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Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vabbinfaru
Cape Town
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37 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Our new fantasy island...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2011

This place is great! It is a short boat trip from the airport yet it is not in a flight-path so you don't hear the planes. It is 5-star shabby-chic so you don't dress for dinner or need to take lots of clothes with you. We sneaked in just before the monsoon hit - and the weather was fantastic (it only rained once during the night).
The food is fantastic and the bar is quiet and comfortable.
There's plenty to do if you don't like laying on the beach like us: Fantastc snorkeling from the main jetty around most of the island plus free shuttle to the neighbouring Angsana island where there is even more! There is free sailing on catamarans, diving etc. etc. and Male is close in case you want to see it.
We stayed in a sea-view villa which is simply recessed from the beach villas and you end up with a private courtyard which is quite nice. We had the deluxe which included a jacuzzi that we only used once. From the villa you walk out onto the beach where there are two loungers reserved for you with towels and the waves are a few meters away. The beach villas have decks jutting out over the beach - frankly I prefer the courtyard and the beach.
The staff are friendly and attentive and the reception is very helpful. I have no idea what the manager looks like and that's the way it should be - they do not make a big show about it.
Next time we'll go half board as the menu from the bar is good and some days you don't need the whole nine yards; We'll go with a standard sea-view villa bacause we did not really use the jacuzzi anyhow.
Special moments: The feeding of the rays on the beach at 5pm; The turtle breeding programme; Our waiter arranging the best Pizza ever when the menu did not suit us one night; They let you stay at the resort instead of dunping you at the airport to wait for your flight - awesome.
We used to go to to Kanuhura but on the second trip the resort had been sold and became everything we hated and all that was special had changed.
Now we found Vabbinfaru through the great reviews it got here and it deserves its high rating! We will definitely go back next year to our new fantasy island!

Room Tip: We found the beach view villa to be private with easy access to the beach.
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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london, england
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10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2011

What's unique about BT Vabbinfaru is how integrated into the environment the structures are. You benefit from the amenities of a nice resort (a/c in the rooms, excellent kitchen & bar/cocktails) but you don't feel like you're taking a surreal trip in a synthetic, incongrous hut or lodge.

We went during peak season in March and even though Vabbinfaru was at full capacity, we never felt crowded or imposed upon by other guests. At the same time, we had the option to socialise when the mood struck us, whether over meals or at the bar or on excursions (the night snorkel was particuarly interesting!).

We are not particularly "green", but it certainly was comforting to know that Vabbinfaru houses a turtle sanctuary, is involved in efforts to protect the reef and supports the local community. (The staff genuinely seemed happy to be working there.)

Being able to wade out into the coral reef during sunrise just outside our villa was unparalleled in beauty.

Highly recommend the sandbar private dinner, but watch out for the crabs that come out after dark!

Room Tip: Defiinitely worth paying extra for the Deluxe Beachfront Villa if you can
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2011

the former summer vacations all stayed in Sanya , Hainan province,China.we like the beach ,sunshine very much .
and this we also want to have a leisure vocation ,and we looking for many places on the net ,and at last we decided to choose banyan tree,
we are very lucky to stay with you fou our vocation ,we enjoyed here very much ,and we are looking forward to our next trip in banyan tree.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2011

I am from Hong Kong and stay in Banyan tree with my husband.
The overall experience is great~!

Accomodation:
1. We first live in Ocean Villa, it is very great already. And then we upgrade to Deluxe Ocean Villa. I love both of them , it offer sea view and better privacy then beach villa. Beach Villa locates closer to the beach and waterfront while the people passby your room front and see your room easily.

2.Snokeling
Unluckily, we see lots of Jellyfish on the beach, so we do not snorkel much near Banyan tree. Instead, we go to the sister island Angsana, it is great for snorkeling with many fishes and good house reef.

3. Food
BBQ food is great, hot dishes are OK. Dessert is normal with limited choice and Curry is just standard.

4. Spa
Good ~~

5. Services
If you meet 20 staffs,19 are nice only 1 staff are rude~ so I give 95% for the services.

Overall is great~

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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HK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2011

The service was excellent, food very good and the snorkelling all we had hoped for. The chalet clean and cleverly arranged with views of the ocean.

we enjoyed the snorkelling and the beauty of the island, the hotel occupied the island it was very relaxing.The staff were very attentive and food was scrumptious.

would highly recommend .

Room Tip: room 14 is good to see sunset, turtle cave. Have privacy.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Shanghai China
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2011

This is the first time, i spent my holidays in maldives.
At first, i thought that would be a place that just full of sun\sea\sand, and maybe i could sleep/relax/read...
But, at Vabbinfaru, i feel like home.
Not only the people there were kind and nice, that made me who could just speak poor english feel comfortable.
I learn snorkeling and diving here. the nice coach Alii were very patient. follow the guide, i feel good and safe.
I love sea, love fishes, love maldives, love banyan tree!!!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2011

We spent 5 nights in this resort and the service is excellent!
All staffs are well trained and always assisted customers with heart and smile!
The food is very good too though there is one restaurant on the island.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
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Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Vabbinfaru
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vabbinfaru
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru 5*
Number of rooms: 48
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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