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39 Orchid Magu, 09110
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 03/04/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#3 of 50 hotels in North Ari Atoll
2021 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
The best kept secret in the Maldives - Kandolhu is tiny yet it encapsulates luxury and bespoke service presented in rich Maldivian hospitality. Ringed by a stunning house reef with thriving marine life complete with wide stretch of white sandy beaches, Kandolhu makes for an idyllic getaway. Five distinct villas are your choices for slumber. Inspired by contemporary Maldivian architecture, all villas are lavish and unique in its own way. They come adorned with world class furnishings complete with modern technology to offer you the perfect home for your stay with us. For the top Kandolhu experience, book an Ocean Pool Villa with its spacious living space, "glass box" bathroom and the promise of breathtaking views of the sun setting over the Indian Ocean. Embark on gourmet journeys at four fine restaurants. Create your own quintessential Maldivian experience on Kandolhu with the Ultimate Inclusions package. Dine at a restaurant of your choice as you enjoy over 30 globally accredited old and new world wines, tropical cocktails, and a spectrum of premium spirits that are just some of the perks included in this package. World class dive sites are within easy reach of Kandolhu, where amazing encounters of the deep is made easy. Snorkel in the house reef and meet resident turtles. Tour the island whilst paddling a kayak or a stand up paddleboard, and come evening engage in a fluo night snorkelling. Invigorate your mind, body and soul at Varu Spa, and uncover complete wellness. Select sensual therapies from our signature product line, Voya an organic product range made from hand harvested seaweed.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot tub
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Private pool
Pool / beach towels
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Laptop safe
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
French, German
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Tris S wrote a review Jan 5
Chelmsford, United Kingdom220 contributions145 helpful votes
As with most people this was a roll over holiday from 2020. It was lovely to see most of the staff still there in the restaurants and bars. They make this stay so very personal they touched our hearts with their genuineness. The management staff are new and were welcoming, but lets hope they dont change things too much. The food is 1st class on the whole apart from the 3 Gala dinners we had. But that was a blip on the radar of perfection. The curry night is awesome if you love your food. The other restaurants are equally serving top food. The drink is always flowing with premium spirits being used. On the AI package everything is included along with the fully stocked room bar, Duplex rooms which we had are good but there is a feeling they are upside down and a bit dysfunctional. But they are kept spotlessly clean by housekeeping. If something is not to your liking the management will attend to it immediately. The water spots centre is awesome and the guys are really knowledgeable on their environment. Is this tiny island worth the extra money.....Yes Will you be disappointed............No Note to management - Get those 'No touching sea life signs up' to help educate & protect your environment?
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Room Tip: Choose the rooms based on seasons, as the sands shift around the island.
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Max D wrote a review Sep 2021
Denver, Colorado11 contributions20 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
My wife and I just returned from 8 nights at Kandolhu. This was our second trip to the Maldives, but our first time staying at Kandolhu. Without question, Kandolhu far exceeded our expectations and truly blew us away. Everything about the island is world class, but with the intimacy and attention of a smaller, more private experience. The housekeeping, mini bar, front desk, spa, and most importantly - restaurant staff are truly phenomenal professionals. Each and every Kandolhu staff member contributed to our memorable experience from the moment we arrived. A very special group of people work at Kandolhu. The dining and beverage experience across all the restaurants is excellent. We opted for the all inclusive plan and found the choices to be diverse and of high-quality (even by "big city" standards). We didn't have a single "bad meal" while visiting. Our mini bar was well stocked and included top-shelf liquors. Our only regret was not trying the "bar snacks." The diving & snorkeling right off the island is incredible. The house reef is full of diverse marine life and made for a great morning/afternoon activity. Our room (water villa with pool) had - what I imagine is - one of the coolest hotel bathrooms in the world. There are a variety of relaxation/seating options within the room/deck. We spent most of our relaxation time out back on our villa deck. A week after leaving the island, we continue to glow when speaking about our experience. We look forward to returning to Kandolhu and recommending this property to others.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Michael J wrote a review Dec 2021
France4 contributions1 helpful vote
A quick review because I really need to tell that this place is paradise. From the accomodation to the island, the team, the food, the smilling staff, the intimacy, everything is perfect. Guillaume the manager is a great host, special mention to Abidja and Gilbert the bartenders, Elvira at the restaurants, and the best Linda! Thanks to all of you for making this stay amazing! Michael and Céline
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Chloe L wrote a review Dec 2021
14 contributions9 helpful votes
We left Kandolhu about a week ago and it was the best place we've both ever stayed in! The food is incredible and there is so much choice even though it is such a small island (~40 villas total). It really was some of the best food we've ever eaten! The snorkelling is amazing with so many sharks, turtles and fish as well as the occasional eagle ray. We stayed at a water villa with a pool and it was beautiful! The bathrooms are amazing with the bath looking out over the sea due to the glass walls. We loved it! All the staff are so friendly and we would like to particularly thank Linda and housekeeping for helping my partner Steve to plan the perfect proposal at Kandolhu! It couldn't have been anymore perfect :) We really really hope to come back one day as we had the perfect 5 nights there and couldn't dream of anywhere better to go!
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Date of stay: December 2021
Aravin S wrote a review Dec 2021
1 contribution2 helpful votes
My wife and I got married in September 2021 and decided we wanted to go away for the best honeymoon experience, which Maldives fit the bill. After doing a lot of research, we wanted to get a Ocean Villa (hut over the water) with its own pool. After looking at a few 5-star options, we decided to go with Kandolhu because of the great menu options and great snorkeling environment. We decided to go for the all-inclusive package which provided unlimited a-la-carte meals and drinks and was definitely worth it. To get to the resort, you need to take a seaplane and motor boat, which was a new experience for us. The moment you reach the resort, the entire staff is so welcoming and kind. I would like to particularly mention Linda who greated us and showed us our room. Our snorkeling diving instructor, Shaaru, was very helpful and made our snorkeling experience comfortable and memorable. He took pictures with a GoPro for us (the GoPro is provided for free during your stay!). The bartenders was so nice, especially Deshan (fellow Sri-Lankan) and Felix, who made our time at the bar enjoyable. The rest of the restaurant staff was also so nice to my wife and I and that made the trip A++. The food here was some of the best food I've eaten ever. Everything was made with care and presented in a beautiful way. The cooks were flexible in many of the options and tailored our meals to our suggestions. The breakfast and smoothie options were the best thing to wake up to. One of the restaurants has a tandoor oven where you can get multiple types of meats and seafood - this is highly recommended! The Japanese restaurant was extremely fun with a lot of action/comedy from the chef. The Mexican restaurant was a nice, relaxing experience near the ocean with tasty food. The snorkeling here was eye-opening as a first-time snorkeler. They provide all the required equipment and instructions for a beginner. I recommend visiting the equipment house to learn everything you can from the staff there especially the best places to snorkel around the island. You do get to see sharks! The resort offered us a great honeymoon package with a romantic moonlight dinner and a sunset cruise. Both were very pleasant and memorable experiences for us. The moonlight dinner seemed very long but the food and service was excellent. The rooms were great along with the cleaning. The staff were very responsive to all our inquiries and made our stay the best possible. The rooms had wifi, TV, universal charger, speakers, tablet with all the resort services. They offer complementary laundry that fits within a small bag which was very convenient. This is only a one-time service but it definitely saves luggage space on future trips. I didn't need to use many of the things I brought with me. I was very impressed with the room which was well worth it. For COVID-19 restrictions, we did not have to wear a mask at all during our entire stay which was important for us. The staff all wore masks for protection. We went nearing the end of monsoon season so we had a couple of days of rain. Only one day it rained very hard that it was difficult to go for dinner. The room comes with umbrellas and raincoats for this purpose so we were able to attend dinner a bit later. My wife and I went for the free couples massage provided with the honeymoon package and another full-body scrub. The massueses here were very good and professional. We would definitely recommend these. Overall, this was a dream honeymoon for us which we absolutely needed. We felt sad leaving the resort after meeting so many nice people. We would highly recommend this place and would want to go back!
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Date of stay: September 2021
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$671 - $2,662 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kandolhu Maldives
What are some of the property amenities at Kandolhu Maldives?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Kandolhu Maldives?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Kandolhu Maldives?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Kandolhu Maldives?
Conveniently located restaurants include Jahaz, Jing, and Malamathi Restaurant & Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kandolhu Maldives?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center and a private pool during their stay.
Does Kandolhu Maldives have airport transportation?
Yes, Kandolhu Maldives offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Kandolhu Maldives?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Kandolhu Maldives?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including French and German.
Does Kandolhu Maldives have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.