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
- 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
Overlooking the azure waters of the Gulf of Thailand you are sure to have an infused and energizing experience as you relax and recharge, This place is so awesome and I forgot for a few days that I went to China on Business. This place is a must go if you are on business or are looking for one of the Best World Class Resorts... Have to say that I was surprised to find out that they had accommodations for disabled people and even shocked to find out that they are ASL friendly. that just made my stay and experience that much better Thank You...
A quiet location ideal for a restful relaxing time. We stayed for 5 nights in a pool villa. Lovely pool great size and very private. Nice breakfast with a choice of having eggs cooked to your choice.Friendly staff and very helpful. The negative points for us was the restaurant seemed overpriced. Drinks were expensive except for Happy Hour. The prices in the Spa also seemed over priced but as we didn’t try the spa it would be unfair to judge it.
It had been very windy whilst we were there and we were informed by the lovely manager Nat that this had caused the beach to be full of debris.
The nearest small town is a 10min walk away where there are restaurants. There is also a nearer one called Relax which was very friendly and served authentic Thai food.
The hotel has a twice daily free shuttle service into the lively part of Koi Samui, Chewang Beach.
The hotel celebrated Chinese New Year whilst we were there with a Dragon dancing and Chinese buffet, which was nice to see.
I would recommend this hotel for a quiet getaway but maybe combine it with a different place that had more happening.
We had a wonderful stay at Banyan Tree Samui. My wife and I went for the second leg of our honeymoon and we couldn't have been happier with the service provided to us. Our villa host Mario made sure our every need was met. The breakfast was outstanding every single day. The proximity to the Fisherman's Village and the shopping areas were great. If you are looking to truly relax I would highly recommend Banyan Tree Samui.
We honeymooned here - and we were not disappointed. It was a true 5* experience. We have been let down in the past with hotel rooms not looking like the pictures, and this was the reverse. The villa took my breath away. We stayed in a partial ocean view villa B02 and although I didn't see what the view looked like from the full ocean view villa, the view was stunning anyway! So for those on a bit of a budget who want to have the experience of opening your curtains to see your infinity pool and the ocean from your bed, partial ocean view still works! It is also very close to breakfast - no buggy needed.
The Banyan Tree van picked us up from KS Airport (which btw is the most beautiful airport I've seen). We felt very cool - the van is stunning inside, and gave us those lovely cool minty flannels to put on your face - so needed after a day's travel!
The attention to detail was exceptional. When we got there, we got little cakes and drinks, and were taught how to fold a lotus flower and throw it in our pool. They are very keen on the Thai traditions and I really enjoyed that. From the beautifully laid out robes and slippers, orchids and folded rose laundry fresheners, little gifts and sweet treats left on your bed every night, rose petals in the bath on arrival, the choice of what essential oil they burn in your room whilst you are out for dinner, the pillow menu, the little mosquito repellers they turn on for you in the evening; the housekeeping were second to none and make you feel so special.
The staff were incredible, especially Kwan who was our host. We also met lovely Guy at breakfast who found it hilarious that my husband had the same name as her, and lovely Steve who turned out to have been half English so we had a good chat with him. I had read in Lonely Planet that service was inconsistent- this is not true at all. Every member of staff were incredibly attentive! They give you a mobile phone that has everything about the resort on: what's going on, what to eat etc. There was plenty going on, I did pilates and yoga, my husband did Muy Thai, snorkelling, kayaking, all complimentary. They put a lot of effort into keeping things entertaining, building a Thai street food market (a 5* one) on the beach on Wednesdays for example. We are quite energetic people and there was enough to keep us occupied! Make the most out of the phone they give you. It has so much information on. Otherwise we would have missed the 'design your own cocktail' period of every day, free cakes on the beach, and 241 drinks in the lobby (views stunning).
The breakfast was exceptional, set over the ocean, with everything you could ever want or need (including champagne, and of course, ice cream...). They had waffles, about 10x of pastries, fruit, yoghurts, honeycomb, loads of breads, eggs, omelettes, cereals, crepes, cakes, donuts, sausages, bacon, smoked salmon etc. They cater a lot for the Asian breakfast needs too, with what they called 'heavy' choices (noodle soup, pad thai, sushi, salad etc), so we went at around 10.30 and went nuts.
The resort was very peaceful, not overcrowded or busy. There were some children but not many and they have a very sweet kids club, anyway the villas are so secluded it wouldn't matter as you can happily spend most of your time there.
The toiletries were divine. I ended up spending a fortune in the onsite shop. Small tip, if you fall in love with all the lovely scents and lotions, you can buy them online with free shipping with a discount later on... Also the bath in the villa is MASSIVE, must have a bath!!!
The food was amazing at Sands. They have good choices of Thai and Western food. The onsite restaurant Saffron I thought was interesting but honestly overpriced for what it was, but the view was amazing and I enjoyed the lift home in golf buggy straight afterwards. I highly recommend getting a taxi to Fishermans Village and dining out on the front strip there - there are some incredible resturaunts, Full Moon for real fine dining, The Shack for AMAZING burgers, steaks and sides, Krua Thai for the most beautiful fairy light lit romantic meal, and ultra trendy Coco Tam for the coolest drink before - sitting on a swing with a coconut cocktail, or on a bean bag on the beach watching the big screen with fire torches around, amazing with friends or in a couple, of any age, you will be impressed. The restaurants along there are super luxe, I expected plastic chairs and beer signs - none of that to be seen, but also still great prices. Good shopping too and also an area to buy a cocktail bucket and watch some dancing if you want a bit more of the traveller vibe.
Location wise - it's really close to the big stadiums, shopping districts etc but because it's in it's own private bay you kind of don't know where you are....!
Overall, we just had the best time. I hope we can justify coming back one day!
My wife and I stayed one night and as we entered I handed over my car keys and we were greeted with a friendly staff and light refreshments. Shortly after we were driven by golf cart to our suite and we were given a cell phone to call up for questions or if we needed a buggy to be driven to the beach or the lobby. The suite was absolutely stunning and the private beach was just perfect. The water wasnt as clear as we hoped so snorkeling wasn’t really a good idea but we took the small sail boat for a ride and it was awesome. It is quite expensive but definitely worth it if you can afford it. We only stayed one night because of the price but we wish one day we could return. Breakfast next day was overlooking the suites in the mountains and the beach and the coastline and the views were epic. Definitely would recommend this place. Our favourite hotel out of the three we stayed in koh samui!