Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best for Wellness
- The spa is truly world class — meditation, tai chi and aerobics classes are also offered
- Privacy is highly valued at this beachside resort; there are only 14 villas
- At nearly 6,000 square feet, the villas are top-of-the-line, with private pools, outdoor showers and more
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Located on the white sand beaches of Phuket’s Bang Tao Bay, the Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary is every inch the tropical paradise hideaway. Inspired by Thai architecture, the buildings are low-rise and designed to fit in with their natural surroundings. The lush retreat has private walled gardens and villas with a “floating bed pavilion,” a glass-walled sleeping chamber that juts out over a lotus flower– and lily pad–filled lagoon. The 14 Spa Pool Villas are completely tricked out, with indoor and outdoor showers and bathtubs, a private steam room, a private jet pool, sun loungers and an outdoor area for with a table and chairs for alfresco dining. You won’t even have to leave your villa for a spa treatment: part of the nearly 6,000-square-foot space is dedicated to a private sala, and the therapist will come to you. Inveterate insomniacs should get a good night’s rest too, with the personal pillow and sheet menu you can pick from at check-in. Like any Thai resort worth its salt, Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary offers a plethora of activities, from daily yoga classes to golf, as well as the opportunity to kick back on the beach all day and settle into a reserved beachside sun lounger overlooking the Andaman Sea’s sparkling waters. Specializing in spiritual and physical healing, the extensive spa has traditional Thai salas for treatments, outdoor showers, a yoga pavilion and a swimming pool, plus a private courtyard if you want to meditate after your rubdown. The therapists undergo more than 300 hours of training before they’re let loose on guests, and treatments range from traditional Thai massages to seaweed wraps and pineapple scrubs.
In the Area
There are no restaurants at Spa Sanctuary (although you can take advantage of extensive room service), so for meals, stroll over to sister property Banyan Tree Phuket, where there are seven restaurants and bars, a huge swimming pool and a fitness center. The Banyan Tree also has its own par-71 golf course. Romantics should take a Sanya Rak dinner cruise. Meaning “Promise of Love,” the converted longtail boat slowly meanders through the lagoon canals, with the stunning Thailand sunset as a backdrop.
How to Get There
The spa pool villa was relaxing and the massages were great. My only complaint was the frogs and mosquitoes (I was too scared to take an outdoor bath). Also the bathroom/closet area was very narrow and small. We had 5 luggages, hence, it was hard to organize anything. Service was great!
Our villa was not very well maintained. A lot of things did not work. There was a sound system within the villa that did not work. The outdoor jacuzzi did not work for 2 of 4 days. Half of the lights were LED the other half incandescent so nothing matched at night. The majority of the pool had pieces of cement falling off it it with rust all around the water line. Very limited restaurant choices. There were 3. A seafood restaurant with limited selection. A sushi restaurant that was crazy overpriced, ($400USD/couple for dinner). And a thai restaurant with a dress code. The villa room service menu was weird with thai food and western food all combined. Thing ham and cheese sandwich next to pad thai. We found Tony's restaurant a short walk away and enjoyed casual thai dinners there. The staff service at this hotel was very good all around. But for the price we paid we wouldn't stay here again. Not really a 5 star hotel, more of a 3.5 star overall. Also, there was a language barrier. We were never sure exactly what would come for breakfast. We ordered over-medium eggs each day but received sunny side up on each day. We left the hotel with hundreds of mosquito bites all over. We've stayed at other hotels in Phuket and didn't have this problem.
It is the best resort we ever stayed in Thailand!!!!! The second time in Banyan Tree Phuket we choosed the spa sanctuary Villa. We loved the villa with the great private pool and the amazing treatments in our own spa pavillon ... therefor especially many thanks to Palmy, Linda and Bell, they did an excellent job!!
Perfect service and friendly staff everywhere in the Resort! The food was excellent in all restaurants in the resort; especially the fine dining restaurant „Tres“ was really „wow“ this time.
We will be back!
We stayed 7 nights in a pool villa.
The equipment and layout of the villa
The bikes !
Staff is very helpful.
The best restaurant ...Trè ! !!
The Thai restaurant is nice too food wise.
Sadly the Thai restaurant has a small terrace..impossible to get a table in peak season. The other part of the restaurant is in the reception or inside under airco.
The seafood restaurant has a beautiful location but food wise deserves a better chef. In villa dining menu is food wise not up to expectations. ..lack of refinement.
The only downside of the villas are the lack of pool maintenance !!!
The spa ladies we had in villa every day are very kind with variable experience but overall a very good experience !
Bit of a late review. Partner and I stayed for 8 nights , was fantastic. Can't think of a flaw. Complete luxury , room was amazing , resort grounds are fantastic , great choices of food in and around the Laguna , although we didn't leave the grounds for the whole 8 days , had no need to. Food was amazing , high tea was great , they also did a great job at arranging my partners birthday cake , decorating the room also was nice. She was also a vegan at the time and thought it may not be possible to get a cake , but it was sorted ! Will definitely stay again !