During your stay on Kandui, home will be one of only seven “umas”, traditional two-room thatched houses built in the traditional Mentawai style by local Mentawai craftsmen. Each is clean, spacious, and comfortable offering uninterrupted views to the waves, ocean and islands that surround the resort. Each traditional "uma" is identified by a unique Mentawai name such as Bojokan, Madobak, Lubaga, Sotboyak, Pasakiat, Ugai and Kerai (sleeps up to 4 adults).
Built by local Mentawai builders under the guidance of an American development team, Kandui maximises its local surroundings and functions as a partial eco-resort, yet still delivers a very high standard of resort accommodation and personal space. This personal space includes custom timber furniture including a couch, desk, small table and chairs, cooled down by a combination of ceiling fans and portable fans. Each “uma” provides separate sleeping and bathing areas accentuated by a queen size bed with nets, rattan furniture and its own sense of warmth and identity. All umas will be stocked with cold drinks and fresh, tropical fruit. Each bathroom has a sink, toilet, mirror, shower and hair dryer and is completely tiled. Bath, hand and face towels are also available in every room.
Additional features include:
- Electrical outlets with adaptors for charging a multitude of electrical devices.
- All guests will also have access to a wireless connection that will be available in their rooms or in the business centre located inside the office (deluxe package).
- Phone connections to the main desk, housekeeping, the restaurant, room service and room to room.
- Screened / curtained windows with a glass window that can be shut tight and locked.
- Beautiful hand-sanded hardwood floors.
- Specific area to hang wet clothes outside.
- Small closet and drawers to store clothes and belongings inside.
Your "uma" should be able to store all of your clothes, toiletries and miscellaneous items. Larger items such as surfboards are stored in a designated area outside your "uma" or in the surfboard staging area that you can access to grab a new board, fins, and leash, whatever you need. The staff will be able to help you find room for all of your belongings in a safe place where you can find them easily. The resort "umas" are spread along the spectacular white sand beach with jungle between providing privacy and so some are about a five minute walk away from the central complex. If distance is an issue, it’s helpful to let us know in advance so we can plan accordingly.
Kandui Restaurant and Bar
The main congregation area, the heart of the resort and Kandui's most prized structure, Kandui Restaurant and Bar, was built from the ground up virtually by hand. Its design principles follow the local traditions and customs and every inch of this area has been meticulously detailed to provide a sense of barefoot luxury.
Indulge in the flavours of the Mentawais. Each day the resort’s chef prepares a variety of food with an emphasis on the succulent seafood caught by local fisherman and guests. Sit back and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in the restaurant while feasting on some of the tastiest food in Sumatra. Dining in the restaurant is mostly communal in the style of a captain's table on a ship. However, for guests looking to enjoy a romantic dinner for two, there are many settings for private dining such as an exclusive island, lagoon, on the beach, or even back at your "uma". There is also a set schedule for meals so you don't have to wonder what time you eat. Lastly, your visit will have as many barbecues as possible; nothing is tastier or more satisfying than having a barbecue with your close friends on a remote, tropical island with perfect waves reeling in the distance. Alcohol, beer, soft drinks, juices, fruit punch and water are all available. Be prepared to eat as much as you can handle because all meals are included in the price.
Office and Gift Shop
The office is set up as the communication centre to the outside world. It has two computers for people to browse the internet, a phone service to make calls overseas without having to use the satellite phone, a fax machine, safety deposit box and money changing service. Everything you have in your office at work. There are no formal meeting/conference facilities but with the wireless internet connection you can have a meeting almost anywhere.
Kandui's gift shop is managed in conjunction with the local artisans. It offers an easy, convenient place for people to purchase Mentawai gifts for themselves, their friends and family at home. The shop has local jewellery, wood handicrafts, bow and arrows, shaman bags, sarongs, the list goes on...