Having visited Banyan Tree 2 years ago in February 2012 before the villa refurbishment it was interesting to catch up with these and any other new developments with another review. The "no shoes" ethos is still going strong and the super beaches are without equal. Absolutely beautiful! Our Beachfront pool villa (no 44) is on the south east side of the island which is where we prefer as you get the sunrise and sun for most of the day until about 5pm. Some folk prefer to see the sunset by being on the other side of the island, but we prefer the onshore breezes which keep you cool during the day. The revamped plunge pool and jacuzzi at the rear of the villa are lovely, coupled with a new sun shade seat. The villa internals are basically the same but the bed is 100 times more comfortable. As has been said before the TV is situated in an awkward viewing position, but hey! we weren't here to watch TV. Meals are predominantly Asian kitchen as you would expect, but there is plenty to eat for European tastes. It is well cooked and presented and very enjoyable. However, if on full board the lunches are perhaps a little predictable without much variation. There are two self service barbecue evenings a week which is one too much. The waiter service as a our previous visit was a bit inconsistent and second requests for things occasionally were required but really it's no big deal. Bear in mind you will need a substantial budget for alcoholic drinks although water is provided free.The mix of residents was basically the same the majority being Chinese, with French, Italian and a good amount of British who embrace the quite relaxing ethos, and now more than ever Russians but more of that later. All snorkelling equipment is hired for free which is convenient and the reefs are a must to visit independently or on an organised trip. There is plenty of non-motorised water sports and a gym if you feel energetic. We had the misfortune to have a very high maintenance young Russian couple move into the next door villa (45) 4 days before we left who really would have more at home in Benidorm. One night they played loud music in their villa until past midnight. The lady, and I use the term advisedly, flouted the Muslim nature of the Maldives by swimming and sunbathing topless and wearing an indecent bathing string. I have no objection to this in the appropriate resort, but felt this was an insult and an embarrassment to the local staff. Not withstanding this we had a lovely time and the Maldives and Vabbinfaru, when in your blood is highly addictive!
- 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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- Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Maldives