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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Bathala is an island in the Maldives, located in the north Ari Atoll eastern side, close to the outer atoll barrier. The island, home to the Sandies Bathala resort, is situated in a privileged position, its waters boast a remarkable richness and variety of fish species. The resort, part of the Planhotel group and third resort of the Sandies Resorts brand, a 4-star hotel, with all the comforts and a simple style, perfect for families, friends and couples as well as diving enthusiasts, who can find the famous Warner Lau Diving Center. The resort is only 15 minutes by seaplane from Malé International Airport.
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Public wifi
Pool with view
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Beach
Boating
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
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Outdoor pool
Fitness classes
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary welcome drink
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Diving
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Snorkelling
Billiards
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Karaoke
Table tennis
Board games / puzzles
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Open-air bath
Waxing services
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Interconnected rooms available
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Rolf N wrote a review 28 Sep
Korntal-Münchingen, Germany7 contributions3 helpful votes
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A nice little Diamond in the sea. We selected this Island mainly for the Diving Spot and where not disappointed. Excellent Site. The Hotel has everything you need , very friendly Staff and highly engaged Teams. Food has a very good variety and every day fresh fish from the Grill. The Chief cook has great Ideas and in 6 Days we have not even covered every Option he provides. My personal Favorite the deserts. Out of the World and I needed to tell myself that on this Island Calories don't count. Diego the Hotel Manager is always around and cares for his guest as you where invited to his home. ( Diego you still owe me a Beer ;-) ). The Bar Staff is highly engaged and very friendly , after a day they already had you personal preferences down and always had time for a small chat in between the dives. We highly recommend this Island if you want to get away from the big crowd and enjoy a nice smaller Island with heartwarming personal service. We will be back.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Lisa M wrote a review 23 Sep
Teddington, United Kingdom14 contributions12 helpful votes
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Myself and my partner visited Sandies for the the first 10 days in September. We booked through last minute.com with no complications however please read that the seaplane transfer is.not very clear and it is paid to the hotel directly. So please allow for this in your budget. We initially got great flight times with Qatar but this was changed and we had to spend 8 hours in Doha. We upgraded our second leg to business but please note this does not allow you into the business lounge and we had to pay extra for that. Once we got to Male, check in was easy for sea plane. We were on our way. Weather was a balmy 29 degrees and the sun was shining. Weight restrictions on luggage is very specific so check before you fly or you will be charged. We were dropped off in the middle of the ocean to be met by 2 staff from the hotel with a traditional boat. We were given a welcome drink and information about the hotel. We were shown to our room and our bags were already there. Timento unpack and enjoy the glorious sunshine. We grabbed some lunch and had some local cocktails. More traditional spirits are charged for and not included in all inclusive. However they were nice. Dinner was at 7.30 each night and every night was delicious. Loads of choice and some food you could order and the chef would cook for you there and then. Mohamed was brilliant in the restaurant and looked after us very well. The next three days the heavens opened..a storm hit the island and it never stopped raining...we hit the bar!! The island is tiny so there is really nothing to do when it rains...Read a book,.drink cocktails, watch netflix...we got to know the bar guys pretty well. Mo, Shree and Puni were amazing. Indidnt even have to ask for a drink as they knew what you needed. There is entertainment every night, however most of it is in Italian and the compares really only focused on the itian guests..we felt left out on a lot of occasions due to this...there were other couples there who also didn't speak Italian. We were disappointed with this and it was not inclusive of all guest's. We could of been in a small Italian village as.most guest's were from Italy. The accommodation was lovely but having a shower in the rain was a bit pointless( showers are outside of the beach rooms) the beach was beautiful and the water.wa.and clear. ( bring swim.shoes with you as very rocky..the hotel offers scuba diving and snorkleling. Day 5 the weather improved and was beautiful. We had access to the beach just outside. The hotel also has a pool which is lovely and you can watch the sun go down with a cocktail in hand. Overall it was a good experience but would go to a bigger island in the future that offers more things to do like water sports etc.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 4 days ago
Dear Lisa, Thank you very much for staying with us at Sandies Bathala, and for sharing your experience. Reading your comments, we can surely evaluate & consider some topics, which will tackle immediately. During rainy days we have Indoor games & activities, while watersport are unfortunately a bit affected by rain & waves. Many thanks for all the other appreciations, which we'll share with all our employee, with enthusiasm! Sunny Island Greetings from the Team of Sandies Bathala.
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lucykolka wrote a review 19 Sep
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We spent two weeks in Sandies Bathala resort in August/September 2022. Accommodation : We got the room 113 which was one of the best on the island in our opinion – calm sea, great views and wide beach. Cleaning service was provided twice a day. Food&drinks : The food was amazing, especially desserts and soups! Everything was fresh and tasty. Coffee included in all inclusive package was tasteless and you need to pay extra for e.g. cappuccino which is not even better when it comes to quality. We would expect for such a resort to have it included in the package. Drinks were really good though Service: Service was one of the best we have ever experienced. The waiters were polite and friendly. Everything was organized well from the initial communication through transport and check-in/check-out process. We enjoyed our stay in Sandies Bathala and would definitely recommend it to everyone seeking a little paradise in the middle of the ocean. Special thank you and appreciation note goes to Silvia – Guest Manager of the resort. She went above and beyond by arranging the sea plane transfer change on last minute due to our cancelled flight. Without her immediate help we would have been stuck in Male for 1 night (minimum). Silvia is a true example of customer-oriented person going extra mile to make the guests happy. Thank you!
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear Lucykolka, such a lovely review! We would like to thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor! We are very happy that you had a good stay with us, and we are reading your comments with pleasure; we'll surely share them with our Team Players! We hope to welcome you back in the Sunny Maldives! Sunny Island Greetings from the Team of Sandies Bathala.
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Deveshan Govender wrote a review 18 Sep
Queensburgh, South Africa1 contribution
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Spent 3 nights at the beach bungalow and 4 at the water villa for our honeymoon. Both accommodations are acceptable but the views from the villa in the early morning and night are definitely worth it. Staff there are friendly and helpful always. Food is offered with varieties so you eat different things every day. There are also a wide variety of vegetarian options as well. House reef offers a variety of fish and if you are lucky turtles and mantas as well. The activities offered at a charge are also worth it as well. I would definitely recommend this resort.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Carry mosquitoe repellant. I've been bitten a few times at night.
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Response from Diego Paties, General Manager at Sandies Bathala Maldives
Responded 4 days ago
Dear DayTrip, wow! Such a lovely Review! Many thanks for choosing Sandies Bathala among the multitude of island resorts in Maldives, very much appreciated! We love the description you do about our environment, from the view to the beauty of our coral reef, so much appreciated! Thanking you once again, we send Sunny Island greetings from the Team of Sandies Bathala!
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Rebecca N wrote a review 13 Sep
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Enjoyed the place very much. It was an amazing resort, beautiful beach, water sport, food, spa, nice people and much more I would recommend everyone to visit there. It’s a beautiful nature and an a man axing place
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Rebecca, thank you very much for choosing Sandies Bathala and for sharing your review on Tripadvisor. We are very happy that you had a good stay with us, and you dedicate your time sharing your experience in Maldives! Many thanks for the various appreciations, that we will share with our Team. Looking forward to welcome you back in the Sunny Bathala! Sunny Island Greetings from the Team of Sandies Bathala.
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Duncan H wrote a review Aug 2022
Singapore, Singapore75 contributions39 helpful votes
The island is beautiful, it's nice and small so you get familiair with it quickly. We were scuba diving daily so also spent time off the island. If you're not scuba diving there are plenty of (paid) day trips available. The all inclusive food and drink offerings are good and we were never wanting for anything. There is a large Italian contingent so there is a rich offering of pizza and pasta of good quality. Staff is amazing, and super friendly. The house reef is amazing for snorkelling and it's crazy what you can see ! There are guided snorkelling safaris twice a day but you can easily venture out yourself. Just check the tides and let someone know you are out there. If you're looking for loads of different activities and need to be entertained it might not be the place for you but if you're looking for an idyllic piece of paradise you're looking at the right place. The crew of Werner Lau diving centre is excellent, they really make sure your diving experience will be a memorable one and make sure to adjust the dives to your capabilities,
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Duncanh such a lovely review! Many Many thanks for staying with us & sharing your experience on Trip Advisor! We are reading it with pleasure, especially the part " The house reef is amazing for snorkeling and it's crazy what you can see !" We are very proud of our Hour Reef, and we daily dedicate our attention in taking care of it, finding the way to enhance it's beauty. We are just introducing a restauration program called "Coral Cookies" with our Marine Biology. We will share your nice comments with our Team Players! Looking forward to welcome you back, Sunny Island Greetings from the Team of Sandies Bathala.
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MARTINA K wrote a review Jul 2022
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We have spend 7 days on Sandies Bathala island back in May 2022. That was the most memorable and beautiful vacation we ever had in our live. The island is very intimate, clean and quiet. Food was amazing. All island staff is making you feel welcomed. Special thanks to our server Yaeesh :) and Alessia & Igor from Alpitour. You guys rock ! Huge thanks to all island staff for making my big 40th memorable by decorating my table with flowers, cake and Birthday card left in our room. Sandies Bathala is piece of heaven. Tina and Maciek beloved our stay on your island!!!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: Great house reef for snorkeling or diving
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Martina, Such a lovely Review! Many thanks for choosing Sandies Bathala for your holiday in Maldives, and for sharing your experience here on Trip Advisor. We are reading with joy that you had a nice vacation here with us! Thank you very much for naming the various Team Players that made your holiday so pleasant; we will share your nice comments with them all. We are already looking forward to welcome you back in Maldives! Sunny Island Greetings from the all Team of Sandies Bathala!
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JK2travel wrote a review Jul 2022
Dubai, United Arab Emirates255 contributions74 helpful votes
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20 min seaplane (around 300$) and 15 min boat ride away from the airport. First the resort might seem plain compared to other luxury resorts in Maldives but we had amazing time because of the staff! The island is small and you can walk around in 10min. The food is served in one buffet restaurant, there is enough selection for everyone and it’s very tasty. Live cooking station each time. Pizza was amazing! We did sandbank trip which was well priced compared to usual Maldivian overpriced resorts. The staff is what makes this resort stand out, we had volleyball with the staff. Ambiance is unique. Special thanks to Matteo, Saif, Aik, Ahmed, who made our stay special!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear "J K", thank you very much for choosing Sandies Bathala for our holiday in Maldives! We are so happy that you had a good time with us; especially we are so proud that our team made the difference during your stay. Our personnel is always ready & willing to transmit the lovely atmosphere that we have in Sandies Bathala. Looking forward to welcome you back in the Sunny Maldives! Sunny Island Greetings from the Team of Sandies Bathala.
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Verča a Honza wrote a review Jun 2022
Vendryne, Czech Republic9 contributions1 helpful vote
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My wife wanted the Maldives. We chose a resort that will be small and there will not be a lot of people everywhere. We really did this, because we walked around the island on the beach in ten minutes. The resort probably belongs to the Italian travel agency, because the Italians predominated here. Various animation programs and entertainment were also made by the Italian delegates. We had a beach bungalow and we don't regret it. The water bungalows must also be super, but at low tide the water bungalows did not look best without water. Rooms were cleaned daily and other snacks were delivered. We had a welcome gift package with fruit and a wish for the honeymooners. I would also appreciate security, because we always had valuations with a wallet somewhere, I did not use the safe at all and it did not occur to me. And everything was fine. The food was delicious, especially the beef and pizza were great. Lion beer was also excellent. Giant bats fly over the island, which do not bother, but are very noisy. Every day the trees and bushes were smoked, so no insects bothered us. Which I would definitely say for good. Fitness was small, no big weights. But good for stretching. My wife bought me a birthday dinner on the beach and the food was even up. I got a cake from the hotel. And of course it was a great romance.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Dotekmeduzy, thank you very much for choosing Sandies Bathala for your holiday and to share your nice experience with us on TripAdvisor. We are very happy that you had a pleasant stay, and thankful about your nice comments on our little corner of paradise. We hope that we can welcome you back in the next future! Sunny island Greetings from the Team of Sandies Bathala.
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Anne-Marie I wrote a review Apr 2022
Morges, Switzerland15 contributions9 helpful votes
We stayed at Sandies end March for 9 days and didn't want to leave!! The Island and hotel were beyond our expectations!! We loved the hotel for its chic simplicity and cleanliness. We had a wonderful beach bungalow with the beach and house reef at our doorstep. I have never seen so many fish, the house reef is amazing for snorkelers. What really makes this hotel is the staff, we don't want to pick out any one in particular as they were all so friendly and helpful which really made our stay special. The barmen were particularly good, one had a wicked sense of humour! The choice of food at the buffet was wonderful and varied every day and particularly liked the Maldivian corner. Our daughter was very impressed with the diving center and had some incredible dives. We also appreciated the extra day trips on offer and the free snorkel house reef tour with a marine biologist. There is also a small spa where a very a neck massage was very welcome after our long flights. I really cannot fault this hotel and we would definitely come back to Sandies Bathala if we have the chance to visit the Maldives again. A very big thank you to the Manager and his staff for giving us an unforgettable holiday in paradise. Until soon we hope!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Responded 18 Apr 2022
Dear Anne-Marie, With so many options for resorts in the Maldives, we are humbled that you selected Sandies Bathala and we are grateful for it. We are delighted that the resort was able to tick all the boxes, and provide you with an out of the ordinary experience! From the genuine service, friendliest staff, incredible location, ample offering of dining experiences and activities yet perfect setting to just chill, it is wonderful to read such a positive review. The team and I touched by your kind words and it means a lot to us to know that you felt the overall experience an amazing one. We all hope to see you return again to our island paradise one day. Sunny greetings Rainer
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PRICE RANGE
$292 - $726 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
adaaran club bathala hotel bathala island, adaaran hotel alifu atoll, adaaran hotel bathala
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Bathala Island Resort
LOCATION
MaldivesAlifu AtollNorth Ari AtollBathala Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
70
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sandies Bathala Maldives
What are some of the property amenities at Sandies Bathala Maldives?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Sandies Bathala Maldives?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a bidet, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Sandies Bathala Maldives?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Sandies Bathala Maldives?
Conveniently located restaurants include Jahaz, Jing, and Malamathi Restaurant & Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Sandies Bathala Maldives?
Yes, guests have access to an outdoor pool, fitness classes, and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Sandies Bathala Maldives have airport transportation?
Yes, Sandies Bathala Maldives offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Sandies Bathala Maldives located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 km away from the centre of Bathala Island.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Sandies Bathala Maldives?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Hindi, and Filipino.
Does Sandies Bathala Maldives have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.