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Kandima Maldives, Maldives

Kandima Maldives

The vibrant resort of Kandima is situated on the largest island in Maldives Dhaalu atoll. It offers an abundance of water-sports, a large beach club and has the one of the longest outdoor swimming pools in the Maldives. It oozes a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and there's always plenty going on. A 30-minute flight from Malé will bring you to Dhaalu airport and a further 20-minute speedboat takes you to the island. There's also the option of a private seaplane transfer. The resort offers a mixture of accommodation in the form of studio rooms with a private balcony or terrace, moving up to beach and overwater villas with a Jacuzzi or pool.

Dining at Kandima is varied thanks to its ten restaurants and bars, where you can enjoy laid-back lunches, beachside dinners and live music. The resort offers an extensive range of facilities, including a fully equipped gym where you can join in with classes like Zumba and Yoga, tennis courts and bike hire, while the island's spa provides a selection of relaxing treatments. Families are well catered for with plenty on offer for children, plus you can go diving or try a number of water sports with trained experts.

Our rating: First Class

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Rooms

You can choose from studio rooms with a private balcony or terrace, a beach villa where you can tread straight onto the sand or an over-water villa with a Jacuzzi or pool for complete privacy. All options have a beach-chic decor and offer sweeping tropical views over the ocean alongside modern amenities.

Location

Kandima Maldives is in one of the remotest atolls in the Maldives, Dhaalu. There are over 57 islands within the atoll, but only seven of them are inhabited, making it one of the most pristine regions in the country. The island is reached by a 30-minute flight from Malé, followed by a 20-minute boat ride to the island, with the option of a direct 40-minute seaplane flight if preferred.

Food and drink

You have ten restaurants and bars to try out during your stay. Start the day at Aroma with coffee, fresh juices and baked goods. A laid-back lunch can be had at the Beach Club or Azure beachside restaurant. Then, in the evening, Sea Dragon serves authentic Chinese cuisine, while the Forbidden Bar plays live music into the night.

Families

Families are welcome at Kandima, which has a children's club (Kandiland) free of charge for ages 4-12, and a babysitting service available for younger guests. The club is run by a multilingual team and contains a splash playground, trampoline, pirate ship, climbing wall, table tennis and indoor play areas.

Facilities and activities

The facilities and activities at Kandima are extensive. For fitness lovers, there's a gym with personal trainers and classes such as anti-gravity yoga and aqua-bike classes. You can also make use of the multiple sports courts available, and you can hire a bike to explore the island.

The spa offers total relaxation, with a choice of massages, facials and a range of signature local treatments. There's even a medical facility with a decompression unit.

The island’s diving and water sports facility offers a variety of water sports. From kayaking and surfing to jet- and water-skiing, along with diving courses, lessons and excursions for all skill levels. You’ll also find a marine biology facility where you can attend presentations on the local marine wildlife.

Our opinion

This island is great for anyone looking to relax in the Maldives whilst having a host of activities and dining options to hand. The service offered at Kandima is superb, with staff always on hand to help guide you in the right direction to your next activity or towards the perfect spot to relax on the beach.

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