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Review of Banana Fan Sea Resort

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Banana Fan Sea Resort
Ranked #5 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Certificate of Excellence
Dornum, Germany
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Very pleasant hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

We stayed 10 nights at the Banana Fan Sea. The Service was excellent and all our wishes were fulfilled. The rooms were nice and clean. The Beach is absolutely georgous. The "strip" the road behind the hotel is busy and a bit (too?) touristic, but nevertheless, either you look for things to do (massages, party, a great variety of restaurants and bars) and go there or you chose to stroll along the wonderful quite beach. It was a pleasure! A great holiday in a great hotel!!

Room Tip: The deluxe rooms (bungalows in the garden area) are much nicer located than the rooms in the main bu...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

We arrived home two days ago after spending ten days here at the Banana Fansea Resort, and I didn't want to unpack my bag as I was ready to get back on the plane and go straight back to what the staff want you to feel is your "second home". Everyone goes out of their way to make your stay pleasant and comfortable, everyone has a beautiful smile and greeting for you, and your comfort and enjoyment takes top priority. I hurt my foot on the first night, and thought I could treat it myself, but as soon as the gorgeous Phu saw me limping around she took control, organised a car and had me whisked off to the hospital, thank god for travel insurance!! We were handed a card and told to ring as soon as we were finished, and the car was there within ten minutes to take us back to the resort. I had to go back the next two days to have the dressing g changed, and there was the car again to take us to the hospital, they wouldn't hear of letting us get a taxi. Then a beautiful arrangement of orchids and a lovely get well card was delivered to our room, I was left speechless by that beautiful gesture!!
Every staff member always asked me every day how I was and if my foot was healing, bringing us plates of fruit and cold towels and refreshing drinks as we lay around the pool, just amazing!!
The Thai New Year Festival was amazing, with games on the beach and lots of prizes for everyone, and sore foot or not, I wasn't missing out on joining in the fun and shooting everyone with my water cannon. It was the funniest, best day!!!
As other people have stated, Supit, the manager, and Phu, Mas, Yot, Haleng, Nok and all the other staff members whose names I can't remember how to spell and don't want to insult by getting it wrong, were all superb and nothing was too much trouble. And thank you to chef for my soy milk.
Our room was lovely and so clean, sure the bathrooms are old and are being updated, but it is the tropics so everything always needs maintenance in that climate and the crews are always working. Next time I would love a room right at the front overlooking the beach, although we did have ocean and pool views from the room we had, but a bungalow at the front will be magic.
We will definitely return to this island paradise, the staff, the surrounds,the other friendly and interesting guests, some of whom we made friends with and had the best last night out on the town with, all made this a wonderful, peaceful holiday that we will never forget!! Thank you to all!!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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We are very appreciated of your excellent review to us. It was a great feedback to share all our colleague.
Thank you very much and we look forward to hearing from you sometimes
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Hong Kong, China
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30 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014

Banana Fan was ok in most respects, but it was a big step down from the luxurious seclusion we enjoyed at Zazen Boutique Hotel on the calmer Bophut Beach (and for about the same price).

Chaweng is an incredibly beautiful sweep of a beach, with white powdery sand and warm waters. Unfortunately, it is rather a victim of its own beauty, with wall-to-wall resorts and the dubious pleasure of watching planes land regularly at the nearby Koh Samui international airport. Many of the resorts are more geared to partying, with fireworks going off most nights and doof-doof music wafting on the air. The biggest party place seems to be, quite cleverly, right under the flight path -- so noone cold rightly complain about noise.

Nothing wrong with any of that of course, if it's what you want - forewarned is forearmed. Unfortunately it was not exactly what we wanted with small kids and I didn't see anything in other TripAdvisor reviews to suggest the party vibe around Chaweng.

So, Banana Fan is fine. Rooms are ok, although not exactly cosy and regularly experience ant infestations (which the staff address quickly and professionally). Food is fine but nothing particularly inspiring. We certainly would have gone somewhere else for New Year banquet, if not prepaid and obligatory; for the hefty charge, we would have expected some higher quality entertainment rather than just the (actually quite charming) ukulele-playing covers guy that works the beach most nights.

I would commend the staff at Banana Fan for trying hard, from the manager down. They run a tight ship -- it is just that it is more a three-star vessel rather than a luxury liner.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

My husband & I had our wedding @ Banana Fansea on March 29,2014. It was everything we wanted & so much more! Mas was absolutely amazing from the beginning, she made organising a wedding from Australia stress free. She always got back to me straight away with any queries & nothing was a problem! Mas & Supit & the staff @ Banana Fansea made our wedding day such a memorable day not just for us but for all our family & friends that attended.
If you are at all thinking about getting married in Thailand I would completely recommend Banana Fansea Resort to help make your wedding day as special as ours was.
Jodie & Ben Anderson

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

I stayed here for a week in April with my husband and we loved it. The rooms are simple and clean. It was nice to have our own little bungalow and balcony.The breakfast is good and the restaurant is right on the beach, a great spot for an evening cocktail. The beach is quieter than other spots, clean and well maintained. Easy access to walk out of the hotel and reach all the bars and restaurants nearby. We were treated very well while we were there.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for a week and we really enjoyed the stay. There were just 2 things bothering us:

1: they claim to be a non smoking hotel.
However, there's smoking allowed in the restaurant, specifically along all tables facing the beach/water. So if you're non smoker you must stick with the tables in the back. It's owned with Germans which is not a bad thing but it seems almost every German is smoking these days. So the chance is high someone is smoking right next to you when you're relaxing at the beach or the pool

2: they're in progress of updating the bathrooms but most rooms still have the non updated ones. These are very clean but are also very old and worn out and don't match the overall standard of the hotel.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

We stayed at Banana Fan Beach for 11 nights and enjoyed every single minute. Met at the airport by Yut who welcomed us with ice water and cold flannels, he was a pleasure to chat to throughout the holiday. The Manager Supit went out of his way to chat to guests and make sure everyone was happy. The staff on the whole were all very helpful and pleasant. The Hotel is very comfortable with everything you need, right on the beach. The Baitong Restaurant is good value for money and one of the best around especially enjoyed Monday night BBQ with the entertainment and good food. I would definitely visit this hotel again in the future!

Room Tip: The Deluxe rooms near the beach were the best.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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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Banana Fan Sea Hotel Chaweng
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