For an idyllic combination of tropical heat, perfect beaches and complete privacy, head to the new Banyan Tree Maldives. This resort has only six tented villas and is located on a private island southwest of the capital Male.
Guests can reach the resort by seaplane or by taking an overnight trip on the Banyan Vella, a Turkish gullet, or yacht. Each villa comes with its own butler, and the accommodation is actually a cluster of tents - one for living, sleeping, and bathing.
The tent interiors have wooden floors, teak furniture and canopied ceilings, and the bath tent has a pair of spa beds. For relaxing, each villa comes with a plunge pool and private deck.
Guests can choose to dine in a tented restaurant or in the privacy of their villa. If they can tear themselves away from the resort, guests can opt to take a guided snorkelling tour, sunset cruise or book a spa treatment.Rates:
$3,900 per night Opening date:
October 2007Banyan Tree Maldives Madivaru
AA. Ethere Madivaru
North Ari Atoll
Republic of Maldives
Tel: 960 666 0760 NEXT: Azura, Mozambique