Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Southeast Asia’s homegrown Banyan Tree Group remains on a strong footing going into 2021, having signed 20 hotel management agreements the previous year, on top of the 35 properties that are due to open between now and 2024. In the coming months, its global expansion will be marked by several significant milestones.
April will see the debut of Banyan Tree’s first European outpost, Angsana Corfu, on its namesake Greek island that has been a favored vacation spot for European royals and elites since the 19th century. The resort will have 196 rooms and pool villas overlooking the Ionian Sea from a hilltop near Corfu’s UNESCO-protected Old Town.
Meanwhile, the company will be making its first foray into the Middle East in Qatar. Banyan Tree Doha At La Cigale Mushaireb, the inaugural property developed under the Banyan Tree-Accor strategic partnership, is debuting in the fourth quarter of this year. Part of the Doha Oasis project, the 341-room property will feature the signature Banyan Tree Spa (equipped with a rain forest hydrotherapy facility), fine-dining Thai restaurant Saffron, and a rooftop bar on the 28th floor.
In December, the group is set to plant its first flag on the African continent. Those seeking luxury and adventure in equal measure will be able to book a stay at Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira, located on a private island in Mozambique’s Primeiras and Segundas Archipelago — the largest marine reserve in all of Africa. There will be 40 pool villas with views of the Indian Ocean, along with a Banyan Tree Spa and signature Thai restaurant Saffron.
As for Banyan Tree’s home region of Asia, no less than five hotels are opening this year. The group is launching two properties in China, the first being Dhawa Quzhou (opening in March), a 191-room casual-contemporary retreat in Zhejiang province that heralds the arrival of an integrated resort comprising three of the company’s brands (the other two are Banyan Tree and Angsana). Over in Jiangsu province, the third quarter of 2021 will see the opening of Banyan Tree Nanjing Garden Expo. Built to complement the contours of the scenic, once-mined valley it sits in, it will feature a Banyan Tree Spa and 115 guest rooms, each with their own hot-spring pool.
Indonesia’s Island of the Gods will soon see the debut of not one but two new properties. In May, the an 82-room wellness resort Angsana Saranam, Bali will begin welcoming guests. Facilities at the highland retreat will include a multifunctional activity center and a vitality pool. Meanwhile, the first outpost from the new brand extension Banyan Tree Escape is slated to open outside Ubud in July. Promising a back-to-nature living experience with a “no walls, no doors” concept, it aims to reinvent the basics of food, sleep, and in-resort interaction.
Elsewhere in Southeast Asia, Banyan Tree will be opening its first property in Cambodia, Angsana Siem Reap, this October. The resort’s 139 rooms and suites, as well as 19 pool villas, have been designed in a blend of contemporary and classic Khmer style, and are set in tropical gardens with reflecting ponds. Just a 10-minute drive from the airport, Angsana Siem Reap will make a convenient base from which to explore the World Heritage–listed wonders of Angkor.
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