News and Updates
Bandos Island Resort and Spa Celebrates Tourism day
On the special occasion of Tourism day Bandos Island Resort & Spa carried out a Hospitality day. Many of our patrons and employees joined together to participate in fun and exciting activities. From Sack races to Eating contest the participants had an intriguing evening and for the winners there were prizes. A special games area for our young patrons was set up as well. All in all everyone had an enjoyable evening.
Bandos Island Resort & Spa Diabetes screening and awareness program
This year we at Bandos Island Resort and Spa are celebrating our 40th anniversary. On this happy occasion we have arranged many events to take place in the course of 2012. One of the highlights in the month of April was the free Diabetes screening and awareness program at the Local Market in the Capital Island Male’. The event took place from 27th to 28th of April and allowed people to get screening, advice and doctor consultations regarding Diabetes. In all, the event was a success with over 400 people coming in for screening.
Egg-citing Easter 2012 at Bandos Island Resort & Spa
On the 8th of April 2012, Bandos Island Resort & Spa celebrated Easter with a wide range of exciting games and activities. The celebrations were held under the shady trees of the Sand Bar. The Recreations Club had done a fantastic job of bringing the Easter spirit around with lots of festive decorations. Our busy little patrons then proceeded to unleash their creativity by making hand made works of art. The kids had a full day program arranged for them, where they had t-shirt making, egg painting and hunting, a mini disco and a magic show where they had tons of fun. The children had big smiles on their faces as they made their way through the activities which had been planned out for them. The sack race was a special hit as the kids raced each other, while hopping to the finish line. At the Gallery Restaurant an extravagant Easter buffet was laid out with items such as delectable cupcake bunnies and chocolate eggs for our in-house guests to enjoy
EARTH HOUR 2012 AT BANDOS ISLAND RESORT & SPA
Once more Bandos Island resort and spa and our team joined the millions of people in switching off our lights to save the planet for earth hour 2012.
The event, conceived by WWF first took place in 2007. About 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights out for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Since then for Earth Hour hundreds of millions of people, businesses and governments around the world unite each year to support the largest environmental event in history.
With the invitation to ‘switch off’ extended to everyone, Earth Hour quickly became an annual global event. More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2011 alone, sending a powerful message for action on climate change. From 2030hrs to 2130hrs, we at Bandos Island Resort & Spa switched off our lights joining in the hundreds of millions of people to take a stand against climate change.
At Bandos Island Resort & Spa, we had special Earth Hour cocktails at the Sandbar and Sundowners Bar. As an initiative, the Gallery Restaurant closed early at 2030hrs and in both Reception areas, minimal lighting was used. The candles illuminated the darkness as we acknowledged the need for awareness for the climate problems our planet is facing now.
DiveBandos Dive Master Abdulla Sivad rescues a Manta Ray
While leading a dive at Boduhithi Thila, North Malé, Abdulla Sivad, a Maldivian Dive master and Underwater Cameraman for Bandos Island Resort & Spa, came across this manta, at about 16m depth, completely entangled in a gill net. The Manta Ray is one of the most fascinating and amazing creatures in the water.
Sivad, an experienced diver who had encountered mantas on various dives then proceeded to cut and free the gentle giant from its distress. This isn’t the first time that Sivad had saved a manta during a dive. In 2009 he had saved another Manta from a similar fate and as reported by Manta Trust it has fully recovered.
Net fishing is banned in the Maldives; the only nets which are allowed are small fine mesh nets used to capture tiny bait fish used in the tuna fishing industry. These nets seem to have drifted from neighboring countries.
We at Bandos Island Resort & Spa commend Sivad on his heroic efforts and are honored to have such an outstanding person as a member of our staff.