This new all-inclusive resort is perfectly placed to explore the North Ari Atoll’s spectacular underwater world
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.
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. 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.
In the North Ari Atoll
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† Kuoni is proud to be the only UK tour operator to offer Sandies Bathala. See booking conditions for further details
Good to know
Minimum age 8 in Water Villas. Minimum stay: 7 nights 26 Dec-06 Jan.
73 beach and water villas
• See more of the atoll on an island-hopping excursion* • Go night snorkelling* • Explore the ocean with an underwater scooter*
Buffet restaurant, bar
All Inclusive • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the buffet restaurant, Island Gallery • Selected drinks including soft drinks, juices, selected house wine by the glass, local beer, American coffee and tea served during meals and at the beach bar from 10am-midnight • Selected cocktails and spirits only available after 6pm • Snorkelling equipment • Daily guided snorkelling tour • Wi-Fi in the rooms, bar and lobby.
*Denotes local charge