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We were on Komandoo in March to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and my wife’s 50th birthday. From the moment we arrived on the island we were greeted by such friendly champions. The girls in the restaurant were so friendly and made you feel really welcome and at home. The waiters were all amazing. We stayed in Turtle beach villa which was beautiful and on the sunset side but it was very hot and no breeze, we walked up to the Thundi bar and laid there. We were so grateful to Mo Solah who gave us a water villa for our final day and night which was incredible. Mo was always around to talk to and nothing was a problem to him, he would always sort anything out. The staff were amazing especially as Coronavirus was just kicking in in the Maldives and we were quite anxious about getting home etc. We couldn’t fault one thing about the island. It really is paradise. Thank you to all the champions, you are all amazing. Hope you are all staying safe and well.
My husband and I vacationed at Komandoo in February 2020 for my birthday and it was easily the most incredible place either of us have ever been. We stayed in one of the Premium Beachfront Jacuzzi Villas, so we were right on the beach, had an outdoor jacuzzi, and the whole villa was unbelievable. It was spacious but not ridiculous for two people and so quiet. Opening your eyes every morning and seeing the beach first thing was unreal. Very romantic and comfortable; everything in the room was great and there were so many small amenities, like both a bucket of water with a ladle and a hose to rinse the sand off your feet before going inside. Oh, and you NEVER have to wear shoes on the island, which was so dreamy. I love that all the toiletries were high quality but also in glass instead of plastic. They were very conscious of trash and offered a bag for guests to pack any plastic back into their luggage; we're both eco conscious and really appreciated that. The bathroom was so cool, completely outdoors but hidden and not at all buggy. The minibar was complimentary and had a lot of good stuff in it. Our room always had little hermit crabs wandering around outside in the sand. Our personal housekeeper always did a great job and would often leave little cookies out for us. Apparently if you come back more than once, they'll put your name on a plaque outside your villa! The island itself is tiny and very walkable (again, no shoes!), but there are still tons of cool little spots to discover, and it's impossible to get lost. Even by the bright light of the moon we often took walks just to wander around at night. Despite being nearly fully booked while we were there, it definitely didn't feel like it. With no kids and lots of privacy, you could easily avoid other people or be more social and we never felt like it was crowded at all. They also assign you a personal waiter; ours was a guy named Hussain and he was a major highlight of our trip. After a couple of days he started learning our preferences and would bring things we didn't even have to ask for. He leant us his underwater camera to use, which was awesome, and we often chatted about life in the Maldives, his family, fun things to do--he taught my husband to windsurf and they had a great time! The hostess was also super friendly and sweet; in fact, pretty much everyone was attentive (but not overly so) and kind, and we enjoyed talking to them. They all took their jobs seriously and were so on top of everything. Another small but significant detail is that you're handed a cool damp towel everywhere you go. It was so refreshing on a hot tropical day! The masseuses at the spa were wonderful, learning what we liked over time. The ginger tea, lemon iced tea, and cookies were all so nice after every treatment! The spa itself was so relaxing; my husband generally only gets massages because I like them, but he said he had the best massages he'd ever had here and ended up wanting to go back regularly. All of the food is INCREDIBLE. We almost always chose to go to the regular buffet because there were so many options and they were all amazing. I've never had buffet food like this place. They have a naan station where a chef makes fresh naan every night. Each morning they serve a different fruit infused water, fruit juice or smoothie, and a shot glass of a different juice at your table. Every meal had something new each day, so it never got boring or repetitive for our nearly two week stay. We did have dinner at Aqua one night, which was so delicious and really special eating outside over the water, but we didn't go more than once because we genuinely enjoyed the buffet so much. We frequently saw moray eels, young sharks, and various fish in the water while we had breakfast outside. We also had dinner at 5.8 Undersea one night, which was one of the most amazing experiences we've ever had. It's expensive but the food was out of this world and enjoying it underwater was just beyond words. It's only a short boat ride away and so worth it! Photos don't do it justice. We expected to spend a lot of time just lounging on the beach outside our villa, but we ended up going on manta ray snorkel trips, snorkeling around the island on our own, and diving every day. The house reef is breathtaking and there's so much to see, even with just a mask, snorkel, and fins. More than once we saw stingrays, thousands of fish, and sea turtles (my favorite!!), all of which were so beautiful and generally not too bothered by humans, as they aren't harassed or anything like that, so a lot of them will swim right near you. The manta ray trips were amazing; the first one we didn't see any, but did go to some beautiful snorkel spots where we saw reef sharks and even a bull shark. The second trip we saw them a few times and it was just unbelievable! The diving was another major highlight. We originally didn't want to bother getting certified because we thought it would take up too much of our time, but in the end we couldn't get enough and went for it and I'm so glad we did. Our pro was Pierre and he was the best, super patient and knowledgeable so that it was fun and informative to learn from him. By the end we both felt so comfortable and at ease with all the equipment and procedures, which made the actual diving that much better. He took us to a bunch of amazing sites where we saw so many different creatures I couldn't possibly list them all, but a few favorites were moray eels, a mantis shrimp, eagle rays, reef sharks, sea turtles, and what seemed like billions of colorful fish. Pierre always pointed out things he knew to look for that we definitely would have missed otherwise, and he knew so much about everything. The diving here is NECESSARY! The whole ProDivers team as well as the support staff were all so great, organizing everything for you so all you really had to do was have fun. They also take great care of the reef here, and we sometimes saw the dive pros doing rehabilitative planting on the reef. Again, we're big nature people, so that was really nice to see, and they all genuinely love the ocean. Pierre always grabbed any bits of plastic or trash on our dives and made sure to bring them out with us. I highly recommend the all-inclusive package. It was so nice to not really have to think about money for all of our regular meals and normal day-to-day stuff. We never had to carry anything anywhere, so if I ever had anything in my hands it was usually just my phone to use as a camera and sunglasses. Supremely relaxing! This place is pure magic. The seaplane ride in is beautiful, and when you arrive you know you're in paradise. Instant stress relief. Seriously, there is nothing to complain about! So much to do (or not do), incredible food, amazing staff, and warm, bright blue water. We have so much of the world left to see, but I know we'll be back one day!
A great way to relax and enjoy
Had one week on this island fifteen years since the last time we visited. Nice small island which offers adult only all inclusive holidays. The island is accessed from Male via seaplane. Approximately 45 minute flight to the North atol. Nice mix of accommodation including water chalets, beach chalets with and without jacuzzis. Nice communal dining area with buffet service, 2 bars and swimming pool. Together with a spa, bookable restaurant (ideal for those special evenings) dive centre, shop and gymnasium. We were there to celebrate both our birthdays and all staff went out of their way to help us to enjoy these events. Snorkelled everyday. A constructed reef/breakwater circles the island that is easily accessed and at low tide can almost be walked to. And more natural reefs further out. All quite easy to access. Coral growing and a good variety of marine life. Lots of turtles swimming around the island as well as rays and rear sharks. Most visitors appear to use the scuba activities very regularly. Lots of trips to differing dive sites. Lots of flora and fauna on the island which is well chaired for. As well as fruit bats and heron. Daily activities organised including sunset cruises and cookery demonstrations. I had a one to one Maldivian curry preparation demonstration. We meet some visitors who regularly return to the resort. Very happy to recommend this resort. Just schedule your return flights with care to ensure sufficient time to make connections between seaplanes and long haul.
Home away from home
First of all, I would like to say THANK YOU to the management of the resort and all champions who made us feel special and our stay welcoming and comfortable, such a friendly bunch!!! Free upgrade to overwater bungalow, gorgeous beach and crystal clear waters, nice house coral reef and lots of sea life. Great food; awesome spa and most of all the people who works there!
Amazing stay in a difficult time
This was our sixth visit to the Maldives and first to Komandoo arriving in mid-March three days after the travel ban was implemented. On arrival at Male you have use of the Komandoo lounge with air conditioning, comfy seats and complimentary drinks. After a 40 min sea plane journey you arrive at the Island and are checked in with a homemade ice cream and a drink. We stayed in a beach bungalow with allocated sun loungers only a few steps from the lagoon. The accommodation was great with a very well stocked mini-bar including wine, crisps and chocolate along with the usual soft drinks all included in the AI package. There is also a TV with a load of satellite channels should you ever wish to stay in and watch it. The room was always cleaned to a high standard and little treats such as chocolates or biscuits left in the evening turn down which was a nice little touch. The food in the buffet restaurant was outstanding. There seemed to be slightly less dishes prepared than other Islands but what there was was well thought out and cooked superbly. It seemed to be quality over quantity. Chef Ricardo's home made pasta was some of the best I have had anywhere and all the food was delicious. One of the main reasons we come back to the Maldives is the snorkelling. The house reef here was great and there was an abundance of the "bigs" sharks, turtles, eagle rays etc. There were huge numbers of fish and we were even lucky enough to have Manta's on the house reef on one of the days. What really sets Komandoo apart was the guys who worked on the resort known as champions. The manager Mo Solah really leads from the front and he was always around for a chat checking to make sure you were ok and if there was anything you needed and if you did he would move heaven and earth to try and get it for you!. The champions professionalism, kindness and cheerfulness really shines through and made what was a really stressful and worrying time as we weren't sure we were getting home a lot easier. There is nowhere I would have rather been than at Komandoo during that time as I know that Mo and the champions would have done their utmost to make sure we would be OK and there is no greater praise I can give them!
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