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
The property is breathtaking. As are the views from pretty much everywhere. The villas are impeccably decorated and maintained. The staff is world-class. Never once did we hear a “no” or see someone not smiling. Our villa host anticipated our needs throughout our stay and facilitated every request. In-villa dining is superb. Stayed for one week at the end of October, and only left once to visit the Fisherman’s Village. No need to leave the resort, nor will you want to. A flawless experience.
LOVED our stay at the Banyan Tree. Not only did the hotel have a private beach and cove, but also multiple restaurants and a lovely staff who were always ready and available to assist in any way. We had cell phones in a shell bag that the hotel provided us that we could use to chat with any of the staff and request a golf cart pick up (since the property is expansive and the villas are spread out) or ask about activities around the area. We also used the phone for calls and hot spot service for our personal phones since I didn't have service with my cell provider. It was a great perk! Oh, did I mention the infinity pool in our villa and the beautiful view? An excellent experience over all.
A sweet dream come true
resort that provides an experience of calm and tranquility
service above all imagination and meticulous about the smallest things
Our host Moss as well as the manager aun must be noted
And of course appel
To make sure we had an amazing and comfortable experience
As for the resort itself
We arrived at the resort after recommendations from family and friends but could not describe the experience being so good from Pilates and yoga classes to kayaks and snorkels that are always available to you.
The huge villas are filled with all the good things, from small gifts that stay every night to the bathroom where nothing is missing and of course !!! The pool inside the room
Say thank you !!