Standard amenities in all rooms include:
Fully stocked mini bar
Loose leaf tea, fresh ground coffee and citrus press
Telephone with IDD
Private indoor or outdoor showers
Flat screen television with local and satellite channels
iPod docking stations
In-room safe deposit box
Radio Kandooma access
Beach towel & bag
WIFI throughout the resort
Mailing and fax services
Safe at reception
Naturally, a large part of the Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma experience, is dining and cuisine. Whether it’s deliciously barbecued catch of the day, authentic Asian cuisine, or pizza served by the pool, it is a delight for the taste buds to be savored by all. Besides from the amazing and luxurious setting, there are daily special events ranging from cultural to educational.
Kandooma’s aim is to offer “quality through integrity of ingredients.” Freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning. The coffee in room and cafe is freshly ground and the tea is loose leaf. The ice cream, bread, and pastries are locally made.
Breakfast – Greet the new day at Kandooma Café where the wide archways let in the sunshine and atoll views. Fresh juice, pressed coffee, an international selection of breakfast items and attendant chefs ready to receive instructions on how to prepare your eggs.
Lunch buffet is served in a casual outdoor setting. Choose from a wide variety of fresh salads, pastas, sandwiches, wood-fired pizza or pick up a choice cut of eye fillet or lamb loin you can grill yourself under the shade of the coconut grove. Enjoy your favourite poolside beverages and last but not least, don’t forget to pass the flavorful desert counter.
Dinner – in the evening, Kandooma Cafe changes from sunny and breezy to soft and romantic, lit by the intimate glow of candles, the stars are visible through the skylight 60 feet above. Let yourself be hypnotized by the chill-out beats soundtrack. Watch the chefs busily working tandoori ovens, teppan grills and rottiseurs to prepare for you a unique fusion of worldly cuisine spiced with touches of the Maldives. The Diners can choose to sit in elegant comfort looking out over Kandooma channel or out on the beach with your feet in the sand. Reserve a seat at theatre-island kitchen to engage the chefs in conversation as they prepare meals. The flavors are Eastern inspired, pulling from Thailand, Indonesia, China and India, and the Mediterranean with a good representation of seafood. Adjoining is the wine room for a choice of 250 fine wines.
Above The Kitchen is The Deck, the best place in Kandooma to unwind and catch the sunset, moonlight or stars in a contemporary open air setting with our star gazer ready for your viewing pleasure. Worship a sunset with Mojitos. The head bartender’s passion for classics and drama are represented in a favourite martini, the Bird’s Tail, or many other astonishing tropical cocktail. A bohemian expanse of teak planking furnished with low tables, comfortable cushions, bean bags and monolithic granite planters of greenery. After sundown the area is lit entirely by Moroccan lanterns and the stars. Ideal to continue with cocktails and graze on the tapas menu.
Sample of daily themed dinner events:
Monday – Bar-B-Que Feast!
Tuesday and Saturday – Fisherman’s Market!
Come and join our chefs for a relaxing evening of night fishing, after which we will sear your catch to perfection on our charcoal grill. Bokkuraa Coffee Club will transform into a haven for fish lovers with prime Maldivian fish, an elaborate salad bar and an eclectic selection of starters and desserts.
Enjoy the freshest fish possible at our bustling Fisherman’s Market!
Wednesday – Sunset and Stars – Cocktails & Tapas @ The Deck
Thursday – Maldivian Beach BBQ at our West Beach
Friday – Spirit of Maldives; Where locals know best! – featuring a free cooking class for kids and Bodu Beru‘ Performance.
Sunday – Catch your own lobster! – Lobster Catch and Cooking Class
Romantic Dining Pleasure – Available on the beach, at your villa, on the tower or at the private island
Group & Family BBQ’s – Available on the beach, at your villa, on the tower or at our private island
Surfer’s Corner Barbie – Come and hang loose, like in the good old days.
Take Out and Delivery is available 24 hours
The Lounge – Choose your favorite drink and participate in nightly events hosted by our Recreation team. Or kick back, enjoy some light snacks and listen to stories told by divers who hang out here under the twinkling stars. Live music is presented at The Lounge every Saturday
Kids Club – Kandooma Kids Club is open from about 9am to 5.30pm and aged 4+ for free, for as long as you want. For children under 4 years old, there is an additional babysitting fee. Each week there are different activities planned for the children to enjoy throughout their stay and keep them entertained while you surf or relax. Children will learn, create, engage, and learn about the fish, flora & fauna around the island.
There are indoor and outdoor toys for the kids, The staff are fantastic and will do face painting, craft or play with them in the sand. Soft bean bags allow the children to sit back enjoy cartoons or movies. There is an air-conditioned room upstairs with game consoles for the older kids and there is a table tennis table as well.
If you want babysitters at night, then they will come to your villa for additional price.
Spa and Wellness
Internet lounge, Library
Laundry & pressing service
80m free-flow Swimming pool
Sun loungers for pool area and beach front
Kamdooma Spa – Serenity and rejuvenation await you at the Shambhala Spa at Kandooma…
The spa experience at Kandooma is all about energizing in a natural environment with its offerings of a wide range of therapeutic massages and spa treatments. With five treatment rooms set in a natural and serene environment plus two deluxe treatment villas, experience the true meaning of rejuvenation as you ease your well-being into a relaxed state of body while taking in the breathtaking views. Steam areas are available for men and women and there is a hydrotherapy pool can be used for further relaxation.
Yoga Classes Suitable for all levels: beginners, surfers, and seasoned practitioners, the yoga classes will leave you feeling ready to take on the day, or relax into your evening!
Surf Lessons are offered for all levels and ages, with several specialized packages and included board rental.
Internationally accredited PADI dive centre – The Dive Centre is comprehensively equipped to meet the needs of advanced divers but also suitable and thoughtfully set up for absolute beginners.
The listing of diving classes and programs are:
Snorkeling lesson with equipment
Snorkeling trip with equipment
‘Dive Now Referral Form’ with PADI – which allows you to begin your dive adventure at home and complete the course at Kandooma Resort
Bubblemaker – for children 8-10 years to experience scuba diving in pool-like conditions.
Discover Scuba Diving – the first encounter with the wonders of marine life!
PADI Scuba Diver – with 3 training dives in the lagoon, 2 boat dives to maximum 12 meters & 3 theory modules with advancement for a full certification.
Open Water Dive – 5 training in the lagoon, 4 boat dives and 5 theory modules.
Advanced Open Water Dive – an ideal hands-on experience in different areas of diving such as Night, Deep Drift, Fish ID, Wreck, Navigation and many more.
Specialty Courses – Enriched air Nitrox, Digital UW Photography, UW Naturalist, Rescue Diver, Emergency First Response.
Water sports, Outdoors and Nature Activities:
Kandooma water and sun cream at pool area
Beach sports and games
A fleet of boats for transfers and recreational activities
Catamaran lessons & rental
Windsurfing lessons & rental
Guided kayak surfari
Daily snorkeling trips & lessons
Visits to local islands
Picnic island trips
Big game fishing
Marine biology lessons
Hermit crab sanctuary visits