Widely considered the planet's most exclusive holiday destination, the Maldives is home to beautiful beaches, crystal clear turquoise lagoons, phenomenal underwater wildlife, and a string of luxurious hotels and resorts.
Kandima is one of several resort islands in Dhaalu Atoll, surrounded by a large natural lagoon. It can be reached by a 45 minutes seaplane ride or by 30 minutes domestic flight, followed by a 20 minutes speedboat transfer.
Look and feel
With its pure white sand, pale blue lagoon, and lush vegetation of palm trees, jacaranda and bourganvilea – Kandima has got all the Maldivian characteristics. The island is long and skinny - it takes around four minutes to walk from one side to the other and 20 minutes from end to end. The pool, beach bars and restaurants are located centrally, with the beach villas off to the south and the studios to the north. The beach stretches all along the eastern coast giving access to shallow waters. The public areas are all bright pink cushions, white walls, and loud music from the bars.
Comfort like home
274 studios and villas – well, you’ve got a lot of options to choose from. Studio rooms with all the modern amenities make the Maldives experience affordable. Ocean villas are on the wilder coast and offer greater luxury and privacy – as well as a view of the sunsets. There are a couple of honeymoon suites and several over-water villas. The best for families are the pool villas, which have direct access to the beach and a large sofa bed. The outdoor bathrooms have large standalone tubs and a choice of shower – open or covered. Décor is modern, bright and fun. Ocean villas go for a rather quieter, sophisticated look, but elsewhere the décor is modern, bright and fun, with bold yellow cushions, pictures on the wall depicting sun and sea, wooden floors and light furniture.
Flavours on your plate
There are 10 restaurants and bars. The Chinese, Sea Dragon, is popular for Beijing duck; roasted crispy chicken with prawn crackers, and live lobster. There is also an à la carte menu – mostly fish and local dishes – on the beach at Zest and at the grill, Smoked. The ice-cream parlour also serves coffees, sandwiches and cakes. The Forbidden Bar is for adults only and accessed through a psychedelic tunnel at Sea Dragon. The large main restaurant, Flavour, offers themed buffets at dinner, and the biggest breakfast spread imaginable in the mornings. Around 20 counters offer fruit, yoghurts, cheese, cold meats and freshly prepared pancakes. There's full English with eggs cooked any way you want, and full Asian, with varieties of noodles and sushi. There is also a huge array of bread and pastries, from healthy seed and rye options to Middle Eastern sweet cakes. Coffees and teas are served at the table.
Other facilities and services
Kandima’s big boast is that it has the longest swimming pool in the country. It also has what is probably the largest kids’ club, Kandiland, equipped with a pirate ship and large in-ground trampoline. Kandima’s dive and watersports center Aquaholics offers an incredible range of aquatic activities and excursions that you can enjoy, including diving with hammerhead sharks, parasailing and snorkeling; as well as boat trips and team sports. At Kandima Maldives you get to choose from among several treatments and therapies – exfoliation, healing and more. Try their signatures such as Sea Coconut Secret Massage, Traditional Thai, Hot Stone, Foot Reflexology, Seaweed Wrap, esKape Honeymoon, and Herbal Compress. There are art classes, cookery lessons and a many other things to do. The gym, Burn, is open 24/7 and the spa is suitably large and luxurious, with kickboxing classes as well as yoga. The medical centre has doctors, nurses, dentists, X-ray, ECG and ultrasound machines, and a decompression unit. Electric golf buggies are on hand for ferrying.
Why to visit
This expansive Maldivian beauty caters for guests of all ages; families, couples, group of friends and honeymooners. Whether you seek relaxation, adventure, wellbeing, sport, spa experiences or just family time; Kandima Maldives has something for all of you.