A leading brand of luxury eco-resorts combining world-class diving with a serene spa getawayfrom $940 /night
- World-class dive service with a multilingual team in the PADI 5-Star dive centre
- Visit the marine lab and learn all about the resort’s marine conservation efforts
- Luxury private villas and enticing activities and excursions cater to every kind of traveller
- An award-winning luxury resort with an outstanding commitment to eco-conscious initiatives
An award-winning brand of luxury eco-resorts, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru offers eco-conscious guests a luxurious private island escape. Combining a serene spa experience with world-class diving, this five star property assures a dream getaway. Singles, couples and families alike are welcome in the luxurious Maldivian-style pool villas, and can enjoy a range of waters sports, enriching excursions, sumptuous beachfront restaurants and bars. And, with a unique marine lab dedicated to marine conservation, you’ll find that Banyan Tree is not your typical luxury Maldives resort.
About Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
The award-winning Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru resort is the perfect island escape for eco-conscious couples and families looking for something out of the ordinary. Located in beautiful North Male Atoll, the resort is just a 25-minute speedboat ride from the airport. Embodying understated-luxury, this world-class eco-friendly resort lies just steps away from the powder-white beach and turquoise lagoon. A sensuous spa, exquisite restaurants and sociable bars offer indulgence, and fantastic activities and excursions tempt those seeking adventure. Plus, with its own marine lab, the resort offers a unique chance to get involved with marine conservation. Add the PADI 5-Star dive centre into the mix, and divers have everything they need to explore North Male’s world-famous reefs.
Banyan Tree is a well-reputed leading international operator in the hospital and spa industry, managing more than 48 resorts and 64 spas in 28 countries. With conservation and sustainability at its heart, Banyan Tree is an ideal choice for eco-conscious travellers, who are assured a luxurious, yet sustainable experience.
Explore the resort
Just steps away from the white sandy beach, the villas combine traditional Maldivian style with modern decor, and each is furnished with air conditioning, TVs and a private plunge pool. Delicious Maldivian cuisine, fresh seafood and international dishes are served at the beachfront Ilaafathi and Sangu Garden Restaurants. Alongside refreshing cocktails and light snacks, the Naiboli Bar provides dramatic sunset views, while Bodu Beru Bar showcases cultural performances. Alternatively, guests can dine in-villa any time of the day, or enjoy a sandbank dinner.
Banyan Tree’s serene spa has a tempting menu of massages and treatments delivered by expert healing hands. Yoga sessions are also conducted by the in-house yogi master at sunrise and sunset, and a well-equipped gym allows for exercise. The resort also offers exciting activities and excursions, from dolphin-watching, sailing and water skiing, to snorkeling trips and local island excursions. Plus, competitive guests will love the tennis court!
At Banyan Tree’s unique marine laboratory, guests can enjoy marine biology lectures and learn about marine conservation in the Maldives. In-house marine biologists also invite guests to do coral planting, reef cleaning and turtle care.
Diving from Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
As a PADI Gold Palm 5-Star Resort, divers are assured a top quality service and the first-class standard of safety with the highly experienced, multilingual team of dive instructors and divemasters. They teach PADI dive courses from beginner upwards, as well as a range of specialties including underwater propulsion vehicle, underwater photography and deep diver.
The well-equipped dive boat is both spacious and shaded, and refreshments are provided during every surface interval. There are daily boat and house reef dives, with a two-tank boat dive trip departing at 8:30am each morning. House reef diving is a popular afternoon activity, where there is an easily-accessible wreck to explore as well a gorgeous reef. Full rental equipment is available, and certified divers can opt for nitrox. Once the sun sets, it’s time for the daily night dive, when the reefs come alive in the dark! For a special diving day out, private dive trips are available on request.
- Celebrate local heritage with Maldivian inspired cuisine at the resort’s restaurants, and learn about Maldivian history at the Maldivian Culture Talk.
- Marine Biology lectures are held every week, and nightly stingray feedings take place on the main jetty around 5pm.
- Take an advanced open water certification to get the most out of diving in the Maldives. The atoll’s sites are best enjoyed by divers with experience!
- Be respectful of conservative Maldivian culture. Outside the resorts, women are advised to cover shoulders and thighs.
Sustainability, conservation and local development are at the heart of Banyan Tree’s ethos, and the resort has won various awards for its efforts. Through its efforts and initiatives, this award-winning resort group is paving the way for eco-tourism on both a local and global scale. The resort and its passionate staff implement reduction, refusing, recycling, reusing and removal of waste. Rainwater harvesting plants on the property, and refusing single use plastics are just two of their multiple environmentally-conscious initiatives.
The resort also engages in mangrove and seagrass conservation, and organises tree-planting events across the Maldives with a target of 2,000 trees per year. Also, they support the Maldivian community through job creation, education, artisanal cooperatives, community impact initiatives, humanitarian relief and connecting travellers to local culture and heritage.
The resort also aims to maintain the island’s pristine condition, conducting four island clean-ups per year and raising awareness about effective waste management to engage locals, councils and schools. There’s also an interactive marine lab, where guests can learn about green sea turtles, sharks, and coral conservation, and get involved in coral planting, reef cleaning and turtle care. With its efforts, the staff and marine biologists highlight the challenges that the Maldives’ underwater world faces, and pioneer marine conservation and research.
Diving in North Malé Atoll
Schooling reef fish
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PADI 5-Star Gold Palm Resort
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