Water Villas – A Top Choice for a Maldives’ Holiday

Anyone flirting with the idea of spending their next holiday in the Maldives inevitably has the country’s iconic water villas on the radar. Whether you fancy the idea of waking up to the lapping of the waves, can’t resist the thought of a 27°C warm lagoon being only 10 stairs away, or know how surprised your darling would be if you arranged a Champagne Breakfast on your private terrace, the verdict is clear – you too have a crush on water villas!

Living up to your expectations of a tranquil, adults-only resort that boasts 15 villas right on the ocean (in addition to 50 beach villas) is Komandoo, one of the Maldives’ most renowned islands for romance. Here, the Maldives’ experience as seen in your Instagram feed and raved about on TripAdvisor is yours to be had; be it seeking shade in the airy villa, enjoying a bath indulgence or lazying on the terrace sunbed admiring unobstructed views of the ocean before heading off to the coral reef directly in front, the Jacuzzi Water Villas at this resort gem in Lhaviyani Atoll will not disappoint.

If you aren’t feeling the butterflies already now when planning your trip, you will fall in love with Komandoo’s water villas the moment you spot the wooden pontoon walkway that connects them them through the seaplane window. Come closer and you will find out that inside and outside they are the unique, unpretentious haven that surely belongs on you Maldives’ holiday shortlist.

Afiz Abdulla Komandoo Maldives Resort

Komandoo Celebrities: Afiz Abdulla

Komandoo’s greatest asset are its team members and among them is also a person who’s been the informal Chief Everything Officer at the resort for over a decade – Afiz Abdulla, IT Manager. Afiz is an essential part of the Komandoo Family and his colleagues and guests have a lot more than solving all those ‘Help, I broke the internet!’ cases to thank him for.

Afiz, from Velidhoo island in Noon Atoll, joined us as a newly-graduate student in 2007 and spent the first year and a half working in housekeeping before being presented with a ‘simple’ challenge: set up an internet network and communications infrastructure. Already possessing a lot of IT knowledge at that point and with some additional training, Afiz successfully helped modernise Komandoo. Rather than still piggybacking on Kuredu’s signal and Wi-Fi being available only at the reception, the coverage was extended to all villas in 2012, and today guests can be online with up to 8 devices and can keep in touch with their loved ones hassle free (and with great speed thanks to fiber optics), which for an island in the middle of an Indian Ocean is not as self evident as one would think! Complimentary Wi-Fi is also available in most public areas, except for restaurants and the pool area to respect guests’ privacy and to cling on to some of that pre-Wi-Fi charm that we believe it’s important to have, especially at such a stunning and relaxing place as the Maldives.

To keep up with guests’ expectations, a series of other improvements have also been put in place: an interactive in-villa IPTV that provides suggestions for things to do at the resort and makes information you may need during your stay handy, as well as 45 channels in many languages and 40 videos on demand for those hours when you simply want to seek shade and enjoy the privacy of your villa.

Afiz also set up the new music streaming system that brings all your favourite tunes to restaurants and bars, he’s responsible for arranging boat transfers, and has recently expanded his area of expertise also to landscaping, so you can look forward to an even better looking Komandoo soon! Afiz is also the captain of the resort’s volleyball team and a member of the fire brigade, an avid football player and Manchester United fan, a snorkeller, an EFR-certified diver and a wonderful colleague. It doesn’t come as a surprise that he received the flattering Ambassador of Komandoo Award in 2017, the only one given so far, for the appreciation of his outstanding services and contributions to the resort.

Solah Resort Manager Komandoo Maldives

Introducing Mohamed Solah, General Manager

Komandoo, one of the country’s best-ranking resorts for romance and a firm favourite to anyone looking for an adults-only, small island getaway in the Maldives, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mohamed Solah to the position of General Manager.

Prior to accepting the offer to lead the passionate team at Komandoo and manage this 65-villa gem in the north of Lhaviyani Atoll, Solah acquired a wealth of experience within Crown & Champa Resorts, where he started his career in 2002 and has worked at most of the group’s properties since, most recently as Director of Operations at Hurawalhi. Solah also gained precious experience during his time abroad, most notably at Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa and Zaya Nurai Island in Abu Dhabi.

Being a hospitality professional for over 15 years, Solah brings to Komandoo a strong commitment to guest satisfaction, a dedication to improve on facilities and services wherever possible, as well as enthusiasm and a wholehearted passion for his beautiful home, the Maldives. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Studies from University of Toulouse and University College, Malaysia. He’s fluent in English and French, a keen environmentalist, Arsenal fan and diver.

Solah’s professionalism, drive for exceeding expectations and his pleasant personality are bound to be well received by the Komandoo team and guests alike.

Valet Scuba Diving Komandoo Maldives

Personalised, Valet Scuba Diving

One of the lovely features that sets Komandoo apart from the larger Maldives’ resorts is its personalised, attentive approach to diving. The philosophy of the dive centers’ valet service is straightforward: ensure that scuba diving adventures are as hassle free, stress free and enjoyable as possible.

For you to experience the wonders of the atoll’s underwater, a lot of the inconveniences that are often associated with diving is taken off your shoulders at Komandoo. You may find carrying tanks, loading the equipment onto the boat, rinsing it after the dive and similar tasks a part of the experience, however don’t feel guilty if deep inside you would be rather pleased if for once you could offload some of these logistics and worries to the dive center team. You are in luck because the Prodivers’ instructors and support team (including Saizuddin who’s been keeping Komandoo divers happy for a whopping 20 years!), know how precious your holiday time is, and are on hand to help you with the ‘surface part of the diving’.

The team will help you with storing your equipment, getting it ready for your dive, transporting it to the boat, setting it up if you wish to, so the only things left for you is to make a giant stride and dive in! Once the underwater fun is over, the team will assist you with taking the gear back to the dive center and even rinse it and hang it up to dry for you.

Whether you are arriving at Komandoo for the first time or have been here a dozen times, you can expect exceptional service with a big emphasis on safety and attentiveness. The diving groups are small (private diving is available on request too), the team speak a number of languages, the diving boats are comfortable and the dive sites aplenty. In fact, it is not unlikely that the diving at Komandoo will change you – you’ll be hard-pressed to find a resort dive center on par with the service offered at Komandoo’s!

*Photograph of Alan Pearce, 9-time repeat guest, celebrating his 400th dive.

Honeymoon Wish Lists Maldives

Enhance Your Honeymoon with a Komandoo Wish List

Choosing to celebrate your honeymoon at Komandoo is a wonderful way to start married life. The quiet Maldivian island surrounded by beautiful turquoise ocean is a haven of romance and relaxation. Whilst your time is likely to be dedicated to enjoying each other’s company, there are a number of amorous activities that can be enjoyed during your honeymoon that will help make it extra special.

All available through Komandoo Gifts, these can be added to a wedding gift list or bought in advance to surprise your partner and are perfect for everyone who values experiences and memories over material goods.

Champagne Breakfast: Begin your day with the self-indulgence of enjoying a private in-villa breakfast with a bottle of bubbly.

Spa voucher: Duniye Spa provides a fantastic range of couples’ treatments that are perfect for de-stressing and ridding your body of tension. The skilled therapists will leave you and your partner feeling refreshed and re-energised.

Candlelight Dinner: Under the stars, with the sand between your toes and the sound of the water just a few meters away, Komandoo’s candlelight dinners on the beach are the perfect private dining experience.

5.8 Undersea Restaurant: Located off Komandoo’s sister island, Hurawalhi, 5.8 Undersea Restaurant provides a unique once-in-a-lifetime dining experience, where you can enjoy lunch or dinner 5.8 metres below the ocean and admire the fascinating surrounds.

Komandoo Adults Only Maldives Resort

Komandoo – Sprinkled with Romantic Experiences

Make the most of a getaway with your loved one by sprinkling the holiday with extra romance in all that you do. Rated as one of the leading romantic resorts in Asia, Komandoo is one of the few truly adults-only resorts in the Maldives and it lives up to even the highest expectations every step of the way. From beautiful surroundings to the intimate atmosphere, a perfect romantic escape awaits couples choosing Komandoo as their bolthole in which to get away from the rest of the world.

Aside from being the absolute dream location for a wedding or honeymoon, Komandoo has lots of ways to sprinkle extra romance. From the special treats to the everyday, love is always in the air!

Couples will delight in the spa treatments they can indulge in together as well as the luxury sailing trips and even a spot of adventure in the ocean with a Discover Scuba Diving experience – unmissable if memory-making is on the agenda.

If the way to your loved one’s heart is with delicious food, nothing says love quite like a candlelit dinner on the beach for two, intimate just-the-two-of-you dining in your villa, a gourmet feast at Aqua or even the unforgettable experience of dining under the ocean at neighbouring Hurawalhi Maldives’ 5.8 Undersea Restaurant.

Even the everyday occurrences spell out romance at Komandoo – sampling delicious cocktails whilst watching the magnificent Maldivian sunsets, taking a stroll, hand-in-hand, along a moonlit beach, listening to live music together at Kandu Bar, gazing at the impossibly bright starlit sky and making a wish on the shooting stars.

Komandoo is a destination made for love, so sprinkle it with romantic experiences from start to finish.

Komandoo Celebrities: Sohag

What adds a special allure to Komandoo is the resort’s lush, tropical landscape, and one of the team members who is to credit for upkeeping the island’s vegetation and overall landscaping is Sohag Bepari, Garden Supervisor. Coming from Bangladesh and working in the Maldives since 2003 (he was transferred to Komandoo from sister resort Kuredu in 2011), Sohag’s excellent performance has not only been consistently recognised by the resort’s guests, but also by his colleagues and the management, earning him the flattering Supervisor of the Month accolades in 2015 and 2016.

Outside of his daily responsibilities, Sohag finds special pleasure in creating flower bouquets for the exchange of vows ceremonies. In his spare time, he enjoys playing cricket, volleyball and watching movies.

You may or may not know that a wide assortment of vegetables and herbs are grown on the island; Sohag and his colleagues currently grow lettuce, chili, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, mint, aloe vera and rosemary; what’s more, flowers used in your bed decorations, jacuzzi indulgence and at the spa (orchids, hibiscus and vinca/periwinkle plants) are also coming from the on-site nursery. The orchid farm is Sohag ‘s favourite place on the whole island and he’s especially honoured when he gets to share his passion of our guests during the complimentary back of the house tour.

We are certain those of you who’ve meet Sohag will agree he’s a polite, friendly and cheerful person, and on behalf of the entire team we wish to thank him for his dedication, passion and for being a valued member of the Komandoo Family. We can’t wait to see all the landscaping improvements and new plants in the villas Sohag is planning!

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One of the Maldives’ Most Romantic Resorts: Adults Only, Perfect for Quiet and Boutique Experiences

Many resorts in the Maldives deliver on their promise of the ultimate romantic holiday: water villas on the Indian Ocean, candlelight dinners, couples’ spa treatments, astounding sunset – there are plenty of reasons why the Maldives is one of the world’s best honeymoon destinations. However, the variety of choices and the fact the majority of the resorts also cater to families with children very often tip the scales in favour of adults-only resorts. Komandoo, which can be reached in just 40 minutes by a seaplane from Male’, is paradise pure and simple; it unpretentiously weds boutique leisure activities with peacefulness of a small private island.

Couples, friends and families discover Komandoo’s bliss on every step of the way: genuine hospitality is expressed through attentive, personalised service at the resort’s restaurants and bars, spa treatments, diving instructors, villa attendants; the warmth of Komandoo’s team is on par with the stunning natural surrounds the island is a part of.

Be it relaxing with a book in hand in the shade of a swaying palm tree or choosing a faster holiday pace to make the most of your stay in the Maldives, Komandoo will certainly tick all of your ‘perfect holiday’ boxes with just the right blend of luxury, peacefulness and things to do.

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Gift A Feel Good Experience – Spa Packages at Komandoo

Duniye Spa Komandoo Maldives

Every day is a special occasion at Komandoo, the Maldives’ only adults-only resort. Whether it’s your honeymoon, anniversary or that special birthday, a box to tick during your holiday on the island is to visit Duniye Spa, where Kerti and her team look forward to pampering you to help you turn into even more relaxed and rejuvenated version of yourself!

As your countdown ticks closer, we invite you to head over to Komandoo Gifts, the resort’s online gift registry, where you can choose from three flexible spa packages; the Bronze, Silver and Gold Packages are available at discounted rates only valid for bookings through Komandoo Gifts.

These spa indulgences are tailored with your needs in mind for you to revel in treatments of your choice throughout your holiday at the resort.

You could also include these popular spa packages onto your wish list for your upcoming celebration or give them as a gift to your loved ones holidaying at Komandoo.

Celebrate well-being on the most romantic island in the Maldives.

Komandoo Celebrities: Dammika

A new month, a new Komandoo Celebrities episode! You’ve been expressing your appreciation of the series as it allows you to take a trip down your Komandoo memory lane and remind you of all the wonderful team members that have contributed to your holiday being extraordinary. You will certainly be pleased to have your memory refreshed with another bright personality on our team – Dammika, the resort’s Bar Supervisor.

Dammika Prabath Chandrasekara Rajapaksha Gedara, a.k.a Dammi, originally from Sri Lanka, joined us at Komandoo in 2012 but has been in the Crown and Champa Resorts family already since 2004 and had worked on a liveaboard and at Kuredu in various bartending and butler positions.

You can cross paths with Dammi at Thundi and Kandu Bars as well as at Falhu and Aqua Restaurants, and those of you who experienced his attentiveness and attention to detail before won’t be surprised that he was selected as Supervisor of the Month already twice over the past two years.

Dammi is an integral part of the Komandoo Family, which is also evidenced by several other responsibilities he’s entrusted with, such as the coordination of all special food and beverage events, including our weekly get-togethers with repeater guests. Among many other guests whom Dammi has woven friendship ties with (and whom he doesn’t blame for nicknaming him ‘big ears’!) are also David and Sarah who absolutely love the special ice coffee he always spoils them with. He also still remembers one of his birthdays when a guests treated him to a cigar, which he was extremely grateful for and made him feel appreciated even more.

If you’re new to Komandoo, be sure to order what Dammika says are the most popular cocktails: Komandoo Cooler, Thundi Sunset & Piña Colada, and go for a stroll along the beach at sunrise, which Dammika believes is the most beautiful time on the island.

Dammi certainly is the embodiment of Komandoo’s excellent service and honest, unpretentious care for the well-being of the resort’s guests. That being said, ‘Cheers, big ears, to many more years of exemplary service at Komandoo!’ on behalf of the entire team and, we dare say, to all guests who know you!

Dammika Komandoo Maldives Resort