Banyan Tree Samui

Banyan Tree Samui

Koh Samui, East coast beaches and islands, Thailand

At a Glance

  • The villas has some of the biggest private pools on Koh Samui

  • A very slick resort with a new feel to it

  • Really great pool area but the beach can be quite rocky

  • There is a kids club

  • A variety of dining options to include fresh seafood, Thai and other international dishes

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Koh Samui has a tropical climate and the best time to visit is from February to September, which is relatively dry but there is some rain every month. February to April are the driest months. October to January are wet with the monsoon coming from the northeast across the Gulf of Thailand.

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Insider's View

Have at least one meal at Saffron, their signature Thai Restaurant.

Give the Rainforest Treatment a whirl!

Make time for a cocktail at sunset at the Pool Bar - just beautiful!

Visit their award winning spa, and while you are at it, enjoy a yoga class with their yogi who has travelled from the Himalayas to teach you!

The villas in 'A-Zone' are the most private and get the best afternoon sun, however they are the furthest from the beach and pool.

Housekeeping light a different scented candle in the villas at turndown every day, which is a lovely extra touch

Head down to the beach area for live music and a fire show on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings

Be sure to sample the sensational seafood at Saffron.  This place garners rave reviews!

Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday to Banyan Tree Samui or take a look at our itineraries to Thailand


Located on the hillside overlooking Lamai Bay, Banyan Tree Samui has some fabulous views on the beautiful island of Koh Samui. The sophisticated villas, all with their own pool, provide an ideal place to enjoy a relaxing holiday.

Banyan Tree Samui has been built with a contemporary Thai outlook in mind. The villas resemble traditional Thai architecture with pillars and staggered roofs and from their elevated position, most have fantastic views of the surrounding area.

It has a very serene and peaceful setting as the resort occupies both sides of the cove so there are no other resorts in sight. The service here is impeccable, every member of staff from the gardeners to housekeeping and reception give 100% at all times so your stay feels completely effortless. The three restaurants, the bar and lobby lounge have a great atmosphere and Saffron in particular is renowned for its wonderful Thai menu.

All the villas are standalone so have quite a private feel to them. They feel incredibly luxurious with extravagant bedding and thoughtful amenities. The private pools are some of the largest ones in Koh Samui and their infinity edges means you can make the most of the views.

The beach at the bottom of the resort is furnished with sun loungers, umbrellas & attendants so you can stay there all day should you wish or you can make your way to the pool which is also serviced.

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Accommodation is in the form of villas at the Banyan Tree Samui and each comes with its own private pool. The villas vary in terms of their size and their views but each has a similar contemporary finish and they feel very spacious.

Deluxe Pool Villa

This villa has master bedroom, living room, bathroom, pool and outdoor area. It is located in the gardens so has a lush green outlook.

Ocean Pool Villa

The Ocean Pool Villa has a master bedroom with a double bed, a living room, bathroom, pool and outdoor area. It looks out to the ocean below.

Hillcrest Pool Villa

This villa has a master bedroom, living room, bathroom, pool and outdoor area. It is located high up in the hills so has wonderful views out to the ocean and of the surrounding scenery.

Royal Banyan Pool Villa

This villa has a master bedroom, living room, bathroom, pool and outdoor area. The location of this villa means that there are views from all the rooms of the surrounding area.

Sanctuary Pool Villa

This is a two bedroom villa with both bedrooms in separate buildings. Adjacent to the master bedroom is the living room. There is a large pool and outdoor area and there are views out to the ocean.


Children are welcome to come and stay at Banyan Tree Samui and there is a kids' club for children age 4-12 years which is open on weekdays. Babysitting services are also available with prior notice.


There are three main restaurants at the resort. Saffron is their signature restaurant where you can enjoy some delicious Thai flavours with a view of the resort. The Edge has a varied menu which reaches across the globe and it is also here where you will tuck into your breakfast with arguably the best views from the resort. Sands is located on the beach and appropriately focuses on fresh seafood.

There is an award-winning spa which is not a surprise as it has amazing facilities which include The Rainforest which is a unique hydrothermal experience. There is also a gym and yoga room for fitness fanatics.


The resort offers a nice range of activities, including kayaking, windsurfing, volleyball and table tennis.

Koh Samui is an island to be explored. The best way is by boat or on foot. Head out to sea on the resort's private speedboat, Sense of the Sea, to explore coves and take in the sparkling sea or head inland for a jungle trek. Ang Thong National Marine Park is home to many untouched islands with some great snorkelling opportunities. It is also worth taking a trip to see the Big Buddha Temple to the north of the island. Or you can just make the most of what makes Koh Samui a great destination - the idyllic sandy beaches!



Katie Kennard (Staff)

Banyan tree breakfasts are exceptional, the views over the resort are stunning. I particularly liked the sunbathing decks all the villas had, with their glass screenings. I would highly recommend visiting the Hydrotherapy spa.


Susie Brooks (Staff)

Located overlooking a beautiful little cove, The Banyan Tree Phuket is your own little private paradise. With fantastic spacious villas which hug the hill side around the cove you are treated to beautiful views from every angle. With a beach side restaurant with toes in the sand feel and more modern restaurant close to all the facilities you are really spoiled for choice.


Clare Barratt (Staff)

Banyan Tree Samui has a rather slick feel from the moment you walk into the lobby. Everything has its place and the atmosphere is one of tranquillity! Villas are spacious and they have big private pools which mean you barely have to leave your villa if you are just after relaxation. There are some really great and varied dining options, I would particularly recommend Saffron which has some of the best Thai food I've tasted - just don't get carried away and order too much! One of the main cons here is that the beach area and seabed is quite rocky, but they do provide water shoes for you to make it more comfortable.

Location & directions

Koh Samui, East coast beaches and islands, Thailand

Located on the hillside overlooking Lamai Bay on the southeast coast of Koh Samui.

How to get there

11-hour flight to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport followed by a 1-hour flight to Koh Samui. From here it is just a 20-minute drive to Banyan Tree Samui.

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