I first visited the Banyan Tree in 2006 as a weary backpacker dusting off my posh outfit for a drink at Vertigo, I vowed to return to stay which I did in 2008 and was just so excitied about my third visit in February and it did not disappoint. I can not quite put into words just why I feel this way about a hotel. Perhaps it is because from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave you feel like family. I admit that I splashed out on a one bedroom suite which helped! the room was simply stunning, huge with lovely wooden sliding doors to the bedroom and again to the bathroom. All three rooms were independently controlled by the air conditioning which impressed me. The lounge had a long sofa with a work desk and chair and a fully stocked mini bar with a fresh coffee machine and a TV. The bedroom had a massive bed and another sofa and side tables and double wardrobes. The bathroom for me was the highlight, double sinks mounted on marble stands with a huge jacuzzi bath, walk in shower (seperate) and another vanity mirror and seat. The bathroom alone was the size of the downstairs of my house. The lovely incense burner and oil burner's the turndown staff lit made the whole room smell of Thailand.
The suite came with access to the Club Room which has dedicated check in, a ten minute welcome massage and business suite access for internet etc... The staff there are so lovely, they sorted out restaurant reservations for me and confirmed onward flights and always wanted to know how our day was. From 5.30pm until 7.30pm the club room serves drinks and canapes which are all complimentary. The canapes are made by the hotel's restuarants so take on the theme of the kitchen, eg: Thai, Japanese, on Sunday there are cocktails and throughout the day there are beers, wine, and soft drinks and tea and coffees along with lovely sandwiches and cakes. I also didn't realise until the day we left that there is also a lunch menu which is again complimentary and has classics like green curry available to order.
Breakfast at the Banyan Tree is also a marvel, a huge room filled with delicious fruit, breads and cakes, all cooked items a fresh egg station for made to order egg dishes and lots of Asian items such as sushi and curries. There is also great juice and champagne.
I simply can not fault the Banyan Tree but if I had one slight negative I would say that the pool doesn't have very much sun loungers but this is really being picky. The spa is world class, I have had a lomi lomi massage and a balinese massage and both were without question the best I have ever had.
The only real downside of the Banyan Tree is having to leave.
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- Also Known As:
- Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel Bangkok
- Bangkok Banyan Tree Hotel