I’ve been meaning to share images of our recent luxurious holiday to Kandolhu in the Maldives. This holiday was the most incredible holiday we’ve ever been on, and it could quite easily be classified as a ‘once in a lifetime’ holiday. However, now that I’ve experienced it, there is no way I’ll ever let this be the one time we went to the Maldives! We are already planning a return visit for my 30th birthday, and I’m literally counting down the days.
I’ve been following some pretty amazing Instagram accounts over the last few years, and there was one lovely lady who posted her honeymoon trip to the Maldives, and since then I was obsessed with going. I’ve always thought the Maldives was one of those places that would be virtually impossible to go to while my husband was a university, but the old saying that ‘everything is possible if you put your mind to it’ definitely came into play. The months of saving were 100% worth it.
We chose Kandolhu Island through Kuoni for two main reasons: the first- it was one of the resorts that offered an all inclusive option. We’d heard lots of stories about the price of things on the islands as absolutely everything has to be imported. An all inclusive option meant that once we were there, we didn’t have to think about money at all (well… that’s if you didn’t want to go for any of the additional options such as fishing, excursions or spa days!). The second reason why we chose Kandolhu was that this island is ridiculously small. We new that this meant that the service would be exceptional and personable. Unfortunately, having now experienced this, it means that every other place we travel to now needs to be small and intimate which does mean that the price of holidays goes up.
We arrived at Male airport to be greeted by a representative that took us to a wonderfully air conditioned private lounge private lounge to wait for our seaplane that would whisk us away to paradise.
We chose to stay in a pool beach villa, we loved the idea of being right on the beach and having the choice of sunbathing on the beach, by our pool or simply just sitting in the shallow water under massive umbrellas. I highly recommend choosing a villa with a pool. For me this was an absolute life-saver as I wasn’t used to the heat so to avoid the scorching sun I’d literally just laze in the pool in the shade. I think we spent a lot of our time in the pool, even in the evenings once the sun had gone down and even in the rain, we’d just have a glass of wine in the pool. Our particular villa was right opposite the snorkelling channel, so we could swim right out for our snorkelling trips without having to interfere with any of the other villas.
The food was exceptional. A new chef had recently started working at the island but had been putting in place new menus. We were so completely spoilt with choice – there were four restaurants to choose from for dinner- The Market, Sea Grill, The Olive, and Banzai, and we went to all of them several times (and this still didn’t feel enough to really appreciate all that was on offer). Breakfast delicious with fresh fruit, freshly squeezed juices, as well as offering an a la carte option with all the traditional breakfast options as well as offering local Maldivian dishes. Everything was so fresh and tasty. My husband and I don’t have dairy, so prior to our trip we asked Kuoni to find out for us if there was a milk alternative for us – we didn’t think that much would come of this however, when we arrived we found out that the chef had ordered almond milk for us all the way from Germany for our stay. It is little things like this that really make a trip memorable!
Our days were spent snorkelling, floating in the pool, reading on our lounges, going to the spa, drinking and eating. If you’re not after a super active holiday this would be a perfect choice for you. However, if you were interested in doing something a little more active, there is actually quite a fair bit to do. We organised a fishing and private island excursion, there is also paddle boarding which is really good fun and good for using up all the extra calories you’ve probably consumed. There is a first class gym, sailing boats, and scuba diving (including lessons!).
The water villas looked incredible, especially the bathrooms and infinity pools. Next time we go we are considering splitting the trip between a beach villa and a water villa. It would be amazing to stay in one – make sure you take a look at them on their website.
One of the excursions that we organised was a desert island experience. We were dropped off on an island with chairs, an umbrella and a cooler box of refreshments. It was such a unique experience to be completely left on your own in the middle of the ocean.