About Bandos Maldives
- high speed internet in room
- swimming pool
- free internet
- bar lounge
- fitness center
- business services
- public wifi
- wheelchair access
- room service
- air conditioning
- dry cleaning
- meeting room
- non smoking rooms
- laundry service
- flatscreen tv
- concierge desk
- banquet room
- family rooms
- multilingual staff
- breakfast buffet
- airport transportation
- outdoor pool
- conference facilities
- private balcony
- breakfast available
- reduced mobility rooms
- hot tub
- kids activities
- tennis court
- swimup bar
- poolside bar
- kids club
- tv other russia
- tv channel one russia
20 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
spoiled by crying babies
"The carrier was First Choice - we arrived at Gatwick early but a (Thomson) check-in desk was open and quickly processed us. It was cheeky to charge us an extra Â£40 for the privilege of sitting together! In flight entertainment was crap and, again, a Â£5 surcharge per person each way was required to "upgrade" it. The upgrade did not significantly improve the entertainment on offer. Leg room was good. Bandos was, generally, very nice with lots of sunbeds and a large clean pool. A well equipped gym is available but you need trainers before you are allowed to use it - no-one told us this in advance. Food was good, but it proved virtually impossible to have a quiet relaxing meal because tired crying babies were abundant at most meals. This spoiled it for us. The only other significant negative point was the cost of all drinks (not just alcoholic). A mandatory service charge of 10% made a cup of tea nearly Â£3.00 and a small "softie" was Â£2.50! Wine at Â£25 - 30 a bottle was well past its sell by date and the "house" wine was Spanish paint stripper! To end on a positive note, our beach villa accommodation was luxurious and kept beautifully clean by our house boy. The courtesy water daily was very welcome and the staff of the resort were largely really nice. "
- Travel date: 23rd January 2009
This is the best holiday I have ever had...
"This is the best holiday I have ever had. I am planning to go again with the man of my dreams. Bandos is beautiful and relaxinging. It has everything to hand and more. Its paradise. Staff are helpful and friendly. The beach is beautiful and the huts are gorgeous. Would recommend a trip there to anyone."
- Travel date: 23rd August 2008
I maybe slightly biased on my review as ...
"I maybe slightly biased on my review as this was my honeymoon, however Bandos Island was paradise on earth - I can'r believe there is such beautiful tranquil place on this earth, but my new husband and I found it for sure! We booked our whole holiday through first choice and they were great, gave us a great deal and knocked off quite a bit from the total cost. Flights were great both ways - took 10 hours to get there and about 11 on the way home. Food on flight was great and all staff were friendly enough:) Make sure you have your camera ready for when your flying over the maldivian Islands - their stunning and there are just tons of there everywhere! You can see that your in for a treat already as you can see the crystal blue water and the white sands even from 1000's ft in the air! :) Once we arrived at Male (pronounced Mar'lay) and stepped out of the plane the heat just hits you and thats when you wish you'd worn shorts over :) We went from 11th Nov 07 for 7nights and the weather was fab, no rain - not even a cloud. One of the staff later told us that we had just missed a good week of rain though! We got ushers through passport control quickly and found the desk for first choice..you need to do that as they have arranged the boats or seaplane for you. We were waiting about 25mins for our speedboat. Once everyone had arrived we then got taken to the jettys (about 3/4min walk from the airport across the street) Our boat ride took about 20mins. We arrived at Bandos and out bags were taken from us and put on a cart and taken to our rooms. We waited at the lounge in the reception area and had a nice cooling cocktail on the house and a cold flannel. One of the members of staff ave us a brief welcome and then we got taken to our rooms one by one. We stayed in a Jacuzzi Beach Villa. Its the most amazing hotel room I've ever seen. So clean and tidy. The housecleaners came in everyday and swept the floors (sand gets everywhere!) they put fresh towels and fresh bottled water out every day. Even if we left clothes out in the room, they would fold them up for us! The air con is a god sent and the fact that the bathroom doesn't have an outside wall on it was great :) Although Ants attacked the toliet at night! We were half board, and if we went again we'd do the same. Half board means you have to stay in the same resturant all the time which we didn't mind as the choice was always vast and there was always different things everynight for dinner. For lunch though we went to a different resturant and it was nice to choose from a menu and have the cocktails and smoothies etc that they offered and it was reasonably priced as well. On our lastnight on the island we went to the "posh resturant" and had the best meal ever. My husband had Poached Lobsters Tail and I had this lovely mixed fish dish. We sat out on this desk and there were reef sharks and others amazibng reef fish swimming around beneath us. During our stay we hired out a canoe for an hour and we canoed over to Kuda Bando (the neighbour island which is uninhabited) and had a look around their - its well worth doing and cheap as well. We also did the galss bottom boat ride, that was a little disapointing, but was intresting to see the reef. We also had a little time at the spa, we had a full body massage and for the both of us cost about Â£100. Well worth it though, they have seperate little huts for each room and the little ladies that massage you are very strong and give you a lovely massage. My husband also did the diving course and is now a qualified open water diver. He trained with a lovely man called Leo and we made good friends with him. He went out on about 3/4 dives on the Bando Reef then we went out on a boat to Potato Reef and my husband did an open water dive for about an hour. One of my highlights was the dolphin watching boat ride. At the reception it has all the activitys and trips you can do and can sign up for. I wanted to do the dolphin dive, but it was really crowded already. When we hired the canoe at the watersports hut the man offered to take us on a private trip for a bit extra. It was so worth that extra money! We went out just before sunset and chased to 100's of dolphins on the Indian Ocean. We watched the sun setting on our way back - Perfect! The staff in the reception were a little cold with us sometimes, the staff in the shops were all lovely, but the staff in the resturants were the most lovely people, they would do anything to help you and they love talking to you. The housecleaning boys are lovely and everyone is very respectful. Whilst we were there (8days) and will all the things we did whilst there that I mentioned above we spent in total Â£850ish I would recomend Bandos Island Resort to anyone and do not have a bad word to say about it. It was my dream holiday and the staff and the Island made that! "
- Travel date: 20th August 2008
the tropical island is a perfect setting...
"the tropical island is a perfect setting,whether your on your honeymoon or just needing a relaxing time, lush greenery , white sands , good hospitality , spa so relaxing , food fantastic ,beach and amenities very good for young and old , entertainment very good ,very clean ,and only a short jouney from male by speedboat . there is so much to say about Bandos island resort and spa , please find out for yourselves , we will return very soon . Thankyou to all staff for making it special."
- Travel date: 13th May 2008
We have just returned from our 5th visit...
"We have just returned from our 5th visit to Bandos in the last 5 years, and I have just re booked for next year. It is a beatuful island with its own reef, we have seen the island change for the better over the last few years, with the addition of a much larger swimming pool, and an extension to the sundowner bar and also the fantastic spa (dont ask for your massage to hard), the food is very good and the staff are great. This is not a really posh 5* resort but the facilities are excellent, the standard rooms are on the beach and very clean, the jacuzzi villas are great with an outside bathroom! everything about Bandos has a very relaxed feeling, we have until this year gone on half board but decided to go b & b this year, it can get a bit boring going to the same restaurant every night, albeit with a different menu. We found it a nice change to go to either of the other 3 restaurants (the Harbour is lovely but expensive). It is a child friendly resort with early evening entertainment for young children, our children are now 12, 15, 17 & 18 but still love to visit Bandos, the welcome is truly wonderful. This year we flew First Choice instead of Monarch, it was a much better flight with more legroom and a slightly wider seat, (and better entertainment) as the seating was 2 3 2 instead of Monarchs 3 4 3 we found it was possible to get some sleep."
- Travel date: 4th April 2008
This holiday was an absolute joy - pity ...
"This holiday was an absolute joy - pity about Hayes Jarvis (hence the 8) Hayes Jarvis mucked up the bookings and put us in the wrong type of room after paying a premium for a beach villa. Luckily we had our confirmation emails with us, as they wanted to put us next to a building site. They are a nightmare to get hold of by phone when before you go. The food and drinks are superb and I recommend full board as drinks and food on their own can be expensive (as we found out). Three different restaurants, including the buffet and night entertainment provided although with the wildlife you don't need it. Sharks, cranes, stingrays are amazing to watch. The island is gorgeous and that small you can walk to the beach in less that 10seconds, walk around it in 10mins. Staff - very friendly and love a Scots accent as itâs is completely alien to them (especially when you tell them about snow!) Water sports are limited to paragliding, canoeing and snorkelling/diving as no motorised water sports on this island. If you want good food, beautiful crystal clear waters, peaceful surroundings and not being pestered by tour reps this is highly recommended. It is paradise peace and quiet and the beach is spotless as you expect."
- Travel date: 7th September 2007
Bandos Island resort was an absolute par...
"Bandos Island resort was an absolute paradise and totally exceeded our expectations. We were so lucky to be upgraded to a pool villa and the level of accommodation and service was excellent. The island itself is idyllic with beautiful white sandy beaches, tropical vegetation and resident (friendly) fruit bats! The facilities are good with a beautiful swimming pool, a range of water sports, diving centre and air conditioned gym. There was a good variety of food in the half board buffet but it was nice to have a change now and then in the other three restaurants. The highlight of this holiday is the snorkelling. Just a few metres off the beach you can swim over the house reef and see an amazing colourful array of fish and coral. You may also see some baby white tipped reef sharks.........totally awesome! Watch out for dead coral in the shallows......itâs really sharp and can cut your feet....bring some wet shoes or buy some in the resort shop for about $20"
- Travel date: 18th March 2007
Well letâs go from the start. This was...
"Well letâs go from the start. This was my honeymoon and Iâm going to find it hard to top. The flight was first choice and they boast great legroom. Only a month before had I flown with virgin and man did it have more room. Infact the only thing virgin did better was the free alcohol and served food a bit faster. On arriving at Male we found our operator and with out delay show to our boat. First time I took a boat as a taxi!! On arriving at Bandos we were greeted with a smile. Followed by an ice cold towel and a cocktail to start our holiday. Once we had a small intro we were shown to our rooms and arrived to find our luggage just being delivered. On entering the room the first thing we saw was a huge fruit bowl followed by a spacious room and large bathroom/wetroom. During our 2 weeks we had some great times. Food was good. Breakfast was the same every day but so much on offer gave good variety from fruit to cooked breakfast and pancakes!!! Dinner was good with a range of meals each night and a range through out our stay. (Although some of the puddings were interesting.... Avocado mouse and sugar....) The see was amazing and the first thing we did was bought some better snorkels to take in the amazing array of fish. We did a diving course and it was given as a 2 on 1 so we were able to go on our pace. The woman was able to Taylor the dive to us and give us a personal tour once down the side of the reef. We saw many things from sharks (big and small) eels and even octopus. We also did one of bandos' night fishing excursions and it was such a laugh. After an hour or 2 with a wire and a hook we took our catch of the night to a nearby uninhabited island and a BBQ with live music to eat it. Overall the staff were very friendly and took note of everyone to keep your service personal. The room boy was great and with small tipping would see you right. From hanging up your clothes to dry outside to flowers in the bath room. On the 7th night. We cam home to find the bed neatly arranged in pleats. And on our last night the room done out with H-Moon on the bed and a range of tropical flowers arranged all over the bed. Overall the whole experience was amazing and it was worth the long haul. "
- Travel date: 3rd October 2006
Bandos - Simply amazing!
"Just got back from Bandos after spending a week on its sunny beaches. Being our first time in the Maldives we were pleasantly surprised by the tiny island. The beaches are fantastic! It is so easy to find a deserted little area for yourself, apart from the Hermit crabs and the fruit bats that is. Snorkelling is fantastic, the water is amazingly clear so make sure you take your water camera each time you go out as you never know what you will see the next time you decide to go for a swim. One tip, do wear a T-Shirt when snorkelling or you will end up with a small patch of sunburn on your back (Trust Me). The food and drink is a little pricey and the 10% service charge just highlights that fact, however, you can charge everything to your room so there is never any need to carry money around the island. Donât go expecting much night life, the resort tries its best and does provide nightly entertainment but I guess you will find out for yourself. Excursions wise we definitely recommend the full dayâs island hopping and the night fishing too. Do the night fishing on a Friday though, as it is followed by a BBQ on Kuda Bandos, the neighbouring island. All-in-all it is a very interesting and entertaining evening. To sum up, a very nice pleasant resort, nice rooms, nice staff, amazing beaches and amazing snorkelling. Enjoy!!"
- Travel date: 14th February 2006
Wish we were back there
"It's hard to write a review of this resort. Now I am home i wish i was back there, but while we were there it seemed quite strange. Maybe because I'm not used to going on a package style holiday, I was hit by the way everything was so sanitized and insular. It was almost like being on a movie set of a great holiday resort. You didn't feel anything was real. The island is sprayed twice weekly to keep the mosquitos away (although we did get a few bites), there don't seem to be any harmful insects, any dangerous sharks, or 'outsiders' - people that weren't either staff or resort guests (except when we were there the staff from a huge yacht took over the pool bar). The beaches were white sand, the sunsets beautiful, the water constantly warm and clear, the fish beautiful shapes and amazing colours, the food fantastic, the rooms spotlessly clean. If you are happy to not see any real culture, to only have 4 choices of restaurant (only one if you go half/full board - although you do get at least a 15% discount in the other restaurants), to not have access to any supermarkets (the island has a jeweller, a gift shop with a few clothes and some souvenirs, and sun cream) then it's great. However, my husband said it was like Butlins and i see his point! I haven't been to any other of the Maldives, so I cannot compare, but I imagine to a varying degree they are similar. I only have one real negative thing to say and that's been mentioned before on these reviews, the staff (mainly the waiting staff) were very dour, and although the food was really great, it didn't make the dinning experience a good one. We went with a toddler who really enjoyed it, there is a kids club and a small pool which she loved. Also a small swings and slides area which was pretty crap."
- Travel date: 12th February 2006
"My wife and 4 year old travelled to Bandos 0n 19th Jan returning home yesterday. The island is beautiful and the staff were on the whole excellent-always smiling and very helpful. The facilities were excellent and in this I include the Childrens club where I was able to drop my son for a couple of hours in the morning and same in the afternoon. The food was buffet style and very good. No complaints at all. Suggest you sit in the middle restaurant of the gallery as that is where the food is served. Plenty to do including nightly entertainment. Yes a lot of children were present but so what? The kids all seemed to have a great time.We were in a Junior Suite which was very comfortable-just beware of ants making their way in.If this happens inform reception and the room is sprayed immediately.It works. Bit put off with the 10% service charge added to every thing you buy.You dont need to ever carry money as you can charge the room. Also expected to tip your waiter and room boy. Did not mind this as they were so good! The only thing that really put me off was that large private boats berthed off the island and crew members would come on to the island and take over the pool bar. All in all a very well organised setup and I would not hesitate in recommending people to visit."
- Travel date: 1st February 2006
not what I expected!!!
"Ok, I have read all the lovely reviews, and to be trueful, the place was very nice. Which is why I have rated it above average. So what let it down for me? Well a few things. 1) Everything you buy has 10% added as a service charge, but as the brochure says, tipping is expected! Now I know this sounds stingy, but after paying for the holiday, (half board) we spent another 3000 dollars. With another 10% service charge. (300 dollars tip) then they expect you to tip the waiters, bar staff and the room boy! So what is the service charge for? (would you give 400 -500 dollars in tips??? 2) Diving is very expensive, well not the courses, but all the extras. like the dive computer, the boat,wetsuit, mask ect. oh, and dont forget the extra 10%. to give you an idea, we took wetsuits, mask and snorkel and fins., But because you need a BCD and weights and a regulator, it works out cheaper to take the whole package at 45.00 dollars a day, rather than to hire what you need. then you have to pay 22.00 - 30.00 dollars a day for the boat. So your at 80.00 dollars a day straight away. But the house reef is an excellent dive site. 3) We have only just come back, 23rd Jan. and the place was filled with kids. Don't get me wrong, the place is fabulous for families, lots for the kids to do, a good pool, and a kids club. But I didnt go to the Maldives for a family holiday. If you are after great beaches, beach villas that are actually on the beach, then go to Kuredu. If I was rating bandos on a scale of 1 to 10, it would be a 6, and Kuredu would be a 9-10. However, Kuredu is so popular now, it seems like its fully booked all the time. (im not suprised) plus its all inclusive. Many people who have been to Bandos, ie honeymooners have never travelled to other islands, so they cannot compare."
- Travel date: 24th January 2006
Top traveller tips for Bandos Maldives
"Snorkelling & swimming"
"Enjoy the weather & scenery but only drink water. Don't anticipate quiet leisurely romantic dinners!"
Bandos Maldives is also called
- Bandos Island Resort Hotel
- bandos island hotel
- bandos island resort