Here, you can find out more about the hotels that we use during our tours to Maldives.
You can also see pictures of the various places.
Summer Island is located 34 km from Malé airport. From here, you zip for 45 minutes in speedboat across the fascinating turquoise-coloured water to the North Atoll archipelago where Summer Island is located.
Summer Island’s smiling staff will be there to meet you as soon as you step off the speedboat and across the gangplank. You will be given a warm welcome and led into this barefoot paradise.
When you kick off your shoes and step onto the white sand on this scenic island, where the coconut palms sway in the light breeze and where the blue sky contrasts with the crystal-clear waters, you will almost have to pinch yourself because can it really be true that you have come to paradise? And yes, it can. Summer Island is a true paradise, and this will be your home for the next few days.
Summer Island is the perfect setting for a dream holiday, offering tranquillity, relaxation, adventure and bounty beaches.
The resort has 156 beautiful, modern rooms, decorated in light colours with wooden furniture. The stay is based on a superior bungalow, sleeping up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. The superior bungalows have air conditioning, Wi-Fi, a mini fridge, a safe, TV, telephone, king size bed, sofa, desk/dressing table, coffee/tea making facilities and a semi-outdoor bathroom with toiletries and a hair dryer. On the private veranda, there is also a sofa and a table and chairs, where you can enjoy the view of the beach while sitting in the shade, reading a good book, playing cards or sipping a cool drink.
The resort has an infinity pool overlooking the turquoise lagoon, where you can laze on a sun lounger or on an air bed or you can swim a few lengths.
Not everything has to be about relaxation on Summer Island as there is also a gym and a variety of water sports such as windsurfing and para-sailing, or you can go out on a paddle board, in a canoe or on a banana boat.
When in the Maldives, you simply have to pull on a snorkel, mask and flippers. Walk out just a few metres from the beach and a fairy-tale world will open up to you with corals and beautiful fish in all the colours of the rainbow.
After a day in the sun, be sure to treat yourself to a visit to Firuma Spa, which stands on poles in the water. Here, you can enjoy a lovely massage as you look down through the glass floor – perhaps Nemo will swim past. You can also indulge in a steam bath, various facials, manicures and pedicures. You are then ready for another day in the sun.
In the evening, you can go for a walk along the beach and enjoy the sunset before dinner.
Summer Island has three restaurants: the buffet restaurant Hiya, built on poles over the water and reserved for guests staying at Premium Beach Villa and Water Villa, as well as the main restaurant Samuga, which is also a buffet restaurant serving dishes from all over the world. In addition, there is Avi, which is both an a la carte restaurant and a cocktail lounge with stunning views.
End the day with a colourful cocktail in the Nevi bar.
It is worth mentioning that in 2017 and 2018, Summer Island won the award for South Asia’s leading beach resort. The resort actually also won the award for the leading beach resort in the Maldives in 2018.
Superior Bungalow: Max 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child
Premium Beach Villa: Max 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child
Water Villa: Max 2 adults
|From superior bungalow to premium beach villa||Per person: £320|
|From superior bungalow to premium beach villa||Per child: £216|
|From superior bungalow to water villa||Per person: £504|
|From superior bungalow to premium beach villa||Per person: £560|
|From superior bungalow to premium beach villa||Per child: £378|
|From superior bungalow to water villa||Per person: £882|
|From full board to all inclusive||Per person: £173|
|From full board to all inclusive||Per child: £86|
|From full board to all inclusive||Per person: £298|
|From full board to all inclusive||Per child: £149|
Bandos Island Resort & Spa is a lovely family-friendly resort located on the island of Bandos in North Atoll, a mere 15-minute boat ride from Malé airport.
When you arrive at the island, the staff will be waiting to give you a warm welcome.
The island itself is incredibly lush and green and it is almost round like a ball. The paradise beaches are white and the water is clear. If you walk out a few metres from the shore, a fantastic underwater world opens up to you with corals and beautiful tropical fish.
The stay is based on a deluxe room, sleeping up to 2 adults and 2 children. The rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi, air conditioning, mini bar, TV, telephone, safe and tea and coffee making facilities. In addition, there is also a bottle of water provided daily in your room. In the bathroom, you will find free toiletries and a hair dryer. From the terrace, you can enjoy the view of the beach and the green surroundings.
Everywhere on the island, there are great activities for young and old alike. There is a children’s playground and Kokko’s Kids Club for children aged 3–12. There is also a tennis court and football pitch, and in the resort’s clubhouse, you can play volleyball, table tennis, various board games and work out.
And the activities for all the family don’t stop at the shoreline. You can go kayaking, catamaraning, jet skiing and paddle boarding or ride on a banana boat.
If you are fascinated by life under the water, be sure to take full advantage of the fact that you are in the snorkeller’s and diver’s paradise. It goes without saying that you can rent snorkels, masks and flippers, and go on an excursion out into the deep water with the resort’s award-winning diving centre, which is one of the oldest in the Maldives.
In addition to a wide range of activities, the resort also organises various excursions, including island hopping or a trip to Malé. You can also swim with whale sharks or go on a beautiful sunset trip, where you can see wild dolphins.
When you need to relax, you can just lie back on a sun lounger on the white sandy beach and enjoy the stunning views of the turquoise lagoons, or build sand castles in the light breeze. There is also a freshwater pool with a poolside bar and a children’s pool.
And why not take the whole family to the resort’s day spa, and have your hair and nails done, or a massage, etc.?
When hunger and thirst strike, Bandos has plenty to offer. The main restaurant, The Gallery, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here, you will find a wide range of delicious local and international dishes. At Koon Thai, you can enjoy authentic Thai dishes, and Umi Yaki serves barbecue dishes in the open air. The Sea Breeze Café is built on poles in the water and has a lovely outdoor deck where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the lagoon while relaxing in the light breeze with a bowl of spaghetti, an Indian curry or perhaps a burger or a pizza. Huvan is the best place to enjoy the Maldivian sunset while having a bite to eat. Sand Bar is a classic island beach bar and the ideal place to enjoy the tropical atmosphere. It has karaoke, live music and a disco.
Bandos also has a nice little shop where you can buy sun cream, souvenirs, clothes, bags, etc.
|From deluxe room to jacuzzi beach villa||Per person: £69|
|From deluxe room to water villa||Per person: £1580|
|From deluxe room to water villa||Per child: £154|
|From full board to all inclusive||Per person: £154|
|From full board to all inclusive||Per child: £74|
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