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

  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Tennis
  • Babysitting service
  • Kids Club
  • Families
  • Honeymoon
  • Bar
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access

Where is it

In North Malé Atoll. Transfer time from Malé International Airport: 15 minutes by speedboat operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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.

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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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Such a beautiful time!

Jan 23, 2022 annagU4483CS

It was so beautiful and relaxing! The whole island is so pretty and the staff ist amazing! Iyaadh was very funny in Club House, and Goli, Zarey and Anoof were the kindest in the restaurant! Would love to come back and see you guys again! :))
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A perfect end to our Maldivian Adventure

Jan 23, 2022 muelly0 Preston, United Kingdom

Very convenient location for a few days of relaxing after touring the Southern Ari Atoll. The island is beautiful, gorgeous beaches with some great hidden away spots for escaping any crowd, incredible snorkelling (We saw Black tipped reef sharks (not dangerous), Octopus, Squid, Moray Eel, Eagle Rays and turtles.. along with a million other… Read more
Very convenient location for a few days of relaxing after touring the Southern Ari Atoll. The island is beautiful, gorgeous beaches with some great hidden away spots for escaping any crowd, incredible snorkelling (We saw Black tipped reef sharks (not dangerous), Octopus, Squid, Moray Eel, Eagle Rays and turtles.. along with a million other fish). We stayed in a beach villa, which was awesome, with an outdoor bathroom and tonnes of space. Not easy to meet people at Bandos, everyone seemed to keep themselves to themselves, but the staff more than made up for this as we got on so well with Suresh, Sham, Marvel, Jaiveer and a few of the Seabreeze team! Kept our G&T’s topped up. Suresh was stand out, he was always smiling, very welcoming and attentive at meal times in the main restaurant. Be kind to the guys looking after you here, they work hard and are often a long way away from home. Guests seem to keep themselves to themselves so it was great to have some entertaining conversations with the staff. All in all a fantastic stay! Slight improvement on food in the buffet and updating of the rooms would be nice, and some sort of meet-&-greet event would have been good to meet the other guests up for socialising, but a great value stay nonetheless. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great for families, avoid for young couples

Jan 19, 2022 43tabaraks London, United Kingdom

Great for families, avoid for couples and honeymooners. Firstly, I’d like to say we primarily chose Bandos due to its vicinity to male international airport. A short 15 minute boat ride which is more than enough for a 4 year old who already spent 11 hours on a plane! The hotel facilities are fine. Nothing incredible, nothing bad. We stayed in… Read more
Great for families, avoid for couples and honeymooners. Firstly, I’d like to say we primarily chose Bandos due to its vicinity to male international airport. A short 15 minute boat ride which is more than enough for a 4 year old who already spent 11 hours on a plane! The hotel facilities are fine. Nothing incredible, nothing bad. We stayed in the deluxe beach villas. The room is spacious. The beds are comfortable but the toilets are very old and very basic. No luxurious feelings from the room in general. The beaches are incredible, a given on any Maldivian island. Things that Bandos excels at: The staff. Every single one of them was kind friendly and approachable. Special thanks to Ibrahim, Robin, Joemark, Suresh, Sushmi, Harsha, Chefs Ajay, Nadheem, Shahid, Ahmed, Dili. All of them were a genuine pleasure to speak to and to be around The kids club, Emily and Jessa were absolutely wonderful with our son and made our stay a thousand times better than if they were not there. I’m forever grateful for giving our son a memorable holiday. The not so great things As I mentioned the room was not what you’d describe luxurious. The service was a little lacking, I called once asking if someone can bring us a plaster as our 4 year old had hurt himself and would not let us leave the room. We were told no one can come and we’d have to make the long walk to reception to get a plaster. Seemed an easy request to just fulfil… The guests…I’m a citizen of the world. I’ve lived in 5 different countries. I’m fluent in 3 languages. I was looking forward to spending time with fellow guests and getting to know them. Instead I was surrounded by Russians who smoked on the beaches, walked on coral, played loud music on the beach and littered. At no point did anyone working at the hotel tried to stop any of this. I was extremely disappointed in the lack of implementation of the rules. Russian women arriving at the gallery restaurant barely dressed and walking around bare foot. Cutting into queues and refusing to acknowledge anyone around them. At one point one took a chair from our table without so much as looking in our direction. I understand the need for resorts to take guests from wherever with the restraints due to COVID. BUT there is no excuse for not asking guests to stick to the rules and to abide by common courtesy. Especially when it’s affecting guests of other nationalities. You can see from the reviews that I’m not the only one who has mentioned this problem and I will not be the last unless the resort starts to take this seriously. All in all, we enjoyed our stay but small things could be improved to take this resort from a 4 out of 5 to a 5 out of 5. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Relaxed and extremely friendly staff

Jan 16, 2022 40tharindup Colombo, Sri Lanka

It was my honeymoon and Suresh from the all day dining restaurant made the stay extra special for us. Bandos has many picture perfect locations and there were many Sri Lankan staff who came up to us was extremely hospitable.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Second visit, still as gorgeous

Jan 10, 2022 Longggm27651 Manchester, United Kingdom

We came back for a number of reasons, its almost impossible to count them all, my children love the place like its their home and the staff is more like a family to us! Only minus's remain the wifi and the bathroom cleanliness, it doesn't affect however the overall experience, at least for us. If you seek any special attention the person to talk… Read more
We came back for a number of reasons, its almost impossible to count them all, my children love the place like its their home and the staff is more like a family to us! Only minus's remain the wifi and the bathroom cleanliness, it doesn't affect however the overall experience, at least for us. If you seek any special attention the person to talk to is Taha, he attended to all our needs in a timely manner and on daily basis, he's a very special (and handsome) service champion! Suraj is an incredible barman! he remembered all our preferences, even 5 months later!!!!!!! Families will create timeless memories at Bandos, i recommend it. Read less