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Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vabbinfaru
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Beijing, China
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Reviewed November 16, 2013

Although there are a lot of Islands in Maldives, but can not be denied
that Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru was one of the quiet and beautiful
islands.

I appreciate your staff Miss Pearls from Bar and Miss Feng Tiffany
form front desk, for their enthusiasm and meticulous service. Such as
Miss Pearl introduced the Banyan Tree’s sister Angsana Ihuru to us,
her attitude for work let us decided on shipping in your Bar.


  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

The time we spent at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru was absolutely the most romantic, idyllic, and dreamy ever! Staff is superb, knowledgeable, kind, and engaging. Hotel Manager Hilmy is an extraordinary man whose goal is to ensure you have the vacation of your dreams. Executive Chef Neil was most accommodating and the food at all meals, especially our destination dinner over the ocean, was of the highest quality, freshness, and flavor. Marine Lab experts Shameen and Mason helped us with snorkeling and exploring the reef. I am disabled and Shameen has enormous patience. Staff Fareed and Ziyad went beyond their duties to give us the most memorable dining experiences. Kaleel kept our villa clean and the rose petals on the sheets were an unexpected surprise. The villa is perfect with two outdoor showers, private pool and jacuzzi, and seating areas on the beach. The reefs at Vabbinfaru and Ihuru (sister island home of Angsana) are magnificent and teaming with colorful corals, sponges, fish, rays, and sharks. Swimming with sharks and having them glide by was thrilling.
Banyan Tree knows its corporate eco and social responsibilities. They protect the coral reefs and raise turtles to release back into the sea. This was a perfect vacation to celebrate our 25th year of matrimony. We recommend the Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Angsana to anyone wishing a PERFECT honeymoon, vacation, anniversary, or family reunion.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Marie M
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

This is our second holiday with Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and we were not disappointed! The friendliness of the staff and the gorgeous location of the island is simply wonderful
The snorkelling and swimming right out in front of your villa makes for an easy and enjoyable holiday with no fuss
The addition of the pool and spa is also a great idea for lazing around in the afternoon after you have been in the ocean all morning!
The restaurant serves up wonderful breakfast, lunch and dinners so you can guarantee you will find something you like
The marine centre is also worth popping into to see the small turtles and the afternoon sting ray feeding is a definite treat!
This little island makes for a very memorable holiday

Room Tip: All villas are great as you walk straight out onto the beach and into the ocean!
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Sandy897
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru is a perfectly good resort. It has clearly been around for some time, but continuous updates have kept it in reasonable condition, especially the villas which are well designed and furnished. The open air bathroom is particularly cool, but the exposed loo leaves you a bit vulnerable to the sudden arrival of housekeeping!

However, as they are all so close together, it does lack the intimacy of some resorts. The pool and whirlpool are in an enclosed courtyard at the rear. When relaxing there, frankly, you could be anywhere in the world - out at the front overlooking the stunning beach and ocean is where you want to be! But privacy here is not on offer. Our sun beds were within yards of our 2 neighbours, which felt a bit intrusive.

The rest of the resort had a somewhat dated feel. Tables, chairs, crockery and decor are all from 20 years ago - as was the piped music - 80's soft rock and ballads (on an incessant loop) where gentle modern ambient mood music would surely be more appropriate.

The food was a let down. Just so average and repetitive. With average service from the staff. Don't get me wrong, it was absolutely fine and most were lovely, but everyone just looked so bored and lacking in enthusiasm. And the bar - how about some comfortable seating on the deck other than the rock hard wooden armchairs? After all, I'm here to relax and chill.

The spa, which again looked a bit tired, must be one of the most expensive in The Maldives: $200 for a 90 min massage. Too much for the standard of the resort and spa.

A big plus is that the journey from Male is just 20 mins by speedboat. Perfect for a shorter stay.

We enjoyed our time here, but left feeling that it could have been so much better. It's all about the detail. As it is, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru is just average. As 80% of their guests appeared to be of Chinese origin, perhaps it's good enough for their average client!

Room Tip: All the Villas appear the same size, but some are set so far back from the beach that you are denied...
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Mohamed H, General Manager at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2013

Dear CPHO_0,

Greetings from Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru.

Thank you for choosing to stay with us on your recent Maldives vacation. Thank you for taking time to review our facilities and services. it is such comments and feedback that enables us to keep on improving on areas needed.

Your comments and feedback is greatly appreciated.

Best regards
Mohamed Hilmy
Hotel Manager

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Reviewed October 27, 2013

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru is one of Maldives islands. We spend our chinese national break in there from 2nd to 6th October with my friends.The blue ocean、corlorful coral and fish、cute little turtles and the amazing local triditional music and dance performanced in the evening at the bar are unforgetable. We enjoyed the snorkerling very very much. We loved the homelike villa so much that we didn't miss our homeland at all. We wanted to stay at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru for a long time,more than senven days. I must say Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru is the most wanderful place for my dream.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

Beautiful place. Great snorkeling/diving right off the beach.

Stingray feeding was fun and the night snorkel should be done.

Fantastic food and great service. Rooms are very welcoming and laid out.

Staff are great and the Dive school excellent

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

We have just returned from 5 days on Vabbinfaru, that I would highly recommend to everyone. I love to snorkel and the Island has an easy accessible excellent reef surrounding the island that has a large selection of reef fish in large numbers and great coral, many (safe) sharks, white tip and black tip and I did also see a turtle. My wife does not swim but likes going in the sea, Vabbinfaru has sand all around the area and lots of space for getting in the water, deep enough to swim. some of the beach had bits of coral on it not that comfy getting in the sea, but most was ok. I have been to other islands where the reef was to far out and the water was to shallow and warm to swim in, but Vabbinfaru is great.

The room we had was a beach room, I would recommend one facing the sister Island. It was a very private area with an enclosed back garden with a pool, jacuzzi, outside shower, we liked being naked in our own area. the villa overlooked the sea and had a private area with outside seating.

The restaurant was great, the food excellent very healthy and although eat a lot, I lost wait. They varied the food a lot and changes where we eat from the beach to the restaurant.

The managers and staff were all very friendly and good.

Room Tip: Beach room facing sister Island
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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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: $654 - $1,606 (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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