Banyan Tree Group is branching out further into Indonesia, with five new hotels scheduled to open in the near future. These include three from Banyan Tree Escape; the group’s new subsidiary, which offers travellers nature-themed getaways in some of Indonesia’s most beautiful wilderness locations. In addition to these three hotels, two other new properties already slated for the opening include Banyan Tree Nipah, in Lombok; and Angsana Saranam, in Bali.
Billed as a wellbeing resort, the new Banyan property in Bali will put an emphasis on health and wellbeing. Facilities are expected to include the Angsana Spa and a multifunctional activity centre, along with a vitality pool for hydrotherapy and aqua activities. The 82-room resort will also feature an organic farm offering field-to-plate cuisine and interactive harvest activities for guests. Angsana Saranam Bali is scheduled to open to the public in Q2 of 2021.
In Lombok, Banyan Tree Nipah will provide a total of 72 rooms in a luxury beach location. The resort will feature a range of suites and villas with infinity pools, while the main building is built around a hilltop lobby facing the ocean. A range of three dining venues will include an all-day restaurant, lobby lounge and beach shack. A range of wellness suites and hydrothermal facilities will be on offer at the Banyan Tree Spa, while a beachfront multi-event space will cater to weddings, special occasions and corporate events. Banyan Tree Nipah is scheduled to open in 2022.
Looking ahead to a post-pandemic travel landscape and the return of international travellers to Indonesia, Banyan Tree is repositioning itself as a brand that’s focused on health and wellness. Travel trends in the future are expected to focus on healthy and restorative getaways in locations with natural beauty and safe seclusion. To tick these boxes and offer appealing wellness retreats to travellers, Banyan Tree has launched the Banyan Tree Escape brand. The first hotel to debut under the new concept will be in the heart of Ubud, Bali. Slated to open in Q2 of 2021, it will feature a “no walls, no doors” experience concept, and has been described by Banyan as “a re-wilding renewal through immersion in nature.” Further destinations in the pipeline include a private island and tropical rainforest in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara; and North Sumatra.
Additionally, Banyan Tree Group has announced it is also planning to open more Cassia properties, following its first Cassia Bintan in Indonesia; and Dhawa hotels in the country’s super-priority destinations of Borobudur at Central Java, Labuan Bajo at East Nusa Tenggara, Mandalika in WNT, Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Likupang in North Sulawesi, and Bangka Belitung.
With new branches opening nationwide, Banyan Tree looks forward to a future for Indonesian inbound tourism that’s rooted in health and wellness. The new openings are a positive sign for the industry as a whole, which has been mostly shuttered throughout 2020 due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. With these controls lifted, Indonesia will soon be able to welcome back travellers for safe and restorative holidays in beautiful destinations around the archipelago.