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Kandooma, your luxury surf resort in the Maldives

The South Male atolls are working with the same conditions as The North Male Atolls, although a bit smaller as North Male, here you will surf alone most of the time. As most surfers travel to the North Male atolls and most surfari boats stay up there as well, the South Male atolls are more or less forgotten but make no mistake, waves are good here with plenty of options to choose from.

At Kandooma you surf the right called Natives or Foxy`s plus a small paddle across the lagoon to enjoy Loshfushi point, a machine like left barrel wave, very challenging … Other waves can be reached by Dhoni from the resort.

Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives welcomes you to discover your tropical island paradise.
Speedboats ferry you across the turquoise waters from Malé International Airport to our contemporary Resort in just 40 minutes.

Slip into island life from the moment you arrive, with world-class South Malé Atoll diving and surfing on your doorstep.

Our villas ooze style with a modern and refreshing design and boast special touches like outdoor showers and iPod docking stations.
Offering smart casual dining, extensive water sports, dedicated Kids Club and activities and Spa relaxation, the Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives is the ideal gathering place for friends and families.

Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives offers you the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure.
Grab your flippers and head on over.

Check out the Gallery and details for a full impression. If you wish to have more info on availabilty, prices and tips; don’t hesitate to contact us!

Accommodation details

The villas of Kandooma are built to meet the modern travelers’ need for comfort, style, recreation and convenience. Inviting touches engage your senses. Whitewashed floorboards evoke fresh coolness yet ov­er warmth and texture to bare feet, while large picture windows beckon the sun right in. Choose from the five di­fferent room types available – your home away from home in paradise.

Standard amenities in all rooms include:

Fully stocked mini bar
Loose leaf tea, fresh ground coffee and citrus press
Telephone with IDD
Private indoor or outdoor showers
Flat screen television with local and satellite channels
Wifi broadband
iPod docking stations
In-room safe deposit box
Radio Kandooma access
Beach towel & bag
Life jacket
Kandooma water
Table fan

Garden View Villa & Beach View Villa
Like all Kandooma’s accommodation, the semi-detached garden & beach view villas come with large picture windows that positively invite the outdoors inside.
Whitewashed floor boards evoke a sense of fresh coolness, yet feel warm and textured to bare feet. Luxury comes from the light summer duvets and generously proportioned bath towels.
Flat screen television, a place to plug in your mp3/ipod, indoor and outdoor showers and wifi broadband as standard, in addition to all the other usual amenities you would expect of a world class lifestyle resort. While both garden and beach villas are facing the sea, the Garden view villas are located further in the island and the Beach view villas have an open view to the beach

Beach House
The sea-facing Sea View Beach House offers the luxury of space. Located at the water’s edge, the villas present a striking mix of natural elements and modern design.
Bedrooms located at the first floor level and so enjoy views of the sea.
The living area underneath the bedroom is furnished with designer furniture laid out on a carpet of the white sand.
Each Sea View Beach House is 72 square metres in size, with 36 square metres on each level.

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.

Overwater Villa
The Overwater Villa o­ffers the ultimate in the Maldives experience.
Hovering above coral and marine life in the shallow clear waters, guests will enjoy their time on the private sundeck, dangling their feet in the water, or at high tide, relaxing in a partially submerged hammock.
Expansive living space is complemented by a large open bathroom which offers an outdoor shower and bathtub and views of the water.
The Overwater Villa are 85 square metres in size.

Sea View Overwater Pavilion (2 Bedrooms)
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.

Food and Beverage…

Whether it’s a pizza served by the pool, succulently barbecued catch of the day, authentic Asian cuisine, amazing dining events or refined dining, Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma’s bounty of culinary alternatives provide delightful dining experiences for all.


Bokkuraa Coffee Club
Pizzas, noodles, pastas, 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! Day or night you can always take in the stunning vistas of pool, sea and sky.

Opening hours: 11.00 – 23.00

Kandooma Café
Greet the new day at Kandooma Café with the company of sunshine and Atoll waves. Tell our talented 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.

Kandooma Café serves a lunch buffet in a casual outdoor setting, with the pleasure of a beach view and a wide variety of salads, piping hot dishes and varied dessert counter.

Come evening, Kandooma Cafe transforms from bright and breezy to soft and romantic, lit by the intimate glow of candles and buoyed by the chill-out beats of our music.
The dinner menu stars a unique fusion of worldly cuisine spiced with touches of the Maldives. Kandooma Café will be bringing you a completely different buffet every night.
Particularly popular are the live cooking sections where you choose the ingredients and the chef transforms them into delicious meals right in front of you.

Opening hours: 06.00 – 22.00

The Kitchen
Dine beachside overlooking the Kandooma Channel in an exquisitely elegant setting where you get your food served kitchen style! The
Kitchen is about fresh food, freshly prepared. It’s about the best recipes taken from the West and Asia – Thailand, Indonesia, China and India – carefully prepared by passionate chefs who take pride in each and every dish they cook. They insist on fresh deliveries from our suppliers to guarantee that you get the freshest and tastiest food!

The restaurant is centred round a theatre-island kitchen where you can watch the chefs prepare their succulent creations. The scent of wonderful creations sizzling away will make your mouth water!

Opening hours: 18.30 – 22.30

Take Out and Delivery
The perfect end to an exhilarating 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.

Open hours: 24 hours


The Deck
Atop The Kitchen is The Deck, the best place in Kandooma to unwind and catch the sunset, moonlight or stars in a contemporary open air setting with our star gazer ready for your viewing pleasure.
Our bartender, being the modern gentleman he is, has decided to go around the island to make the most astonishing tropical cocktail menu you’ll ever digitally see.
Sample our head bartender’s passion for classics and drama with his favourite martini, the Bird’s Tail just to name a few.

Opening hours: 17.30 – 23.00

The Lounge
Choose your favourite drink and participate in nightly events hosted by our Recreation team. Or kick back, enjoy some light snacks and listen to stories told by divers who hang out here under the twinkling stars.

Saturday Live Band at the Lounge
The Lounge is proud to host Stillplay, an international 5-piece band. Poised to be a great sensation in the entertainment circuit in South East Asia, hear them here first, every Saturday night.

Opening hours: 08.30 till late

Bokkuraa Pool Bar
Enjoy a little bit of the “city-by-the-beach” at Bokkuraa Coffee Club. Choose from a wide selection of fresh pastries, smoothies, milkshakes and homemade ice creams to accompany your freshly-brewed boutique coffees and teas.
Opening hours: 11.00 – 23.00

Dining Experiences
Dine IN! The Kitchen
Sample International flavours IN The Kitchen with an open interactive dining experience. Delight in our remarkable culinary menu featuring some of our best dishes. Feast your eyes on dazzling displays of freshly caught seafood and seasonal dishes as our chefs invite you IN their kitchen.  Enjoy the show as food cooked on a sizzling open flame is served right before your eyes.

Every Monday 6.30pm -10.30pm
Bar-B-Que Feast!
Our chef will be grilling a variety of freshly caught fish, kebabs, succulent skewers, juicy tender prime beef and vegetables to your liking. Make your choice and we will slap it on the Barbie for you, served with a large selection of savoury seasonings and lip-smackin’ sauces. Good old fashioned BBQ-style recipes grilled right in front of you, all natural and all good!

Every Tuesday and Saturday
Fisherman’s Market!
Come and join our chefs for a relaxing evening of night fishing, after which we will sear your catch to perfection on our charcoal grill. Bokkuraa Coffee Club will transform into a haven for fish lovers with prime Maldivian fish, an elaborate salad bar and an eclectic selection of starters and desserts.
Enjoy the freshest fish possible at our bustling Fisherman’s Market!

Every Wednesday
Sunset and Stars @ The Deck
Cocktails, tapas, sunsets, the stars, great night views and a look through our star gazer come together to form the perfect combination for an entertaining and relaxing evening on The Deck.
Try one of our three soon-to-be famous Pitchers: The Classic Sangria, Spiked and Spiced or Herbal Breeze on Thursdays and get two free tapas of your choice with each pitcher you order.

Maldivian Beach BBQ at our West Beach
Enjoy a gorgeous sunset as you dine under the stars on our West Beach. Sample a large variety of local dishes with the sand between your toes—a truly relaxing Maldivian experience!

Every Friday
Spirit of Maldives; Where locals know best!
We start off with a free cooking class for kids from 5.00pm to 6.30pm.
This is followed by an abundance of Maldivian food and items only locals know about, sharing our knowledge at Kandooma Café.
Then enjoy a Spirited ‘Bodu Beru‘ Performance. An integral part of Maldivian culture, ’Bodu Beru‘ is believed to have come with the Africans that settled in the Maldives in the early 19th century.

Every Sunday
Catch your own lobster!
Catch, learn and enjoy a one of a kind experience!
Our Lobster Catch and Cooking Class have been established especially for your recreational pleasure. Catch your lobster around 2 pm and join our cooking class to learn how to prepare your lobster.
After an afternoon of fun, indulge yourself with our Lobster Set Menu at The Kitchen. During your very own private master class, our culinary artists will guide you through the creation of a lobster recipe highlighting the flavours of Asian cuisine, which you can show off to your friends and family back home. Most of the ingredients will be readily available from your local Asian grocery store and you can adapt the spice content to suit your own taste requirements.

Romantic Dining Pleasure
Watch the sun set and enjoy your very own private dinner at one of our amazing locations—a perfect way to start your evening:
Available on the beach, at your villa, on the tower or at our private island

Group & Family BBQ’s
Experience your very own dinner under the stars at the location of your choice; an excellent way for a group of friends to end the day as the sun sets and the night sky illuminates.
Available on the beach, at your villa, on the tower or at our private island

Surfer’s Corner Barbie
Come and hang loose, like in the good old days. Experience  your  very own Grillin ‘n Chillin’ Barbie at Surfers Corner, a “Perfect Wave’” for a group of surfers to end the day as the sun sets and the night sky turns on… take it easy!

Whats waiting for you
Water sports activities
Outdoors and nature activities
Beach sports and games
Dive center
Complimentary services:
Snorkeling lesson with equipments
Snorkeling trip with equipments
Kandooma water and sun cream at pool area
WIFI throughout the resort

Kids Club
Our Kids Club is open from 9am to 5.30pm every day and is free of charge for children over 4 years. For children under 4 years old we provide a babysitting service during the Kids Club operation hours.
Your child can either come to the Kids Club to play amongst our toys or we can entertain and care for them at your room. This service is 13 per hour per child (plus 10% service charge + 6% GST), it is also available to children of all ages out of Kids Club operation hours.

The Kids Club is fully equipped for your children to relax and play; soft bean bags allow the children to sit back enjoy cartoons or a movie or our staff can provide them with more energetic activities.

Each week we have a Weekly Activity Plan for the children to enjoy different activities throughout their stay, for more information on the activities available please contact the Kids Club staff.

To enroll your child at the Kids Club please come in advance to sign in, bring any special items the child may require along with sun cream, a hat, sunglasses, swimming costume and shoes. Please make sure your child has a towel and a change of clothes. Throughout the day water is available for your child to drink at the Kids Club.

Kandooma Spa
Serenity and rejuvenation await you at the COMO Shambhala Spa at Kandooma…
The idyllic setting sets the scene of serenity and calm as it gets you in the mood for relaxation and indulgence.
The perfect getaway from all pressures and demand of today’s modern world, the spa experience at Kandooma is all about energizing in a natural environment with its offerings of a wide range of therapeutic massages and spa treatments.
With five treatment rooms set in a natural and serene environment plus two deluxe treatment villas, experience the true meaning of rejuvenation as you ease your well-being into a relaxed state of body while taking in the breathtaking views. Steam areas are available for men and women and there is a hydrotherapy pool can be used for further relaxation.

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That doesn’t mean your journey ends here! Contact us for more information on rates and prices and we will always respond within 24 hours (probably much faster).
Tel:: +316 55 828 727

Questions? We might have them covered right here!

When are the Maldives waves at their best?
In general the season runs from mid February till November.
February, March, April and May: Stable and clean weather with light winds. Consistent medium height waves.
June, July, August and September: Overhead! Potentially the biggest swells. Can be rainy though.
Oktober and November: Winds are getting stable and the waves will be medium but clean.

How to get there?
Simply book a flight to Male (MLE) with airlines like Emirates/Singapore Airlines/Etihad/ Sri Lankan/ Qatar ( free surf boards ) or Turkish Airlines / Tiger Airlines/ Air Berlin / Condor

How do I make a reservation?
1. Contact us regarding your request and/or any questions you may have. Use the form above, call us (+316 55 828 727) or write us an e-mail (
2. Together we will arrange your trip from A to Z.
3. Have you read our Booking Terms? Before confirming, please read them.

Don’t forget your:
– Surf equipment (+ repair kit)
– Passport (at least 6 months valid upon date of return)
– Visas. For Maldives you get a 30 day free visa upon arrival. Double check here
– Travel insurance
– Board shorts, sunscreen and slippers
– Music
– Books


Kandooma resort

Kandooma resort

Kandooma resort

Kandooma resort

Kandooma resort

Kandooma resort

Kandooma resort

Kandooma resort

The Surf

At Kandooma you surf the right called Natives or Foxy`s plus a small paddle across the lagoon to enjoy Loshfushi point, a machine like left barrel wave, very challenging … Other waves can be reached by Dhoni from the resort.

Twin Peaks
Good left, which picks up more swell than most of the breaks in South Male’ Atoll. Can have a good end section in a big S swell. Access by boat.

Really nice, fast little right-hander that picks up less swell than most other places. Named after the resort workers’ quarters on the island.

Small short left

Righthander with easy outside section but fun fast barrels on the inside. Best SW winds.

Small reef in the middle of the channel on the southern side of the island; fast right-hander, one of the best waves in the area. Access by boat.

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