The view as you enter the impressive lobby of Banyan Tree’s latest five-star beachfront resort to open in Thailand, Banyan Tree Krabi, is breathtaking.
A dramatic 180-degree panorama of Than Bok Korani National Marine Park, with its screensaver scenery of karst limestone cliffs towering from the sapphire Andaman Sea, immediately creates a sense of place. The golden serpentine staircase — one of the resort’s many nods to Naga, a mythical sea serpent that locals believed lived in the rollercoaster-shaped mountains nearby — draws the eye to the infinity-edged water feature and then pulls focus back to that extraordinary seascape.
It’s exotic, magnificent, and unmistakably Thai.
Nestled at the end of a tranquil, pearl-white beach, and adorned with water features and lush gardens, Banyan Tree Krabi offers everything you could desire for a romantic getaway. This luxurious island retreat provides the perfect backdrop to hit the reset button on your life and love. Oh, and did we mention every suite and villa comes with its own private pool?
Sitting pretty on one of Krabi’s most stunning stretches of coastline, Tabkaek Beach, Banyan Tree Krabi is just a 40-minute drive from the island’s international airport. You’ll have the region’s famed karst limestone cliffs on one side and the wild beauty of Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park and Dragon Crest Mountain on the other. Plenty of scope for a romantic adventure.
The resort can arrange a boat trip to the Hong Islands to snorkel the crystalline waters and picnic on some of the world’s most pristine beaches — or a road trip to hit the national park hiking trails. Animal-lovers will adore nearby Aonang Elephant Sanctuary where you can feed and bathe rescued elephants (like any legitimate elephant sanctuary, there is no riding allowed). And, of course, no visit would be complete without picking up a souvenir or sampling the street food at open-air market Krabi Town Walking Street (Thanon Khon Dern).
But if you’re looking to unwind, don’t be surprised if you find it hard to leave your poolside sun lounger and Banyan Tree’s exquisite beachfront surrounds.
Spa & wellness:
Cultivating wellness is central to the brand’s DNA.So, as you can imagine, The Banyan Tree Spa at Krabi is exceptional. It’s huge — like its own mini-village — and includes Krabi’s one-and-only hydrotherapy spa, The Rainforest (a multi-sensory trip to delight spa novices and aficionados alike). The menu draws on time-honoured Asian therapies to create a richly layered, completely blissful spa experience.
You’ll also have the chance to experience Banyan Tree’s Wellbeing Sanctuary program. This incorporates luxurious accommodation in a Wellbeing Suite or Villa designed for sleep enhancement, thoughtful extras such as in-room yoga mats, and discounts on spa treatments and wellness cuisine. A pre-arrival questionnaire ensures each guest has their individual needs and lifestyle evaluated, creating a genuinely personal wellness journey.
Food & drink:
The resort’s contemporary cuisine fuses Thai, Mediterranean, and international dishes for out-of-this-world dining experiences. At signature restaurant Saffron, you’ll find award-winning traditional Thai cuisine for dinner, with sweeping views across the Andaman Sea and an impressive wine menu to match. The showstopper is the funicular — or cable-operated carriage — to reach the restaurant (there are stairs, too, if you have the energy!).
One of the most enchanting spots for couples is the Birds Nest Sunset Deck (part of Saffron) where unique ‘nests’ are set amid the treetops for a private and utterly romantic way to dine. The views are stellar, and so is the food.
The Naga Kitchen brings you international and rustic Thai cuisine all day, starting with a generous breakfast buffet from 6 am. The fried rice is legendary, and the comfortable yet elegantly modern surroundings make dining a pleasure. Chasing an ocean breeze? Head to Kredkaew Bar on the beachfront for sunset cocktails and delicious Mediterranean cuisine.
But for those moments where you simply want to stay in and completely relax, an extensive in-villa menu is available 24/7. What’s more, you can request an in-villa barbeque, presented by your personal chef (poolside, no less) for a truly memorable dining experience.
Best room for two:
Banyan Tree Krabi offers 72 luxurious suites and villas that all boast private pools and jacuzzi spas and an elevated tropical atmosphere — perfect for starting, indulging, or rekindling romance. The luxuriant gardens, elegant and bright interiors, and breathtaking views will mesmerise you at every turn. Of course, all the five-star necessities (coffee machine, Smart TV, pillow menu, and a large bathroom with a deep soaker bath) are also included.
For honeymoon accommodation or as a special-occasion escape, the Beachfront Pool Villas are the ultimate treat. Private and spacious, with a wraparound pool, day bed, and sun-soaked terrace, these light-filled havens are the closest to the sand and sea. If you prefer a bird’s-eye view of the bay, choose a hilltop suite with panoramic ocean vistas. There’s even a huge Presidential Beachfront Villa if you’re travelling with friends.
Couples will love:
Perfect for a romantic getaway or honeymoon, Banyan Tree Krabi offers pure island luxury and an exclusive setting that’s still handy to everything Krabi has to offer. With sensational dining options, a world-class spa, and even a wellness program for those needing more, this beachfront sanctuary is sure to entice. In fact, with the Andaman Sea, a world-famous marine park, and tranquil beaches on your doorstep (and a heavenly private pool villa all to yourselves), there is nothing NOT to love!
Find out more about Banyan Tree Krabi here
Phone: +66 75 811 888