Madivaru Island features a pristine white sandy beach, a beautiful lagoon and is surrounded by breathtaking house reefs, where guests can expect total privacy coupled with the finest service in the quintessential Banyan Tree style.
Set upon the North Ari Atoll, Banyan Tree Madivaru is just 30 minutes southwest by seaplane from Male International Airport. The island itself is 16000sqm, with only 6 exclusive villas each with their own pool and all situated on comprising an exclusive cluster of six freestanding Tented Pool Villas boasting inspired desert island décor with timber flooring, two outdoor showers, handcrafted wood furniture and luxurious tent canopies.
While the villas themselves are self sufficient, a small restaurant and bar are available for a change of scene, as well as a PADI dive centre and water sport facilities.
Meals and scheduled excursions are all-inclusive, ensuring that guests enjoy the very best of fresh catches and marine activities and Island Hosts are available around the clock to ensure that guests want for nothing. In-villa dining is included in the rate for all meals – you can start from breakfast in your room, have lunch near your pool and enjoy dinner on the beach.
For larger parties, it is possible to book the whole island exclusively, whether for private getaway or for a very special celebration.
With an established reputation in the Maldives, Banyan Tree has created an exclusive island sanctuary that will touch all the senses of its guests.
Each of the 6 tented Pool Villas has three individual tents, distinctively equipped to function as living, sleeping, and bath areas. The spacious bath tent features a pair of spa beds for enjoying in-villa treatments that include signature Banyan Tree Spa massages and facials. Interior furnishings exude a warm and tropical ambience, replete with timber flooring, rattan and teak furniture, handcrafted wooden and canvas accents, and luxurious ceiling canopies.
There are no specific childcare facilities on offer. However, food and activities can be tailored to suit them and babysitting can also be arranged where required.
The hotel offers Spa treatments in the privacy of your room. There is an excellent dive centre and water sports centre to cater for all requirements. Dining can be private in-villa, a romantic affair on the sandbank or in the cosy restaurant and bar, which gives welcome shade during the heat of the day. Indoors, the tents are spacious and comfortable, furnished elegantly and the ideal place to retire to when it gets too warm on the beach.
Madivaru island is a haven for guests who enjoy marine adventures. Banyan Tree’s experienced dive experts can take guests on an exploration of Maldives’ diverse underwater marine environment.
The Spa experience is conducted in-villa for the ultimate indulgence. Treatment beds in the bath tent are transformed into an oasis of calm.
The Banyan Tree offers a dedicated island host for each villa as well as a dedicated chef & private kitchen. Also on-demand for all guests is a 24hr boatman, marine and sea sports activities which can be tailored to suit each guest.
When to travel
The Maldives has a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons, or monsoons: the dry northeast monsoon from December to March, and the wet southwestern monsoon from May to November, with more strong winds and rain. April is a transitional period noted for clear water and heat. The temperature remains remarkably consistent at around 30°C.
February to April is the hottest period and resorts are almost all operating at capacity during this period. Mid-December to early January comes at even more of a premium due to Christmas and New Year and prices are even higher. Easter and the Italian holiday week in August also attract peak prices at most resorts.
Storms are more likely from May to November, though it’s still warm, skies can be cloudy and the humidity is higher. This is the low season, with fewer people and lower prices, with the exception of August.
Diving is good year-round, although a basic rule is that life on the reef is more varied and visibility better on the western side of any atoll from May to November and from the eastern side of any atoll December to April.
The surfing season runs from March to October, which is when resorts are cheapest.
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Location and directions
Ari Atoll, Maldives
Madivaru, meaning 'Ray' in Dhivehi, is an island spanning an area of 16,000 square meters with white long beaches, set in the North Ari Atoll, southwest of Male.
How to get there
10.5-hour direct flight to Male International Airport. Madivaru is a short 30-minute flight by sea plane from Male.