Planhotel Hospitality Group takes over Bathala, to reopen in 2019 under Sandies Hotels after upgrade

Planhotel Hospitality Group has taken over Bathala Island Resort, with plans to reopen the resort in 2019 under the Swiss hotel chain’s Sandies Hotels & Resorts brand after a major upgrade.

Planhotel Hospitality Group took over Bathala from local hotel group AAA Hotels & Resorts, which had been operating it as a three-star resort since 2011.

The island of Bathala.

A major rebuilding of the property is underway, with overwater villas being built from the ground up, increasing the resort’s room inventory from just 46 beach villas to a combination of 49 beach bungalows and 24 water villas. Several new facilities are also being built, including a gym, games room and wellness centre.

Opening in February 2019, the four-star Sandies Bathala will bring a great-value all-inclusive option to the Ari Atoll. The island is located along the north-eastern rim of the atoll, just a 15-minute scenic seaplane ride from the main Velana International 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.

Artist’s impression of the restaurant being built on Bathala.

For dining, there will be a buffet restaurant – where all your meals are included – with a fresh fish barbecue, live cooking stations and local dishes. An additional seafood restaurant will offer freshly caught seafood specialities and fresh lobster menus in a romantic setting on the beach. Guests can quench their thirst at the beach 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.

Artist’s impression of a water villa being built on Bathala.
Artist’s impression of a beach bungalow being built on Bathala.

Sandies Hotels & Resorts, part of the Planhotel Hospitality Group, are all-inclusive resorts in exceptional locations, including Kenya and Zanzibar. The brand’s philosophy is to create a simple and friendly atmosphere whilst providing a high level of service.

Planhotel Hospitality Group already runs two resorts in the Maldives under its luxury all-inclusive brand, Diamonds Hotels & Resorts.

The two resorts of Diamonds Thudufushi and Athuruga are located in the magnificent South Ari Atoll, and are accessible by a 20-minute seaplane flight from the main airport. These are ideal resorts to discover the Maldives from a centre of excellence, where attention to detail will make your journey unforgettable.

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