Lapped by the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean, the island of Bandos is blissfully marooned a world away from the hurly-burly of daily life.
The turquoise of the lagoon, lush green vegetation, pearl white beaches, azure blue sky and abundant golden sunshine create a feeling of perfect tranquility. Everyday stresses will melt away as you are transported to a haven of pure calm and serenity.
From the moment you arrive you will receive a warm Maldives welcome and the friendly, attentive service that has earned Bandos the reputation of the ‘Island of Hospitality’.
Conveniently located just 7km from Malé International Airport, our idyllic resort has a total of 215 rooms, sumptuous dining and a wealth of leisure options – a perfect setting for a romantic getaway or peaceful escape.
We have multi-lingual staff and facilities ensuring we are a destination where people from all over the world come to relax and unwind in a multi-cultural atmosphere.
Guests have the benefit of our Dive Centre with professional staff who will guide you on an exploration of the spectacular underwater world of the Maldives and our Medical Clinic with a decompression chamber for complete peace of mind.
Our fresh water pool, with wading pool for children, provides a comfortable area to relax, and for the ultimate luxurious experience, take a trip to our Orchid Spa and indulge in revitalising Asian therapies.
Why not finish your holiday by visiting our souvenir shops and take home a reminder of your stay in paradise.
LocationThe island is among the most well-established and biggest resorts in the country. The well known island of Bandos, with its convenient location in the southern section of North Male\' Atoll, situated only one hours by boat from Male\'. It has excellent beaches and its sister island Kuda Bandos is easily accessible by boat.
Bandos offers you a wide choice of accommodations, however, comfort, luxury and convenience are the hallmarks of all our 215 rooms. From the ultra-exclusive and luxurious Water Villas, to the standard rooms, the accommodation options here at Bandos very clearly reflect the diverse tastes and requirements of our clientele.
Villa Type of Bandos Island Resort & Spa
intimate dining experience with your loved ones at a private setting
~ ROMANTIC DINNER
Experience a private dinner on the big white sandy beach of Kuda Bandos. The couple sit surrounded by candles and soft music while a private chef serves delicacies of Bandos exclusively to the couple.
~ CANDLE-LIT DINNER
Candle-lit dinner is arranged at the beach of our most romantic sunset restaurant, The Sundowner’s bar. Soft music plays in the background while dining under a dark sky lit up by millions of stars.
~ LOBSTER DINNER
The perfect romantic choice for just the two of you.
Huvan, which means blue skies and calm seas, is the best place to view the stunning Maldivian sunsets.
Open daily from 7.30am until midnight, the enormous sundeck allows you to unwind under a star-filled night sky or while admiring the dazzling blue horizon. In the evening soft music fills the air while you wonder at the dreamy tones of another glorious sunset.
A classic island beach bar, the Sand Bar is the ideal spot to soak up the tropical atmosphere while enjoying a relaxing drink or trying one of our delicious cocktails. With our top-notch karaoke facilities, live band or disco evenings, it’s the place to head for a fun evening on the island.
Stop by or swim up to our Pool Bar in our main pool for a refreshing break from the glorious sunshine and a chilled drink. The bar serves a wide variety of juice drinks along with soft ice creams and milkshakes.
Surrounded by lush palms and blossoms, guests can relax under the shade and enjoy the bubbles of the Jacuzzi stools, before continuing their swim or soaking up the sun.
Aptly named, the Sea Breeze Cafe is situated at the edge of the water where customers can lounge on the large outdoor over-water deck and enjoy the breathtaking view of the lagoon while relaxing in the gentle breeze. Open round the clock, the restaurant offers a wide variety of dining options from a la carte offerings such as spaghetti or even authentic Indian curries to alternative fast-food fixes such as pizza and hamburgers.
The Koon Thai Restaurant serves delicious, authentic Thai cuisine in elegantly designed surroundings.
Guest can choose to dine inside or savour the view and gentle breeze outdoors on the deck overlooking the lagoon.
Our passionate chefs ensure each dish offers a truly authentic Thai taste that awakens your taste buds, all of which can be accompanied by a selection of fine wines from around the world.
The Gallery, consisting of three spacious pods, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is the main restaurant at Bandos.
Serving up elaborate buffet-style dining with a wide choice of dishes, guests can relax knowing that all tastes are catered for.
The Gallery is open to all guests but specialises in catering to those who have pre-booked their meals. Guests who pre-book are also welcome to patronise our other restaurants and are eligible for discounts at the Sundowners Bar, Koon Thai Restaurant and the Sea Breeze Cafe.
Bandos Convention Centre offers sophisticated conference facilities to a global audience. Located close to both the airport and the capital Male, the facility provides versatile space, accommodating up to 350 guests for large conferences, to more intimate meeting rooms that cater for up to 20 people. All meeting rooms are fully equipped to meet all your requirements and come complete with comprehensive technical support. We can take care of everything from transportation to catering and even supply Maldivian cultural entertainment, ensuring your meeting is productive and memorable.
Your stay at the lovely beachside villas at Bandos will not be complete without an adventurous excursion. Inspired by our rich fishing tradition, we offer you one of the most exciting excursion to truly enjoy your holiday the ‘Maldivian way’. Gather your friends to form a team of 4 and take the morning boat for a fishing expedition; explore the large monsters of the deep ocean. These extraordinary fish weight up to 70 kilos and grows up to 8m or more. We offer trolling and casting techniques, Baracudda, Sail fish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Marlin and Tuna are popular with trolling method. Giant Travelly, Red Snappers, Groupers are more common with casting.
Master this excursion with complete comfort, our state of the art vessel offers breakfast on board, various chilled drinks and beers while longer trips come with lunch. In addition, fresh water, towels and washrooms are also available on board. The vessel comes with a prowler and fish finder, global positioning systems, radar, fighter chair, PEN international rods for trolling and Shimano rods for casting (spin fishing).
Different types of fish are caught depending on the monsoon. The country experiences two main seasons, the South West Monsoon and the North East Monsoon. The South West Monsoon, which usually starts in May and continues until August, is the rainy season. However, given that these coral isles have an abundance of marine fauna, there hardly is a time when a trip fails to yield a good catch.
In a country that is more water than land, the possibilities for fun-filled aquatic activities are almost inexhaustible. Whether it is the turquoise of the lagoon, or the azure blue of the rich coral reefs, or even the vast, mystical expanses of the ocean deep, the waters surrounding Bandos offer limitless opportunities to explore. The Water Sports Centre at Bandos is staffed with professionals who are highly skilled in their craft and are fluent in English, Japanese and German. Snorkelling, water skiing, parasailing, banana boat riding, wakeboard, knee board, fun tubes and canoeing are just some of the activities at your disposal during your time here. The Water Sports Centre here at Bandos also offers top notch catamaran and windsurfing facilities, with top of the range equipment from HiFly, North Sails and Topcat among others. We can also organise snorkelling trips to our house reef where, surrounded by the beauty of brightly-coloured coral formations, fish and flora, you can lose yourself in a magical underwater world.
At Bandos, we truly cater for everyone. That’s why families travelling with young children can relax in the knowledge that their loved ones are in the capable care of our professional child minders and babysitters. What’s more, while you unwind on the beach, they’ll be having the time of their lives. The Kokko Club opens from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday, and offers a wide variety of activities for everyone from tots to teens. We create and maintain a safe, healthy and exciting environment where they can enjoy, explore, learn, socialise with other kids and have fun. We strive to stay up to date with the ever changing needs of our young guests, many of whom we are fortunate enough to see every year from their infancy. The Kokko Club is equipped with a nursery full of toys and a large playground outdoors. The facilities are free of charge for children aged 3 – 12 years old and the associates of Kokko Club provide babysitting services on an hourly basis for 0 – 12 years old.
Capture your time in paradise with our professional photography service. Take home a quality, hard cover photo book of your cherished memories, along with all the digital copies, for a great price. Our photography service is perfect for couples, family portraits or wedding photo books, creating something you’ll treasure forever.
Keep fit, unwind and simply have fun at our Paradise Club sports complex. Enjoy beach volleyball or tennis on our flood-lit courts, relax and unwind at our steam bath or Sauna, or take advantage of our fabulous fitness suite, equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. The fitness suite is open to all guests free of charge. Guests seeking a slower pace can unwind in our lounge and entertainment area and catch up on the latest news and sport from around the world. Board games and table tennis are also on offer, ensuring there’s something for everyone in paradise.
A short distance from the main island of Bandos is the uninhabited island of Kuda Bandos (meaning small Bandos) ideal for a private picnic on the beach or simply enjoying the sunset after a full day of snorkelling the reef or swimming in the clear blue lagoon. Open throughout the week except Fridays, Saturdays and other public holidays, Kuda Bandos is the ultimate Robinson Crusoe experience.
Ever wished you and your partner were the only people in the world? Here is the chance to experience such a feeling on our sand bank picnic. There is only you, surrounded by the sapphire sky and the emerald waters with your loved ones on powdery sand, gently sipping exquisite champagne. This is one of our exclusive activities that you should not miss.
Step aboard our glass bottom boat and immerse yourself in a spectacular underwater world in complete comfort. Sit back and enjoy the breathtaking scenery above and below the gentle ocean waves as you float above the colourful corals and mesmerising sea life while blissfully gliding along the crystal blue waters. This is an ideal excursion for those who don’t want to get wet, but who still want to enjoy the splendour of this exotic expanse.
Malé must rank amongst the smallest capital cities of the world but it has plenty of atmosphere and history to interest visitors.
Explore the streets of this tiny and unique island city through a tour by experienced local guides. Watch the fisherman unload their catch at the bustling local fish market or wander the aisles of colourful Maldivian produce at the local market. Malé also has a number of interesting historic and religious sites that illustrate the history and culture of the Maldives.
Take a walk in the narrow lanes and witness the hustle and bustle as shopkeepers, fishermen, civil servants and businessmen all go about their daily business.
Hop on board a local mechanised Dhoni and sail away across the North Malé Atoll to explore the different types of islands in the area. Snorkel, swim or take a nap while you top up that tan in our tropical paradise. You will discover a local island and see Maldivians at work and experience their island lifestyle. Visit a local souvenir shop where you can buy something to remember your trip by, before we land on our own picnic island for lunch. The full day tour includes a picnic lunch on the beach on our very own uninhabited island of Kuda Bandos (meaning little Bandos). Half day tours start after breakfast and we return to Bandos for lunch.
The coral reefs in the Maldives are inhabited by diverse marine life and are teaming with colourful fish. Snorkelling is the easiest way to enjoy the beauty found beyond the lagoon.
Reef snorkelling takes place directly from the boat and is therefore suitable for stronger swimmers. Guests are advised to wear adequate sun screen.
Experience our fun search for wild dolphins while viewing the best sunsets the islands has to offer. One of our most fun-filled excursions, it’s an opportunity to see dolphins in their natural environment, jumping and doing their friendly tricks, and even swimming with the boat as you both go jumping and streaming across the ocean.
Your visit to Bandos Island Resort and Spa is not complete without trying your hand at the local pastime of fishing.
Bait your hook, drop your line direct from a Dhoni to the reef and hope for a nibble as you watch the spectacular colours of the sunset and listen to the ocean waves lap the surrounding islands. After two hours of fishing for your own supper, we prepare a delicious barbecue on the beach of Kuda Bandos. While you are waiting to barbecue your catch you will be entertained with spectacular ‘bodu beru’ (local music with drums, rhythm and dance). After dinner you can just sit and relax with your loved ones on the white powder sandy beach and watch the glittering bonfire on the shore.
Let us arrange a special intimate evening for that ultimate romantic moment. Lead your loved one down a secluded beach to a candle-lit spot where you utter those magical four words – ‘will you marry me?’
Experience all the vibrancy of an authentic Indian wedding with a touch of the Maldives –on a pristine white beach lapped by a sparkling azure ocean.
Exchange your vows in a truly unforgettable way – surrounded by lush tropical sea life under the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean – and swim away as man and wife.
Rejuvenate your body and mind while enjoying your perfect holiday in Bandos, through a revitalising treatment at Orchid Spa. Intimate villas and cabanas allow you to relax in privacy while our expert spa therapists take you on an invigorating journey.