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Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s Exclusive Urban Sanctuary for the Discerning


The world-renowned Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts will soon open open its first property in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur will open its doors on 15 June 2018. Poised to be an exclusive sanctuary for the well travelled and discerning, the urban resort will be situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle, the commercial, shopping and entertainment hub of Malaysia’s capital city. Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur is expected to offer guests, yes, even those already accustomed to ultra-luxurious East-Asian vistas and accommodations, a lush repose amidst the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s Exclusive Urban Sanctuary for the Discerning

“Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur is specially curated for discerning travellers and guests looking to be in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s bustling conurbation, while still having their own private haven to come ‘home’ to and relax in,” – Mr. Anders Dimblad, General Manager of Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur

With roots in Singapore, the 24 year old luxury hospitality company has become an international brand that manages and develops resorts, hotels and spas in Asia, America, Africa and Middle East. Best known for Banyan Tree, an all villa concept which pioneered pool villas and tropical garden spa, the company launched its first Banyan Tree resort in Phuket over 20 years ago when when founder Ho Kwon Ping and his wife Claire Chiang came across a plot of land while they were on holiday in Bang Tao Bay, on the western coast of Phuket in the Andaman Sea, and thought it would make an ideal location for a resort. With this level of expertise and know-how Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur is expected to redefine the urban resort experience with unique Banyan Tree signature touches including the Resort Host service to offer guests a true urban sanctuary.

Occupying the top seven floors of Banyan Tree Signatures Pavilion Kuala Lumpur building, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur will feature 55 exquisite rooms and suites, ranging from 51 square metres to 200 square metres in size, with contemporary flair and breath-taking views of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and Kuala Lumpur Tower from most rooms.

Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur will feature 55 exquisite rooms and suites, ranging from 51 square metres to 200 square metres in size, with contemporary flair and breath-taking views

Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur will feature 55 exquisite rooms and suites, ranging from 51 square metres to 200 square metres in size, with contemporary flair and breath-taking views

If a truly sensuous, restful experience is what you’re looking for amidst the daily urban hustle and grind, then be prepared to experience the gamut of Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur’s in-room facilities including Banyan Tree’s signature aromatherapy essential oils and chromotherapy shower in all room categories. Its suites will also feature a private relaxation pool, a spoiling treat for the senses.


A host of F&B options await guests with four exciting dining venues, each designed to stimulate great sensory and culinary experiences for the guests. From a French-inspired bakery at the Lobby – Bake by Banyan Tree; sky high afternoon tea and wine lounge on 53rd Floor – Altitude, to an exquisite seafood and grill restaurant on 58th Floor – Horizon Grill and the tallest hotel rooftop bar in the city centre on 59th Floor – Vertigo, the finest Kuala Lumpur has to offer.

Designed to be an urban oasis, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur not only offers a luxuriously comfortable stay but also a comprehensive suite of facilities including three spacious and fully equipped boardrooms for those seeking to host intimate executive meetings or private engagements, an open-air pool with a stunning view of the towers and a state-of-the-art gym.

As one of the pioneers of award-winning oriental spas in Asia, Banyan Tree’s newest oasis in Kuala Lumpur reintroduces an exotic blend of ancient health and beauty practices which have been passed down from generations. As such, the massage treatments are based on a ‘high-touch, low-tech’ approach that celebrates the human touch and the use of natural herbs and spices.  Some of the signature spa treatments include Master Therapist Experience, which is a specially tailored treatment using a repertoire of massage techniques and tools, drawn from the expertise of the Master Therapist, and Malaysian Bliss, with guests discovering an oasis amidst the city of Kuala Lumpur as they indulge in a refreshing scrub and a relaxing Nusantara massage. The spa in Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur also boasts four couples’ spa suites, where guests will be mollycoddled by the intuitive touch of professional spa therapists, while taking in stunning views of the Kuala Lumpur skyline.

Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur is open for booking from now until September 30 2018. As part of opening celebrations, a promotional package of MYR878 nett will be offered. The package includes daily breakfast for two, RM150 worth of Banyan Tree Spa credit per stay redeemable towards a massage or treatment package, two complimentary Sunset Mocktails at Vertigo and a 15% discount each for afternoon tea at Altitude and Banyan Tree Spa essential products.

Guests may make bookings for their Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur experience via telephone +603 2113 1888, email reservations to [email protected] banyantree.com or visit the resort’s website for more information. 

New unit mix for Banyan Tree Residences Brisbane

Banyan Tree Residences Brisbane is a striking collaboration project between the team’s in-house design team and Woods Bagot, a leading international design practice. Located in the iconic Kangaroo Point, the building will feature a stunning exterior with three undulating wave structures that deviates from traditional linear architecture.

Aerial view of Banyan Tree Residences Brisbane at sunset. PHOTO: Banyan Tree Group

In response to increasing demand for different variety of units, Banyan Tree Residences Brisbane has revised to include one-bedroom units. They are priced affordably, starting from AUD 550,000 (S$554,890).

With new unit additions, the luxury project now has 100 freehold private residences across 10 levels. These include 4 penthouses, 15 three-bedroom apartments, 41 two-bedroom apartments, and 40 one-bedroom apartments. 

Living room of a unit at Banyan Tree Residences Brisbane. PHOTO: BANYAN TREE GROUP

Homeowners can expect 24/7 concierge service, onsite spa and retail Gallery, premium dining choices and a gymnasium. There will also be a rooftop garden that holds a private function area, barbeque facilities, daybeds and an infinity pool.

Homeowners will also be entitled to Premium Banyan Tree services, such as the Sanctuary Club membership for exclusive discounts and privileges for resorts and spas in the group’s global network, and access to the Banyan Tree Private Collection, an destination club with villas in locations such as Tuscany in Italy and Provence in France.

Master bedroom in a unit at Banyan Tree Residences Brisbane. PHOTO: BANYAN TREE GROUP

Since the launch of Banyan Tree Residences Brisbane, it has already received two accolades in the Asia Pacific International Property Awards: Best High-Rise Development for Australia (2018-2019) and Best Apartment for Australia (2017-2018).

An official showcase will happen this weekend, 21-22 April. Singapore investors are welcome to meet up with project representatives and Colliers International property consultants on the weekend at The St. Regis Singapore Hotel’s Governor Room.

Visit Banyan Tree Residences Brisbane for further updates.

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 Macau

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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Longtail boats Phuket

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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