FACT experienced an extraordinary stay of four days and nights at Kandima Maldives, a unique island destination.
Positioned Southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 750 kilometres from mainland Asia, The Maldives is an archipelagic country formed by 26 natural atolls consisting of 1,192 islands.
Kandima Maldives is located in one of the most remote atolls in the Maldives, namely the Dhaalu Atoll. This farflung location is, however, accessible via a short 35-minute domestic flight from Male International Airport to the airport in Dhaalu Atoll itself.
From there, it’s a quick, yet staggeringly beautiful, 20-minute boat ride to the tropical island. Alternatively, you can take a 45-minute seaplane flight, skimming low over the reefs and lagoons of the Indian Ocean, straight to the island’s arrival jetty.
As we approached our destination, we were taken aback by the large natural lagoon and lush tropical surroundings. Stepping onto the overwater wooden jetty and warmly welcomed by the resort staff, we knew we had just landed in paradise.
Kandima is situated on an almost three-kilometre-long island and boasts one of the largest swimming pools in all the Maldives, measuring 100 metres in length.
Couples, families, honeymooners and groups of friends are all catered for, with accommodations and activities to suit all requests and requirements. Whether you’re after adventure, relaxation, pampering, sporting activities, beautiful views or just quality time with your family or companions, Kandima is the ultimate lifestyle destination for you.
ACCOMMODATION & COMFORT
With 264 stylishly-designed villas and studios, Kandima offers accommodation to suit all guests. We were fortunate enough to experience two different offerings over the course of our stay.
OCEAN POOL VILLA
We were housed in the Ocean Pool Villa for the first two nights. These ultra-stylish villas offer the best of both worlds. With their semi-beach, semi-overwater positioning, we enjoyed both easy access to the beach and uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean.
The overwater private deck and pool were the ultimate spot to cool off and take in the flawless nature of our surroundings. These comfortable and stylish villas have everything one could need for a relaxing holiday. Room highlights include free wi-fi, a mini bar, an in-room entertainment system complete with 40-inch LED TV and a freestanding bathtub with an ocean view.
SUNRISE BEACH VILLA WITH SWIRL POOL
For our last two nights, we got to experience the Sunrise Beach Villa with Swirl Pool. Set right on the main beachfront, these spacious villas are perfectly situated on the eastern side of the island with instant access to the white sandy beach.
In each villa of this kind, a private deck extends towards a swirl pool that offers endless views of the surrounding turquoise waters. As well as the above, there is also a semi-outdoor bathroom with a tub, a rainfall shower and comfortable day bed, ideal for simply lounging.
RESTAURANTS & CUISINE
With 10 outstanding dining options on the island, preparing an array of cuisine options, guests are simply spoilt for choice.
On our first night, we were treated to an upmarket dining experience at Smoked. This modern grill house is well known for its open-concept kitchen with a custom-made Parilla grill and giant homemade smoker.
A wide range of dishes, including succulent steaks, smoked ribs, fresh fish and an assortment of delicious vegetarian options, are all on offer. Our orders were prepared to perfection and served to us al-fresco style at our beachside dining table. Partaking in this sumptuous cuisine under a starry night sky and listening to the waves lapping on the beach, was an occasion we will remember for many years.
One of our favourite foodie locations on the island was the Sea Dragon. This venue offers Far Eastern fine dining at its very best. Providing a modern take on authentic Asian cuisine, including fresh sea fish and shellfish dishes, guests can select their meal from giant display tanks at the front of the restaurant. The exceptional chefs then prepare your dish to perfection, ensuring a memorable culinary experience.
BREEZE POOL BAR
We found Breeze Bar to be a great location to relax, unwind, dance and watch sunsets, as well as to socialise with other guests. A live band provides uplifting entertainment, whilst DJs ensure the party continues into the night. Cold drinks, specially crafted beverages and hookah are all available at this lively venue.
AMENITIES & ACTIVITIES
A heavenly fully-equipped spa, a sports arena, state-of-theart fitness centre, tennis court, football field, medical clinic, an art studio, one of the biggest kids’ clubs in the Maldives and a water sports centre are amongst the variety of impressive amenities on offer at this luxurious destination.
Kandima is also a perfect MICE destination, and ideal location to host meetings, conferences, weddings and other lifestyle events.
Aquaholics is the resort’s water sports and dive centre. It offers an array of exciting activities to suit all tastes. These must-try activities include parasailing, sunset cruises, windsurfing, big game fishing, glass canoe adventures and much more.
We were lucky enough to experience both the Turtle and Dolphin Quest Adventures. These expeditions involved tranquil boat rides out into open water to locate dolphins and sea turtles. Fortunate enough to spot both species, we were grateful to the resort for providing such close encounters with these magnificent creatures.
Eager for some snorkelling, we also joined the Seabob experience. This is a super-quick underwater scooter that allowed us to explore greater distances, dive deeper and experience more marine life. A truly exceptional way to witness the underwater wonders of the Maldives.
Our relaxing and pampered holiday would not have felt complete without a visit to the peaceful Eskape Spa. This beautiful venue, with its tropical surroundings, provides the perfect place to unwind.
With a range of treatments on offer, from exfoliation to healing therapies, along with excellent facilities, including an onsite steam room and a plunge pool, guests are in for a real treat. Opting for the Maldivian Ocean Dream Massage, we can certify this spa as a must-experience location that revitalises both the body and the senses.
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
As hard as it was for us to leave Kandima and the beauty of the Maldives, we all felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude for having this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
We want to thank the resort staff for their kindness, attentive service and constant smiles. You made our trip truly unforgettable! ✤