Maldives Holidays – Bandos Island Resort

Bandos had a major face lift in 2005 which extended its accommodation and other facilities. It is a very family orientated resort and so has become popular with a range of age groups.

The new look and feel of Bandos is a pleasant balance between formal and casual and it has very much retained its Maldivian charm with thatched roofs etc. Some of the accommodation in both the standard and junior class areas have interconnecting doors for families who find themselves split between several rooms.

There are a nice range of restaurants here that serve a range of quality dishes. The main bar and coffee shop are near the water, and the bar is a great place to hang out until the early hours of the morning.

The resort has made a lot of effort to look after and cater for visiting families, providing a purpose-built childcare facility with female staff on hand to look after the children and also provide babysitting in the evenings. So even with the kids along you can still enjoy a romantic break.

There are 84 standard rooms which lie on the beach side. There are 48 Junior suites at Bandos, arranged in groups with a shared garden. They are ornately decorated, with a yellow and ochre color scheme, solid wood four-poster bed and a sense of style that make them very accommodating.

Bandos is without doubt one of the focal points of diving in the Maldives, not least since it is one of the few resorts to actually have a decompression chamber. The dive center here is both a Platinum Facility of the International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers and a PADI Gold Palm Resort.

You can expect a special event if you plan to get married on Bandos, the ceremony is held on the beach of one of the uninhabited islands in the atoll ? Kuda Bandos ? and is followed by a private cruise for the newlyweds on a Dhoni (Maldivian boat).

Andrea is a travel journalist and writes about exotic locations like the Bandos island resort and other maldives holidays

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