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Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Why we like it
- A charismatic island retreat on a secluded coral atoll in the Maldives archipelago
- 48 secluded, private villas uniquely designed to reflect the spiral of a seashell
- Winner in the 2014 World Luxury Spa Awards
- This island hideaway offers a number of memorable Destination Dining locations
- Facilities include a health and fitness centre, PADI Gold Palm 5-Star resort centre, an array of water sports and a 30 metre luxury yacht, Banyan Velaa
Enjoy a private guided trip to one of the world's smallest capitals, Malé. Stop at the fish and fruit market, the Presidential Palace and the Friday Mosque to really experience the diversity of this small haven.
Victoria Holdsworth was brilliant-so helpful and responsive, efficient and charming.
- CH, Surrey
Banyan Tree have set themselves the objective of researching and pioneering projects supporting marine life, as well as helping to increase the ecological awareness of guests. The environmental dives and eco-safaris are a must for all ages. The resident marine biologists conduct courses and dives in small groups so everyone receives individual attention. You will discover about the unique lotus and turtle research projects, alongside gaining a broader understanding of the ocean and its mysterious creatures. After a morning of discovery, select from the extensive menu of tropical treatments at the Banyan Tree Spa. Unwind in tranquil surroundings with a heavenly massage or refreshing facial. With the sun setting across the Indian Ocean, feel the romance in the air as you sweep your loved one off their feet to a moonlit dinner on a stunning private sandbank.
Male (Emirates and BA)
10 hours 30 minutes non-stop, 13 hours including transit
GMT +5 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever if arriving from endemic area
Best time to travel
November - April
The best time to travel to the Maldives is during our winter months when the humidity is lower and the temperature more comfortable. However, the monsoon season of May to September should not be discounted for travel as the resorts have fantastic offers on accommodation. The heavier showers tend to occur in the mornings or the late afternoons; a perfect time to visit the spa.