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
Everything was perfect. Villa was relaxing and gorgeous. Staff was super friendly...food was off the hook, beach i suggest you rent a car or moped and go beach hoping. Trip can take 10 yrs of stress off of your life.
We lived in Singapore for 14 years and never went to Koh Samui. On a recent visit back to Singapore, we decided to do a little getaway for 4 nights at the Banyan Tree. We have had great experiences with their other properties - and this looked like an interesting location.
The location and facilities are amazing. The people operating this business obviously love what they are doing. The management engaged and outgoing. The staff were fantastic. From our customer service representative, Aiiw, was amazing. She is always smiling and happy to assist in anything we wanted to do. From spa treatments, to renting their boat and going snorkling, to restaurant reservations on and off the compound .... Our villa was well appointed and extremely comfortable to relax and recharge. Highly recommended !!!
Lovely week at the Bayan Tree in Koh Samui.
Beautiful Resort - Amazing Food - Stunning Villa - Impeccable Service. Lovely Private clean Beach with Water Sports - FANTASTIC massages, the best I have ever had!
My husband and I had a lovely relaxing week with enough to do if you prefer to be active. The yoga and fitness class were great, loved my Thai boxing lesson:-) The Villa host were very helpful and always to had. All the staff were very helpful around the resort.
Highly recommend the Banyan Tree in Koh Samui - we will be coming back
From the moment we were picked up from the airport our trip to the Banyan Tree Samui set the bar high for any future trips.
Our villa host, Aiww, was very friendly and would check on us daily at breakfast to ask how our previous day was and if she could help arrange anything for the day. The staff overall were warm, kind and helpful, making the property feel relaxed and like home - a huge thank you to everyone!
We had a hidden villa with a secluded view and a few steps to the spa, infinity pool and beach, which we enjoyed instead of having to call a buggy to transport us. Our villa was clean and spacious. It’s the little details that stood out - providing two different sized beach totes for our use, flip flops, pool towels, bug spray, his/her vanity supplies, fresh local fruit daily, bedside incense and essential oils, and a Samsung phone to easily call our villa host and to provide information on the property.
The beach is small but private and clean; they provide water shoes since it is rocky by the shore. The pool was usually empty so it’s great to take advantage of if you’re not hanging by your own private plunge pool (which we also loved).
Food was delicious and fresh - from the breakfast buffet to pool side dining (soft shell crab pad Thai!) to in-villa dining, and dinner at Saffron (we ordered both tasting menus, 5 and 7 courses, which was a great way to try different Thai dishes).
Take full advantage of the resort activities because they’re fun and you’ll experience new activities you may not have tried before - sailing, guided snorkeling, paddle boarding, Muay Thai (a proper workout but lots of fun!)... we didn’t get to kayak or try a yoga class but next time!
We didn’t partake in spa treatments but we did the Rainforest walk, which combines different showers, steam room, sauna and hydrotherapy - very relaxing!
Overall the Banyan Tree Koh Samui is an incredible resort dedicated to delivering an excellent customer experience and you won’t want to leave! We cannot wait to go back.
The service, food and spa experience is something else. I'll never stay anywhere else. Cannot wait to come back. The staff knew us by name, Amy from guest services took care of we needed. I sneezed while checking in and when I got to my room, I had ginger tea and honey waiting for me. I cannot recommend this place enough. LOVED every second of our stay.