Banyan Tree Samui
What We Love
- Direct pool access from all villas
- The resort’s fleet of golf buggies, which swiftly transport you across the large property
- Your private butler, who handles everything from locating misplaced key cards to securing beachfront dinner reservations
- In-villa dining, where a personal chef will fire up a private barbecue
What To Know
- The resort’s modern Thai restaurant is only open for dinner
- The hydrotherapy spa is the first of its kind in Koh Samui
- Your villa’s sprawling bathroom contains four rain-style showerheads
- The stilted dwellings here are a hat-tip to Thai architectural traditions
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
Sprawled on a steep and hilly cove, this exclusive beachfront gem gracefully executes a near impossible balancing act: its 78 standalone villas, sunset-colored escapes, are consistent with Koh Samui’s well-manicured reputation, decked with mod cons like twin vanities, iPod docks, and private infinity pools. But it’s also an exquisite reflection of its Southeast Asian homeland, evident in the spice-and-herb fueled treatments at the spa, or memorable meals at Saffron, where the sweet and sour prawn curry (which the chef can heat up or down depending on where your tolerance fares on the Scoville scale) is accompanied by four types of traditional rice. And even though the family-friendly offerings are abundant here, ranging from an exceptionally curated kids’ club to a children’s-only pool, rest assured they don’t take away from the romance quotient, which you’ll discover in the moonlight seaside dinners your butler can engineer, the sunken daybeds on your private balcony, and your eucalyptus-scented refuge, thanks to a thoughtful turndown service that scents your room with a rotating selection of essential oils.
In the Area
Though the hotel’s private beach is a fantastic base for kayaking and paddle boarding—all equipment is complimentary—its pebbly waters mean that swimming isn’t ideal. Either claim one of the daybeds on the sand and settle for a succession of daytime cocktails, or hop on the free ten-minute shuttle to nearby Lamai Beach instead. Your butler can craft an itinerary that includes the temple of Wat Phra Yai, on the tiny island of Ko Phan, presided by a 39-foot golden Buddha statue, and Tarnim Magic Garden, a mesmerizing sculpture park atop Pom Mountain, one of Koh Samui’s loftiest peaks.
How to Get There
I think many people have already highlighted the good services provided by Banyan tree samui. We cannot state enough the kind services they have provided to us. Thank you for the whole Banyan tree team to serve us during our stay.
This time's stay is for my birthday, we also had an early flight, they have arranged all these including well prepared the room upon our arrival and birthday cake for celebration.
We first arranged at the best hillcrest room I05 and later on we changed to I03, thank you Sai and the whole team helping us to change.
We also asked for pick up service at 9pm from Central festival, we first think that not only us will need this pick up service, but finally we found out it is only us, the driver only come out and pick up us. Moreover, we don't know the pick up point, thank you for the driver to do one step forward to call us and bring us to the car.
The only drawbacks are the Yoga service I joined, it was my first time but apparently it is not for beginners. Also the spa I booked for next day for two hours, the price changed, maybe night shift didn't leave good message to morning shift, that's why I changed back to 1.5 hours, but I was reminded to have 4 hours ahead to change duration......
However overall it is a very luxurious and all rounded good service hotel which is really good for holiday retreat. We felt so relaxed here before we went back to Bangkok for shopping!
As a family with 2 adult children with us we appreciated our 1 week stay at the Banyan Tree Samui very much. Close (but not too close) to the island hotspots. Great architecture of the villas and the whole resort. Highly professional villa host. Only weak point: excessive F&B prices.
Was in Bali last Oct and stayed in Four Seasons at Sayan. This Oct, we are in Koh Samui and staying in Banyan Tree. Both in pool villa. So it’s an apple-to-apple comparison.
The Banyan Tree in Samui is less impressive in many ways. Just to name a few:
1. Their staff‘s English isn’t very good.
2. Kids club is smaller and less fun.
3. Breakfast offers fewer choices of fruits. Only the “normal” ones like pineapple, papaya, watermelon. The Four Seasons in Bali offered purple mangosteen and dragon fruit every morning.
4. The beach is small and awful (compared to the other Four Seasons in Bali). The sand is coarse and full of gravels. I cut my foot there. :(
I will definitely not recommend this Banyan Tree to my friends.
Btw, I will not recommend the Koh Samui. I might return to Bali, but will definitely not return to Koh Samui (at least not for my own vacation). Snorkeling is unimpressive (compared to Hawaii, Tahiti, Phuket, etc.). Much less choice of activities on the island. For example, my boy and I enjoyed rafting in Bali. Last but not least: food in Samui is much less impressive and much more expensive than in Bali.