Maldives consists of approximately 1,192 islands and they're divided 26 atolls. Some of the islands are so small, they're not inhabited. And most of the islands are so tiny, the resort own the entire island. The island that Holiday Inn owns, is Kandooma Island.
Holiday Inn Kandooma is approximately 45 minutes boat ride away from Male Airport. And the return boat ride for an adult cost USD209! (It costed more than my air ticket)
Anyway, let me try to start this with a proper arrangement.
Due to my "special condition", I've informed the hotel reception a day earlier and hope that they take note of it. Well, they take more than just a note.
When we arrived in the airport, the hotel was already there to pick us up. They took our luggages, tagged them, knew right away that I have two different bookings (because different room types), and already giving me some privileges, i.e. best spot on the boat, extra caring, more water and more towels :P
During our stay, we complained that there was no wifi signal in the room. We didn't expect anything because we did notice they're repairing the cables in the island. Therefore, when they asked us to call the counter when we're back to the room, we didn't really bother. The next morning, I went to the counter to look for my lost hat, and I mentioned the room number. Immediately the attentive receptionist recognized the room number, and passed us a small portable wifi. Whoa! Impressed!
Besides, on our last day, we were given early check in to the new luxury room, and late check out due to the late night flight, for free! ^^ Can't be more happy than that!
But sometimes they can be too enthusiastic, almost everyday the receptionist would call us in the room to ask if we're satisfied with the room, if we need anything etc. Well, I mean, I would tell you if I need anything... Don't need to call me everyday :P
We've stayed in two different types of rooms. The first few nights in Beach Villa.
|The very welcoming bed|
|Coffee counter and the rest|
|Outdoor shower :)|
|Coffee counter, with 6 complimentary oranges everyday|
|Hammock outside the room|
|If hammock is not your thing, there's also sofa|
|Outside the room, facing the seaside|
The last night, we stayed in Overwater Villa.
|The bed and living room|
|The path that leads to hammock and the sea|
|The "outdoor" bath tub|
|Going back to the room|
|The "outdoor" shower|
I have nothing to complain about the room (except for the price). The view was fantastic, anytime anyday. If studies show that blue color is good for your eyes, I have the best eyesight for the 5 days stay in Maldives. Everyday we're flooded with different shades of blue.
However, if you ever wanted to stay in Holiday Inn Kandooma, I will advice you not to take the bigger beach villa as shown below.
|Bigger beach villa|
The space of this bigger unit was double the beach villa we stayed in. However, the ground floor is completely wasted. It is plainly a hang out area, with hammock, sofas, tables and chairs. The upper level is where you sleep. But the effective space was essentially similar to the beach villa we stayed in. Not worth the price seriously.
The food was a ripped off too. Because you're totally depending on the resort to provide you food. You have nowhere else to go, unless you go for a fishing trip, which was still, under the resort.
So, we paid for half board when we booked the room. I can't remember how much was that, but it's definitely not worth for what we have eat but that's the only choice you've got. The breakfast was nice (phew..), I liked the breakfast so I normally spend a lot of time in the morning to enjoy the food and fill my tummy.
|Kandooma Cafe which we had our daily breakfast and dinner|
However, the dinner wasn't so great. It has its ups and downs. The best thing we had was the Penang Hokkien Mee that the executive chef cooked specially for us. Other than that, I can only remember the Indian Food buffet one of the nights.
There are other choice of restaurants, i.e. the pizza place (I forgot the name), the "atas" fine-dining restaurant, the bar etc. But the most economical was always the buffet.
Overall, we had very pleasant stay in Holiday Inn Kandooma.
There was only one thing that we really have to minus off the point, was the change of service immediately after the check out. Even though with a late check out, we still have to spend approximately 4 hours in the common area. While we're waiting, the weather was so hot I couldn't take it anymore so I asked for water from the receptionist. And guess what, I was asked to purchase from the souvenir store, which costed me USD3 for 500ml!
When we checked in, we're the kings and queens in the resort. When we checked out, even still within the premises, nah..... lady, you're on your own!
This would probably be my biggest complaint over the entire stay. Other than that, it was really a very relaxing holiday, and healthy too!