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Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives , Maldives

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Welcome to Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives , Maldives ~~~

Hotel Introduction

The resort has 160 villas in four different categories. Each villa is designed with cool clean lines of white washed timber providing warm textures and comfort. Large picture windows look out to the great blue outdoors and welcome the sunlight in.

Modern amenities like free Wi-fi have been thoughtfully provided to keep you connected…if you wanted to be. Expect small luxuries like i-pod docking, fresh ground coffee, loose leaf tea and citrus press.
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Room and Accommodation
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71sq meters in area. Tastefully furnished with king beds, and with an option to enjoy the outdoor shower. Bedrooms are on the first floor, while the living area on the ground floor is on an open-style design laid out on a carpet of white sand. A daybed, outdoor shower and a diver’s area complement the villa’s informal setting.

All Rooms Include:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Television with local & Satellite channels
  • Fully stocked Mini bar
  • Loose leaf tea, fresh ground coffee & citrus press
  • Telephone with IDD
  • Private shower with option on outdoor shower
  • Living area for all rooms
  • In-room safe deposit box
  • Newspapers in various languages
  • Radio Kandooma access
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Diving Dhoni
The dive locations surrounding Kandooma are destinations of choice for many resorts and diving safaris around the Maldives and are frequently visited by other resorts over two hours traveling time away. The principal dive spots are: Kandooma Thila, Kandooma Caves, Kandooma Corner, Cocoa Corner, Waagiri, Manta Point, Guraidhoo Kandu, Maafushi Caves, Maafushi Corner, Kuda Giri Shipwreck, Gulhi Thila, Miyaru Faru, Ranikan, Donmiyaru Thila, Rannalhi Kandu, Vaagalui Thila, and Embudhu Kandu.

Diving School
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.

Just a few of the available diving options:

  • Dive Now Referral Form’ with PADI which allows you to begin your dive adventure back home and complete the course with us.
  • Bubblemaker for children 8-10 years to experience scuba diving in pool-like conditions.
  • Discover Scuba for those 10 years and above as a first step towards Open Water Diver certification.
  • Discover Scuba Diving the first encounter with the wonders of marine life!
  • PADI Scuba Diver with 3 training dives in the lagoon, 2 boat dives to maximum 12 meters & 3 theory modules with advancement for a full certification.
  • Open Water Dive 5 training in the lagoon, 4 boat dives and 5 theory modules.

Continuing Education :

  • Advanced Open Water Dive an ideal hands-on experience in different areas of diving such as Night, Deep, Drift, Fish ID, Wreck, Navigation and many more.
  • Specialty Courses Enriched air Nitrox, Digital UW Photography, UW Naturalist, Rescue Diver, Emergency First Response

Service & Facilities:

  • Full Spa services & Gym
  • Outdoor free-form swimming pool with jacuzzi
  • Kandooma Kids Club
  • Take-outs, villa bbqs, Room Service & Wine Room
  • Laundry and pressing services
  • Dive centre, Recreation Centre & Water Sports Centre
  • Retail outlet
  • Internet lounge & Library
  • Speedboat transfers
  • In house doctor

Kids World
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.

Wet and splashy
Mini snorkeling is a wonderful way for kids to practice their skills and develop confidence before meeting the fish. This activity takes place in the pool and in the shallow waters of the lagoon.

Dry and cheery
A selection of indoor supervised activities, board and card games, table games and fun learning has been developed as a part of the weeks programme.

Clever and nosey
Children are taken on a ‘see and feel’ adventure by our marine biologist as they learn to identify the amazing myriad of colourful marine life. Trips around the island to identify the flora and fauna are also introduced and a follow up painting and sound recording session to remember them is conducted later in the day.

Creative and messy
The chefs get a little hand with their cooking. Actually lots of little hands as members of the KKC mix, mash, mould, and mush cake mixture into moulds for baking! Then later on it’s a picnic under the trees as they test and enjoy the proof of the pudding.

Play and fancy
Children take part in Kandooma’s version of the make-believe ‘Pirates of the Maldives’ as they put on costumes, get on a dhoni and rehearse scripts on their given role! KC coordinators director the ‘actors’ and plays on Maldivian legends which are filmed and then screened later that evening for their parents.

Safe and comfy
Baby sitting services are available for the little ones and can be arranged through the Recreation Center.

Being lively and engaged is central to our reason for existing so when it comes to dedicating a department for activity we were always going to do some things a little differently. While diving largely takes centre stage, being almost a dog-paddle to some of the country’s best dive sites, we have developed experiences to tickle most tastes. It might be pursuing an adrenaline surge on a surfboard, a mind enriching aqua safari or a reflective moment at a moonlit campfire drinking tea with a Maldivian story teller.

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Restaurant and Bar

Lounge & Bar

Wining & dining refreshingly simple…..
The aspiration in the restaurants and bars of Kandooma has been to get the basics right and improve on things from there. We aim to make the eating and drinking experience straightforward and unfussy, offering quality through integrity of ingredients. Orange juice in the morning will always be just-squeezed, coffee (even in the rooms), will be freshly ground, tea is loose leaf, bread and ice cream will be home made. Our service aims to be direct and simple; warm and informal; always honest. We offer ample choice in price as well as in menus. It all becomes uniquely Kandooma when we “fold” in a few original dishes and service ideas.

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 scoop or cone.

Kandooma Café Breakfast (6.30am to 10.30am)
Greet the day in the “Big Barnacle”! Wide archways let in the sunshine and atoll views. Also breezing through, are the views, news, weather and music provided by the “bananas in the morning” breakfast show on Radio Kandooma. Fresh Juices, fresh ground coffee, loose leaf teas, an international selection of breakfasts and attendant chefs are ready to receive instructions on just how easy you would like your eggs over.

Poolside All Day Menu (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 beverage, chatting to fellow sun loungers with grillers. Then it’s back to the shade of the umbrella from where the searing blue of the atoll can best be appreciated.

The Lounge (11.00 am to late night…or early morning)
Morning coffee, Afternoon tea, catch the dive buzz in late afternoon as divers gather to watch themselves on the day’s dive video, cocktails to watch the sunset, bar top games, light snacks and then perhaps catch Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s or Cary Grant in North by North West as some of our Classic movies under the stars on the beach three nights’ in a week after 8.30 pm.

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Kandooma Café Dinner (6.00 pm to 10.00 pm)
The ‘bright and breezy’ big barnacle becomes a warm cave of soft glowing light presenting 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.

The Kitchen (6.30 pm to 10.30 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 Mediterranean-Thai 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.

The Deck (5.00 pm to 11.00 pm)
For a slightly bohemian end to the day, walk past the Wine Room (resist the urge to have a quick browse or you will 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. Perfectly ideal to continue with cocktails and graze on our tapas menu.

Take out and delivery (24 hours)
When back from a hectic dive or activity day, the only thing you might want to do is flop on the lounger and have 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 also 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. Where ever possible, we use 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.

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Serenity and rejuvenation await you at COMO Shambhala Spa.

The international spa specialists will be running our Kandooma spa to bring you some of the ultimate in spa experiences.

For other quieter connection with the earth, participate in our campfire tales, night sky exploration or a nature walk with our resident biologist looking at the flora and fauna of Kandooma.

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Kandooma Island lies 35 km south of Male International Airport, via a 40-minute speedboat ride to the South Male Atoll. The island covers 13 hectares in area and is named after the Kandoo tree, found in abundance on the island.

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  • Kandooma Island Resort is 35 km from Male' International Airport
  • Kandooma Island Resort is a 35 minutes by seaplane from Male' International Airport
  • Kandooma Island Resort is a 150 minutes by speedboat from Male' International Airport

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