Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 11
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PRATTS Our perfect Holiday in Kandooma
We stayed in Holiday inn Kandooma resort during October 2013 and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday!!!
Our Kandooma stay was extra special and memorable, we really enjoyed the resort and the beauty of Maldives.
Our experience was truly awesome starting from Airport pickup, speed boat transfer, welcome, check-in, Villa & room, resort facilities, water spots, wining & dining and check out. This property is professionally managed and great value for money.
I would like to thank the extremely friendly staff, they truly taken care of us very well and made the difference. My special thanks to...
Riza: for the welcome experience, Joby for our dinner experience, truly special in the kitchen restaurant.... Hassan, Ratheesh and others for the memorable beach barbecue and the birthday cake!! you guys made big difference.
I strongly recommend Kandooma and you will surely enjoy the experience!! Looking forward to visit again sometime in the future!!
October 13, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Shrav Must do if you are a Priority Club member
In general we don't view HolidayIinn experience same as the Intercontinental or Crown.This Holiday Inn property is a true exception.
Great stay and a memorable time.
Go for the 'Stay Indulged' package upon check in. Totally worth it.
September 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sadia our best stay, great staffs, fantastic services!
we knew about the minimum standard maintained by Holiday Inn, but after our stay we become super fan of them. We learned that its not the place but the people in it makes it special.
They have truly taken care of us. our stay was relaxed and we enjoyed it in full. they did not only made our stay beautiful but they made us ever grateful by their kindness after our check out. I forgot my wallet in the room. they found it and made the effort to call me to the hotel where i was going next and arranged to send that to me immediately. it did not cost them a lot but the effort they made was really great. we loved our stay, we loved the staffs and we hope to get back to you again.
the room was well maintained, clean, liked the option of outside shower, it was fantastic. food was great, variety of choices. the water sports center had many option to chose from. the complementary snorkeling they provided was great. best part was the beach in front of our room. good place to swim and snorkel. also the time spent on the deck bar was worthy, we loved the sunset. in all cases the service by the staffs was the best part.
Thank you all.
August 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DongBeiHu TOTALY PERFECT!
We were there for a week, and I have absolutely nothing to complain... I saw some review with little complain, but in our case, it’s perfect A to Z. Someone was waiting for us at airport, and the boat ride is well organize. The GM & Director (Chris & Martijn) was personally there to welcome us when we arrived on the boat, and took time to talk, explain us details about the resort and came with us at our room. I would like also thanks Mr Bandula, (guest relation manager) who took care of us all the week...
We had a Beach House on the west side, and I think it's the best spot on the island. The ocean color, the beach, the sand, the sunset is amazing... The beach house is really good because you have your own place with privacy and right on the beach, 10 meters to the ocean! Our house keeping
We took the stay indulgent package (all included) and i recommend taking it. You can eat or drink anything & anywhere, and also include the minibar and a massage (so good). The food was very good, and in our case, we preferred "a la carte". The entire Chef was really friendly, and cook especially for us, some food and desert, not on the menu...WOW!!!!!! The chef "KAY" is a Thai Chef, and i recommend her, because she took time to talk with us, every day, to know what we wanted... Also, important thing you must to know, is, the quality of Spirit, Liquor & Wine is a "plus" in this resort. They have an amazing choice, compare some hotels where the all included is with house wine and local spirit, Holiday inn Kandooma had everything you want & a very good wine card.
I strongly recommend this resort, because it's really well managed! Every employee is professional, and yes, all of them were so nice!!!!! I would like to take time to recommend some of them, who I have, the names in memory:
Chef KAY, Chef TAO, Chef HARPAL, F&B SIVA, F&B FAWAZ, Barman JON,
Housekeeping ABDULLA, Guest Manager BANDULA, Director MARTIJN, & GM CHRIS.
We will come back there again, of course!!!!!!!!!
August 4, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 Amazing Vacation
This was an unforgettable gateway for us and the kids. We enjoyed our stay there. Staff was amazingly friendly, variety of food offerings, and to top it all, lots and lots of activities.
May 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mcSix Family Beach Fun
If you like to keep it simple, in a beautiful location with teenagers, this is the place for you. Thanks to the staff at Kandooma, our family was able to enjoy a just right mix of activity, relaxation and pampering. It is difficult to please 5 people at the same time but this resort fit the bill. Our bungalow over the sea was perfect, There was a separate bedroom for the kids and a common living area, with our own dock complete with lounging furniture and a hammock. The marine life was all around and having our own snorkels helped us check out the island from the fish's point of view. The reef around the hotel is repopulating but we were also able to take a boat daily to other areas to see more diverse reef sea life.
Starting from the prearrival emails to the pick up at the airport, the staff and facility were all above our expectations and make our stay memorable. The half=board service completely met our needs and the fun mocktails were available poolside for the downtime. We would suggest more bingo and maybe another alternate teen friendly activity in the evenings but otherwise we were perfectly pleased with our choice.
April 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Michael Paradise
The vacation is filled with all good things.
I like the Stay Indulgent plan very much. Although it is expensive, it sure gives back a lot of value to you.
Just wanna mention something here for the resort to improve:
1) The AC in room 151 is quite noisy. It should be checked and fixed, probably just the rotor needs to be cleaned internally. Daikin is a name brand.
2) The Wi-Fi should really be improved. For a country like Maldives, where data roaming isn't working, guests rely mostly on resort Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi here is quite strange. It disconnect your device at the moment your Wi-Fi is turned off, so for devices like iPhones which turn off Wi-Fi spontaneously to save power, you need to constantly log-in every time you turn your device back on. Please make the disconnection timeout longer. Also, the Wi-Fi is quite spotty on the tiny island, so please improve the coverage.
3) The description of Stay Indulgent plan should be more detailed. It is a good plan, and basically it has no limits. Please make this clear in the plan description, so that people don't guess what to get when purchasing this plan.
All in all, these drawbacks don't get me away from totally enjoying the good time on the island. Definitely will come back, but please do improve those.
February 20, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Reggief340 Most wonderful holiday ever
We all read the reviews and I was amazed that there were any negative reviews. Some people must have come here expecting a budget holiday with great expectations - no wonder they got it wrong.
Lets face it maldives is not the cheapest place for a holiday and when you have a 45 min shuttle in a speed boat expect a charge.
Honestly we have been blown away. Having travelled to many places we have experienced some great service, we have experienced great food, some have great amenities, some have wonderful beaches, some even have the most attentive staff but here we experienced the collective of all these things that have made this the most wonderful and unforgettable holiday so far.
It is very personal and yes they remember you villa number but also your names. The staff ratio is nearly 3 -1 guest so we have had a wonderful experience.
The villa we occupied for our two week duration was set back from the each in the garden but was still less than one minute walk to the beach. The beautiful pictures of the villa on the web site are exactly that, you really get a wonderful villa. Amenities in the villa, free water, oranges daily, Illy coffee and mini bar just add to the well thought out decor and ambience that you feel.
The food is a mix of asian, european and themes across the restaurants with special set menus for Christmas and New Year. There is no shortage of food and this has been some of the best buffets we have experienced (not sure about steamed shrimps though).
The beaches are to beautiful to describe with the main beach being by the pool and affording great views of the boats and excursions and diving coming and goings. Free water all day at the beach and free factor +30 sun cream. The sun beds are sterilized at the end of the day which I have never seen before. West beach is in a small alcove within the lagoon and allows safe swimming for all ages amongst the fish.
The excursions are terrific with complementary snorkeling each morning before breakfast which sets you up nicely. We saw hundreds of dolphins and turtles and array of reef fish on may of the trips. the trip to the local island with guide was the only disappointment as we were shepherded into what was claimed on of the few stores (sarongs, bangles, picture frame and coral necklaces = $1100. Forget it). There were many stores offering better products and deals.
The staff (crew as they like to be described) are probably the best at good customer service I have experienced for a beach holiday. They are well trained, courteous and really appreciate the tips. they look after you every point of the day. Housekeeping of the villa was exceptional. the villa looked like new everytime we returned.
Credit to the whole island it does not feel like a Holiday Inn!!!!
We will be back
January 7, 2013