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; pay 12, stay 14, valid for stays between 26 Apr–31 Oct '19.

    Terms & conditions apply.  

  • 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 A fun time in the Maldives!

Sep 14, 2019 Behappyeachday Singapore, Singapore

We had a fantastic time at Bandos staying a week in a Standard room with a view of the crystal clear azure sea from the room, just a few steps from the powdery white sand beach. Overall, this resort has a very laid-back and relaxed feel. Very homey and comfortable without the pretentiousness you find at some fancy resorts. Our Favorite… Read more
We had a fantastic time at Bandos staying a week in a Standard room with a view of the crystal clear azure sea from the room, just a few steps from the powdery white sand beach. Overall, this resort has a very laid-back and relaxed feel. Very homey and comfortable without the pretentiousness you find at some fancy resorts. Our Favorite Experiences 1. The beautiful beach and calm sea with house reef just a couple of meters from shore means that one can see lots of fish without having to go too deep. There were pufferfish, sharks, parrotfish, titan triggerfish and even turtles. Great for kids. It is nice to see that the reef is recovering from the bleaching that has affected the whole of the Maldives with spots of colour returning. Lots of relaxing hammocks and swings all over to lie down in, one even in the sea itself! 2. Food was great. They had a good variety of Western, Asian, Maldivian everyday and the menu changed for each lunch and dinner. Some dishes were outstanding like the Cream of Tomato soup, Chicken fried rice, grilled lamb chops and the dinner dessert live station served up goodies like freshly made churros, coconut ice cream and peach flambé which I looked forward to every day. 3. Clubhouse was fun when you wanted to do something else away from the sea with foosball, table tennis, well equipped gym and games room with billiards and PlayStation. Even tennis, squash and badminton courts. 4. Children’s club was very good with lots of fun activities for my 7 year old including Coconut painting, Kite making, cookie baking, snorkeling etc. My son looked forward to going there every afternoon. 5. Some staff were wonderful, especially the front office manager, Ahmed Afrah and Kid’s club staff Emily, Jessa, Luha and Dhimsha who even made a farewell gift for my son. 6. They don’t nickel and dime you like some other resorts, providing complimentary water at meals and in the room with no hard selling of products or activities. Separate kid’s menu available if needed. 7. Eco-friendly with water provided in glass instead of plastic bottles and paper straws. They have even set up their own coral replanting scheme. 8. Location only 10-15 minutes away from the airport by speedboat means you spend more time on your holiday and less time traveling and waiting at the airport. A big benefit to maximize your fun. A couple suggestions for management to consider to make a great place even better - rental of badminton court was a bit pricey so we didn’t use it. Perhaps offer it on a complimentary basis or lower price? Also, would be nice to have a one for one happy hour like they do in some other resorts. All in all, a great stay with wonderful memories. We look forward to going back someday soon. Highly recommended for families! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful island resort 12 minutes speedboat ride from Male Airport

Sep 9, 2019 Ankit B Bengaluru, India

Stayed for 2 nights with family...small baby. Airport transfers are super easy and you just need to ask the hotel in advance for the transfers. All we did was walk to counter number 2 on arrivals and we were on the speedboat within 5 minutes. The ride was comfortable...upon arrival greeted courteously by staff. Since we reached hotel at 11 am,… Read more
Stayed for 2 nights with family...small baby. Airport transfers are super easy and you just need to ask the hotel in advance for the transfers. All we did was walk to counter number 2 on arrivals and we were on the speedboat within 5 minutes. The ride was comfortable...upon arrival greeted courteously by staff. Since we reached hotel at 11 am, they dropped us off in the waiting lounge in a golf cart till standard checkin time of 2 pm. The resort is very big...quite spacious. The entire island is of Bandos'. Its like a lot of rooms, cottages in a jungle...with beautiful waters and white sand. We stayed in standard room and realized we were better off than the higher category rooms wrt proximity to beach. Our room was beach facing...had all the basic amenities...decent sized. Beach chairs are available in plenty across...The walk from the room to the breakfast / meal zones was beautiful...the meal spreads were very nice...loved them. We took full board package (all meals inclusive) and were satisfied with the value we got. Overall had a very lovely stay at Bandos...do not miss the 30 minute glass bottom boat ride to spot those beautiful creatures of the sea. Would like to thank Ching Ching for really making us feel special and helping us. Will recommend this property to all...couples and couples with kids (preferably over 4 yo+) Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Most Romantic place on Earth

Sep 7, 2019 shwetadiary Doha, Qatar

BANDOS Maldives , I went with my husband and 6 month old baby 20-30 min speedboat drive. They have their counters just exit airport . Just meet the staff they transfers you in boat providing life jackets and water bottles. I recommend this resorts specially because they have watersports ,Scuba diving, Spa, club house, Baby sitter , also they… Read more
BANDOS Maldives , I went with my husband and 6 month old baby 20-30 min speedboat drive. They have their counters just exit airport . Just meet the staff they transfers you in boat providing life jackets and water bottles. I recommend this resorts specially because they have watersports ,Scuba diving, Spa, club house, Baby sitter , also they provide strollers , many more.. You can buy Gems , photographer also they have I rented photographer with drone . If you need any suggestion regarding Maldives resorts how to book where to book message me , For hotels videos check my you tube channel shwetadiary link in Bio Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Had the most amazing holiday.

Sep 5, 2019 Ally M

This was a great report for children, a bit more happening on the island than in some of the other islands. The swimming is amazing with fish so close to the shore. It is worth doing all inclusive, and the including kayaking was brilliant. We loved the very warm pool as well and the children through it was so much fun. We have an interconnecting… Read more
This was a great report for children, a bit more happening on the island than in some of the other islands. The swimming is amazing with fish so close to the shore. It is worth doing all inclusive, and the including kayaking was brilliant. We loved the very warm pool as well and the children through it was so much fun. We have an interconnecting deluxe suite and for 6 of us we had so much room and was great. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing resort - we will be back

Sep 4, 2019 ZuzkaLovesTravelling Dublin, Ireland

Amazing place just 10 minutes away from the airport. Staff very kind and attentive. Transport was super fast. We came, one gentleman was waiting for us and straight away brought us to the boat - upside of close resorts - they can turn boat around more often. Last time in Maldive we went to further resort and had to wait for the boat more than… Read more
Amazing place just 10 minutes away from the airport. Staff very kind and attentive. Transport was super fast. We came, one gentleman was waiting for us and straight away brought us to the boat - upside of close resorts - they can turn boat around more often. Last time in Maldive we went to further resort and had to wait for the boat more than hour. Resort is beautiful. We stayed in Beach Villa and i recommend this. Beach is nicer on this side of the island. Very exotic and just stunning. We went for snorkling and seen many fish and rays. Most of corals are unfortunately dead but you can still see colorful fish. I recommend also Glass Boat - it was great. We had half board and food and selection was just great. Restaurant was amazing, spacious, clean with attentive and very kind and helpful staff. During the day you can go for pizza to different restaurant or order it at the pool. Btw pool was just superb surrounded with palms. Our beach villa had great location (we had 2 villas) - right next to main reception. It was clean and staff were cleaning it more than 2x day. Also there was a water refilled permanently. Wifi was not great but not too bad. We were very lucky with the weather and done some activities too (snorkling trip, jetski). I dont remember when i last time gave 5 bubble rating to some property but i cant really fault this one. Will absolutely come back and recommending BANDOS already to my friends :). Read less