Bandos Maldives

Maldives, Indian Ocean

The hotel

Bandos Maldives is a perfect setting for a romantic getaway or two weeks of heaven away from the pressures of everyday life. This haven of tranquillity is nestled in lush green vegetation around its own lagoon, with white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. For those looking for a more active holiday, there's plenty to do. The resort has a state-of-the-art sports complex, a swimming pool and wading pool for children, and a water sports centre. The PADI dive centre, run by a team of experienced instructors, offers the chance to view sharks, rays and turtles in their natural habitat. The reef at Bandos is one of the best in the North Malé Atoll and you'll also have access to over 40 different dive locations further afield. There are also exciting game fishing excursions in the hotel's own well-equipped vessel. With warm, attentive service, a choice of rooms and villas, and the option to upgrade to a premium dine-around meal plan, we're pretty sure you won't want to leave.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Families
  • Honeymoon
  • Kids Club
  • Babysitting service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location

Where is it

In North Malé Atoll. Transfer time from Malé International Airport: 15 minutes by speedboat.

Hotel information

216 rooms and villas. All with terrace, air-conditioning, complimentary WiFi, satellite TV, telephone, tea/coffee-making facilities, mini-bar*, safe and hairdryer. Standard Rooms with thatched ceiling are located on the north-west side of the island, with 1 double or 2 twin beds (extra bed available), sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.3

All Inclusive option: includes buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main Gallery Restaurant (meals from other restaurants and special dinners at a supplement, reservations required). Regular tea and coffee, and a selection of house wines and house spirits (including gin, vodka, rum and whiskey), from 10.00am–midnight in selected outlets, plus selected cocktails, mocktails and selected sparkling wines, and draught beers. Soft drinks and canned fruit juices 10:00am–8:00pm and still bottled water at all outlets. Afternoon tea, coffee and snacks. Windsurfing and canoeing (both maximum 2 hours per person per day), daylight tennis, table tennis and billiards (all including equipment, lessons at a charge), plus use of the fitness centre, steam room and sauna, and step/spinning classes. 

Dine-Around All Inclusive option (minimum stay 5 nights): Includes buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner in either the main Gallery Restaurant or in the resort's à la carte restaurants: breakfast at Sea Breeze Café, lunch at Huvan Bar or Sea Breeze Café, and 3-course dinner from menu at Huvan Bar and Sea Breeze Café, plus one dinner per 5-night stay at Koon Thai Restaurant (reservations required). Selected branded drinks, plus exclusive wines (sparkling, rosé, white and red) by the glass or by the bottle during meal times, selection of cocktails and mocktails, selection of International beers, a selection of branded spirits (gin, vodka, rum, whiskey, tequila, brandy, bourbon, liqueurs). Afternoon tea. Windsurfing and canoeing (both maximum 2 hours per person per day), use of snorkelling equipment, table tennis and billiards (all including equipment, lessons at a charge), plus use of the fitness centre, steam room and sauna, and step/spinning classes. One excursion per guest per 5-night stay: night fishing excursion, half-day island hopping excursion (transfers included, operates three times per week) or a 30-minute glass-bottom boat ride. 15% discount on other excursions (excluding Photo Flight and Submarine Dive). One 55-minute massage/spa treatment per person for every 5-nights stay (subject to availability and advanced reservation required).

Please note: meal plans commence at 2:00pm on arrival day and end at noon on departure day. Upon check-in, a wrist band must be worn at all times (there is a $25 charge for lost bands). Some premium food and drink items (not on the applicable All Inclusive lists) are at a supplement, as well as shisha, food and drinks from Umi Yaki, room service, mini-bar items, private dinners and theme dinners. All drinks are by the glass. 

Half Board option: Includes buffet breakfast and dinner in the main Gallery Restaurant. Water included during meal times (all other drinks payable locally).

Full Board option: Includes buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main Gallery Restaurant (excluding drinks). Water included during meal times (all other drinks payable locally).

Garden Villas are located near the pool and have a private patio, with 1 double bed plus extra bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Deluxe Rooms are located on the north east side of the island and have a separate lounge area, with 1 double or 2 twin beds (2 extra beds available), sleeping maximum 3 adults plus 1 child or 2 adults and 2 children.

Superior Beach Villas are located on the south side of the island and are on 2 storeys with an outside Whirpool bath, open-air bathroom and separate living area, with 1 double bed (2 extra beds available), sleeping maximum 3 adults.

16 Beach Villas (available for stays from 1 Jan'20) have direct access to the beach and feature an outdoor shower.

8 Superior Beach Villas (available for stays 1 Jan'20 ) located on the ground floor or first floor with private balcony, surrounded by lush, tropical vegetation.

  • Free nights: pay 6, stay 7; pay 12, stay 14, valid for stays between 26 Apr–31 Oct '19.

    Terms & conditions apply.  

4 restaurants: Gallery Restaurant (International buffet and theme nights, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner), Koon Thai Restaurant (authentic Thai cuisine, open for dinner), Umi Yaki (Japanese restaurant, open for dinner), Sea Breeze Café (24-hour dining). 3 bars: Pool Bar, Huvan all-day bar and Sand Bar, classic island beach bar with live bands or disco evenings. Swimming pool. Spa* with steam room, sauna, gym, hairdressing salon* and beauty treatments* including massage, manicures and pedicures. Clubhouse* with floodlit tennis courts, badminton and billiards. PADI Dive centre* with decompression chamber. Water sports* including windsurfing, snorkelling and catamaran sailing. Deep-sea fishing* can be arranged locally. Regular evening entertainment. Complimentary supervised kid's club (3–11 years) open from 8.00am–5.00pm (payable locally for children up to 3 years*). Babysitting*. Gift shop. Complimentary WiFi in the lobby and all restaurants/bars except the buffet restaurant.

7 nights 24 Dec–6 Jan. No checkouts permitted 31 Dec and 1 Jan. 

*Denotes local charge.

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Jul 21, 2019 balrajam Kannur, India

We had booked deluxe and jacuzzi villa.the Deluxe room bathroom door should be maintained. Jacuzzi villa was excellently located. Must stay and enjoy the sea at its best. The atmosphere was very pleasant and peaceful.The club house facilities and the swimming pool were definitely one of the attractions for a chilling atmosphere. The food was… Read more
We had booked deluxe and jacuzzi villa.the Deluxe room bathroom door should be maintained. Jacuzzi villa was excellently located. Must stay and enjoy the sea at its best. The atmosphere was very pleasant and peaceful.The club house facilities and the swimming pool were definitely one of the attractions for a chilling atmosphere. The food was extremely delicious and contained a variety of attractive items. The healthy salads and appetizers were delicious and filling. One swimming pool was not sufficient for the entire area. The speed boat drive to and fro from the Bandos island was rejuvenating but little expensive. The treatment of the staff towards the customers were very warm and welcoming. It was a memorable experience and we had a lot to explore and discover. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Bandos Island- a paradise in the ocean

Jul 21, 2019 arezakhan

The Bandos Island resort is a great place to visitors in Maldives. Conveniently located, about 20 minutes from the airport by boat, this island resort offers a world class hospitality to the visitors. With the abundance of facilities offered at the island, this facility would surely enchant the visiting guests to choose and stay longer at the… Read more
The Bandos Island resort is a great place to visitors in Maldives. Conveniently located, about 20 minutes from the airport by boat, this island resort offers a world class hospitality to the visitors. With the abundance of facilities offered at the island, this facility would surely enchant the visiting guests to choose and stay longer at the resort. The exquisite cuisine, service, and the friendly waiters will always be remembered. Moreover the serene beauty of the open sea and the excursions that could be availed would always attract the tourists for longer stays. I would recommend tourists visiting Maldives, to choose this island at least for once, to come and enjoy the facilities offered at the resort. Read less
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Jul 17, 2019 cottageDubai_UAE Dubai, UAE

If you are looking for a 4 or 5 Star resort this is not for you. If you have been to the Maldives before this is definitely not for you. Bandos at best is an entry level 3 Star. The staff are awful no welcome no smile nothing. The check in is a laborious exercise taking 30 minutes where they patronisingly tell you to watch a four minute video… Read more
If you are looking for a 4 or 5 Star resort this is not for you. If you have been to the Maldives before this is definitely not for you. Bandos at best is an entry level 3 Star. The staff are awful no welcome no smile nothing. The check in is a laborious exercise taking 30 minutes where they patronisingly tell you to watch a four minute video telling you not to touch the reefs which is fair enough but I don’t need an infantile video to tell me, however we never found this colorful reef they were so keen to protect. The food is at very best average in all 3 dining areas. The rooms are ridiculous with the bedrooms upstairs and bathroom downstairs stairs so the middle of the night visits are a mission. The linen is well past it’s sell by date and should have been replaced at least a year ago. They laughing call a guy sweeping the floor and sometimes leaving a bottle of water housekeeping. The mini bar is never replenished. You even have to call reception for toilet paper. Landscaping is almost non existent with pathways covered in debris or swept into bushes or branches thrown onto lawns. On checking out we asked for our bill and the only words spoken were “room number” that was it. No I hope you enjoyed your stay please come back again. Nothing. It’s all cash cash cash with this group. If you can find anywhere else I would strongly suggest you do. Read less
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Jul 16, 2019 Anna P

It is a very incredibile place to stay, the staf is very friendly, socialble and careful. The food is realy good and even the location. They prepared a sicret party for My 50 birthday and everything Was amaizing. It was a wonderful experience for all the family
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Jul 14, 2019 Jarek K Singapore, Singapore

Great place and fantastic staff. We stay at beach villa which had a room at second story. If I come second time I will chose a place with layout across one floor. Jacuzzi at bathroom was tempting but abundance of water activities around made this addendum obsolete. Food varied between very good and good but everyone find something for oneself.