Banyan Tree Samui in Thailand is a romantic resort that seems tailor-made for honeymoons and couples getaways — every room comes with a private pool for cheaper than you're likely to find in places like Bali or the Maldives
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Banyan Tree Ko Samui is an all-villa resort where every accommodation has a separate living room, bedroom, spa bathroom, and private pool, with at least 1,399 square feet.
Standard Deluxe Villas start at $405 in low season and go up from there depending on if you choose a partial or full ocean view, or upgrade to two-bedroom luxury villas.
My husband and I stayed in an Ocean View Villa for five nights on our honeymoon and while the resort sometimes felt a bit too large, the room was the nicest of our entire trip.
Though that's not to say they're cheap, and nothing at the hotel really is. But, it's a remote, romantic option that pampers from start to finish.
My husband and I chose to honeymoon in Thailand for a few key reasons. We wanted to take as long a trip as possible and settled on just shy of three weeks — to ensure we still had jobs when we returned.
As such, we needed to go somewhere where we'd be able to afford luxury, honeymoon-worthy accommodations for the entire time.
Thailand is incredibly affordable with budget hotels in the two-digit range and five-star luxury easily found under $200. We set an itinerary for Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi, and Koh Samui to mix adventure, exploring, and lots of pool and beach time.
I previously wrote about our hotels in Bangkok and Krabi, but for our last stop in Koh Samui, the stakes felt especially high. It was our final beach break and had to be stunning, relaxing, and memorable. Mostly for me, it had to include a private pool.
After extensive research, we settled on Banyan Tree Samui. We had previously stayed adjacent to a Banyan Tree in Mexico, and I spent most of that trip transfixed on the hotel, wishing we had been able to stay there instead with its immaculate style, gorgeous plunge pool rooms, and an excellent spa. In that instance, the hotel started at $700 per night, which was not going to be accessible.
But in Thailand, this similarly-appointed Banyan Tree Samui started at $405 in low season. It felt like a bargain compared to Mexico, for what I knew to be luxury standalone villas with private pools totaling 1,399 square feet. We originally booked the second tier Partial Ocean View, which cost $459 a night and included breakfast.
While I still might have to give the my-favorite-honeymoon-hotel award to my booking in Krabi, Banyan Tree Samui easily won for our best hotel room of the trip.
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