Excellent 1480 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Daily American breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
  • Elegant, without a hint of snobbery; leave the shoes in the villa
  • Permanent on-site marine biology team who lead excellent snorkel safaris
  • Short speedboat transfer from the Malé airport
  • Genuinely friendly, unfawning service from staff you actually enjoy hanging out with
  • Serious spa treatments from highly trained professionals

What To Know

  • No TVs in the rooms or on the island. This is a place to unplug and unwind
  • Drinks aren’t included in the price of the room and can be quite costly
  • The island is tiny — you can literally walk around it in 15 minutes
  • Small but harmless baby blacktip sharks in the lagoon may unnerve some guests
  • Water currents shift the sands, so the villas’ beaches increase or decrease from week to week
  • Speedboat transfers to/from Malé are roughly $113.50 per person, each way, and can be arranged through the property


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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The Review

With a stay at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru in Vabbinfaru (North Male Atoll), you’ll be minutes from Vabbininfaru Beach and close to Angsana Beach. This 5-star resort is within the vicinity of Thulhagiri Beach and Bandos Beach.

Make yourself at home in one of the 48 air-conditioned rooms featuring private plunge pools. Rooms have private furnished patios. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.

Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including a sauna and a 24-hour fitness center. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.

Grab a bite to eat at the resort’s restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary breakfast is included.

Featured amenities include a computer station, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and a 24-hour front desk. Planning an event in Vabbinfaru? This resort has facilities measuring 323 square feet (30 square meters), including a meeting room. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge during limited hours.

How to Get There

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
North Male Atoll
Vabbinfaru, undefined Maldives


5.0 Excellent 1480 Reviews
Beautiful resort with an amazing house reef!!
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very attentive, good service staff.

Well curated activities: from early morning yoga classes, to marine conservation talks, sting ray feeding sessions in the evenings, etc

Love that they walk the talk (being sustainable and caring for the marine environment). They have an in-house marine center where marine biologists from all over the world come to research on the effects of coral bleaching, etc.

My only complaint is the food offering / standard. The lunch and dinner menu is pretty much the same. It's ok if you're there for 2 days but if you're there longer, it actually gets pretty boring. The favors are pretty bland, nothing spectacular making meal times a bore …

Relaxing Days & Romantic Nights
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a beautiful relaxing Holiday we enjoyed it so much , The sea view villas was great we enjoyed it so much luckily the beach area in front of our villa was very nice so we enjoyed swimming daily in the ocean , The pool villa is a little small only for mingling not really swimming , However the Juccuzi was very nice for daily relaxing session of 30 minute . We had 4 massage sessions for 1 hr. The spa at banyan tree is remarkable very professional and relaxing although I was worried of its expensive rates, However we had daily specials with 50% discount which made it very reasonable to enjoy constantly.
Food and Beverage was remarkably nice . The Breakfast was very nice specially the Fresh juice & Fruits Corner. We had twice Egg Benedict very delicious. The only comment is the Bakery items needs to be more crispy as it is very soft for croissant etc. Dinner was always nice if you have a set menue or Open Buffet all were freshly grilled and well tasty from soup , Main Course or dessert. A special thanks to Front office staff whom were always there with a warm welcome from the check in to the daily activity trips well arranged as well as the emotional final good bye after check out . Again thank you all very much we had a remarkable beautiful unforgetable holiday , we look forward coming back when ever we have the chance again.

Excellent service
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there to celebrate our 11th year anniversary and the staffs at Banyan Tree made it even more memorable for us. We were given a bottle of wine and fruit baskets and decorated turn down service and not forgetting a complementry 30 minute massage. The view from the room was fabulous. Staffs were very helpful and we took a 2 minute boat ride to the next island Angsana. Breakfast was good as it was a buffet but lunch and dinner was a set menu which my partner felt it was not as great as a buffet. There is only 1 restaurant in the island. Staffs made sure to check there is no mushrooms in my meals as i have a bad allergy with mushrooms. The highlight of the stay would be the 5pm stingray feeding and you get to meet Mario too. My favourite hangout place was the jetty where i get to see sharks. Was rather disappointed that i didn't get to see any turtle when i was there. The only disappointment was that i had to leave the island.

An Unforgettable Honeymoon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The service on the resort throughout our stay was outstanding! From the moment we arrived we were taken care of at a level that made us feel we were the only ones as the resort. My wife and I have been fortunate enough to travel and experience other luxury resorts but the hospitality and service here is unmatched.

4 Reasons to Stay Here:
1. The people: they will go above and beyond to ensure your every need is met and your stay is perfect. They are beautiful souls who genuinely care for your well being.
2. Privacy: truly private villas, with your own beach and enclosed pool with outdoor showers
3. Small island: you can walk the entire island in 15-20 minutes. Nothing is too far away.
4. Close to Male: no need for a seaplane or far commute to and a from the airport

A quick story: it was our last day and my wife and I hadn’t snorkelled outside the lagoon. Hassan asked us if we would join him on a personal snorkel trip. We did. He surprised us with a personal video and lifelong memory to take home afterwards! Thanks Hassan!!

Thank you to all the staff at the Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru!

Thank You All!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As we planned to celebrate our wedding anniversary in Maldives, we believe that we made the BEST decision by staying in your resort. It was a wonderful experience that we will never forget. The resort staffs were so friendly starting from those who welcomed us in the airport going through reseptionists and the restaurant chefs.