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If you are feeling the need to explore somewhere unique and relaxing but also want to try some adrenaline pumping sports, the answer is easy, The Maldives will be your place!

The mesmerising white sand beaches paired with the turquoise Indian Ocean and the richest marine life makes this island country one of the most desired destinations in any traveler’s list.

If you want to stay close to adventure, and enjoy surfing some super fun waves, The Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives will be the perfect place to stay.

This tropical island is a favorite amongst surfers and divers due to its close proximity to world-class diving sites and some incredibly fun reef breaks.


Located 40 minutes away from Velana International Airport, lays the charming island of Kandooma, home to the beautiful Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives by IHG Hotels and Resorts.

The resort is quite conveniently located, as you won’t need to book an additional flight from Male. Simply take a speedboat transfer and you’ll be there in no time. And if you are lucky, you might be able to spot some dolphins on your way to the resort.

Upon arrival you’ll be greeted with cold bottled-water and scented towels and later taken to your room on a golf buggy, fun times!


We had the pleasure of staying at 2 of the most beautiful rooms the resort offers: the Overwater villa and the Overwater pavilion.

Designed with white-washed timber floors and a really chic surf vibe, these villas come equipped with everything you need: air conditioning, a private bathroom with outdoor shower and bathtub, cable/satellite TV, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi, telephone, minibar, coffeemaker, and a safe. But the best part is that it has direct access to an overwater hammock that faces the ocean!

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You will be able to choose from a range of simply delicious options. Fresh local seafood is served at The Kitchen Restaurant and Asian and western meals at Kandooma Café. Enjoy indoor and outdoor sitting with live music at sunset.

And if you are feeling fancy, why not a cocktail at the Sunset Deck or a drinks and canapés at the Bokkuraa Pool Bar?

Other dinning options include In-room dining, for both breakfast and dinner and also a private dinning experience set up in a secret location that will be solely yours.

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You will find a wide range of exciting activities to choose from: kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, jet-skiing, and of course our favorite, SURFING!


The resort has become one of the most popular places amongst surfers from all over the world as it has direct access to the legendary Kandooma Right, located right in front of the resort. Arguably, one of the best breaks in the Maldives.

The resort works in partnership with Perfect Wave Travel offering tailored surf experiences for both experienced surfers and beginners, during their peak season from April to October.

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The location was perfect, only 40 minutes away from Male but secluded enough to feel the remote island vibes.

We had an absolutely unforgettable stay! As a couple who loves adventure, Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives was exactly what we needed: an escape to surfer’s paradise. The perfect combination of relaxation and adventure!

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