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Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vabbinfaru
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“Mr.Maycock”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

Myself and my wife stayed at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and we had a great time the staff were fantastic from the time we go of the boat at arrival to the time we had to get back on the boat at the end of the holiday, well done to the General manager and his team for delivering a holiday experience that we will remember.

The island was fantastic and the rooms were just what was needed with a small pool and sea views you could not ask for more, we used all the facilities, spa, water sports, bars and restaurant and the staff were great and they know what you wanted and they had great knowledge very customer facing with good service training.

We will definitely return and I would like to stay at more of the Banyan Tree resorts in the future as I like there ethics when it comes to social responsibility, we are even considering joining the Banyan Tree membership which does seem interesting, well done and thanks for a great holiday.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

I have stayed in Banyan Tree resorts in the past and I have to say that they are often the yardstick in which luxury resorts should be measured against. The resort at Vabbinfaru is no different, nice villas, a peaceful location and friendly staff, you could argue that this Banyan Tree resort is the best of the lot.

When you include the excellent spa with very competent therapists and excellent food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, giving it a very good rating is almost like a slap in face for the resort.

However, the points that stop it from achieving an excellent rating are:
The lack of a lounge for those checking out with very late flights;
The cost of drinks and other ancillaries even with the full board package; and
The age of some of the beach furniture and other equipment.

That said, pretty small issues but they do add up to a less than value packed stay.

Just don't blame staff for these issues, not only are the staff incredible, accommodating and friendly, they almost make up for the high cost.

Room Tip: Sunset side all the way. A beach front villa does lack a little privacy but more than makes up for t...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Mohamed H, General Manager at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, responded to this review, June 30, 2013
Dear Justin T,

Warm greetings from Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru.

Thank you for staying with us during your recent holiday in the Maldives. We appreciate the constructive feedback that you have provided and would like to assure you of our commitment to enhance our facilities and services based on the valuable comments of yours.

We have already started to take the necessary corrective measures and will continue to focus on areas that you had highlighted.

Once again, I thank you for staying with us and we hope to welcome you back in a near future.

Best Regards
Mohamed Hilmy
Hotel Manager
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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

it is a paradise, the stuff is so friendly, , rooms are great, food is great what else a person need for a holliday, from the first day till the last everything was great. i got my apen water certificate there, that was a great experience

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Thank Güneş Y
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Mohamed H, General Manager at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, responded to this review, June 30, 2013
Dear Sunset 987,

Greetings from Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru.

We are pleased to know that you have had a memorable experience here at Vabbinfaru.

Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback on our facilities and services. Such feedback encourages us to continue to be consistent in our service delivery. I have also taken note that you are now an open water diver, ceritified by our award winning PADI Gold Palm Dive Centre. We hope that you will return to experience the underwater natural beauty of Vabbinfaru and its surrounding areas in a near future.

Sincerely

Mohamed Hilmy
Hotel Manager
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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

Another great stay, though I do feel there is room for improvement, the plunge pools are a great addition and quite big, jacuzzi is also great. The thing that really got to us this time was the heat, the humidity made it quite uncomfortable in the daytime they really need to incorporate some sort of cooling to the Naboli bar area and even to the restaurant, fans maybe, as I was normally dripping with sweat after every meal as were the rest of my family.
Staff are great, everything is picturesque. One thing we had to complain about was the food, due to the massive influx of tourists from the far east, they now cater predominantly to the Chinese pallets so lunch time buffet was mainly Chinese dishes, we complained after the second day about this and they let us order al la carte, but really limited the lunchtime buffet options unless you like Chinese food, everyday!!
Dinner was great, 5 courses and prepared perfectly, breakfast could have had a few more options, cheeseboard had the same sorry blocks on there for days until I asked for it to be refilled. Also had to ask on two occasions for new plates at the breakfast buffet as there were none left, which you should not have to do when staying in this sort of resort and Shisha was the worst I have ever had.
But hopefully they can improve on these comments, as there is too much choice in the Maldives to not keep up with the competition.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank amar0077
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Mohamed H, General Manager at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, responded to this review, June 30, 2013
Dear Amar 007,

Thank you for staying with us.

We appreciate your feedback, specially on the quallity and variety of food served in our outlets. We have also taken note of the suggestions to improve on our F&B service delivery at the main restaurant and Bar. Please be assured of our commitment to bring the necessary changes based on your valuable feedback.

Once again, we thank you for choosing to stay with us and look forward to your return visit.

Sincerely
Mohamed Hilmy
Hotel Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

WOW! It is very fantastic and most beautiful. There is very impressive with a very good service, very friendly staff, nice location and resort. This is the one of the best place for wonderful vacation.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Mohamed H, General Manager at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Dear Tripadvisor member,

Thank you for the gracious comments and the wonderful feedback about our staff, facilities and service.

We are pleased to know that you have had a memorable time here at Vabbinfaru and we look forward to your next visit.

Best regards
Mohamed Hilmy
Hotel Manager.
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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

We have been visiting Banyan Tree three times already and hope to come back there again. Beautiful resort, fabulous food and perfect SPA. We have stayed in some other very good resorts in Maldives, but Banyan Tree with it's well taken care of House Reef is just works like a magnet to us. Highly recommended.

Bill and Elena.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Elena_A_M_C
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Mohamed H, General Manager at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, responded to this review, June 30, 2013
Dear Elena A_M_C,

Greetings from Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru.

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. Your positive feedback on our food, SPA & House reef is highly appreciated. Such feedback gives us the motivation to continue to enhance the services and facilities here at the resort.

we are pleased to know that you have had a great time and we look forward to your next visit.

Best regards
Mohamed Hilmy
Hotel Manager
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Maldon,Essex
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

We have been going to Vabbinfaru for the last 7 years now with a few other islands in the mix too.
We thought we would do a short review about our experiences.
Banyan tree who owns this resort spend a lot of time and effort in training and this shows with the level of service in all areas. From the boat crew for the transfers from the airport. The meet and greet team at the airport who always seem to be forgotten in most reviews to the back of house staff. All with the front of house team who make a truly wonderful and relaxing holiday.
It's like going to a second home each time we arrive. Personally greeted by reception staff who genuinely remember you from previous years with that huge Maldivian smile.
The island along with Ihuru nearby had major refurbs last summer. The new decking at the rear of the villas with plunge pools were a great addition. We used this pool regularly. Although we didn't think we would. The villas themselves had a lick of paint. New AC which is much quieter if you need it. Very tastefully done without any bling. Perfect.
We had a three night cruise on the Banyan tree Turkish Gullett this year. The same level of service was enjoyed. Morning and afternoon snorkels on other resort islands was great. We snorkelled mayafushi, ellaidhoo , near bathala and off some unihabited island not much bigger than half a football pitch just south of halaveli. We fished most days from a dingy and trolled when crossing between atolls. The wahoo curry was fantastic. Yum yum.
Well that's about it. Most other reviews fill in the missing bits...great food,reefs etc etc.

Lastly and not by any means least my wife and I would like to extend our grateful thanks to the wonderful staff at Angelfish/Maldives Direct who have organised our holidays to the Maldives for a number of years now. Well done to you all especially Jo & Dan. Your service is exemplary. 6 stars...........

Bring on March 2014

Room Tip: In feb/march the north of the island generally has a cooling breeze
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Mohamed H, General Manager at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Dear Jacable,

Greetings from Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru,

Thank you for the gracious comments and the positive review. Thank you for taking time to share your Banyan Tree experience with the rest of the travel community.

We are pleased to know that once again, you have had an overall excellent stay here at Vabbinfaru "your Maldivian home". I have also shared your encouraging feedback with the team and they are very pleased to know that the service provided has been appreciated.

On behalf of the team Vabbinfaru, I thank you once again.

We are looking forward to your next visit.

Best Regards
Mohamed Hilmy
Hotel Manager
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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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