Kandolhu is truly picture-perfect.
Beautiful Kandolhu presents the best of both worlds: a tiny, tranquil island with a lush green interior encircled by glorious white sands and coral reefs, yet with a choice of restaurants and rooms more typical of a larger island.
Each of the four à la carte restaurants are small and intimate – none more so than the Japanese restaurant, Banzai, with just six seats. The Market is the all-day dining restaurant; the elevated Olive offers Mediterranean classics; and Sea Grill serves fresh seafood cooked to order. Kandolhu offers one of the Maldives’ most generous all inclusive packages, including access to all restaurants, plus a large variety of drinks, including in the minibar and in-villa wine chiller. Considering just how much is included, it’s excellent value. The house reef can be reached from access points around the island, perfect for snorkelling – often amongst turtles – while numerous dive sites can be reached by boat in minutes from the dive centre.
The elegant Maldivian-style villas have modern interiors with wooden floors and high ceilings, and include thoughtful extras like iPads and GoPro HERO5 cameras. Jacuzzi Beach Villas have huge open-air bathrooms with Jacuzzi bath. For a beach villa with pool, opt for a Pool Villa or one of the two-storey Duplex Pool Villas – rare to find in the Maldives. The Ocean Villas and Ocean Pool Villas are reached by an overwater jetty, with steps directly into the ocean.
In the North Ari Atoll
30 Beach & Water Villas
Airport transfer time: Approx. 20 minutes by seaplane from Malé airport plus a 10-minute speedboat ride
4 à la carte restaurants & bar
Breakfast at The Market.
Meal upgrade options
Full Board À La Carte at a supplement • Breakfast and lunch at The Market • Dinner at The Market, Olive, Sea Grill or Banzai
Ultimate Inclusions All Inclusive at a supplement • Breakfast and lunch at The Market • Dinner at The Market, Olive, Sea Grill or Banzai • Selected drinks at all restaurants and the Vilu Bar including branded spirits and a vast selection of bottled wines • In-villa wine chiller with over 30 international wines including sparkling wine • Extensive minibar including branded spirits • 1 private snorkelling tour around the house reef or 1 Champagne and canapé sunset cruise • Snorkelling equipment and selected non-motorised watersports • 10% discount at Varu Spa.
*Denotes local charge.
Jacuzzi Beach VillaSituated on the west side of the island, with large open-air bathroom with Jacuzzi bathtub, and lovely spacious outdoor deck just steps from the water’s edge • air-conditioning • flat-screen television • iPod dock • iPad • GoPro HERO5 camera • telephone • mini wine cellar* • minibar*, espresso machine • Wi-Fi • sundeck with sun loungers • 85m²
Pool VillaFace east, with dressing area, open-air bathroom, and huge outdoor space with private 9m² pool and views of the lagoon • air-conditioning • flat-screen television • iPod dock • iPad • GoPro HERO5 camera • telephone • mini wine cellar* • minibar*, espresso machine • Wi-Fi • sundeck with sun loungers • 150m²
Duplex Pool VillaOn the west side. Downstairs features a living & dressing area, open-air bathroom, terrace & private pool, while upstairs has a bedroom, 2nd bathroom & balcony • air-conditioning • flat-screen television • iPod dock • iPad • GoPro HERO5 camera • telephone • mini wine cellar* • minibar*, espresso machine • Wi-Fi • sundeck with sun loungers • 150m²
Ocean VillaOverwater and private, with steps leading directly into the ocean. • air-conditioning • flat-screen television with on-demand movies • iPod dock • iPad • GoPro HERO5 camera • telephone • mini wine cellar* • minibar*, espresso machine • Wi-Fi • sundeck with sun loungers • 80m²
Ocean Pool VillaSunset-facing with large windows offering stunning views, reached by a private walkway and with a spacious deck & plunge pool. • air-conditioning • flat-screen television with on-demand movies • iPod dock • iPad • GoPro HERO5 camera • telephone • mini wine cellar* • minibar*, espresso machine • Wi-Fi • sundeck with sun loungers • 90m²
Spa*, gym, small library, small boutique*, snorkelling, dive centre*, non-motorised watersports, sailing*, Wi-Fi in villas and most public areas
Restaurants & bars
For an island of Kandolhu’s size, the choice of dining is almost unheard of. And it's particularly flexible, with breakfast offered from 7.30-11am, dinner from 7.30-11pm, and lunch pretty much any time you like in between.
There are four charming restaurants, all intimate, open-air and à la carte. The Market is the all-day dining restaurant offering international dishes from home-made thin crust pizzas to salads and burgers as well as local specialities.
Above The Market with panoramic ocean views, Olive serves up Mediterranean classics including homemade pasta. At the Sea Grill, choose your own fish and have it cooked at your request. There’s also sizzling meat specialties from the tandoor oven. The tables here are particularly private, in little stone alcoves. Banzai is a tiny Japanese restaurant with just six seats. Due to popularity, it offers two dinner seatings to cater for more guests. The menu here features creative sushi and teppanyaki dishes – try the delicious Kandolhu Surf & Turf for two with Wagyu rib eye, scallop, tiger prawns and teriyaki chicken.
And for drinks, the laidback Vilu bar has indoor and outdoor seating and a range of Martinis and cocktails. It also hosts occasional low-key entertainment, from a two-piece band to movie nights on the beach.
Located just a few minutes from some of the best dive sites in both North and South Ari Atoll, Kandolhu offers two dives each day, morning and afternoon, from on board a Maldivian dhoni. Night dives, half day and full day trips are also organised regularly. The Dive School offers PADI certified courses for beginners as well as some amazing adventures for experienced divers. Some of the well-known dive sites within a few minutes reach include Maalhos Thila, Hafsa Thila, Bathalaa Thila, Himendhoo Thila, Fesdu Wreck and even the protected dive site Fish Head which has lots of caves and overhangs..
*Denotes local charge