We Enjoyed the Outstanding House Reef and Room at Banyan Tree Maldives

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We Enjoyed the Outstanding House Reef and Room at Banyan Tree Maldives
Curator’s statement

The stunning room 16 is the best of the bunch at the Banyan Tree Maldives. Room 16 is in the corner — the furthest out and actually right up to the waters edge. We spent a lot of time sitting in our little open air perch over the water listening to the lapping waves and taking in the unobstructed views. Exquisite sunsets were panoramic and there was welcoming shade throughout much of the day in the covered deck area that has two lounge chairs.

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Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

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We would come back in a heart beat if we knew we could have Room 16! Room 17 was the 2nd best room on the island in my opinion.

Our room had wonderful views with all the doors open you felt like you were on a deserted island. You could walk around the island in powdery white soft sand in 10 minutes. We loved the room, the curl up and get cozy window seat area and the pool in the back was large enough my husband swam laps in it. It was very private and had a nice covered large seating area for two. The outdoor and indoor showers had the "wow factor." The bed was comfortable and we slept well.


The reef is fantastic and we swam around the drop off area around the whole island in an hour or so. We ended up snorkeling several times a day. It was a most peaceful experience and the fish life is amazing with stingrays, friendly black-tipped sharks, turtles, eels and all kinds of tropical fish including lots of Nemo moments!


Paddle boats and kayaks were fun to use and free, unlike some other resorts

The island is relaxed and has a chill barefoot ambiance.

We were given a bottle of wine upon arrival for our anniversary which we appreciated.

The upscale bar area and tables in the sand were a nice touch and enjoyable for the sunsets.

We stayed at Angsana Ihuru the sister resort many years ago and loved it, we were so happy to be able to take the 5-minute speedboat ride over to snorkel for a change of scenery. Ihuru has one of the best house reefs for snorkeling. We also liked the laid-back feel and on the beach dining this resort provided.

As a side note I have been told Banyan Tree will be building overwater villas and a resort pool soon!

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We highly recommend Banyan tree for a memorable and more affordable stay in the unforgettable Maldives!

This trip report is part of our ongoing series on travel to Maldives. In need of further inspiration? Check out Judy & Glenn Tudor’s guide, Paradise Found in the Maldives: A Tale of Two Islands.

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