Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
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Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

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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.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Badminton
Children's television networks
Highchairs available
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Canoeing
Diving
Snorkelling
Water sport equipment rentals
Darts
Entertainment staff
Fishing
Table tennis
Airport transportation
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Picnic area
Shops
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Private beach
Desk
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Dining area
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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08110
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David B wrote a review Aug 2022
Gamblesby, United Kingdom30 contributions15 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Well where to start……

We came to the island for our honeymoon full of expectations and for not one second did it disappoint! The GM and staff made us feel like family and royalty at the same time and that is not easy to do.

The island is small and very beautiful, the villas are lovely but could do with a little TLC but this is being very picky. Everyday the rooms were serviced and to an impeccable standard. In the room was everything you could need and our garden was perfect and straight onto the sea.

On the first night we met so many lovely staff. The GM really leads from the front and all staff made us feel very special and nothing was too much trouble.

I have seen a few reviews saying that food was nice but a bit repetitive, to be honest I agree! Eating giant prawns, fresh fish, lamb chops, local curries and much more everyday was repetitive but I struggled by 😂. However, our chef Biswarup asked everyday if we wanted to have anything else and arranged a curry night (best butter chicken and biriani ever)! And a steak night that was quite possibly the best steak I have had. All the servers were very attentive and Adam made a huge effort everyday to make it special. I can not fault the service for a second.

We took a spa sanctuary villa with massages everyday. Most days we had Miley and Melisa and they are two of the sweetest people ever and brilliant at what they do.

One day the GM Kan and dive instructor Tholal had a dive with us one day it was amazing!! So stunning and we knew we were in safe hands.

So to conclude. This is everything you would hope it to be, beautiful, very 5 star, great food, great staff and a place to create memories. The final wave goodbye when many of the staff waved us away from the jetty was a hard one and we hope to see you all again one day. Thank you from my wife and I for the best honeymoon EVER!!!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Abdulla Simaad, Other at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Responded 29 Aug 2022
Dear A5332GGdavidb, Thank you very much for this truly fabulous review. Once again, congratulation for your honeymoon. It gives great pride reading all the positive comments on our top-notch service, the well-designed and immaculate villa, the scrumptious and diverse cuisine specially catered to delight your palates, the first class spa treatment, and the amazing diving with our professional diving instructor. It is indeed motivating and encouraging. Thank you very much for your word of praise for chef Biswarup and Adam from food and beverage, Melisa and Miley from spa, Tholal from marine center, and the rest of the team. Please be assured that she is extremely happy knowing your kind feedback. Once again, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kind feedback! I am sure that it will help all possible future guests in their search for the perfect island for a dream holiday. And we shall be looking forward to welcoming you back to your home sweet home very soon. With best regards, Kanruethai Roongruang General Manager Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru & Angsana Ihuru
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ChristineandWayne wrote a review Dec 2020
Dubai, United Arab Emirates19 contributions19 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
From the time you exit the airport the friendly staff are there to guide you to the speedboat and it's a short 25 min trip to the island (large pod of dolphins to liven up the boat ride too!!)
The beachfront villas were the nicest accommodation I've ever stayed in, tastefully decorated, private gazebo out the front on the beach, our own beach lounges, private pool and spa connected to outdoor style bathroom. We had specified a shadier, more private villa and they allocated us one that fitted the bill!!
Nazim, the waiter assigned to us at the beginning of our stay was super helpful, remembering our preferences and anticipating our needs at the table.
The only down side of our stay is whether to choose All Inclusive or not. If you do choose it you need not ever think about price but everything is NOT available on it including room service and assorted drinks. So if you want to eat in your villa you must pay extra which was a bit annoying as we wanted to do that and had to go to the restaurant to eat. Also there is no food available between breakfast and lunch OR lunch and dinner so you would have to pay for snacks in between so pack some in your suitcase!!!
The house reef was marvellous and the resort conveniently lent us all snorkelling gear for free and we could keep it in our room for the length of our stay. We snorkelled for hours everyday. It is a very relaxing low key island so perfect for people who want that sort of trip. Maybe not for those who want to race around on speedboats or do motor water sports. We loved the low key vibe and 8 days wasn't long enough for us!
Overall a brilliant experience with friendly staff, perfect villas, perfect beachfront and water. A perfectly relaxing stay!!!! Thank you Banyan tree Vabbinfaru.
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Date of stay: December 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: You may consider asking for shadier, or one that faces sunset or sunrise. All villas are a short...
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Response from Ahmed Zahir, Other at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Responded 30 Dec 2020
Dear ChristineandWayne; our valued guest, Heartfelt thanks for your amazing review. We are delighted to know that you had a wonderful and relaxing holiday with us in Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and enjoyed our charming island with tranquil atmosphere, well-designed villa with private garden, plunge pool and jet pool, great privacy, snorkeling on our stunning house reef full of diverse marine life with complimentary snorkeling gear, and impeccable service from our friendly, helpful and professional staff. Your comment on All inclusive meal plan is highly appreciated and we will revisit and optimize our offerings for the best experience. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to Naazim from Food & Beverage and the entire team. They will be very happy to know that they helped made your stay a thoroughly memorable one. We wish you have a truly remarkable and blissful year ahead! Happy new year to you and your family! Thank you so much once again for the feedback. We hope to have you staying with us again to discover more in this true paradise “Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru”. Kind Regards, Ahmed Zahir Executive Assistant Manager
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RSM wrote a review Jan 2022
Bahrain27 contributions7 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A surprise trip for my husband on our silver anniversary at this wonderful quiet hotel.

Check-in and out was smooth and the boat ride from Male airport (40 min) was just across the main road outside the airport avoiding any crowds.

The Hotel takes its sustainability motto seriously and this is visible across the property. The seafront rooms are very cute with thatched roofs, a sauna, and a bamboo shower in the backyard. Coming from a hot location, the thundershowers each night were much welcome and it felt like being in the middle of choppy sea waves

Much appreciate the personal touches for our silver anniversary with the embroidered shawl, wine n cake, and soft miniature cloth turtles as gifts.

Our room was serviced by an elderly gentleman who thoughtfully decorated our room with flower decorations each day.
Overall,
Pros: Among the closest property to Male Airport not require seaplane dizziness. Covid test at $ 70 was reasonable compared to other properties in the area
Cons: Breakfast spread was adequate ok and dinner was fixed menu with little options for vegeterians (Italian each day). No activities for kids except snorkling.
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Date of stay: November 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Great views from our room # 17 for the sunset.
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Response from Abdulla Simaad, Other at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Responded 8 Jan 2022
Dear 803rashmis; A heartfelt thanks for sharing your amazing experience and review following your stay at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru with our TripAdvisor community. Once again, congratulation on your wedding anniversary. We are delighted that you had a wonderful holiday with us and enjoyed from our charming and tranquil island with an easy access by a short speedboat ride from Velana International Airport, well-designed villas with great privacy, private plunge pool and jet pool as well as outdoor bathroom, surprised villa arrangement to celebrate your anniversary with personalized sarong, cake, bed decoration, and much more, sustainability program to impeccable service from our friendly, attentive, courteous and professional associates. I will personally share your kind words to the whole team. They will be happy to know that they helped made your stay memorable. Your candid comments on cuisine particularly food variety and less kids activities have been noted and shared with our concerned team leaders for further improvement. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kind feedback! We are looking forward to welcoming you back once again on our shores when you have a next opportunity to visit the Maldives. With best regards, Kanruethai Roongruang General Manager Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru & Angsana Ihuru
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Jane Laila wrote a review Nov 2020
4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We just returned from a 4 day Covid break. The staff is delightful—warm, welcoming, professional, and looking out for all your needs! Thank you!
We received a warm greeting at airport (Thanks Azmeel!) followed by a smooth, quick speedboat ride to a world away from the airport—a beautiful island ringed with coral & sea life. We enjoyed a refreshing welcome tea as we checked in which was smooth, efficient, & informative with all the Covid protocols. Habeeb made sure everything was take care of including our Covid tests for the return trip.
Our beach villa was lovely—clean, comfortable, & generous in space & amenities, including a well
stocked minibar (coffee, tea, soft drinks, & adult drinks). We had multiple sitting areas outside with access to the beach (even floaty mats). We snorkeled, swam, and enjoyed the sun or shade. The plunge pool & jacuzzi were also great. Thanks to Rasheed and colleague for superb housekeeping services.
The Thai and foot massages were fabulous! Okta, Miley, and Susie were experts and responsive to any needs—such a relaxing and restorative experience.

The restaurant and bar offerings were very good. We especially loved the fresh fruit, fresh fish, and the clever chutneys. I think another reviewer’s criticism of the food is unwarranted. (I am a foodie and have a reputation as a good cook). One cannot expected a Michelin 5 star experience at a resort during Covid! They offer a lot of healthy breakfast choices. Even the pastries were delicious. The catch of the day with veggies was my favorite lunch —healthy & light —but they have plenty of choices so one could just as easily enjoy samosas, burgers, pizza, or salads among other choices. There was a set menu for dinner with several choices for each course—more than ample food and mostly quite delicious. The staff was very attentive. Thank you Moosa, Hassan, Nazeem, and the whole crew! Thanks to Don for the fabulous margaritas and the yummy fresh juices!
Banyan Tree is accommodating to a wide variety of guests. I loved the diversity and respect exhibited among all on the island. For women, a full range of attire is exhibited and respected.
Aside from the water activities (There is a small gym and a water activities center on the island), they have a marine lab and hydroponic garden on the island. We value how they limit waste and one-use items on the island—well done.
Thank you for a wonderful stay Banyan Tree team. For those of you considering a stay, you won’t regret it!
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Ahmed Zahir, Other at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Responded 14 Nov 2020
Dear janelaila; our valued guest, Heartfelt thanks for sharing your blissful experience with us. It gives great pride reading all the positive comments on our charming island, well-designed and immaculate villa with private plunge pool and jet pool, breathtaking view and thoughtful amenities, magnificent underwater world full of marine creatures, rejuvenating spa treatment, scrumptious cuisine with various choices, delicious beverages to hearty services from our friendly, passionate and professional staff throughout your stay. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to Azmeel, Habeeb, Rasheed, Moosa, Don, Hassan, Nazeem, Okta, Miley, Susie and the rest of the team. They will be very happy to know that they helped made your holiday unforgettable. We have appreciated your acknowledgment on our best practices we passionately do to conserve our environment e.g. hydroponic garden, marine lab, waste management, etc. and all practices we have done during this challenging time with COVID-19 pandemic. It’s indeed encouraging. Thank you so much for your feedback and for recommending us. We wish to have you staying with us again for another inspired experience at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru in a near future. Kind Regards, Ahmed Zahir Executive Assistant Manager
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Kevin’n’Laura wrote a review Sept 2020
Dubai, United Arab Emirates15 contributions2 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Your Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru experience starts as soon as you pass immigration. Happy helpful staff will escort you and help with your bags to a waiting Banyan Tree boat.

Arriving at the islands main jetty, Riyaz (Front office manager) welcomed us to our island paradise and lead us to our beautifully appointed Ocean View Pool Villa. There are only 48 traditional Maldivian styled Villas on the island, all with a completely private garden with pool and hot tub. Our Villa was spotless and in an immaculate condition. The Villas are either set back from the water (Ocean View Pool Villa) or almost touching the Indian Ocean (Beachfront Pool Villa).
The island is very green and lush with beautiful paths set back from the beach with a variety of wildlife both above and below the water, from water hens to magnificent reef sharks and turtles.

Our Villa was maintained twice daily by the housekeeping team who’s attention to detail was superb, even anticipating our needs and providing extra amenities without us even asking.

Our personal restaurant host Ziyad provided us with all our meals at the main restaurant, sometimes on the beachfront. The in house chefs created high quality and extensive options.

Banyan Tree is a brand which excels with its SPA and traditional massage therapies. All the therapists are trained at Banyan Tree Academy in Phuket.
We had the benefit of two therapies during our stay, Susi and Shiny were very skilled at both massage techniques we tried and like all the staff incredibly friendly and welcoming.

Every staff member we came into contact with, including transportation between Banyan Tree and Neighbouring Angsana resort were always friendly, polite and often went out of there way to add to our wonderful experience during our stay. Not least Riyaz, who personally checked on us when we passed by and really made us feel valued throughout.

Banyan Tree resort is ideal for both those guests looking for complete relaxation or those guests looking to remain active, with great snorkelling opportunities and other water sports offerings like kayaking.

The only complaint we have is that we had to leave...

Thank you again to everyone at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru!

...we will be back ;-D

*Note on COVID19. This stay was during the Covid19 Pandemic. For those concerned with travel at this time both the Maldivian Government and the resort have taken every precaution for your safety without impacting the Maldivian experience. The staff are all required to quarantine separately on the island for 14 days prior to commencement of service.
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Ahmed Zahir, Other at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Responded 30 Sept 2020
Dear DesertWrangler; our valued guest, Thank you very much for your continuous support and this fabulous review. Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru has always strive to provide excellent service to our valued customers. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed everything throughout your stay once again specially our charming and well maintained island, beautifully designed and immaculate villa with thoughtful amenities, magnificent house reef, scrumptious cuisine, rejuvenating spa treatment, many activities to have fun, and exceptional services from our friendly, detail-oriented and professional associates. It is indeed motivating and encouraging. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to Riyaz (our Front Office Manager), Ziyad from restaurant, Susi and Shiny from spa, as well as the rest of the team. They will be very happy to know that they helped made your stay a memorable one. The safety of our guests and associates is of paramount importance. We are thrilled that you felt safe throughout your stay with us. Thank you so much for your feedback. We wish to have you staying with us again for another inspired experience at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru in a near future. Kind Regards, Ahmed Zahir Executive Assistant Manager
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Angela&Jason wrote a review Feb 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
2nd visit to the Maldives after 20 years and boy-o-boy is this place still paradise on earth! We chose Banyan Tree over so many other resorts for its ease of access from the airport, it’s perceived simplicity on the outside and ironically for some, it’s limitation of one restaurant & one bar where plenty of offerings and variety can be had. We went with the intention of resting and reconnecting with the natural beauty of the marine world and lush green tropical hideaway at Villa No 2.
Above all else what we found and take away is the genuinely high standard of setting, service and friendliness by Team Banyan Tree who made our stay so memorable where nothing was too much to ask for or make a fuss over! With a rich vein of personalities of older or younger, chatty or shy, learners or leaders, they were all 100% dedicated to making our stay absolutely perfect. Until we meet again a special thanks goes to Ali, Samood, Don, Fareed, Ibrahim, Harish, Waheed, Ahmed and all the ladies managing the Spa.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from AhmedZahir_EAMBTMVMV, Manager at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Responded 27 Feb 2020
Dear Seladas, Heartfelt thanks for sharing your fabulous experience with us. We are delighted to know that you had a wonderful and rejuvenating holiday experience on our tiny paradise at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and enjoyed the natural beauty of our island, strategic location with a short speedboat ride from Velana International Airport, sensational cuisine with a large selection, unique designed villas, a magnificent underwater world full with flora and fauna, unforgettable spa treatment experience, and excellent service from our friendly, passionate and courteous associates. It made me so proud that our team particularly Ali, Samooh, Don, Fareed, Ibrahim, Harish, Waheed, Ahmed and spa team enhanced your stay and made the experience “the perfect holiday!”. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to everyone. Thank you so much for your feedback. We wish to have you staying with us again for another inspired experience at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru in a near future. Kind Regards, Ahmed Zahir Executive Assistant Manager
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platinoum wrote a review Feb 2020
Manila, Philippines166 contributions132 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I booked 2 nights and it was expensive and I did not get value for money. The room was expensive and far from incredible for this price (real luxury 5 star hotels in Europe are cheaper for better rooms, food and service). When you paid $ 1,000 per night, you expect the best that has ever happened.
I did not appreciate the behavior of the hotel: I came from Male and the shared boat was 93 USD per trip for 1 adult for 30 minutes of rate and I went to another hotel 20 minutes by boat: they started asking me $ 450 for a 20 minute rate, then $ 200 but it is still very abusive and expensive.
I miss the charm and style of French Polynesia, not cheap too, but at least you can use domestic flights and transfers are included in the price of the room and the behavior of the staff is more elegant. In the Maldives, you only feel like a wallet on your feet.
They also claim that they made croissants and bread every morning, and that was a lie because everything was soft and fluffy, probably industrial food.
So I didn't like this hotel.
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Date of stay: January 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: no answer - many be elsewhere in the world
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Response from AhmedZahir_EAMBTMVMV, Manager at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Responded 21 Feb 2020
Dear platinoum; our valued guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback on your recent stay with us. We really appreciate you taking time to write this post as constructive feedback from our guests such as yours will truly assist us in our efforts to improve while continuing to provide a high level of services to our customers. First and foremost, please accept my sincere apologies for not being able to meet your expectations and to deliver our Banyan Tree philosophy - Sanctuary for the senses during your visit to Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru particularly with price-performance ratio, villa, cuisine especially the quality of bakery items, and service. I appreciate you taking your time to raise your concerns which did not meet with your expectations. Please be assured that your concern about the bakery items has been shared with our Executive Chef for rectifying the root causes and take necessary actions to prevent the recurrence in the future. Please allow us this opportunity to expound a little bit on the boat transfer charge from our side. As you had already mentioned, the charge for the combined transfer from the Male was USD93. However, for your departure you had requested the boat transfer from Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru to Coco Palm Bodu Hithi directly; therefore, the price offered was a regular (discounted) private boat transfer charges. As explained to you in person, the combined transfers are made to the capital city Male and to the airport only as those are the main pick up and drop points of arrival and departure guests. All the resorts in the Maldives are practicing the same. Thank you for your kind understanding. Thank you once again for staying with us and hope to welcome you back to Banyan Tree Maldives or any of our sister properties in the Maldives in the future. Kind Regards, Ahmed Zahir Executive Assistant Manager
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Tejas J wrote a review Feb 2021
23 contributions28 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Banyan tree had come up with some great discounts during covid period and i had booked the the same and thus we got a very good deal. We booked two ocean view rooms and stayed for 4 nights in month of January 2021.We travelled as family with 11 month old baby and 3 year old kid.

The speedboat takes around 20-25 minutes from Male airport. Upon arrival we were greeted by Mr. Waheed who is the resort manager.Our check in was smooth.

A small description about type of rooms
They have two types of rooms, 1) ocean view 2) beach front
All the rooms are same , they have temperature controlled jacuzzi, small pool, private verandah and cabana. The only difference between this two rooms is that the former has cabana inside the veranda whereas the latter has cabana on the beach, not much of a difference i say , however beach from villas do lack privacy.

The gloomy part of property
This resort in not stroller or wheelchair friendly. Since the property is located on island all the pathways are filled with sand ,They need to have some kind of pathway for strollers or wheelchair
The resort does not have any common pool , the only on you have is in the room.
I personally felt that the stay was a bit dull. They should have come up with more activities to keep guests entertained and engaged ,right now they only have string ray feeding,
Planning and design of rooms are great but rooms are really old and need urgent refurbishments. And by OLD i mean reallllly old!!!
Major issue of insects inside the room.
Only one restaurant at whole property, even though the restaurant had all types of cuisine it was a bit monotonous to have all meals at the same place.
During our visit the bar had only two people managing it , one was the bartender and other was server, and at times when it got busy our orders would take really long.

The positive part
Banyan tree is managed by Waheed, who is a wonderful charismatic person and would really make efforts to make your stay worthwhile. We had our 11 month old baby with us and Waheed and the whole team really went out of the way to cater to our demands and make our stay comfortable.
A big shout to Michael (head chef) , Shibu (chef) Sohail (server) at restaurant. We cant imagine what would have been our stay without these three guys especially Michael who used to co-ordinate with me before vey meal and ask me about our preferences, since we are vegetarians.

the whole experience of stay was good enough but it would have been fantastic had the resort had good rooms, common areas, pool, dining options etc.,
To sum it up, what the resort lacks in, the staff tries to compensate it by their amazing service and smile however i feel the price we paid (discounted price) is the actually worth of the stay and it does not make sense paying full price and visiting old property especially when maldives has such amazing properties in the same range..
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Date of stay: January 2021
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Ahmed Zahir, Other at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Responded 13 Feb 2021
Dear TejasJ99; our valued guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback on your recent stay with us. We really appreciate you taking time to write this post as constructive feedback from our guests such as yours will truly assist us in our efforts to improve while continuing to provide a high level of services to our customers. We are pleased to know that you had a pleasant holiday with us in Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and enjoyed the great value with our offer during this pandemic and personalized service from our friendly, attentive and courteous staff from our team specially Waheed (Front Office Manager), chef Michael (Executive Chef), chef Shibu, and Suhail from Food & Beverage who enhanced your stay and made the blissful experience. Trust, they will be acknowledged for their valuable contribution. Your candid comments on the villa refurbishment, the insect issue, the slow service in the bar, the limited F&B outlets and the lack of activities have been noted. Our guests’ satisfaction is of paramount importance to us at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, and we would definitely share your comments with concerned departments for optimizing our offerings. Thank you so much once again for the feedback. I certainly hope to have an opportunity to welcome you back to Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru in the future. Kind Regards, Ahmed Zahir Executive Assistant Manager
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Tamara wrote a review Nov 2020
39 contributions1 helpful vote
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
First, the reef and marine life are fantastic. There are many sharks (totally harmless of course)which you can see and swim near them.There are sea turtles also. You can see feeding of the stingrays which come to this island at the same time every day for years and years. And of course many many very colorful fishes all around. There is a large lagoon around the island, so you can swim there and it is ok for kids, if you don't want to snorkel around the reef all the time . There is also a marine center on this island.  

Beach villas are wonderful. Big, beautifully furnished, everything you would expect of maldives (bearing in mind the price range of the hotel – in a sense that there are hotels in maldives which cost 4 times more and those which cost 4 times less then this - so this hotel in its own price range - fantastic!). We were at beach villa number 37, and that side of the island is just perfect. You have everything you need in villa. We don’t care much about that but some people do, so to note that all the toiletries are provided and the towels are especially wonderful (there are also robes and beach bags provided in rooms). Cleaning was two times a day (because of covid –normally probably once), and it was very detailed.   

The staff was just perfect. They were extremely helpful and tentative about everything. It was my partners birthday, we of course didn’t ask for anything,but they gave us a complimentary birthday cake, and they gave us two beach scarfs with their logo and our names on it . We especially liked our waiter (Buddy) who served us for every meal, and was very pleasant, professional and helpful. 

Food was good, but it differed now because of covid, so just to say that everything was very tasty and diverse enough. But it is different (probably better) in the normal situation.

Regarding whether November is not the best month to go in Maldives, choose between the middle of December and the middle of April, when the situation is normal.

In Covid situation, if you can, go to Maldives and go to this hotel. It is sole healing.
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Date of stay: November 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Ahmed Zahir, Other at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Responded 14 Nov 2020
Dear gstamara87; our valued guest, Thank you very much for this truly fabulous review. It gives great pride reading all the positive comments on our island with magnificent underwater world full of marine life such as sharks, colorful fishes, turtles, etc. and large lagoon, beautiful and immaculate villas with great amenities, cuisine, and personalized services from our friendly, attentive and professional associates. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to Buddy from Food & Beverage and the rest of associates. They will be very happy to know that they helped made your stay and birthday celebration for your partner a thoroughly memorable one. At Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, we always endeavor for guest satisfaction and we are glad to hear that we are successful in achieving this with you. We thank you once again for your feedback and for recommending us. The entire team is looking forward to welcoming you back for another inspired experience in the Maldives, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru. Kind Regards, Ahmed Zahir Executive Assistant Manager
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Chris d wrote a review Dec 2020
Dubai, United Arab Emirates8 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Myself and my wife loved this place so much that we ended up extending our trip and staying for 3 weeks. That says it all really !

The island is tiny and magical, incredibly relaxing and beautiful with lots of great sea-life, if you enjoy snorkeling or diving.
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The accommodation is really cozy but spacious and luxurious, perfect for beach living, made with natural materials, lots of wood and thatched roofs, blending into the landscape perfectly. Amazing beach view out front and little garden with a pool and jacuzzi out back. What more could you want ?
The bed was very comfortable and our room was made up beautifully, twice a day ! Great housekeeping.

We went for all-inclusive, which was good value if you like a drink, with decent quality house wines and a great selection of well-made cocktails made by Don, the head barman.

The food was delicious Head Chef Michael does his best to vary the menu. My favorite was the Maldivian seafood curry and the coconut creme brulee gets a special mention.

There are many resorts to chose from in the Maldives but if you want classic, unpretentious luxury and great service, in a word, hospitality, then go for the Banyan Tree.

The staff were all exceptionally friendly and helpful, from front of house to the cleaners, bar staff, kitchen staff and the waiters, thanks to all of you. Most have been here for a very long time which says a lot about the place. Its a happy ship.

An extra mention must go to 'the South Atoll boys', Fahreed and Moussa who looked after us like old friends and made us feel very special. We were very sad to leave. Thank you
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Date of stay: December 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Ahmed Zahir, Other at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Responded 14 Dec 2020
Dear chrisdemarco99; our valued guest, Heartfelt thanks for sharing your blissful experience with us. Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru always strives to provide excellent service to our valued customers. We are thrilled to know that you and your wife enjoyed our tiny and charming island, the luxurious yet comfy villa, great value of our all-inclusive package with great quality and selection of cuisine and beverages, magnificent house reef full of various marine life, and exceptional service from our friendly, courteous, passionate and professional staff. It is encouraging and motivating. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to the whole team specially Fareed, Moosa, and Don from Food & Beverage, and chef Michael. They will be very happy to know that they helped made your stay memorable and felt like home. Thank you so much for your feedback once again. We wish to have you staying with us again in this true paradise “Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru”. Kind Regards, Ahmed Zahir Executive Assistant Manager
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rachelcN3688VA asked a question 9 May
Castle Donington, United Kingdom69 contributions63 helpful votes
Hi, does anyone know if the drinks on the new deck are included with the all inclusive package ?
Answer from keith w
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom11 contributions15 helpful votes
The pool is finished and ok for all. We were not AI but I imagine there would be several. It is a great hotel
Answer from Agis E
Nicosia, Cyprus6 contributions
A new deck restaurant is under construction at one end of the island, but building works are not affecting the normal resort operation and guest accommodation and activities ...
Ralf S wrote a tip 7 May
Stein am Rhein, Switzerland47 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don’t forget mosquito spray and sunscreen. A little pocket fan also helps to combat the heat."
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Kenton B wrote a tip Apr 2024
11 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you’re a first time traveler to the Maldives use plenty of high spf sun cream as it’s easy to burn, also mossie spray wherever you stay."
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Hassan A wrote a tip Apr 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Good location and very good service."
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Amir D wrote a tip Apr 2024
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Amazing Experience Would love to come here again soon "
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teresa a wrote a tip Apr 2024
Estoril, Portugal1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure to wear a lot of sunscreen, you get burnt super fast here!"
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PRICE RANGE
AU$759 - AU$1,430 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
MaldivesKaafu AtollNorth Male AtollVabbinfaru
NUMBER OF ROOMS
48
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Frequently Asked Questions about Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
What are some of the property amenities at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Lighthouse Restaurant, Ilaafathi Restaurant, and Naiboli Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and locker rooms available in the fitness centre during their stay.
Does Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru have airport transportation?
Yes, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.02 km away from the centre of Vabbinfaru.
Are any cleaning services offered at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru?
Yes, laundry service and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Hindi, and Thai.
Does Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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