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Banana Fan Sea Resort
Ranked #5 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
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“nice mid-range and good location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2009

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.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2009

Can't agree with any of the bad reviews on this sight- my husband and I have just got back to the UK having spent 2 weeks at the Banana Fan Sea and we loved it! The staff are lovely, always smiling and so helpful (thanks to Dom at the beach bar who kept us supplied with lunchtime jugs of Singha beer - always served with a huge smile!). The air-conditioned rooms are not huge but are lovely and kept very clean with a nightly turn down service with fresh flowers left on our pillows. The beach was beautiful and never crowded with lots of sunbeds to choose from. There is a never ending choice of restaurants and bars directly outside of the hotel on Chaweng main street - Eat Sense was our favourite (directly next to the hotel on the beach), fantastic food and beautiful setting and the Three Monkeys offered good food at great value. We didn't want to leave when our holiday came to an end and we have brought some great memories home with us. We will go back and stay at the Banana Fan Sea Resort - perfect setting for a perfect holiday!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2009

Stayed for 14 days in july/aug 2009. Room was nice, housekeeping came twice every day. Excellent staff, very friendly and nice. Pool area and restaurant was nice. Breakfast buffet was a bit scarce but had the basics. Lunch menu very good. Didn't eat dinner there, mainly because of the duo singing every night from 7 PM - 22 PM - they played very loud and frankly - they were not very good. Excellent restaurant across the street though - Andaman. Wireless included but didn't work at all. Lots of shops an restaurants along the main road behind the hotel. Good location and nice beach area.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2009

Me and my wife stayed here in July 2009. We both love Thailand and have been many times before but we had never been to Koh Samui. One of the best things about this hotel is its location. Banana Fan is right on the beach, and although it is very central on Chaweng beach, once you are in the hotel grounds it is very peaceful and does not feel crowded. Rooms were cleaned twice a day, always clean towels, and staff very helpful and friendly. Breakfast was a large selection so spoilt for choice. Plenty of restaurants on the street behind hotel - we would especially recommend Ninja Crepes (very cheap food, huge selection, excellent quality!), and Hot Thai (small restaurant - delicious food!).
We would definately go back to Koh Samui and would stay at the Banana Fan again.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2009

My daughter had her wedding in Ko samui at Far away villa with 21 guests, we all stayed at Banana Fan sea resort. It was fantastic, location, friendly service, great rooms, clean, food was all above our expectations. There was only one bad exprience I would like to put out there so no other holiday happy person has to go through, what ever you do, DO NOT do the JET SKIES. The groom and friend rode the jet skies when they came in onlyto be threatened by a dozen angry Thai fellows demanding one thousand dollars, a scam going where as they say you damaged the ski. They where threatened to be killed as they had taken photos of everyone with mobile phones said they knew where we were staying, the girls where pushed sworn at and asking the boys to fight them, we got the police to no help as they where invold. The money had to be handed over or the boys where going to be taken to police station, locked up for a not guilty trial months away. We have since been told this happened to French tourists the week before. If this e-mail can help others not go through this terrible exprience then we have saved someones hardship.

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2009

stayed here for 2 weeks absolutely loved it great staff great food great location. Couldnt fault the hotel at all.

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2009

the hotel is at the end of chaweng beach so if u wnt action head one way n if u want quiet head the other way..the property is nice wid individual cottage kinda things ..howevr the ac in our rooms (we had 2 rooms) wudnt work and when we told the reception they said they didnt hev ne other rooms n since we wre thr for just one nite we had no option but to just lump it.exactlty opposite the hotel is a lil place called ninja n its a 24 hr eatery..they have the cheapest n the best food i have eaten newehr..i wud have liked to stay an extra day just so i get to eat in ninja...must must visit...

Stayed February 2008, traveled on business
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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
#4 Romantic Hotel in Chaweng
#5 On the Beach 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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