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Komandoo Maldives Island Resort
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Reviewed March 5, 2009

We pre-booked two weeks in the Maldives, spending our first on Kuredu (refer to Kuredu review) and our second on Komandoo. Both islands were recommended by friends and we chose two different islands to break up the fortnight and maximize our Maldivian experience which we recommend doing if you want that added variety.

It saddens us to read the derogatory remarks about Kuredu visitors by one Komandoo repeater couple (authors of the 1 star review below). We’d like to highlight to them that not all Kuredu visitors, like us, benefited from the upgrade offer. Understandably we felt aggrieved that we missed out, however accepted that last minute freebies tend to be the norm in life and chose to enjoy the rest of our time on the island; rather than sit (as they did during every meal in the week we stayed) complaining about not benefiting from the offer and snobbishly slating people they’ve never met. Get a grip!

For those who are interested to find out more about the Komandoo itself, here is the bit you’ll be wanting to read…

On arrival we were pleasantly surprised to hear traditional welcome drums from the island’s staff; were greeted with friendly smiles, a coconut drink and lovely coconut ice cream.

We were shown to our Jacuzzi Beach Villa (Dolphin 2) on the East side of the island and our luggage joined us shortly after. The East side is the marginally breezier side with the distant deserted island view – we preferred this side to the West side, but this was just personal preference. Our villa was well kept, clean and just a stones throw away from the sea.

We were invited to an orientation meeting at 5pm on the day of arrival but no one else showed up so they postponed it, which was a little disruptive.

The main restaurant was pleasant and catered well for many palettes, including my girlfriend’s, as she doesn’t eat meat. It’s buffet style and every night the food provided adopted a different theme – Maldivian, French, Indian, etc. The majority of tables on the decked area outside were, unsurprisingly, snapped up early during each meal time, so get in quick if you want a seat outside, or go a bit later and they can re set one for you. The main negative about the food, was that there were quite a few flies hanging around it, with a distinct lack of citronella candles.

The new a la carte restaurant Aqua is very expensive, for example, a prawn dish for lunch cost around $50. They did offer a special 6 course meal for Valentines for a more reasonable $89 per person. We booked this and really enjoyed it. Very romantic, good food and chatty waiters. Champagne was exceptionally overpriced even with a valentines 20% discount!

We did the freebie 15 min intro massage at the Duniye Spa and then booked the Signature Massage which was lovely. The staff were very pleasant and the ambience super relaxing.

Snorkeling – we found the snorkeling to be more interesting on the east side of Komandoo – a lot of the coral was bleached as the sea temperature rose a few years back, but notably with Komandoo and surrounds it is starting to sprout colour and grow back again now which is great – I noticed a bit of rubbish in the coral off the west side of the island, which was a shame.

We also took the opportunity to jump on the free daily trip to Kudadu (5 mins in a speed boat) and snorkeled around the island – it’s quite small so didn’t take long – the coral and variety of colourful fish was better on the far side of the island.

As per previous recommendations on Trip Advisor we booked the Britt sailing trip. We had a palaver as initially the date we’d booked was cancelled due to low take up – a shame given they only need a min of 6 from Kuredu & Komandoo together. We stressed to the reception team that we’d go on any other day until we left as we really wanted to go on it. The day after, as we returned from breakfast we saw the Britt sailing in to Komandoo. We swiftly turned back to Reception to only find out that it had come to pick us up but nobody had informed us. To start with the lady we spoke to told us it was a test run (as it had recently been in for modifications), but we could clearly see it wasn’t. We weren’t ready to jump on it there and then and were told it wouldn’t wait, so we rebooked hoping we’d still make a date before leaving.

The next day we checked back to see if the booking we made had sufficient numbers to confirm the trip, it did, and we sailed out into the Atoll on the day after. We are so pleased we made it and can recommend it to everyone (there is no alcohol on the boat, only soft drinks and was not of the booze cruise variety many associate with boat trips) – it was very relaxing – there were 10 guests on the boat and we all got on really well – one guest was particularly comically, and lifted all our spirits no end. The crew were wonderful, the food fantastic and the day amazing – we were fortunate enough to see and snorkel with a number of Manta Rays; and the display by the 50 or so dolphins that headed towards and swam along with our boat was something else –emotional almost. If you get the chance, go! (For info, as this wasn’t clear from previous reviews – the Muna and the Britt sailing trips on offer by both Kuredu and Komandoo go to similar spots in the Atoll, the only real difference is that the Muna is a bigger sailing yacht).

Unfortunately the next day was our departure day so we had to say goodbye to our little piece of paradise and return home. We had such a wonderful time!

Im giving 4 stars due to the problems booking the Britt Trip.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank P1Fanatic
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Reviewed February 23, 2009

Having just returned on 15th Feb from a 10 day break in the Maldives with my wife to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, and having read the comment of the so called Kuredu Insurgence onto Komandoo I feel I must warn people about the sort of people that these so called repeaters to Komandoo are.
We booked our holiday to Kuredu as we thought this was a very nice looking Island with a choice of things to do if you wanted or complete tranquility also if that is what you wanted, and we were not disappointed.
Apart from arriving 24hours late due to flight problems and being forced to stay overnight in Dubai as we missed our connecting flight this was our best holiday ever and this initial blip was soon forgotten.
On arrival we were made very welcome and shown to our Jacuzzi Beach Villa - Number 224 which I can highly recommend.
The Island was absolutely beautiful and the people that were staying there were "real people" who actually spoke to you and had a conversation with you.
The food was excellent and to be honest I can't find a bad thing to say about it.
Four nights into our stay we were offered a upgrade to Komandoo, advertised as a Valentines gift, but obviously the Island had overbooked.
We decided to take this offer as Komandoo was an Island we had looked at originally and thought we could sample both types of Island, the larger Island of Kuredu and the much smaller Island of Komandoo.
On arrival on Komandoo we were greeted by the management who made us most welcome and shown to our room, it was absolutely lovely.
However after a couple of nights on the Island a group of about four so called repeaters kept making comments constantly in the restaraunt, in the bar etc, and very loudly I must add, about the "infiltrators from Kuredu, and how people shouldn't talk to them" which to be honest made most people on the Island just laugh at these peoples Ignorance and snobbery.
The would constantly make little comments to people while at the buffet trying to work out who had come from Kuredu and who hadn't, but don't think they ever really knew.
However, the ironic thing was, that these so called repeaters actually made such fools of themselves that they totally lowered the tone of the Island. A lady probably in her 60's who would drink red wine or Baileys and get louder and louder as the evening went on talking relentlessly about how much she had drunk or just about herself.
This we thought was meant a civilised and relaxing Island, however we learned that although the Island itself is absolutely stunning and the staff are superb (especially Silva and the boys), the people that it actually attracts as so called repeaters are no more than a bunch of moaning snobs who seem to think that they are better than anybody else, when really it is them that spoil things.
The rest of the people who we met who had arrived from Kuredu were very friendly, always spoke to you and were always happy. Just what a holiday should be about.

Overall I loved the Island and everything about it apart from these people who think they own it when in fact they are just holidaymakers like the rest of us.
I'm sure in their life time when they have had a bit of a result and had an upgrade or got something for nothing they have not moaned then so just live and let live and take the rough with the smooth as over a lifetime all these things even themselves out.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank KaybeeBedfordshire
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Reviewed February 22, 2009

After a few nights in Dubai my partner and I chose the island Kuredu for 10 nights. Towards the end of our stay in Kuredu we were offered a Valentine's Day upgrade to Komandoo for a few nights.
When we first arrived on Komandoo we thought it was paradise. The staff were welcoming, accomodation and food were great. However it soon became apparent that the guests already on the island were not happy with the "kuredu invaders".
Each meal time we were subjected to loud comments from a table of four about how they should not speak to anyone from Kuredu and how we had ruined their holiday. Ironically it was the guests already there that were much louder than the people that had come over from Kuredu.
We had taken up the option to visit Komandoo in the hope of a relaxing and peaceful last few days. It was difficult not be brought down by the continual moaning and ignorant comments of the other dinners.
On comparison Kuredu was a much friendlier island. When you walked along the beach in Komandoo you could tell the people who had come from Kuredu as they would smile, whilst the others would turn their head.
It was a shame that paradise was ruined by other people's negativity.
If you do visit I would recommend the spa, the ladies there are brillant and very professional.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Beth09
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Reviewed February 20, 2009

My wife and I have just returned from our third visit to Komandoo and our seventh visit to the Maldives. Whilst it is true to say that Komandoo is still one of our favourite islands, I am sad to have to report that it is being destroyed by inept and incompetent management.

I suppose it was inevitable that the proximity of Kuredu would eventually impact upon the vastly superior sister island, but I never anticipated that it could be as bad as we have just experienced. On our arrival, we learnt that of there were some 40 people on Komandoo who had been given free upgrades from Kuredu. We were told that this was only for a few days at a time because of an overbooking problem on Kuredu but this was simply not true. We spent the first 12 of the 14 days of our holiday in a bungalow next to two people who had been shipped across.

The insurgency from Kuredu continued for the duration of our holiday - each boat that arrived brought fresh freeloaders and their luggage. As our villa faced the pier there was no way to avoid seeing this and this wound us up even more - see photo of 16 people being shipped in with their luggage and the picture of Christina the guest relations manager in the bar snipping off their Kuredu plastic wristbands with a pair of scissors.

You pay around £4,400 for a two-week holiday on Kuredu and we paid £6,600 for our holiday on Komandoo. To add insult to injury, because Kuredu is all-inclusive, the bar bill is also thrown in. I have many stories of fellow guests' experiences which add to my dissatisfaction but the guidelines of Tripadvisor prevent me from publishing them in this review.

Komandoo is an island which supposedly values its repeat custom. As this was our third visit to the island, we were invited to the manager's repeaters cocktail party and I used the opportunity to tackle him about people being given an extra £2,500 worth of holiday for free when compared to us. He was decidedly noncommittal and blamed the problem on the policy forced upon him by the general manager in Kuredu, who now has overall responsibility for both resorts. On our previous visits the two resorts were run entirely independently and this problem never arose. Nothing was done to compensate us for this amazingly crass policy, so I tackled the manager again some days later. Again he blamed the general manager's policy, so I insisted on speaking to him. He said there was nothing he could do about it as this was the policy forced upon him by the owners. To sum up, therefore, you have a manager on Komandoo with responsibility but no authority who hides behind the manager on Kuredu. The manager on Kuredu hides behind the "policy" forced upon him by the owner. I asked to speak to the owner and was told he would telephone me, but needless to say never did.

To make matters worse, every morning and afternoon a boat full of snorkellers was brought across from Kuredu to destroy the tranquillity of our house reef (see photo). The house reef at Komandoo is very nice, but you are now going to see many fish when they are being scared away by a cruising dhoni and some 30 snorkellers thrashing about noisily in the water. I have read on here of complaints about the call to prayer from the neighbouring island being noisy and intrusive (I didn't think it was). Believe me when I say this is nothing compared to a group of snorkellers from Kuredu yelling at each other in the water.

My advice to you if you are thinking of booking Komandoo for your holiday is simply don't bother - it's much cheaper and simpler to book Kuredu and then have a good moan when you get off the boat. You seem to have an almost guaranteed chance of getting upgraded for free. Needless to say, this makes those of us who booked Komandoo and paid considerably more for the privilege feel exploited and rather stupid. In my opinion, if the management pursue this policy then the repeat visitors on which this island has always depended will simply vanish.

Komandoo is clearly underbooked and it seems that Kuredu is being oversold to compensate. As the price of both islands has increased considerably recently, the company will be making more money overall with this policy at the expense of its loyal clients.

Learn from this, management: if you exploit your repeat business through your greed then you will soon have no repeat business. Frankly, this is pretty much what you deserve. We certainly have no intention of returning while this policy is in place. It is one thing to be taken advantage of in this way, but it is quite another to come back again and have one's nose rubbed in it!

If you are visiting Komandoo in the next 12 to 18 months, please post comments on this website and let us know whether this is still happening. We would love to return to the island again, but not while this is going on.

(I have downgraded my rating because of this policy, not because I don't like the island)

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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37  Thank Charles2108
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Reviewed February 18, 2009

We have just returned from a two-week stay on Komandoo. We have been here before but not for many years as we did not like the all-inclusive option and prefer to pay for what we want as we go, so we were delighted to find that we can now book full board and pay for whatever drinks we want.

On our previous visits, the only option was to the all-inclusive which meant that we were restricted in what drinks we could have and if we wanted a decent brandy or a Bailey's after dinner that cost extra anyway. We decided not to go for the all-inclusive Gold package which the hotel has now introduced as this seemed rather pricey. Admittedly, they include things like a meal in the new a la carte restaurant, a one-hour visit to the spa and all the drinks in the minibar but it still works out at considerably more than just pay as you go.

So good point and bad points -- first the good points:

(1) we booked a Jacuzzi beach villa on the sunrise side of the island. They have made a nice job of refurbishing the rooms since our last visit and the addition of the Jacuzzi and a bed in the garden area were very welcome.

(2) if anything, the food is better than I remember it. The restaurant has been extended to accommodate the extra people in the overwater villas. It has been done well and you now have a view over the inhabited islands at night where there used to be plants obscuring the view.

(3) the egg man is brilliant. He was cheery, happy, always chatty and a joy at each breakfast. It also makes great eggs and waffles. Do remember to give him a tip as he seems to be frequently overlooked.

(4) the decking outside the bar has also been extended and the bar refurbished. It's a little more impersonal than I remember but nevertheless tastefully done.

So what about the bad points -- and regrettably there are a few:

(1) the price of the all-inclusive Gold package is ridiculous. We drank just about anything we wanted for two weeks and the bill came out around $800. If you book the all-inclusive package when you arrive on site it costs $53 per person per day, in round numbers about $1400 for the fortnight. Admittedly there are spa treatments and meals in the a la carte restaurant, Aqua, included in this but the meal we had in Aqua was restricted to a reduced menu and still cost around $150. I simply don't think the package is worth it especially is you are not interested in the spa.

(2) while the food in the restaurant was excellent, it was spoiled by our waiter. I was surprised at this as Riza seems to have been spoken of very highly by name in many other reviews on this site. We found him surly, grumpy, frequently absent and on occasions just plain argumentative. We didn't give a tip as he irritated us every time we came across him. You cannot change your waiter even though you can sit where you like.

(3) the number of people they shipped over from Kuredu on free upgrades was quite ridiculous. They seemed to be deliberately overbooking Kuredu because Komandoo was under booked and then moving people across on block. As we had paid considerably more this did not go down well with us or several other people we spoke to.

(4) the bar was occupied until late every night by the yob element from Kuredu who seemed intent on drinking it dry to get the most out of their freebies. This wrecked the whole atmosphere. Silva and Amith are excellent bar staff and work hard and to see the way they were treated was appalling. Snapped fingers and the expression 'boy' are completely inappropriate on an island of this class.

My advice is to boycott both Komandoo and Kuredu and go elsewhere.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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