Banyan Tree, Maldives

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru is a 5-star luxury resort situated on the Maldives’ North Male Atoll. A quick 20-minute speed boat journey from Male International Airport takes you to a private island encircled by white sands, coral reefs and the sparkling turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Catering specifically to couples, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru is the ideal hide-away in which to claim peace and tranquillity, and experience the intimacy and seclusion for romance blossom.

Each of the resort’s 48 villas feature a pool and are charmingly constructed with curved walls and conical thatched roofs. Situated amid lush tropical gardens complete with exotic flowers and swaying palms, guests can choose between ocean view, beachfront or spa sanctuary villas. Ocean view accommodation features a king-sized bed draped in luxurious fabrics, exquisitely-designed French doors which lead onto a large patio area complete with sunbeds, outdoor shower, private pool and an outdoor jet pool. Beachfront villas offer all these features along with direct access to the ocean along private wooden slatted pathways. The open-plan bathroom area is particularly inviting, as is the sheltered outdoor terrace which boasts stunning views across the turquoise waters. The spa sanctuary pool villa offers the additional bonus of unlimited spa treatments, accompanied by a private pool and ocean panoramas.

Banyan Tree in the Maldives offers guests an enviable range of facilities and specially-crafted activities to rejuvenate or excite the senses. Take a cruise aboard a private catamaran, swim with Manta rays, shop for unique hand-crafted souvenirs, or get involved with the resort’s marine life research. Other facilities include a PADI Gold Palm 5-Star Dive Centre, a fully-equipped 24-hour health and fitness centre, and a range of beach-side dining and drinking venues. To recover from all the excitement, unwind at the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa, and then indulge in cocktails and mouth-watering Maldivian cuisine whilst watching the sun sink into the lagoon.

The resort places special emphasis on creating personalised and private experiences for ever guest. The Sharkpoint Dining option offers the chance to feast on fresh seafood and decadent desserts on an intimate sandbank beneath a starry sky. Alternatively, indulge in a candle-lit beach BBQ dinner for two, complete with Maldivian lobster, grilled meats, and chilled wine. Further opportunities to experience Maldivian life can be had through culinary demonstrations and traditional drumming performances. Finally, the resort offers several top-quality wedding packages, guaranteed to forge unforgettable memories for all. Whisk away your loved one and guests to a private beach, complete with champagne, bespoke cake and photographer. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, seal your vows surrounded by sea life in an underwater celebration.