Location: In the North Ari Atoll, the island of Kandolhu is just 25 minutes by seaplane from the Maldives capital, Male.
Services: With only 30 rooms, service is not only world-class but personal, hands-on and tailored to guests’ requirements.
History: The natural elements used to build and decorate Kandolhu resort speak to the indigenous culture of this island paradise.
Amidst the turquoise waters of the Indian ocean, to the northern end of the sparkling white string of pearls of the Ari atoll, tiny Kandolhu Island glitters especially brightly. Less than 45 miles from Male, the island can be accessed by seaplane in a matter of 25 short minutes. Yet, from the first barefoot step onto the pristine white sand, visitors feel totally secluded in a peaceful paradise, setting the scene for the perfect relaxing getaway, romantic holiday or unforgettable honeymoon. In all of the distinct five accommodation options over 30 villas, guests are enchanted by authentic local architecture and pampered by modern comforts and attentive service. From the wide range of wining and dining options, to the sumptuous Varu spa, contemporary design meets laid-back luxury across the resort for the perfect balance. Every whim is attended to, with exhilarating aquatic excursions including some of the best diving and snorkeling in the Maldives, while wine lovers are catered for with an optional all-inclusive package featuring an in-room wine fridge stocked with 30 bottles.
The resort’s unique villas boast their own distinct style but all 30 were built using local materials and with classic Maldivian architectural features. What’s more, the interiors are equipped with state-of-the-art features to ensure a comfortable stay.
Ideal for couples traveling with a child, or in need of a little more space, this sizeable two-storey villa features two bathrooms, one indoor and one garden, a large master bedroom with balcony and a living area leading to the outdoor verandah with its adjacent patio and private pool.
Just steps from the fine white sands, these spacious beach villas are decked out with a sumptuous king bed, the sleeping quarters leading out onto the furnished verandah. The bathroom is open to the elements with a large jacuzzi bathtub and outdoor garden shower.
The most lavish rooms on the island face west for a perfect view of the stunning sunsets, ideal for romantic evenings. A private walkway leads to this secluded villa with its own steps leading directly into the ocean and sumptuous, luxurious decor.
Kandolhu has a range of activities to keep all guests happy and occupied. There’s under- and above-water adventures with diving, snorkelling and watersports for the adventurous; meanwhile, peace and relaxation is in store for those venturing towards the spa.
Kandolhu is within minutes of some of the Maldives’ best areas for scuba diving and the resort’s fully-qualified team are on-hand with numerous scheduled boat trips throughout the day and night, to cater for all guests regardless of their expertise.
The island is surrounded by one of the best house reefs to be found in all of the Maldives and as such, Kandolhu’s waters are teeming with colorful, underwater life. Guided snorkelling or lessons are available, as is all the equipment necessary to explore the magical coral.
Varu Spa, in the center of the island, nestled in the lush green jungle and sheltered by palm trees is a tranquil retreat within paradise. A wide range of western and authentic local treatments are available to ensure that energies are rebalanced and aligned.
Guests hoping to enjoy activities above the water will love the range of activities available, from windsurfing, stand-up paddling and kayaking to sailing excursions in authentic sail boats or catamarans.
This tiny island is packed with wining and dining options from a la carte Japanese bites to an international breakfast buffet and a beach bar overlooking the waves. What’s more, with all-day in-room dining as well as a range of tailored packages available, there’s something for everyone.
Under a canopy thatched with palm fronds, guests can enjoy the finest Japanese dishes, from sushi to sashimi around a dedicated chef, cooking meat and fish to order on the teppan before their eyes.
Diners enjoy al fresco meals with an elevated view of the stunning beach and crystal waters. The menu here is a delicious melange of Italian and Mediterranean flavors, perfect for the ocean-side setting.
The aptly-named Sea Grill is the dining spot for those who like their food sizzling. As the sun sets over the ocean, diners pull up a seat in the sand and indulge in an array of grilled meats and seafood fresh from the waves.
Sheltered and shady but with views out to the open ocean, The Market serves a wide and varied breakfast buffet of international favorites. At lunch and dinner times, a broad range of cuisines is available from the a la carte menu.
Providing the ultimate laid-back, unrushed and truly romantic setting, Vilu is the place for delicious juices and smoothies or stronger tipples on the sand. nightly entertainment comes if the form of an elegant two-piece band or movie screenings.