Kandolhu is picture-perfect, with diverse dining and accommodation options that belie its tiny size.
Beautiful Kandolhu presents the best of both worlds: a tiny, tranquil island with a lush green interior encircled by glorious white sands and coral reefs, yet with a choice of restaurants and rooms more typical of a larger island.
Each of the five à la carte restaurants is small and intimate – the Japanese restaurant, Banzai, has just six seats. The Market is the all-day dining restaurant; elevated Olive offers Mediterranean classics; and Sea Grill serves fresh seafood cooked to order. The island's relaxed new daytime eatery, Ata-Roa, serves up a street food-style menu from Mexico and Peru, specialising in ceviche and tacos washed down with pisco cocktails. Kandolhu offers one of the Maldives’ most generous all inclusive packages, including access to all restaurants, plus a large variety of drinks, including in the minibar and in-villa wine chiller. Considering just how much is included, it’s excellent value. The house reef can be reached from access points around the island, perfect for snorkelling – often among turtles – and dive sites can be reached by boat in minutes from the dive centre.
The elegant, Maldivian-style villas have modern interiors with wooden floors and high ceilings, and include thoughtful extras like iPads and GoPro cameras. Beach Villas have huge open-air bathrooms with jetted bathtub. For a beach villa with pool, opt for a Pool Villa or one of the two-storey Duplex Pool Villas – rare to find in the Maldives. The Ocean Villas and Ocean Pool Villas are reached by an overwater jetty, with steps straight into the ocean.
Kandolhu has everything! This tiny island is perfect for a true Maldivian getaway with its stunning white sand beach and gorgeous sunsets. Take a leisurely circle around the island's house reef and you’ll see colourful fish, very often alongside turtles and baby sharks.
I recommend opting for the Ultimate All Inclusive package – you’ll be spoilt for choice with all à la carte dining and Five Star service. Lunchtime is flexible any time between breakfast and dinner, the latter served until 11pm so there’s no rush to do anything here . . . the only reservation you’ll need to make is at Banzai, the Japanese restaurant, which seats just six guests. For wine lovers you can’t beat the in-villa wine chiller stocked with an impressive range of quality international wines – all included and refilled as often as you like!"
Sheena Paton, Kuoni's Senior Product & Purchasing Manager
An island just 200m by 150m, situated in the North Ari Atoll
TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2019
Kandolhu Maldives is one of our favourite hotels, but don’t just take our word for it – TripAdvisor reviewers agree and have voted the resort 20th in the Top 25 Hotels for Romance in the World category for 2019!
Kuoni extras -
Kuoni is proud to be the only UK tour operator to offer Kandolhu. See booking conditions for further details. You’ll receive access to a private seaplane lounge on arrival in Malé
Good to know
Children age 6 and above are welcome. Mimimum age 12 in Beach Villas. Minimum stay: 5 nights 28 Dec-02 Jan. Kandolhu's small size and popularity mean that you'll need to book early, be flexible on dates or room types, or consider combining it with another island such as Kuramathi Maldives.
You'll have use of a GoPro camera throughout your stay. Make the most of it – at the end of your time on the island, staff will even transfer all your footage onto a USB for you to take home.
30 beach and water villas
• Charter a boat* • Indulge at the spa with treatments from Voya, made from hand-harvested organic seaweed*.
5 à la carte restaurants, bar
Breakfast at The Market.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Full Board À La Carte from £94 • Breakfast at The Market • Lunch at The Market or Ata-Roa • Dinner at The Market, Olive, Sea Grill or Banzai
Ultimate Inclusions All Inclusive from £157 • Breakfast at The Market • Lunch at The Market or Ata-Roa • Dinner at The Market, Olive, Sea Grill or Banzai • Selected drinks at all restaurants and the Vilu Bar including branded spirits and a vast selection of bottled wines • In-villa wine chiller with over 30 international wines including sparkling wine • Extensive minibar including branded spirits • 1 private snorkelling tour around the house reef or 1 Champagne and canapé sunset cruise • Snorkelling equipment and selected non-motorised watersports • 10% discount at Varu Spa.
*Denotes local charge