Banyan Tree Phuket
Travel Blogs from Thalang
We stayed with mum and dad and Laura and Innes for 7 nights at the Banyon Tree Phuket. The hotel is amazing and we each had our own villas. Jonny and I had a villa with a jacuzzi outside and also an outside bath. We cannot begin to describe how we felt when we reached this hotel as it was so far removed from the kind of accomodation we had been …
Last day at Banyan Tree, spent the day eating, reading, lying around our amazing pool wondering how I was going to find the money to stay longer... mortgage the house... sell my body on the street?! It really is something very hard to give up.
Treated to in villa cocktails before leaving. Wanted to chain myself to the bed. Sadly had to …
I thought today might be the day that Phuket let us down but it ended up being my favorite day in Thailand. It's amazing what a resort like this will do to one’s pace, for good and for ill. This whole trip, we’ve kept a pretty solid schedule, generally getting up by 7 or 8 and seeing sights (or driving to them) until 9 or 10 at night. I …
We woke up this morning in a bittersweet mood with one last day in paradise to enjoy before enduring 36 hours of travel to get home to Milwaukee. Not much to report here. There was a lot of hanging out in the room, swimming in our pool, one final lunch at the pool bar and then it was time to change and get ready to go to the airport.
Livin it Up, Phuket Style (by Joe)
You'll notice that today’s entry covers two days (the 8th and the 9th) as the pace of our vacation has happily slowed to the point that we have little to report. On our first full day in Phuket, we explored our surroundings, and have, quite frankly, been blown away. The pace of life here is languid …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Banyan Tree Phuket Thalang
Stayed in banyan tree in Feb 2005, just 2 months after the tsunami, lured by a good value corporate offer.
Old and grand
Stayed in a Jacuzzi villa.
The villas don't really have a view.
The bathroom is nice and you are provided lots of amenities like shaving cream, toothbrush and toothpaste.
The spa is excellent and the massages are one of the best I have ever had.
The breakfast buffet is great and the Thai restaurant was good.
The servce was also excellent.
My main complaint was that when the weather was hot, the air-conditioning did not work well, and the room was pretty hot.
It only got better when it rained.
The TV is also a bit small and hard to watch.
The outside of the villa is also starting to look old.
I was on a promotion package which was half the normal price.
If I was paying full price, I would expect more.
There's no way anyone in their right mind can say this hotel is just 'ok'. We stayed in a Pool Villa and these are the main points we would like to make about the hotel :-
I was at the Banyan Tree Phuket in Feb. My husband and I jumped at the promotional rates and boy, were we glad that we did. We had opted for a pool villa, but when we got there, the main pool was closed so they upgraded us to a Spa Pool Villa. Our friends had opted for a jacuzzi villa, and they were upgraded to a pool villa. The main thing that I had heard about the Banyan Tree Phuket was that it was in "dire need of renovations" as it's pretty old. However, the spa pool villas are pretty new - only 3 years old and so they were absolutely fantastic!
I agreed with the reviews from guests in HK on Oct 6 and Dec 8 that Banyan Tree Phuket needs to catch up with it's villa facilities and services. I stayed there about 2 months ago and I was so disappointed with the villa -- doors couldn't shut, no replacement of mugs and shampoo after house keeping, bad smells came from drainage in bathroom, leaking vase placed in pool side resulting in plant-water dripping into the pool etc. One of the biggest problems was buggy service, I had to wait for the buggy for over one hour just to travel between the beach and the lobby. To be fair, the spa and the food are still very good in the resort, but when I pay so much for the villa, I would like to maxmize our enjoyment in the villa, not to put up with all the problems. WIll I stay at the Banyan Tree Phuket again? I really doubt it!
Best spa by far!!
I got married at the Banyan Tree Phuket on 3rd May 2004, I found it to be everything I ever dreamt of, my husband feels the same.
Not only was the Lagoon Pool Villa awesome the staff were perfect!! Everyone was so lovely & they even organised for the wedding party to be taken to Bang Tao beach for sunset photos - all 15 of us!!
We had the best massage we have ever had at the spa. The service was over the top - we felt like royalty.
We have been to Phuket a couple of times together & have never, ever been sorry about making our special day with all the lovely Thai people.
A star that has faded.
The Banyan Treet used to be first class. Now it is getting old, and the service excellence is slipping toward mediocracy.
In our pool villa, doors did not shut properly, fabrics were frayed, cushions on sun bed smelt very unpleasant. Overall needs refurbishing.
The spa is still the best in Asia, this has not changed.
We stayed here for 5 nights as part of our honeymoon in the Far East. Stayed in a Jacuzzi Villa. Villa was amazing - very stylish - outdoor jacuzzi plus sunken stone outdoor bath surrounded by tropical plants in own private garden. Interior very spacious and beautifully decorated. I agree with other review that breakfast is best I have had in the world. Reception area is stunning. Restaurants were amazing - food absolutely delicious and fairly reasonably priced for the quality and location. Swimming pool fantastic. Pool attendants and all staff were great. They pick you up in golf buggies and take you anywhere you want to go as it is quite a large resort. Extremely relaxing resort. I looked at many resorts in Phuket before I chose this one - it is definitely the most exclusive and is worth the expensive price tag. Make sure you head down to the beach for sunset - it is usually deserted out of season and the bar staff are extremely friendly.
I've just read the review from a guest from Hong Kong, on the 6th October, and would assume that they had a bad dream. Please be assured that " The Banyan Tree,Phuket", is really somewhere quite heavenly, and if you're in need of a complete break, this really is the place to go, irrelevant of how long it takes to get there, you will be glad that you went! The villas are beautiful, especially the pool villas,there is an amazing feel of calm, as soon as you arrive, the villas are stunning, and the staff are only interested in your health, happiness and total relaxation while you're a guest. The food is exceptional, the breakfast is better than anywhere,in the world, that i've stayed in, and i really am very fussy.Yes, i agree that it's not the cheapest spot to pick for a holiday, but rest assured that when you leave, you will be desperate to return!
Stayed for 3 nights in Jun 2003 at Jacuzzi Villa.
Looked wear down. The mattress on the raised floor was very cheap and not firm enough.
The pool area was infested with mosquitoes. Absolutely annoying.
Desperately need refurbishment. The room rate is twice the other 5 stars hotel.
Food at Golf Club is OK. Breakfast buffet only soso.