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“A great little resort in the heart of Chaweng”

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Banana Fan Sea Resort
Ranked #5 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
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Melbourne, Australia
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“A great little resort in the heart of Chaweng”
Reviewed 12 March 2014

We recently stayed at the Banana Fan Sea Resort for 2 nights. I was a bit apprehensive as we hadn't been to Chaweng before so just picked it from viewing it online. I thought the name sounded a little...dinky, but soon discovered it's named after the beautiful banana fan palm trees that are dotted around the hotel grounds.

The resort itself is situated on what has to be the best part of Chaweng's beach. We walked from one end of this beach to the other, and it was only this mid-section that had sand as soft as powder. The beach here was also super shallow, had the most beautifully clear water and was a delight to swim in (other than the sunburn). We'll be staying here again one day for the beach alone.

The resort itself was very pleasant. The staff were all friendly, the breakfast delicious and in a good spot. The pool was nice but odd-shaped - where it had a shallow rim, but the middle was actually quite deep, that made it a bit uncomfortable for just bobbing in. There were two raised shallow spa type areas though which i suppose would be perfect if you had kids here.

The pool area itself was clean, though some of the towels were a bit on the manky side and could use replacing with new ones.

The room was a raised hut of sorts and set amongst the beautiful tropical gardens of the hotel. Everywhere you go you hear running water, and are shaded by the magnificent palms. The room itself was fine - our room had a queen sized bed and another slightly larger than single. As we were just a couple, I'm not sure how we ended up with this room. Basic facilities were provided in the room, including moisturizer which was great for the sunburn!

If I had any room complaints it would be that the bed was actually very hard - i slept quite well in it, but it was rock hard. It was also difficult to cover the windows completely with the curtains, so the room was a lot lighter than I like.

Each night the hotel sets up a restaurant on the beach, which considering how awesome the sand is (it's seriously so soft!), it was great to sit down there. On Monday nights they do an all you can eat BBQ buffet - which was fairly average i thought. It seemed light on actual barbeque, with many standard buffet fare food there instead. I was hoping for some seriously delicious spit-roast meat, or skewers etc - but there was really not much to be found.

The BBQ entertainment was a couple singing - initially just a guy, and then a pacific islander dancing show.... I can honestly say this was terrible. The guy...Banana Friend, has an awful voice, and his female companion was likewise awful. The dancing show was accompanied by the most cheesiest voice over dialogue i've ever heard...think like early 80's american voice over guy......how about some traditional thai dancing? Thailand has such an amazing culture - including dancing, and we get this...crap! Likewise, lose the singers.....either some relaxing music, or someone with a decent voice. While we thoroughly enjoyed eating on the beach, having that guy crooning in the background was a real detraction. It did crack me up when he wanders through the diners though, like some kind of super minor celebrity!

Anyway all in all, this hotel is too be recommended. Great location, mostly comfortable room, good food, and on what has to be the best portion of beach i've found on Samui to date.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

On the notice board in the lobby, there were pictures of some guests with little notes saying 'Welcome home for your 4th/5th/6th visit'.
On the first day, we thought they must be crazy. On the last day, we were almost certain we'd be back too.

Every single staff member is a joy to talk to, and always ready to help. The entire resort is beautifully designed. The rooms and bathrooms are spacious and have everything you might need.

But what really makes it probably the best choice on Chaweng is the location. It's far enough from all the noise, yet within walking distance. The beach in front of it is fantastic with clear water and fine sand. They have plenty of loungers for the guests, and happy hours twice daily, at noon and in the evening.

The hotel's Baitong Restaurant on the beach deserves a special mention too. It was one of the best meals we had in Thailand (not an easy feat, that) and the view overlooking the sea is great.

Banana Fan Sea is the kind of place that may not look extraordinary at first, but it quickly grows on you, and the warmth of the staff makes the experience even more memorable.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

We stayed here for five nights. We enjoyed it. We had a very nice bungalow near the beach. They have a decent breakfast and reasonably good variety. Juthamas on reception is really so friendly and professional. She made us feel so welcome.
I would recommend this hotel, but just make sure when you are booking to call the manager Juthamas and ask for a room as closer to the beach, rather than close to reception.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

Stayed in Banana Fan Resort with friends and just left for Phuket, we miss it already. The location is perfect as it is almost exactly central along Chaweng Beach.
The rooms are very large and spacious with a great bathroom. The in room mini bar is cheaper then going outside the resort and they offer happy hour twice daily for 2 hours with great prices and free penauts by the pool or on the beach.
The staff are the frendliest and most professional we have seen on our multi country holiday.
Definitely coming back sometime!

  • Stayed March 2014
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Uppsala, Sweden
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

We stayed here for 5 days. We do love this resort with fine room, very good breakfast and there lunch and dinner were very good - especially there grilled fresch fish att the beach was marvelous. A little too hard beds in the room but very clean and tidy. All staff were very friendly and polite. In other world we liked the resort very much!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 March 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stayed at Banana Fan a couple weeks back and the experience went beyond all expectations. Juthamas, those at reception and all staff working within the resort were always super helpful and friendly, making every encounter an absolute pleasure. The resort is located on the beautiful Chaweng Beach, but is situated away from the noise and the crowds so you can enjoy the amazing views in total tranquility. The rooms, gardens and facilities are impeccable, with special mention of the pool and buffet breakfast as they were our personal favourites! Thank you Banana Fan for a great stay, your hospitality really made our Thailand experience that extra bit special and we look forward to staying with you again in the future.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Vincennes, France
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

we (2 parents + 2 teens) stayed 5 nights in this hotel 10 days ago, in 2 connecting rooms ;
we were delighted :
- the staff is very professional, and friendly
- the rooms (in small bungalows) were perfect (but not huge), as well as the breakfast/restaurant & gardens
- location (right on Chaweng beach) is perfect
overall, we highly recommend this place
(only the pool is not huge/outstanding ; but the beach/sea is just a few meters away)

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Banana Fan Sea Resort
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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Banana Fan Sea Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 73
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