Being in the hotel business, we try to avoid them when we need a break, otherwise it turns into a 'busmans holiday'. We prefer the privacy and freedom of a house or villa. Samui has an overwhelming number to choose from, just Googling it leaves one dizzy with choices. Fortunately for us a colleague had just returned from a break there and recommended Banyan Villas to us. We are so glad she did.
The villa is one of two privately owned villas on the stunning Bo Put beach. The owners have clearly taken a great deal of care with the decor, design and maintenance. The house is wrapped around a beautiful pool and ample gardens surround it with gorgeous flowers and trees. A gardener visits every morning to tend it and clear the pool of leaves etc.
The lounge on the 2nd floor is huge and airy, leading onto a rooftop sala and sun deck, it's the perfect sundowner location. Cooking relaxes me and I found the kitchen more han adequate for me to show the world (OK the wife) why I should be a celebrity chef.
We did eat out twice, both times in the utterly charming Fisherman's Village which is about a 5 minute drive away. Chawaeng (the big city) is a bit further on but the island is so small, you are literally close to everything, always.
I recommend this place without hesitation, it's ideal for a couple or family or a small group. For a group of 4 or 6 people it would work out an awful to cheaper than a 5 star hotel and frankly this place is so much better than a 5 star hotel.
The only problem is leaving the place, we felt totally at home there and it was a reluctant departure. Ah well, roll on next year, we've booked already.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For further information, pricing and booking, please visit our web site.Banyan Villas are secluded in private tropical gardens next to Bang Po beach on the quiet north coast of Koh Samui overlooking Koh Phangan, the Villas provide luxury rental accommodation at affordable prices for both short holidays and long stay visitors.Villa rental is a great alternative to traditional luxury hotel accommodation, especially for anyone in search of a little privacy, or wishing to escape from the “madding crowd”.With 250sqm of floor space each villa has its own 10 metre pool and jacuzzi enclosed within secure walled tropical gardens, allowing guests to relax in quiet privacy. Alternatively, located a mere half minute stroll through lush tropical gardens and right next to the beach, the larger communal pool is also available to Banyan Villas’ guests. The Villas offer flexible accommodation and can rented together by opening a dividing gate to cater for parties of up to 14 guests.Ground floorDiningThe Eurpoean style kitchen is fitted out with modern cooking appliances including oven and separate hotplates, microwave, coffee maker and fridge. ... more less