MENTAWAI INDO- KANDUI VILLAS - A brand New Resort!!
Accomodation & Services at Kandui Beach Villas
Kandui Beach Villas consists of nine luxury umas – what the Fijians call “bure” - and one triple uma - which is three regular-sized luxury umas connected together, for a total of 12.
Each uma is quite large at 7.5 meter wide x 10.5 meters long.
Each uma has two king-sized beds downstairs, and one king sized - or two single sized beds - in a spacious, second-story loft. The umas are hand carved throughout with a different Mentawai animal, or jungle theme, and all the furniture is made of local hardwoods. Each uma comes with two air-conditioning units, so guests can adjust their personal comfort level.
Eleven of the umas already have names. 1. Biowak (monitor lizard). 2. Monyet (monkey). 3. Ikan (fish) 4. Kura (turtle). 5. Burung (bird). 6-8. The triple uma is called ‘Sikerei’ (shaman). 9. Buaya (crocodile). 10. Lumba (dolphin) 11. Utan (jungle).
Uma #12 does not have a name yet, but a mermaid theme is the contender.
The back one-third of each uma is built on a massive cistern which holds close to 10,000 gallons of water. The bathroom and shower facilities are clean and comfortable, with stone floors laid by craftsmen from Bali.
Each of the 12 umas are confirgured, with 3 king sized beds, or 2 king sized, and 2 double beds, making them very versatile with room for 1-4 people, making the Umas perfect for singles, couples, groups of friends, or families.
The Swimming Pool
Kandui Villas is the only resort in the Mentawai Islands to construct, and have a swimming pool. Not only did we build a swimming pool but we hired the best pool builders in South East Asia, to come in to our resort site, to design, and build a masterpiece of a swimming pool, specifically for our location. This pool is 25 meters in length x 18 meters in width, with wrap around benches along the entire interior of the pool. The infinity edge over flows into a large kiddie pool with a large stone deck encircling it.
The swimming pool utilizes a state of the art salt water chlorinator unit, which, through a process of electrolysis, reacts with the slight salinity in the pool water to form chlorine. The form of chlorine it produces is very mild, and does not affect skin, or eyes as an irritant. This mild form of chlorine, coupled with a salinity level similar to that of human tears, makes the water completely neutral feeling for you eyes, and skin, but still very refreshing, unlike the salty feeling you get when you get done swimming in the ocean. The main pool is surrounded by a massive out door wooden deck, which connects to the Restaurant, Game Room, Bar, and Palapa.
Organic Green House
Located just to the rear, and side of the Restaurant, is our very own fully organic green house.
The Green House produces all of the delicious organic salads served in the Restaurant, as well as supplies many of the kitchen's vegetable needs. Having the green house right here, really puts the 'fresh' into the salads.
The Bar and Palapa
The Bar, and Palapa building is located right off the swimming pool deck, next to the Game Room. Our massive indoor-out door bar serves up your favourite cold beers, spirits, mixed drinks, as well as wine, and champagne. The out door Palapa, under the same roof as the Bar, is where you can lounge on sofas, drinking your favourite beverages, and is also a nice place to hang out with friends, your significant other, or to mingle with other guests, while relaxing in the shade, right on the edge of the pool deck.
The Game Room
The game room is located right off of the swimming pool deck, next to the bar, and has both a Billiard table, as well as a Ping Pong table contained within.
Lori Heuer worked as one of the lead Masseurs at one of the top 5 spas in the world, Two Bunch Palms in Desert Hot Springs for 13 years, kneading away the cares of the rich and the famous. She will import those skills all the way to this remote corner of the world, and train the Kandui Villas staff to give first class care to surfers who have been working themselves over on the reefs all day long, and to non-surfing guests who want some TLC.
Boats & Access
Kandui and Baby Kandui are directly in front of the Kandui Beach Villas and there are two dozen other spots within 30 minutes by fast boat, in all directions. For getting to the surf, Kandui Beach Villas has a solid inventory of boats for accessing the inventory of waves: two, five-meter plastic dinghies, one 5.2 meter Kahajaya center-consul speed boat and four, 45-50 foot longboats for accessing the spots outside of Playgrounds: Hideaways, Nipussi, Burgerworld, E-Bay.
Kandui Villas launches their fleet of surf boats from four cement docks. Three of the docks are built in a mangrove lagoon located behind each section of the resort making for easy transitions to and from the resort. The fourth dock is a jetty located on the front beach side of the resort, in a keyhole channel between Kandui Left and Baby Kandui.
The long boats are 45-50 feet long, and five to six feet wide. Because of the long boats’ sleek design, they cut through the chop better than any boats around, giving a smooth, comfortable and stable ride even through rough seas. Their construction is also very strong, using an entire tree the length of the boat for the body. The long boats all use three x 40 HP outboards, and go 20+ knots. They have canopies, comfortable padded seats, and all the safety gear, including life jackets, flares, GPS, EPIRB, and satellite phone contained in a Pelican case. Each boat brings a drinking water dispenser, and cooler with snacks, and drinks.
In a word: styling. In another word: safety. In a third word: speed
Nanny service is available by special request, and when available. With enough notice, we should always be able to arrange a Nanny for you, so you may slip away, and enjoy some time with your spouse, or significant other.
The recent 7.7 earthquake in October of 2012 had its epicentre 175 miles south of Padang and seemed to have it in for the Southern Mentawai surfing areas - crashing one yacht into a second in the bay at Macaroni Resort, and wiping out the surf resort there.
Kandui Beach Villas are all too aware of the tsunami threat and they are taking precautions for the safety of their guests, and their own families. Kandui Villas is an official partner on the German-Indonesian Tsunami early warning system. The only real-time GPS monitoring station for their system is located at Kandui Villas. German-Indonesian Tsunami early warning system team also just set up the quickest email update warning system for us, at our request, which gives us a map showing the epicentre, the magnitude of the quake, as well as the depth of the quake, within two minutes from the time of the event.
Kandui Beach Villas are also working on a tidal gauge warning system and other tsunami precautions. If guests feel a large quake, or are alerted to earth movement beyond the horizon, Kandui Villas has built a safe refuge at the top of a 30 meter high hill: “There is no such thing as being overly-prepared for a possible tsunami,” Jordan Heuer said. “I take this very seriously not only because I want my guests and workers to be safe, but also because I live out here with my wife, my six-year old daughter Kanna, and 1.5-year old daughter, Kya.”