Southeast Asia’s homegrown Banyan Tree Group is pushing ahead with eight hotel openings in 2021, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The hospitality group, which owns and manages resorts, hotels, and spas in Asia, America, Africa, and Middle East, looks set to mark its global expansion with several milestones—including 35 properties planned for opening between now and 2024.
In April, the group’s first European outpost will open on the Greek island of Corfu, a popular vacation spot with attractions like the grand Palace of St. Michael and St. George, as well as a town flanked by imposing Venetian fortresses. Home to 196 rooms and pool villas, Angsana Corfu boasts views of the Ionian Sea from a hill near the island’s UNESCO-preserved Old Town.
Another first is Banyan Tree Doha at La Cigale Mushaireb, the group’s debut in the Middle East with 341 rooms, the signature Banyan Tree Spa with a rain forest hydrotherapy facility, fine-dining Thai restaurant Saffron, and a rooftop bar perched on 28th floor. When December rolls around, Banyan Tree will make its first foray on the African continent with the opening of Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira. Nestled on a private island in Mozambique’s Primeiras and Segundas Archipelago, the resort will have 40 pool villas overlooking the Indian Ocean, along with a Banyan Tree Spa.
Closer to home, Banyan Tree will open five hotels in Asia, including two in China, two in Bali, and one in Cambodia. China will welcome the 191-room Dhawa Quzhou, a cozy and casual retreat in Zhejiang province, as well as Banyan Tree Nanjing Garden Expo in the Jiangsu province. The latter is built to meld seamlessly into the scenic valley it sits in, with each of the 115 guest rooms boasting its own hot-spring pool.
Meanwhile, two new properties will be unveiled in Indonesia’s Island of the Gods, including the 82-room Angsana Saranam and the Banyan Tree Escape in Ubud. The Tree Escape is a new brand extension that offers a “no walls, no doors” concept to bring guests even closer to nature. Come October, Angsana Siem Reap will open in Cambodia with 139 rooms and suites, as well as 19 pool villas in a blend of contemporary and classic Khmer style.
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