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“A beautiful resort not too far from Male city”
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Bandos Maldives
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Bandos
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 July 2014

This resort is very near to Male and we can see the city from the beach. Upon arrival at the airport, we proceeded to Counter no. 2 and there was someone who escorted us to the Bandos speedboat.The speedboat journey took like 15 mins to reach the resort from airport. We booked deluxe room for 4 nights and were pleasantly surprised when the resort upgraded our room to Jacuzzi beach villa. I love the bathroom with outdoor shower and jacuzzi. On the second night, the reception requested us to move to another room of same type due to noise from renovation. They sent us a complimentary wine bottle for the room change. During our stay, there were a bit of renovations going on which caused some unpleasant noise. The sundowner's Bar which supposed to be the best place in the resort to watch sunset was also closed. Overall the resort was quite nice with beautiful beach, despite the close proximity to the city. Would recommend to everyone who looks for reasonable price ranged resort in Maldives.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

We just spent 9 days there in June/July 2014 and had a lovely relaxing time. It was low season, so a bit windy with some rain but also lots of blue sky. Only one day was wet throughout the day, the rest was either clear or some showers mainly at night. The wind stopped it being too hot so it was around 30 degrees Celsius everyday. The water temperature was perfect without being too warm or too cool - easy to get into! Bandos is the second oldest resort in the Maldives but has been updated over the years. We stayed in the Beach Jacuzzi rooms (one for my husband and I and one for our 16 year old daughter and her friend). These were attractive, clean, comfortable with a mezzanine bedroom, TV with lots of stations in different languages (a few in English including a movie station), fridge, tea and coffee, and an outdoor (but private) bathroom. The girls loved the Jacuzzi. The island can be walked around in 20 minutes, so the water was only steps away. In fact we never went to the inviting pool as the sea was so lovely. Our package included the buffet breakfast but we opted to eat in the other restaurants for other meals. Lunch at the Sundowners Bar, even with a limited menu due to renovations, was a regular spot, as was dinner at the Sea Breeze café (large, varied menu catering to many cultures as visitors come from Russia, Italy, China, Korea, etc). There is also a Thai restaurant which does a buffet one night a week and otherwise a la carte. The food is good without being spectacular, but we always enjoyed it (actually the ice cream sundaes were pretty good). The staff were lovely and we became quite chatty with some of our waiters who were delightful. After dinner we sometimes had a drink in the Sand Bar and watched the World Cup soccer on the big screen, played pool, or watched the cultural dancing, or crab races. For relatively inexperienced snorkellers, the snorkelling was great, especially at certain spots like near the Sundowners Bar, with heaps of colourful fish, reef sharks and coral gardens. A half day snorkelling trip to some other spots was also well worth it, where we went to the edge of the immediate island reefs, and also to a gorgeous tiny sand bar well away from the islands with waves to frolic in just like in an ad. We also did the submarine trip which we all thought was great - it goes down about 100ft. We also did the half day island hopping trip, and went to the nearby Kuda Bandos too, although I would probably skip that if I went back. We all visited the Spa for (lovely) massages - the girls returned more than once! My husband had some difficulties in reception and also in booking the holiday with them in the first place, but we were there to enjoy ourselves and everything worked out so there were no problems. We had a late flight when leaving so were able to keep one room until 6pm (with an extra but smallish charge) and they gave us fresh beach towels for everyone for the day.We all loved our stay and there were very few bugs or mosquitos. I would recommend it especially as it is close to Male and easy to get to.

Room Tip: The Beach Jacuzzi rooms are great and the outdoor bathrooms practical
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank Marg_J_12
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Reviewed 7 July 2014 via mobile

Over all everything was fine, the room was nice, the staffs were good and friendly but the reception was very dissapointing. They're not qualified enough to be a receptionist, especially when they answer or give feedback on phone. They talked unfriendly everytime I called. It's really different when they were welcome-ing me. It needs to be fix because sometimes maybe the guest is having an emergency situation which very important to be help. As a receptionist, they should know what to do and not. I was very dissapointed for this little mistakes in bandos.

  • Stayed: July 2014
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1  Thank Kokonu
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Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

I stayed here with 2 kids (10 and 12), we combined 2 islands in 12 days so Bandos was much better than Sun island. You get there from Male very quick, 15 min. by comfortable motor yacht which is much safer than dhoni (local boats) or plane. Island is located so good that has a nice reef with lot of fishes and does not have currents so you can snorkel all around which is quite rare in Maldives. Also in some beach bungalows you will have almost private beach. There are many flying dogs, 2 parrots, some funny hens, other birds. Many crabs and lizards. Restaurant is not the best but quite good. Sport center has everything we wanted: kayaks, water ski, wakeboard, windsurfing.

  • Stayed: December 2013
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1  Thank Nikmaxa21
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Stayed: 18 June 2014 - 28 June 2014
Jacuzzi Beach Villa: No 103 First day then 136 afterwards
Honeymooners

DON'T LISTEN TO BAD REVIEWS!!

WEATHER
Well considering we were originally warned from going to the Maldives at this time of Year by our Virgin Holidays Rep because it would constantly rain i was completely shocked as everyday it was pure sunshine @ 30 Degree's i have never had better Holiday weather. There was ONE 10 minute shower and that was a relief from the heat.

ROOM
We had a Jacuzzi Beach Villa, which i am so pleased we booked as not only are they a fantastic room they are on the better side of the island. Deluxe and standard side is still amazing but the only difference is there is a bit more foliage. We were booked into 103 when we arrived which was lovely but for us it was a bit too close to the reception area etc. so Bandos kindly with no hassle at all moved us the next day to 136 which is right next to the Water Villas and in my opinion right next to the best Beach.
There's a foot wash station outside every villa which is very handy after a day at the beach they are very nicely air conditioned. The bathroom is outside so beware you do get the occasional lizard etc which didn't phase me they are completely harmless and always mind there own business. I will point out the Hot Tub does take a while to fill up and is sometimes hard to get at a nice warm/Hot Temp. The bed was very comfy and was very nice to have an upstairs. Ow and a handy tip don't bring a plug adapter the sockets are English.

SERVICE
The service for us was great there were a few members of staff that weren't friendly and someday's moody but everyone has a bad day right? There were 3 GREAT members of staff that deserve commendations and a mention they are;
Adam: Gallery Restaurant Waiter
Cori: RIYA member of staff
Sandeep: Bar attendant
These ALWAYS had a great smile and would ask you how you are and if there's anything they could do etc great people to have and i hope Bandos appreciates that they have them. The service at the reception could be massively improved though as compared to everywhere else it is slacking in my opinion.
There was 2 situations where service slacked on our second day it was arranged with reception that we would be moving to 136 at 14:00 I had to call reception 3 times for the porters to arrive. The other being we were told we would have a bottle of wine and a fruit basket on arrival as we were honeymooners but this was not the case and i had to ASK for it several times a tip don't promise something then not deliver, but this is only minute and we were delighted with the service other than these.

ALL-INCLUSIVE/FOOD
The all-inclusive was good i would recommend going all inclusive as then you don't have to worry about what everything is costing as due to its location food and drinks are quite pricey. for a meal with drinks and taxes your probably looking at around 70USD (Dinner) we paid $71USD in their Koon Thai Restaurant one night as a treat which by the way was lovely theyd arranged a nice flower and candle-lit table for us someone must of told them they were honeymooners. For a cocktail your looking at around $8-15USD per drink i thought the variety was ok for drinks on all inclusive as they did different drinks at different locations after 10 days though it started to get slightly tedious. Food at the gallery was very good me and the Mrs loved it always a great choice and only some items were repeated deserts were especially good.

DIVING
I am a qualified Open Water Diver and the Diving has completely blown me away well worth every penny. its $58USD for a dive and an extra $18USD for a boat dive just as a FYI that's excluding 18% Tax. Snorkeling is also bloody awesome i just didnt want to get out of the water some days.

Overall this is a Great Resort and we had the Best Honeymoon we wouldn't of had it any other way. The Island it true Beauty everywhere you look Thank you so much :)

Room Tip: We stayed in the Jacuzzi Beach villas and they initially gave us 103 which was a bit close to the re...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

This place is charging substantially for everything $6 for water!! But don't have the quality of service or food to match the price. Reception on arrival was haphazard, bookings for outings were cancelled even tho we confirmed timing. Breakfast ends with staff taking plates while ur eating-as they have to prepare for lunch!! At 9am!!! Beautiful resort but unhappy stay. Wouldn't recommend.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

My family stayed for five nights. It has wonderful trees and nice beaches. But this is the first resort I have been to where the staff don't say hello to the guests.

Rather the staff ignored us at best or tell us not to do this or that at worst. My first experience with the staff is that the speed boat fee was several dollars more than the price at the reservation but they didn't give us any clear explanation. On the second night the restaurant staff frowned on us since I forgot to sign the bill because I thought the room number would suffice. The third day the swimming pool staff told my wife multiple time to take off the net swimwear since he thinks it is not a proper swimming suit while ignoring the dead centipede in the children's pool.

If the price is really a deal then, it is a good place to stay but you should be prepared to blunt staff attitude before your arrival there.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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BandosResort, Manager at Bandos Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2014

Hi n0_return,

Thank you for taking the time to review our resort. We truly value the opinion of our customers and we are sincerely sorry that we did not meet your expectations.

Please note charges displayed on third party websites does not include taxes.

We want you to know that we truly enjoy sharing our passion for our destination with visitors and are continuously trying to improve our guest experience.

Once again we are deeply sorry that you were not able to enjoy your stay.

Sincerely,
Hassan Rasheed
Senior Operations Director
Bandos Island Resort & Spa

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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
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Bandos
Price Range: £156 - £422 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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