2 February 2015

The Beautiful Banyan Tree, Koh Samui

What can I say? This place is beautiful. 

I am lucky enough to be currently residing at a blissful haven in Koh Samui, Thailand. The Banyan Tree resort overlooks the stunning Lamai Bay and the setup for complete relaxation surely couldn't be much more ideal. The elevated villas are dotted in the lush green hills around the horse-shoe shaped bay providing for breathtaking views.

Following our flight from Hong Kong, we were greeted on arrival with a sweet refreshing drink and a phuang malai - a traditional Thai floral garland offered as a welcome gift.

We were then driven by buggy up into the hills to our villa. It was none too shoddy either! It was a great size, modern, meticulously clean with a fabulous pool and the best sunbathing spot I think I've ever seen! 

I didn't waste much time getting all settled in.

Oh how I don't miss the cold London weather!

As the resort is rather on the steep side and the villas are so sporadic, the buggy guys are always on hand to whizz us round to wherever it is we want to go. So far I have managed to avoid falling out the back but it's only a matter of time.

Alternatively - and the option favoured by Alex and I - you can do it by foot. Firstly, it's a beautiful scenic walk. Secondly, I'm less likely to fall out of a buggy. Thirdly. as our time in Thailand was always intended for total relaxation and little activity (we're saving that for Tokyo), it's nice to get at least a forty-five minute walk in a day. The heat, which is around thirty degrees, can make it a little tough but the tall trees offer enough shade to prevent us struggling too much.

Each morning I've watched the sun rise over the bay. I've got myself out of bed at 7am to make the most of every moment I can as well as fitting in a workout on the terrace before it gets too hot. However, after having this view while I do my squats and sit-ups, I'm not sure I'm ever going to want to go back in the gym!

Alex and I both agree that the food we've experienced at Banyan Tree has been the best we've had at a hotel. 

The breakfast offerings are delicious and extensive.

At the three resort restaurants there are all sorts of wonderful fresh fish and seafood.

One of my favourite all-time dishes - the Thai red curry - is just exquisite here. Creamy, fragrant and bursting with different flavours. I can't get enough of it. 

And then there's dessert. Sticky coconut rice with fresh mango is a stunning Thai sweet.

Staying true to my blog's name, I've also been taking full advantage of the cocktail list. 

They make a mean margarita. 

And yes, that picture above bottom right was me on the balcony, with said margarita, catching up with the latest goings on in Eastenders.....it turns out the hotel has amazing wi-fi too!

There's not much to fault here. Not only are we being spoilt with majestic views, mouth-watering food and perfect tanning weather, but also the Thai people working here are just so friendly and warm. Nothing is too much trouble and we are greeted with a big smile by absolutely everyone we see.

We are here until Wednesday when we will be moving on to experience another Koh Samui resort; Four Seasons. Could it possibly be better than Banyan Tree? We shall see...


  1. This is just idyllic! I love Thailand so much, everything there is just perfection, from the food, to the service and especially the accommodation! Enjoy the rest of your trip.
    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

    1. Agreed on every count! Such a fantastic place. I've been here three times now and I'm pretty sure it won't be my last visit x

  2. It looks so beautiful! That view is pretty special, I'm very jealous right now - I'm sitting in my freezing cold office looking out of the window to darkness at 5pm. I long for long hot summer days again!

    C x
    Lux Life

    1. I'm sorry, I heard it was a little bit nippy in London! I'm getting up early every day to make the most of this weather! It's tough being British :) x

  3. It looks so dreamy - it is SO cold here!!!! That food looks wonderful too, one thing I was a bit disappointed by when we went to Mauritius was the food, but yours looks incredible (as do you!!)

    Rosie xx

    1. Aw thank you! The food is sooo good. And so baaad for my waistline ;0 x

  4. It's torture reading this on a gloomy London day! So glad you're enjoying yourselves so much, though! I'm thinking the next move we make needs to be to southeast Asia...

  5. I couldn't be more jealous right now haha. It looks incredible. You photos are amazing! Xxx

    -Sarah Speaks

  6. I'm having all kinds of envy right now - enjoy it for us!

  7. I'm insanely jealous right now Caroline. It's been snowing here and it's bitterly cold. I hope you're having a fantastic time though! :-)

    Aftab | Fresh And Fearless

  8. This looks absolutely wonderful - enjoy every moment! :-)


  9. Oh. My. God.
    I think you've found paradise...
    That food... *sigh*
    That view... *sigh*
    Just the whole damn place... *sigh*
    Have the most amazing time my dear, you look fabulous & I'm really impressed you're fitting in workouts! Talk about dedication!
    Emily xx
    Auburn Antics

  10. Everything looks so pretty and turquoise - just stunningly beautiful. Love your food photos too, especially the composition :)

  11. I love you're still catching up on Eastenders during your trip, sometimes you just need your home comforts. Everything looks amazing, especially those margaritas.

    Victoria x

  12. Oh my god, Caroline! This is gorgeous! Reconsidering my honeymoon ideas now...

    Christy x
    Dinner Stories

  13. Wanderlust level is high!! How beautiful does this all look? And kudos on fitting in your workouts/soaps, that is commitment!
    Fingers crossed that you don't fall out of that buggy and make it back in one piece.
    M x

  14. What a gorgeous place! Also, Oh Em Gee Caroline, your abs look sensational! Glad you guys are having a lovely time over there. I've never had sticky rice as a pudding that's not rice pudding!!

    Katie <3

  15. Thanks for following me on Twitter, dear. I love finding fellow bloggers :)
    How jealous I am of where you're posting these pictures from! It looks amazing!!

    Do you want to support each other on Bloglovin as well? I’d love to.

    Lu | http://www.balgarka.co.uk


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