I was invited at the weekend to come and see the Banyan Golf Club and their accompanying Residences and Village and where they are now renting out 17 private pool villas (pets allowed) and 69 lagoon-side pool access villas the 52 villas on a monthly basis for just 25,000B a month. With this enticing package, Banyan Hua Hin has adapted its business strategy to focus on offering Thai residents a fully integrated healthy and active lifestyle experience. Banyan Village has already been very popular with the Thai residents with over 60% of the inventory now rented.
We also saw the delightful Residences at the rear of the property where buyers can work with their architects to create purpose built luxury homes ranging from THB11.9 million and upwards.
I was checked in to the Village and shown to my two bedroom 120 square metres villa for the weekend. They are spacious two bedrooms, two bathroom units with a small fully fitted kitchen and a high ceiling lounge/dining room with direct access to a lagoon swimming pool at the rear. Fully equipped with the latest fixtures and state-of-the-art technology, including high-speed Wi-Fi, the villas are ideal for families who want to experience alfresco living, away from the crowds. All residents are assured of seclusion in a self-contained village with 24/7 security. A daily housekeeping service is also provided.
The villas are laid out in small clusters in separate cul de sacs so you are able to park your car right outside. The gardens are nicely tended and gardeners were working all weekend on the grounds. There is a central administration building at the front and there will, I understand, be a fine dining restaurant and all day dining there soon.
In the evening we were invited to see the sister golf club, one of the finest in Thailand. They had an event organised for their members a fine dining wine event with six courses, each course accompanied by a fine wine.
The course is set in the picturesque rolling hills less than 15 minutes from the resort. It is well run by the Golf Club Manager and Director Stacey Walton who has been there for 12 years since it was planned and opened. The staff are very professional and the main building or club house is set looking out over the most delightful vista. I was met by Stacey who took me to Mulligan’s a bar alongside the clubhouse looking over the last tee.
The award winning 18 hole championship course nestled between the mountains and the sea on Thailand’s glittering gulf coast boasts a spectacular par 72 course featuring undulating fairways, manicured greens and a variety of different tee boxes making it fun, enjoyable and challenging for golfers of all levels. It is no surprise therefore, that the course won the “Best Golf Club Experience in Asia Pacific” award in 2019 and was named on the Rolex “World’s Top 1000 Golf Courses” list in 2012.
That evening we had a wonderful meal and the rapport and camaraderie amongst the group of members was a pleasure to watch whilst we were wined and dined with a definitive feast of first class food and wine. At the end of the evening I drifted off back to the resort to retire and slept like a log!
After breakfast the following morning I was treated to a massage at the onsite spa which was a pleasure. That afternoon after lunch at the Banyan Golf Club we were invited to join the academy, where they offer two hour and three day options to learn the sport or improve your technique led by John Wither the clubs resident professional. The “Play Golf in 3 Days” package includes expert coaching, video analysis and driving range sessions and more.
Next month in August and September Hua Hin has an annual golf festival where the Banyan and Black Mountain courses charge a discounted rate of just 1,950B per round and the other 9 courses in and around Hua Hin charge just 1,000B plus buggy, caddy, etc. This would be the ideal time to stay at the Village, far from the madding crowd in downtown Hua Hin, and enjoy some of the best golf courses in SE Asia. You will probably chill so much at the Village that you will stay on a couple more months!
While staying at Banyan Village, guests are given the Banyan Privilege Card which provides up to 50% discounts at top restaurants, attractions and activities in Hua Hin and can also take the opportunity to visit BeWell, a fully certified family health centre on site which provides a range of services from health checks to nutritional assessment and advice.