Bandos Island, North Male Atoll The Maldives, Central Islands
In operation for 40 plus years, Bandos has benefited from constant intelligent investment. It is a 4-star property and is just a quick 10-minute speedboat ride away. The island is excellent value with a superb diving base, medical centre, teenager and toddler club and a good choice of restaurants.
With 227 rooms, this resort is neither small nor intimate, so please do not choose Bandos if pure escapism is what you are after. This is a great resort for all the family. The diving school is excellent and the house reef means there is plenty of opportunities to admire exotic marine life just off the beach. There is a serious amount of facilities, both water and land-based, while the resort offers a great many excursions at reasonable prices.
In general, the extras bill at this hotel will be lower than most, again useful for those with families. The staff are friendly, the standard of English very high and the general atmosphere is good.
The 4-star rating better reflects the facilities on offer than the standard of the accommodation. However, the newly built Water Villas and Beach Villas are of an extremely good standard. The Beach Villas are built over two floors and feature a Jacuzzi on the ground floor and a bedroom and private balcony on the upper level. The standard rooms are decent, though simple but all are beach fronted, as are the Junior Suites. The Garden Suites are located in the middle of the island facing the pool and the landscaped gardens.
The Sand Bar is a bit of an institution and is open 24 hours a day, an unusual feature for the Maldives and there are two other bars also.
All in all a highly recommended island for those with families or for guests wanting to enjoy a lively island with plenty of facilities and options and excellent marine life.
Deluxe - This is our first really 'upmarket' category. It might be a beautiful tiny hotel with very limited facilities or a 5* resort hotel with all the trimmings; but any hotel in this category will be a well-run establishment with very comfortable rooms, a strong service ethos and excellent food.
- Beach Volleyball
- Big Game Fishing
- Business Centre
- Hobbiecat Sailing
- House Reef
- Kids Club
- Kite surfing
- PADI Diving School
- Teens Club
- Tennis Court