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Banyan Tree Samui now open as Koh Samui’s Premier Pool Villa and Spa Destination

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01 Jul 2010

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Singapore– The highly anticipated opening of Banyan Tree Samui has arrived, and the resort is ready to welcome its first paying guests starting 1 July 2010. Guests making their way to the Thai island of Koh Samui can expect the highly personal service, spacious and modern pool villas, and award-winning spa facilities that are the hallmarks of the Banyan Tree brand.

The resort is offering an introductory rate under its Unbeatable Thailand promotion, which starts at THB18,200+++ (approximately US$566+++) per night, inclusive of daily breakfast, for two people in a Garden Pool Villa with a minimum two-night booking at Best Available Rate. Guests will receive hotel credits equivalent to the second night’s room rate (excluding taxes and service charges) – a minimum of THB 18,200 – to use on dining occasions, spa treatments and retail purchases within the hotel. The promotion is valid for reservation from now to 29 September 2010, and stays from now to 30 September 2010.

Stunning From All Angles
Combining the best elements of a tropical getaway, Banyan Tree Samui offers large infinity pools in its villas, and the only hydrotherapy spa – The Rainforest – in Koh Samui, tightly clustered on a private hill cove within Lamai Beach, overlooking the deep blue swells of the Gulf of Thailand. The resort is a brief 30-minute drive from Samui International Airport.

Exclusively designed by Banyan Tree’s in-house Architrave team, each of the 78 spacious pool villas measures from 130 square metres (sqm), providing an intimate escape designed for the discerning guest. The individual pools in the villas are amongst the largest for a hotel on Koh Samui measuring 35sqm, and invitingly accessible from the living room and the bedroom in true holiday style. Interesting architectural features include rotated square columns inspired by an old temple design, and the use of coconut palms and coconut shells as materials, to evoke the sense of old Samui, which was based on its coconut industry. Soothing earth tone shades and local artwork combine to further accentuate the feeling of a tropical home away from home.

Guests enjoy the best of all worlds, whether they choose a Beachfront Pool Villa within easy distance of the inviting white sand beach, a family-ready Spa Pool Villa with an in-villa treatment room, or a Royal Banyan Pool Villa on the highest ridges with incomparable views of sunset and sunrise. The one and only Sanctuary Pool Villa combines two pool villas and is suitable for two families with over 316sqm of space.

Dining on Koh Samui has never been better, with three new stunning restaurants at Banyan Tree: the beachside Sands restaurant, as well as two cliff-hugging outlets, The Edge and Saffron. Banyan Tree’s signature Saffron restaurant, perched on the highest point of the resort, features three private dining rooms for exclusive groups of 10 each, as well as an elegant wine cellar for sophisticated events. Its cuisine is modern Southeast Asian, with emphasis on authentic, rich Thai flavours. The Edge offers Asian and international cuisine with a sweeping view of the bay, imbuing each moment with additional memories. Located on the beach, Sands is the ideal spot to enjoy the sun and waves, where guests tuck into char-grill and wood-fired dishes of local seafood and gourmet selection of steak and pizza. Dinner of the Legend: Samui Episode is the destination dining experience, located exclusively for one couple each night on the soft sand beach, where a degustation dinner of fresh local seafood takes place over candlelight and starlight, accompanied by live instrumental music.

Koh Samui also welcomes its first Banyan Tree Spa, and hydrotherapy facility, The Rainforest. The Rainforest is designed as a hydrothermal circuit, comprising alternating hot and cold thermal cabins, for couples to embark on a trail of wellness treats. Walk through The Rainforest Trail, offering different hydrothermal therapy experiences such as Rain Walk, Steam, Rasul, Sauna, Bucket Drench Shower, Ice Fountain, Swiss Shower and Vitality Pool. Spa-goers will also look forward to signature treatments delivered by professional spa therapists, trained at the exclusive Banyan Tree Spa Academy in Phuket, Thailand. Holistic Asian-inspired spa experiences are delivered in 10 spacious indoor spa pavilions with beach views.

The Destination
Thanks to pristine beaches, sapphire waters, mountainous hinterland and the ever-present silhouette of coconut trees, Koh Samui has emerged as one of the world’s most charming tropical islands. Samui (“koh” means “island” in Thai), located in the province of Surat Thani, to the south of Bangkok, is Thailand’s third largest island, sheltered in the shimmering bay of the Gulf of Thailand. This once-rustic Coconut Island is accessible by plane via airports in major Asian cities, but still hangs on to pockets of village-like ways of life.

Banyan Tree Samui’s location off Lamai beach places it in the second-largest beach on the island, yet in a private bay of its own. Nearby attractions include Hin Ta Hin Yai, a humourously risqué-shaped pair of rocks named ‘grandfather-grandmother’ in Thai; Lamai temple, the main gathering point for religious and community activity, which has a Cultural Hall featuring Samui’s trading past, with artefacts such as brass and earthernware vessels; and the commercial stretch of Lamai beach with its bustling tourist activity.

For reservations, please contact Banyan Tree Samui at Tel: +66 77 915 333, Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or log on to banyantree.com.