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.

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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Jan 12, 2021 Treed12_2004

We had a fantastic time. We had a beach villa that was tucked away in lush greens that had a very authentic fill. There beach felt very private as little sections were separated by all of the vegetation. Snorkeling was fantastic. Coral everywhere. We had a small wedding ceremony that exceeded all expectations. Amar is the man. So friendly and made… Read more
We had a fantastic time. We had a beach villa that was tucked away in lush greens that had a very authentic fill. There beach felt very private as little sections were separated by all of the vegetation. Snorkeling was fantastic. Coral everywhere. We had a small wedding ceremony that exceeded all expectations. Amar is the man. So friendly and made sure every small detail was taken care of. If there are any couples considering getting married on the island I would recommend it time and time again. Amar and other staff could not have been more accommodating. They even have options for private dinners on the beach which is a pretty awesome experience. Chef John, who has 35+ years of experience, made our food for our private dinner. Food is delicious. We can’t wait for our trip back! They had some pretty cool water sport options that we just didn’t have time to try. Read less
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Jan 11, 2021 A_W_9 London

Excellent stay and very good value for money. Attentive staff, great food and the whole place is very well maintained. One piece of advice, do full board. For our two week stay (2 adults and a child), it was only an extra £100 or so to go full board as opposed to just breakfast. If you pay for lunch and dinner individually, it's US$55 and… Read more
Excellent stay and very good value for money. Attentive staff, great food and the whole place is very well maintained. One piece of advice, do full board. For our two week stay (2 adults and a child), it was only an extra £100 or so to go full board as opposed to just breakfast. If you pay for lunch and dinner individually, it's US$55 and US$60pp respectively. The buffet is varied and good quality. Even if you fancy a change, it's still much cheaper to pay full board and then pay for another restaurant. Read less
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Jan 10, 2021 Gautamc007

I had come for a short vacation with my son and it turned out to be a memorable one. Had a wonderful experience good rooms lovely food great sea experienc and overall the warm and friendly staff who go all the way to make u feel more comfortable. Special mention to the manager who personally looks after each guest query whn possible and very… Read more
I had come for a short vacation with my son and it turned out to be a memorable one. Had a wonderful experience good rooms lovely food great sea experienc and overall the warm and friendly staff who go all the way to make u feel more comfortable. Special mention to the manager who personally looks after each guest query whn possible and very friendly. Would strongly recommend bandos must visit Read less
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Jan 6, 2021 LJDowsett_87 Chester, United Kingdom

We stayed at Bandos over Christmas and new year. We picked Bandos as it was close to Male airport and had read that the snorkelling and diving were good. We weren’t disappointed. The staff all work incredibly hard to make your stay memorable. We felt safe during our stay here even with COVID. I think before anyone travels to the Maldives they… Read more
We stayed at Bandos over Christmas and new year. We picked Bandos as it was close to Male airport and had read that the snorkelling and diving were good. We weren’t disappointed. The staff all work incredibly hard to make your stay memorable. We felt safe during our stay here even with COVID. I think before anyone travels to the Maldives they should remember that ALL food and drink has to be imported to the island and it isn’t cheap!! Hence the higher prices! Roughly $5 for a Soft drink. Bandos offer a range of board basis’s to meet every budget, from full board, AI and premium AI. We opted for the premium all inclusive- this included eating at some of the a la carte restaurants, a spa treatment each and a trip each as well as some premium drinks. For us it was totally worth the money, but I can see how many families would opt for the full board option to reduce costs (especially if they aren’t big drinkers). We took our own snorkel and snorkelled everyday, like many resorts in the Maldives the coral has been bleached- it’s very sad however this is due to global warming and there are many local initiatives to save the coral reefs. This said we saw many large schools of fish where the reef drops off daily, octopus, reef sharks, turtles and many types of tropical fish. The sting rays and shark are fed every night at 7pm in the lagoon by the sea breeze cafe- definitely worth going to watch. The dive school is well organised and my husband went on a few dives, all people we met who were diving were very positive about the instruction and the sites they were taken too. The rooms- we had a deluxe room (because all smaller ones were sold out) it was huge but a little dated- remember you don’t spend much time in your room!! The standard rooms have been refurbished and are very modern, and next to the dive centre, we would have been more than happy with a small room, the garden villas were slightly larger again a little dated. The beach bungalows were impressive to see- but as others have said no rooms are directly onto the beach. This said you walk out your door 20m and on the beautiful beach anywhere on the island I have stayed on another island in the Maldives, and I have to say Bandos is a beautiful island, Its great option close to the airport if you don’t want super luxury (and your not going to get super luxury without the huge price tag) it’s a superb resort for families and couples with guests from all around the world. We would definitely return and recommend staying here to people. Read less
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Jan 2, 2021 dagmarm2021

It was totally heartbreaking left this place. Everything was amazing to us! I traveled with my friend. The resort is friendly to everyone - couples, friends & families. Room was pretty clean, services on top level (clen towels every day, still keeping cleaning room, ..). Food was amazing, every day different offer of delicious meals (at most… Read more
It was totally heartbreaking left this place. Everything was amazing to us! I traveled with my friend. The resort is friendly to everyone - couples, friends & families. Room was pretty clean, services on top level (clen towels every day, still keeping cleaning room, ..). Food was amazing, every day different offer of delicious meals (at most indian food, meats, fishes, salads, planty of fruits, vegetables, desserts,...) Beatches were always clean (even in 6 in the morning), bars are open from 10am (poolbar) and 11 am (beachbar). Amazing restaurants with international offer. But what was the most, was the stuff of resort. They take our vacation to the top level! Always nice, friendly and open to help. I never had the feel before, that someone from stuff is happy to see me. They remember what I like, where I am from, they always smile at me ... I just easely have no words for the services and their approach to the visitors. I love them more as the fact I am om vacation. Thank for they carying about us so well! I appreciate that pretty much. If I can something recommented, is the resort Bandos! Thank you for everything! You make my vacation super special! With love, Dáša Read less