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"Perfect holiday "
This was our 4th trip to the Maldives but first time to Banyan Tree. By far, the best place we've stayed. Food was sensational, service was perfect and staff were friendly and helpful. The reef is fantastic, we saw every fish and shark possible. We'll definitely be back!
"Top Leading Hotel of the world ! Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru is one of the best Banyantrees of all"
The Manager Mr Zahir does a perfect job and he makes this Banyantree Ressort to one of the best Banyantree I have seen. His staff is excelent, the Food is high end cuisine and all the People makes you like feel in heaven. We come back for sure !!! On my birthday we received a wounderfull room decoration, a personel presenten, a brithday cake, etc form the hotel. Thanks Mr. Zahir and all the Banyantree staff Vabbinfaru, you are o leading Hotel of the world !! Christoph and Angela Vienna.
"Perfect place for relaxing"
This is a great place to come and do nothing. It's a tiny island with not much on so if you want more action go elsewhere. Would be most suited for honeymooners. That being said I came with an 8 year old and we had a good time because we love to chill. Have to give a shout out to Hassan who took me out to the reef and made sure I didn't drown because I was chicken to go alone. He even brought along his camera and took heaps of pictures and made a video of me snorkeling. I've stayed at tons of luxury resorts and it all gets blurred but his hospitality was exceptional and something I will not forget. Also big thanks to Mohamed who was really great with my son and assisted in winding up his finishing line 2000 times. :)
"Beautiful resort, great staff, not so amazing food"
My husband and I just got back from a week stay at the beautiful Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru. We had the Ocean Pool Villa (#28) which came with a splash pool and jacuzzi, and the front had direct access a few steps away to the stunning lagoon. It included a sala area, hammock, beach chairs, and floaties (which were awesome and I used on a daily basis to float around the lagoon!). The Spa at the Banyan Tree is award winning and we had two treatments there: one 60 min Balinese massage and the second was the Loomi experience which included a body scrub, facial and one hour massage (total 2.5 hrs + 30 mins refreshment and relaxation). The spa treatments are first class and not to be missed! I have been to global 5+ star resorts and spas and this one ranks pretty highly. The one issue preventing this from being a 5 star review is the food- although it wasn't bad, it was not commensurate with our expectations for a luxury resort. They can do a lot better especially given that you are limited to the one restaurant and one beach lounge on the island. I recommend they hire another chef to provide training, improve the menus and quality of the ingredients, variety of dishes, and to refine the overall dining experience at the resort. My husband had booked a private dinner on the beach for my birthday, which came with such a beautiful set up but all the food was served (seafood BBQ) within the first 15 mins! We had a BBQ prawn starter with a vegetable salad and then we got a huge plate with lobster, tuna, etc. all on it. While the BBQ was delicious, the etiquette of serving the food was not as expected and should have been spaced out over at least 5 courses for us to really enjoy the entire dining on the beach experience (which of course comes with an equally impressive price tag!). Other than the food, the island itself is gorgeous and the resort/villa was beautiful. You can walk around the entire island in about 7 mins. They offer the usual activities such as motorized and non-motorized water sports, snorkeling gear, scuba diving, etc. And because it is an eco-conscious resort (props on this one!) they offer various marine conservation programs for guests to partake in such as the turtle conservation program, coral transplanting (unfortunately 2016 experience the worst coral bleaching event across the maldives which killed all the corals, but the resort did what they can to transplant them to deeper water, incubating them from the bleaching damages, to hopefully transplant back during better climates to encourage re-growth of the once beautiful, colorful coral (which is now black and there is a lot of broken coral washed up to the short). They also have stingray feeding every day at 5pm which was pretty cool to watch! So overall, I would recommend this resort, but the food and overall dining experience really needs to be improved!
The setting is magnificent. It's hard to imagine how stunning the island is without seeing it. Photos do not do it justice. It's exquisite. What I love about the resort is that is feels like a rustic, simple island resort as opposed to a fancy modern hotel. The villas are beautiful with just enough space. The staff is wonderful. The reason I would only give it 4.5 stars is that the food is quite average. It's not for lack of effort on their part, but I was looking forward to tasty curries and bold flavours. My advice to the chef would be to simplify the food but increase the flavour profile. The (red) wine list is very pinot-noir based with plenty of Italian, Spanish and NZ. wines. A few French burgundies too. But I do think a couple of bordeaux blends would make the wine list more balanced.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM