When you arrive at the Banyan Tree Phuket, you know it’s a large resort. The huge driveway leads to reception which is buzzing with people and smiling staff. A warm welcome greets you and it’s not long before you are whisked away to your private villa. All accommodation in the resort is based around villas and they are sublime, blending Thai inspired décor with modern comforts. Landscaped with palms, trees and scented flowering frangipani trees, you can lose yourself for an hour, a day, a week or more.
Banyan tree Phuket is situated on the edge of Bang Tao Bay where you have the option of swimming in the sea, in one of the many outdoor pools or you could upgrade to a pool villa and have your very own. The spa pavilions in the Spa Sanctuary are a must for spa lovers. On arrival we were greeted by two therapists who conducted a welcome foot ritual using green tea and honey scrub and a relaxing shoulder and neck massage. What a welcome! Breakfast was enjoyed in the garden, by the pool. There’s a steam room, outdoor jet pool, meditation sala and poolside terrace. Contained within this private, luxury space, you never want to leave.
We did leave when hungry and dined at Saffron, going traditionally Thai. There are other contemporary and international options for dining at the resort.
For me the spa at Banyan Tree Phuket is the main event. The Banyan Tree Spa is set amongst tropical gardens which gives it a sense of authenticity and intimacy. On arrival a welcome drink and short consultation takes place overlooking the pool area. Treatment rooms are individual villas and we requested an outdoor one. Some treatments takes place in air-conditioned treatment rooms, but most are individual outdoor villas, open sided and so delightful. Each walled villa is covered by a roof with roll down blinds, gardens, a little moat style pond, Buddha statues, teak seating and lots of greenery. It’s truly Thai and very authentic. What I loved is that you felt the breeze on your skin and the sound of birds, which doesn’t come from the cd soundtrack. It’s live.
Following a welcome foot ritual of green tea and honey scrub, we opted for a Lomi Lomi massage. Long, full continuous movements and definitive needing techniques make this a lovely massage. It’s relaxing, all-encompassing and truly wonderful. Based on the Hawaiian technique, it was perfectly placed to achieve a sense of calm and relaxation. The 60-minute massage using Love Oil, a blend of ylang ylang, geranium, lavender and black pepper, eases and loosens stressed muscles, leaving the entire body totally relaxed and refreshed. To hear the gentle sound of the wind in the trees and the birds singing as they fly past, merely metres away made this a truly unique and authentic spa experience. It’s one that I will never forget. After the treatment you enjoy some relaxation time in the villa with ginger tea and fresh tropical fruit and yoghurt.
THE BEST BITS AT BANYAN TREE PHUKET:
Welcome foot ritual on arrival
Breakfast in the private spa pavilion by the lake
Hearing the bird song in the spa
The sweet scent of frangipani throughout the resort
Fabulous thai-style lobster in Saffron Restaurant
Lomi Lomi Massage – 3,500 baht
Prices at Banyan Tree Phuket start from £300 per night in a Deluxe Villa. For enquiries and reservations, please contact +66 76 372 400 or e-mail email@example.com
Or if you wish to have a total spa experience you can stay in the Spa Sanctuary.
Prices at the Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary start from £528 per night in a Spa Pool Villa. For enquiries and reservations, please contact +66 76 372 400 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org