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Katie Price-approved Kandima Maldives Resort £160 a night – Daily Mail

  • The Daily Mail’s Rob Cross stayed at the Kandima Maldives Resort in Dhaalu Atoll
  • Fellow guests at the £160-a-night private island retreat included Katie Price
  • It has a capacity for nearly 1,000 guests and is targeted towards British tourists

The throbbing soundtrack echoing through the lobby makes me feel old; the shorts-and-flip-flop-wearing staff, all of whom have Colgate smiles and insist that I call them my ‘Kandima buddies’, make me feel positively ancient.

Then, when a ‘buddy’ tells me that Katie Price is staying in a villa just down the beach and that DIY TV presenter Nick Knowles will be presiding over a yoga retreat here soon, my discomfort rises further.Kandima Maldives Resort in Dhaalu Atoll (pictured) is a private island retreat which offers studio rooms for £160 a night, half-board

Kandima Maldives Resort in Dhaalu Atoll (pictured) is a private island retreat which offers studio rooms for £160 a night, half-board

But, hold on. Perhaps all this comes in return for accessing a private island in the Maldives for just £160 a night — half-board. For that’s what Kandima Maldives Resort in Dhaalu Atoll offers.

So how is this possible? The answer is size. Once fully finished (it opened in March and on my visit only two of the ten restaurants are open and the mid-range over-water Aqua Villas aren’t complete), Kandima will be able to host close to 1,000 guests.

That’s colossal by any standards, though the length of the island means things feel agreeably spread out.

The lowest priced rooms go by the moniker of Sky Studios and, at first glance, they look like Seventies polytechnic buildings.

Yet inside, all is refreshingly cool, Med-minimal-style decor with dangling night lights, a swing-sofa on the balcony and, once I trot down the stairs to the ground floor, a mere 15-second scamper to the ocean.

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Attempting to appeal to a mainly British audience, the resort (owned by a Maldivian family) already houses a giant kids’ club with an adventure playground, sofas and games consoles for pre-teens.

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