5.0
Excellent 783 Reviews
Jetsetter Approved
This Hotel meets our standards
This hotel meets our standards, but we haven't stayed yet

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
Disclaimer: This content was accurate at the time the hotel was reviewed. Please check our partner sites when booking to verify that details are still correct.
Trip Ideas chair Sea dock channel marina aerial photography Coast vehicle farm machine

Overview

Location

Located in Kandolhu (North Ari Atoll), Kandolhu Island by Universal Resorts is within the vicinity of Fish Head Dive Site and Fesdu House Reef. This 5-star resort is within the region of Gaathafushi Island and Maaya Thila.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 30 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and minibars. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and LCD televisions are provided for your entertainment. Private bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities

Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You can soak up the sun at the private beach or enjoy other recreational amenities, which include a health club. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and wedding services.

Food & Drink

Grab a bite at one of the resort’s 4 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a beach bar.

Business & Travel Amenities

Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk, multilingual staff, and laundry facilities.

How to Get There

Kandolhu Maldives
39 Orchid Magu
Kandolhu, Maldives

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 783 Reviews
Honeymoon in paradise!
Reviewed 1 day ago

Fantastic honeymoon week on Kandolhu! The staff are very friendly and helpful, nothing is too much trouble. It really does look like the pictures, stunning views, clear water, white sand. There is so much you could say but particular highlights were:
The food is excellent, the risotto at Olive is lovely and the Mexican Ataroa is great for lunchtime ceviche and tacos.
Our honeymoon dinner on the beach was really special.
Snorkelling was incredible, guaranteed to see turtles and wonderful fish every time.
Spa was very good.
Great weather in January, would certainly recommend as a good time to visit. Small number of villas means its quiet and peaceful, very chilled.

The best place ever
Reviewed 3 days ago

We booked kandolhu for our 10 day honeymoon. We were not disappointed, it is a very small and intimate, with about 30 villas. We had a duplex which in our opinion was the best of both worlds, right on the beach as well as having your own pool.

The Story begins, Sea plane to a close island then boat to kandolhu, we were met on the jetty by Mark and Laura ( island Management) along Mae and Cai (reception staff) with hot towels and a cool drink mae then took us to our villa. We then went and explored the island ( this takes about 10 min at snails pace, so as you appreciate it’s very small) there are 5 restaurants ranging from a Japanese, Mexican, fish grill, fine dining and an everyday restaurant as well as a bar. The food in all restaurant was superb. In fact it was the best steak, curry’s, sushi we have ever eaten. The staff which are so friendly and helpful we couldn’t praise them enough. Even made a step to make it easier for me getting out of the pool as have got dodgy knees and brought another stone step again to make it easier to get from pool/decking onto the beach, ( this was al done within an hour of asking) So long story short, beautiful island, fantastic staff out of the world food we loved every minute and will definitely be going back.

Perfection
Reviewed 6 days ago

Just paradise. What a fabulous week, we were so sad to leave. The overwater bungalow (OMG the minibar!!), the perfect views, the snorkelling, the food and the staff, I can’t fault anything. I loved seeing the turtles every day and all the sea life. It felt like our own island. The only minor negative was the stress of leaving day, as we were suddenly rushed out of the room to catch the seaplane with no time for breakfast .. and then ended up sitting around for ages, but I’m not sure what the hotel could have done about that. Anyway it didn’t mar a week which was like a tropical dream. Take me back!!

................That's Why!!
Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been back a few weeks now having stayed on Kandolhu for 8 days at the beginning of January, but for reason's that will become clear as you read on, we hadn't, until today, posted anything.

We've been very fortunate to travel to many, many destinations across the globe, covering 6 of the 7 continents, and stayed in some fabulous resorts and hotels.

However, on every level you can imagine and wish for, Kandolhu, the staff, food, rooms, beach, snorkeling.......simply everything, is on another level, so much so, it's raised the bar so high that we are going to struggle, no, it's going to be impossible to beat.

Our stay was part of a trip that also included 4 days in Doha, for a Special Birthday, one that ends with a 0....I'll leave it there..... but I wanted to include some little extra's on arrival to make it even more special.

Laura, the Assistant Manager, and the whole team were absolutely fantastic, Champagne on ice, Flowers, Chocolate covered Fruits all on arrival and on the 'Big Day', Birthday Cake, beautiful Room Decorations and a wonderful Birthday Card signed by all the staff.

You are simply treat like Royalty for your entire stay. All, ALL the staff are amazing, always have a smile, always willing to have a chat and to be honest, won't let you lift a finger!

The food is simply stunning and in Executive Chef, Mickael, they have a true, true talent, and who, when we inquired about the complexities of a fabulous dish, Chocolate Asparagus.....YEP!......made time to find us at lunch the following day, and explained the whole recipe.......FABULOUS!

I mentioned at the start there was a reason to post today........... We never go back to the same place, NEVER!

Yesterday we booked for a return to Kandolhu for 10 nights in December....THIS December!

Can't wait to go back! There is nowhere like it! Don't bother looking at other resorts in the Maldives! The whole experience is TOTALLY AMAZING!

......................That's Why!!

Amazing Again
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our 4th visit to Kandolhu and everytime we return we think it cannot improve on our previous visit but somehow they pull it out of the bag and it just gets better. The staff are what truly make this island extra special, they are all so friendly and nothing is ever too much trouble. The food is truly amazing, always cooked to perfection and they are happy to accommodate any special requests wherever possible. Our room as always was kept clean. We stayed in a jacuzzi beach villa and duplex pool villa and both are lovely. There is plenty of sea life and you don't necessarily need to go in too far to experience this if, like me, you are not an experienced swimmer.