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Banana Fan Sea Resort
Ranked #5 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Certificate of Excellence
Viborg, Denmark
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Just like coming home..”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2011

Me and my boyfriend stayed about 12 days at the Banana Fan Sea Resort late August to September 2011.
We had stayed at Banana Fan Sea Resort once before this year, during the flood in March-April, and we had decided that we wanted to come back to see how beautiful Koh Samui also can be. We had a very nice family trip in March, but the flood did, that we were unable to see as much as we wanted to see in Koh Samui. The reason why we choosed to stay at the Banana Fan again were following :

the staff was very friendly, smiling and helpful
the surroundings was pretty, clean, safe and quiet
the rooms was nice even though smaller renovations can be needed in the future. Even though it can seem as if the bungalows are very near eachother it doesnt feel crowded
There were no bugs, exept from 1-2 hours in the evening time, where some moscitos just had to come to the terrasse outside the room. Indoor there were none unless you didnt shut the door. So in fact not a problem at all..
Just remember to use the moscito reppellent in the evening hours about 18-19 o'clock.
The pool was nice and was checked daily
The restaurant at the hotel had a nice breakfast menu with all you could dream of having for breakfast. We also went to get lunch and sometimes dinner at the restaurant. The prices were fine. And the staff were very friendly and helpful and they just smiled all day long ! They also had a fantastic view over the sea all day long, perhaps that was why they kept smiling?

We also thought that the hotel was located on the best part of the Chaweng beach : the water is clean, the beach is clean (caused by the staff who takes care of it), the sea is pretty predictable in matter of the depth (small children must be under supervison during tides and when there are waves)
The hotel is also located near the street with restaurants, small shops and so on. Nothing was out of reach.
Outside the hotel it was very easy to find a taxi or the normally used cars, who can take more than 8 persons at the same time, if you want to get to the other end of Chaweng, where you find more activities in the evening.

If we go to Koh Samui again someday, we will definately go back to the Banana Fan Sea Resort !
Greetings to all the staff at the hotel.

Room Tip: At the pool is nice rooms and also in the garden, towards the beach, the rooms are fine.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2011

Good, clean room, more storage space than in many five-star hotels, friendly maids, efficient airconditioning, nice balcony and view, the perfect place to be for a one week's break!

Room Tip: ask for a room towards the sea-, pool- and restaurant side
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ShangriLaChiangMai
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Griffith, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2011

Stayed 10 nights, service was impecable. Staff are very friendly and remember who you are. Location is good and is pretty much in the middle of the prime Chaweng area.
The beach area has a rope to stop beach sellers from harassing you when you're trying to relax.
Pool is beautiful, no pool bar but the staff walk around and take orders (then serve you in the pool).
Take advantage of the cooking class! There was 6 of us doing it & we had a heap of fun (1300 baht pp; for class, all the food you cook, recipe book, chefs hat, apron, certificate & emailed photos).
Pretty much, can't fault the Banana Fan Sea. My fiancè's only issue was that the bed was a bit too hard.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank bentkenobi
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44 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2011

Stayed 3 nights on a long weekend getaway. Very nice hotel with a decent breakfast. The staff was very nice and helped me book a cooking class (SITCA) and had rental motobikes right there. The pool area was great and just down the stairs was the beach and a decent (not great) massage place. The locals hawking goods didn't bother me much on the beach and were respectful (unusual I think) when I said "no" and closed my eyes again.
Rooms were very clean but hot without AC. I took my key off the chain and took just the key with me so the room stayed cold. Overall, I would stay there again. Great location, great beach and not in the midst of the boom boom nightlife but close enough to venture into for a bit.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TokyoSalaryMan
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Frankfurt, Germany
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2011

We stayed in this hotel for 13 nights in a Deluxe Bungalow. After we arrived a delicious welcome drink and cold towels were given, which were perfect after a long journey.
The Deluxe Bungalow was very beautiful, with 2 free bottles of water and tea/coffee per day. All towels, even those which are being used at the Pool/Beach, are free of charge.

The breakfast was consisting of a big buffet, which has left nothing to be desired. The service was prefect (after entering the restaurant someone asked immediately, if you'd prefer Coffee or Tea). And we think the restaurant has one of the most beautiful panoramic view to the beach and the ocean - AMAZING!
The food itself from the buffet was delicious... We cannot make any appraisal about the lunch or dinner as we always went to another restaurants in the evening.

The garden of the hotel was absolutely incredible beautiful. We would recommend every guest to take some time for a walk through the garden - it's really worth it.

The hotel staff was friendly all the time and always helped the guests (for example: sunshades on the beach,...). Especially the Hotel Manager should be mentioned: He is such a nice and friendly guy. Everytime he's seeing a hotel guest he asks how they are doing, and starts some small talk - very nice! He uses to go a bit jogging in the afternoon. During this we saw him picking up some stones and rocks from the beach - very commendable and courteos. We did not see any other hotel on which this had been done, and especially not by the Manager.

Well, there were some things on the beach directly which weren't that good for us - but this does not obligate to the hotel and shouldn't be mentioned here.

The hotel has got one of the most beautiful beach section of Chaweng Beach - maybe of Koh Samui. Directly below the restaurant there was a massage area. The massage was so good and the staff was also very friendly.

Well, perhaps the hotel is not the best choice for families with children. The hotel "just" has got a pool and a little slide on the beach. Perhaps those families should stay in another hotel with more animation as the Banana is more for people who are searching for a bit silence and recreation.

If you would like to travel to Koh Samui and Chaweng Beach - then this hotel is propably the best choice that can be made!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Kristina P
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Santpoort-Noord, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2011

My family and I, two kids of 8 and 6 years old, spend a week in the Banana Fan Resort after traveling through Thailand. It was a great place to relax, swim in the cristal clear sea or dine at the fine restaurant. The staff of the hotel is very helpful and friendly and the manager of the hotel makes sure his guests have a great stay at this hotel. Although maybe the bungalows do need some paintjobs or minor renovations, the stay here is excellent and you do forget about the world. The superb service, good breakfast (Asian and European choice) and excellent restaurant for lunch or diner, makes u want to stay here for much longer. We all loved it and would recommend it when you plan a trip to Ko Samui. Thanks Khun Supit and Khun Mass for your warm welcome.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Jeen W
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copenhagen, denmark
Level Contributor
16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2011

Only stayed here for 1 night. But we weren´t sad to leave, because of the poor service.The resort is nice, and the bungalows/rooms are also very nice. Nice pool & restaurant. Located right at the beach. I have nothing bad to say about the Resort, but the service we experienced was poor! The power went off in the middle of the night, only in our bungalow, so it got hot, really hot, very fast, and very dark. We called the reception, but they didn´t really care. My husband walked to the reception and talked to the guy again. He couldn´t do any thing about it he said. The next day at 10 o´clock someone came to have a look. He just turned at switch outside the bungalow and the power was on again, he said that that happened all the time. I think the guy in the reception should have known that if it happens all the time. We only had breakfast in the restaurant, but it was fine, and the waiters were friendly

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank SandraOkholm
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Property: Banana Fan Sea Resort
Address: 201 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach Road, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut > Chaweng
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Chaweng
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Chaweng
#4 Romantic Hotel in Chaweng
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Banana Fan Sea Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 73
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Banana Fan Sea Hotel Chaweng
Banana Fan Sea Bophut
Banana Fan Sea Resort Ko Samui/Chaweng, Thailand

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