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“beautiful island paradise”
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Bandos Maldives
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Bandos
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“beautiful island paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2012

Stayed here in 2008 for our wedding anniversary, beautiful island, good variety of rooms, we stayed in the jacuzzi villas which were out of this world.......circular, 2 story thatched apartment with a fantastic outside jacuzzi right on the edge of the beach. Island spa was amazing if you tear yourself away from the swim up bar in the pool area. As always food is fantastic with the breakfast omelettes being my favourite meal of the day!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2012

General Thoughts: Great resort especially for families and anyone who loves to dive and/or snorkel. Not the best for food, both in terms of taste and service. Bring beach shoes for the coral. The B&B option (breakfast included) was worth it, but having eaten at the buffet one night, we were very glad we did not pay for the all inclusive. Watch out for hidden fees.

Pros: kids activity center was awesome - great to drop your kids off for a few hours; the reef and snorkeling has got to be one of the best in the world; the dive center is incredibly well staffed and runs great dives; pool and pool bar was great; beaches are beautiful; excursions were excellent; rooms were kept very clean

Cons: staff could be better trained and more friendly, especially the rep at the airport and the food service people who were downright rude and useless in some cases; food was not that great considerting the prices and food service was very slow; deluxe villa bedrooms are actually unecessarily big and the TV is so small and so far away that you can't even see the picture

Room Tip: Don't worry about the view or location...they are all pretty much the same and generally pretty...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2012

We stayed here for our honeymoon Oct 23-29. It was fantastic! We had read reviews that had complained about a few things but we were super happy with our choice to stay at Bandos!

It was nice that the island is so close to Male (only about a 20 min boat ride). We were greeted quickly at the airport and immediately brought to the boat and within an hour of getting off the plane we were at the resort. Once getting to the resort we had prepared ourselves to wait a while to check in and get our rooms. We arrived at 830am and by 9:00 we were settled in our villa. the check in process was extremely efficient and informative. The staff let us know about the restaurants, and activities without seeming pushy.

We stayed in a Jacuzzi villa and it was perfect! the outdoor bathroom with jacuzzi made it. We loved the spiral staircase to the king sized bed upstairs...that was great. It is not the most modern room, but who spends a lot of time in the room when you are in the Maldives anyways! We were close to the beach but still very private. The island is very lush with lots of palm trees and pretty flowers everywhere. MOst of the rooms were very close to the beach, so it doesn't really matter where you stay.

The house reef was amazing to snorkel...lots of spots to enter from and super easy to walk to. The water sports club offered lots of different activities. We rented a paddle board and a catamaran and loved both.

Prices in the bars and retaurants were actually quite reasonable. We had the B&B option...breakfast was great....omlette station, fresh fruit, yogurt, curries, breads. Really good breakfasts. Both of the bars had a happy hour (530-630 and 630-730) where you got 25% off your drinks. We made sure we made it to both of these! We are glad that we did not do the FB or AI. As other reviews mention, you can do it much cheaper by just paying and doing the happy hours. The sundowner bar was more of a casual dining but they had great pizzas for $10. The Seabreeze was also very nice...great sushi and sashimi and reasonably priced.

The staff at the restaurants, bars and reception were very friendly and efficient. We told them that we were there on our honeymoon and they gave us a bottle of wine, fruit basket, and decorated both the bed and jacuzzi with flowers one night. Check out was super efficient as well. Very well organized!

If we are ever in this part of the world again we will be back! Definitely recommend this hotel and would stay here again! Thank you Bandos resort and staff for making this such a memorable and romantic honeymoon....we will remember it forever!

Room Tip: We stayed in 140 and it was a great location. Close to the dive area but far enough from the bars a...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2012

We went to Bandos for our honeymoon in Oct 2009 (Am not able to submit the review without choosing a date and there is no option for dates before Nov 2011). Thought of writing this review on our 3rd anniversary (better late than never!! ). Its undoubtedly the best vacation we have had till date. Its a small island not very far from the Male airport (took us 20 mins by speedboat). The rooms are located on the periphery of the island so every room opens up to beach in front. Amazing view with clear water and white sand. We were there for 4 nights and felt it was too short. Points that we liked:

a. Every room offers sea view from the patio and is private. Nobody disturbs you!
b. They had golf cart service for free which you can take if your room is little far and you are tired to walk
c. Staff is very friendly and helpful
d. They have large variety of activities if you do not want to just lazy around. Water sports (kayaking, para-sailing, snorkelling etc); tours (dolphin cruise, Male city visit, submarine cruise, glass botton boat etc). They even have cultural programs in the evening on some of the days. Saw some ppl playing crab race too :)
e. Lots of recliners on the beach so you can just sit and watch the breathtaking view or read a book and relax.

Things that could be improved (might have been taken care of by now):

a. Restaurants could offer more variety,esp for vegetarians. Breakfast spread was good, but lunch and dinner (we had a-la-carte) selection was limited. We exhausted all veg options in 3-4 meals itself!
b. Spa definitely needs to be improved. Its costly and not worth the price you pay.
c. The reception should have information and contact details for activities that they do not arrange. We wanted to do sea plane trip but they do not offer it and had no info. We had to find it out online, but could not get it arranged within the time frame we had :(
d. Internet and phone call rates are too expensive.

Activities that we enjoyed:

a. Parasailing
b. Kayaking
c. Dolphin cruise
d. Glass bottom boat

We do not know how to swim so missed out on swimming/ snorkeling. Unfortunately there was no submarine cruise happening on any of the days we were there. Also, Male city visit was a waste of time and not worth the money we paid.

Amenities in the resort:

a. They have 3 restaurants. View from the Sundowners is amazing.
b. Resort has family friendly games etc, though we didn't use them. Saw some families with kids having fun.
c. Spa
d. There is a souvenir shop where you can also by swim gear etc, quite costly though. But Maldives as such is expensive for tourists!
e. There is a gym, steam bath...didn't use it though!

Overall, it was a great experience and we still rate it as our no.1 vacation, thanks to Bandos! We definitely plan to return and will stay in the resort again.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2012

We had a very good time in Bandos. Travelled in October 3rd week 2012. The resort is close to the airport - 15 to 20 mins by speed boat.

The weather was good, with occasional showers. Stayed in Deluxe Rooms - very neat, clean and well maintained. The reef is good , but since it rained sometimes the visibility was good but not great. The reef is right on the beach which is good. It is a good place for snorkelling and diving.

The resort is definitely family friendly -lots of families with kids around. The food was good ,
we being vegetarians never faced any problem. We opted for a la carte and never regretted
and it turned out to be cheaper than a full-board/half-board option. The service was very good and we never faced any trouble.

Kids had lots of fun playing the ocean and the pool. Very relaxing peaceful place exactly as maldives is supposed to be.

Things that may be improved :
Check-in was a little slow - had to wait for almost an hour for the formalities to be completed. It would be good if check-in process can be made faster.

Highly recommended for families for a Fantastic holiday.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Bandos Maldives

Property: Bandos Maldives
Address: (Formerly Bandos Island Resort & Spa)
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Region: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Bandos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Bandos
Price range (per night): ₹ 13,404 - ₹ 38,987
Hotel Class:5 star — Bandos Maldives 5*
Number of rooms: 215
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Not wishing to rest on the laurels of our existing achievements, Bandos Maldives had in the past year undertaken a major refurbishment project with the intention of transforming ourselves into a hotel that is truly reflective of the times. Careful consideration however, was given at all times to ensure that the old-world refinement for which the island has a reputation remained uncompromised. Under the project, major facelifts have been given to the front desk, lobby areas, shops, restaurants and bars and have furthermore commissioned a new swimming pool and additional accommodation facilities all of which perfectly blend with the island's tropical splendour and give visitors a taste of the Maldivian aesthetic. ... more   less 
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