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4 Luxury Asian Hotels: Banyan Tree X SilkAir

Asia has a lot to offer, and if you’re planning a trip to this very diverse continent (which you shouldn’t even think of as a single place), count yourself lucky. In a partnership with SilkAir, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts has rolled out a range of promotions to seven idyllic properties in four iconic Asian destinations. Think of it as less planning on your part: the package includes full-service SilkAir flights, exclusive discounts of up to 30%, complimentary upgrades, dining offers and experiences at spas and Laguna Golf Clubs.

Banyan Tree Lijiang at Lijiang, China


Luxe meets tradition in Banyan Tree Lijiang, where once can bask in China’s history while taking a retreat located 2,400 meters above sea level and framed by the majestic Snow Jade Dragon Mountain. One can pick from a Garden Suite, Mountain View Suite, or Jet Pool Villas, and indulge in activities like yoga or play tennis on outdoor courts. In fact, one is reconnected with nature in this hotel – Lijiang isn’t a UNESCO heritage site for nothing.

Rates begin at $283 per night, inclusive of breakfast. Discounts of up to 30% are offered on best available rates, spa treatments, gallery products and complimentary upgrades when presenting the boarding pass on arrival. This offer is valid until 30 March 2017.


Banyan Tree Phuket at Phuket, Thailand


Phuket has increasingly a spot on many’s travel itineraries in recent years – and rightly so. Breath-taking coastal views, pristine waters and stretches of glisteneing sand can all be found at the charming Bang Tao Bay, a stone’s throw from Banyan Tree Phuket. Opt between a variety of Pool Villas, ranging from the Banyan Lagoon Pool Villa to the Grand Two Bedroom Villa. In between dipping into pools and long, leisurely walks down the shores, one can indulge in cooking classes, golf classes, and even a turtle club for children.

Rates begin from $627 per night, inclusive of breakfast. Discounts of up to 25% are offered on F&B, best available rates, spa treatments, gallery products and golf green fees at Laguna Golf Phuket when presenting the boarding pass on arrival. This offer is valid until 20 December 2016.


Banyan Tree Lang Co at Lang Co, Vietnam


Picture dramatic vistas spread across a rugged landscape of unspoiled nature. Nestled in the heart of UNESCO World Heritage sites, eco-diverse mountains and spectacular national parks, Banyan Tree Lang Co is an all-pool villa resort. Visitors can stay in a Lagoon Pool Villa, Sanctuary Pool Villa, Beach Pool Villa and Seaview Hill Pool Villas of up to three-bedrooms in size. It is not all just pools, however; this hotel also boasts meeting rooms, a Laguna Sea Sports Centre and Marine Lab, as well as a gym and yoga pavilion. Having stayed at this location ourselves, we recommend it heartily and whole-heartedly. Although, as with all Banyan Trees, the fact that the best restaurant is the signature Saffron (Thai cuisine) is a little jarring.

Rates begin from $258 per night, inclusive of breakfast. Discounts of up to 20% are offered on best available rates, spa treatments, gallery products and golf green fees at Laguna Golf Lang Co, when presenting the boarding pass on arrival. This offer is valid for bookings until 15 August 2016 and for stays until 22 December 2016.


Angsana Maison Souvannaphoum at Luang Prabang, Laos


Steeped in old-world charm, one is surrounded by breath-taking natural landscapes as they seemingly take a trip back in time. More than just vintage charm, however, the hotel also has royal origins: it once belonged to Laos’ four-time Prime Minister Prince Souvanna Phouma. Live in classic French colonial interiors in the Garden Wing, Residence Twin to the Maison Room. Enjoy spas, al fresco dining at the Elephant Blanc restaurant and in-room dining while on stay.

Rates begin from $120 per night, inclusive of breakfast. Discounts of up to 30% are offered on best available rates, spa treatments and gallery products, plus a complimentary traditional Laos set menu dinner with a minimum stay of two nights). This offer is valid for bookings until 31 August 2016 and for stays until 23 December 2016.


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World Spa Awards 2016 Open for Voting

There are good spas, and then there are really good spas. When contemplating your next pampering retreat, you might as well settle for nothing less than the best. Fret not, you need not Google your way through heaps of list after disorganized list. Meet the World Spa Awards 2016, the aspiring definitive benchmark of spa excellence and the potential panacea to our Google search woes.

Welcoming its second run this year, the awards are – as promised – definitive. Categories range from World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand to even World’s Best Desert Spa brand, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The award shortlists spas from all over the world, where world powers such as England and the US right down to minnows such as the Cayman Islands and Anguilla (both in the Caribbean) have their own list of nominees. Color us impressed.

As expected, a few usual suspects made it into the awards shortlist. Banyan Tree Spa is a nominee for World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand, while L’Occitane and Sisley Paris features in World’s Best Spa Brand. For those curious, nominees for World’s Best Desert Spa include The Ritz-Carlton Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain and Amangiri, both Stateside in the Southwest, among others.

Should you have a strong opinion regarding the nominees, you can make your voice heard via that most democratic of tools, voting. While the World Spa Awards collates votes from professionals within the spa industry, the public is free to weigh in as well as well. Making a difference among senior executives, frequent travelers and the media, among others, that’s a sign of true transparency and prestige. We’re eager to learn who the winners are as it has been too long since our last list of the world’s best spas.

Votes close on July 25, 2016. To vote, visit World Spa Awards’ website here. May the best spa win.

ras al khaimah beach

Banyan Tree RAK creates Arabian pearl experience

Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach

The Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach now offers an original opportunity to guests through its Arabian Pearl Retreat package. Guests who opt for this package are taken by seaplane to a desert pearl farm to learn about the techniques and history of this particularly prestigious form of aquaculture.

While at the farm, guests also take part in a jewelry-making workshop alongside a local jeweler. After choosing their oysters and harvesting two pearls — in the region, these usually measure between 7 and 12mm — participants mount them in a unique piece of jewelry made with 10mg of gold.

The Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach is located on a private beach overlooking the Gulf. The hotel includes 32 villa apartments, a luxury spa, and a restaurant bordered by an infinity pool.

The Arabian Pearl Retreat package, which includes transit by seaplane to the pearl farm, is available through February 28, 2014 (€1,945 including one night in the hotel’s Beach Pool Villa).

Banyan Tree Lijiang

Banyan Tree to develop luxury homes in China

Banyan Tree Lijiang

Singapore-based luxury resort chain Banyan Tree will develop its first luxury residential property in China, reported the South China Morning Post Wednesday.

Banyan Tree will launch the project in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, where the residential property is located in a suburb 45 minutes away from the city.
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Banyan Tree opens Macau resort

Banyan Tree Macau

The new Banyan Tree Macau has opened within the US$2 billion Galaxy Macau resort complex, providing a luxurious retreat for gamers.

The all-suite resort offers such extras as a relaxation pool in every room and the brand’s signature villas situated beside the resort’s unique rooftop wave pool.

As more and more tourists head to China, major tourism operators are looking for new and improved methods to grab their share of the market.
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Hotel Indigo coming to Phuket, Thailand, in 2014

Longtail boats Phuket

International hotel chain InterContinental has chosen Phuket, Thailand to launch as the first resort destination for its Hotel Indigo chain.

Hotel Indigo, a ’boutique’ style brand which aims for individuality with its properties, operates 38 hotels around the world, with the majority in big cities.

The February 24 announcement of its entry into Phuket, one of Thailand’s most popular destinations for foreign tourists, is a clear sign that it believes it can appeal to all vacationers, not just those on a city break.
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New Banyan Tree resort set for Koh Samui

Global hotel chain Banyan Tree is preparing to open its new beach resort in Koh Samui, which is a location known for it’s golden beaches and beautiful sceneries.

This will mark the third destination for Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts in Thailand since its flagship resort, Banyan Tree Phuket, opened in 1994.

Scheduled to open on July 15, Banyan Tree Samui is located on a tropical island rising from the shimmering Gulf of Thailand.
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