New all-inclusive resort
Brand new for 2019, Sandies Bathala will bring 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 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.
For dining, there’ll be 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.
In the North Ari Atoll
Airport transfer time: Approx. 15 minutes by seaplane from Malé airport
Buffet restaurant, beach grill, bar
What's included in the All-Inclusive
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the buffet restaurant, Island Gallery • Selected drinks including soft drinks, juices, selected wine, local beer, American coffee and tea served during meals and at the beach bar from 10am-midnight • Selected cocktails and spirits after 6pm • Snorkelling equipment • Wi-Fi in the lobby.
Beach BungalowCharming bungalows on the beach with a private deck • air-conditioning • bathroom with twin basins and open-air shower • 28m²
Water VillaOverwater villas with a private deck, located inside the lagoon on the eastern side of the island • air-conditioning • king-size bed and sofa bed • bathroom with twin basins and spacious walk-in shower • 35m²
Planned facilities PADI dive centre, free snorkelling equipment, gym, games room, massage centre*, beach volleyball, Wi-Fi*
• See more of the atoll on an island-hopping excursion* • Go night snorkelling* • Explore the ocean with an underwater scooter*
*Denotes local charge
All details provisional at 01DEC18