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
Our first stay on recommendation from friends and what a treat! Beautiful setting, well appointed units with private pools, friendly staff and away from the general tourist buzz! A variety of restaurants on site, a golf course and local shuttles to surrounding resorts
Spa Sanctuary is the one of the two “divisions” in the Banyan Tree Phuket resorts (the other is the main resort). Each Spa Sanctuary villa comes with one daily massage, in-villa afternoon tea and breakfast. Note that the Spa Sanctuary has an adults-only policy and each villa can only accommodate 2 adults only. (I believe this is different from the main resort, which permits children/kids staying at the resort). I chose the spa sanctuary because I am travelling with my mom for a relaxation vacation in Phuket.
The staff pride themselves on great service, and they certainly do not disappoint. The receptionist is very helpful and there is a wellness coach who plans our activities for our stay. I however note that the activities available are not entirely transparent. Apart from the wellbeing activities included in the package, there are additional workshops (which you can join if you pay a fee), but the wellbeing coach did not notify us about them. There is also no readily available spa menu, each time we have to ask for the one and return it at the spa centre.
During our stay, parts of the resort are being renovated. As such, the resort offered a 50% discount to all massage bookings, 40% discount to their banyan tree shop, etc. That is a nice touch. However, because of the renovation, some services such as manicure and pedicure were not available.
The villa - the villa is amazing. The highlights in the villa are the floating bedroom surrounded by water lilly ponds, the pool, a jacuzzi, an outdoor small bath tub, and indoor steam room. The decor is a bit dated, but the villa still looks nice in photos. Surprisingly, there are not a lot of mosquitoes. At night you can hear the chorus of frogs’ squeaking. There is turndown service in which the staff draw the curtains, provide a nightly bath scrub for our use and relaxing tea. There is also a massage temple high up in the villa where you can enjoy the daily massage. We didnt really have our massages there for fear of mosquitoes.
The massages - very good and the therapists are generally very caring with an eye for detail. (However during my first massage, the therapist accidentally touched a wound that I have when I have told her not to...) We had our massages at the spa centre, which is way better than having them in our villa, because the spa centre massage room is newer than the villa and more spacious.
Other activities- we joined the Thai cooking class at an additional fee (which is very fun), a Thai essential oil making workshop (interesting), and 1 hour-massage oil/body scrub making workshop at the Gallery (rewarding and fun). I would also like to commend the great buggy service - which is a golf cart service that brings you whereever you want to go in the resort.
The food is not that bad - it is actually pretty good. We had dinner at Saffron which is great. The hotel buffet breakfast is also amazing, you will be spoilt for choice. (You can choose to have a la carte breakfast in villa or in the hotel buffet restaurant.)
Overall, I had a really enjoyable time and I look forward to visiting Banyan Tree after its renovation!
A lovely place to be. Loved it from the minute I entered and no heart to leave the place. It's full of greens. Made you feel wonderful. The rain added the joy. The birds chirping all through the day. You will fall in love again and again there with your sweet heart and the place.
The staff were so courteous, they made you feel like a royal..????
The breakfast was wonderful. The sticky rice coconut milk , the crab curry, oh wow, mouth watering.
We stayed in double pool villa. We had to take a foot massage after walking around the villa and the garden. I mean to say it was such a big villa. Big nice swimming pool overlooking the lagoon. Loved it.
Highly reccommended. Check child policy before booking.