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 Очень хороший отель! Very nice hotel!

Nov 17, 2019 sergboik Kazan, Russia

very good diving! Russian-speaking instructor Atef is above all praise. although I was very afraid to dive into the sea, Atef was able to fall in love with me diving. the hotel has a wonderful Spa, very tasty and varied food, very surprised at the variety of veggie dishes. beautiful beaches of istvida.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Paradise on earth!!!

Nov 16, 2019 Cassy87 Gallese

We loved everything. Bandos is a stunning island, but the kindness and courtesy of the staff makes it even more beautiful. We Got an upgrade for a beach villa. The food at the gallery restaurant was great, but we also enjoyed (and loved) eating at Huvan’s and the Sea Breaze. Amazing! I suggest you to eat the crêpe suzette and the tuna steak. The… Read more
We loved everything. Bandos is a stunning island, but the kindness and courtesy of the staff makes it even more beautiful. We Got an upgrade for a beach villa. The food at the gallery restaurant was great, but we also enjoyed (and loved) eating at Huvan’s and the Sea Breaze. Amazing! I suggest you to eat the crêpe suzette and the tuna steak. The japanese restaurant with his cooking show is unbealivable! We hope to come back very soon. It was an unforgettable journey. Thank you Bandos! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Still great convenience, value and quality - thanks to the staff!

Nov 14, 2019 Mihir_tx Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

I have always said that the most important component to any resort or hotel is the staff. No matter how much (or how little) facilities, amenities, or technology a hotel may offer, what makes or breaks its success comes down to the people that are serving the guests. This is precisely what we experienced at Bandos and why we have been coming back… Read more
I have always said that the most important component to any resort or hotel is the staff. No matter how much (or how little) facilities, amenities, or technology a hotel may offer, what makes or breaks its success comes down to the people that are serving the guests. This is precisely what we experienced at Bandos and why we have been coming back over the past 5 years. In a nutshell, the resort itself may not be as opulent and glammy as some other 5-6 star properties across the many islands of the Maldives, but in my opinion, Bandos is perhaps the best, most convenient, most family-friendly and affordable dive resorts in the Maldives! We recently spent a week there with two small kids (toddler and infant) and found it to be the perfect place to manage little kids and have a great time as a family. My only criticism would be of the front desk administrative staff, who do the check-in and check-out. Basically, these are the people who are in charge of taking your money and their attitudes resemble the worst stereotypes of civil service bureaucrats imaginable; inflexible, unhelpful and sometimes even surly! But their lack of hospitality will not prevent us from coming back to Bandos, because the convenience and quality of the facilities, value for money and all the rest of the staff - from the restaurant servers and chefs, to the baggage handlers and housekeepers, to the boat crews and not to mention, that nice airport attendant who has been there to greet us at the airport with a warm smile for the past 5 years – are all the factors that will keep us coming back. The Dive Center I have to write a separate paragraph for the dive center. I’ve been diving all over the world for over 25 years and I think I can safely say that Dive Bandos is one of the best operations I have experienced. Beyond being extremely well-organized operation with a highly professional team of instructors, divemasters and boat crew, I found Dive Bandos to be a relaxing, stress-free dive experience with a large well managed facility and people who take the time to get to know divers individually and tailor to their needs according to skill level and experience. Over the years of experiencing various dive operators, I have come to appreciate how rare it is to find a dive operation that can successfully make things fun and relaxing, while staying organized and maintaining a high level of safety and professionalism. Again, I attribute its success to its people! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great honeymoon resort

Nov 13, 2019 FellowTraveler815915

Beautiful place for honeymoon, but not for singles that want to dance, or party on vacation. Nothing to do at this resort but sit on the beach. No variety of music, nightlife, all inclusive payment not all inclusive. You only get certain drinks, can only eat in certain places with the all inclusive.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely island with great staff

Nov 13, 2019 corky617 West Sussex

We stayed at Bandos for 6 nights in November and enjoyed our stay. We were in the Deluxe villas which gave us extra space and a lovely big bed. The only suggestion for improvement in the room would be to include a robe and better lighting at the bathroom mirror. There were some lovely touches though including an adapter for the electric plugs and… Read more
We stayed at Bandos for 6 nights in November and enjoyed our stay. We were in the Deluxe villas which gave us extra space and a lovely big bed. The only suggestion for improvement in the room would be to include a robe and better lighting at the bathroom mirror. There were some lovely touches though including an adapter for the electric plugs and lots of free drinking water. The staff were the best part of the holiday, they were always cheerful, friendly and helpful. We bought the All inclusive package which was good value as we ate at the Gallery restaurant 4 times and then paid for the Japanese and the Thai meals. The Thai restaurant is being converted into a grill bar so you can get the Thai food via the Sea Breeze restaurant. The AI drinks menu wasn’t extensive but the G@T was decent and the beer was Carlsberg. The house wine was Argentinian and OK. I think the food could become a little repetitive if you stayed for 2 weeks but is fine for one. The only bugbear were the mosquitoes. The little tiger mossie is black and white striped, flies silently and is everywhere on the island so take some room repellent and use a high DEET spray after using suntan cream. Better still find a breezy spot as they don’t fly in the wind. I saw them spraying the undergrowth on our last night but it will take an industrial operation to remove the little blighter or biters! There are busy sections of the beach near the Huvan bar where the beach is biggest but we found little shaded areas at the north of the island where there was some breeze. There is some work being completed near the jetty with a lot of noise coming from a digger re arranging the break water and there is a wooden partition to screen us from the view in that direction. We used the modern well equipped and well air conditioned gym a few times and it was excellent. The Spa was also very good but pricey as the entry level Indian head massage cost $75 plus 20% tax! The coral is fairly bleached but there is plenty of sea life as I spotted Tuna, Barracuda, Reef Sharks and all the cast of Nemo too. All together the holiday was lovely with the staff making our stay extra special. I would recommend the Deluxe villa and the AI package. Read less