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Just returned from kandolhu after an amazing 5 days. It really is just what you imagined paradise to be. The beach villa was stunning, we loved the outside shower. White sands, turquoise seas filled with stunning reef fish. Food was delicious, the service was excellent, all staff made us feel welcome and nothing was too much trouble. It was my 50th birthday whilst I was there and the staff made me a birthday cake, and decorated my bedroom with flowers and a balloon, it was a lovely personal touch. The only downside would be that we weren't there long enough!!! We will come back though, can't recommend this island enough. Thankyou everyone.
We have just returned from Kandolhu having spent the most magical week there after a week sightseeing the 'golden triangle' of India. The whole trip was a gift for my significant birthday from my wonderful husband. Where to start? Reading reviews where everything is 'perfect' can seem unbelievable but Kandolhu really is heaven on earth! After a lengthy, torrid time at Male airport we missed our seaplane and faced a long wait. Mae (guest services supervisor at Kandolhu) organised an earlier flight (thank you Mae) but unfortunately this plane had to turn back following a technical fault. We were beginning to doubt whether we would ever get to Kandolhu! Shortly after returning to the airport we were off again and made it to the boat. A very warm welcome from all the Kandolhu staff on the boat helped us to start relaxing and after a refreshing journey we arrived at Kandolhu. What a glorious sight - a paradise island. We deliberately booked a beach villa - part of my dream was to be able to walk from our room across the beach into the sea - and it more than surpassed our hopes. Glorious. Steve particularly loved the outside shower! The villa had everything we could have wished for - the bed was so comfy, the bedroom and bathroom well equipped and the outside area peaceful with a beautiful view of the turquoise sea. The island is really tiny but so well organised that you never feel crowded - in fact most of the time it felt like we had the island to ourselves. Everything we ate was delicious, every member of staff who we had even the smallest interaction with was delightful. In fact, yes, this island is beautiful, everything is wonderful but the staff are what elevate Kandolhu to a whole different level. They are all so friendly and can't do enough for you - thank you all so much. Having never snorkelled in my life this was an unexpected revelation - the reef is home to the most beautiful fish and corals and on our last afternoon I had the mind-blowing experience of swimming with turtles. We can't wait to return next year.
Luxury In Every Way
Two weeks at this resort was perfect in every way. From the greeting to the goodbye and see you again. Nothing was in anyway too much trouble and you are treated to a level of service that we had not encountered anywhere in the world. The staff and there are too many to mention made our stay fun, personable and extremely warm and welcoming, no matter what time of the day it was! That goes from the ground staff right through to the staff you deal with daily. You are advised to talk about any issue with anything and it will be rectified immediately, believe me we tried to find something but just couldn't. It was absolutely perfect in every way. For such a small island, its lush and there is a feeling of expanse and privacy with plenty to fill you day out should you wish, the 'house reef' on the east side was amazing. We stayed in 2 villa types. Beach pool villa and we also tried a duplex. Both offered different experiences, but the luxury level was the same in both. The 'All inclusive' package that we were on (for us) was amazing from the bottomless in room drinks to the anything to eat. On the food front, we live near London and the food that this 'tiny' island turn out on what seems to be a never ending fashion rivals some of the best you can get in one of the foodie capitals of the world. Hats off to the chefs, amazing work! We would (and will) be going back again without a doubt. If you dont like to be pampered, have every one of your wishes and needs accounted for this is not for you, but you would be insane to pass this island by.
We had the pleasure of staying at the Kandolhu for a few nights to celebrate my partners 30th birthday. From start to finish we were made to feel valued. The staff are ridiculously friendly, nothing is a hassle to them. We have absolutely no faults, everything was amazing. I was also fortunate enough to have the support from the staff in arranging a special proposal to my now fiancée and I cannot thank them enough for making it all happen. If you have any qualms about booking here, please don't. If you want to feel like you're a million miles away but in luxury, this is the place to stop by. Thanks again everyone.
Kandolhu is a tiny island of just 30 villas (11 over water, 19 around the island). We had a wonderful time, and stayed in a water villa with pool (upgraded from a villa without pool). The only disadvantage was that the sun was shaded on the deck from mid-afternoon, but reception kindly put out two loungers and an umbrella on the beach opposite, so we had the best of all worlds. We were amazed by the snorkelling around the island – we loved swimming with the turtles, and saw rays, reef sharks, eels and so many amazingly coloured fish. The resort lends guests a GoPro and then copies the pictures and video onto USB before you go. The food in all the restaurants was excellent, much better than most places we have stayed at before, and some of the dishes were worthy of a Michelin star in our view. The Bar had an amazing selection of cocktails and there was a choice of 30 wines in the room wine fridge, all of which were available by the bottle with meals (but only some by the glass). All the staff were incredibly friendly and attentive, we would particularly like to mention the waitresses Estela and Elvira who were quick to learn our names and to remember what we liked. The Banzai chefs were amazing as well – we ate there twice, and the second time we were the only two people for a late dinner – our very own private dinner!
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