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Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vabbinfaru
Reviewed July 24, 2013

From the moment we arrived we arrived at the island we were stunned by the beauty and how calm everything seemed. My wife didn’t know where we were going and was amazed as the island approached in view and then by our Ocean villa, the pool and Jacuzzi with out door seating area was picture perfect to the brochures. Pure paradise.

Villa:
Our villa was hidden away in corner from the main walkway which made it even quieter and the front garden you can say leading up to the ocean was very large. With a table outside the villa and then a hammock further up followed by an enclosed area. The main room is very nice where bed looks out towards the ocean. The villa had a tv and cd player but we never used them in our 5 day stay! The bathroom is open to the outside but turning on the fan will reduce the heat if your worried, the outside shower was fantastic. The Jacuzzi was incredible and we sat in there each night after dinner relaxing while looking at the stars. The wifi station is in each villa, but it does manage to reach out to the beach and other public areas. The whole villa is very private and large enough, its just magical.

Island:
Only 20 minutes away from Male Airport which is perfect to get away from the capital but not far that it will take you ages to make it back for your return flight. You can walk around the island in 10 minutes or so but even when we stayed it was almost full we felt like we had so much privacy as you very rarely come across people. The beach is lovely all around, in some areas it is getting washed away but work is being done to protect the beach. In our area there was plenty of beach and the water was shallow till quite far out. The bar on most nights was very quiet but that was great for us, I had a shisha one night on the beach infront of the bar which was an amazing experience.

Food:
Well what can I say, the food was just unbelievable. Lets start from the breakfast , everything you could ask for was there in the breakfast, no rush and the juices were very tasty. Lunch was buffet out under the palm trees, but this was not let down, a vast amount of choice and always meat of the bbq was excellent for me. My wife loved that fact that one day there was dahl served as we were missing home food. The dinners are set menu and the courses keep on coming, each dish is cooked to 5* quality and you do really feel looked after. The dining in the dark is very romantic and in the warm air it feels perfect.

Spa:
As part of our honeymoon package we received an 30mins couple session which was quick basic lesson, this was enough to get us to book a longer package for 2 hours. The massage was great and the body scrub was great as well, as I had never been to a spa before my wife told me afterwards it had been done very well. They do the couple packages in such a way that its only you two in the rooms so you don’t need to feel shy that others are watching you.

Sandbank Experience:
This was the highlight of the whole stay, picked up just before sunset we were taken by our private speedboat to a sandbank about 20 minutes away, we even passed some dolphins on the way there, the sandbank is yours for 3 hours, as the sun sets you are served dinner by your own waitor and your own chef cooks the food, they stay out of the way for you so you really do feel alone on this 100 metre or so island. You really do have the most romantic meal ever. The stars we saw looking were just out of this world and the whole experience will never be forgotten, the food itself was also perfect. This is a must for a honeymooner.

Service:
As the island is small and you only have 45 villas, the waiters, reception know you by name and its great to hear them greet you each morning with your name. This personal touch makes a difference. You are also handheld as such by the hotel from the moment you meet your rep at the airport till he drops you of at the check-in desk. You can relax and forget any worries as they sort out everything and have thought of everything in advance.

Overall:
I had my hesitations with Maldives but Banyan Tree it was perfection for five days, its been nearly a month since we went and we keep mentioning it. We didn’t want to leave and when we checked into our Dubai 5* hotel after leaving Banyan Tree we both said its great but nothing will match Banyan Tree… We hope to be back one day soon.

Just as a last note, we went in June and we had 5 days of glorious sunshine, no rain even though it was monsoon season.

Room Tip: Ocean view has the best privacy
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

It's probably the best hotel I've ever visited. :)
Services, staff and food are all very good.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and I think I will revisit Banyantree if I go to Maldives in the future.
Oh and the best thing is the house reef at banyan tree and all the helpful guys at marine lab. I am sure you will enjoy the hospitality. The stingrays and turtles feeding session is also remarkable. I appreciate the fact that they do a lot to conserve the ocean.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

CREW
My wife & I were deeply impressed with the care & service shown by the resort host Mr Adam during our stay from 5th July to 9th July 2013.
The waiters Mr Visam & Shameem are friendly and jovial. We are truly surprised by their command of spoken English.
Our Housekeeper Mr Ahmed has kept our villa in tip top condition daily. It is really a challenge to keep the villa clean as we are so close to the beach and will expect sands & the seawater to be carried in by our feet & body.

BEACH FRONT VILLA
We were stunned by the views of the beach in front of our villa. The bed is so comfy that it will make you fall asleep within minutes. The bathroom is clean and well stocked with amenities. The in villa pool and jacuzzi adds an air of romance. Our private pavilion out on the beach provides a truly romantic setting while gazing at the waters. We really do not think it can be any better.

ISLAND
We took 10 mins to walk round the island the comes with picture perfect beaches. I probably took over 700 photos. Never ceased to be amazed by the scenes. Turquoise waters & soft waves kissing the sands. This is indeed a preview to paradise.

Though it rains a few times a day, it never spoiled our mood as the rainy periods are short and light. Didn't hear any thunder, or any lightning as far as my eyes can see over the horizon.

MARINE LIFE
Clear waters allow us to see right through the water surface. We saw reef sharks and rays right within 2 meters of us swimming by gracefully. Such nature! Banyan Tree also has a conservation effort on the corals and great care is taken to protect them.

FOOD
All the guests are on full board package. It was a challenging menu for the kitchen staff to satisfy our palate considering our 5 days' stay, but we were well pleased with the change of menu daily. Quite a good spread of indian, western, chinese, vegetarian, french selection. I must say their pastries are very addictive! They even serve champagne for breakfast! We put on 2 to 3 kgs each! Be warned! :) There is a well equipped gym is to burn those extra calories.

OVERALL
Strongly recommended for anyone who visits Maldives for the first time, as Banyan Tree truly gives that first impression that lasts a lifetime.

Thank you Vabbinfaru!

Room Tip: Beach front villas are definitely worth it!
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mohamed H, General Manager at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2013

Dear Jemmeteo,

Warm greetings from Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and thank you for the fantastic and a very detailed feedback / review, which would definitely benifit those visitors, searching for an ideal retreat in the Maldives for their dream holidays.

I have also taken note of your gracious comments on our associates. This has been shared this with the team and they are so pleased to know that the service provided has been appreciated.

We are pleased to know that you have had a great time with us.

Team Vabbinfaru is looking forward to welcome you back in a not too distant future.

Sincerely,

Mohamed Hilmy
Hotel Manager

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

This island is very beautiful.The service of hotel very nice and kindly. I And my family enjoy a good time for every day.the island is surrounded by corals and a good spot for snorkelling especially starting from the dock at the end of the jetty. We well came back to Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru .

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

This is really one of the best places in the world. Beautiful scenery, great hospitality, wonderful accomodations, you really can't ask for more. Can't wait to go again.
All in there is like you can see in internet or better.

Room Tip: For us, room 44 is the best. We stayed on it. But if you want any other room, don't doubt to as...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Beijing, China
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

This island is very beautiful like a picture.The service of hotel is very kindly and excellent,every people always smile.
Every room has the pool, comfortable bed, and the ocean view.
Every day will give you good mood.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

My family stayed in an oceanfront villa (Villa 8) which is really awesome. It provides great privacy and has a full ocean view. The staffs at frontdesk, restaurants and marina center are all very friendly and helpful. Food and beverage are so fantastic.

During the day, the island is surrounded by corals and a good spot for snorkelling especially starting from the dock at the end of the jetty. Alternatively, there is a free shuttle to nearby island for snorkelling. We also enjoyed a private journal to a nearby isolated tiny beach, SandBank, for snorkelling. Plus, the trip for dolphin watching is unforgetable.

In the afternoon, attend the sting-ray and turtle feeding session which is educational and fun.

In the evening, have a little rest on the jetty and watch the reef sharks and other marine fishes attracted by the lights. After this, we came back to our room and enjoy our private pool as well as the jacuzzi.

When the boat is leaving the island and targeting to the airport during sunset, my 4 years old son mutterred to himself, "I'll be back......"

Room Tip: Among total 49 villas, villa from No. 1 to 24 I think is much better if you enjoy sunset vs sunrise.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Vabbinfaru
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Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vabbinfaru
Price Range: $646 - $1,594 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru 5*
Number of rooms: 48
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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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