Stayed 4 nights in September at the Banana Fan Sea Resort.
Though the resort does nothing particularly special to distinguish itself from the numerous other beach-side hotels lining the Chaweng strip, this is still a fine mid-range choice. Too bad about the hotel staff. They are cordial enough but do not seem to want to go out of their way for guests. We found this to be a recurring theme in most of the hotels we have stayed at on Koh Samui.
The resort, however, is spotless and very well maintained. You can find staff sweeping the walkways or watering the lush tropical vegetation throughout the resort at all times of the day. Our deluxe room with king-size bed was also very clean, well maintained, cheerful and quite comfortable. The added bonus of room 407 was that it stood on its own as a single unit bungalow, meaning we had no immediate neighbors connected to our room unlike the other semi-detached deluxe rooms surrounding us. In the end, this layout was probably a non-factor but it was comforting to know that we needn't worry as much about noise and privacy issues. Likewise, absolutely no complaints with the brightly lit bathroom with clean fixtures and great pressure from the shower head.
The buffet breakfast included was decent and worth getting up for but was
your typical mid-range Thai resort buffet breakfast fare. The main pool and deck was also well maintained and we spent pleasant afternoons lounging on the deck chairs surrounding the pool. When it got too hot, the pool was exceptionally satisfying as it had a deep end at 1.65 meters.
Of course, when you get bored of the pool and find you want some sand and surf, the beach awaits a few steps away. This may actually be the main selling point of Banana Fan Sea Resort as the beach property where the resort sits must be one of the prettiest in Chaweng. The whitest and finest sandy beach in Chaweng and possibly the whole of Koh Samui can be found here with sun loungers reserved for guests only. However, it goes without saying, if your main desire is for peace and quiet, go elsewhere.
The location on the road side was not as good. Maybe it's because the resort is located at the southern end of the strip, but I found no convenience stores or money exchange booths in the immediate vicinity. Still, nothing that can't be reached after a few minutes walk. The ever popular Ninja Crepes is very close so be sure to hit this place for cheap and tasty Thai food. But give yourself lots of time because it took us and the people at other tables more than an hour to be served after staff took orders. This is unacceptable for any restaurant but especially for a cheap no-frills Thai joint such as this one. But I must assert again that it was cheap (full meal for 2 people including drinks for less than 400 THB) and very good.
In conclusion, next time I plan a trip to Chaweng, I would not hesitate to stay at this resort. When it comes to a mid-range hotel with clean facilities, decent amenities and great beach location, all while remaining close to the action that is central Chaweng, there may be no substitute. I think it's fair to classify Banana Fan Sea Resort as a top-notch 3 star resort on Koh Samui.
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- Also Known As:
- Banana Fan Sea Hotel Chaweng
- Banana Fan Sea Bophut
- Banana Fan Sea Resort Ko Samui/Chaweng, Thailand