Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Resort
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Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Resort

Vabbinfaru Island, North Male Atoll, Maldives Islands, Maldives,
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    Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Resort Reviews

    8.9
    Excellent
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    10.0
    Exceptional

    "Beautiful place and amazing house reef."

    sherwin

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    August 27, 2018

    9.2
    Exceptional cleanliness
    Recommended by 86% of guests

    Things you’ll love about Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Resort

    Things you'll love

    • Airport transfer

    • Private beach

    • Currency exchange

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

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    9.4
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    Popular
  • Vabbinfaru Island30 m
  • Ihuru Island960 m
  • Baros Island2.87 km
  • Thulhaagiri Island7.04 km
  • Kuda Vattaru Island7.39 km
  • Bandos Island8.72 km
  • Nakachchafushi Island8.82 km
  • Kuda Bandos Island9.9 km
  • Okebe Thila Dive Site11.04 km
  • Nasimo Thila Dive Site11.89 km
  • Value for money8.2
    Distance to city center17 km
    Location rating9.4
    Nearest airportMalé International Airport (MLE)
    Distance to airport17.7 km

    Rooms available at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Resort

    9.1
    Exceptional
    Room comfort & quality
    Ocean View Pool Villa
    Ocean View Pool Villa
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    • Room size: 110 m²/1184 ft²
    • Ocean view
    • 1 king bed
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    Beachfront Pool Villa
    Beachfront Pool Villa
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    • Room size: 110 m²/1184 ft²
    • Beach view
    • 1 king bed
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    Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary Suite
    Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary Suite
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    • Room size: 120 m²/1292 ft²
    • Ocean view
    • 1 double bed
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    Spa Sanctuary Villa
    Spa Sanctuary Villa
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    • Room size: 110 m²/1184 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
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    Standard - 1 Bed Requested
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                • 10.0
                  Exceptional

                  "Beaches are clean."

                  Ramesh

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                  October 22, 2018

                • 10.0
                  Exceptional

                  "The staff were very helpful and nice, special metion to Shabeer from housekeeping, Sharif from the Restaurant and Iliana from the front desk."

                  sherwin

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                  August 27, 2018

                • 10.0
                  Exceptional

                  "We had a good stay."

                  Aveline

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                  July 2, 2018

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                8.8
                Excellent

                "Room is big enough with beautiful garden."

                Zhou

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                December 21, 2017

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                8.8
                Excellent

                "I love the tea tree soap, bath gel, shampoo very much."

                Zhou

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                December 21, 2017

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                Airports

                Malé International Airport (MLE)
                17.7 km
                Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport (DRV)
                99.3 km
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                Reviews of Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Resort from real guests

                Agoda Reviews (176)Booking.com Reviews (341)
                8.9
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                Cleanliness9.2
                Facilities8.6
                Location9.4
                Room comfort and quality9.1
                Service9.2
                Value for money8.2
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                10.0
                Exceptional
                Ka from Hong Kong
                Couple
                Ocean View Pool Villa
                Stayed 3 nights in April 2019

                Small hotel with high C/P and beautiful coral and good enough marine life”

                Compare to those big resort, this small reosrt equipped with good facilities. Almost guaranteed to watch the reef shark and Stingray. They even have the marine lab for the environment protection which could share their work with the guest in the workshop. Low density and near to the airport which make very easy to travel by their own speed boat. The time wont be wasted in the transportation in seaplane.

                Reviewed April 18, 2019

                Dear Ka; our valued guest, Thank you very much for this amazing review. It gives great pride reading all the positive comments on our island with good facilities, great privacy, marine conservative activities, daily stingray feeding, and strategic location with a short speedboat ride from the Velana international airport. We thank you once again for your kind feedback. 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

                Responded April 20, 2019
                Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Resort
                10.0
                Exceptional
                Ramesh from India
                Family with teens
                Beachfront Pool Villa
                Stayed 3 nights in October 2018

                Been to numerous island resorts all over the world. ”

                By far the best resort. The rooms are beautiful and overlook the ocean. Beaches are clean. The reef is close to the shore and great to snorkel. A guided snorkeling trip in the day or at night is definitely spectacular. The staff are very friendly and very attentive to your needs. The manager Habeeb was very helpful. Harish who was our liaison did a very good job making us feel at home. Tolol and Sam who guided the snorkeling trips were excellent. Overall would recommend this resort. The all inclusive option is the best value .

                Reviewed October 22, 2018
                10.0
                Exceptional
                sherwin from Philippines
                Couple
                Ocean View Pool Villa
                Stayed 4 nights in August 2018

                Lovely place with hospitable staff”

                Beautiful place and amazing house reef. It’s our 2nd time in this resort and will definetely be back again. The staff were very helpful and nice, special metion to Shabeer from housekeeping, Sharif from the Restaurant and Iliana from the front desk.

                Reviewed August 27, 2018

                Dear sherwin, Heartfelt thanks for your encouraging review and continuous support. We are thrilled to know that you had a fantastic holiday with us in Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru once again and enjoyed our magnificent house reef full of marine lives, breathtaking scenery, and impeccable service from our friendly, courteous and professional staff. Thank you very much for your word of praise for Shareef from Housekeeping, Moosa from Food & Beverage and Lina from Front Office. They will be more than happy to be recognized for their outstanding work. sherwin, thank you so much for your feedback. The entire team is looking forward to welcoming you back for another inspired experience. Kind Regards, Ahmed Zahir Executive Assistant Manager

                Responded August 30, 2018
                Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Resort
                10.0
                Exceptional
                Aveline from Malaysia
                Couple
                Ocean View Pool Villa
                Stayed 2 nights in June 2018

                Excellent stay”

                We had a good stay. We were there to celebrate our anniversary so they arranged for a bottle of wine & decorated the bed with petals. We were also given a complementary 30 minutes massage which we enjoyed tremendously. I booked Banyan Tree because of the daily stingray feeding. I thought there was a turtle conservation ( that i will be able to see them as well) but there was an issue with turtle & their government policy. We were given little gifts too. It's the little things like this that makes it special. The island is great and you can hop on the boat to get to the next island Angsana Resort. I had the best time at the jetty because i can see sharks. Breakfast buffet is good. Lunch and dinner is set menu which my partner didn't enjoy as much. The lemon sorbet is amazing! Khalil (i think is his name) was very nice. He's the one that made up our room twice daily and he's very helpful and friendly. Actually everyone working there are very friendly which makes you feel right at home

                Reviewed July 02, 2018

                Dear Aveline, Heartfelt thanks for your amazing review. We are thrilled to know that you had a fantastic holiday with us in Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and enjoyed our immaculate and comfortable villa with a special set up to celebrate your anniversary, complimentary spa treatment, daily stingray feeding, complimentary ferry to our sister resort; Angsana Ihuru for more offerings, sumptuous breakfast, impeccable service from our friendly, courteous and professional staff especially Khaleel. He will be more than happy to be recognized for his outstanding work. Your comment on set menu at lunch and dinner not delighted your partner’s palate has been noted and shared with our Executive Chef and culinary team for further improvement. We thank you once again for your feedback. The entire team is looking forward to welcoming you back for another inspired experience. Kind Regards, Ahmed Zahir - Executive Assistant Manager

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                Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Resort
                8.8
                Excellent
                Zhou from China
                Family with young children
                Beachfront Pool Villa
                Stayed 1 night in March 2017

                Fantastic”

                I love the tea tree soap, bath gel, shampoo very much. Room is big enough with beautiful garden. Ocean view and pavilion is fantastic. Well, as I had been to Great Barrier Reef before and thus the sea is not that charming to me.

                Reviewed December 21, 2017
                9.2
                Exceptional
                Zhou from China
                Family with young children
                Ocean View Pool Villa
                Stayed 2 nights in March 2017

                Exceptional”

                Fantastic island with beautiful see and view. Stuff are very nice and helpful. Anywhere is good for photo. So many sea cucumber are sleeping in the shore. Many coral reef but not that beautiful compared to GBR. However, the turn around coral reef cliff is still marvelous. Sunset is charming. Lay down on the bed and watch the blue sky and sea with cool air.

                Reviewed March 18, 2017
                9.2
                Exceptional
                Rajiv from India
                Couple
                Ocean View Pool Villa
                Stayed 4 nights in February 2017

                Wonderful Place, Awesome Stay”

                Great island, fantastic rooms, amazing staff and wonderful reef and marine life. Lots of nice excursions available too but the quibble there is they get cancelled/prioritized based on getting enough interested guests to join unless you are willing to foot the whole bill.

                Reviewed March 04, 2017
                10.0
                Exceptional
                MOHAMMAD from Saudi Arabia
                Couple
                Beachfront Pool Villa
                Stayed 4 nights in September 2016

                Best Resort Ever”

                Everything was excellent , beautiful place for relaxing , great and professional staff , the restaurant has a variety of dishes and the buffet was delicious. I enjoyed every single moment of my staying and I highly recommend this resort.

                Reviewed October 01, 2016
                8.8
                Excellent
                Ruth from Singapore
                Couple
                Beachfront Pool Villa
                Stayed 2 nights in August 2016

                The level of service was great! ”

                First timers alert - there are many boat transfer counters at the Male airport that goes to nearby resorts so no need to fret even if you haven't made any transfer reservations. They have a list of who's due to check in that day. + points here already! We got a free upgrade to a bigger garden villa because we are celebrating our wedding anniversary (with compliments of Laura, a beautiful German lady). She asked for a copy of our wedding cert but we didn't bring. I did have my wedding photo on my phone which had the date stamped on it and could have shown it to her but there was no need to. Major trust there! She also made special arrangements for our transfer at check out. ❤️ Our sunrise-facing villa (no. 45) was huge, 2 outdoor showers, 2 jacuzzi, 1 pool, 1 veranda, 1 patio, and direct access to the lovely 50 shades of blue waters. Everyone was warm and lovely, and ever so accommodating with our requests. The sand at our door step was not quite as fine as the opposite site of the island but it turns to the powdery form further down. Room and turn down service was great, they even set up the ambience really nicely. We took bed+breakfast option as we booked through Agoda. It was fine with us as we had quite a no of things to do and didn't want to abide by the dining timings. 2 restaurants in the entire island, with daily menu changes. Breakfast was quite a wide spread (muffins - my favourite) while dinner, we usually order dine-in room service (seafood pizza is a must-try!). If you're a beginner at snorkeling, Banyan is an awesome place to begin with. You can already see marine life just a few meters away from shore. It's my first time too and I did the group guided tour. It was awesome (for a first time!), I saw many small sharks and finally a turtle just as we were returning. 😍 Don't forget the 5pm feeding stingray and 530pm baby turtles time slots! It was quite the experience. Thank you Banyan, for making our stay so pleasant.

                Reviewed August 11, 2016
                10.0
                Exceptional
                Bruno from Australia
                Couple
                Beachfront Pool Villa
                Stayed 3 nights in April 2016

                Pure Magic”

                The resort is located about a 30 mins ride by speed boat from the airport. There was a staff of the hotel at the airport to welcome us and direct us to the awaiting boat. It is extremely well organised. when we arrived at the resort, there was a resort staff waiting for us at the pier to welcome us and explain the lay out of the hotel, facilities and the room. The resort, the beach service, food is excellent. our stay was pure magic. highly recommended, extremely relaxing and more important is the privacy each room provides to the quest. will definitely go again.

                Reviewed April 17, 2016
                9.0
                Exceptional
                Uzair from India
                Family with young children
                Ocean View Pool Villa
                Stayed 4 nights in November 2015

                Excellent resort for couples and family.”

                Pool, Food and Staff

                We had an excellent stay at the Banyan Tree. We were travelling with 2 young kids and found the resort safe for kids. The restaurant staff are very friendly and make real efforts to look after guests. Resort offers full board packages and supply plenty of water, tea coffee, juices and fruits in room, in addition to buffet lunch and set menu dinner.

                Reviewed December 04, 2015
                10.0
                Exceptional
                Andy from Australia
                Family with young children
                Beachfront Pool Villa
                Stayed 3 nights in June 2015

                You'll love it!”

                Staff, service and all that you could think of

                Very enjoyable that we were upgraded on check in to a slightly better villa , only 2 in the group of 48 villas but most importantly were the attention and care given by the staff like Prica, Alvin, Rajivh (the chef) and Aslam (our room maker)plus every staff we greet you anytime you walk past them or if they see you from a far.

                Reviewed July 02, 2015
                10.0
                Exceptional
                SUNGSU from South Korea
                Couple
                Beachfront Pool Villa
                Stayed 4 nights in June 2014

                Nice lagoon, Best spa, Good room condition.”

                Nice lagoon, Best spa, Good room condition.

                Best for honeymoon stay!, Nice blue and greenish lagoon is surrounding of island. Banyantree spa has best massage therapist, and they know exactly what they do. Beachfront villa has good room condition with beautiful roof made by straw. jacuzzi is working good for rest after snorkeling.

                Reviewed July 04, 2014
                9.0
                Exceptional
                Bee from Malaysia
                Family with teens
                Beachfront Pool Villa
                Stayed 4 nights in August 2013

                Paradise Island”

                Comfortable, Clean & Nature

                The island is a true paradise on earth...beautiful, quiet, peaceful & tranquil. We were worried about the weather since August is within the rainy season...but we enjoyed sunshine for all 5 days of our stay. Blue sky & cool breeze. The room is comfy & clean with pool & jet pool attached. They even lit up essential oils everyday in the room. Highly recommend the beachfront villa. Our villa 28 is just beside a jetty. The food served is also delicious & quite a wide variety from maldivian, western to asian style cuisines. Breakfast & lunch are in buffet style. The 5 course set dinner is also very tempting. For kids, there is a kid menu to choose from(pizza, fish&chips, mini steak etc). My son(7 years old) is a very choosy eater...however, the restaurant staff made extra effort to satisfy him by cooking to his liking. We really appreciate the extra mile with many thanks. Tha marine lab is one of the best place to spend time. We attended the marine class(mon & thu) which is very informative & interesting. The sting rays & sea turtles feeding are not to be missed. The major reason for me to choose BTV over other resorts is the nature preserving concept & activities provided. Watching the sharks at the jetty at night is also very interesting. Snorkelling around the house reef is very fascinating with lots of marine creatures & corals. BTV provides snorkelling equipments & life jackets free of charge. We will definitely visit BTV again.

                Reviewed August 17, 2013
                10.0
                Exceptional
                milan from Croatia
                Family with young children
                Beachfront Pool Villa
                Stayed 8 nights in July 2013

                hotel, restaurant, room, beach everything is great”

                location of bungalow, restaurant and nature around island

                It was perfect holiday. I was there with my 7 year old grandson at beach front bungalow ich is just marboleus. Butler in room is great it was very clean. Reastaurant and staff in restaurant and chief of the restaurat are the best. Recepton is maximum pleasue to talk to. Only little problem with corals on the beach but hotel is cleaning that every day. Transport speed boato is very conftable. This hotel is for recomandation to everybody.

                Reviewed July 15, 2013
                8.0
                Excellent
                Li from Canada
                Couple
                Beachfront Pool Villa
                Stayed 4 nights in June 2013

                Nice resort, great reef for snorkelers”

                Great reef coral and lives for snorkeling, decent room design and decoration, friendly staff

                Small island surrounding by great coral and marine life. I did a lot of snorkeling during my stay, and found that good snorkel sites are almost around the island, and the best ones are all on the edge of the reef. On the south-east corner (left to the arriving jetty), you'd get a good chance to see some blacktip reef sharks, as well as great coral and other fishes. The Stingray Feeding operated by the Marine Lab was great, a group of 9 stingrays will come for the free food everyday at 5pm and the marine lab staff will give a lot of information about stingray and marine life. The room is well designed and decorated by the Banyan Tree standard. The room is clean and well equipped. The swing pool is small but the jacuzzi is cute. The room cleaning was done very professionally and in time. This is a celebrate our 10th anniversary, the Resort was sweet enough to provide a complimentary room makeup and a cake, thank you! The down side of the resort is the restaurant. The restaurant staff was not professional trained to the 5-star resort/restaurant. The choices were not too many. There's only one restaurant on the island. The guest are mainly from China (about 70%), the resort has several Chinese speaking staff to server Chinese customers.

                Reviewed June 23, 2013
                8.7
                Excellent
                CHOU from Taiwan
                Couple
                Stayed 1 night in June 2012

                Nice Room, Nice Staff”

                very considerate staffs

                I stayed there for just one night. It's a small island with wonderful housereef. The staffs are considerate to answer all my requests. Most of the tourists are Chinese so many Chinese staffs. The gift shop is going to reconstruct so we got 50% off when we bought presents for our family and friends.

                Reviewed July 16, 2012
                6.8
                Good
                Hossam from United Arab Emirates
                Family with young children
                Ocean View Pool Villa
                Stayed 3 nights in March 2019

                Dont stay here if youre return flight is in the evening”

                if youre flight is in the evening like ours DONT STAY HERE, we requested late check out for any extra charge they ask because we had a 1 year old with us they told us they are fully booked but on every site online they still had 6 rooms?? they told us they can give us a room for 100 USD which we happily accepted after they moved us to that room the shock began the room is 3 by 3 meters filled with insects and Geckos appartenly this is a day use room and apparently they upgrade some dayusers of their choise to the resort rooms which we pay over 700 USD for, we payed over 5000 USD for 3 days here and this is how they treat us on our last day ruining our whole stay by bringing us to a 3 by 3 m room because they gave our room to a day user who was suppose to stay in the day use room they told us the 6 available resort rooms are used by dayusers after 4 hours of arguing mrs noha came she was very nice to us and did everything she can and managed to give us our room back

                Reviewed March 17, 2019

                Dear Hossam429; our valued guest, Thank you for your valuable feedback regarding your stay at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru. We are pleased to read and have shared your gracious comments to Khaleel from Housekeeping and Nouhaila (Assistant Front Office Manager). It was great to read that you enjoy our beautifully designed villa with exceptional service and the best morning fishing trip with us. Please accept my unreserved apologies for the disappointment you have experienced during the last day of your trip. There are no acceptable excuses I can offer with the shortfalls in the service you experienced with regards to the handing of your request with late check-out by our Front Office associate. These concerns have been raised to our Front Office Leaders for them to look into ways of eliminating such incidents from occurring again. On behalf of the Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru family, we hope to welcome you again in the future. Sincerely Yours, Ahmed Zahir Executive Assistant Manager

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                10.0
                Exceptional
                Joseph from Australia
                Couple
                Ocean View Pool Villa
                Stayed 2 nights in April 2018

                Absolutely exceptional!”

                We stayed two nights and three days and every aspect of our stay was exceptional. The staff are so lovely, the villa is amazing, the snorkelling off the reef is magnificent. If you are after a resort relatively close to the airport but far enough away to feel away from it all - this is it! We finished our trip off at the Banyan Tree and flew home completely relaxed.

                Reviewed April 07, 2018

                Dear Joseph, Heartfelt thanks for your invaluable review. We are beyond delighted to know that you have an incredible and relaxing holiday with us in Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru. It sounds like you thoroughly enjoyed the overall aspect of your holiday especially hearty service from our friendly, courteous and professional staff, well-designed villa, snorkeling on our beautiful house reef full with flora and fauna, and strategic location with a short speedboat ride from the airport. 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 certainly hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru in a near future for another inspired experience. Kind Regards, Ahmed Zahir Executive Assistant Manager

                Responded April 07, 2018
                Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Resort
                9.6
                Exceptional
                MIchel from Austria
                Couple
                Ocean View Pool Villa
                Stayed 1 night in April 2018

                Tranquillity in the making”

                Banyan Tree is one of my favourite chains. I love the exotic vibe, the jungle-feel and the meditation oriented rooms everywhere around the world. This time Banyan Tree in the Maldives was on a super deal and my gf and I decided to make use of this deal. The staff was so amazing and so kind; perfectly trained to please customers. Our originally reserved room was unavailable but that did not stop the staff to give us an early check-in in an UPGRADED room. This was just awesome and we appreciated it so much. The only hick-up for me was the expensive prices in the resort. I know this is a luxury place in the Maldives and so this is to be expected, but seriously $3.50 for a bottle of locally produced water in a place were its always hot is a crime. The food was also too expensive for our likings, but I can see that they are targeting far richer people than myself :). Other than that

                Reviewed April 06, 2018

                Dear MIchel, Heartfelt thanks for your wonderful review and continuous support to Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and invaluable review. We are beyond delighted to know that you have an amazing holiday with us in Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru. It sounds like you thoroughly enjoyed tranquility, villa upgrade, and impeccable service from our friendly, helpful and professional staff. It is indeed motivating and encouraging. We are thankful for your kind understanding of food and beverage prices since the majority of food and beverage is exported from overseas. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru in a near future. Kind Regards, Ahmed Zahir Executive Assistant Manager

                Responded April 07, 2018
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