A lot has happened since my last update.
This post was supposed to cover many places.
However, it was too much writing in one go, so I will only do 2 for now.
- Banyan Tree Bangkok: Deals.com.au $399 voucher for 3 nights.
- Outrigger Koh Samui: Cudo.com $850 voucher for 5 nights.
Venues not covered in detail, but summarized at the end.
- The Greeks: Olive Grove (Spreets), Mamacas (Scoopon), Santorini (JumpOnIt)
- The Indians: Bhoj (Ouffer), Carlton Curry House (Star Deals), Shiraaz (Star Deals)
- The Italians: Campari House (Scoopon), Sapori (Spreets)
How I went to Banyan Tree Bangkok.
I had been planning to go on a holiday for quite a while, when I saw the offer for the Outrigger deal on Cudo. I bought the deal, locking my holiday destination to Thailand. I then kept an eye out for other deals for my Thailand destination, when I saw this one. The part that was most appealing about it was the Booking Guarantee.
Banyan Tree was the best Hotel I've been to in my life. I've been to a number of 5 stars, but this one blew the rest out of the water. I'm not sure what to say about it that I was so impressed with, so would recommend the rest of you readers to give it a whirl and try to figure out what I liked so much.
Primary Offering Score 9.5/10
Secondary offeringBest Hotel Buffet Breakfast ever. What can I say? Most hotel breakfast become bland and boring after your 2nd night. Here... I still want to go back. Menu changes daily, with a huge variety that only Sheraton Grande gave a run for its money (Banyan Tree was still better IMO).
The service was excellent as well.
They have a complementary tuk tuk service at various hours of the day to a variety of destinations. One day, the tuk tuk driver was running a bit late. As an apology, they took us to the scheduled destination in their Mercedez S class limo.
A key thing to note is that this was the only hotel in Thailand that did not rip us off with Taxi fares. This is one of the many reasons I will go back - with another deal if available, or paying full price if not - when I am on holdiay to Thailand in the future.
Secondary Offering Score 10/10
ValueBanyan Tree is quite expensive, for a hotel in Thailand. At about AUD$250 / night, this is around 3 - 4 x the regular rate of most 4, 4.5 star hotels in the area. However, it is also around the same price as a 4.5 star in Melbourne. And let me tell you that the service and quality you get for the money does not compare even to the best 5 star in Melbourne.
Full-Price Score 8/10Fantastic. $120 / night for this is just fantastic.
Coupon Score 10+/10 (I want to give it more than a 10...)
Coupon experienceWe actually checked in early (7am) due to things happening faster than expected at the airport... and an EARLY ARRIVAL (who knew such a thing existed?)
They were happy to take us in early, free of charge, even though I was willing to pay some penalty.
I saw no discrimination between coupon users and regular users.
Coupon Experience Score 10/10
Overall recommendation.If you are in Bangkok for business or pleasure, and can afford the rates, I would strongly recommend staying at Banyan Tree Bangkok. I was so impressed that I am actually planning to try out their other estates if I travel to those areas.
However, it is a bit hefty in the price department, so if you have a restricted budget, then I would recommend alternative arrangements.