Holiday Inn Kandooma Maldives

Location Distance from Airport Transfer Type No. of Rooms
South Male' Atoll 35km. from Malé International Airport 05 mins. from Airport by Speedboat 160 Rooms

Holiday Day Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives is conveniently situated on the South Malé Atoll, adjacent to world-class diving and surÿng sites.As the internationally recognized mid-scale brand, it offers real value with a fresh, modern approach in a friendly environment. The hotel's practical comfort and modern design provide a haven for hard-working travelers seeking balance in their lives. Offering smart casual dining, extensive water sports and activities, dedicated kids services and a refreshing spa, Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives is the ideal gathering place for friends and families. Guests can choose to relax or enjoy an active getaway, knowing they will be genuinely welcomed and valued throughout their stay.Named after the abundant Kandoo tree, Kandooma welcomes you to stunning views of the Indian Ocean and soothing wave lullabies.


Garden View Villa

Decked out in modern décor, the Garden View Villa offers a cosy 48 square metres of space with an outdoor living area.

Beach View Villa

The Beach View Villa serves up enticing vistas of sand and sea, and its 48 square metre construction includes an outdoor living area.

Sea View Beach House

Featuring an open-air living space on the ground floor and bedroom on the second floor, the Sea View Beach House provides 71 square metres of modern casual décor and a breathtaking view of the ocean.

Sea View Overwater Villa

The Sea View Overwater Villa offers a roomy 85 square metres, featuring a spacious bedroom with a large outdoor shower and bathtub and a private sundeck with an overwater hammock, for the best of the Kandooma experience.

Sea View Family Beach House

Sea View Family Beach Houses, as the name suggests, are ideal for families or a small group of divers, and are the size of two Sea View Beach House's together. They offer sleeping space upstairs as well as living and dining below.

Sea View Overwater Pavillion

Enjoy unobstructed panoramas of sun, sea and sky from our spectacular Overwater Pavillion. With additional space for indoor and outdoor living, this two bedroom Pavillion is perfect for families with a generous 170 sqm of space. The expansive private sundeck is the ideal place to relax and take in the tranquil, pristine lagoon and is furnished with a daybed and a table for outdoor dining along with direct access to the sea.The main bedroom connects to a full bathroom that features a double vanity and, also showcases a private outdoor rain shower and bath tub with splendid views of the Indian Ocean. Enjoy a sunny afternoon reading or relaxing in your private overwater sitting area with day bed and take in the sounds of the ocean.


For those who wish to feel the healing affect of nature our qualified therapist are more than willing to pamper you with a rejuvenating massage at our spas. But for those who wish to feel an adrenalin rush then the best advice that could be offered is to head over either to our sports complex in which one would find a fully equipped gym, badminton court, tennis court, football ground, and many more.

The turquoise blue lagoon and the snowy white beach at the hudhuran fushi makes it just about perfect for anyone seeking fun and excitement via any of the sports such as wind surfing, catamaran, water skiing, banana riding, canoeing, kite surfing amon many others.

Hudhuran fushi is renowed for its popularity among surfers. Easy accessibility to famous surfing breaks in the maldives such as ninja, lohi's, pasta, sultan, cokes, honkies, chickens and himmafushi among others needs no further debut about how much surfers love Hudhuran fushi.

Radio Kandooma the pulsation of life:

The very 1st in the Maldives to bring you entertainment that you can see, feel and interact with. Just as pulsating as the radio station and its 3 super-cool channels, our 3 DJs' show you how great things always come in 3's. Worldly, talented, creative and inspired with love for music our DJs' ensure that the best music from all over the world keeps spinning. Whether it's from 'Bananas in the morning's live show that guarantees to have you in tickles, or from our vibrant sunset show, the entertainment is nothing short of the paradise that meets your eyes everyday here on Kandooma! Love the music so much you want it just for yourself? Then come to the station and get yourself one of the 50 ipods the DJs' have programmed for your personal pleasure so you can take it anywhere the radio isn't.

The Breakfast Show "Bananas in the Morning" Live Daily from 8am – 11am On Channel 1 - Kandooma Rise - 'Kan You Keep Up':
A banana on its own can be a lot to handle, imagine two bananas? This show has gone to the monkeys! Our Djs bring you sassy entertainment with stories, observations, and straight out laughs that will make you wonder if the monkeys have really taken over?! No matter where you are from, remember one thing, these bananas proof to you that six degrees of separation means the bananas didn't fall far from the tree!

The Sunset Show, Live Daily from 4pm-7pm On Channel 1 – Kandooma Rise - 'Kan You Keep Up':
Missed the sunset or can't see it from where you are? Well, fret not as our DJ on the sunset show puts the beauty of sunset in places the eyes cannot go. From grooves to moods, he plays 'the sunsets' that bound to transform reality to surreal encounters with bliss and nature.

Channel 1 - Kandooma Rise 'Kan You Keep Up':
A 'Daily Live programme' is the mantra from the morning show to the sunset show. However, you wouldn't want to miss theme nights as everyday of the week from 8pm-11pm our DJs' create special evenings for those special tastes. Monday nights it's Country Music from Garth Brooks to Shania Twain. Tuesdays are Oldies of the 50's, 60's and 70's ranging from the king of rock 'n' roll to the Beatles. Wednesdays, cuddle up to Love songs from the Backstreet Boys to Celine Dion. Thursdays we play international music from all genres whether its Hindi or Latin, you get the best. Weekends "Friday and Saturday nites", it's time for a change of pace as we go from 9pm-Midnight and Club K takes over with R&B, Hip-Hop, and Dance that will surely make you bust a move into whatever groove you choose.

Channel 2 - Kandooma Breeze 'Where Paradise meets the Eyes':
A delightful record of good soul searching music full of memorable classics and evergreens, one that takes you on a journey down memory lane. Our DJs' initiate a sense of nostalgia with their wide repertoire of Slow & Hard Rock, good old "Rock 'n' Roll", and the best from the 50's, 60's and 70's.

Channel 3 – Kandooma Bleu 'Making Waves into Moods':
It's an oasis of escapism as you chill-out and max to a degree that no words can explain how you feel. Switch to Channel Bleu where at the end of the line the smoothest of sounds with only your thoughts, allows you to surrender and be where you want to be…

Kandooma Kids Club…completes every kid's holiday!

Kids World:
Within Lego throwing distant of the Recreation Center, and adjacent to the Kandooma Café, the Kandooma Kids Club (KKC) is a world of adventure and wonderment for children aged 4 – 12. It is a place to be creative and imaginative, to engage and to learn. The KKC coordinators have been having a whale of a time developing activities for the week. We often wonder if they weren't just enjoying themselves just a teensy bit too much.

Wet and Splashy:
Mini snorkeling is a wonderful way for kids to practice their skills and develop confidence before meeting the fish. This activity takes place in the pool and in the shallow waters of the lagoon.

Dry and Cheery:
A selection of indoor supervised activities, board and card games, table games and fun learning has been developed as a part of the weeks programme.

Clever and Nosey:
Children are taken on a 'see and feel' adventure by our marine biologist as they learn to identify the amazing myriad of colourful marine life. Trips around the island to identify the flora and fauna are also introduced and a follow up painting and sound recording session to remember them is conducted later in the day.

Creative and Messy:
The chefs get a little hand with their cooking. Actually lots of little hands as members of the KKC mix, mash, mould, and mush cake mixture into moulds for baking! Then later on it's a picnic under the trees as they test and enjoy the proof of the pudding.

Play and Fancy:
Children take part in Kandooma's version of the make-believe 'Pirates of the Maldives' as they put on costumes, get on a dhoni and rehearse scripts on their given role! KC coordinators director the 'actors' and plays on Maldivian legends which are filmed and then screened later that evening for their parents.

Safe and Comfy:
Baby sitting services are available for the little ones and can be arranged through the Recreation Center.

Dive & Discover a three dimensional world of colour and life!

The Dive Center:
The Dive Centre is comprehensively equipped to meet the needs of advanced divers but also suitable and thoughtfully set up for absolute beginners. It is run by Euro Divers, a fully accredited organisation operating ten outlets in the Maldives alone as well as operating in several other countries. They will provide multi-lingual instructors to cater for Kandooma's international guest mix.


Being lively and engaged is central to our reason for existing so when it comes to dedicating a department for activity we were always going to do some things a little differently. While diving largely takes centre stage, being almost a dog-paddle to some of the country's best dive sites, we have developed experiences to tickle most tastes. It might be pursuing an adrenaline surge on a surfboard, a mind enriching aqua safari or a reflective moment at a moonlit campfire drinking tea with a Maldivian story teller.

Sunset Cruise sun down on the deck!:
What a perfect way to end an amazing day, a sunset cruise aboard our Dhoni, Kandooma Orange. Feel the tranquillity of the surrounding waters as the sun sinks below the horizon. Enjoy cool drinks and tasty snacks as you watch the colourful display in the skies above, the setting sun adding a thrill to the nights awaiting adventures. For added fun Kandooma Orange has been fitted with boom nets. During the cruise these nets will be lowered into the water so you can actually have your drink, sitting in the water whilst still being towed across the sea slowly. Lasting for approximately 2 hours celebrate a drink before your evening meal, surrounded by family, friends and paradise.

Deluxe Sunset Cruise drinks with a touch of luxury!:
What a perfect way to end an amazing day, a sunset cruise with your loved one onboard our luxury boat, Kandooma Gold. Feel the tranquillity of the surrounding waters as the sun sinks below the horizon, your mode of transport adding that special touch of class. Enjoy canapés accompanied by sparkling wine, bringing you a bit of elegance and style as you watch the colourful display in the skies above, the setting sun adding a thrill to the nights awaiting adventures.

  • Canoeing
  • Catamaran
  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Visits to local islands
  • Picnic lunch
  • Gym
  • Swimming
  • Underwater hockey
  • Guided kayak safaris
  • Twilight regattas
  • Bicycle polo
  • Remote control yacht racing
  • Video gaming
  • Petanque
  • Classic movies under the stars
  • Campfire stories
  • Nature walks
  • Guided stargazing
  • Bird watching
  • Beach croquet
  • Beach volleyball
  • Fishing
  • Castaway picnic
  • Aqua safaris
  • Sunset regattas


At Kandooma, simple pleasures are the order of the day. The resort o˜ers a selection of several restaurants, diners and cafés, each with its own distinctive cuisine, aroma and character. Are you worn out by the day's activities, and loathe to leave the comfort of your villa home? No problem, 24-hour take-out service o˜ers tantalising bites around the clock. To really settle in, order up a do-it-yourself barbecue delivered fresh to your doorstep.

Kandooma Café:
Greet the new day in the "Big Barnacle" in the company of sunshine, atoll waves and Radio Kandooma's breakfast show. Tell our attendant chefs how you'd like your eggs to go with your international breakfast, complete with fresh orange juice, fresh ground coffee and loose leaf teas.Come evening, the "Big Barnacle" transforms from bright and breezy to soft and romantic, lit by the intimate glow of candles and buoyed by the chillout beats of Radio Kandooma Bleu. The dinner menu stars a unique fusion of Mediterranean cuisine spiced with touches of Asia as well as themed buffet nights.

The Lounge:
Order up a cup of coffee or tea and settle back and listen to the diving stories told by the divers who hang out here. Or play bar top games, enjoy light snacks or, perhaps, catch a classic movie under the twinkling stars.

Bokkuraa Coffee Club:
Enjoy a little bit of the "city-by-the-beach" at Bokkuraa Coffee Club. Choose from a daily changing rotation of fresh pastries and homemade ice creams to go with boutique coffees and teas freshly brewed to order. Take in the stunning vistas of pool, sea and sky, or catch up on the latest buzz while you wait.

Steaks, pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and your favourite poolside beverages make a compelling case for lounging the day away in the sun. Go on, you know you want to!

The Deck:
Atop the Kitchen is the Deck, probably the best place in Kandooma to catch the sunset. Enjoy an aperitif or after-dinner cocktails mixed to perfection by the resident mixologist. After sundown, Moroccan lanterns take over to complement the stars in the night sky.

The Kitchen and Wine Room:
An exquisitely elegant dining experience with the best view on the island, The Kitchen offers diners a sublime Mediterranean-Thai menu out on the beach with feet in sand, in upholstered comfort overlooking the Kandooma Channel. Or engage in light-hearted conversation with the chefs at one of the two main kitchen ranges. Just 15 paces away is the Wine Room with a choice of 250 different old-world and new-world wines.

Villa Barbecue:
Settle right in with a do-it-yourself villa barbecue, with fresh ingredients delivered right to your door. Enjoy Kandooma in the comfort and privacy of your villa, surrounded by family and loved ones, and great food on the grill!

Take-out and delivery:
The perfect end to an exhilarating three-dive day, wind down with a selection of simple but tempting bites picked up at your leisure or conveniently delivered to your door. Two different menus – breakfast and all-day means that any time is a good time for a bite.



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  • 4.5 Service
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  • 4.5 Cleanliness
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Last 5 reviews
byJACrawford, Surfers Paradise, Australia

Kandooma Ticks All The Boxes

The resort facilities and staff exceeded our expectations. The island was peaceful, the water was amazing and our Beach Villa extremely comfortable. Everything was thought of and we wanted for...
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byCesK_11, Amman, Jordan


Don't know how to put it in words... in the middle of the multicolored blue ocean, an oasis of relaxation and tranquility. There should be more attention to the quality of food. Staff in general are...
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bySusan A, Lisbon

Great family vacation, wonderful resort!

I went with my husband and 2 year old son to this resort the first two weeks of September and we loved everything about the resort. We were looking for a child freindly place to stay in the Maldives...
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bybankmoss27, bankmoss27

Extra €60 pn plus tax if you child wants a camp bed!

Sorry but I can't get past the fact that any "family" resort believes it is acceptable to try and charge this amount to provide you with a fold up camp bed, to make matters worse you don't even get...
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byJames J, Truro, United Kingdom

Truly paradise but with a price tag

Everything about this trip was amazing!! Food service etc.. Had an amazing time. Only bad point is the price, but hey this is the Maldives. All the guys could not be more helpful. Good to note that...
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