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 The Mentawai Islands lie approximately 120 kilometres off the coast of mainland Sumatra,Indonesia.
Aliota Resort & Spa is located in the north Sipora Island area; just a stones throw from Tua Pejat, the capital of the Mentawais.

Aliota Resort is just what the Mentawais have been waiting for

Facilites include :
- 7 double cottages and 1 family (or group) cottage all fully air-conditioned.
- Outside shower and private rear courtyard
- Front terrace with easy access to one kilometre of private beach.
- Gift shop stocking a range of Mentawai handicrafts, souvenirs, surfing equipment, toiletries, medicines, snacks, and other basic guest needs
- Buffet restaurant specialising in a range of seafood dishes using produce from local waters.
- Lounge area located alongside restaurant.
- Aliota rotunda bar with front deck projecting over the water at high tide complete with chillout lounges, cool tunes, a wide range of beverages and bar snack menu.
- Aliota Spa equipped with 3 treatment rooms backing onto an enclosed waterfall and fish pond. The sounds of water splashing over the rocks will glide you into a deep relaxation during your massage or other spa treatment.
- Mondoblu Dive Centre with a full range of well maintained top quality dive gear.
- Western, fully qualified dive instructor/master
- Dive training centre for up to 8 students.
- 2 surf/dive shuttle speedboats capable of 25-30 knots.
- Close proximity to surfing and diving sites. You do not waste your holiday time on long and tiring boat rides.
- Ability to cater for business conferences, yoga workshops and dive/surf schools

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Some amazing surfing happens over here in the Mentawais Island chain, just do yourself
a favor and book a trip at Kandui Villas and your stay will flow like a tropical breeze.
Luxurious accommodations, world class waves,gourmet meal,infinity pool for the tykes......
the owners here at Kandui Villas have really put allot of thought into what people want from a surf resort.......Comfort.....


Kandui Villas Virtual Tour

Kandui Villas Virtual Tour

General informations  

Before Your Journey :

There are several things to  be considered before your journey to Kandui Villas, but overall the trip is almost as easy as showing up at Padang airport, getting on an amphibious sea plane or speed boat, getting out to the resort, and start finding good waves.
1. How do I get to Indonesia?
We recommend that you travel to Padang in Sumatra (port of departure) via Jakarta. We can assist with bookings for your international flights, your Garuda air ticket to Padang, any additional domestic flights with in Indonesia, and any necessary overnight accommodations.  Our crew and ground staff will meet you at the airport in Padang on arrival and make arrangements to transfer you to the amphibious air plane, or speed boat, depending on what transportation option is available at the time of your trip.
2.What do you suggest I pack for my trip?
The best advice when packing for a Kandui Villas trip is to pack as light as possible, especially for the amphibious airplane which will have a strict limit on baggage weight per passenger. Please click here to view our "Essentials" page and a extremely helpful checklist you should use for your trip.
3.What kind and how many boards should I take?
The amphibious airplane will have a strict limit of 2 boards,but if we are utilizing the speed boat option then you may take a whole board coffin full of boards. Mid length boards generally get used and only occasionally do the short boards and guns get used in extreme small, or big conditions, but it is best to pack whatever you feel most comfortable surfing on. If riding traditional fiberglass boards, then be prepared to ding up your boards and possibly break a few of them on your trip. Lastly, a good ding repair kit is is important, or at least bring some sort of sun cure resin for quick fixes.
4.What types of services and amenities are available ?
Kandui Villas has extremely nice, and comfortable luxury Uma accommodations, spa/massage facilities, a massive infinity edge swimming pool, a massive 2 story restaurant over looking the swimming pool area, connected with a massive wrap around out door wooden deck around the pool, connecting to our pool side game room, and pool side bar, and palapa. Kandui Villas also boasts the fastest Internet connection in the Mentawai islands, with WiFi around the entire pool area, and Internet via cable in all of the umas. We have PCs available in the office, and besides that we recommend bringing your laptops. We also have a host of other activities including surfing, beach volley ball, billiards, ping pong, boce ball, snorkeling, and board games.
5.What type of health precautions should I take?
Most travelers usually update their tetanus and hepatitis shots before traveling to any remote region of the world. Malaria is a reality in some parts of Indonesia including the Mentawai Islands; consult your doctor before coming.
If you take a prescription medication make sure you bring the necessary paperwork that goes with it in case of an emergency.
If you are prone to seasickness please bring something to counteract its effects, but most people experiencing sea sickness adjust within a day.
For more information please consult your doctor.
6.Should I be concerned about malaria?
It is a matter of personal choice whether to take anti- malarial medication. Kandui Villas does take the up most care to prevent malaria outbreaks, by screening all of our workers with rapid diagnostic tests anytime they show any flu like symptoms. Since there is no local village on our island, and thus no endemic malaria here, the chances are very small, and to date we have never had a single malaria case in our original Kandui Resort, nor at Kandui Villas. We live at Kandui year round, and have never contracted Malaria. So far so good, but the best policy is to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes..
7.Do I need travel insurance?
Travel Insurance is mandatory for your personal safety and proof of Travel Insurance is required for any guest staying at Kandui Villas. The easiest way for europe customers to acquire travel insurance is through our travel partner, Jean-christophe at turquoise surf Travel. A decent travel insurance package will provide coverage for the following: trip cancellation and interruption, baggage delay, baggage coverage, travel delay, emergency medical and dental, emergency, medical transport and evacuation, and travel accident insurance.
8.What documents do I need to take?
Europeean Citizens need a passport with at least six months of validity left and one other form of identification. Kandui Villas requires that you send us your passport information including the number, date of issue, and place of issue prior to your departure at the same time that you pay your deposit, so we can arrange the necessary police permits for your travel to the Mentawai's. In case you misplace any vital documents you should also carry a back-up photocopy of your passport, id, and airline ticket with you at all times. It doesn't hurt to leave another copy at home as well. When you are in Indonesia you will be issued an immigration form that you must keep until your departure. When you leave they will ask to see it to determine how long you were in Indonesia. Please take care of that form once they give it to you and don't lose it!

 The most important thing to remember on this list is to make sure that you have an updated passport and a valid VISA . You will not be permitted to enter Indonesia if your passport is going to expire within six months of your departure or if you are from a country that requires a special VISA to enter. If you have any other questions about packing, or any other aspect of your journey, then we are always happy to help answer your questions via e-mail,  or directly at +(33) 683.83.12.75, or via skype: lebouman
9.How long can I stay in Indonesia?
Most travelers coming from the US, Australia, and Europe are issued tourist visas upon arrival, but if you carry a passport from other countries it is worthwhile checking to see if you need a visa.  The standard tourist VISA is applicable for up to 30 days. If you plan on staying longer in Indonesia you must apply for an extended stay tourist visa at your local Indonesian Embassy, prior to departure or in Singapore on the way to Indonesia.The extended stay tourist visas are easy and cheap to obtain and give traveling throughout the Mentawai Islands.
Padang-Kandui Villas-Padang :
The following information is designed to give you a quick, insight into what happens between your arrival at the Padang Airport till you reach Kandui Villas, and back again.  We're sure you'll find both the people of Padang, and Mentawai, as well as our ground staff to be as friendly and accommodating as anywhere else in the world.

Padang-Kandui Villas : 
Your flight arrives: Once your flight touches down you are ushered to the baggage claim/customs area.
VISA fees: If you've already entered Indonesia through Jakarta you will not need to pay the $25US VISA tax in Padang since you already paid in Jakarta.
If this is a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur the first thing you'll have to do upon arrival to Padang is pay the $25US fee at a special booth set up 
inside the customs area. Once you've paid they give you a special form that you
must keep until your departure, we suggest leaving it inside your passport for safe
Time to leave
You've waited long enough, and it is now time to either board your amphibious airplane flight, or board the speed boat that will take you to Kandui Villas. The amphibious airplane flight will take approximately 40 minutes from Padang airport-Kandui Villas.  The speed boat crossing will take about 3-4 hours from Padang harbor-Kandui Villas.
Welcome to Kandui Villas- Paradise on Earth !

Upon your arrival to Kandui Villas, you will be given a welcome drink, a meal if you are hungry, shown to you Uma, and given a run down on all the important information you need to know for your stay at Kandui Villas. Some eager guests may decide to skip all the formalities, grab their favorite board, and hit the surf, jump in the swimming pool or go get all the tension from their travels massaged out of them. What ever you do at this point is entirely up to you, and our well trained staff is at your beckon call to help facilitate, what we hope, will be the best vacation experience of  your entire life.
Kandui Villas-Padang : 
On the last day of the trip, you will settle up bar tabs, and/or any other extras you indulged in during your Kandui Villas stay, at the office, say good bye to your favorite Kandui Villas staff members, and basically repeat steps 1-7 above, but in reverse.  Please be careful to make sure you have packed everything that you want, and need to go home with, including the form you were given by Indonesian Immigration upon arrival, as you will need it to be able to leave the country. Please note that before boarding your domestic Indonesian flight from Padang you will be required to pay 40,000 RP airport tax before boarding the plane, and you will later have to pay an additional 150,000 RP international departure tax before boarding your flight out of Indonesia. Thank you for visiting Kandui Villas, and we look forward to seeing you again next time!


Bateaux et accès : 

Kandui et Baby Kandui sont en face de Kanduis Beach Villas, il y a une vingtaine d’autres spots à 30 minutes de bateau. Pour vous amener surfer, nous nous sommes équipés de nombreux bateaux : deux canaux en plastiques de 5mètres, un speed boat de 5.2mètres , et quatres bateaux de 15 mètres de long pour accéder aux spots plus éloignés : Hideaways, Nipussi, Burgerworld et E-Bay. 


                                                            Kandui Island Waves' : 


 Kandui Left AKA Nokanduis 

Kandui Left = a startlingly fast, hollow perfect wave, known as the best left in the world, by any person and any top pro surfers who have surfed it on a good day. One of those rare things in the surfing world that lives up to the hype, and then some. Unless you grew up with Pipeline, Teahupoo, Grajagan, Cloudbreak or a NASCAR track in your front yard, few waves in the world are preparation for the length, depth and intensity of Kandui Left. Surfers from around the world come back to Kandui to figure it out and get it wired, and once they have caught one good wave there, they are hooked for life, and keep coming back to add minutes and hours of tube time to their life inventory.

Kandui Right AKA Rifles : 

Just ask 10-time world champion Kelly Slater or anyone else who has charged it and you’ll understand it lives up to Jordan Heuer’s description: “Kandui Right (AKA Rifles) is the best right hander in the entire world. It can be up to 800+ yards long, with freight train tube after freight train tube from start to finish. Better than J-Bay, better than Sanur, or any other famous right handers in the world, and I have heard several top pros all say the same thing". Rifles is only six minutes from Kandui Villas.

Baby Kandui : 

When Kandui Left is giant and only mad dogs and Englishmen are game to charge it at 12-foot plus, other mortals take the five-minute paddle down the beach to Baby Kandui, or paddle off the beach directly in front of the beach jetty in front of Kandui Villas. When the swell is giant, Baby Kandui is a 300 yard long, tubing left hander, with 3-4 tube sections on each wave.  When Baby Kandui is small and high tide, it is an easy, long, left that is ideal for hot dogging, or long boarding.

Malibu Right :

Only five minutes from Kandui Villas, this is a short but sometimes fun, easy right breaking on a small, one-palm tree sand island.

Playgrounds Left and Right AKA Karambat Left, Bikinis or G-strings : 

Around the northern tip of the island and on the northeast side, but only five minutes by dinghy from Kandui Villas. This wave is predominantly a long easy left, but also has a right hander off of it when it gets a bit bigger. A good tune-up for surfers who don’t want to immediately fling themselves into the maw of Kandui. The view of all the surrounding islands from Karambat will knock the jet lag out of you and leave no doubt you’re not in Kansas anymore.

4 Bob : 

Located directly in front of the Kandui Resort on the east side of the island, 4 Bobs is a fun, hot-dog right-hander that is many steps down in intensity from Kandui/Kanduis/Nokandui, but is still better than 99% of the waves wherever you came from. Surfers who haven’t managed a turn while racing the barrels elsewhere come to 4 Bobs to throw spray and get airs

A Frames : 

A popular, consistent left breaking off a small island on the east side of the main island, and is only 5 minutes from Kandui Villas.  A Frames can be high performance heaven for goofyfoots, but will also throw up a barrel to remind surfers why they came all that way.


                                                            Niang Niang Island waves' :  

Niang Niang Island is northwest of Kandui and is home to a half-dozen beaks.

E-bay :

Twenty minutes from Kandui Villas, E-Bay is a fickle left reef that fires when the swell is out of the west. E-Bay starts to grind when it’s overhead and goes to double overhead plus and is a fairly typical, perfect, hollow grinding Mentawai left barrel.

BankVaults : 

About 15 minutes by boat from Kandui Villas, Bank Vaults is the 2nd best right hander in the Mentawai after Rifles, often compared to a cross between Backdoor Pipeline and Sunset Beach, but better, and with much easier drops. At any size, Bank Vaults offers amazing tube rides, but when it’s big, this spot has the biggest right hand tubes in the Mentawai Islands.

Nipussi : 

A right reef about 15 minutes by fast longboat from Kandui Villas. If you’re tired of going Mach One through barrels frontside or backside, Nipussi is the place to go for hitting the lip, launching your bag of tricks and big carves. In other words: A performance wave that actually lets you out of the barrel from time to time. Nipussi is one of the more consistent, reliable waves in the Playgrounds inventory.

PitStops :

Twenty minutes from Kandui, Pit Stops is kind of like sushi, or other acquired tastes: Some people swear by it, others swear at it. Pit Stops is a right reef and a favorite wave for surfers who want to work on their aerials, tailslides and other tricks. In other words: A hotdog wave that will still barrel, although a lot of surfers prefer to float over the barrel than ride in them on this wave.

BengBeng :

If you want to come to the Mentawai and enjoy the view and surf without worrying about getting caught inside or trapped inside the barrel, Beng Beng is one of  the spots. Anywhere else in the world, Beng Beng would cause riots but this left reef – which is better on lower tides – is one of the easier nearby waves when the easy waves in the Kandui area are not working – and Beng Beng is a good tune-up for the more Black Diamond waves available. Beng Beng is 25 minutes from Kandui.


                                                            Mainuk Island Waves' :

Directly to the north of Kandui is the island of Mainuk, which is home to another left reef called Hideaways. 

Hideaways : 

Hideaways got it's name, because it is on the west side of a small island somewhat shadowed by Nyang Nyang and Karangmajat. Hideaways is a left reef that everyone knows about and keeps a weather eye on, for that proper combination of swell angle and wind. When it is small it can be fun, and playful, but when it gets big, it approaches the Teahupoo and Pipeline class for challenge and perfect gnarliness. Hideaways is 10 minutes from Kandui.


                                                           Karangniki Island Waves' : 

Burgerworld : 

Even farther to the northwest, the island of Karangniki is close to Siberut and is home to Burgerworld: As the name implies, Burger World is not the fastest or most powerful wave in the Playgrounds inventory, but it’s one of the more consistent waves in the area, and a place surfers flock to on those rare occasions when there is no swell. When it is in the shoulder-high-to-a-couple-feet-over-head range, Burgerworld is a long rippable right hand point break with some tube sections, and has been compared to a section of small J-Bay by some of the top touring pros.


Services and Facilities  

Other Activities :


Besides our luxury Uma accommodations, Restaurant, Bar/Palapa, Game Room, and Spa facilities, Kandui Villas also boasts the fastest Internet connection in the Mentawai islands, with WiFi around the entire pool area, and Internet via cable in all of the umas. We have PCs available in the office, and besides that we recommend bringing your laptops.

We also have a host of other activities including surfing, beach volley ball, billiards, ping pong, boce ball, horse shoes, snorkeling, board games, satellite television for your favorite shows, news, and sports, as well as a large library of DVD movies.

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 favorite 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 favorite 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.
The Restaurant : 
The restaurant is 14 x 12 meters and two stories, located directly next to the swimming pool and connected by a wooden deck which wraps around the pool and leads to a game room, bar, and palapa.

Good food is vital to surfers burning calories in perfect waves under the tropical sun. The Kandui Villas menu features local seafood caught by villagers and guests, but also a variety of Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Thai, Chinese, American, and Indonesian cuisine. Barbecues are also popular at Kandui Beach Villas, and all that protein is served alongside organically-grown vegetables from a massive green house on the property.

The Spa :
Welcome to our Kandui Coconut spa.We offer a variety of theraputic massage to relax a sooth away sore muscles from travel,surf and everyday stress. The massage oil we use is very special, homemade raw coconut oil. Shredded and pressed lovingly by our indonesian staff. Known for its medicinal properties for the skin and hair.
Enjoy sitting by our fountain in the peaceful garden area where you can sip tea and relax, while waiting for your therapist to greet you.
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 Uma : 
Kandui Villas consists of nine luxury umas, 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 Mentawaii 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).
The back one-third of each uma is built on a massive cistern which holds close to 10,000 gallons of rain 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.

Tsunami Preparedness  

The recent 7.7 earthquake in October of 2010 had its epicenter 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 epicenter, the magnitude of the quake, as well as the depth of the quake, within two minutes from the time of the event.

Kandui Villas 360 Panoramic Photos  

Bar photo

Swimming pool area 1

Swimming pool area 2

Swimming pool area 3

Swimming pool area 4

Swimming pool area 5

Gym 1

Gym 2

Gym 3

Yoga room 1

Yoga room 2

Restaurant exterior 1

Restaurant exterior 2

Bar exterior

Uma exterior

Game Room 1

Game room 2