Enter Stylist’s #MySanctuary Instagram competition and unwind with a luxury holiday in the Maldives


In need of a little tranquility and relaxation? This is the competition for you.

We’re offering one lucky reader the chance to win a seven-night island escape for two in the Maldives, staying in a tranquil Oceanview Pool Villa at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru.

All you have to do is upload one snap of your own favourite travel-themed sanctuary to Instagram, follow and tag both @stylistmagazine and @banyantreehotels in the photo and use the hashtag #MySanctuary - the theme of this month's Stylist Instagram competition.

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Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru: where the horizon is so beautiful, it might actually hurt your eyes

We'll post our favourite snaps on Stylist's Instagram page regularly until May 4 and then the Stylist social media panel will choose one overall winner from the photos we've showcased to win the holiday at the end of the month.

For our winning image, we'll be looking for a standout, creative and beautiful Instagram photo that really captures the theme of #MySanctuary, and brings to life the relaxing, tranquil nature of the one place in the world you go to feel truly relaxed and peaceful, whether that's a beach-side hammock or a natural mountain spring.

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One of the Oceanview pool villas at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

The image can include any amount of people or objects, but it must feature a sanctuary of sorts, and it must be uploaded via Instagram. You also need to make sure you both follow and tag @stylistmagazine and @banyantreehotels and use the hashtag #MySanctuary to be in with a chance to win.

The prize includes a seven-night stay for two adults at the sumptuous Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, Maldives, in one of their stunning Oceanview Pool Villas. Meaning ‘circle of peace’ in Maldivian, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru resort is a luxurious, five star resort that specialises in de-stress breaks for spa aficionados. The villa has its own private pool and large patio, leading to white sands, swaying coconut trees and the turquoise Indian Ocean.

The stay includes two relaxing spa treatments and return transfers to and from Male airport, plus breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. Extras and international flights are not included. The competition ends on 4 May. See full terms and conditions right here.

Don't have a sanctuary snap handy? Don't worry, we'll be running the Stylist travel Instagram competition all this year, with a different travel theme each month. So whether you're a ski enthusiast or love a picturesque foodie snap somewhere far-flung and exotic, there'll be an opportunity for you to win one of our fantastic wanderlust-themed prizes.

Stay tuned on for more details.

For those entering this month's #MySanctuary competition - good luck and happy snapping! See the winner of our last #BeachLife Instagram travel competition right here


Massage time, anyone?

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Night-time in the Maldives; a relaxing prospect indeed

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