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Banana Fan Sea Resort
Ranked #5 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 January 2012

We only stayed in koh samui for 4 nights so wanted something that was relatively central but not loud. If that is what you are long for then thins is perfect.

The rooms (we had the deluxe bungalow) are Big and very clean - it rained form2 days so we spent quite a bit of time In the room - there is free wireless and a relatively good selection of movie channels.

The breakfast is plentiful and the pool area really well maintained.

A really solid hotel in the midddle of challenging beach but quiet as all the room are set away from the busy street.

We would definitely come back

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

This is our 5th (!!) time we spent our vacation in BANANA. Last time was on December 2011.
Usualy, during our stay we use to spend some time looking for our next vacation resort.
Our conclusion is one: BANANA FAN SEA is our one and only place for vacation!!
We stayed in other resorts in Samui but always returned to BANANA!
It is not crowdy, but yet located in Chaweng center. Very nice & clean bungalows (we took Delux Vila), very nice gardening, beautiful pool, clean and well facilitated beach and rich breakfast.
The staf is very kind, friendly & helpful. Mr.SUPIT - the general manager is very involved in what is going on. You can always see him: in the restaurant, pool area or on the beach & ask him personally for help. He is a real friend!
I'm sure you will see us there during this year!!!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

How wonderfull does it get....?? Travelling to Thailand is always great, Koh Samui is even better and the most wonderfull place to stay for me is Banana Fan.....!! It's my 4th time staying here and ist so nice...... My whole bed was covered in flowers telling me welcome to your second home !!! New management has taken place and it shows.... Everything is looking good well maiteneced.... very clean and the nicest people work overhere..... I mean everybody is friendly who works here!!! Nothing is to much for nobody.....! For me a true gem on bussy chaweng once you're inside the resort its peace and quiet....!! Many thanxxx already to staff and everybodyelse who makes the stay here so great.... And lucky for me it's my second day while writing this and are pleased to say that i will be here for three more weeks....!!! Really great... ☀ greets Rachelle

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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

We stayed for 1 week and would recommend it. It's far enough away from the bars and clubs that you can get a good night's sleep but still walking distance to all the shops restaurants and bars. We didn't need to get a taxi at all while we were there. Although the room was quite basic it was clean and spacious and the staff were lovely and smiley. With a 10 second walk to the pool or beach we couldn't be happier. Food in the restaurant was lovely and varied and breakfast was spot on.

Room Tip: We had the basic garden villa and it suited us perfectly.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

I stayed at Banana Fan Sea over Christmas. We arrived and were able to check into our deluxe bungalow at around 10am. The room was spacious and clean. Staying in a bungalow is great because it feels more homely and you can sit on the front verandah and have a few drinks.

The pool area was nice, we never had any trouble getting pool loungers. You also cannot get any closer to the beach. It was lovely.

The restaurant was really nice. The food was as good as anywhere else in Koh Samui so we ate there a few times. I really liked the omelette station at breakfast.

What gets this place such great reviews I believe is the staff and service. Every member of staff is friendly and there are always people enquiring whether you are enjoying your stay and whether there is anything they can do for you. The rooms were cleaned of a morning and then later in the evening they would come back whilst we were out and turn down the beds plus empty the bins again.

The location is on the main strip of Chaweng and very central however far enough away from the noise to have a very quiet night sleep. The tour desk arranged a car for us to travel around the island one day which was great and I highly recommend.

There are bigger fancier resorts in Koh Samui but I would happily return because the facilities are great and the service is the best I have encountered.

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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

My husband and I literally just got off the plane back home from Thailand and though I am never one to actually write reviews, (I mainly just read 'em!) I thought I'd better contribute my thoughts on this resort.

Despite my careful 2 months of research to chose the best resort on Chaweng Beach, for the best value, in the best location, I really felt the Banana Fan Sea fell a bit far short of our expectations. Many glowing reviews give it a high status among resorts on Chaweng, but I would definitely not place this resort in the top 5 - especially if you are like us and looking for a romantic getaway! In fact we found the resort to have a very 'family' vibe to it in terms of its organisation, decor and layout, and yet there are hardly any bungalows that could cater for anything but couples. Kinda strange.

Any professional pictures you see of the rooms are highly exaggerated with wide-angle-lens photographs. The rooms are very, very small. We arrived in Samui after coming from 5 nights in Chiang Mai where we and stayed in what seemed like a beautiful spacious Thai palace compared to the room at Banana Fan Sea. The Deluxe Room we booked was really no bigger than what we would pay for at a cheap motel in New Zealand for maybe $150NZD, and when you are paying more than three times the price you do expect something a little more spacious or at least a little more 'banana-fancy'. The bathroom was tremendously unremarkable, about the size of a shoebox and though clean and well equipped, it was dated and undecorated. Super-king bed was great apart from it being rock hard, even for us and we like a reasonably firm bed, so we ordered a 'topper' which really is just another duvet that doesn't do much but make it both lumpy and hard at the same time! We ended up improvising and sleeping on 2 duvets inners and using the duvet cover as a sheet.

That said, the place really does has some great features: the perfect location of course (not too far away from the action, but not too noisy either), the lovely staff who are curteous, smiley and polite. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Complimentary breakfast was extensive and adequate. Housekeeping was fantastic - they never missed a spot and there were always fresh flowers on the pillows at night. A very nice touch. :) Concierge was...okay. Lovely lady but we seemed to get more accurate information and details about activities from the people in the numerous travel stores down the main street.

I wanted to write this review because after reading so many rave reviews I felt rather disillusioned turning up to my room at Banana Fan Sea, and I don't want anyone else to be as disappointed as we were. For some reason, we thought this place would deliver the romantic bungalows-by-the-sea getaway we were after, and instead we found ourselves in a dim little motel room during the evening and fighting for sun loungers and room on the beach with about 100 or so other people during the day. If you can bear the slight tacky and unromantic atmosphere, and can afford anything better than a deluxe room such as a beachfront suite or pool-view bungalow, I think its definitely worth your time to stay. Other than that, if you are looking for something like us, more romantic, less people, better value for money...I'd probably pay just a little more and stay somewhere like the Buri Rasa. Our friends honeymooned there at the same time we were in Koh Samui and their room was incredible, and they were treated like absolute royalty for almost the same price as we paid! Spent the whole trip feeling very jealous of their peaceful, glowing little hideaway where all the staff knew their names and they got left gorgeous Thai presents on their beds every night (one nights gift was two hand painted bamboo umbrellas!).

All the best with your decision to stay at Banana Fan Sea. It may be right for you but unfortunately, its just not for us.

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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

Highly recommend, but don't want it turned into a "blackpool" resort...
Peace and quite located towards the end of the beach; individual beach huts, 10 second walk to the beach and sea.
Fab amenities over looking the sea...
The breakfast is to die for, the chef makes the best omlettes ever!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Address: 201 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach Road, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut > Chaweng
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre 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: £78 - £145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Banana Fan Sea Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 73
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