Luxury

The Checklist: Hotels to Stay in Before You Die

by Ondine Cohane

BANYAN TREE MALDIVES MADIVARU, the Maldives

Each of us should one day fulfill the fantasy of the desert island (preferably without Tattoo yelling about planes). Consider the Banyan Tree Maldives Madivaru your own tropical idyll in the Indian Ocean. With only six units and up to 18 guests at a time, the four-acre private island of Madivaru becomes your personal playground. Luxury camping is a big travel trend right now, and this Banyan Tree proves that tents don't necessarily equal roughing it—you get queen-size beds, plunge pools, deep-soak bath tubs, outdoor showers, and teak decks. Each villa comes with a personal butler, and you can have massages and facials in your own room. But the highlight of the place is the natural beauty of the coral atoll, with white sand beaches and turquoise, crystal-clear water that's home to turtles, dolphins, and parrot fish. Sunset cruises, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, and snorkeling safaris are among the ways to discover the marine neighborhood. And while the resort has a restaurant, to really get the (five-star) Robinson Crusoe experience, take your meals on your private veranda or on a deserted beach nearby. It will make you wish you could stay an island castaway forever.

Banyan Tree Maldives Madivaru
Tel: 960 666 0760
Villas from $3,900, including meals and excursions

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