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  • 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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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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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot tub
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Diving
Airport transportation
Spa
Wifi
Private pool
Pool / beach towels
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Snorkeling
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Massage
Concierge
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
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Private balcony
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Minibar
Flatscreen TV
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Lucía M wrote a review Yesterday
Madrid, Spain5 contributions2 helpful votes
We spent 5 amazing and unforgettable days in Kandolhu. Everything there is the closest to paradise…Snorkeling you can see in the beach turtles, sharks, many fishes with different colours!!! Staff is increible. They know your name and room from the first day, we received an impecable treatment. Food is amazing also: we were very surprised being a hotel in Maldivas having this quality and presentation of food!! Our room was beautiful: every detail was taken care of!! I only can say thank you very much for making our honeymoon so special. For sure we will recommend the hotel to everybody and we will come back very soon.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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sswm wrote a review Dec 2020
Alaska382 contributions167 helpful votes
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This was our 4th trip to the maldives and 7th resort . I research extensively before deciding on that next island and we always do a split stay We choose Kandalhu and Vakkaru for this anniversary trip. We were not disappointed! The Island. Kandolhu is pure understated elegance. It is the perfect small island . Very unpretentious on one hand and on the other hand working hard to give a 5 star experience which it does beautifully. It is the prettiest island we have been on so far, large wide swaths of white powdery sandy beach encircling the small shimmering island which we strolled around in 10 minutes.. The accommodations We loved our rooms 106 and 201 and think they are the best on the island. For the first 4 nights we choose a duplex beach villa room 106 which was spacious, and upscale with 2 levels the bedroom being on the 2nd. There were 3 bathroom areas including a wonderful outdoor shower and soaking tub. The pool was set almost right on the beach with nice unobstructed views of the ocean. We spent time enjoying both the deck by the private pool as well as the upper deck off the bedroom...it was great to hang out in the evening and watch the sun set since it faces west. The bed was super comfortable and we slept well. We spent the last 4 nights in overwater villa 201, which was smartly decorated and furnished. The views are stunning and panoramic since it is located on the end. Just exquisite! The deck is huge with several sitting areas to relax in.... Food. We were impressed with the quality and variety of the 5 ( yes 5!) restaurants on this small island. We loved them all especially the entertaining private dinner we had at Bonzai... the chef was talented in his presentation as well as preparing the gourmet dinner itself.. the breakfasts and sea grill were our favorites ! Sea grill is a great value with generous portions of tandoori or grill... all the restaurants are in romantic settings and we looked forward to our evenings out! The veggie pizza was delicious also with a thin crust and piled high with all sorts of vegetables ....The bar has wonderful ambiance right on the beach ... we were pleasantly surprised the resort offered us complimentary massages as well as a lovely candlelit dinner on the beach with champagne for our anniversary. They went above and beyond to make sure our stay was memorable on every way. Water sports we enjoyed complimentary kayaks and paddle boards daily. They also give each guest a go pro for snorkeling Spa/gym. Pat is wonderful and her kandolhu massage was probably the best massage I’ve ever had and I have had quite a few...we worked out everyday in the gym and thought it was well kept with a good choice of machines, weights etc... Snorkeling. The snorkeling was good to very good and we snorkeled around the island at least once a day. The reef is easily accessible from the beach. We saw rays, a lot of turtles, black tip , white tip and sleeper sharks, the usual abundance of colorful fish and squid. My husband went diving with Danny and reported back a fish soup in the extreme at fish head! One of the better dives he’s ever done... Staff. They were all outstanding... consistent 5 star service from all areas and from all the staff. It was impressive and very genuine. The personable managers Mark and Laura the host and hostess “ with the mostest” are dedicated to providing every guest with a very level of service ...they are doing everything right and round out the all star team ! They take care of their staff as well as their guests and there is a wonderful cohesive atmosphere that feels like family. We loved every minute of our stay and highly recommend Kandolhu to anyone looking for that perfect island. I honestly couldn’t think of anything they could improve upon!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Safari40040811974 wrote a review Sep 16
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The best experience we had so far! Everything from the arrival to the departure was perfect! The check in is made really smoothly directly in the room after arrival. The food is excellent, special mention for the Mexican food with view of the island and the baby sharks who likes to swim around it and the Teppanyaki with the chef Justin who made us an incredible dinner! The water villa was amazing! Turtles, sharks and load of fishes are in the surrounding… it’s really worth it! We’ll come back :)
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Max D wrote a review Sep 12
Denver, Colorado11 contributions18 helpful votes
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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Jessica c wrote a review Sep 12
Lausanne, Switzerland21 contributions22 helpful votes
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We stayed at Kandolhu Maldives 1st week of septembre in a Pool villa (with a private beach). The experience was just fabulous. The island is a treasure, very secluded (reached by seaplane + speedboat) which is a privilege as you are not too much polluted by lights and you can enjoy a skynight full of stars. It is said that september is the low season due to wet and windy climate..honestly we don't understand because we stayed 2 weeks in the Maldives and the weather was just great and temperature perfect (between 28 and 31 degrees). We have been welcomed like King and Queen on the island. The staff is just truly incredibly kind. From the house keeper, to the restaurant staff, the reception and the management (who came say hi few times) everybody was very nice. I can't list everything they did because they just did a lot starting from a birthday cake, a birthday card (signed by all the staff), they remember your room number, your names, what you like or don't like, every night you have little pastries in your room etc. We had taken the all inclusive package and we were very happy with it. We tried the 4 restaurants and we didn't have enough time to try all the food and wines ! Everything was just 5 stars restaurant. Very tasty and diversified ! Tepanyaki (with a great show), Mexican (on a piloti house and a breathtaking view), Olives (finest food) and the grill (with curry night). There are no specific animations (open air cinema and coconut taste) but that was exactly what we were looking for. Peace, quiet, privacy (only 30 rooms on the island), fine food and snorkeling. Our room was a beauty ! Full of exotism but also very classy/modern. We also enjoyed our private pool A LOT ! We also tried the diving a couple of times and the instructor and the staff were exceptional. The diving sites were also good. We could do a nitrox certification which was greatly organized . Snorkeling around the island is great as you have a reef and a rocky wall. We have seen so many turtles, sharks and all kind of colorful fishes. We definitely recommend this beautiful island / resort. Thanks for everything ! We will come back ! Jessica and Nicolas
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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PRICE RANGE
$671 - $2,662 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
kandholhu island hotel north ari atoll, kandholhu island resort and spa
LOCATION
MaldivesAlifu AtollNorth Ari Atoll
NUMBER OF ROOMS
30
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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 an airport shuttle?
Yes, Kandolhu Maldives offers an airport shuttle 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.