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2nd time on Kandolhu An unforgettable stay in one of the best resorts
I have visited about 62 resorts so far that is why I can judge objectively. If you are looking for the real 5-star resort, with a professional staff, Kandolhu is the best choice! You won’t be disappointed at any way! I would like to make a particular mention for Laura, an assistant resort manager. First of all - she is extremely professional. And very kind, willing and helpful at the same time. I very appreciate her professional, top-level approach in every possible way. Kandolhu is an amazing place to be. Extra clean island. It is quiet secluded and very private. One of the best house reef. The house reef is very alive so you do not need to go far and enjoy the marvellous marine life of the Maldives. What makes Kandolhu such an enjoyable place is its wonderful staff. The staff was professional, very helpful and kind. Every single person of the team is so commited to make the stay a real unforgettable event. Many thanks to Elvira, Esthela, Trishna and Nashru. They were looking after us prfectly. The food is five star and the breakfast experience is beyond words in its breadth of variety and quality. Our thanks to all the team and our best wishes to them.
Very good but not exceptional, thus overpriced
We have been un Kandolhu 12 days in September 2021. Fourth time in the Maldives. Let me first tell you that we have enjoyed our stay very much. However, comparing with other stays and taking in consideration what we have paid, we have to say that the resort is very overpriced. Some comments that might help you understanding what we mean: - Water Pool villas have a huge lack of privacy – we don’t mind of people snorkelling by, but people from next villa being able to see you showering or you not being able to be naked at your own bathroom is absurd. Not to mention that being all glass and with no curtains or air conditioning the bathrooms are extremely hot (to the point that our after-sun creams being too hot and consequently ruined). We were supposed to be 6 days in a water pool villa but after the first day there, we asked to move to the Beach Pool Villa where we were supposed to be the other 6 days. Fortunately, the resort management was sympathetic and agreed to make this downgrade (no refund but at least offered a beach dinner) as soon as they could. - Beach Pool Villas seemed to us the best accommodation of the island. Very well designed, a very good bathroom, good air conditioning that is not (thankfully) directed to bed, very functional and with privacy. - Service was good and everyone seemed to be really concerned with you. A good example was the swift way they moved us from a Villa that we did not like to, perhaps, the best Villa in the island. Small faults were quickly repaired if we mentioned them. - Food was good but not exceptional. The options even in spite of having supposedly 5 restaurants were not many and we ended struggling to choose something different to eat. - Breakfast was good even in spite of them not having understood in 12 days what kind of bread we wanted and that we wanted it at the beginning of the meal. Apparently they baked bread according to demand! - Snorkelling was quite easy and access points were very good. Some strong currents some days and in some areas, but overall easy and with lots of interesting points. Have never seen so many turtles and so friendly. Let me mention that the care they have with customers extended to the point that the diving center one day that we were snorkelling in a rough area, was concerned with us (even if we did not say anything to them) and went on a boat to check if we were ok or needed help. We appreciated that very much. - The bar is the highlight of the island. Very calm, with well-done good drinks and the perfect spot to hang around before and after dinner. - The island is quite beautiful, although in some areas near the duplex pool villas there is a lot of erosion. - The general ambience of the island is for us the best of this resort. Calm, relaxed, hassle free, with as much or as little activity you want, the perfect way of refilling energy after these long two dreadful years . In the end, and as said, we did like a lot being at Kandolhu but, for the price we paid, we expected a lot more.
Wow! Paradise exists!
We stayed 8 days; my wife and I with our grown up kids and my eldest’s significant other. I was looking for a hotel with great accommodations, great cuisne, and with reef life and activities that would keep our grown up kids engaged. Kandolhu was a perfect match. The trip to the island involved a seaplane and short boat ride that only added to the beautiful experience. The overwater bungalows with pool were well appointed. Extremely comfortable and the one overwater villa was a pleasure to enjoy early and late day plunges. Walking into the reef for scuba from the ladder of the overwater bungalow was truly enjoyable. The reef life was amazingly rich not only with an incredible variety of fish of all shapes and colors (truly unusually rich) and very friendly turtles and totally safe sharks that seemed not to care about our presence. Food? Varied and delicious with total freedom to jump from one type of cuisine/restaurant to another. All included in the package and worth every penny. Truly great chefs. The breakfast buffet was temporarily suspended as they seem to seriously take safety in the Covid-era. They explained that this way it was safer for all and I could not agree more with such a smart decision. And in no way diminished how much I enjoyed breakfast as you were still able to order more than you could reasonably expect to eat. But above all i liked the quality of the food. Five stars! Allow me to pause and compliment the service—from the staff at the restaurants and excellent bartenders with great drinks to the staff maintaining our villas. And last but not least the admin staff. This place is extremely well run. Kudos to all for a great job. I highly recommend this small island with just 30 bungalows. Great cuisine. Great underwater life. Great rooms. Great service. You cannot ask for more. And plenty of excursions to choose from and things to do around this small, perfectly maintained island. Paradise! Did I mention the water around the island is clear as gin?
Excellent unforgettable vacation. Very recommended place
Excellent!!! My husband chose this island because of reviews of a person who visited several island in Maldives and ranked different hotels regarding quality of the hotel, marine life, and cuisine. We stayed at a Duplex Pool Villa in Kandolhu and it was great to step into the water to start snorkeling right there. Marine life was great. We enjoyed the villa pool under a sensational full moon. Hotel personal were magnificent. Truly nice and friendly people. Check-in-, check out, and transportation with sea plane and boat were awesome. Kudos to the bartender and the chefs: great food and drinks at an unforgettable setting. Complimentary dinner at the beach with our unlimited beverage package was a wonderful experience. Night fishing excursion, reef hoping , and manta excursions together with kayaking around the island made an unforgettable vacation.
Intend to come back for the fourth time
I stayed 7 nights in an All Inclusive Duplex Pool Villa. This was the 3rd time I've been on this island and the 23rd in the Maldives. Kandolhu has always been one of the islands in the Maldives that fulfilled most of our requirements that we demanded when choosing an island: Very quiet, few and comfortable rooms, very good All Inclusive with access to all a la carte restaurants and excellent and accessible reef for snorkeling. The island still has all these attributes but, to be honest and compared to previous stays, I noticed some small in terms of organization and some decrease in the quality of the food and menus. The disappearance of the small buffet for breakfast didn't help either, especially for those who don't know the name of the things ( bread and pastries mainly ) they want in english. I sincerely hope that the island will overcome all these little problems and go back to being what it was, not least because it continues to be among our favorites and we intend to come back again.
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