A private island getaway for ocean enthusiasts, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru offers its own PADI Gold Palm 5-Star Dive Center, a yacht, a luxury spa and just 48 guest villas. Spend your vacation trying a variety of watersports, including canoeing, wake boarding, water skiing, windsurfing and catamaran sailing.
There are just 48 elegant villas on the island. The design for the villas was inspired by the seashell spiral and traditional Maldivian thatched-roof architecture. Oceanview Pool Villas has a romantic four-poster bed, extended wooden deck, a private garden area with a pool, jet pool and an outdoor shower. The Beachfront Pool Villa offers spectacular views of the beach and the ocean. The pool area is very private and secluded, ideal for honeymooners. The Vabbinfaru Pool Villa offers the most spacious layout, including an outdoor living pavilion, beachside terrace and a private garden pool.
The island spa offers an array of healing treatments by therapists formally trained at Banyan Tree Spa Academies established in Bintan, Phuket and Lijiang. Start your visit to the spa with one of the awesome signature therapies.
The dive centeroffers a full range of PADI and Nitrox courses in small dive groups. Professional diving instructors offers courses in English, Italian, French, German, Mandarin and Japanese.
Plan the ultimate sailing adventure in the Maldives aboard Banyan Velaa, a 30-meter classic flagged double-mast yacht. The yacht can accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 plush staterooms, all with ocean views.
Spend a few days on the private island in one of the luxury beach villas with private pools and gardens. Then go out to sea aboard Banyan Velaa and explore secluded islands and reefs. There are spectacular snorkeling and scuba diving spots that you can reach in your private yacht. If you want to get a diving license on vacation, the resort has a PADI Gold Palm 5-Star Dive Center where you can take classes and complete your training courses. The yacht has a spacious outdoor deck for dining and entertainment, rich wooden interiors and gourmet dining. Whether you are looking for an adventure in the Indian Ocean, or a romantic leisurely sail on your honeymoon, the resort staff can accommodate your requests. The resort has its own marina.
The island offers Ilaafathi, a beach restaurant serving Maldivian and international cuisine. There is also an open-air Naiboli Bar, in-villa dining, and private dining on sandy beaches and other exotic locations around the island.
Nightly villa rates start at USD $920.
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