Azure skies, golden sands, and sparkling turquoise waters make Maldives the perfect spot for Music in Paradise.
Located in the Maldives’ stunning South Male Atoll, just a 45-min. boat ride from the capital Male’, but secluded enough to feel as though you’ve landed on a remote island getaway. Sit back with a cocktail in your hand, and enjoy legendary musicians performing live gigs. The intimate concert settings on the beach and rooftop bar of Kandooma ensure you can take the party long into the night. Kandooma also boasts a long list of remarkable outdoor and water activities the to keep the whole family happy.
This is the island wonderland for everyone.
What we Love
Range of accomodation all built around the edge of or on the water, providing more than enough paradise for guests to enjoy relaxed seclusion and privacy.
Manta rays, whale sharks, turtles and other rare species of marine life are commonly found among Kandooma Maldives’ home reefs.
Enjoy a culinary journey at Kandooma! Eating and drinking experiences offer everything from sumptuous buffets served at the Cafe for breakfast, lunch and dinner; to the classy ͚a la carte͛ restaurant – ‘The Kitchen’ – offering fine beachfront dining.
Kandooma Kids Club offers numerous different activities to amuse the kids while you relax. Children will learn, create, engage, and learn about the fish, flora & fauna around the island, mix cakes, fancy dress… there is no end to the adventures!
“Relax all day, share in great music, dance long into the evenings!”
Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives offers an unbeatable holiday experience for those searching for that extra special touch! Located on a private island in the South Male Atoll, the resort features spectacular architecture inspired by sea barnacles and exudes a tropical island atmosphere, lush tropical greenery, white sand beaches and turquoise waters are more than enough paradise for guests to enjoy relaxed seclusion and privacy.
All the accommodation has been built around the edge of or on the water. Each villa type is fresh and contemporary in appearance, with clean lines and minimal clutter, incorporating all modern amenities, whilst retaining the warmth of natural wood finishes. Large windows mean that you are only a glance away from the great blue outdoors. Choose from:
Gold Experience: Beach View Villa
The semi-detached beach villas come with large windows that positively invite the outdoors inside. Whitewashed floor boards evoke a sense of fresh coolness, yet feel warm and textured to bare feet. They feature light summer duvets and massive bath towels, flat screen televisions, a place to plug in your mp3/iPod, indoor out-door showers and wifi broadband. The beach villas are 36 square metres in size.
VIP Experience: Beach House
The sea-facing Beach House (formally known as the Duplex Villa) offers the luxury of space. Located at the water’s edge, the villas present a striking mix of natural elements and modern design. Bedrooms are on the first floor level and enjoy views of the sea. The living area underneath the bedroom is furnished with designer seating laid out on a carpet of fine white sand. The Beach House is 72 square metres in size, with 36 square metres on each level.
Ultimate Experience: Overwater Villa
Hovering above coral and marine life in the shallow clear waters, Water Villas offer the ultimate Maldives experience. Each Villa has a private sundeck with hammock that in high tide is partially submerged in crystal clear water. Expansive living space is complemented by a large open bathroom which offers a private outdoor shower and bathtub with views of the water. The Water Villas are 65sqm in size.
VIP Family Experience: Two Bedroom Family Beach House
Two Bedroom Family Beach House is a spacious family villa designed with the comfort of every individual in mind. The first floor features a master bedroom and a second bedroom with king and twin beds, each equipped with its own terrace. The ground floor, with a living area and outdoor terrace which provides direct access to the beach, is perfect for family bonding.
We strongly recommend you keep yourself informed and updated about current conditions at your holiday destinations. Register your trip at: www.smartraveller.gov.au or by calling DFAT on: (02) 6261 3305.
VISA AND PASSPORTS
A 30 day tourist visa is granted on arrival for most nationals, including citizens of Australia, NZ, UK and the USA. Make sure your passport has at least 6 months validity as most countries will not let you
in if you have any less.
For most international airlines, a limit of 20kgs for economy and 30kgs for business class is allowed, as well as an in-flight cabin bag, normally not more than 5kgs. Low cost carriers may be less, so please always check direct with your airline or your consultant if you are unsure. With Singapore Airlines, 1 surfboard bag may be included in your free baggage allowance, but excess baggage of surfboards up to 15kgs will be charged at AUD$30 per kg ex Australia. Airlines only accept excess baggage according to space availability, so if you think you will be over your limit, check in early!
New Liquid, Aerosol and Gel restrictions apply to your carry-on luggage on all flights. Each container of liquids, aerosols or gels in your carry-on baggage must be 100ml or less. They must all be sealed in a transparent, one-liter plastic bag. You are only allowed one bag. Any resealable bag of one litre capacity or less is allowed. You may still carry through the screening point prescription medicines. Baby products and non-prescription medicines that you need for the flight are also allowed, but proof of need may be required. Purchases of Tax and Duty free goods bought after security screening at the airport can be taken on flights as carry-on.
No alcohol, pornography (which may cover a wide range of publications), pork, drugs, dogs, firearms, spear guns or “idols of worship” may be brought into the country. All baggage is X-rayed. The Maldives is a strict Muslim country and drinking is only allowed in resorts or on boats. This is the only place you can buy alcohol.
The Maldives is generally a healthy destination with no malaria and little risk of tropical diseases. Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A and B vaccinations are advised, specially if time is spent away from a resort island. Over-exposure to the sun and infection from coral cuts are the two main hazards for surfers. Booties and helmets are recommended. In an emergency an injured surfer may require a speedboat or seaplane to get to Male, the only place with modern medical facilities. For very serious injuries, evacuation to Colombo or Singapore may be necessary. It is essential to have adequate travel insurance to cover these possibilities.
If any possessions are stolen, report the incident to the local police and obtain a report for insurance purposes.
TRAVELLER HEALTH DECLARATION
In accordance to health requirements all travellers travelling to and from Maldives are required to submit a self-declarative health declaration within 48 hours prior their departure to Maldives. Make your application here.
The airport you fly into is Velana International Airport in Male (MLE) in the Maldives.
If you are travelling from Australia, we recommend flying with Singapore Airlines who have flights daily from all major cities in Australia, with a short transit in Singapore before arriving into Male (MLE).
Being an Australian Wholesale Agent for Singapore Airlines, we can guarantee the best prices on most flights from Australia. Please contact us directly if you would like a flight quote.
If you are located outside of Australia, you are welcome to book your own flights to Male (MLE).
Once you arrive into Velana International Airport in Male (MLE), you will be met on arrival at the airport by a representative from the resort.
You will then be transported by a speed boat to the resort, which is approximately a 45 minute boat ride from the airport.
WHAT IS THE ELECTRICITY AND COMMUNICATIONS LIKE IN THE MALDIVES?
Power is 220–240 volt at most resorts & boats. Electric sockets are UK type. Most places supply adapters, but we recommend you always take at least one of your own. Round-pin plugs are used, although square-pin plugs are now becoming more common. If you need to be contactable while you’re away, then make sure you get international roaming setup with your service provider before you go. Coverage is excellent throughout the islands and handsets can also be hired by the day. Sim Cards are bought at the Airport. The country code for the Maldives is: +960
WHAT IS THE TIMEZONE?
GMT + 5 Hours
AEST – 5 Hours
WHAT IS THE LOCAL CURRENCY USED?
The currency of the Maldives is Rufiyaa, however as a visitor, USD are the currency of choice. Local ATMs only provide local currency, so are not much use to you. Everywhere in the Maldives you can pay with USD. Once you are in Maldives, you cannot exchange foreign currency for USD – so bring USD with you. All major credit cards are accepted at most resorts so you can pay your bill on checkout without a problem. Boats will also run a tab for drinks while on board and you can pay at the end. Most boats don’t have card facilities – they accept USD cash only.
WHAT IS THE CLIMATE LIKE?
The Maldives have a hot tropical climate. There are two monsoons, the southwest from May to October and the northeast from November to April. Generally the south west brings more wind and rain in June and July. The temperature Rarely falls below 25°C.
DRESS AND ETIQUETTE?
In Male and on other inhabited islands, men should always wear a shirt and women should wear skirts or shorts that cover the thighs, and avoid wearing low-cut tops.
DO I LEAVE A TIP?
It is customary to tip in the Maldives as the wages are not high and staff don’t get a lot of money to support their families. The Perfect Wave recommends that if you are happy with the service you received and had a great experience, you should leave a small tip.
Plenty to keep you busy when you are not surfing or soaking up the sun on the Kandooma beach! Enjoy tennis, football, table-tennis and darts, as well as just relaxing in the expansive resort pool. Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives is also very popular with scuba divers and snorkelers, it’s close proximity to some of the Maldives’ best dive sites ensures close encounters with plenty of exotic marine life. Nearby, Guraidhoo immerses you into local Maldivian life.
The surf breaks around Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives have something for everyone- from beginners that want to move to an intermediate level to experienced surfers wanting fast barrels and rippable walls. Learn from the experienced resident surf guides and surf instructors, qualified by the Surf Guide Association and run by the Perfect Wave team. Surfing of the world class break is exclusive to guests and capped at maximum 40 surfers, so you must pre-register for the surf program.
The idyllic setting at the COMO Shambhala Spa sets the scene of serenity and calm. The spa experience at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives is all about energizing in a natural environment with its wide range of therapeutic massages and spa treatments in five treatment rooms with breathtaking oceanic views. It’s the perfect getaway from all the pressures and demands of today’s modern world.
Enjoy a culinary journey throughout the day as Kandooma eating and drinking experiences offer everything from sumptuous buffets served at the Cafe for breakfast, lunch and dinner; to the classy ‘a la carte’ restaurant, ‘The Kitchen’ offering fine beachfront dining. The perfect sunset chill out session at The Sunset Bar completes a day of sensory overload at Kandooma.
Kandooma Kids Club
is for ages 4 – 12, and the coordinators develop numerous different activities to amuse the kids while you surf or relax. They have indoor and outdoor toys, including climbing frames, gaming consoles and table tennis. Children will learn, create, engage, mix cakes, fancy dress, and learn about the fish, flora & fauna around the island … there is no end to the adventures! Babysitting is available from US$15 per hour.