Banyan Tree Samui offers guests the chance of delighting in the traditions of Thailand’s New Year celebrations this year. The annual Songkran Festival takes place from 13-15 April and it is one of the favourite holidays for the whole country. Guests can dive into this colourful, fun-filled celebration, at Banyan Tree Samui, in style.
Songkran is connected to the rising of Aries on the astrological chart, associated with New Year in many countries of South and Southeast Asia; marking the end of summer. The word “Songkran” comes from Sanskrit meaning “a move or change in the astrological position of the sun”. There are a number of rituals carried out during the festival, such as the blessing of Buddha statues; display of colourful long-drum parades in the cities and towns; and pouring water over each other which usually ends in a fun water fight: an activity linked with the ancient belief of cleaning yourself by sacred water during the New Year, to dispel bad luck and negative feelings.
Guests of Banyan Tree Samui can experience these local traditions through the Songkran activities arranged by the resort. A traditional blessing ceremony will be conducted by monks from the nearby Buddhist monastery in the morning. In the afternoon guests will be welcomed to join a long-drum parade followed by a fun water fight on the beach: with water guns provided by the resort. Guests who wish to stay dry can witness the celebrations from the privacy of their own spacious pool villa. In the evening, a feast for all the senses will unfold with a special festival dinner featuring traditional Thai dishes at Saffron, Banyan Tree Samui’s signature restaurant overlooking the resort’s private bay and the Gulf of Thailand.
Banyan Tree Samui is the ideal place for another must-do activity during the Songkran festival: the cleansing ritual. The resort’s award-wining spa offers a menu of spa treatments from classic Thai massages to Ayurveda-inspired treatments. The resort is also home to The Rainforest, an exclusive invigorating hydrotherapy centre; the only one of its kind on the island which offers wellbeing experience utilising the healing power of water.
Rates for a Deluxe Pool Villa start from THB 30,620 per night.