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, canned fruit juices and still bottled water. 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 or pay 12 stay 14, valid for stays between 21 Apr–31 Oct '20. Based on bed and breakfast basis.

    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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic!

Mar 14, 2020 lg_esausto57 Imola, Italy

We have been in a Superior Villa in a fantastic location, just in the midle from the Private Villa to the Water Sports Area. If we news to be there again we will ask to stay in the same Villa. The Main Restaurant was exellent
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Poor customer service and pervert employees during excursions

Mar 14, 2020 pedro_crds Southampton, United Kingdom

It started well, with a nice room and good welcome. However, in a excursion on a bottom glass boat on Weds 26th of Feb, the tour guide on the boat made my girlfriend feel very uncomfortable, he would not stop staring and even looked under her skirt whilst the boat was moving, which shocked us. This was out of order, He asked to make an official… Read more
It started well, with a nice room and good welcome. However, in a excursion on a bottom glass boat on Weds 26th of Feb, the tour guide on the boat made my girlfriend feel very uncomfortable, he would not stop staring and even looked under her skirt whilst the boat was moving, which shocked us. This was out of order, He asked to make an official complain at hotel, reception acknowledged this but never got back to us and no apology was ever received. That nearly putted us off going on another excursion but nevertheless we did the island hopping excursion on Sat 29th of Feb, the tour guide was very good at first but at the end, he asked for a review and hold the tablet for my girlfriend to type and then we noticed how he kept looking at my girlfriend's cleavage, he did do that to other ppl that came on the trip, again very unpleasant, this time we didnt bother to complain. Quality of food was inconsistent but breakfast had a good variety, the room was cleaned everyday and they brought fresh water in the evening which was nice. Location is great and snorkeling experience was the best but unfortunately the whole trip was overshadowed by the excursion experiences. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Relaxing getaway

Mar 14, 2020 545kseniyas Maldives

As i work in Maldives, i also need time to rest and have fun. Have visited some resorts and local islands before, but here I really had a feeling of calm, serene relaxing. Room was clean , spacious and on the beach , sea is clean and beautiful with a nice beach, pleasant entrance - soft sand , big in-house reef, sunbeds , hammocks around , great… Read more
As i work in Maldives, i also need time to rest and have fun. Have visited some resorts and local islands before, but here I really had a feeling of calm, serene relaxing. Room was clean , spacious and on the beach , sea is clean and beautiful with a nice beach, pleasant entrance - soft sand , big in-house reef, sunbeds , hammocks around , great green territory. Food in the buffet restaurant is great and tasty. Recommend and I ll be back definitely as it is just 15 min away from airport, super easy to reach. Read less
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Mar 12, 2020 vnaisanguansri Bangkok, Thailand

I really enjoyed my experiences at the Bandos Maldives. The sea view is great, good variety of food but above all the service-minded staffs were fantastic!! It was my lovely week very well spent at the resort and I definitely will consider coming back again.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great snorkelling and only a short boat trip from the airport.

Mar 12, 2020 Steve L Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

We had a Deluxe Double and the room was lovely, bed very comfortable all the usual facilities and a big bathroom with lovely shower. Because this is a small Island all the rooms were just a minute walk to the beach, in fact I would say no difference between the location of the rooms to the beach whichever standard of room you choose. We chose half… Read more
We had a Deluxe Double and the room was lovely, bed very comfortable all the usual facilities and a big bathroom with lovely shower. Because this is a small Island all the rooms were just a minute walk to the beach, in fact I would say no difference between the location of the rooms to the beach whichever standard of room you choose. We chose half board and all meals (whether all-inclusive or not) are buffet style in the same restaurant. The other satellite restaurants offer different cuisine's but are all extra, even if all-inclusive. The drinks are quite expensive but not too bad considering you are a captive audience (about 22USD for a large beer and a G+T). On our first night they were offering some deals on bottles of wine which we took and that was better that about 15USD a glass! We just took the wine to dinner each night and there was no problem getting glasses and an ice bucket. The snorkelling is the thing you go to the Maldives for and it is great here, you can snorkel straight off the beach and it was excellent. Definitely worth taking you own masks as they charge for the loan of those too. If I had to be a bit critical, the buffet breakfast and dinner get a bit repetitive after a few nights, they try and change a few options around but it doesn't make that much difference, the quality of the food is not that great for the money you pay, although this is obviously mass catering! Read less