Spa*, gym, small library, small boutique*, snorkelling, dive centre*, non-motorised watersports, sailing*, Wi-Fi in villas and most public areas
Restaurants & bars
For an island of Kandolhu’s size, the choice of dining is almost unheard of. And it's particularly flexible, with breakfast offered from 7.30-11am, dinner from 7.30-11pm, and lunch pretty much any time you like in between.
There are five charming eateries, all intimate, open-air and à la carte. The Market is the all-day dining restaurant offering international dishes from home-made thin crust pizzas to salads and burgers as well as local specialities.
Above The Market with panoramic ocean views, Olive serves up Mediterranean classics including homemade pasta. At the Sea Grill, choose your own fish and have it cooked at your request. There’s also sizzling meat specialties from the tandoor oven. The tables here are particularly private, in little stone alcoves. Banzai is a tiny Japanese restaurant with just six seats. Due to popularity, it offers two dinner seatings to cater for more guests. The menu here features creative sushi and teppanyaki dishes – try the delicious Kandolhu Surf & Turf for two with Wagyu rib eye, scallop, tiger prawns and teriyaki chicken.
Ata-Roa is Kandolhu's newest addition, serving up a simple and light street food-style menu from Mexico and Peru. Open 12.30-3.30pm daily (except Wednesdays), this relaxed eatery on the sports jetty focuses on premium fresh ingredients and specialises in ceviche and tacos, washed down with Mexican beer and pisco cocktails. You can easily grab and go, too, taking your food back to your villa to eat.
And for drinks, the laid-back Vilu bar has indoor and outdoor seating and a range of Martinis and cocktails. It also hosts occasional low-key entertainment, from a two-piece band to movie nights on the beach.
Located just a few minutes from some of the best dive sites in both North and South Ari Atoll, Kandolhu offers two dives each day, morning and afternoon, from on board a Maldivian dhoni. Night dives, half day and full day trips are also organised regularly. The Dive School offers PADI certified courses for beginners as well as some amazing adventures for experienced divers. Some of the well-known dive sites within a few minutes reach include Maalhos Thila, Hafsa Thila, Bathalaa Thila, Himendhoo Thila, Fesdu Wreck and even the protected dive site Fish Head which has lots of caves and overhangs.
*Denotes local charge