When travel becomes a possibility once more, we can’t wait to pack our bags for a nature escapade. Forget about big cities and five-star hotels for a moment and consider the prospect of a “no doors, no walls” resort where barefoot luxury finds its place in the spiritual heart of Bali. Slated to open in September this year, Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape is a sanctuary located within Ubud’s lush rainforests. The hospitality brand’s latest expansion into Bali comes with 16 villas, each designed with spacious indoor-outdoor living spaces that allow guests to fully appreciate the surrounding jungle and rice paddies. Forget about setting an alarm and let the chirping birds be your wake-up call.
Inside each villa, sheer curtains and canvas screens divide the relaxing indoors from the breezy outdoors. Meanwhile, carved wooden headboards, hand-smithed copper bathtubs, and textiles dyed with natural pigments, pay homage to Balinese craftsmanship. With sustainability as one of the resort’s goals, some of the villas’ fittings are made from repurposed ironwood taken from jetties and defunct boatyards. This idea was courtesy of Dharmali Kusumadi, Banyan Tree’s head of architecture, who collaborated with local architect Gede Kresna to bring to life a vernacular aesthetic through the use of natural materials like bamboo, as well as indigenous construction methods.
Guests are encouraged to explore secret hideaways within the property, where they can meditate, read a book, enjoy the nature, or just unwind to their hearts’ content. For an extra dose of pampering, there’s the Toja Spa, which prides itself on sharing wellbeing traditions from the area’s Buahan villages. The resort’s zero-waste philosophy extends to its dining experiences, including farm-to-table concept Banyan Tree Escape, developed in tandem with F&B consultancy Agency X, who worked on projects like the popular Locavore restaurant. With a menu that’s 70 percent plant-based, the restaurant serves dishes prepared with ingredients sourced from within an hour’s drive of the property. Expect similarly authentic flavours at The Botanist Bar, where botanical infusions and natural ingredients are used.
Travellers can expect a rotating calendar of activities meant to bring them closer to not just the nature surrounds, but also the local community. Bookings are now open for stays starting September 15, 2021.
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