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Banyan Tree Phuket is the place to indulge in R&R in classic Banyan Tree-style. All villas are sumptuous and feature private pools. The resort’s spa is world-renowned, plus there are plenty of facilities nearby within the Laguna Phuket complex.
Set on the sun-drenched beach-lover’s island of Phuket in the Andaman Sea, Banyan Tree Phuket is a great place for a relaxing sojourn or the perfect end to a full-on Thai itinerary. Here it’s all about beautiful and peaceful surroundings centred around a lagoon, with pretty lotus ponds and tropical plants providing the natural details. And when you do hear the beach calling you, it’s also there for the taking.
Banyan Tree Phuket is the original hotel that now shares grounds with its two sister properties (added more recently), DoublePool Villas and Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary. In effect, it’s three properties spread across one resort. We recommend staying at the DoublePool Villas. These Thai-style abodes are very luxurious with private gardens featuring a 15-metre infinity pool, with a plunge pool within, plus another relaxation pool for good measure. The bedroom pavilions appear to float on the water. And with sumptuous bathrooms complete with a steam bath, plus kitchen facilities, living areas with an entertainment system, and the services of a villa host and a chef at your beck and call, you’ll find it’s hard to leave ‘home’ during the day.
Comforting touches such as the pillow menu and the gorgeous Banyan Tree signature scent that wafts throughout the resort, as well as the free wi-fi, television and an iPod dock, ensure your stay is easy and memorable.
And the property will spoil you with many more ways to unwind if you wish. The Banyan Tree Spa, which often makes it into the world’s ‘best of’ lists, is the place to begin. It specialises in Ayurvedic therapies, which you can choose to enjoy either in an air-conditioned or open-air spa pavilion. Trust us, the sensation of warm oils infused with Indian herbs is divine. You can extend that feeling of bliss at the Yoga and Meditation Pavilion, where you can take part in one of the relaxation classes.
If you feel like being a recluse, opt to dine in your villa every day. But it would be a shame not to try some of the resort’s restaurants. There’s plenty of choice, from casual dining options at Banyan Cafe, great for pizza and sandwiches, and Waterfront, which serves seafood. For a more chic affair, try dinner at Saffron for authentic Thai cuisine, or Tre Restaurant for contemporary fine-dining dishes.
If you’ve been tempted to explore a little more, the Banyan Tree resort has a gorgeous swimming pool, a 40-metre lap pool, a fitness centre, tennis courts and an array of gentle activities to choose from, including Thai cooking lessons. There’s always something to keep you occupied, however much or little you feel like doing.
How to get here
20 minutes by road from Phuket International Airport