Another exceptional experience with the team - thank you so much. Absolutely brilliant
Trevor has been great over the last nearly 3 years due to covid and having to change dates. Our trip was perfect!
As always fantastic service and help when needed. All employees are so helpful but special mention to Conrad.
Cody went above and beyond on several occasions including when an issue cropped up on the trip. He ensured we had the most amazing holiday. I have highly recommended him to my friends.
Very good customer support, answered every concern and questions we had.
Always great holidays from booking with you and using Stacey with her fantastic guidance and knowledge.
Howard Crafter was brilliant. So was the rest of the team when I got in touch and he was on a call.
Jeff Lee was fantastic, so helpful. Can’t wait to book another trip with you guys
You certainly came up trumps. Everything as promised! My son said he'd never felt so relaxed. Would recommend the hotel and DialAFlight
Many thanks to Ashley and colleagues for a wonderful holiday.
Brilliant as always
Eric could not have been more helpful every step of the way - we WILL be using DialAFlight again
Glen was amazing!
Jim Camahin was exceptionally polite, professional, friendly and helpful. He made the experience very seamless and stress free - couldn’t ask for more.
Danny Sharma was amazing in all respects. Thank you
Please tell other visitors to Maldives they need to fill out immigration info online before leaving UK as very stressful doing it in airport after queuing for an hour only to be sent away .. staff member Nicole is a diamond
Roy gets it right every time
Excellent service as always from Stacey Rayner. Great holiday and some wonderful memories. A*
Thank you Bradley! Incredible holiday. It was flawless
Jim is an excellent and professional member of your team - second time we have booked with him and he's been amazing.
Lloyd was excellent. Really felt looked after. Thank you
Excellent arrangements. Darren Is amazing as always. Definitely recommend to friends and colleagues.
Excellent as always
Excellent customer service
Very helpful and great service
Would not recommend a stop in Abu Dhabi if layover is 4 plus hours as facilities are poor.
Not only excellent service from staff but also very competitive price for holiday
Gary and Tammy were very helpful and ensured that best flights were booked despite the airline constantly changing them.
Excellent. Richard is been amazing. Nothing is too much trouble.
As we were waiting for our flight to the Maldives to be called, I started to have a few serious doubts about my sanity. Here I was, heading halfway round the world with three youngsters who find it absolutely impossible to stay still for even a minute.
What's more, we were flying to an island that I feared might be just too small for a whole week's stay.
We'd heard that Kandima Maldives - on part of the Dhaalu Atoll - was different from the usual five-star luxury honeymoon spots. It is billed as a four-star lifestyle resort - on a lush tropical island with a large natural lagoon - and what particularly attracted us was the promise of an exhaustive list of activities for both adults and children.
Still, this, our first foreign beach holiday in 12 years, was a bit of a gamble. But we got off to a very good start. Before the flip-flops had even come out of our suitcases, Sarah, 11, discovered that at 4pm they turn on the water at Kandiland, a kids' club which has a large wet play area. And parents can have peace of mind by knowing that the Kids' Club here is supervised by a multilingual team of fully qualified child carers.
After getting soaked and bouncing on the trampoline for a while, she scanned the Kandiland itinerary and signed up for candy-floss making, Maldivian drumming, rock painting, an art class and mocktail mixing.
George, 17, was itching to go on a jet ski, but when he declared it was the only activity he would try, my heart sank - because my husband Gavin and I had set our hearts on mojitos by the pool.
However, all was not lost. George discovered Burn, Kandima's fully equipped air-conditioned gym - he's sports-mad and cannot waver from his intense training schedule, so this was a real godsend.
He also joined us on a sunset fishing trip, landed a red snapper and ate it for lunch the next day.
I worried about the food on offer before we left the UK, as our children are fussy eaters. We always argue about where to eat and there would plainly be no McDonald's, Starbucks or Burger King available at Kandima.
We were on an all-inclusive package, which included all meals in the resort's self-serve Flavour restaurant - and fortunately the choice on offer there was immense.
They had everything from a full English breakfast through to curries, freshly griddled fish and a dizzying array of salads. In fact, Sarah and her 15-year-old sister Alice were both so inspired by the food at Kandima that they were only too happy to sign up for a pizza-making class. We also had high tea in the Deli - known as K Tea.
There are a number of other restaurants and bars including Azure, which has a chic beach house atmosphere and provides casual dining by day and elegant Mediterranean dishes by night.
Sea Dragon has excellent authentic Chinese cuisine, served family-style. To end the evening in some style, with exotic cocktails, there is the ultra cool Forbidden Bar where DJs are in action late into the night.
For perfect steaks, fresh fish and incredible sunset views, Smoked restaurant was the place. Guests dine al fresco here, and the food is prepared barbecue style.
The temperatures in the Maldives tend to hover around 28–30°C (82–86°F). We liked to stick to the shaded areas, of which there were plenty to be found, until about 3pm. Thankfully, our Sky Studio with interconnecting rooms was blissfully air-conditioned. It was also spotlessly clean, modern and had a vast bathroom. Best of all, it had a balcony, complete with a swing seat, overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Of course, no parent needs me to tell them that a holiday with the kids is never really a total break, but our trip can only be described as a huge success.
George, Alice and Sarah were happily exhausted at the end of each day and us adults even found that we could manage to grab the odd siesta.
For all of us, Kandima turned out to be exactly the right mix of paradise and practicality.
First published in the Mail on Sunday - August 2018
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