Banyan Tree Krabi
A resort opening is always an exciting prospect. Throw in the name Banyan Tree and you know that it’s going to be an ultra-luxe retreat with that world-renowned focus on wellness. This 10-acre hideaway is surrounded by unspoilt nature – the lush jungle landscapes of Hat Noppharat Thara–Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park are on the doorstep and the resort backs the delightfully quiet Tubkaek Beach. And then there are the views over to the limestone islands perched out in the Andaman Sea.
The architecture and interior design really makes an impression as soon as you step into the grand lobby with its circular waterfall at its centre that cascades down into The Grotto below, and the framed vistas of karst islands ahead of you. A natural spring water stream that flows from the hills behind the jungle-cloaked hills backing the resort has been routed to create an ‘island’ where you’ll find a couple of the resort’s restaurants, the spa, kids’ facilities and the open-air Kredkaew Bar which is just a few steps from the sand.
Banyan Tree’s spas are legendary and this resort’s tranquil and ultra-modern wellness retreat, The Rainforest, has all the hallmarks of this respected brand such as holistic treatments using all natural ingredients and therapists who’ve graduated from the highly regarded Spa Academy. Head here for a reviving hydrotherapy experience or signature massage. The resort’s dining options are as unforgettable as its setting, spa and design. There’s the all-day Naga Kitchen where you can sit down to a wide selection of international and Thai dishes, and the open-air signature restaurant, Saffron. The unique and wonderfully romantic Bird’s Nest restaurant is going to be one of the hot tables in Krabi thanks to its setting on platforms above the lush jungle floor, the views out over the glittering sea and the mouth-watering Thai dishes.
Each of the resort’s suites and villas feature a salt-water chlorinated pool, jet pool and cool and calming interiors. The tones are light and neutral and the settings range from the jungle to the beachfront. We particularly love the spacious Beachfront Pool Villas with their wrap-around swimming pools, jet pool and large al fresco terrace with sun beds and a dining area. The Two Bedroom Beachfront Pool Villas are set to be a hit with groups and families while the tucked-away Deluxe Garden Pool Suite, Partial Ocean Pool Suite and sea-view Premium Ocean Pool Suite are a fine choice for couples.