Explore the Maldives - Three Breathtaking Resorts
Summer travelers will find bucket-list vacation offerings in the Maldives, where crystal-clear waters, vibrant lagoons, and tropical flora provide a breathtaking backdrop for a variety of thrilling activities.
Angsana Ihuru makes it the ultimate resort for divers, where they are welcome to explore the famed Ranamaari shipwreck in the depths below. However, Angsana Ihuru also has something for everyone - from gourmet foodies and family travelers to spa lovers and wellness gurus. Located in the North Malé Atoll of the Maldives, this resort is comprised of 45 charming island villas that feature prime beach access surrounded by lush vegetation. At the property’s Angsana Spa, relax with the aromatic scent of jasmine and frangipani essential oils, as body treats are freshly concocted with native ingredients to form fragrant and soothing concoctions right before treatments.
Perched on an expansive private lagoon in the virtually-untouched South Nilandhe Atoll in the Maldives, Angsana Velavaru (the island known as “Turtle Island” in the local Dhivehi language), offers guided snorkeling sessions, paddleboarding, catamaran adventures, and more. Surrounded by sparkling turquoise waters and ocean views as far as the eye can see, this luxurious tropical getaway is made of 79 private villas, all with direct beach access, and a cluster of 34 in-ocean villas, the first standalone collection of water villas in the Maldives. Situated on Kaafu Atoll, Maldives, the island of Vabbinfaru boasts lush tropical palms, immaculate coral beaches, sparkling cerulean waters and a house reef bustling with turtles, white tip sharks, manta rays, lobsters and many other aquatic residents. The resort offers five all-inclusive packages designed to cater to every type of vacationer, and the property’s Angsana Spa acts as the perfect calming retreat.
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, a resort consisting of 48 thatched-roof pool villas, is coveted by those seeking a secluded getaway (and perfect for romantic vacations). The resort provides guests the opportunity to learn age-old Maldivian fishing methods assisted by the on-site experienced boat captain and his deckhand. Guests who master the local handline method of fishing will be amazed by what may be caught: snappers, jacks, barracudas, to mention but a few. Catch a sizeable fish? The resort’s chef will prepare and serve it for lunch the following day. There’s also Maldivian cooking classes, snorkeling safaris, stingray feedings and reef cleanups – plenty of activities for any category of traveler!
All Banyan Tree properties in the Maldives prioritize sustainability. When Banyan Tree Maldives Marine Lab officially opened its doors in early 2004, it became the first resort-based facility in the Maldives. Serving both Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Angsana Ihuru, the Marine Lab was designed to provide basic facilities and equipment for important fieldwork conducted by visiting expert scientists, as well as to share the necessity of marine conservation and sustainable livelihoods with local communities. Since inception, the Lab has grown to carry the banner for Banyan Tree’s sustainability efforts in the region, from hosting visiting experts, to sharing the message of marine conservation with local schools and communities, to promoting and test piloting sustainable livelihood options for communities.