Sandies Bathala opened in 2019 and it brings a great-value all-inclusive option to the Ari Atoll. This small island is located along the north-eastern rim of the atoll, just a 15-minute scenic seaplane ride from Malé airport, and it has long been a popular spot with divers from all around the globe.
Accommodation options are refreshingly simple; choose to stay in a charming beach bungalow or water villa. There are no TVs in the rooms to help you completely switch off.
The house reef surrounding the island is stunning, with colourful fish, reef sharks and turtles regularly spotted. Head beyond the reef with the experienced PADI and SSI dive crew, or venture out on a snorkelling trip where you can stop on a desert island for lunch. Bathala will also offer night snorkelling for a totally different perspective of the ocean and marine life. If you prefer a dip in the pool then the infinity pool here is a great spot to cool off.
For dining, there's the buffet-style Island Gallery – where all your meals are included – with a fresh fish barbecue, live cooking stations and local dishes. The Beach Grill will offer freshly caught seafood specialities and fresh lobster menus in a romantic setting on the beach. Guests can quench their thirst at the Island Bar, which will be a great place to relax and unwind after exploring the magnificent marine life.
Capturing the beauty and magic of the African environment, Mvua African Rain Spa offers guests at Sandies Bathala a relaxing and welcoming environment which invites them to savour a unique and precious experience.
Open from 9 AM until 8 PM daily, our MVUA SPA features two massage rooms and an additional outdoor massage area with sea view and offers signature treatments, massages, scrubs, rituals and additional beauty treatments including facials, manicure and pedicure.
Bathala is one of the most famous and legendary diving resorts in the Maldives. The resort has been providing guests with access to some of the most incredible dive sites in the country for more than a quarter of a century.
The resort offers a range of exciting excursions such as night fishing, snorkelling, local island visits, dolphin watching, sand bank excursions and shopping trips to the capital city, Male’.
Sports and Recreational activities including volleyball, table-tennis, darts and board games, water sports (non-motorized).
Close your eyes and imagine an amazing Maldivian landscape in front of the spectacular blue water of the Indian Ocean then..open your eyes and realize that it is happening for real. Let your dreams come true at Sandies Bathala island resort in the Maldives. Enjoy a unique experience in the Maldives, the destination of love and peace.
This is the place to relax after a day of diving or excursions. Open daily until after midnight, The Main Bar serves alcoholic beverages including wine, beer, spirits, cocktails from 10am onwards while you can enjoy juices and carbonated drinks from 7am. You can enjoy your beverages either inside in the shade, perhaps accompanied by one of the resort cats, or outside on the sand as you admire the sea views. This is also the venue to visit in case you want to check your emails as it’s also our Wi-Fi hotspot.
The Main Restaurant is a charming coconut-thatched building located on the southern side of the island. You can run your toes through the sand of the traditional Maldivian sandy floor as you enjoy your meal.
At the Main Restaurant you can discover a range of tasty international buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our team of skilful and friendly chefs man the live cooking stations and are ready to whip up a dish tailored to your personal taste such as fresh pasta sauces or breakfast eggs just the way you like them.