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Banyan Tree Phuket


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Edit 01 Oct 2020-02 Oct 2020 (0 guests)

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.

Baring All
  • Quiet and secluded, yet there’s so much to discover within the Laguna Phuket complex surrounding the resort
  • Buggies are available to escort you from your accommodation to the beach
  • Stay in a DoublePool Villa, very luxurious with private gardens and pools
  • Book a Banyan Tree Signature Treatment at the spa for a couple of hours of holistic pampering
Why we like it
Why we like it

We love that Banyan Tree Phuket feels spacious and exclusive, quiet and secluded. Yet if you like to keep your options open, there’s so much to discover within the Laguna Phuket complex surrounding the resort. There are more restaurants, boutiques and an 18-hole golf course at the Laguna Golf Phuket and Bang Tao Beach.

It’s also a good base for dipping in and out of sightseeing among Thailand’s famous, dramatic scenery. Excursions include boat trips in Phang Nga Bay, with its iconic limestone karsts, to the breathtaking (although very touristy) Phi Phi Islands. And if you like snorkelling, you should head to the reefs of the Similan Islands.

Just so you know
Just so you know

Which property you are staying at and where exactly your accommodation is will determine whether it’s a short walk or not to the beach, but buggies are available to whisk you there in no time. Or if you’re in the mood for gentle exercise, take one of the complimentary bikes. There are chairs set aside for Banyan Tree guests, and staff are on hand to provide cold towels and spritz you with cooling peppermint water.

The three Banyan Tree properties within the resort share some of the same facilities. Therefore, on occasion, you can become very aware of fellow guests. For example, at breakfast at Waterfront, which is where all guests that don’t opt for in-villa breakfast go for their first meal of the day.

Best suited for
Best suited for

Naturally, spa connoisseurs will be content for days, or even weeks, here. But whether you are travelling as just the two of you or have kids in tow, you’ll be catered for very well here. In particular, it’s heavenly for couples looking to inject their time away with plenty of romance. The superb ‘Dinner of the Senses’ experience, where a four-course dinner is served on a floating pontoon on the lagoon beneath a canopy of stars, is quite special. However, we recommend that you spray on some mosquito repellent first (to be on the safe side), as although the resort does its best to minimise the presence of mozzies, you may well see (or feel) them by the water.

Families can also enjoy quality time here, but parents in need of a little respite can drop off kids over five at the Turtle Club. Fun activities here include everything from nature trails to splashing about in the pool and Thai games.

General information

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    How to get here

    20 minutes by road from Phuket International Airport

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    134 villas


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    Swimming pool

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    Kids club

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