Kandima is the latest resort for umbrella brand, Pulse Hotels & Resorts (other resorts in the Maldives include Baros and Hiriyafushi), having opened in April last year. It is also the biggest island in the Maldives, measuring at 3km in length. That’s why shuttle buses run regularly or bikes are available to hire to transport you around. Kandima doesn’t do things in small measures. As well as having the biggest island, they also have the biggest pool at 100m.
What sets Kandima apart though is that they’re vibrant, playful and don’t take themselves too seriously. There’s a party atmosphere in the air, with entertainment provided every night – particularly in the Forbidden Bar, located in the signature restaurant, Sea Dragon, which is vastly impressive in size and decor. There are currently eight bars and dining spaces in Kandima, with plans to build even more – as well as a full-sized football pitch and a tennis court, both of which open later this year.
The colourful resort attracts couples, groups of friends and families alike, with a Diving School and Marine Biology Centre, and a Watersports Centre all open for aquaholics. Furthermore, Kandima is also one of the only places in the Maldives that has a dedicated area for its young guests (the Kandima Kids Club is run by a fully certified, multilingual team of child carers) and an onsite medical centre, run by European GPs and nurses.
Looking for something a little more zen? The esKape Spa is a wonderfully tranquil zone overlooking the water, which – I was told – attracts dolphins! A number of treatments are available, as well as chill out areas where you can enjoy some jasmine tea and some peace and quiet. There’s also a gym, next to which numerous classes are hosted everyday, such as yoga and pilates.
They currently have 272 stylish studios and villas to rent, with plans to extend this to almost double! Whatever you’re into and whoever you’re going with, Kandima promises to suit your style and taste with plenty more to come in the not too distant future.
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