This is a very late review. We were here in May 2011 and the island is about 30 mins away from Male via speedboat. Journey to the island was rough as the it was windy that day and the seas were rough. Once we got to the island, it was magical. White sandy beaches, blue clear waters and it was so peaceful. We were ushered to villa 35, it was a beachfront villa, room was relatively big, free wifi access, no TV (which was very good to spend time with each other), and a jacuzzi in the rear of the villa, next to the doorway. Villas were very comfortable to sleep in and just seeing the waves crashing out in front of us was very comforting. Snorkelling in the island was a hit and miss affair, the reefs are slightly further out and once you are there, its pretty. If you have the time, go to the reef at Angsana, the sister property, the reefs are alot closer to shore and we saw more fishes there as well, we even saw a black tip shark barely 4 metres from us and that was a very nice experience.
Feeding the stingrays and turtle was a good experience, seeing how conservation is being done and also learning about the marine eco system was educational. Food is a buffet affair, there is no dress code and there is a certain time where we would go to the common meal area to have our meals. Meals are good, have to pay for beverages. Spa is excellent! Its by far the best spa that we have ever tried, and Banyan Tree Spa has clearly lifted the standards sky high!
This place is gorgeous, we spent 5 days here, didnt make it for the dinner on a deserted island as it had strong winds. Overall, we enjoyed our stay, its very peaceful and a good place to spend with your loved ones.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cast away on a secluded coral atoll in the paradisaical Maldives archipelago, you experience a sense of magic, romance and tranquility at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru that's second to none. Cocoon yourself in a web of shimmering turquoise waters, swaying coconut trees, indigenous blooms and pure white sand. Free your spirit on the Maldives' North Male Atoll. In Maldivian, Vabbinfaru refers to a round island circled by a round coral reef. In this circle of peace, claim sanctuary at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru resort. Feel the natural sea breeze sweeping in from the majestic Indian Ocean, and let the resort's signature hospitality bring you peace and tranquillity. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Maldives