Kandolhu Island

Even in the Maldives, an island so perfectly formed as Kandolhu is rare. Measuring just 200 metres by 150 metres, the island is lush, with wide sandy beaches surrounding the emerald green. The island is also home to one of the most pristine, colourful and lively house reef in the Maldives. Easily accessible from all around the island, you will find large table corals as well as many clown fish living in sea anemones.

  • Star Rating: 4 Stars
  • Location: North Ari Atoll
  • Distance from Airport: 70 km, 25 minutes by Seaplane
  • Total Rooms: 30 Villas
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Guest Villas
Kandolhu offers 30 villas in 5 different styles, each style is distinct in design. All villas feature Maldivian architecture with modern interiors. They are all set in prime locations with either direct beach access or clear views to the Indian Ocean.

All villas feature king-sized bed, air conditioning, fan, an iPad for guest use, sound dock, flat-screen TV with varied channel list and on-demand movies available, IDD telephone, mini-bar and mini in-villa wine cellar, espresso machine, kettle, hairdryer, electronic safe, iron, ironing board, bath and beach towels, bathrobe, bathroom slippers, Voya bathroom amenities, rechargeable torch and Wi-Fi.


Wine & Dine
For a small and intimate island, Kandolhu offers plenty of ways to wine, dine and be merry. You have a choice of four à la carte restaurants, a bar, beach dining experiences as well as in-villa dining options available. Guests staying at Kandolhu can book their villa on a bed and breakfast plan, full board or all inclusive.

The Market. Located facing the ocean, The Market is an all-day dining à la carte restaurant which serves international and local specialties in a relaxed ambiance. Only breakfast consists of a tasteful buffet with dishes to satisfy all taste buds. Selected items are served from a cooking station, prepared to order.

Olive. Set on a higher level, Olive offers panoramic views of the ocean. Italian and Mediterranean classics and delicacies are the highlights of this open air restaurant.

Sea Grill. Set right on the beach, the Sea Grill opens as the sun sets over the island. You can savour sizzling meat or indulge in freshly caught seafood served from the grill.

Banzai. Discover the art of Japanese cuisine at Banzai. Choose from flavoursome sushi, succulent sashimi or meat and seafood grilled to perfection on the teppan, all to be enjoyed under a canopy of the starlit night sky.

Vilu Bar. A comfortable and chilled beach bar where you can relax to low key entertainment whilst enjoying fabulous cocktails, fine wines, and fresh tropical juices.

Villa Dining. For a lazy day, Villa Dining is available from 07.30hrs to 23.00hrs. Villa Dining offers a menu featuring international and local specialties.

Private Dining. Experience the finest dining that Kandolhu has to offer, and book a Private Dinner, where you indulge in specially created menus by the Executive Chef. Choose from different romantic locations from around the island; including a secluded corner on the beach, on a private jetty overlooking the ocean or ultimately on our Sunset Pavilion. Private Dining is available on request basis.


Varu Spa. Varu Spa offers a complete wellness experience with a menu featuring a sensual collection of couples massages, and beauty and skin care treatments by VOYA.

Spa facilities include 4 spa rooms, separate changing rooms and wet area for men and women, and a fitness room.


Located just a few minutes from some of the best dive sites in both North and South Ari Atoll, Kandolhu offers three dives each day, two in the morning and one in the afternoon, on board a Maldivian dhoni. Night dives, half day and full day trips are also organized 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, Hafza Thila, Bathalaa Thila, Himendhoo Thila, Fesdu Wreck and even the protected dive site Fish Head which has lots of caves and overhangs.

Snorkelling in the Maldives is a must and Kandolhu house reef offers one of the best snorkelling experience in this part of the country. Easily accessible from the surface, the house reef is set right around the island providing for hours of snorkelling adventures. Guided snorkelling or snorkelling lessons with a marine biologist can be arranged on request. Kandolhu offers complimentary snorkelling gear for all its guests. Additional snorkelling trips are also organised to other nearby reefs on regular basis at extra charge.


Water Sports. A wide range of non-motorised water sports are offered at Noovilu Sports ranging from windsurf, stand-up paddle boat, catamaran sailing, sail boat, kayaks and glass-bottomed kayaks. All water sports are offered to Kandolhu guests on complimentary basis by prior reservation. Sailing, excursions, and windsurf and sailing lessons are also available at extra charge.


Step off Kandolhu Island and explore our beautiful Maldivian surroundings by taking part in our excursions. A variety of specially tailored trips are available throughout the week, ranging from Big Game Fishing and Parasailing for those seeking thrills, to sunset cruises and snorkelling desert islands for those preferring a more relaxed ambiance. Alternatively, why not treat yourself to a truly memorable experience, customising your day to suit your desires, by privately chartering a boat.

Renewal of Vows
When it comes to a beautiful setting, very few other locations can come close to Kandolhu Island. We offer our guests a bespoke Renewal of Vows services set on a secluded stretch of the beach of your choice. All you will have to do is decide on the date, and the islanders will do the rest to ensure that your special day is tailored to your liking to make it the perfect day that you always dreamt about.


  • Jacuzzi Beach Villas 6 Jacuzzi Beach Villas – 85 sqm. | These villas are located on western shores of Kandolhu. The bedroom features a king bed, while a spacious open air garden bathroom features a jacuzzi bathtub, shower and twin vanity. A second outdoor shower is set in the garden. The veranda at the front is complete with a plush daybed and a dining area, and the adjoining sundeck features sunloungers and sun umbrella. | The Jacuzzi Beach Villas can accommodate 2 adults.
  • Pool Villas 5 Pool Villas – 150 sqm. | The extravagant Pool Villa features a lavish bedroom with a king-sized bed, facing the pool and the blue lagoon beyond. Walk through the expansive wardrobe to access the large open air bathroom featuring a freestanding bath, shower, twin vanity and an outdoor garden shower. The large veranda features an outdoor daybed whilst the oversized deck houses a pool (9 sqm), sunloungers, sun umbrella and a dining area. | The Pool Villas can accommodate maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.
  • Duplex Pool Villas 8 Duplex Pool Villas – 150 sqm. | These two-storey villas are located on the west side of the island. You will enter into a dedicated living area with daybed. The ground level also has a large wardrobe and a garden bathroom with shower, twin vanity, freestanding bath and a separate outdoor shower. The veranda at the front offers an outdoor daybed and dining area. A separate terrace features the pool (18 sqm), sunloungers and sun umbrella. The upper level houses a spacious and airy bedroom with king bed, and a second bathroom. The balcony features an outdoor daybed and a seating area, and offers views out to the ocean. | The Duplex Pool Villas can accommodate maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.
  • Ocean Villas 4 Ocean Villas – 80 sqm. | Located over the water, these villas feature large bedrooms with king bed, daybed and views out to the ocean. The bathroom faces the lagoon and has a jacuzzi, twin vanity, shower and a dressing area. The sun deck is private with sunloungers, sun umbrella and steps down to the sea. | The Ocean Villas can accommodate can accommodate 2 adults.
  • Ocean Pool Villas 7 Ocean Pool Villas – 90 sqm. | The Ocean Pool Villas offer the best experience at Kandolhu. Each one is reached by its own private walkway and includes an oversized bedroom with king bed, day bed and walk-in wardrobe. The bathroom is open and airy with shower, twin vanity and a bathtub, and features a sliding door which opens up to the outdoor deck. This expansive and completely private deck includes sunloungers, sun umbrella and a plunge pool (7 sqm) and infinite views of the Indian Ocean. | The Ocean Pool Villas can accommodate maximum 3 adults.


Sports and Recreation
  • spa
  • water sports (non-motorized)
  • private beach
  • shops
  • room service
  • bar
  • restaurant
  • coffee shop
  • tours
  • Airport Transfer
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