Introduction: Find your tropical island paradise at the lagoon-facing Holiday Inn Resort ®Kandooma Maldives.
Let speedboats ferry you across the turquoise waters from Malé International Airport to our contemporary Maldives holiday resort in just 40 minutes. Slip into island life from the moment you arrive at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, with world-class diving and surfing facilities at your doorstep. Our beach villas ooze style and boast elegant touches like outdoor showers and iPod docking stations.
Grab coffee and wood-fired pizza from the Bokkuraa Coffee Club beside our sparkling infinity pool, or unwind with a good book and enjoy views over the peaceful lagoon. You can indulge in a soothing Thai massage and other beauty treatments at our Kandooma Spa and book the Spa Suite’s private garden with plunge pool for a romantic afternoon. Discover a Maldives hotel for family here, where you can learn to sail on a catamaran around the region’s sandbanks and sip on alcohol-free cocktails on a sunset cruise. Diving and snorkeling among colourful reefs is just five minutes by boat from Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives.
As a child-friendly Maldives hotel, your children will be kept entertained with face-painting and fun games, while parents can unwind with a game of tennis or a workout at the gym. Top off a perfect day with a Maldivian seafood feast and breathtaking sunsets at The Kitchen restaurant
Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.
Below is my experience based on a two-night stay at the property.
My Arrival Experience: Warm welcome from the staff with a cold towel and welcome drink.
What I Loved: To be staying in a Holiday Inn that feels more like the eco-friendly luxury resort.
What About the Food: Surprisingly good food. Both the a la carte options and the dinner buffet were up to the standards of the more expensive luxury resorts in the Maldives.
What About the Service: Great service from well-trained staff. It helps to have IHG behind with great management.
What About My Room: I stayed in a stunning water villa with a beautiful eco-friendly design. Comfortable beds, indoor sitting area, flatscreen Tv, outdoor rain shower and bath tub, indoor shower and a large outdoor sitting area to enjoy the views. The only issue is loud prayer several times a day. Not sure where it came from. Maybe a nearby island beyond the resorts control.
Number of Rooms: 160.
Type of Property: Resort.
Facilities: Pool, spa, gym and business centre.
Complimentary Internet: Yes and free
My Overall Impression: Great experience. Kandooma is not your typical Holiday Inn! In fact, this property was included in Condé Nast Travelers Hot List of the best new properties in the world when it opened. It’s easily comparable to the more expensive luxury resorts in the Maldives and a great experience. Well-run in all areas of the resort and a safe choice with great value in the Maldives.