Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Resort in North Male Atoll

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9.1 out of 10

Banyan Tree's only Maldives resort boasts beautiful wide beaches on a lovely circular island far enough from Male to feel like a true desert island experience. The island offers a refreshing take on the top-end experience, a combination of romantic destination, escape and ecotourism project that is extremely quiet and popular with honeymooners and couples.

While certainly aimed at the luxury market, Banyan Tree is not at the heady heights of some of its competitors who charge at least twice as much for a room. In fact, given that many packages are either full board or all inclusive, this works out as relatively good value for money.

There's good snorkelling on the house reef and good diving a short distance away on the atoll edge, as well as a gym and a water-sports centre. Banyan Tree was one of the first resorts to have a marine laboratory on the island, and guests are able to help out in various capacities – including planting their own coral in the coral garden and monitoring the juvenile sharks and turtles kept under observation in cages just off the island shore.

The restaurant and bar are both casually elegant, open-sided spaces with sand floors and quality furniture, and the buffet meals cater to all tastes, though lack of choice in dining options might annoy some. For special meals, in-villa dining and sandbank dining are both available. A spa with Thai-trained therapists offers a full range of exotic treatments, and all 48 villas have plunge pools, although there is no main pool. Angsana Ihuru, Banyan Tree’s ‘little sister’ resort, is just across a small channel next door – a boat goes back and forth every two hours, allowing guests at each resort to enjoy the other’s facilities.

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A luxurious beach holiday awaits, just 25 minutes by speedboat from Male International Airport, at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru's exclusive villas and private pools. It has free WiFi access throughout the property including all rooms. Enjoying panoramic ocean views, the extra spacious villas at Banyan Tree offer direct beach access and large sundecks. Tea/coffee making facilities and a CD player can be enjoyed in all rooms. Extras in the room include a dental kit and slippers. Rooms offer Chinese cable channels and Chinese newspaper can be acquired on request. Banyan Tree Spa Vabbinfaru features a relaxing menu of massage treatments and beauty therapies. Guests may also enjoy leisurely strolls along the sandy beach or go scuba diving in the clear waters. Union Pay is accepted. Maldivian cuisine, fresh seafood and international dishes are served at the beachfront Ilaafathi Restaurant and Sangu Garden Restaurant. Intimate private barbecue dinners can also be arranged in the comfort of the villas. Chinese breakfast options are available.

Important information

TRANSFER DETAILS: Please note that the property is only accessible by the following mode of transfer: Speedboat transfer takes 25 minutes from Male International Airport. The return rates are: Adult: USD 185, round trip, inclusive of all taxes Child (2-12 years): USD 93, round trip, inclusive of all taxes Guests must send arrival and departure flight details directly to the property at least 48 hours prior to arrival. CHILD POLICY: Children under 2 years will eat for free based on the rules and meal-plan accompanied by an adult, excluding alcoholic beverages. Maximum 2 free kids per unit paid. Mandatory green tax of USD 6 per child per night will be charged. GALA DINNER: Please note that the property has a mandatory Gala Dinner on December 24, 2018 and December 31, 2018. All charges are to be paid at the property directly. Rates are as follows: December 24, 2018: USD 340 per adult, inclusive of all taxes USD 170 per child, inclusive of all taxes December 31, 2018: USD 400 per adult, inclusive of all taxes USD 200 per child, inclusive of all taxes GENERAL POLICIES: Please present the same credit card used to guarantee your booking when checking in / making the payment at the hotel. Please note that property may contact the cardholder for verification purposes. Due to safety and privacy concerns the operation of unmanned aerial systems or drones by any of guests including model aircraft by recreational users and hobbyists is prohibited.
Please inform Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

Features of Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru


  • Room service
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Business centre
  • Laundry
  • Vip room facilities
  • Ironing service
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Daily maid service

Food and drink

  • Bar
  • Restaurant (à la carte)


  • Sauna
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Massage
  • Hot tub/jacuzzi


  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Safety deposit box
  • Air conditioning


  • Fishing
  • Bridal suite
  • Internet services
  • Currency exchange
  • Table tennis
  • Gift shop
  • Windsurfing
  • Darts
  • Canoeing
  • Bbq facilities
  • Tour desk
  • Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Shops (on site)
  • Wifi
  • Designated smoking area
  • Sun terrace
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Water sport facilities (on site)
  • Beachfront
  • Wifi available in all areas


  • Free WiFi available