For a single person, I spend a lot of time at couples resorts. There's nothing like sitting in an enchanting, private infinity pool overlooking the Gulf of Thailand to make a single person think, "Hmm, this would be nice if …"
So believe me when I say that couples looking to plan a honeymoon would be hard-pressed to do better than the Banyan Tree Samui on Ko Samui, Thailand.
The Banyan Tree Samui sits like a small village in a basin surrounded by hills on its own private cove of sandy beach. The sanctuary-like villas are scattered down the hillside on both ends, ringing the bowl-shaped valley below.
The resort sits in a basin surrounded by hills.
Arriving at the resort is a most welcoming experience. The hotel is 11 miles from the airport, and visitors are escorted up a jungle road that opens up to a dramatic cliffside lobby that overlooks the sea and the villas across the small bay. It's the perfect place to start, with a cocktail from the lobby bar.
Villas start at 1,399 square feet, and each has its own private plunge pool, rainfall shower and soaking tub. But for honeymooners, the Ocean View Pool Villas are the ones to book. These measure from 1,399 to 1,668 square feet, and each has an expansive infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Outdoor decks are private and relaxing for lounging or enjoying room service, and sliding doors to both the bedroom and living room create an open-air living environment that is both private and secluded.
Tip: The Ocean View villas are in the perfect spot to view the sunrise. It's entirely worth getting up early to catch the sky painted pink above the turquoise bay.
Couples might also opt for the floating breakfast room service option. This option includes breakfast set on a floating tray that glides across the private pool.
Breakfast is served and set afloat at the resort.
Or guests can opt for the expansive breakfast buffet, served daily at the Edge, complete with an egg station, Asian breakfast options and a full selection of fresh fruit and juices. The Edge is also open for lunch.
A fun, casual option is the Sands beach barbecue restaurant. It serves everything from chicken and steak to fish, shrimp and lobster.
Saffron is the resort's signature Thai restaurant, which has an upscale atmosphere and is perched on a cliff overlooking the rest of the resort. But honeymooners will certainly want to look into the bespoke dining experience. This allows couples to dine privately in select locations around the resort for an intimate, personalized meal.
Take a spa day
A signature of Banyan Tree is its spas. The Banyan Tree Spa at Samui offers 10 spa treatment pavilions as well as the Rainforest, which is a hydrotherapy circuit experience including steam room, sauna, cold plunge pools, massage showers and a whirlpool experience with various massage jets and beds. The spa area also includes a small fitness center as well as a studio for yoga, meditation and other classes.
Rates begin at $585 per night. See www.banyantree.com/en/thailand/samui.