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Kandima: Welcome to the new Maldives

This new game-changing destination offers a stylish island setting with extraordinary restaurants and bars and plenty of on-site activities to choose from.

Kandima Maldives is more than just a holiday, it pitches itself as lifestyle resort, raising the bar even higher in one of the world’s highest-quality tourism destinations. It opened its doors in 2017, and offers 266 stylishly designed studios and villas, 10 extraordinary dining venues and a wide variety of fun-packed activities to choose from. There was little surprise when it won the newcomer award at the Maldives Travel Awards. The resort also makes a splash with its ability to cater to guests of all ages, needs and budgets. Families, couples, groups of friends and honeymooners are all warmly invited to experience the ‘new Maldives.’ Situated in the Dhaalu Atoll, the stunning island is just a thirty-minute flight and twenty-minute boat ride from the main international airport in Malé.

Photos: Kandima Maldives

Over the years people have become accustomed to the typical resorts and hotels found in the Maldives, so we needed to create something fresh and new – a (desti)nation that makes a real difference to the guest experience.

Mohamed Khaleel

Managing Director, Kandima Maldives


 Always drawing on the philosophy “anything but ordinary,” Kandima Maldives is for everyone. Whether you’re a thrillseeker, a romantic, or just looking to spend unforgettable moments with families or friends, there’s something for you.  

Dining at Kandima Maldives

With 10 unique restaurant and bars that offer mouth-watering flavors from around the world, visitors to Kandima Maldives are spoilt for choice. From laid back vibes and great views at the Beach Club, modern Asian cuisine at the Sea Dragon, meat grilled to perfection at Smoked, or much more, there is a perfect place for each guest, each mood, each sunset. 



If you love the water, Kandima Maldives’ dive and water sports center Aquaholic is a must. Whether you are looking for speed, excitement, relaxation, or marine beauty, Aquaholic can provide. Thalassophiles may also enjoy hearing that Kandima is one of only a handful of destinations in the atoll and there are over 40 near-private dive sites around the vast lagoon. 


Burn Fitness Centre

Kandima’s state-of-the-art fitness center, open around the clock, is the meeting point for those looking to stay fit or even tone up during their holidays. Offering personal trainers, Aqua Fun & Fit, Pilates, Kross Fit, TRX Suspension Training, POUND® fit, boxing and both traditional yoga and aerial yoga classes, it’s a place to get mentally and physically stronger. 

esKape spa

If no holiday is complete without an utterly relaxing experience, then a visit to Kandima’s award-winning esKape spa is in order. Nestled in tropical surroundings, it offers a wide range of treatments from exfoliation to healing therapies and has an onsite steam room and plunge pool. 


At Kandima, little VIPs are just as important as adult ones. Kandiland, the Kandima Kids Club, is run by a dedicated, multilingual team of fully certified child carers, and offers a daily program that is jam-packed with fun and informative activities. Kandiland also offers babysitting services for younger children from 9am-8pm. Afterhours, in-villa babysitting is also available.

KULA Art Studio

For those who want to unleash their creativity while relaxed and inspired in a gorgeous setting, Kandima’s KULA Art Studio cannot be missed. Open daily, it gives visitors to the opportunity to paint or make crafts under the guidance of Kandima’s extraordinary resident artists. 


Kandima’s 266 studios and villas are more than just elegant and comfortable -they are smart too. All feature tech-savvy inclusions with service available right at guests’ fingertips, and with bright and light interiors, the studios and villas are anything but ordinary. Even though the resort is miles away from everywhere, guests can stay connected with complimentary Wi-Fi.

Sky & Beach Studios

Welcome to your very own cool and stylish retreat. Take in the perfect view of Kandima’s expansive lagoon above tree tops or just step away to the beach. Need more space? There are also six family sky studios connected by a lounge area are perfect for group of friends or families who wish to stay close together. Now that’s what you can call home away from home!

Beach Villas with Jacuzzi & Beach Pool Villas with Jacuzzi

Set on the beachfront facing the lagoon, these spacious villas are perfect to enjoy spectacular sunsets or sunrises (your choice!) and the feeling of sand between your toes. These villas feature a king-size bed, sofa bed, wooden decks at the front with sunbeds and their very own jacuzzis. You can also select villas with a deck that extends towards a private pool with endless views of the Indian Ocean.

Aqua Villas & Aqua Villas with Jacuzzi

In need of a little seahabilitation? Perched overwater, with direct access to the lagoon, these villas are perfect for those seeking the ultimate overwater retreat. Featuring a private sundeck with sun loungers, a bathroom, and a private jacuzzi if you so choose, here you have the perfect view of Kandima’s extensive lagoon. Your daily dose of “vitamin sea” guaranteed.

Ocean Pool Villa

These ultra-cool villas belong to the best of both worlds: semi-beach and semi-over water. Enjoy uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean from your very own private pool.

Honeymoon Aqua Pool Villa

Located at the tip of the Aqua Villa jetty, the Honeymoon Aqua Pool Villas have the best seats in the house for epic sunset sessions! Featuring an expansive living space with a separate living area from the bedroom, these units come equipped with a massive infinity pool and a private overwater deck with sun loungers. Everything about these oh-so-chic villas is spell-binding!


Kandima Maldives is an affordable lifestyle resort located in the Dhaalu Atoll. Less than an hour of travel away from Maldives’ main international airport, the resort sits on a breathtaking 3km-long tropical island that features a large natural lagoon. Kandima caters to guests of all ages, stripes and budgets. From honeymooners to groups of friends and families, everyone is warmly welcome.



Maldives Travel Awards 2017
Newcomer of the Year

2018 World Luxury Restaurant Awards
Smoked Restaurant – Indian Ocean Top Luxury Grill

2018 World Luxury Restaurant Awards
Smoked Restaurant – Indian Ocean Top Luxury Steakhouse

2018 World Luxury Restaurant Awards
Sea Dragon Restaurant – Indian Ocean Top Chinese Cuisine Restaurant


LUX Global Excellence Awards 2018
Best Luxury Holiday Resort – Maldives

LUX Global Excellence Awards 2018
LUX Customers Choice Award 2018 – Maldives

LUX Global Excellence Awards 2018
Best Authentic Fine Dining Asian Restaurant 2018 – Sea Dragon Asian Restaurant

Maldives Travel Awards 2018 
Best Designer Resort