My husband I spent 12 days there recently and were both impressed with all the staff working there, they all promptly responded to our requirements before, during and after our visit. It is a beautiful island in a wonderful part of the world, but for our visit we felt that it did not have a status of a “wow” appeal that we were expecting.
This is not our first time to the Maldives, or to a 5 star hotels where we were never before disappointed with the food.
The choice of food at Banyan Tree was catering to many nationalities and tastes; which we were looking forward to try, as we have a large taste pallet and have experience in eating most international food to a high standard on a regular basis.
We ate well on the island, but only to the standard of average of what the island is rated. There was of course some good food, but there were some things that we found just so disappointing. The breakfast provided a large selection of food (that we normally eat. I.e. croissants, pastries, donuts, dim sum selection, English breakfast food selection etc. etc.), but most of that food presented there was highly processed, low quality products. In fact, the whole selection was flawed, without taste or substance.
Lunch was always a plus, the grill chef and his marinated fish and meat were good quality; thankfully so, because the selection of curries were lacking in flavor. We thought that the selection of Chinese food was of a low quality and not a good selection of choice. The sushi looked unimaginative and not at all fresh. The puddings were average, but the cakes were tasteless and highly processed.
On some evenings, the meal was dull, old fashioned and tasteless. The al a carte menu was an average selection of dishes interspersed with some good food. I guess it all comes down to personal taste and we found it all a bit disappointing.
We loved the reefs on both islands and praise all your conservation work. But what was annoying and unsightly was the ugly sand dredger which was moored onto our side for a whole week; when the pump was on there came a smell from it which was sometimes very unpleasant. Although we do truly appreciate it`s function to the island; it is doing a wonderful job,
We loved our holiday in the Maldives (who wouldn`t?); although we could not recommend Banyan Tree as we experienced it.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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