Bandos Island Resort & Spa – Maldives
Billing itself as the Maldives’ second-ever island resort, the Bandos Island Resort & Spa has 225 rooms and suites, only two of which are water villas. The location very close (but not too close) to the main airport means that guests will be in their rooms in less than 30 minutes after climbing in the speedboat at the airport, which could be a big plus for some.
The water villas here are quite large and luxurious, and they are by far the most expensive accommodations on the island. This is a family-oriented resort with a long list of activities, including excellent diving and snorkeling in the house reef. Families or groups who want a water villa along with one or more affordable beach rooms should be happy here, but it’s probably not ideal for honeymooners.
The Bandos Island Resort & Spa is located 7 kilometers northwest of the Malé International Airport in the Maldives.
2 Water villas
- Beds: One four-poster kingsize plus 2 extra beds and 1 crib (on request)
- Area: 1,259 sq ft (117 m²)
- Wi-Fi: No
- Entertainment system: Satellite plasma TV
- Room service: Available
223 Island rooms and villas
Special room features
- Modern bathroom with Jacuzzi, shower, bidet
- Open air fresh water shower on the sun deck
- Tea/coffee making facilities
- Electronic safe
- Breathtaking views from all rooms
- Spacious private sun deck (with full privacy and an alternative access to the ocean)
- Low season online specials from US$956 per night
- High season online specials from $1,729 per night
*Speedboat return transfer from Malé Airport: US$93.64 per adult
Restaurants and bars
- Koon Thai Restaurant – Contemporary Asian fusion cuisine
- The Gallery Restaurant – All-day buffet restaurant
- Sea Breeze Café – 24-hour casual dining
- The Sand Bar
- Huvan Bar
- Pool Bar
- Scuba diving
- Dive Bandos diving school
- Swimming pools
- Catamaran sailing
- Water skiing
- Banana boat riding
- Knee board
- Fun tubes
- Beach volleyball
- Tennis courts
- Game room
- Live music
- Kids Club
- Wedding facilities and planning
The Anggerik Spa is a full-service spa facility offering a wide variety of massages, treatments, and therapies.
- Sports fishing
- Island hopping
- Kuda Bandos
- Malé tour
- Night fishing and BBQ
- Snorkeling trips
- Sand bank picnic
- Sunset dolphin cruise
What the reviews say
Reviews for the Bandos Island Resort & Spa are generally positive, but not as solidly so as many other resorts in the area. This is a relatively large resort that is popular with families, so almost all guests are paying significantly less than those who stay in the water villas. The snorkeling and diving here get high marks, as does the food.
Some guests mention that the food and other things at the resort are expensive, but in fact the food and drinks here are among the cheapest in the Maldives, so it’s more a matter of people not being prepared for the price levels here. For families who want to stay in a water villa, this resort seems like a good choice, but with 223 beach rooms mixed in with the 2 water villas, it’s important to realize that you’ll be in by far the best rooms on the island. With all this said, it’s important to also note that many guests return for second or third stays, meaning that this resort pleases enough for it to be chosen above others.
To reach the Bandos Island Resort & Spa you’ll need to fly to the main Malé International Airport in the Maldives. From there you’ll be met by resort staff and put on a private boat for the 15-minute speedboat ride to the hotel’s island, at an additional charge.