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Arrival at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru resort in the Maldives

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That day we left Angsama Velavaru. Standing on the dock, the employees said goodbye while waving their hands while the little boat led us to the floating platform in the center of the lagoon. There, the Maldivian Airlines seaplane was waiting for us and, in a few minutes, we had already taken off and watched the blue landscape dotted with atolls from the sky.

Forty-five minutes later, the pilot landed very softly on the Hulhumale airport. From the seaplane we embarked on a very comfortable motorboat and went straight to the next hotel: Banyan Tree of Vabbinfaru Island. After only twenty minutes, we arrived at the pier Vabbinfaru, where a small welcome committee was waiting for us. The name of this island in dhivehi means "reef around" and it is unusual for the island to be right in the middle of the reef ring. It is usually somewhere in the circle. This makes the Banyan Tree a good choice for go snorkelling, since the reef area is very close to the entire shore. But, in addition, this island has one of the best coral reefs Where to snorkel

After checking in, a Russian girl called Natalia He accompanied us to give us a brief presentation of the hotel facilities and services. First he took us along a central avenue flanked by very tall coconut trees that crosses the center of the island to a pier on the other side where you can see the sunset over the ocean. In this small pier-viewpoint usually held wedding or hand orders. Then he showed us the restaurant, where every night there is a different menu. We pass by Pub and for the store, and finally we get to the center of marine activities. This is where excursions can be hired or borrow snorkeling equipment. Something very positive is that in the Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru has a team of biologists who take care of the turtles They rescue from spawning in several Maldivian hotels.

They are also very careful with the environment and, among other initiatives, they do activities for the care of coral reefs in the area and invite schools to learn about the importance of turtle conservation. Then Natalia accompanied us to spa from the hotel and showed us the beautiful partially open-air private rooms where massages and treatments are done. As they explained to us, the spa follows the same maximum for the whole hotel, consisting of everything should be as natural as possible. In this sense, for example, there is no air conditioning in the spa, only ceiling fans. Finally, Natalia told us that the hotel chain to which she belongs Banyan Tree He is building two more hotels: Cassia and Dawa, which will be more oriented to young people, more in style backpacker, to also cover that strip of public and offer very cheap rooms With the same good service.

Then we went to the rooms. He Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Has only 48 rooms, from two very similar categories: «beach front»Or«ocean view». As we passed the door of our room, we entered a courtyard where there was a little pool and a jacuzzi outdoors, under the shade of palm trees. We pass the door of the room and discover a spacious bedroom, with fresh fruit and a bottle of red wine waiting for us as we enter. The bed was wide and very comfortable, and could be closed with a mosquito canopy, although it was unnecessary. In one corner of the room there was a sofa and TV, and another door led to the bathroom, which has an indoor shower and an outdoor shower.

Next to the sink was a small box with assorted bath products, such as sponge, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, etc. And the bathroom communicates directly with the patio of the swimming pool and the jacuzzi. Then, from the bedroom you can directly access the Beach, and right in front of the room there is an area with sun loungers under roof and then two loungers more outside on the sand. The room was beautiful and had many details. Until pillow menu!

Logically, it took us very little to give us a bath in the pool, but without forgetting to contemplate the sunset over the sea. Really spectacular. However, before that we went to the dock to witness how one of the employees fed a group of eight stripes, five males and two females, who come to that point on the beach every day at the same time. They told us many interesting details about these animals while we watched them fascinated. One of the females was older than the rest and was pregnant.

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