and night owl. All depends on which end of the day you live in.
Serenity and rejuvenation await you at the COMO Shambhala Spa at Kandooma...
The idyllic setting sets the scene of serenity and calm as it gets you in the mood for relaxation and indulgence.
The perfect getaway from all pressures and demand of today's modern world, the spa experience at Kandooma is all about energising in a natural environment with its offerings of a wide range of therapeutic massages and spa treatments.
With five treatment rooms set in a natural and serene environment, experience the true meaning of rejuvenation as you ease your well-being into a relaxed state of body while taking in the breathtaking oceanic views.
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