Maldives is an oblong ring of 26 atolls made of over 1,000 coral islands. This tropical Asian nation is pure paradise. White sand beaches and lush green islands abound. Sea breezes and a comfortable median temperature of the low 80’s combine to make Maldives the perfect vacation from a northern hemisphere winter. In fact, the best time to travel to Maldives is December through April. What a luxurious way to beat the winter blahs!
Kandolhu Island is part of the North Ari Atoll, one of the largest atolls in the country. Among the 1,192 island of Maldives, very few are as amazing as Kandolhu. The island is nearly a perfect circle, only around 7 acres in size. Verdant trees and plants fill the center of the island. However, the entire perimeter is a white, sand beach with crystal blue waters and coral reefs beyond. The paradise of this exclusive getaway is only a 25 minute seaplane from Male, Maldives away.
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Kandolhu Island has only 30 villas. Vacationers can choose from five different styles: Jacuzzi Beach Villas, Pool Villas, Duplex Pool Villas, Ocean Villas, and Ocean Pool Villas. Each villa can accommodate 3 people, with the exception of the Jacuzzi Beach villas, which only has room for two. Guests will enjoy a king bed, day bed, sundecks with sun loungers and a sun umbrella, VOYA amenities, and complimentary use of an iPad and GoPro camera.
No matter the selection, all guests will love their own little piece of Kandolhu paradise. However, for the ultimate Eden, the Ocean Pool Villa at this five star resort is a must. Ocean Pool Villas are accessed by small boardwalk paths that meander across the water from the island to the villa. Yes, these magnificent villas hover above water upon the reef! Kandolhu Island has not overlooked a single detail. These private accommodations face west to provide guests with exquisite sunset views. Even the bathroom has a splendid view through the floor to ceiling windows.
For such an intimate island, a Kandolhu vacation has a surprising amount of restaurants, each with a unique flair. The main restaurant, The Market, offers a diverse breakfast buffet, as well as à la carte options. Lunch and dinner feature an eclectic menu with something for every taste. Olive’s open air atmosphere and panoramic ocean views combine beautifully with their Mediterranean dishes. At Sea Grill, guests dine directly on the beach. Banzai’s sushi, and sashimi fare takes advantage of the island’s fresh seafood. Guests looking for a light lunch will enjoy the Latin menu and cocktails at Ata Roa. Or indulge in unique craft cocktails and fresh juice at Vilu Bar while listening to live music or movies on the beach.
This exclusive getaway also caters to those looking to relax in their villa on vacation. The extensive in-room menu offers many of the choices at The Market, with a few fun additions like the Movie Night Platter, Hangover Cure, and Chinese Take Out.
As anticipated with an all-inclusive five star resort, Kandolhu has three meal plans. The Ultimate Inclusion not only has the expected meals but also a few perks to enhance your vacation. In addition to the three meals a day, this package includes access to Kandolhu’s extensive wine and spirit collection, non-alcoholic beverages, a discount on spa treatments, complimentary snorkeling and non-motorized water sports equipment, and 1 private snorkeling tour of the reef or a Champagne & Canapés sunset cruise.
In the local language, Dhivehi, “varu” means energy. At Varu Spa, trained practitioners and body workers use the treatment rituals to balance and strengthen your energy. The spa has three couples treatment rooms with private showers. However, the common rooms have designated areas for men and women, each with a sauna, steam room, cold pool, and rain shower.
For the ultimate Varu spa experience, indulge in the VOYA Pearl of the Sea. This 150 minute treatment starts with a full body peppermint sugar scrub followed with a body mask. While the mask removes toxins, the scalp massage and treatment begins. This lavish session ends with a full body massage and application of essential oil creams.
As expected, many adventures await on a Kandolhu vacation. A multitude of diving excursions are available for all experience levels. Kandolhu is just minutes from the best dive spots in Maldives. Crystal clear water, white sand, coral, and abundant fish make Maldives an unparalleled spot to see whale sharks, manta rays, hammerhead sharks, and moray eels. Also, the expert staff schedules night and all-day dives. Moreover, this five star resort has its own dive school.
The inviting waters of Maldives are perfect for guests to windsurf, stand-up paddle board, sail, kayak, snorkel, and catamaran sail. Better yet, try your hand at big game fishing or parasailing. Private boat charters are also available.
A Kandolhu wedding is filled with incredible memories to last a lifetime. This true island experience begins a few days before the wedding. Gourmet chocolates and champagne are presented to the happy couple upon arrival. Then they can choose from a variety of activities to enjoy before the big day. On the wedding day, after getting dressed in the preparation room, the bride is escorted by a troupe of traditionally-clad drummers to a secluded stretch of beach where the groom awaits her arrival. The wedding package of this five star resort also includes flowers, cake, champagne, and photography. Also, the bride and groom receive a traditional Maldivian wedding gift!
The best time to travel to Maldives is rapidly approaching. And when planning your Maldives vacation, look no further than the exclusive getaway of Kandolhu Island.