Bliss at Banyan Tree Phuket
By Vivienne Pang.
The Banyan Tree Phuket is one of the many resorts that make up the Laguna Complex in Phuket. What sets it apart from the resorts in the rest of the gated community is that The Banyan tree Phuket specializes in Luxury Pool Villas.The first thing you notice when you arrive at the Banyan Tree Phuket is the serenity of the property, and the beautiful landscaping. After check in, you will be escorted to your villa by buggy where you will drive through the amazing views of the property. Trees, beautifully manicured hedges, and grass for miles all around a Lagoon are a welcome sight for the tired eyes that have become accustomed to busy city life.
I had the luxury of sharing 2 Bedroom Pool Villa which had its own separate living/dining area, a kitchen, 2 big bedrooms (1 King and 1 Twin room), 2 enormous bathrooms (2 wash basins in each bathroom) 2 indoor showers, an outdoor shower, an outdoor bath, a pool with a built in Jacuzzi, and a lounge where you can enjoy the in villa room services or spa treatments.The Double Pool Villa is one of the most amazing places I have ever seen! With the bedrooms built over a lotus pond, you wake up surrounded by water and the beauty of nature while being sheltered from the annoying insects that usually hang around bodies of water, giving you the ability to completely enjoy and take in the serenity and seclusion.Spa Sanctuary Villas are designed especially for the Spa lovers out there. With daily in villa treatments included in the spa packages, and a wide range of spa treatments to choose from, you can expect to almost never leave your villa!
How to get there: Phuket is such a popular destination, and the flights sell out fairly quickly so if you have trouble getting flights into Phuket for a reasonable price, you can consider flying into Krabi and taking a private transfer (2-3 hours) into Phuket. The drive is quite scenic and peaceful, and a good way to travel through Thailand to see a bit more of the country. Alternatively from Phuket international airport, you can take a taxi to the Laguna complex.
What to do: The Laguna has an 18-hole golf course amongst the 7 deluxe hotels within the complex and each has its own set of restaurants and bars for guests of any of the hotels to dine-in. The Laguna complex has an internal billing system, which means that you have the convenience of charging any expenses incurred to your own resort. To get from one resort to another, you can either take the complimentary shuttle bus, or the complimentary boat shuttle which operates on the Laguna.
Where to eat: Baan Thalay (Thai) is the most famous restaurant in the Laguna complex with delicious food and friendly staff. We had a set menu prepared which included green curry, chicken satay skewers, eggplant and crab salad, garlic vegetables, king prawns, tom yum soup and deep fried banana with ice cream for dessert.Another restaurant that we had the pleasure of trying was the Banyan Tree’s Saffron restaurant. While we were there, Saffron restaurant was doing a Japanese themed menu with a fresh sashimi and sushi set. Other items on the menu included deep fried scallops, king prawns, and other mouthwatering seafood treats.
Warning: As soon as you enter the property, you will not want to leave!