Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Cast away on a secluded coral atoll in the paradisiacal Maldives archipelago, you experience a sense of magic, romance and tranquility second to none. Indulge in calm and relaxation in this island paradise. Vabbinfaru in Maldivian means â€œround island circled by a round coral reefâ€.
Occupying the entire island of Vabbinfaru, Banyan Tree Maldives Vabbinfaru lies in secluded luxury, yet merely 25 minutes by speedboat from Hulhule Airport. Surrounded by dazzling white talc sand and the bluest of waters teeming with an astonishing abundance of soft corals and fish sparkling in brilliant colors, the exquisite beauty of this tropical haven is all yours. The beaches and surrounding waters remain accessible only to our guests.
Under The Shade of The Banyan Tree
For those seeking absolute rest and relaxation in a laid-back atmosphere, Banyan Tree is designed to deliver in luxurious fashion. Cast away on a secluded coral atoll in the paradisiacal Maldives archipelago, you experience a sense of magic, romance and tranquillity second to none. Time moves imperceptibly, while the gentle touch of the warm sun makes you recall wondrous dreams once forgotten. As a bonus, you can rest assured that practices on the resort are enviro-friendly on more than just a superficial level. Famous for their blissful Banyan Tree Spa; let all of your tension melt away. You'll find paradise here - breathing in the salty tang of the sea breeze as you rise in the morning, swimming amongst the wondrous sea creatures that dwell just below, enjoying the pampered comfort of your own elegant villa and marveling at the unobstructed splash of stars in the night.
Day or night, wining and dining in the breathtaking natural beauty of the Maldives is simply unforgettable. Chefs offer a culinary experience to make you salivate. Banyan Tree offers eclectic dining choices ranging from Maldivian and international cuisine to candlelit dinners under the stars. You can be sure that the cuisine is delectable, the setting exquisite and the atmosphere awe-inspiring. Bon Appetit!
Appetizing snacks are served all day long at the resort's casual open-air Naiboli Bar, along with your favourite cocktails. You can while away many happy hours here chatting with friends, having a game of snooker, or simply unwinding with a good book. The perfect setting for a light snack in the middle of the day.
The In-Villa Dining menu is full of surprising treats, including a romantic candlelit barbecue dinner in the intimacy of your villa or by the edge of the beach. Arrange the meal as you wish, with or without your very own private chef and waiter, comprising international or Maldivian favourites, matched by a variety of wines and cocktails.
Dive into scrumptious local and international treats in the casual setting of Ilaafathi restaurant. Set right on the beach with a natural thatched roof, this beachfront eatery serves extravagant buffet breakfasts and superb set meal dinners that will make you come back for more.
Activities & Recreation
If you venture beyond the quiet realm of your villa and the wonderfully slow Maldivian pace of life, you'll find a wealth of recreational diversions. For a start, you can dive or snorkel in the transparent brilliance of the ocean, explore its riches, and go deep-sea or night fishing. After all, this is a paradise renowned for superlative fishing, sailing, waterskiing, diving and snorkelling. If you prefer, sit in the shallow waters and watch the myriad of exotic schools of fish dart in and out of the light. Enjoy a canoe ride with your partner or let the resort guide take you both on a leisurely catamaran ride. For more vigorous workouts, head for the resort's health & fitness room. And for the curious, take a ramble around Male' (the world's smallest capital) exploring its sights and shopping. If you have had enough sun, simply retire to breezy Naiboli bar for board games or some quiet reading.
Well known in the divers circle as a diving mecca. Why are so many divers hooked on this little piece of paradise? When you experience the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean, its colourful underwater world, mind-boggling variety of fish and some of the spectacular wall and drift dives, it all makes sense instantly. Divers can choose to explore the surrounding waters of the island which has good dive sites or visit exceptional sites accessible by boat.
From dolphins to manta rays, moray eels to white tip sharks; you can have face-to-face encounters with the most magnificent marine creatures. With over 900 species of fish, the Maldives boasts some of the most breathtaking dive sites in the world with untouched ecosystems and unparalleled bio-diversity.
As a Five Star Golden Palm PADI Dive Centre, Banyan Tree offers the full range of PADI and Nitrox courses. They pay individual attention to each guest, so courses and dives are conducted in small groups of 6. They also offer specialty courses on Drift, Deep, Night, Boat and Naturalist diving, Navigation and Peak performance buoyancy dives, as well as a beginner's resort course and PADI Open Water course. The professional, PADI certified instructors teach in different languages such as: English, French, German, Italian and Japanese. They take great care to create an environment that's truly relaxed and above all- safe. Many resorts offer "mass diving". Banyan Tree is different - they have set themselves the mission to create ecological awareness amongst their guests, pursue research in coral growth and pioneer projects supporting marine life.
~ deep-sea fishing
~ night fishing
~ catamaran sailing
~ fun tubes
~ Male' sightseeing
~ island hopping
~ snorkelling safari
~ private yacht charter
~ sea plane trips
~ Health & fitness room
~ Volleyball, table tennis, snooker and badminton
~ TV located in Naiboli bar, along with board games and reading area
The Banyan Tree Spa Vabbinfaru promises to be an exclusive hideaway in the Maldives and has a world renowned reputation that is as enticing as it is excellent. As you let the sound of the waves wash over you and feel the gentle breeze off the Indian Ocean, a stillness of spirit infuses your body and soul. In the sensuous spa environment of Banyan Tree Maldives they will soothe your senses, calm frazzled nerves and enhance your well being.
There are many ways to rejuvenate your inner and outer self here, from the refreshing effects of aromatherapy to heavenly massages amidst sweet floral scents. The tropical and sacred banyan tree represents eternal life and inspired the spa name. It is a delightful retreat from the pressing worries of the modern world. Embodying its own signature blend of romance, rejuvenation and exotic sensuality, this Sanctuary for the Senses is the perfect place for physical, mental and spiritual renewal. Combining European and Asian techniques to heal the body and soothe the soul, Atoll Paradise has included a list of some of the services offered.
Highlights and Services
• Facials-try the Thai honey facial to relieve a sun exposed skin
• Scrubs-try the romance salt scrub or tumeric and honey scrub
• Hand and foot treatments â€“ treat your hands, feet and nails to some well deserved care
• Waxing-to leave you smooth and beach ready
• Massages- try the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi for two
• Seven hour full day session-to make you shine from head to toe
Share intimate moments with your partner, luxuriating in a spa bath decorated with lavender and jasmine petals as you embrace wafts of calming incense. Following the romantic flower bath in your own sunken bathtub or jet pool, indulge in a sensual partner massage. Scented candles, aromatic oils, orchids, wine and tranquillity music will be set up in your villa, creating an unforgettable setting.
The Underwater Ceremony
Amidst the coral wonders of the Maldives, moving with the natural rhythm of the Indian Ocean, descend into the depths of the most amazing wedding venue in the world. The bride and groom depart by traditional dhoni to the secret wedding dive site, the bride in a white dress and the groom 'resplendent' in black trousers and white shirt.
The Dive Base Leader is the Master of Ceremony and will guide the couple to the underwater wedding location with a sea full of corals and colourful fish as the witnesses. After a short, bubble-blowing ceremony culminating in the exchange of vows and rings, they ascend back to the surface and board the diving dhoni where canapÃ©s and the celebratory champagne are prepared and the traditional 'cutting of the cake' takes place.
Following the journey back to the resort, the newly married couple proceeds to their decorated villa to freshen up. At the venue of the exclusive wedding dinner a romantic menu is prepared by a private chef and served by a butler - another highlight of the evening.
A surprise awaits the happy couple back in their villa - a special turndown service that is accompanied by a framed 'wedding certificate'.
The Island Ceremony
Amidst soft soothing music blending with the natural rhythm of the Indian Ocean, the Sunset Jetty is adorned in white decorations. The bride arrives by speedboat and proceeds with the groom along a footpath with delicate flower petals to the venue.
After a short, beautiful ceremony culminating in the exchange of vows, celebratory champagne and canape's, they honour the traditional ritual of cutting the wedding cake. The newly married couple lingers to enjoy a blissful sunset, while the resort prepares an exclusive wedding dinner with delectably romantic dishes served by a private chef and waiter - another highlight of the evening. A surprise awaits the happy couple back in their villa â€“ a special turndown service that is accompanied by a framed 'wedding certificate'
Friendly staff are dedicated to giving you and your family a memorable stay. You can sleep well on this small island, with the doors wide open if you choose, knowing that you are completely safe. With no television in any of the villas, children and their parents will be encouraged to spend time in the old fashioned way, such as reading books, fun in the sun, board games and playing. Be advised that there is a restriction on children under the age of 12. If you would like family resort suggestions, please speak to and Blu Maldives Travel Consultant.
Whether you are planning your wedding, renewing your vows, on honeymoon, celebrating an anniversary or just enjoying an intimate getaway, Banyan Tree caters to lovers. Extreme quiet makes for watching a peaceful sunset undisturbed. Brides and grooms can choose to "tie the knot" in a unique underwater ceremony, dreamy, private island ceremony, or romantic, sunset ceremony preformed on the jetty. Designer spa services are available for two, to prepare you for your big day. Or, share intimate moments in the privacy of your own villa with an essential oil bath for couples. Romantic dining can be arranged to suit your needs. Imagine surprising your loved one with a moonlit dinner (including personal chef) on your very own sandbank, waves gently lapping around your feet.
Entertainment is left largely up to you and how you want to spend your time, be it with a good book, your family, significant other or just having an after lunch siesta! Of course, a promenade along the beach at sunset comes highly recommended.
Banyan Tree Spa is a central feature of the resort and a definite highlight for many guests. The spa has been honoured by numerous prestigious awards such as Best Spa Operator in 2006. The spa originated over ten years ago and has since attracted a clientele that expects outstanding service. Trademark Banyan Tree products have a distinct quality that sets them apart from other spas. It is referred to as "a sanctuary for the senses" and is certain to satisfy the highest of expectations. Spa enthusiasts will rejoice in the quality and diversity of spa treatments allowing you to unwind your body and mind. Skilled Banyan Tree therapists will be sure to leave you feeling well cared for and invigorated with their trademark treatments.
Sports and Activities
Sports enthusiasts will be energized to know that a variety of water sports are available and offered by the fully equipped Dive Centre. Activities such as night fishing, windsurfing, sailing and snorkelling are all including in the price. Snorkelling just off the island is excellent due to a close and very good house reef. Venturing underwater is as different as flying to the moon; you will be amazed at the abundance of fish and the bio-diversity just feet below the surface. Sightseeing tours and island hopping are a good choice for the traveller who wants to see more of The Maldives. Lucky guests may have the exhilarating experience of sighting dolphins swimming playfully in the surrounding lagoon. A glass bottom boat is available for those who want to see the beauty of the underwater world without even getting their feet wet. Teeming with an astonishing abundance of soft corals and fish sparkling in brilliant colours, the exquisite beauty of this tropical haven is brought to you.
The Banyan Tree Resort and Spa has received much recognition worldwide for its vision in tourism and work towards environmental and culturally aware practices. The awards are too numerous to list but Blu Maldives would like to include a few. Notably, Banyan Tree was honoured for efforts helping rebuild a local neighbouring island, which was Tsunami damaged. The Lotus and Turtle Research Project earned Banyan Tree the prestigious PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) Award 2002 for Corporate Environmental Programme. Also, named Best Spa Operator by the TTG 17th Annual Travel Awards 2006, attesting to their unbeatable expertise in spa operating.
Very Amazing Experience
Missing Maldives already! We're absolutely satisfied with our trip to Maldives, what a very amazing experience! Would love to visit Maldives again, thinking about next year, also this time will bring my two kids along :).. I bet they also will love it! Will spread the words about Maldives and Blu Maldives to our circle of friends and family. Thanks again for providing the good service to ensure our holiday went smoothly.
Rooms & Suites
Encircled with a white powdery beach, all 48 lavish villas are of similar size (apart from the larger Vabbinfaru villa) with the main difference being in location. Dark Indonesian wood give the villas a sophisticated feel. Villas are decorated with an artsy indigenous touch. There are high ceilings and wooden doors and shutters which open onto a large deck. The bright, airy designs are harmonious with the blend of indoor/outdoor island life. An outdoor jet pool is provided in every villa. The unusual open-air bathrooms are an identifiable Maldivian feature that is very popular with guests.
All villas are equipped without televisions in order for one to escape from the rest of the world...
Vabbinfaru Pool Villa
For those desiring space and privacy, stay at the lavish Vabbinfaru Villa for an extravagant beach hideaway with a personal touch. Enjoy the luxury of a large landscaped garden with ocean views, al fresco living pavilion, beach 'sala' pavilion, sundeck, jucuzzi and outdoor shower. Ample space makes the Vabbinfaru Villa ideal for small wedding
Beachfront Pool Villa
With its private outdoor jet pool and sundeck, the Beachfront Villa is ideally suited for a romantic getaway. Watch the spectacular ocean vista unfold from the terrace, while the balmy sea breeze sweeps through the villa. Or step onto the silky sand of the beach and swim above the virtually untouched house reef with its glorious display of
Oceanview Pool Villa
The Oceanview Pool Villa delivers unparalleled privacy with its very own open-air jet pool on a wooden patio in the walled garden. Relax under the shade of the pavilion while sipping your cocktail. Immerse yourself in the bubbling waters of the jet pool and feel the tension seep away from your muscles as you drift off to the sound of waves