Banyan Tree’s only Maldives resort boasts beautiful wide beaches on a lovely circular island far enough from Male to feel like a true desert island experience. The island offers a refreshing take on the top-end experience, a combination of romantic destination, escape and ecotourism project that is extremely quiet and popular with couples.
While certainly aimed at the luxury market, Banyan Tree is not at the heady heights of some of its competitors who charge at least twice as much for a room. In fact, given that all packages are either full board or all inclusive, this works out as relatively good value for money.
There’s good snorkelling on the house reef and good diving a short distance away on the atoll edge, as well as a gym and a water-sports centre. Banyan Tree was one of the first resorts to have a marine laboratory on the island, and guests are able to help out in various capacities – including planting their own coral in the coral garden and monitoring the sharks and turtles kept under observation in cages just off the island shore.
The restaurant and bar are both casually elegant, open-sided spaces with sand floors and quality furniture, and the buffet meals cater to all tastes, though lack of choice in dining options might annoy some. For special meals, in-villa dining and sandbank dining are both available, which appeals to the many honeymooners who come here. A spa with Thai-trained therapists offers a full range of exotic treatments, while a recent renovation means that all 48 villas have plunge pools, although there is no main pool or water villas. Angsana Ihuru, Banyan Tree’s ‘little sister’ resort, is just across a small channel next door – a boat goes back and forth every two hours, allowing guests at each resort to enjoy the other’s facilities.
Ocean-view pool Vila
King-sized four-poster bed with exquisite draping and a curved wall of French doors in your bedroom lead the path to romance in this Maldives pool villa. Here, you can stroll leisurely from your bedroom onto large wooden patio complete with sunbed or enjoy the refreshment of a tropical outdoor shower. With a private pool, outdoor jetpool and a bedroom patio that leads to pure white sand and an expanse of wild ocean blue, this pool villa is utterly delicious in evocative charm.
North Male Atoll
Phone: +960 664-3147