Holiday Inn Kandooma -- Maldives

Old Mar 14, 13, 7:41 am
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Originally Posted by holtju2 View Post
IMHO this should have been very clear before you even went there and has been covered here on FT many times.
Originally Posted by YorkieFlyer View Post
We stayed there at Christmas 2011 as a couple for a week and also paid 5000 points and $60, absolutely incredible value. We were upgraded to a beach house and had a fab time. Yes, its a mid scale resort but anybody with a modicum of common sense should manage their expectations. Yes there are children, its Christmas,get over it, we don't have them either, by choice by the way.

I really think that some people seem get in a mindset where they find fault with every trifling thing and ruin their holiday as a result. Yes complain when necessary, but remember your in a tropical location not at home and always read the reviews to ensure that your expectations are in line with reality, whilst factoring in the price you paid.
Agree with both of the above.

I'm sorry you didn't have a stay you expected, but after reading your review, I'm still not quite sure what was so "terrible" about your stay at Kandooma. Was the bug the big deal? A naked little boy? Mandatory participation in a holiday meal? (BTW, all resorts have this -- you really should have researched...)

It truly is all about expectations.
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Old May 29, 13, 1:11 pm
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Originally Posted by YorkieFlyer View Post
We stayed there at Christmas 2011 as a couple for a week and also paid 5000 points and $60, absolutely incredible value. We were upgraded to a beach house and had a fab time. Yes, its a mid scale resort but anybody with a modicum of common sense should manage their expectations. Yes there are children, its Christmas,get over it, we don't have them either, by choice by the way.

I really think that some people seem get in a mindset where they find fault with every trifling thing and ruin their holiday as a result. Yes complain when necessary, but remember your in a tropical location not at home and always read the reviews to ensure that your expectations are in line with reality, whilst factoring in the price you paid.
Agreed.

Anybody knowes what is the upgrade policy in this hotel nowadays?
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Old Sep 11, 13, 1:23 am
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Originally Posted by intermagix View Post
I am planning a visit to the resort for my family in May and the following are the information provided by the resort.

"Please see below two options of transfer as follows:

Shared Transfers:

Return Speedboat transfers from Airport to resort and Resort to Airport (Roundtrip) will be at US$198.00nett per Adult/ US$121.00nett per Child. (Inclusive of 10% Service Charge and 8% GST Tax)

Private Transfers:

Private Speedboat Transfers (max 4 Guests) USD 530.00 nett, per boat per way (Inclusive of 10% Service Charge and 8% GST Tax)

Private Speedboat Transfers (max 8 Guests) USD 946.00 nett, per boat per way (Inclusive 10% Service Charge and 8% GST Tax)

Airport Directions:

A Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma airport representative will be waiting for you at the exit outside the arrival hall with Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma signage. If you have any inconvenience locating our Crew, please contact Reservations at +960 664-0511 or please our Counter no : # 45.

Bed Tax:

Priority Club will cover the payment for Bed Tax of a Member for reward nights stay. Extra persons travelling with the member will be charged at a rate of US$8.00 Bed Tax per person per night

For hassle free holidays we also offer the following meal plans:

Kandooma Café is the resorts main restaurant, serving a full buffet breakfast from 06:30 hrs until 10:30hrs.

Breakfast at Kandooma Café
US$29.00 nett per Adult

Half Board, which includes breakfast and dinner at Kandooma Café
US$81.00 nett per Adult

Full Board, which includes breakfast, Lunch and dinner at Kandooma Café
US$117.00 nett per Adult

Stay Spirited - SELECTED BEVERAGES IN ALL RESTAURANTS AND BARS
Treat yourself to a wide variety of international drinks, cocktails and juices: Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke, Fanta Orange, Chilled Orange Juice, Chilled Apple Juice, Chilled Pineapple Juice, Featured Draft Beer, Vodka, Gin, Rum, Whisky, Brandy, White & Red Wine, Kandooma Coco, Mojito, Cosmopolitan, Caipirinha, Caiproska, Pina Colada, and the Tom Collins
US$69.00 nett per Adult

Stay Indulgent - DRINK AND DINE EVERYWHERE
(lobster dishes excluded)
DRINK: Everywhere
All stay spirited drinks and all cocktails, coffee & tea, smoothies, milkshakes anywhere — mini-bar and ice cream included!
DINE: All around (lobster excluded)
The truly indulgent package! Have breakfast, lunch and dinner in any outlet of your choice or in your room. Immerse yourself in our stunning events—Fisherman’s Market, Dine IN! the Kitchen and the Maldivian Beach BBQ.

ENJOY: Non-Motorized Sports
All non-motorized water sports and recreation activities included: kayak, catamaran, SUP boards, surf board and windsurfing

RELAX: Como Shambhala Massage
Indulge in a 60 minute nurturing massage (per person per stay) using our signature blended massage oil to calm the mind and rejuvenate your body at our Spa.
US$227.00 nett per Adult
US$113.50 nett per Child

*** Rates above subject to 8% GST Tax and 10% Service Charge. Above rates quoted per meal per person.
*** Applicable for full length of stay with minimum of 3 nights. All guests in a room must be on the same package.
*** Kids under 12 years eat free, and above 12 years are charged at an adult meal rate. Conditions apply.
*** Kids eat free is available at Kandooma Cafe only."

The above information is correct as of Jan 21, 2013. Please note that the resort may change the prices stated above at any time without prior notice.

The Stay Indulgent package price of $227 is for one adult per day.

Hope the above helps.
Hi... I am planning a trip to Maldives to mix by using points and pay cash .

i noticed that the taxes is at 18% per guest, per night. is this right?

we are a group of 4 and i am in a limbo whether to get 2 rooms, or get their family villa. we want to get the family villa but of course the base price for the tax is higher, thus we may opt for the 2-br instead.
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Old Nov 17, 13, 3:09 am
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Award bookings no good value

Award bookings come with:
- 30 $ breakfast = 60 $
- 8 $ bed tax = 16 $
= total 76 $ extra for a couple per night

This makes it in the end a rather bad deal compared to the cash bookings
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Old Nov 30, 13, 1:21 am
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Wrong thread my bad

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Old Jan 31, 14, 6:55 pm
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Does anybody know, in general terms, what the $250++ pp NYE dinner consists of? Presumably it's a buffet, does it include drinks?
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Old Oct 25, 14, 8:12 am
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Does anyone have updated prices for food and drink packages?

I have emailed the hotel twice, but they have not responded. thanks!
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Old Oct 26, 14, 8:36 am
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That Hotel should be a dream but the additional Cost are my biggest concern.
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Old Oct 27, 14, 7:23 am
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Internet was inclusive. Or at the least sign up to IHG rewards and it will be.

Here is the food and drinks packages as of a month ago. Please note these prices are on the assumption that breakfast is included in your rate...


Shared Transfers:
Return Speedboat transfers from Airport to resort and Resort to Airport (Round trip) will be at US$209.00 nett per Adult/ US$128.00 nett per Child (04-11 Years). (Inclusive of 10% Service Charge and 8% GST Tax)

Private Transfers:
Private Speedboat Transfers (max 4 Guests) USD 529.85nett, per boat per way (Inclusive of 10% Service Charge and 8% GST Tax)
Private Speedboat Transfers (max 8 Guests) USD 945.65nett, per boat per way (Inclusive of 10% Service Charge and 8% GST Tax)

Airport Directions
A Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma airport representative will be waiting for you at the arrival exit terminal at counter #45 and he will assist you with your transfer to the resort. If you have any inconvenience locating our Crew, please contact Reservations at +960 664-0511.

For hassle free holidays we also offer the following meal plans:
Kandooma Café is the resorts main restaurant, serving a full buffet breakfast from 06:30 hrs until 10:30hrs.


Buffet Lunch at Kandooma Cafe
US$47.52 per Adult

Buffet Dinner at Kandooma Café
US$70.09 per Adult

Full Board
Enjoy a rich and varied array of flavors in Kandooma Café for breakfast, lunch and dinner.With an ever-changing menu and an interactive dining experience, every meal is a delight! Travel the world without leaving Kandooma with our huge selection of international flavors and spices.
US$117.61 per Adult

Stay Spirited - SELECTED BEVERAGES IN ALL RESTAURANTS AND BARS
Treat yourself to a wide variety of international drinks, cocktails and juices:
Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke, Fanta Orange, Chilled Orange Juice, Chilled Apple Juice, Chilled Pineapple Juice, International Draft Beer, Vodka, Gin, Rum, Whisky, Brandy, White & Red Wine, Kandooma Coco, Mojito, Cosmopolitan, Caipirinha, Caiproska, Pina Colada, and the Tom Collins, Mocktails; Fiesta Punchless & Virgin Mojito
US$105.73 per Adult

Premium All Inclusive
(lobster dishes excluded)
DRINK: Everywhere
All stay spirited drinks and all cocktails, coffee & tea, smoothies, milkshakes anywhere —
mini-bar and ice cream included!
DINE: All around (lobster excluded)
The truly indulgent package! Have breakfast, lunch and dinner in any outlet of your choice
or in your room. Immerse yourself in our stunning events—Fisherman’s Market, Dine IN!
the Kitchen and the Maldivian Beach BBQ.
ENJOY: Non-Motorized Sports
All non-motorized water sports and recreation activities included: kayak, catamaran, SUPboards and windsurfing
RELAX: Como Shambhala Massage
Indulge in a 60 minute nurturing massage (per person per stay) using our signature
blended massage oil to calm the mind and rejuvenate your body at our Spa.
US$295.81 per Adult
US$147.90 per Child


- Rates are inclusive of 8% GST Tax and 10% Service Charge. Above rates quoted per person, per night on top of the room rate.
- Applicable for full length of stay with minimum of 3 nights and all guests in a room must be on the same package.
- The above meal packages rates are applicable on top of the room rate on Room Only basis.
- Kids less than 12 years eat free, and above 12 years are charged at an adult meal rate. Conditions apply.
- Kids eat free is available at Kandooma Cafe only.
- If guests are booked on Stay Indulgent package, child supplement will apply accordingly for children age 04 -11.99 years.
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Old Nov 17, 14, 12:07 am
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Hi, would like to find out from anyone who have stayed here

- Is snorkelling gear available on a complimentary or rental basis? How much is the rental? How is the condition of the equipment?

- Are there any complimentary activities at the resort? Seems like almost everything is chargable...
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Seems like almost everything is chargable...
yes that is like a whore...
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Old Dec 1, 14, 9:38 pm
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Originally Posted by SQ319 View Post
Hi, would like to find out from anyone who have stayed here

- Is snorkelling gear available on a complimentary or rental basis? How much is the rental? How is the condition of the equipment?

- Are there any complimentary activities at the resort? Seems like almost everything is chargable...
Going to update some information here, since no one had an answer to my questions.

Complimentary activities - there is a complimentary snorkelling lesson and snorkelling trip to the nearby house reef every morning. The house reef is not accessible from the island itself, but definitely worth the trip if you are not going for other snorkelling trips eg. night snorkelling, turtle point, whale shark etc.

If you only want to snorkel in the lagoon, the best place is around the recreation and arrival jetty as the marine life in that area is pretty vibrant.

Snorkeling gear and life jackets are available on a complimentary basis and are in very good conditions.

Really enjoyed my trip, but if I go Maldives again in future, would certainly consider other resorts further away for better coral reefs and more variety of fishes.

Re: Children, yes there were children at the resort (It's a Holiday Inn, what do u expect?) , but they weren't a nuisance or anything like that. In fact, the hotel is currently building a new Beach Bar and Kids Club. If you really want a holiday without kids, book the neighbouring Cocoa Island, which is an adults-only resort.
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Old Dec 2, 14, 10:07 am
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Are you been there?
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Old Feb 17, 15, 11:19 am
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a la carte?

Is there anyone who stayed there and chose not to have food package (I normally grow tired on 2nd day of the buffet menus). For my upcoming stay I am therefore considering to have breakfast included and have a dinner a la carte.
Any indication regarding how much (per day or per person per day) on average eating in hotels restaurants without a la carte will cost?

Also - searched the internet for any mention of the menus for the resort restaurants and didn't find any - anyone potentially know where one can find a link?

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Old Feb 17, 15, 11:49 am
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Originally Posted by AX9465 View Post
Is there anyone who stayed there and chose not to have food package...?
AX9465, I have just returned from a great week (literally last week) at the HI Kandooma during which we went fully a la carte. I will post a full review here in a day or two, and provide the menus and package details.
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