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“Lovely hotel on a lovely little island”
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Bandos Maldives
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Bandos
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“Lovely hotel on a lovely little island”
Reviewed 22 September 2013 via mobile

My girlfriend surprised me by taking me on a one night stay while we were on holiday in Sri Lanka. The island is really pretty and the
resort had everything that you could need. We ate at the Thai restaurant for my birthday and although quite expensive the food was really nice. The staff really looked after us and even gave me a birthday cake and decorated the table especially for me which was a request by my girlfriend but still nicely done. There isn't lots to do in the evening and the entertainment the night we were there wasnt great but it certainly didn't detract from the enjoyment. The staff were really helpful and friendly and we would certainly recommend this place although personally I would find a week too long unless you dive or go island hopping.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

We are a family and friend of 7 persons we have booked our stay and our transfer with the same online company , the trip was ok because we have choose the time that we want whitout waiting other guest so every thing was fast and on time.
Upon arrival we had a fresh tower and the luggage was delivered to our rooms .
The room was ok and the structure was clean , only the main restaurant is too big and a little noisy some time.
The beach is very nice and the picnic island in front have a very beautifful coral .
We have a spend a nice holiday and it s a good value of quality price.
The point that they need to improv is the quality and variety of food+ the animation.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

Clean linen and towels. Waiting time at reception was reasonable. I had the BB and was happy with this arrangement as food variety was not satisfactory. The fruits were not so tasty. Resort restaurants, on the other hand, were great, tasty food and good value. The admin system in place was pretty good and the trips organised cover a great deal of tastes and were afordable. This is resort that accommodates a lot of families with children so the swimming pool was a noisy and crowded place. Great place for snorkelling. Expect higher prices for diving. As compared to Pacific where I have been before, here was another 20 USD extra, plus the cost for the boat trip (18USD). The dive masters were great. The garden was well maintained and loved the swings placed each 10-20 m. Spa and massage was excellent but expensive. If you need/want souvenirs, buy them from the local island you visit during the trip. The locals made great prices, unlike the vendors from Male or the hotel shop. Sunset with dolphins was something divine. All in all, I had a great time but wouldn't recommend it for the solo travellers unless they search for peace, tranquility and solitude.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

I just had a trip to Bandos for diving all by myself and was pleased to see families/ couples / singles having a good time...Diving was absolutely fantastic...even though i was absolutely beginner but professional PADI instructors did a great job and had a great time underwater...Recommending for all water sports activities...Corals and marine life is colorful in Bandos..Snorkeling is great fun for all..Even Standard rooms are located near the beach and neat...You save a lot on reaching the resort as its only 20 minutes by Boat from Male and other resorts charge @ 400 USD for seaplane...I will definitely go again...Recommend half board meal plan as each meal o'wise is 55 USD plus tax...

Room Tip: Don't take garden rooms as no seaview but are closer to swimming pool...Deluxe rooms have got WH...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

The trip to Maldives was perfect from the minute we boarded the flight, the Male airport staff were helpful and we had to wait only 5 minutes for our ferry to the resort (Total journey time: 20 minutes)
Once we got there our luggage was delivered to our rooms and we were seated for a cold towel and a fresh juice drink. Already all signs of fatigue were extinguished!
The ride to the room just a minute away from the reception was a breath taker in itself
The thing that struck us the most was that the staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful without being overbearing and needy. Major plus point for this resort!
Sand bar which is right next to the lobby has activities and music going on for all days of the week and please ask for Guru, the bartender with a difference, he went out of the way to make my friends bday even more memorable that it was.
Sun downers pub has good food, try out the Viking croissant!
All the activities were ace and we were taking into the ocean for para sailing and other fun rides by people qualified to do so, Shivad for snorkeling is a marine biologist and was able to give us names for all the beautiful fish in the reef. Zahir and Inas for para sailing were sweet, friendly and played Bob Marley in the boat ride into the ocean.
The staff just respond to you in an exceptional manner.
The chef at the main restaurant, the Gallery, Mr Tilak also went out of the way to prepare vegetarian food separately for a friend of mine. and was she ever impressed.
For a stress free, fun short trip, hit the Bandos, you wont be disappointed!

Room Tip: I'd suggest the Deluxe rooms as it is located nearby to the restaurants and the Sand bar, as wel...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

Although I am quite late in writing this , I visited Bandos in December 2012 for my honeymoon n it was beyond our imagination. We choose to stay in Deluxe rooms which were well located near the sea. Although I liked villas close to swimming pool much ! Resort is just perfect for a honeymoon or a relaxing holiday.

Please don't miss a Sunset and a Sunrise during your stay, its worth watching !!

Room Tip: For a vegetarian .. don't opt for buffet.. cause there isnt much to that , rather you can choose...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

I got a pretty good half board deal with this resort. Rooms are clean and spacious, good facilities and entertainment. Sadly there is a price to pay for low cost deals because you are going to leave this place with a 'huge' bill. A simple cafe lunch with sodas is costing up to $50 a day. Buying drinks and spending money on the island completely puts you off. One should not have to go abroad to pay London prices for the simplest things.

I think that proximity to the capital male may be a problem because a fair amount of rubbish has been washed ashore to include pebbles and sharp contents in the sand - this is claimed to be 'seasonal' but then why have a resort in this location?

It is however a good place for snorkelling end fishing, very impressed by the sea life and staff are friendly.

  • Stayed September 2013
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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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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