Bandos Island Resort

  • Room Type : Deluxe Room
  • Stay Nights : 4 nights 5 days
  • Stay Num : 2

When I was looking for a resort where the reputation was good in the Maldives and could stay cheaply, Bandos came up as a candidate. As a result of searching for hotels, I heard that Bandos has snorkeling spots, the island is big, and there are other facilities, so I decided to stay here.

Bandos Island Resort exterior · entrance · reception

The entrance (the road after getting off the boat) had the ocean bellow, and there were also fish swimming there, so I did not get tired of the view.

The entrance. The sofa at the front desk, the floor etc were also clean.

We had a cold and sweet tea as a welcome drink at the reception, which was very delicious. When receiving an explanation at the reception, there was confirmation that "Are you OK in the Deluxe Room?" Since I booked the tour of the standard room, when I showed the document and informed me of that, after having confirmed the employee, "I can do a free upgrade this time," so I asked for it. I did not know whether it was the hotel's mistake because it happened to be free because it was vacant, but I was lucky to be able to stay in a deluxe room that included a bathtub.

The luggage was carried to the room by a car, and we were also able to get on another car as well. There were a lot of people who swept leaves in the daytime, and the impression was that the landscape was always kept beautiful.

Bandos Island Resort Deluxe Room

It  was spacious and comfortable. Because the living room and the bedroom are separated, we were able to spend very relaxing time, and it was even too large for two people. The effectiveness of the cooler was good, and it was good that the room became cool immediately. After cleaning, the housekeepers always set the air conditioner at 22 ° C,  and it was always cool after coming back from the hot weather.

There were clothes rack outside, so we could dry clothes quickly.

Facilities such as refrigerator, large TV, hairdryer were satisfying. When going out and take the card key out of the holder, only the lights turned off and not the cooler and the refrigerator.  

Even though there was a family with children staying in the next room , because it was soundproofed, I did not hear anything.

The canopy bed was very luxurious but the bed was not very comfortable. Although it was spacious with being a double bed, I woke up several times in the middle of the night. There were two pillows, but they were to high for me. It was a little disappointing.

The closet was large and I could put all my clothes in it. There were five to six hangers that I could not remove, but it was enough because I brought about 10 on my own.

As there were only employees and guests at the hotel on the island, I was relieved that it was safe, so I did not use the safety box.

I could not see the ocean from the room because the trees were hiding it so it was a little disappointing. However, since it is a minute or two to the beach, I went to the beach every day and I was able to spend my time reading and taking a nap while lying on a beach bed or a hammock around the island. Depending on the location of the room you can see the sea from the terrace, so there were people who ate outside while looking at the ocean.

Bandos Island Resort Bathroom

Although the washroom, bathtub and shower were in the same room, it was very spacious and comfortable. There were several windows shaped like blinds and there was no dampness of moisture. Whether it is the nature of the floor, the drainage of the shower was also good and dried quickly.

However, because there was no way to prevent ants from entering through the gaps in the windows above, there were always two or three ants around.

Bath mat was at the entrance, shower room, bath tub, and one by the toilet. (Because Islam people wash their butts in the sink next to the toilet bowl)

Although the shower room's shower was a fixed type, the strength was good, and the bathtub shower did not have any problems with the strength or temperature. I was able to rest by putting hot water in the bathtub everyday. The standard room I had originally reserved was a shower only facility, so I was really lucky.

There was a shower cap, sanitary box, soap and body lotion on the sink. There was conditioner, shampoo and body soap in the shower room. I think that it would have been better if they included bathrobes, cotton swabs, slippers, and etc. As we brought our own shampoo and conditioner, we did not use anything other than soap for washing hands.

Bandos Island Resort mini bar and built-in cafe

The refrigerator was equipped with alcohol such as beer and whiskey, snack confectionery such as water (EVIAN) and potato chips. There was a pot, and I was able to drink powdered tea and so on. There was no microwave, but it did not bother me. There was only a 1 liter water bottle, so we were not able to carry it around.

 

Bandos Island Resort Pool inside hotel

The pool had a higher water temperature than the ocean, and I was able to stay in the water for long without getting cold. In addition, there is a bar by the pool and you can drink alcohol or juice while entering the pool. There were also shallow areas for children, and many families with small children who can not enter the ocean were playing in the pool after sunset.

Because the trees were creating shade, the sun was not strong and I was able to spend time comfortably.

Shower, changing place, bed, lending bath towel are also substantial.

Bandos Island Resort hotel beach

You can go around the island in about 30 minutes, but the blue and beautiful sea spreads wherever you go. When I look at the beautiful ocean, I feel my stress going away.

Many fish crowded around the shallow coral, and I was able to see the fishes without participating in the snorkeling tour. I also encountered a small shark near the beach. I think the ocean in the morning has the highest transparency of the ocean.

Bandos Island Resort hotel restaurant

We had breakfast and dinner at the restaurant buffet right next to the reception.

We had breakfast and dinner at the restaurant buffet right next to the reception. I never got tired of the food, because the menu changed every time. There were only cow, chicken and sheep meat.

There are services that bake omelets, pancakes and waffles in front of you.

SeeBreese

I had lunch at the restaurant called SeeBreese and HUVAN, and I ordered pasta and pizza which was delicious. It cost about 40 dollars to 50 dollars for two people for lunch because 10% service charge and 12% TGST are attached. Although it is not cheap at all, the service was very good and I was able to put what was left in a box.

Huvan

I spent most of my time watching the sunset every day in HUVAN. I did not think about anything while getting something to drink at the restaurant, but watching the sky slowly turn from light blue to pink was the best time. I think that there were many visitors during sunset.

Booking Optional Tours at Bandos Island Resort Hotel

Although I visited the facility where I can book an optional tour called RIYA several times, I was not very good at speaking English, and I was very pleased that they spoke English slowly for me patiently. There were various unusual island tours that can be arranged at the hotel, such as dolphin cruise, diving, snorkeling, surfing, banana boating, and etc. There were different things on different days of the week, but this time I want to make a journey that will not be bound by time, leisurely in the ocean and pool and that I did not have to think about anything. I took part in VELTRA’s “Male half day sightseeing tour” using the time to the return plane. Mr. Shine told us, but he was very professional and taught us a lot about the history of the Maldives. Because it was Friday, which is a Maldives holiday, not all markets, supermarkets, museums were open (closed until 14 o’clock), only one small souvenir shop and a Western style cafe was open. It was disappointing that we could not eat local cuisine of Maldives. It was nice that Ms. Shine took a lot of pictures and that he was waving his hands all the time when saying good bye from the ferry and I would love for him to show us around again.

Facilities such as gym and activities in Bandos Island Resort hotel

The use of the sports facilities’ TV game, billiards and table tennis were free, so I went to do them every time I was free.

There was a mosque.

There was a clinic.

There was also a spa.

Bandos Island Resort neighborhood facilities

Because it is a small island which is 30 minutes drive to go around the island, you can visit all of the places quickly. However, it seems that you can not go to other islands. Just to be sure, when I asked the receptionist for the price of the ticket to the capital Mare, it was said that one person was 89 dollars. Also, regarding shopping, we got all the souvenirs in Bandos at Mare airport, so we did not have to buy it at Bandos. All meals and shopping on the island are collected at the time of checkout as cash or credit, so I did not have to use cash except for when leaving a tip for the housekeepers.

 

In the area around the hotel, this area's distinctive lower tree grows lively, making shade well. There were many crabs and gecko (living creatures like lizards) around. The yellow hibiscuses were beautiful. Public security is very good as there are only employees and guests on the island. It is a little scary because there are few lights at night, but I could see a the stars clearly. There are a lot of tourists walking at night, so it it is safe to walk at night because there is always someone around.

Bandos Island Resort access

It is a one minute walk from the airport to the boat station, and it takes about 15 minutes by boat to Bandos. Unlike other islands that had to switch from the airport to the domestic flight, the access was very good. The return boat was equipped with a sofa for cooling and had free water bottles prepared.

Bandos Island Resort Staff

It was hard to communicate well with the front staff, but everybody spoke slowly to make it easier for me to understand. Every employee gave me a good impression. Even the cleaners greeted me if we passed each other. I was very satisfied with the hospitality. Even chefs at the restaurants and diving shops were kind and thoughtful.

Diving shop

Bandos Island Resort customer base

There was a free nursery called KOKKO CLUB. There were few elderly people and many couples.

Bandos Island Resort Summary

I had a nice stay. I was very lucky to be able to stayed in a deluxe room with a bathtub, without changing the price. I was wondering if it was the first time that I had never experienced such an unpleasant feeling while traveling about the fact that the spirit of hospitality strongly greeted tourists warmly. I also thought that all the manner of guests were good. All the money used at the resort was very good and it was very easy to pay for things because we paid during check-out. Meals at the restaurant were also very good. It would have been netter if I could have visited other island, but I would definitely like to visit again. Next time I would like to stay in a two-story Jacuzzi villa.

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