Kandolhu Island Resort – Maldives


A popular choice for many travelers, the Kandolhu Island Resort offers its guests thrills and relaxation all in one. Though on the more expensive side in comparison to other island options in the area, the amenities and activities offered at this 5-star resort are well worth the price.

Guest options are endless with spa treatments, a sauna, fishing, scuba diving and short island cruises available on top of the snorkeling which can be enjoyed straight from the steps of your private terrace. Guest service also excels with a 24 hour front desk, shuttle service, express check in and check out as well as a luggage storage area.


Kandolhu Island Resort is located in the North Ari Atoll, roughly 70 kilometers southwest of Malé on its own private island.


4 Ocean Villas
Area: 861 sq ft (80 m²)

7 Ocean Pool Villas
Area: 969 sq ft (90 m²)

  • Beds: One kingsize bed and daybed
  • Wi-Fi: Available
  • Entertainment system: Flat screen TV with on demand movies and a channel list
  • Room service: 24 hour

Special room features

  • Minibar
  • Espresso machine
  • iPad for guest use
  • Air conditioning
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sun deck with sun loungers
  • Daybed


  • Low season online specials from US$1,004 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,257 per night

*Sea-plane return transfer from Malé Airport: US$410 per adult

Restaurants and bars

  • The Market restaurant
  • Olive restaurant
  • Sea Grill restaurant
  • Banzai restaurant
  • Vilu bar

Resort features

  • Gym
  • Boutique
  • Laundry service
  • BBQ facilities
  • Express check in/check out
  • Smoking area
  • Luggage storage
  • Concierge
  • Currency Exchange
  • Shops
  • Library
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Steamroom
  • Lockers
  • Smoking area
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Family room
  • BBQ facilities
  • Airport transfer
  • Library
  • Newspapers


Features include different couples’ treatment rooms and a sauna.

Nearby activities

  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Paddleboarding
  • Kayaking
  • Catamaran sailing
  • Fishing
  • Sunset cruise
  • Parasailing

What the reviews say

The Kandolhu Island Resort is noted as being a bit off the beaten path and located far from civilization, which guest reviews indicate as an enjoyable aspect of the resort. In fact, it seems that most guest choose this particular resort because of its remote location. They also indicate a strong liking of the mixed variety of dishes available and of the pleasant nature of the staff on hand.

There have been a few complaints about pest control as there are ants and mosquitoes on the island, though most feel that it is not a big enough problem to make much of a difference during your trip. Reviews also state that there is good snorkeling just next to the overwater villas, though it does get much better as you swim further out.

Getting there

To reach Kandolhu Island Resort you’ll first need to fly into the Malé International Airport. Once there, you’ll hop onto a seaplane for a 25 minute flight to the resort.

Photo Gallery of the Kandolhu Island Resort