Moving into 2021, hospitality company Banyan Tree Group is set to continue with its global expansion. The company has signed 20 hotel management agreements in 2020, adding to its pipeline of 35 properties opening over the next 3 years.
“Our robust momentum in business development and pipeline of new openings this year will continue to accelerate Banyan Tree Group’s international presence as we chart and connect guests to new awe-inspiring destinations,” said Ho Kwon Ping, executive chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings. “As a global independent hospitality company, we remain positive and resilient. As an evolving multi-branded ecosystem with well-being and sustainability at our core, we set our eyes on the global front to strategically grow our brands to global reach and range, amidst the extended travel recovery.”
Embarking on a year of milestones, the company will be entering new forays in 3 regions across 8 destinations globally. In addition to openings in Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia and China), the group will fly its first flags in the Middle East (Qatar), Europe (Greece) and Africa (Mozambique).
March 2021: Asia (China) – Dhawa Quzhou
Come March 2021, Banyan Tree Group will be the first international hotel brand to develop an integrated resort comprising Banyan Tree, Angsana and Dhawa in Quzhou of Zhejiang Province. Kick-starting operations, Dhawa Quzhou will open to welcome design-savvy travelers who seek distinctive experiences in stylish, unique destinations, according to the company. With views of Qu River and the Deer Park Peninsula, the 191-key hotel fuses casual and contemporary full-service hotel concept, comfort and imaginative design.
April 2021: Europe (Greece) – Angsana Corfu
Following next, in April 2021, Banyan Tree Group will plant its first flagship property in Europe – Angsana Corfu in Greece. Located south of Corfu Town and close to Benitses village, the resort is perched on a hill overlooking the Ionian Sea. Steeped in culture, it is near the UNESCO World Heritage site of Corfu Old Town, Old and New Fortresses and Achilleion Palace. The 196-key resort includes contemporary pool villas with sea or countryside views, a spa, a yoga deck and water sports.
May 2021: Asia (Indonesia) – Angsana Saranam, Bali
Angsana Saranam, Bali and the group’s upcoming new brand extension Banyan Tree Escape are set to open in Indonesia. The property is an 82-key wellbeing resort that will highlight Angsana’s unique well-being proposition of cultivating joy and memorable connections for families and wellness travelers, according to the company. It will have an Angsana Spa and well-being facilities with a multifunctional Activity Center, Movement Space and Vitality Pool for hydrotherapy and aqua activities. An organic farm will also feature harvest-to-dish activities.
July 2021: Asia (Indonesia) – Banyan Tree Escape
With the post-COVID quest for increased emphasis on well-being and sustainability, along with pent-up demand for travel in awe-inspiring locations, consumers will seek a deeper dive into experiences for transformation within and without. Banyan Tree Escape, the new brand extension, is the culmination of decades of hospitality experience. The first Banyan Tree Escape will debut in the heart of Ubud, Bali, featuring its signature “no walls, no doors” experience concept. Distinct indoor-outdoor living offers a sanctuary for urban detox, self-introspection and emotional awareness in privacy.
Q3 2021: Asia (China) – Banyan Tree Nanjing Garden Expo
In autumn, Banyan Tree Nanjing Garden Expo, the first Banyan Tree resort in Tangshan of Jiangsu province, China, will open in Q3 2021. Known for its hot springs and as a part of Nanjing—the 2,500-year capital of six dynasties, the resort is built in a mine valley, hidden by a cascading cliff-top waterfall. Positioned to be a leading hot spring and wellbeing sanctuary, it will have 115 rooms with scenic valley and cliff views each with a hot spring pool, a spa, an indoor swimming pool with panoramic views and three dining venues that support local ingredients.
Q4 2021: Middle East (Qatar) – Banyan Tree Doha at La Cigale Mushaireb
In Q4 2021, the company will launch its first urban luxury resort in Qatar in the Middle East – BanyanTree Doha at La Cigale Mushaireb. It is also the first property developed under the Banyan Tree-Accor strategic partnership. The resort sits within the Doha Oasis project, a project comprising a luxury department store, an indoor experiential theme park and a cineplex. The 341-key property is in close proximity to the capital’s commercial district and cultural attractions, such as the Museum of Islamic Art and Souq Waqif “standing market.”
October 2021: Asia (Cambodia) – Angsana Siem Reap
Opening in October 2021 and inspired by the rich culture of the ancient Khmer Empire, Angsana Siem Reap, Cambodia will feature tropical gardens, reflective ponds and contemporary design blending classic Khmer style. The resort offers 158 keys including 19 villas with private pools, innovative restaurant concepts and modern event spaces.
December 2021: Africa (Mozambique) – Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira
The company’s first flag in the Africa continent, Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira in Mozambique (situated on the private Island of Ilha Caldeira), is set to open in December 2021. Amidst pristine beach and reefs, the luxury resort will have 40 private pool villas with views of the Indian Ocean, signature Thai restaurant Saffron and Banyan Tree Spa.