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Banyan Tree Launches Wellbeing Sanctuary in Koh Samui & Krabi

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Banyan Tree Launches Wellbeing Sanctuary in Koh Samui and Krabi - TRAVELINDEXKoh Samui, Thailand, October 6, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Banyan Tree Group has rolled out a new healthy living concept at its properties around the world, including Banyan Tree Samui and Banyan Tree Krabi in southern Thailand, which have set aside a selection of pool villas and suites dedicated to holistic and wellbeing pursuits.

The “Wellbeing Sanctuary” initiative was launched on October 1st at both resorts, and provides guests with an opportunity to combine a leisure vacation with a daily program designed to enrich mind, body and soul — from meditation to Thai boxing, from massage and hydrotherapy to nature trails and sailing lessons —  complemented with a nutritious diet and personal consultations.

“When guests book a Wellbeing Sanctuary, they have the flexibility to choose their own activities,” said Remko Kroesen, Area General Manager overseeing both hotels. “Before arrival, we send them a questionnaire so they can stipulate their goals, and our practitioners will be on hand throughout their stay to ensure they have every opportunity to connect with nature, discover a sense of deep relaxation, and find balance.

“And when they leave, we will consult and provide suggestions that will help fine-tune and inspire their daily routines, and assist them on their journey.”

Teams at Banyan Tree Samui and Banyan Tree Krabi, which are both located on tranquil picture-perfect beaches, have tailored holistic itineraries based on Banyan Tree’s “8 Pillars” principle (Dietary Awareness; Physical Vitality; Cultivate the Mind; Sleep & Rest; Harmony with Nature; Learning & Development; Bonding & Connection; and Sustained Practices).

Each of the villas selected for the Wellbeing Sanctuary has been adapted with various wellbeing amenities — a mini-bar stocked with fresh juices and herbal teas instead of alcoholic drinks, a yoga mat, stretch bands, and even a Tibetan singing bowl — and hosts an outdoor pool and hot jet pool.

On Koh Samui, Wellbeing villas come with a luxurious infinity pool, while at Krabi, each room opens onto a private garden, ideal for private self-wellbeing activities.

Krabi is among the newest destinations in Banyan Tree’s quiver. The 72-key resort, which opened in October last year, is tiered into a hillside at serene Tubkaek Beach, a 40-minute drive from Krabi International Airport. It is surrounded on three sides by nature: a forested national park to the rear and far side, while overlooking one of Thailand’s most iconic natural wonders: the famous towering limestone cliffs that jut out of the sea in Than Bok Khorani National Marine Park.

Facilities at the hotel include two restaurants, a beach bar, a kids’ club, a fitness center, a meeting center, an elevated outdoor wedding deck, and — in keeping with Banyan Tree’s eco-friendly branding — a rainforest-themed spa.

Similarly, Banyan Tree Samui is nestled into a lush tropical hillside with spectacular views over a sapphire sea. The 38-acre property is rich in flora and plant life, and its private white-sand cove is flanked by coral reefs, which the resort’s Sustainability Team protects and regenerates.

Banyan Tree began rolling out its Wellbeing Sanctuary programs in March 2021, beginning in China, and is progressively launching at its resorts worldwide as each destination re-emerges from the pandemic.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Banyan Tree Marks Anniversary with Resort Credit Offers

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Banyan Tree Marks Anniversary with Resort Credit Offers - TRAVELINDEXKoh Samui, Thailand, September 29, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / One of Southeast Asia’s most beloved hotel groups, Banyan Tree, is celebrating its 27th anniversary with a range of value-driven offers across more than 40 properties worldwide.

In Thailand, the group’s luxury resorts in Koh Samui and Krabi provide daily credit vouchers to guests, which can be used at all on-site restaurants and spas to the tune of 2,000 baht (US$60) and 3,000 baht ($90) respectively.

Banyan Tree Samui will also include a complimentary round-trip airport transfer for guests.

The “Rediscover the World” promotion applies to bookings at all Banyan Tree hotels between 7 September and 15 October 2021; however, stays at the resorts can be taken any time until 7 September 2022 at Banyan Tree Samui, and until 31 July 2022 at Banyan Tree Krabi.

Founded by Singaporeans KP Ho and his wife Claire Chang, Banyan Tree’s foundations are deeply rooted in Thailand where they opened their first hotel back in 1994. However, the original site for their dream resort in Phuket was discovered to be sitting upon an abandoned tin mine and the soil was too toxic to support development. Unperturbed, the couple embarked on a program of regeneration, planting 7,000 trees and stimulating the growth of indigenous plants and flora.

Twenty-seven years later, the Banyan Tree brand has become synonymous with environmental awareness and wellbeing, winning numerous awards and adhering to the highest principles of sustainability.

Banyan Tree Krabi is the latest in the group’s lush tropical resorts to open in Thailand, launching in October 2020 despite the challenges of the covid pandemic. Situated at tranquil Tubkaek Beach, a 45-minute drive from Krabi International Airport, the new resort is flanked by nature — it tiers into a verdant forested landscape while facing Than Bok Khorani National Marine Park and its famous towering limestone cliffs, which jut from the Andaman Sea, one of Thailand’s most iconic and idyllic postcard images.

Banyan Tree Krabi has 72 suites and villas, each of which has its own private infinity pool and jet pool. Facilities at the hotel include two restaurants, a beach bar, a kids’ club, a fitness center, a meeting center, an elevated outdoor wedding deck, and in keeping with Banyan Tree’s global wellbeing branding — a rainforest-themed spa.

Perhaps one of Thailand’s most recognizable hotels for its picture-postcard location is Banyan Tree Samui, which opened in 2010. The resort is nestled into a tropical hillside overlooking a cove of white-sanded beach and sapphire sea, and each of the 88 villas on the lush 38-acre property boasts a private 35-sqm infinity pool.

Banyan Tree Samui was a Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Winner in 2020, and has consistently been voted one of the top resorts in Asia.

Both Banyan Tree Samui and Banyan Tree Krabi typify the brand by their atmosphere of “Thai-ness”. The signature Saffron Restaurant, available at either hotel, offers a menu of classic Thai cuisine and magnificent sea views, while the spas employ local Thai herbs in their massage products.

Banyan Tree’s design team has accentuated the ambience of luxury at each resort with Siamese architectural aspects such as pitched ceilings and Buddhist temple-shaped rooftops, as well as traditional Thai fabrics and artwork in the decor.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Phuket Sandbox a Model for Asia-Pacific Reopening

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Phuket Sandbox a Model for Asia-Pacific Reopening - TRAVELINDEXPhuket, Thailand, August 3, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Tourism leaders at Phuket Sandbox Summit urge European governments to recognise Phuket’s status as a safe haven for international travellers. As Bangkok grapples with rising numbers of Covid infections, leading tourism voice KP Ho, Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Group, has told European envoys, airlines, senior officials and business leaders, that for Phuket Sandbox to succeed it is imperative for Phuket to be given “green” destination status.

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Speaking at the Phuket Sandbox Summit held at Laguna Phuket, KP Ho called on policy-makers in Europe and around the world to support Phuket as a separate “green” zone.

Phuket has the potential to lead the global tourism recovery, as the historic Phuket Sandbox initiative sets the standard for other destinations to follow, he said. But, to succeed, governments need to recognise it as a safe, self-enclosed destination, rather than combining its travel status with the rest of Thailand.

KP Ho’s position was supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) at the Phuket Sandbox Summit. Deputy Governor for International Marketing Europe, Africa, Middle East and the Americans, Siripakorn Cheawsamoot, said: “We are trying to propose Phuket to the UK government to be on the green list of destinations, even though Thailand is on the amber list. We are optimistic about Phuket Sandbox. Phuket is safe and we will never compromise anyone’s safety.”

He confirmed there were almost 300,000 rooms booked until the end of August in SHA Plus hotels, with nearly 13,000 arrivals and 124 flights after 28 days, with many more scheduled. Top markets are the US, UK, Israel, Germany, France, the UAE and Switzerland with an average length of stay 11 days.

As anxiety grows across Southeast Asia’s key travel destinations struggling with infection numbers, the Phuket Sandbox model is rapidly becoming the standard bearer of hope for the tourism industry.

Launched on 1st July 2021, the Sandbox enables fully-vaccinated international visitors to fly directly to the destination and stay on the island quarantine-free. Hotels need to ensure at least 70% of their staff have received vaccines – the same inoculation rate as Phuket’s population, creating herd immunity against Covid-19. While the high level of protection doesn’t prevent people from catching Covid-19, it does significantly reduce the likelihood of serious infection and hospitalization.

“Infections and re-infections are not what really count; it’s hospitalisation rates and ICU rates that count. The Thai government have to emphasise those new numbers and shift the narrative towards ‘how many people are really getting sick?’, not ‘are the numbers going up?’,” added Mr Ho.

By reporting this new data, he said, it should be possible for Phuket to be set apart from the rest of Thailand and placed on the ‘safe list’ of destinations to visit. This is not without precedent; the UK government for example, has put the island of Madeira on its green list, while the rest of Portugal remains on the amber list. The same rule applies to Denmark and the Faroe Islands.

“What’s really important is that EU countries – the national governments, spurred on by travel agents, the media and other people – recognise that it’s necessary to disengage the perception of Phuket from the rest of Thailand. It should be a situation where Thailand could be a red alert zone but Phuket could be a green zone,” said Mr Ho. It could be possible to create a series of Sandboxes in other destinations, such as Koh Samui (which recently launched Samui Plus), Bali and Phu Quoc. As long as that Sandbox is well-organised, as it is in Phuket, it should be separated from the rest of the country.”

Vice Governor of Phuket, Mr Piyapong Choowong, added: “I would like to confirm we support Phuket Sandbox. We are making sure people on the island and all visitors are safe so we can run the Sandbox smoothly and continue to welcome more tourists to Phuket.”

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Presenting the most up-to-date data, C9 Hotelworks Managing Director, Bill Barnett, added: “There is a lot at stake but what is clear is that Phuket Sandbox is alive and well, and it’s working.”

The Phuket Sandbox Summit was held at Laguna Phuket, attended by:

– Phuket Vice Governor, Piyapong Choowong
– Tourism Authority of Thailand Deputy Governor, Siripakorn Chaewsamoot
– Banyan Tree Group Executive Chairman, KP Ho
– Laguna Phuket Managing Director, Ravi Chandran
– Phuket City Development CEO, Nipon Aekwanich
– British Honorary Consul, Martin Carpenter
– Honorary Consul of Germany, Anette Jiminez Höchstetter
– Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, Seven Smulders
– S Hotels and Resorts Senior Vice President Operations, Stefano Alberto Ruzza
– Dusit Hotels and Resorts Vice President Sales, Prachoom Tantiprasertsuk
– Singapore Airlines Station Manager Phuket, Louis Tan
– Emirates Airlines Airport Services Manager, Thanakorn Srihamart
– Qatar Airways Airport Services Manager, Warunee Saiboonjun

About Laguna Phuket
Laguna Phuket resort is home to 7 deluxe hotels; Angsana Laguna Phuket, Angsana Villas Resort Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket, Cassia Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Laguna Holiday Club Phuket Resort and SAii Laguna Phuket – all sharing 1,000 acres of tropical parkland along a 3-kilometre stretch of the pristine Bangtao Beach. Facilities and services include 18-hole award winning golf course, world-renowned spas, shopping village, tour operators and MICE-certified event and facilitator teams. With inter-resort transportation allowing guests to travel anywhere within minutes via shuttle bus or ferry.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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Banyan Tree Krabi Invites Guests to Take a Bath in the Forest

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Banyan Tree Krabi Invites Guests to Take a Bath in the Forest - TRAVELINDEXKrabi, Thailand, July 22, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX /  In this modern age of bustling cities, buzzing phones and busy schedules, the gentle art of “forest bathing” has suddenly become a popular recreational activity. And at Banyan Tree Krabi, the perfect environment is rooted just beyond the doorstep.

With a bountiful and beautiful variety of flora and fauna in nearby Khao Ngon Nak National Park, including a stunning panoramic viewpoint which offers vistas of the surrounding islands in the Andaman Sea, this is an idyllic spot for hiking, birdwatching, and wallowing in the tranquility and splendour of a tropical forest.

Shinrin-yoku is the Japanese translation for “forest bathing”; the original concept was simply to take in the fresh atmosphere of the forest via a leisurely walk. It developed in Japan in the 1980s and quickly became recognised as a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Recommended as a natural tonic for the mind, body and soul, forest bathing is not just a form of exercise, it is also an opportunity to connect with nature. Research shows that immersion in a sylvian environment enhances both physical and mental health, and stimulates the five senses. It aids in preventing cancers and other diseases, while allowing you the unparalleled joy of beholding the beauty of the forest.

“Every study I have read says that ‘forest bathers’ demonstrate reductions in stress, anger, anxiety, depression and sleeplessness,” said Banyan Tree Krabi’s Sustainability Manager Thepsuda Loyjiw. “In fact, after just 15 minutes of forest bathing blood pressure drops, stress levels are reduced, and concentration and mental clarity improve.

“And what better way to demonstrate Banyan Tree’s commitment to wellbeing and the environment by offering this activity to our guests,” she added. “The hiking trail begins directly behind our resort, and winds up towards some spectacular viewpoints and waterfalls.”

Banyan Tree Krabi is located on tranquil Tubkaek Beach, a 45-minute drive from Krabi International Airport. Facing a national marine park of uninhabited towering limestone islands jutting from the emerald sea, the resort backs onto Dragon Crest Hill, part of a chain of undulating green mountains known to local legend as the home of the “naga”, a mythical Hindu serpent. The naga was adopted as the hotel’s symbol and its wavy serpentine design is ubiquitous around the resort and inside the rooms.

Banyan Tree Krabi, which opened in October 2020, features 72 villas and suites, each with its own private pool. Facilities at the hotel include two restaurants, a beach bar, a kids’ club, a fitness centre, a meeting centre, an elevated outdoor wedding deck, and in keeping with Banyan Tree’s global wellbeing branding — a rainforest-themed spa.

“Leave your phone in the villa for one morning and come with us into the forest,” said Sustainability Manager Thepsusa.” It’s suitable for all age groups, and you’ll never regret spending time with Mother Nature.”

Also stay tuned for Banyan Tree’s rollout of Wellbeing Sanctuaries in 2021-22. As the world leans more into health and wellness following the impact of the pandemic, the Southeast Asia-based brand will be launching Wellbeing Sanctuaries that combine club floors or resort wings, dedicated dining and spa options into one exclusive journey. The first initiative was launched earlier this year in China, and will progressively roll out in Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Thailand and Vietnam in the months ahead.

Each resort will individually prepare programs for guests based on their “8 Pillars” principle (good sleep; good diet; interaction; intimacy; physical vitality; cultivating the mind; learning and development; harmony with nature; and sustained practices).

ABOUT BANYAN TREE HOLDINGS LIMITED
Banyan Tree Holdings Limited (“Banyan Tree” or the “Group”) is a leading international operator and developer of premium resorts, hotels, residences and spas, with 47 hotels and resorts, 63 spas, 72 retail galleries, and three golf courses in 24 countries. Each resort typically has between 75 to 300 rooms and commands room rates at the higher end of each property’s particular market.

The Group’s primary business is centered on four brands: the award-winning Banyan Tree and Angsana, as well as newly established Cassia and Dhawa. Banyan Tree also operates the leading integrated resort in Thailand – Laguna Phuket — through the Group’s subsidiary, Laguna Resorts & Hotels Public Company Limited. Two other integrated resorts – Laguna Bintan in Indonesia and Laguna Lăng Cô in Central Vietnam – complete the status of the Group as the leading operator of integrated resorts in Asia.

As a leading operator of spas in Asia, Banyan Tree’s spas are one of the key features in their resorts and hotels. Its retail arm Banyan Tree Gallery complements and reinforces the branding of the resort, hotel and spa operations.

Since the launch of the first Banyan Tree resort, Banyan Tree Phuket, in 1994, Banyan Tree has received over 2,600 awards and accolades for the resorts, hotels and spas that the Group manages. The Group has also received recognition for its commitment to sustainability for environmental protection and emphasis on corporate social responsibility.

In addition to its currently operating hotels, resorts, spas and golf courses, the Group currently has 21 hotels and resorts under construction, and another 25 under development.

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Banyan Tree Lang Co Provides Wellbeing for Mind, Body and Soul

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Banyan Tree Lang Co Provides Wellbeing for Mind, Body and Soul - TRAVELINDEXLang Co, Vietnam, July 5, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Laguna Lang Co is leading the charge for a different kind of wellness experience in Vietnam following the launch by Banyan Tree of Wellbeing Sanctuaries, its multi-ranging new concept.

With the global pandemic and its wide-ranging repercussions impacting mental and physical health, wellbeing opportunities are expected to rank high on the list of traveller desires when the world finally reopens.

To meet the anticipated demand from health-conscious travellers, Banyan Tree Group — the Singapore-headquartered global hospitality group — is rolling out a new concept at its properties around the world, including at its multi-award-winning resort at Laguna Lang Co.

In addition to its Banyan Tree Lang Co resort, Laguna Lang Co is renowned for its acclaimed golf component, a championship signature designed golf course by UK legend Sir Nick Faldo. Now golfers visiting Lang Co will be able to enhance their state of Zen by harnessing time on the links with the extra wellness services provided through the Wellbeing Sanctuary concept.

The concept, which will be launching throughout 2021 and 2022, combines private villas, dedicated dining options, spas, multifunctional practice spaces and other leisure offerings into one exclusive journey.

Developed over two years with customer input informing its components, Banyan Tree’s Wellbeing approach is codified through 8 pillars: Sleep Well, Dietary Awareness, Interaction, Intimacy and Involvement, Physical Vitality, Cultivating the Mind, Learning and Development, Harmony with Nature and Sustained Practices.

“We look forward to introducing the Wellbeing Sanctuary concept to Vietnam,” said Adam Calver, Director of Golf and Destination Marketing at Laguna Lang Co. “It is our hope that in discovering simple yet impactful ways to improve their wellbeing, our guests will integrate these practices when they return home, into their daily lives.”

Each Wellbeing Sanctuary gives guests the chance to tailor their own stay. Guests can pick and choose according to personal preference from a variety of activities on and off the course.

A typical stay at a Banyan Tree Wellbeing Sanctuary includes:

  • Accommodation at a wellbeing villa designed for sleep enhancement
  • In-room amenities such as yoga mats, stretch bands and singing bowls
  • Pre-sleep bath and body rituals
  • Balanced healthy meals and mini-bar provisions using locally sourced ingredients
  • Bodywork and Spa therapy experience
  • Access to 50 simple but impactful wellbeing activities, inspired by the destination
  • Personalised, take-home wellbeing guide for sustained learning

The concept will make its debut in China, before premiering in Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco and Thailand over the next 12 months.

“We have always been known for our spa experiences,” says Ho Renyung, Senior Vice President, Brand HQ of Banyan Tree Holdings. “We are now going beyond that with a unique approach that combines personal wellbeing and greater sustainability into one concept.”

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Hotels Across Asia Introduce Unique New Wellness Activities

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With Global Wellness Day on June 12 fast approaching, people around the world are being inspired to ask themselves: “How can I live a healthier and better life?” Throughout Asia, hotels and resorts are helping provide answers to this question with the introduction of a range of unique new wellness activities, several of which are spotlighted below. A State of Zen Descends on Alma Resort The 30…

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Banyan Tree Krabi Pays Homage to Best Food in the World

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Krabi, Thailand, May 14, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Thailand’s famous Massaman Curry was once again voted “Best Food in the World” by the editors at CNN Travel this year, and to celebrate the success of this ever-popular “spicy, coconutty, sweet and savory” dish, Executive Chef Jakkrit Traibun of Banyan Tree Krabi hotel has concocted his own version, cooked and presented in traditional Southern Thai…

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Banyan Tree Krabi Marks Earth Day with Beach Clean-Up

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Krabi, Thailand, April 23, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / While Thailand’s palm-fringed beaches are famed for soft white sand and turquoise seas, they have also come under scrutiny in recent years for the amount of plastic waste in their waters and its effect on marine life and coral reefs. Now, at least one hotel, Banyan Tree Krabi, has taken matters into its own hands by launching a beach clean-up…

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Banyan Tree Group Partners with EarthDay.org Project to Amplify Sustainability

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Singapore, April 22, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Global greenhouse gas emissions are rising every year, and a 2018 study revealed that worldwide tourism accounted for 8% of such emissions from 2009 to 2013. To improve sustainability in line with the Paris Climate Change Agreement and United Nations (UN) Global Goals, the UN has been working with the travel industry to reduce its carbon footprint by 66%

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