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Maldives hideaway perfection
The Komandoo reef, wildlife, ever attentive and friendly staff result in the perfect blend of adventure, relaxation and luxury. A stunningly beautiful place to press pause on life, even just for a little while.
Holiday in paradise
We had great days on Komandoo. So we could relax perfectly. All the meals were fantastc, as well as the Service. We stayed in an overwater bungalow that was well equiped. We will always remember the time on Komandoo Island.
Returning to normal
I’ve just returned from another visit to the beautiful island of Komandoo. Our last visit was September/October 2020, and I wrote a review following that visit focused on the safety measures in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This review is primarily an update of the situation on Komandoo 12 months later. It goes without saying that we love Komandoo, as do many others according to their reviews. The first noticeable difference since last year was already clear during the travel. The airports were a lot busier than 2020. Doha and Male were almost returning to pre-pandemic levels. Both airports did seem a little more chaotic than previously, possibly because they are a little out of practice with the volume of travellers and maybe don’t have the same staffing levels. Service on board the flights was also more normal compared to last year, the only real difference being the wearing of face masks by both passengers and crew, and a hygiene kit. At the seaplane terminal, the Komandoo lounge has moved slightly, but still offers the same comfortable space and refreshments to wait for the last leg of your journey. During our stay, we heard that the local domestic airport serving Komandoo and other islands in the atoll should be operational by year end, offering an alternative mode of transfer. We were told that this is expected to reduce transfer costs and also enable transfers during hours that the seaplanes can’t operate, which will certainly be positive for some travellers. It remains to be seen if the airport has any negative impact (such as additional noise due to more transfer times), but we were reassured that the flight path is not close to Komandoo. Komandoo itself has also returned to almost pre-pandemic situation. Last year at the same time, there were just a handful of visitors, and this year the occupancy appeared to be at fairly normal levels (around 70%), and was due to increase to around 100% occupancy in the coming weeks. The restaurant has returned to normal buffet service - with the variety and quality of food still remaining excellent, thanks to the talented chefs and ingredients used, some of which are grown on the island. There is only the requirement to wear a face mask when walking around and picking up food in the restaurant. The waiters and chefs also wear face masks at all times, as do the bar staff - whilst we understand the need for this, I am looking forward to the day it’s not needed (and I’m sure they are also!). There is also still a screen to take your temperature when arriving at the restaurant, as well as hand sanitizer available in the restaurant and other public areas. In order to limit contact, the evening turndown service for the villa was stopped last year, but resumed during this years visit. We don’t need it, but can imagine that some guests find it a nice touch and welcome the return. The daily beach delivery of fruit and cold drinks was also apparently going to start again shortly, which is also a nice daily event. in general, other than the face masks and some small safety adjustments, you could almost forget about COVID-19 during your holiday. For those who require a PCR test during their stay (or indeed any other medical need), there is still a doctor resident on the island. All in all, it feels extremely safe, especially due to the strong vaccination program. Not related to COVID-19, but since last year, the beach close to the thundi bar has continued to expand, whilst more erosion is visible around the restaurant and watersports center. This is apparently due to a storm earlier this year that broke some of the wave breakers, which should be repaired soon, and will hopefully stop the erosion and enable the restoration of the missing beach. The storm also broke the reef exit markers, which may make it tricky for those who aren’t familiar with the reef, until they are repaired. Compared to last year, we saw less turtles, sharks and lobsters on the reef, but there were plenty of fish to be seen. The reef is of course natural, and it’s just the luck of the draw what you get to see each time. We didn’t dive this year, but Robyn and Fabrizio are still at the ProDivers center, and have been joined by two new enthusiastic guides. The thing that makes Komandoo so special is the team of champions, and this has not changed over the years regardless of the COVID-19 situation. There are far too many people to name individually, and I’m sure I’ll miss someone, but those that made this year special include: - Falhu restaurant team, especially Yamin and Shifza, who not only provided professional and friendly service at each mealtime, but go above and beyond outside the restaurant and are a real credit to the island. Also all the waiters, who looked after us on days that Yamin was serving at the Aqua restaurant, or just stopped by for a friendly chat. And of course the chefs who also delivered consistently excellent meals each day, including Pandy from the live cooking station and Theodora who made wonderful eggs Benedict for breakfast. - Kandu bar team, who provided consistently excellent service at all times, including Sanwar, who had the ability of correctly guessing when I was ready for my next cocktail (almost before I knew!) and Suraj, who was very patient when we were still at the bar at closing time. We also enjoyed the daily cricket updates and discussions. - Moosa and Imran, from housekeeping, who looked after our villa. Nothing was too much trouble and they were always keen to ensure that we had everything we needed, as well as stopping for a short chat (often about the weather and snorkeling). - BoduBeru team, who remain the best we have seen at any island. How they have so much energy after working so hard amazes me. - Junie and Lily from Duniye spa, who provide a great service. I can recommend a visit to the spa for anyone looking to relax and relieve any stress at the start of the holiday! - Madhah, who always made the effort to check how things were going and ensured a great guest experience. It was also good to meet the new manager Dustin. It’s been a challenging period for the Maldives, including Komandoo, as tourism was badly hit due to travel restrictions, and taking over the reins is therefore undoubtedly not an easy task. However, he has some ideas to refresh and enhance what is already in place, and inject a bit of love and care where needed, whilst retaining the essence of what makes Komandoo a popular island to return to. Luckily, he has a great foundation to build on. I’m already looking forward to next year and seeing the changes, and once again seeing our dear Komandoo family.
Excellent diving & snorkeling
Top resort with a beautiful house reef! Well organized diving with Prodivers. Possibility of 2 tank boat trips in the morning, so you can spend the afternoon snorkeling. There are so many turtles on the house reef, black tip reef sharks, schools of different fish...
An amazing holidays
I had the opportunity to enjoy four night in this amazing property. The first things cached my eyes is the greenness and the beautiful flowers around the resort. They have also an hydroponic garden where they grow fresh salad leaves and a green house with some amazing flowers. At the buffet there is an incredible selection of dishes, for every different taste. Dining in Acqua, the restaurant a la carte, is a must. I would like to thanks all the staff for they friendly and warm service.
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