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Exotic Rendezvous


Bungalows at the Holiday Inn Resort, Male, Maldives

About Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives:  Located in the South Male atoll just 45 mins from the airport by boat, Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives is a beautiful island paradise.  White sandy beaches, swaying coconut palms and turquoise waters form the backdrop for a wide variety of leisure pursuits and some of the best diving in the Maldives. Guests can choose from Garden and Beach Villas, two-storey Beach Houses and the popular Overwater Villas for their stay.  Families are well catered for with the Kandoo Kids' Club and a full activities programme.  Six food and beverage outlets ensure healthy appetites are satisfied and the flavours of the Maldives are explored.  For those guests who desire the ultimate in relaxation, sun loungers and hammocks are located around the island and the Kandooma Spa by COMO Shambhala offers the ultimate tranquillity and escape for body and mind.   Visit  

1 December 2022 - Male, Maldives:  Yearning for an exotic festive season?  Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives has it covered.   The picturesque island located just a 45-mins speed boat ride from Male's Velana International airport is the perfect choice for your celebration.   Create new memories by participating in a wide variety of activities for young and old, from the exhilaration of swimming with sharks and parasailing to relaxing at the spa or challenging yourself by learning how to scuba dive.


 “All of our team live on the island, so Christmas and the New Year are welcomed with much enthusiasm.  Everyone gets into the festive spirit and because of that, the energy on the island is extra special,”  said Mark Eletr, General Manager, of Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives. 

To mark Christmas, special accommodation packages include Half Board (Breakfast and Dinner), Full Board (Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner) and All-Inclusive options.   The all-villa island resort offers 4 different room categories for stays, each appealing to a diverse clientele from around the world, whether it be the romance of the Overwater Villas, the convenience of beach access from the two storeys Beach Houses with a sand floor living space on the lower level, the comfortable Beach Villas with their stunning views and outdoor hammocks or the Garden Villas set back from the beach a little, amongst the green spaces with their open air-showers and outdoor seating areas.  Accommodation over the festive season starts at US$435++ per night, based on double occupancy staying in a Garden Villa, with a minimum of 3 nights stay.


Especially for Christmas, a gala dinner will be held on Christmas Eve (24 December) at the resort's all-day dining restaurant Kandooma Cafe. Guests can expect a treasure trove of seafood as well as local Maldivian favourites and exquisite salads influenced by the flavours of Asia.   The gala dinner is US$278++ per person.  Complimentary for children under 12 years.


On Christmas day, celebrate with a sumptuous Seafood Buffet including international favourites.


Over the festive period, there is plenty to do at Kandooma Fushi.   A complete activities schedule has been prepared for both young and old and the Kandoo Kids' Club has a variety of fun and educational activities for the little ones - there is no putting the kids in front of a movie all day here!  With its water playground and indoor temperature-controlled craft zones complemented by island adventures and discoveries, the little ones are sure to enjoy their time. 


 New Year's Eve (31st December) is a highlight as we say goodbye to the year that has been and welcome 2023.   An exciting 'Glow it Up' Gala Dinner will be held Poolside at the Kandooma Cafe with a feast fit for a King.    Following dinner, the “Glow it Up DJ Party” will continue for revellers.    The New Year's Eve Gala Dinner is US$408++ per person.  Complimentary for children under 12 years.


Both Gala Dinner celebrations have a Sapphire Blue and White theme and guests are encouraged to pack something to wear to get into the spirit of the festivities.  


For guests staying longer than a few nights, there are some terrific opportunities to experience Scuba Diving.  The younger ones are encouraged to try the PADI Bubblemaker under the guidance of the experienced and qualified dive team.  For those guests who are curious about the world beneath the surface, they can enrol in a PADI Open Water Dive course at the fully-fledged Kandooma Dive Centre (time permitting) and make a great start to their new hobby.   


 “Scuba diving is on the bucket list of many people who visit the island.   What a great way to start a new year by ticking that one off, and quite possibly unleashing a brand new passion or hobby,” said Mark Eletr, General Manager, a keen diver himself.  


Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives is a popular choice for guests from Russia and as such the Resort is planning a terrific celebration for Russian Orthodox Christmas which falls on 7 January.   A beach party complete with a DJ will delight partygoers. 


This year for the first time Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives is providing visitors with the opportunity to give a gift to nature by sponsoring a Coral Frame.    Several years ago, the Maldives was affected by coral bleaching.   Today, the reefs are rejuvenating but at Kandooma we give nature a helping hand through our Coral Frame Regeneration project.   In simple terms, a steel frame is constructed that will allow tidal movement and ease of water flow, while simultaneously serving as a great anchor to affix living coral.  Under the guidance of our marine biology team, guests are invited to leave a living treasure on the sea bed as a tribute to their stay in the Maldives.  The marine biology team continue with ongoing monitoring of the coral frames by tracking growth and observing new habitats as they form.   Priced from US$69++ for a small frame, the money goes towards the resort's regeneration efforts.    Once the coral is established, it will flourish and create a new habitat for marine life reflecting an array of beautiful living colour beneath the surface of the Indian Ocean.  


For information about the Festive Programme at Holiday Inn Resort, Kandooma Maldives visit 


Please note: 


Rates are subject to a 10% Service Charge and 12% Goods and Services Tax for bookings paid in full before 31 December 2022. Under the Goods and Services Tax Act of the Maldives. GST will be increased to 16% effective 01 January 2023. Circular - GST Rate Increase.

An additional USD 6.00 per person, per night, is applicable as a mandatory Maldives government Green Tax.

All offers are subject to availability.








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