Banyan Tree Maldives Madivaru
Banyan Tree's aesthetic is the Indian Ocean's version of safari style: elaborate tents, a jungle setting, and its own wildlife-filled reef just offshore. Created by Dharmali Kusumadi, one of the group’s head designers, it’s by far the most cosseting tented property available today. Only 18 guests at a time can stay on the private island. Rooms come in the form of three conjoined tents facing a cobalt-blue lagoon: a king-size platform bed dominates the air-conditioned sleeping tent, while the bathing pavilion has a claw-foot tub. A butler and massage therapist are at guests’ beck and call.Yes, the price is steep but this is a camping trip without comparison.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.