Bandos

Bandos on North Male Atoll is one of the largest and longest established resorts in Maldives. Only 15 minutes from the airport by speedboat, it offers beautiful beaches, excellent snorkelling on the house reef and is extremely child-friendly, with family-sized rooms available, a kids' club and kids' menus in the restaurants. It has a beautiful pool with a swim-up bar and great sports facilities, too.

 

Though the island is large, the rooms are well-spaced so you can always find a private stretch of beach. On the other hand, this is one island where your child is almost certain to find a playmate, as it caters so well for families and they do tend to congregate around the Huvan bar, parents enjoying an alfresco lunch or drinks while still being able to keep an eye on the children on the sandy beach.

 

While we don't recommend Bandos for an intimate, romantic couple's getaway, it's ideal if you want an active holiday, as the excellent sports facilities are all free. 

 

Rooms

225 in total, comprising:

Standard Rooms (38 sq m)

In terraces near beach (some may have limited sea view due to vegetation), wet-room style bathroom with shower and hairdryer, air conditioning, mini-bar, IDD telephone, satellite TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, electronic safe, terrace with beach chairs, free Wifi

Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child

Deluxe Rooms (54 sq m)

Same facilities as Standard Rooms but are semi-detached and larger, L-shaped with a distinct bedroom and living area, so ideal for families. Can be interconnecting for larger family groups (we once had a pair of interconnecting rooms for us and grandparents). King-sized four-poster bed, wet-room style bathroom with shower, hairdryer and bath tub

Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children and 1 infant

Garden Villas (37 sq m)

Modern wooden chalets with thatched roofs, located in pretty gardens in the interior of the island, close to the swimming pool. Same facilities as Standard Rooms but with four-poster beds and private patio with table and chairs.

Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child and 1 infant

Jacuzzi Beach Villas (110 sq m) 

We love these circular, two-storey villas with their thatched roofs, open-air Jacuzzis and luxurious bathrooms, but they're not suitable for very young children as there are stairs and a balcony. Same facilities as Standard Rooms but with downstairs living area, upstairs bedroom, large, open-air bathroom

Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child 

Jacuzzi Pool Villa (89 sq m)

This luxurious villa has the same facilities as Standard Rooms but is set on the edge of the island with a beautiful sea view, private infinity swimming pool and Cabana style sun deck, perfect for privacy. Modern indoor bathroom has Jacuzzi

Maximum Occupancy: 2 adults

Water Villas (117 sq m)

In a tranquil location over the lagoon, on the sunset side of the island, these are spacious, luxurious villas with a large living area, four-poster beds and Jacuzzi with a view of the ocean. Same facilities as Standard Rooms plus bidet, open-air fresh water shower on the sun deck, satellite plasma TV, private sun deck with steps down to the sea

Maximum occupancy: 3 adults 

 

Transfer

Speedboat: 15 minutes

 

Board basis

Bed and Breakfast, Half Board, Full Board or All Inclusive

 

Facilities

Large pool with swim-up Jacuzzi bar and adjacent kids' pool

Paradise Club sports centre has well-equipped gym, beach volleyball, tennis courts, table tennis

Watersports centre offers windsurfing, catamarans, water-skiing, parasailing, banana boats, knee boards and canoeing, snorkelling trips

Dive centre: reputed to be one of the best in the country, with its own decompression chamber. Offers wide range of courses for all abilities and trips to over 40 dive sites

Entertainment: Sand Bar has various live bands, discos, karaoke, movie nights, crab racing and Maldivian cultural nights. In early evening there's entertainment for children, eg magic shows

Orchid Spa with individual treatment cabanas and Junior Spa

Medical: 2 doctors (1 GP and 1 Dive Medical Officer) and a nurse are based on the island and are available 24 hours a day

Kokko kids' club and childcare centre: open 8am to 5pm and is free for children aged 3 to 12; children aged 1 or 2 can come to play with the toys etc free with adult supervision or will be charged babysitting fee. There's an outdoor playground and activities are organised to suit different ages. Evening babysitting is available for a fee

Professional photography service

 

Food and drink

Gallery: main buffet restaurant with three pods, so they tend to keep couples and families apart!

Huvan restaurant and bar: serves meals, snacks and drinks in a lovely location stretching out over the lagoon, a particularly good spot for seeing baby sharks in the shallows. Perfect for informal lunches, quiet evening drinks and views of the sunset

Sea Breeze Cafe: our personal favourite, open 24 hours and set right by the water - you can eat indoors or out on the deck. Varied menu offering everything from pizzas and pasta to authentic curries

Koon Thait: Thai restaurant, again set next to the sea with the option of eating indoors or out

Pool bar: accessed either from land or water, with stools set amongst Jacuzzi bubbles! Serves drinks, milkshakes and ice cream

Sand Bar: large main bar with nightly entertainment (see Facilities above)

 

House reef

Bandos has a very good house reef that's easily accessible and goes all round the island. Huge variety of fish and we saw quite a few sharks. You can also snorkel at neighbouring Kuda Bandos

 

Excursions

Snorkelling trips, island-hopping, Male shopping and tours, fishing including night and big game fishing, sunset dolphin cruises, barbecues and picnics on neighbouring uninhabited island of Kuda Bandos, sandbank picnics

 

Family friendly?

One of the most  child-friendly resorts in Maldives, with its kids' club, great pool and organised activities. All restaurants have kids' menus, even baby food. Personally, we found the Kids' Club more suitable for younger children

 

Magic of Maldives Ltd

Company No: 8490639.  

ATOL number T7639

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