Banyan Tree Samui

Koh Samui, Thailand

The hotel

As you’d expect given its spectacular hilltop location, the surroundings are quite literally incredible. Overlooking Lamai Bay, this exquisite hotel occupies a stretch of totally unspoilt coastline, and each of of its 88 luxurious villas also comes with its own plunge pool, so you’ll have the whole thing all to yourself. Soak up some rays as you relax by the outdoor swimming pool or kick back with a hand-crafted cocktail at the pool bar and simply watch the world go by. Much more than just your typical island retreat, Banyan Tree Samui is the very definition of luxury. In fact, the whole place is so perfect it’s hard to believe you’re not dreaming.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Villa / private house

Where is it

On a hilltop overlooking Lamai Bay, on the south-eastern coast of Koh Samui. Transfer time from Samui International Airport: approx 30 minutes.

Hotel information

88 spacious villas. All with a living room, flatscreen TV, IDD telephone, tea/coffee-making facilities, mini-bar*, safe, complimentary WiFi, 1 king-size bed and 35 sqm private infinity pool. Deluxe Pool Villas with open-concept bedroom, living area and garden views, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Partial Ocean View Pool Villas are eco-friendly and located amongst the jungle foliage, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Ocean View Pool Villas offer stunning views of The Gulf of Thailand from an outdoor terrace, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Spa Sanctuary Pool Villas are set within the resorts gardens, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Royal Banyan Ocean Pool Villa with private sala offering panoramic ocean views, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Saffron (traditional Thai cuisine), Sands (fresh seafood and meat dishes), The Edge (local and International à la carte dishes). Lobby lounge and pool bar. Swimming pool. Banyan Tree Spa Samui*. The Rainforest. Gym. Yoga Room. Kids' Club. Banyan Tree Gallery. Complimentary WiFi. Babysitting*. Room service*.

*Denotes local charge. 

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Second visit to Banyan Tree Samui

Sep 22, 2019 backpackingnomore Hong Kong, China

It was our second visit, and I hope more to come! Our second time in Banyan Tree, even though it looked a bit older than our first visit, the magic is still there. The people, very attentive and kind. Our villa host was Patrick, and he was very helpful with booking activities and managed to squeeze us in for a sailing lesson on the day of check… Read more
It was our second visit, and I hope more to come! Our second time in Banyan Tree, even though it looked a bit older than our first visit, the magic is still there. The people, very attentive and kind. Our villa host was Patrick, and he was very helpful with booking activities and managed to squeeze us in for a sailing lesson on the day of check out! We enjoyed very much the time on the beach, even snorkelling lesson in the heavy rain. Staff on the beach who gave us sailing and snorkelling lessons, they were very knowlegeable and patient. Our room was upgraded to the Horizon Hill Crest room, and the view was spectacular. Banyan Tree Spa was one of the best I have ever had. Breakfast variety was very standard, but the quality of the food was good. On checking out, I did not want to leave. Thank you team for making our stay so wonderful! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating One big WOW

Sep 22, 2019 Raccoon_me

I’m barely generous with 5* reviews, but this time I have a feeling this is one of the best places on earth I’ve ever stayed at! The grounds and the villas are absolutely stunning, giving you that perfect privacy, all hiding in the jungle. The villa I stayed at had a small jacuzzi too. Lots of space to chill out taking sun or reading a book.… Read more
I’m barely generous with 5* reviews, but this time I have a feeling this is one of the best places on earth I’ve ever stayed at! The grounds and the villas are absolutely stunning, giving you that perfect privacy, all hiding in the jungle. The villa I stayed at had a small jacuzzi too. Lots of space to chill out taking sun or reading a book. Yes, it’s so private you can do all this stuff naked if you wish. There’re buggy cars at your service to get around, but I enjoyed walking, wasn’t far from the villa to the main areas. Hotel offers lots of free activities such as snorkeling, paddle boards, kayaking, beach jogging and so on. Currently the beach restaurant Sands is closed for reconstruction till 15th of December, though the maintenance works aren’t disturbing. Kudos to Patrick and Richard: my check in/check out process went smoothly, - both of them great, with absolutely professional attitude and wonderful smile. I was given a smartphone that you could check all the current information about the hotel and chat with villa host or call in case of anything, also take it out to have wi fi connection, make calls and so on. Unfortunately the chat option didn’t work out well in my case, it took 2 hours for someone to read my message and another 4 hours to actually reply me saying that it’s better to call in case of anything important. I’d like to mention the turn down service: receiving small gifts daily with awesome cookies - what a pleasure. Upon check out Richard presented amazing farewell drink, the color of which, as he said, was matching with the beautiful ocean I can see from the lobby. He totally got my heart with this sweet legend. Now, whenever I see a blue colored drink, I’ll be thinking about beautiful Banyan Tree Samui sea. To add on, people who are working here are sincere, friendly and thoughtful. Another example, at the breakfast I was sitting my side to the wonderful view, and I just got a slight thought I should have changed the spot , when suddenly one beautiful lady literally read my mind, approached me suggesting to move the table and chair a bit around so I could enjoy the view. Small things that matter! I couldn’t catch her name, but that kind of attention was really nice of her. Breakfast is great by the way, everything you can wish for + having a choice of ice cream in the morning is a bit naughty and awesome at the same time. If you sit outside be aware of sneaky birds hunting for your food. I lost cheese and bacon to one of those on my first day. You are also encouraged to order in villa breakfast with additional 200THB per person, there’s a breakfast selection menu left at your villa daily. I would recommend advanced bookings: I filled in mine in the afternoon for housekeeping to pick up during turndown service and got a call around 7pm that the time I wanted for the next day was full already. So I rebooked for the day after and it was an exceptional experience. Breakfast arrived on time, served with a smile; a lot of food for one person, to be honest. You can also order floating breakfast to enjoy in your private pool with 500THB surcharge and it’s a must if you are lucky with the weather! I would like to highlight Bikram and his yoga/pilates lessons. I managed to attend 5 lessons in 3 days and each class was 100% perfect. Thank you, Bikram, for sharing your wonderful energy and knowledge. Attentive, great personality and strong posture corrections. I highly recommend taking private classes, Bikram is truly one of the best teachers I’ve ever met. He will elevate your practice to whole another level and it’s a total gem to have that kind of dedicated person during your stay. Gym is small but has everything needed for a proper workout away from home. Banyan Tree Spa is a must! They offer Rainforest experience I had no time to do, but I told myself it would be a good reason to come back again. I guess I can continue endlessly praising Banyan Tree Samui, and I hope this review helps to make the right choice for other travelers ( just book it with no doubts!) On the first day I met a couple who shared it was their third stay and they told me this place is absolutely special sanctuary and they keep coming back here. On the day of my departure I totally understood what they meant. Will be back! Read less
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Sep 20, 2019 laviecestcool Cotonou, Benin

This hotel was absolutely stunning! It has amazing views of the coast and a great private beach. Besides the beautiful anesthetics of the hotel,it has exceptional service. From the moment you step inside the hotel to the moment you leave. Service is first class at Banyan Tree. Be sure to check out there great retail shop, they have their own spa… Read more
This hotel was absolutely stunning! It has amazing views of the coast and a great private beach. Besides the beautiful anesthetics of the hotel,it has exceptional service. From the moment you step inside the hotel to the moment you leave. Service is first class at Banyan Tree. Be sure to check out there great retail shop, they have their own spa skincare line which you will experience in your hotel room during your stay. The complimentary honeymoon package was delightful as well. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic- couldn’t have been better

Sep 19, 2019 Rajesh1202

Me and my wife came to stay here as part of our honeymoon. From check in to check out all we got was friendly kind staff who would always greet us with a smile I would like to thank Patrick and the rest of the staff for making it an amazing experience; from the complimentary massages to destination dining. Each day was a joy to be there, and I… Read more
Me and my wife came to stay here as part of our honeymoon. From check in to check out all we got was friendly kind staff who would always greet us with a smile I would like to thank Patrick and the rest of the staff for making it an amazing experience; from the complimentary massages to destination dining. Each day was a joy to be there, and I would definitely recommend to anyone Thank you from Rajesh & Priya Read less
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Sep 18, 2019 MareeyaP1

I love the ways how the resort took care of the beach very good! Thank you The room is nice if you are looking for private place this property can be one of your choice. Food fantastic but a bit small breakfast.