Banyan Tree is famous for the classic luxury line of hotels, where you can be sure to have an experience of true luxury. In history the Banyan tree provided shelter to weary travellers. As a symbol of the relief and comfort provided by nature, they chose to adopt the name for their line of hotels across the globe, that offers rest and relaxation to the modern travellers.
Arriving at Banyan Tree, we were greeted quickly and guided to the Club Lounge for our check-in. As most five star hotels in Bangkok, the check-in was carried out in a matter of minutes and we were escorted to our One-Bedroom Suite for the next days.
The rooms are furnished in contemporary thai decor, and a layout with a living and resting area, a bedroom and a large ensuite bathroom with shower, tub and twin vanity stand. The room was situated with a great view over Bangkok, and very warm and welcoming, clean and cosy. The room had both a desk, sofa, chairs and the only thing missing out was a bit more storage space, as the wardrobe was very small, for a couple like us, traveling with 4 pieces of luggage.
Banyan Tree surely lives up to their reputation as one of the leading luxury hotel brands in the world. The staff is attentive, yet discreet, well dressed and formulated. The very distinctive building is a landmark in Bangkok, and the location near the Lumphini Park, makes is a obvious choice for a luxury traveller. The hotel is a sanctuary for your senses with beautiful rooms, great service, world class restaurants, integrated spa offerings and the native thai hospitality.
So you fancy a bit to eat, Banyan Tree offers several different possibilities. Aspara is a chance to dine on the Chao Phraya River in an typical thai riverboat. Bai Yun is the oriental indoor restaurant among the clouds, as it is situated just beneath the main guest attraction – Vertigo and Moon Bar. Vertigo is something we will return to in a later post of its own. Besides Bai Yun Pier 59 offers dining in shades of mysterious blue glowing lights and ocean themed decors. If you are more into japanese food Taihei is a small decadent place of the 53th and 54th floor, where you can enjoy all sorts of signature dishes together with the stunning views over the skyline. Furthermore there is the lobby lounge, juice bar, Romsai – which is the all day buffet restaurant, where breakfast is also served and of course Latitude Lounge & Bar, the outdoor alternative to Moon Bar if the weather is not super.
The hotel also offers a health club, business center, ballroom, meeting rooms and the vast spa area, with an outdoor swimming pool. The Banyan Tree Spa has won three recent rewards, and came in first in the Top 25 International Spas in the US Celebrated Living Readers list in 2013. During our hotel inspection, we had the honor to be walked through the corridors of perfection, which hosts the 16 Treatment Suites. We didn’t have time to test the spa, but with the amount of recommendations online, we will not hesitate to advice people to go here.
In the Club Lounge area, where we enjoyed our breakfast each day, there is also open all day for snacks, cocktails, coffee etc. This is a perfect hideaway during daytime, if you need a little relaxing time to yourself.
Banyan Tree is pretty close to the perfect five star in Bangkok, if you are looking for a classic top of the line luxury hotel, with the right heritage. We will love to recommend Banyan Tree to everyone who enjoys the traditional luxury experience, and a staff which knows how to treat and serve the guests, without being over attentive. As we often conclude when reviewing hotels, the atmosphere is everything in a luxury hotel – and Banyan Tree has exactly the atmosphere you are looking for.