koh samui [th]: banyan tree samui opening

we've got this thing for tropical seaside resorts and the new banyan tree samui, perched on top of a cliff overlooking a private bay on luscious samui island, truly is our dream escape. the resort features 78 spacious villas, built with an eye for architectural detail and using indigenous materials to evoke the sense of the coconut industry that once flourished on the island. needless to say that the villas come with all modern amenities imaginable, including that sizeable private pool. food and dining is another matter taken very seriously at banyan tree samui as it features no less than three restaurants. right on the beach there's the aptly named sands, while up on the cliffs you'll find the edge which serves asian and international dishes. situated on the highest point is saffron, the resort's most exclusive dining spot. it has three private dining rooms and features contemporary southeast asian cuisine. additional facilities that may lure you here are the exclusive banyan tree spa and hydrotherapy facility the rainforest. both offer a series of highly specialized wellness treatments. mind you, the banyan tree samui currently offers a tempting introductory rate for two people in a garden pool villa with a minimum two-night booking [valid for reservation from now to sep 29, and stays from now to sep 30 of this year. location: 99/9 moo 4 [maret]. © pictures by banyan tree hotels and resorts