Sunrise or sunset, step straight from your luxurious beachfront villa onto powder-soft sands for a dip in the crystal clear waters of the lagoon.

Designed for seclusion and privacy, the thatched roof villas of the Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru cluster along the sun-bleached shoreline allowing guests to unwind, completely undisturbed, in their very own tranquil retreat. Comfy loungers beside your own private jet plunge pool are bathed in balmy sea breezes and look out to the lagoon beyond. Nothing is too much trouble for the delightful, friendly staff; from a romantic rose petal evening turndown to reserving your place at the sumptuous dinner buffets, themed differently each night.

Vabbinfaru is a paradise of shimmering turquoise waters teeming with vivid tropical fish and boasts incredible snorkelling due to the constant regeneration of the coral reef by the Banyan Tree's own marine lab. Help feed the rays, swim with the huge turtles from the sanctuary and enjoy exceptional diving and watersports. At the centre of the island, the Banyan Tree Spa is a tranquil hideaway where guests can give themselves over to expert masseuses amidst a soothing atmosphere of incense and calming music.

HOTEL FACILITIES • themed buffet restaurant • bar • gym • health spa • PADI dive centre • guided snorkel tours & lessons • wakeboarding, water-skiing, windsurfing, banana boats & catamarans • marine biology research centre

ROOM FACILITIES • 48 one bedroom villas • mini-bar • Bose CD • wi-fi Internet • king-size bed • outside terrace with whirlpool • courtyard garden & outdoor shower (deluxe villas only)

GETTING THERE: Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru is reached via a 20-minute speedboat transfer from Male Airport

SUITED TO: Honeymooners, Spa Lovers