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
Stayed one night in the pool villa for our wedding anniversary, and it certainly did not disappoint! As we arrived at the lobby, we were immediately given a refreshing drink, cookies and towel to settle down. A dedicated staff came shortly afterwards and provided us a personalized itinerary based on our previous email communications with the Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary team, which reassured us that everything would be well taken care of. After a brief conversation, the staff escorted us to a buggy which took us to our villa.
The villa itself is quite spacious, and although some areas felt slightly dated, it actually gave more of a home vibe that helped us to relax and ease into the environment. We particularly liked the bedroom, which had floor-to-ceiling windows facing a private lily pond that created a sense of tranquility. The outdoor area had a large swimming pool, jacuzzi, outdoor table, sundecks, as well as massage beds facing the lagoon. We really enjoyed the outdoor facilities, swimming and jumping into the warm jacuzzi whenever we got tired.
Although it was only a short stay, we still decided to go for 3 in-villa massages, and how we wished that there was time to do more! Every massage we had was exceptional (in my opinion, the best massage we have ever tried), and the masseuses in general were very professional and polite. It really goes to show that Banyan Tree has put in a lot of effort to train their staff, and it no doubt transpired into top notch service.
The only notable problem we encountered was the large number of mosquitoes in the villa, but the situation became a lot better after we used the incense provided. In terms of food, we tried the in-villa afternoon tea and breakfast, but both were relatively disappointing as the food was relatively bland and not hot enough for our liking.
Overall, we felt that our stay was nearly perfect, and would definitely come back just for the massage! If there was anything that we would suggest improving, it would be the food quality for in-villa dining and having more pest control measures to counter the mosquito problem.
In our last trip to Banyan Tree Phuket we found the main resort villas a bit dated, so this trip we chose the Spa Sanctuary instead. The villas were much better, more spacious and very well appointed! Top notch facilities with everything you can imagine - shower, steam room, hot tub, jacuzzi, pool, massage area, sundeck -
I can’t think of anything else you can possibly want!
I only saw two shortcomings. 1/ Each villa comes with a host of daily benefits - a complimentary massage per guest per day, afternoon tea served in the villa, etc. - but staff doesn’t make an effort to remind you or ask you for appointments. If you don’t call well in time to ask for the tea or massage then you won’t be reminded for it, which I thought they could do for their guests. 2/ the villas are a bit of a walk from the main beach area so you have to really make up your mind to visit the beach - you can’t just go back and forth between villa and beach with abandon.
Other than that the resort lives up so the standard of luxury you’d expect from a Banyan Tree property. Airport transfers were painless and efficient. Breakfast was great and served on a wonderful deck overlooking the lagoon. In villa dining was lovely and quick. Massages in the villa were conducted professionally and of good quality. In general the staff was very helpful and nice, specially at the Spa Sanctuary reception. There are also host of daily wellness activities available for you to participate in. Once you get to the beach, Banyan Tree staff will set you up nicely on sunbeds and give you a nice water cooler with water bottles and cooling mist spray. You can also order food, beers, etc with the staff and charge them to your villa which eliminates the need to carry money with you to the beach. Sunsets on the beach were phenomenal and not to be missed!
All in all a great place for a couple of days break!
This hotel exceeds all expectations
The most beautiful three nights I have spent in Phuket, the hotels have large areas of daily activities that make you not want to leave the hotel
The size of the villa is excellent and the pool is fantastic as well as the daily massage in the villa is worth the experience
The villa has a complete privacy as the bedroom is covered by water from all sides in a wonderful way
We attended a yoga session and enjoyed a lot
I highly recommend this hotel if you do not want to leave the hotel and have a good time
I would like to thank all the staff for this hotel and I will definitely return to it one day
Banyan has delivered excellent service without flaws. My friend and I stayed at Banyan for our very first visit to Phuket. 3 days for 2 nights to be exact.
We were somewhat disappointed that we couldn’t participate any outdoor water activities due to the wind and rain. However, that quickly changed after we have received the most welcoming and heartfelt service from all the staffs there. We stayed at the Laguna Villa area and had our own little private pool plus outdoor bath tub to enjoy. One of the managers, Nikta (hope I got her name right) took her time to show us around the facilities and what’s available inside our villa. That was a great personal touch. Whenever we decided to visit the town, the front desk would arrange cab rides for us.
We had our spa and facial and the massaues were extremely friendly. The whole experience didn’t feel rushed and were extremely detailed.
Yes there are frogs, lizards and mosquitoes. But that’s what’s happens when you go to somewhere tropical for those that are concerned. Frogs were never a concern to me, once you shut all the doors, you can barely hear the noise. As for mosquitoes, you can request for mosquito repellent bands from the front desk and you can have them install a mosquito net for your bed.
Sunday Season Brunch is a MUST! We added money for unlimited gins and beers. Definitely worth every penny. They even got a singer perform live the entire brunch time. The atmosphere was great!
There are so much more to add but I’d like to thank all the staffs at Banyan for the awesome experience. I’d definitely be back to stay longer.
We had the pleasure of spending 5 nights in a luxury pool villa here at the end of July, and we were absolutely blown away by the incredible room and fantastic service. The room was stunning, spotless & modern, with every detail seen to. The pool was spotless and huge and I spent far too much time in it! The free unlimited massages - the main draw card for our visit - were brilliant, we were pampered daily and felt very relaxed. The daily turndown device was exceptional, with lovely little gifts, candles and chilled drinks awaiting us each evening. The frogs & lizards I see other reviewers complaining about were adorable, I loved their evening songs and spotting them around the garden, they stayed far from us at all times so nobody with a fear should worry. We weren’t bothered by mosquitoes. The food was excellent, and the live music at the bar in the evening was of surprisingly great quality, we loved the Sunday night performer especially and wished he had been there another night. We tried the breakfast buffet one morning and it was excellent but being a little introverted we opted for the in-room breakfast for the rest of our stay, which we enjoyed immensely. The staff are beautiful people who took great care of us, we really felt the genuineness of their friendly smiles and kind hearts, from the charming doormen to our attentive and lovely guest manager. The masseuse ladies were all friendly, beautiful people who we thoroughly appreciated. All in all we had an incredible week there, that we will remember forever, and look forward to repeating!