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Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vabbinfaru
Geneva, Switzerland
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“No `WOW` factor”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2014

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.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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SrikantPeri, General Manager at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, responded to this review, April 15, 2014
Dear Ms. Toland,

I read your disappointment with the food on offer and have shared it with the culinary team.

I regret that my team and I were unable to delight you with the experience. Feedback from our guests helps us in our endeavor of continuous improvement and I thank for sparing time to share your experiences.

I trust that you will not let this experience mar your impression of the Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts in general and continue your patronage with other hotels and resorts of our group.

Regards,

Srikant
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2014

This resort was a wonderful place to relax, be pampered with impeccable and attentive service. They had thought of every detail, and you felt it was possible to request anything if required.
The rooms were spacious, clean and everything we needed. The private pool and spa inside our villa walls was a lovely relaxing space, but so was the beach out the back of the villa also.
The food was lovely and the cocktails from the bar never disappointed.
Overall, a wonderfully relaxing stay.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Bengaluru, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

We were sailing around the Maldives for Christmas on Yacht and the banyan tree was most kind to allow me and my wife's family to dock there and enjoy they're facilities . Excellent beachfront bar and restaurant great food and drinks especially the green curry ( a Personal favourite ) all had a great time superb staff . Didn't expect any less from Banyan tree . If in the Maldives again will defiantly visit again . Recommended .

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014

We'd initially booked an eight night stay in Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru but after one night - we knew we wanted to extend and we did for 36 nights. We had a wonderful time - nothing was too much trouble for the staff - so very friendly. I would highly recommend.



  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2014

The Banyan Tree in the Maldives lived up to all everything we had read about it. From the moment we picked up our Speedboat transfer to the resort, to our warm welcome , beautiful ocean view room, and exceptional service, and first class cuisine in a spectacular setting, what more is there to say! Total relaxation, with options for those who want to do more than just chill out.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

I stayed at the Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru in the 2nd half of March. It was a great experience! The island is small but gorgeous, with a wonderful beach, top notch facilities and service!
The staff is very pleasant and everyone really goes above and beyond their duties to make your stay a memorable one. The staff even organized a football game at sunset on the beach, for myself and couple of other guests, which was just amazing!
The food is delicious (we loved all dishes/desserts made with local bananas, and the ice-creams and sorbets).
Some of the external service providers offer services which are quite pricey (such as the photo taking session with a professional photographer), I think more people would use the service if prices were more down to earth.
One thing the hotel could do is up the activity schedule (i.e. a yoga or pilates class on the beach in the morning or at sunset).
Overall, it was a great stay, and I would go back again.
Francesco

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru was one of the most special resorts in the Maldives I have stayed at.
Very idyllic, intimacy, privacy and comfort. Had a couple of issues first night with a few bugs dropping from the roof thatching, but staff had us sorted and moved to a perfect spot.
Time to just completely unwind, fantastic for couples looking to relax and do nothing!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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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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