Banyan Tree Phuket is far from Banyan Tree standard but more akin to a mass-market version of the Banyan Tree experience. In a nutshell that's precisely what it is. Seemingly hundreds of rooms and villas make this probably the largest Banyan Trees around and with that comes a dumbing-down of the service as well as facilities. Many of the amenities from the stereo to the equipment in the kitchenette are Soviet-era and ooze dust and oily grease ... not luxury! Having said that the 2-bedroom villa is perfect for a holidaying family. The layout of the villa enables you to keep an eye on your children playing in or around the pool while the parents read and thoughtful details like all-round screens on the doors mean the entire villa can be mosquito-proofed while still maintaining connectivity to the outside.
One thing that is truly Banyan Tree grade is the spa - without doubt one of the best spa experiences to be had in Phuket. Priced at luxury levels it may not be for everyone or within everyone's price-tag but being in the middle of the Laguna complex you do have plenty of options for massage from high to low end. It's up to you.
Free bicycles for each guest for the entirety of their stay means you do have options to get out and about and also makes you feel like you earned the gargantuan buffet breakfast after the 3-5 minute bike ride to get there!
Surprisingly for a property that was at 80% capacity only 1 restaurant was open during our stay. Not only is that odd but is a lost opportunity for the property.
I would recommend Banyan Tree Phuket for a cost-conscious traveller seeking a bit of luxury. Ditch the meals from the one restaurant that might be open and take a bike ride down the street to get authentic Thai at a local price.
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- Also Known As:
- Banyan Tree Phuket Hotel Thalang
- Hampton Inn Cherngtalay
- Banyan Tree Phuket Cherngtalay
- Banyan Tree Phuket Thailand