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ISSUE 06


Sea, Sand and Sanya

Contents

IN THIS ISSUE

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Chairman’s NOTE

The artist Pablo Picasso once said, “Every thing you can imagine is real“.

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That neatly summarises our challenge in creating the Banyan Tree Experience. The power of imagination is that it can be harnessed to transform reality; without it, our world would remain static and unchanging.

CHAIRMAN’S NOTE

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The notion that life and business is all about continual change, and that change is about transforming dreams into reality through the power of imagination, makes the word “Imagine” one of the most important verbs in the Banyan Tree vocabulary.

TOP STORY

Sea, Sand and Sanya

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This is why:

TOLL FREE LINES

I represents Insight

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For Banyan Tree, our original insight into hospitality was that all guests – including us – remember moments of great emotional significance. That insight is at the very heart of the Banyan Tree brand, and the source of our creed, that we are about romance and intimacy, and not luxury and exclusivity.

BANYAN TREE

Spring Clean, Summer Fresh

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ANGSANA

Where The Rainforest Meets the Reef Capturing a Bygone Era

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SPECIAL FEATURE Gourmet Gateways

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BANYAN TREE SPA

M stands for Mindset Gourmet Gateways

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A Whirl of Holistic Ayurveda Global Spa Expansion

Rooted in Responsibility

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ON THE COVER Banyan Tree Sanya

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CSR

PUBLISHING TEAM

Rooted in Responsibility

Editor June Lee Production Manager Wendy Au Contributors Nerissa Chia, Chantima Kitipattarapumikul, Lau Foong Yee, Valerie Loo, Tracy Lui, Joyce Ong, Kelly Tan Contributing Photographers Christopher Cypert, David Mitchell, Felix Hug, Glenn Aitken, Ian Gibb, Jason Busch, Nicholas Leong, Sam Nugroho, Suksan Samranrit, Sutthipit Chamnannawakit, Tony Terrot Design & Layout DW Design

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BANYAN TREE GALLERY The Ties That Bind

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SPOTLIGHT Laguna Phuket

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BANYAN TREE RESIDENCES

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Copyright © Banyan Tree Holdings

AWARDS

Corporate Office 211 Upper Bukit Timah Road Singapore 588182 Tel: +65 6849 5888 Fax: +65 6462 3800

Good Things Come in Twos

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NEW DEVELOPMENTS Brave New Frontiers

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DIRECTORY GUIDE

Laguna Phuket

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If you would like to receive a copy of our newsletter, please email your request to enews@banyantree.com (for online version) or newsletter@banyantree.com (for print version) MICA (P) 119/12/2007 Printed by GreenApple Press

The power of imagination is that it can be harnessed to transform reality; without it, our world would remain static and unchanging.

Disruptive innovation must often start from within. And for that to happen, mindsets must change and evolve. A is for Anticipate Our teams spend a substantial portion of time thinking, visualising and imagining the future. Anticipation is imagination, preparing for action. G is for Gradual growth Perhaps more important than disruptive innovations, such as the Internet, is gradual growth – in other words, sustainability. With our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, we maintain an environmentally sustainable approach to development and progress. I stands for Integration In Banyan Tree we are particularly integrated – we have our own architectural and design company, our own project management and procurement arms, to deliver the final resort, spa, or residential product which needs to be managed and marketed not only effectively, but with the same brand values that infuse the entire group. N represents Niche To be globally sustainable, one has to be among the top three or four dominant players in a chosen niche. E stands for Experiment We dare to experiment within parameters, so that we can develop a culture of entrepreneurship. From experimentation comes a culture of initiative, innovation and imagination. So in a nutshell, these seven imperatives forming the acronym IMAGINE, is the driver behind the Banyan Tree Experience which seeks to continually refresh and renew itself. Banyan Tree is a small and young enterprise. But we have big dreams of being a global player in our chosen niche, and today, with our footprint in virtually every continent through some 50 development projects, and with over 45 nationalities in our little united nations, there is no turning back on this long, arduous, but deeply fulfilling journey.

Mr Ho KwonPing Executive Chairman

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Top Story Sea, Sand and Sanya

Top Story Sea, Sand and Sanya

Sea, Sand and Sanya On the legendary island of Hainan, China, Banyan Tree Sanya opens its doors to beach beauties and cultural conquests China has a little of everything for everyone, from rugged mountains, to bustling metropolises. Tucked away, on its southern-most tip, is a gem of an island called Hainan – or sometimes dubbed the Oriental Hawaii. At its coordinates of 20 degrees north of the equator, Hainan island is a prized latitudal combination of sunny beaches, coral reefs, balmy climate and hilly landscape, which is not experienced anywhere else in China. This is the setting for tropical Banyan Tree Sanya, worlds apart yet just one hour’s flight from Hong Kong. This erstwhile little-known beach mecca has been in the international spotlight in recent years for hosting world-class events such as the Miss World pageants. It is little wonder that Sanya has been the choice venue for such high profile events. Vast stretches of scenic coastlines are accompanied by beautiful natural beaches, fresh sea breezes and clear waters, making water-sports like diving and snorkelling very popular. The long warm days and mild winters also make Sanya an idyllic spot for weary travelers who want to recuperate from the more exhausting aspects of travel in China. Soft opened in April 2008, the exclusive Banyan Tree Sanya, located at the serene Luhuitou Bay, on the southern coast of Hainan island, is the first all-pool villa resort in China and complements the Group’s two highly-acclaimed properties located in China’s Yunnan province, Banyan Tree Ringha and Banyan Tree Lijiang. Deluxe Pool Villa Lounge, Banyan Tree Sanya

Presidential Villa, Banyan Tree Sanya

Each Presidential Villa comprises two king-sized bedrooms and four adjacent bedrooms with twin beds, with every amenity including expansive reception room, a dining room, family room, theatre, games room, private spa suite and gym, as well as the main swimming pool, measuring over 300 square metres, with an outdoor sunken pavilion and heated jet-pool. Both Presidential Villa Complexes benefit from an unparalleled level of security features including perimeter fences, whereby they can be closed off and treated as singular, or indeed dual entities, as the two complexes can be integrated seamlessly with the resort. Pool Villa Bathroom, Banyan Tree Sanya

With 61 pool villas set amidst a sculpted tropical lagoon on an expansive 30-hectare estate, the resort is designed as an exclusive oceanfront hideaway. The resort comes with a Banyan Tree Spa and Banyan Tree’s first hydrothermal complex in Asia. The development features eight spa pavilions, which spans across an area of 5,000 square metres, an 800-square metre Hydrothermal Experience as well as extensive fitness and wellness facilities.

Signature dining outlets, and extensive conference facilities make Banyan Tree Sanya an ideal venue for small- and largescale meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE). The highlight however, is the resort’s two Presidential Villa Complexes. Unprecedented in both scale and luxury, these are specially designed to host local and international dignitaries and accompanying entourages, catering to groups of up to 50 in each private poolside compound.

Designed entirely by Architrave Design and Planning, the in-house architectural division of Banyan Tree, the villas are linked together by a “river system”, where the villa pools’ infinity edge overlooks the external lagoon, which winds through the entire resort, much like the many rivers and bays found in Sanya. The spacious pool villas are crowned with red clay-tiled roofs and black slate walls, combining intricate Chinese accents with a distinctive tropical minimalism.

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Toll Free lines

Top Story Sea, Sand and Sanya

TOLL FREE LINES Book a Banyan Tree holiday, and plant a tree On 01 August 2008, Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts commenced services of its inaugural global toll free lines, increasing the portfolio of communications and reservations options available to its growing global audience. Administered by Trust International, 18 toll free lines across 17 countries will provide hotel enquiry and booking services for Banyan Tree and Angsana, over strategic key regions including Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and the United States.

Presidential Villa, Banyan Tree Sanya

To celebrate the launch of the toll free lines and reaffirm its commitment to the environment, the Group will plant a tree for every 10 phone bookings received through the international numbers. The trees will be planted in the heritage Daintree Rainforest, Cairns in partnership with the Australian Rainforest Foundation.

Spa Pool Villa, Banyan Tree Sanya

From villa bedrooms, guests can step into the cursive indigo swimming pools, lounge under the tall palm trees, or enjoy the oversized bathtubs sunken amidst lotus ponds. Each villa is enclosed in a private courtyard and guests will enjoy bright airy vistas thanks to the use of glass.

Lobby, Banyan Tree Sanya

Take a day trip to one of the largest cultural tourist attractions of its kind in China, the colourful Nanshan Buddhist Cultural Zone located just 40 kilometres west of Sanya City. There are three separate parks within Nanshan: Nanshan Buddhism Culture Park is a window on China’s traditional Buddhism culture; the Felicity and Longevity Culture Park reflects an atmosphere of peace, harmony and long life; and the Nanshan Cultural Park highlights China’s diverse social customs. The key feature of the zone is the three-faced statue of Guan Yin Buddha, standing out in the South China Sea, on a man-made island. Located about 20 km west of Sanya City and rising over the beach is an ancient rock formation inscribed with Chinese

characters meaning “The Edge of the Sky” written by Chengzhe, the chief magistrate of Yazhou Prefecture in the Qing Dynasty. This rock is so famous that it is even featured in the back of China’s 2 RMB bank note. During the Tang Dynasty, which landed between 618 - 907 AD, emperors used to banish rebel officers to Sanya, which became known as the “End of the Earth” due to its remoteness in relation to the nation’s capital. Another scenic spot is the Lover’s Hill in Sanya Luhuitou Park. Opened in 1989, the park is located in the Luhuitou Peninsula southwest of Sanya and covers almost 82 hectares with the highest elevation reaching a height of 181 metres. The park is marked by a large stone sculpture depicting a deer with its head turned around. A romantic folktale lies behind how the park got its name and it is rumoured that couples who have a picture taken with the sculpture will be blessed. The hilltop park is noted for being an excellent place to get a bird’s eye view of the sea and downtown Sanya, as well as to savour the sun rising and setting over the city.

At Your Fingertips Banyan Tree’s new toll free lines will be a component to build and enhance customer relationships in the localised regions where it is available. Callers will be able to speak to a Banyan Tree or Angsana representative in their own time zone, 24 hours a day. This complements existing booking channels including website and travel agent resources. This move follows Banyan Tree Group’s milestone introduction of its independent GDS “BY” code on 27 September 2007. The Group is entering a new stage of global expansion with close to 50 hotels and resorts opening over the next three years in diverse locations such as Mexico, Greece and Ras Al Khaimah. The launch of the international toll free lines in tandem with the independent GDS code will streamline the booking process for members of the public as well as travel agents.

List of Toll Free Numbers Region

Toll Free Number

Language(/s)

1 800 591 0439

English

Australia

1800 050019

English

China (North)

10 800 650 0531

Mandarin and English

China (South)

10 800 265 2502

Mandarin and English

Hong Kong

800 903 881

Cantonese and English

Japan

0120 778 187

Japanese

Korea

00798 6517 380

English

Singapore

1800 232 5599

English

Thailand

001 800 656 923

English

France

00800 300 200 00

French

Germany

00800 300 200 00

German

Italy

00800 300 200 00

Italian

Russia

810 800 21631049

English

Spain

00800 300 200 00

Spanish

United Kingdom

00800 300 200 00

English

Bahrain

800 04336

English

Saudi Arabia

800 865 6033

English

United Arab Emirates

800 065 0586

English

Americas United States Asia Pacific

Europe

Middle East

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Banyan Tree Spring Clean, Summer Fresh

Banyan Tree Spring Clean, Summer Fresh

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Spring Clean, Summer Fresh Banyan Tree Seychelles spruces up with a host of new innovations

Presidential Villa’s Sea and Stars

Chez Lamar

Destination Dining for the culinary-minded guest. A jaunt to the local market in Victoria for ingredients is followed by a menu-planning session, where the guests experience what it is like to be a chef through choosing their dishes as well as preparing it from scratch. The focus is on providing a first-hand experience to the guest on what it feels like behind the kitchen counter. Recipes are available in French, German and English. Banyan Lagoon I

The modern world has barely touched the idyllic island of Seychelles, with its charming Victorian buildings and meandering roads and bays. Yet it has never lacked creature comforts, ensuring that starry-eyed visitors have plenty to broadcast when they return to their own shores. Now, they will have even more reasons to linger. Banyan Tree Seychelles, one of Seychelles’ most luxurious hideaways and the only all-villa private pool resort on Mahé main island, has launched just six of the Two-Bedroom DoublePool Beachfront Villas. Each of these feature two private pools, two open-air dining areas, a jet-pool, two sprawling master bedrooms, as well as a 24-hour in-villa host. Spanning over 800 square metres each and set amidst beautifully manicured gardens, these exclusive villas are located within 10 steps from the beach and boast a dedicated reception area for guests looking to enjoy a private and exclusive check-in.

Banyan Lagoon I Located beside the DoublePool Beachfront Villas is Banyan Tree Seychelles’s fine dining Creole restaurant, Chez Lamar, which offers gastronomic Creole delights inspired by Seychellois’ vibrant culture. Chez Lamar, which means “at the wetlands” in Creole is built on the terrace of a beautiful colonial style house and is ideally situated overlooking the resort’s distinctive protected wetlands area. At Chez Lamar, guests dine on authentic, traditional Seychellois dishes presented in cutting edge, modern styles. The food is prepared true to Creole traditions passed from generation to generation, to produce the original tastes and flavors that reflect Seychelles and Creole culture. An ideal degustation menu is prepared monthly, to introduce guests to six to ten dishes each time, comprising mainly local produce with an emphasis on authenticity of Creole cooking style. Personalised Creole cooking classes are also available

Set sail in true Banyan Tree style aboard the Banyan Lagoon I. The 47-foot twinhulled catamaran Banyan Tree Lagoon I accommodates up to six guests on overnight cruises to the truly magnificent islands of Seychelles, while fully staffed by a personal host and skipper with all the amenities and luxuries expected from the brand. Visit some of the world’s most pristine and secluded beaches, framed by age-old granite boulders or snorkel and dive at the renowned Curieuse or Silhouette Marine National Parks. Meals will be served on board and guests have the option of dining indoors in the dining room or outdoors in the lounge area. This modern catamaran with its blonde wooden interiors and sleek white exterior will sweep guests on a journey of the imagination, with its spacious outfitted bedrooms, air-conditioned main salon with panoramic views, and comfortable cruising speeds of 12 knots.

Set against the stunning backdrop of the deepest blues, Banyan Tree Seychelles boldly introduces a range of intimate, exceptional dining experiences, each crafted to further epitomise the romance of travel. Available in a range of settings, both indoor and out, four exclusive dining experiences are available per night, limited to one table per experience. The ultimate night out is found at the Presidential Villa’s Sea and Stars experience. A dinner by the private poolside of this exclusive villa, accompanied by premium Champagne, six-course dinner, and dozens of flickering candles, is followed by a once-in-a-lifetime overnight stay in the Presidential Villa. Dinner is a lavish affair, with gastronomic creations comprising the best in regional fine dining, such as ceviche of the freshest hand-dived scallops, black prawn and crab ravioli served with apple poppy seed sabayon, and glazed guinea fowl in a light ginger beurre blanc. Pick a favourite location on the beautiful white sands of Intendance Bay, and return at dusk to experience a sizzling Grill on the Sands. A personal dining host tends to the glowing embers of the barbeque grill; expertly searing the diner’s choice of fresh ocean catches, African barbecue, or Seychellois style tropical treats such as banana-wrapped reef fish and spiced pork loin fillet, served with Creole tomato sauce and coconut lime sauce.

DoublePool Beachfront Villa

Perfectly located in an iconic and romantic wooden pavilion, the Moonlight Gazebo presents the ideal opportunity to make overtures to a loved one. In fact, the setting on Intendance Beach and the swelling crash of ocean waves might prompt serious propositions over the appetising options on the degustation dinner. For seafood fanatics, the meal features crispy crab cakes on mango cucumber relish and organic greens, and pan fried red snapper on roasted pumpkin mash. Red meat lovers will enjoy the delectable chateaubriand, a gourmet tenderloin served with Béarnaise sauce.

Lest you have an appetite for adventure, have a short climb up to Champagne on the Rocks, the new heights in outdoor indulgence. Set on a cliff overlooking the resort, a specially built gauze canopy invites you to rest and contemplate the sunset dipping into the horizon of the Indian Ocean. This dreamlike experience is accompanied by a bottle of chilled Champagne Rosé and canapés served by a private butler. The ideal way to put off going home, for just one more day.


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Angsana Where The Rainforest Meets the Reef Capturing a Bygone Era

Angsana Where The Rainforest Meets the Reef Capturing a Bygone Era

Where the Rainforest meets the Reef

Sea. An expanded Angsana Spa menu features more of the holistic spa therapies that won the resort second place in Condé Nast Traveller (UK)’s Gold List 2007 (Favourite Hotels in Australasia and South Pacific), and a similar accolade: Best Australian Spa (second place) in the Gold List published by Luxury Travel and Style magazine. In line with the resort’s environmentally progressive philosophies, Angsana Great Barrier Reef has embarked on the groupwide Greening Communities Programme, with the aim of planting 2,000 trees annually over the next ten years. In partnership with the Australian Rainforest Foundation, the resort has sponsored and planted close to 2,000 trees in the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest to date. So set out to conquer one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World this vacation. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the largest reef structures in the world, extending for 2300km along the north

One Bedroom Beachfront Suite

eastern coast of Australia, covering an area almost the size of the United Kingdom. Charter your own private boat

Capturing a Bygone Era

Angsana Great Barrier Reef Beach Front

in 1975, she returned in 1995 to reconnect to her birthplace through photographic mementos. Mimi was already a budding photographer during her teenage years, capturing local sights and scenes with her trusty Rolleiflex which was a gift from her father. Unfortunately, these portraits and scenes of those bygone days in Laos have since been lost.

In the heart of Palm Cove, Angsana Great Barrier Reef remakes itself for nature lovers With the World Heritage listed DaintreeCape Tribulation Rainforest just minutes away, and the added proximity of the legendary Great Barrier Reef, it is little wonder that Palm Cove has been dubbed one of the premier beach and wedding destinations in Australia. Its beaches draw a faithful following of artists and photographers attracted by its small town charm, blending laid-back relaxation with chic sophistication.

to scuba-dive or try your hand at fishing for squid, mackerel and the elusive Black Marlin.

The abundance of Melaleuca trees endemic to the region, a sprinkling of islands on the horizon and a romantic jetty, makes this “Spa Capital of Australia” ideally placed to explore the attractions of Far North Queensland. Amongst those attractions, is the outstanding and oft-awarded Angsana Great Barrier Reef. Located just 25 minutes’ drive from the city of Cairns and 35 minutes from Port Douglas, the resort is the only property that boasts absolute frontage to the magnificent Coral Sea which in turn opens directly to the awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef. A slew of contemporary innovations introduced by the resort has been long awaited by regular fans. Water babies looking for a winter dip will rejoice now that the resort’s

popular Rock Pool, one of the three large swimming pools available on the premises, is one of the few pools in Palm Cove to be heated during the cooler months of June to August. Yet another plus, is wireless Internet access, which is available throughout the entire resort – yes, right out to the beachfront, so those surfers (the ones who prefer the web to the waves) can stay online even while outdoors. Surfing continues from the stylishly refurbished Lobby Lounge to the expansive Ulysses Lounge, whose name is reminiscent of the classic Greek hero who travelled the ocean waves. Also refurbished, Angsana Spa now comes with a choice of air-conditioned beachfront spa suites and rooftop spa pavilions. Each rooftop spa pavilion comes with intimate facilities, specially designed for couples and has its own private plunge pool against the backdrop of the Coral

“Lost and Found” tells of Mimi’s emotional journey during her homecoming years. The pictures encapsulate her personal process of reclaiming lost images, sorting out the past from the present, essentially spinning tales of exile and reappropriation. Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel Walkway

Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel, the former residence of a prince and now award-winning property affiliated to the Angsana Hotels and Resorts group, launched an evocative photography exhibition entitled “Lost & Found” by Vientianeborn photographer Ratsamy Viphakone-Szafran in November 2007. Ms Viphakone-Szafran, more affectionately known as Mimi to her associates, has loaned her deeply-moving oeuvre of photographs to Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel indefinitely, after its first show in 2006 at T’Shop Lai Gallery in Vientiane. Ms Viphakone-Szafran was born in Vientiane to a diplomatic family, in the-then Kingdom of Laos. Having left the country

Now living in Paris, Mimi flew down especially to Luang Prabang to grace the opening of the exhibition. Many of her friends, including the expatriate community and a handful of appreciative hotel guests, were present to celebrate and lend their show of support that evening. The photographs were artfully displayed along the walkway leading to the Garden Wing of the hotel. Most significantly, Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel, in association with the artist, will earmark a portion of the proceeds from the sales of the photographs, for an ongoing effort to assist needy Laotian children in furthering their education and obtaining clothing. The hotel’s success in displaying meaningful, cultural artwork has prompted it to look for more such collaborations, which will favourably increase and deepen guests’ exposure and appreciation of the rich local culture.

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Special Feature Gourmet Gateways

Special Feature Gourmet Gateways

Tamarind Discover this little pocket of serenity at Banyan Tree Phuket and Banyan Tree Al Areen, peacefully ambient with the addition of tasty well balanced dishes. Set in the tranquil surroundings of the Banyan Tree Spa, Tamarind tempts and tantalises with seafood delicacies and spa cuisine that are combined with exotic herbs, roots, and spices that conjure the distinctive flavours of Thai cuisine.

Gourmet Gateways A taste of life at Banyan Tree’s signature restaurants

Saffron Banyan Tree resorts in Indonesia, Seychelles, Bahrain, China and Thailand, are blessed by the delicious bounty from Saffron. Diners will be greeted by walls featuring elegant lotuses and high backed chairs upholstered in fine silk that impresses with its rich yet contemporary Asian heritage. Enter this signature restaurant and be immediately hit by the inviting scent of food. Innovative modern cuisine in the form of prawn wrapped in crispy kataifi noodle, braised rack of lamb, and Massaman curry are a must-try.

Tamarind, Banyan Tree Al Areen

Bai Yun, Banyan Tree Lijiang

Bai Yun Perched on the 60th floor of Banyan Tree Bangkok and in an open-concept Chinese banquet setting at Banyan Tree Lijiang, Bai Yun offers award-winning Cantonese cuisine to woo discerning taste buds. The incredibly popular spot serves an extensive choice of bite-sized dim sum delicacies and the finest selection of Chinese tea. Bai Yun’s atmosphere of old-world elegance and delectable menu will appeal to busy executives looking to impress business clients, as guests can expect quality service, presentation and a backdrop of live classical Chinese music.

Saffron, Banyan Tree Bintan

Far Horizons

Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar

Vertigo, Banyan Tree Bangkok

Vertigo Grill conveys style and romance with an open-air rooftop lounge, escalated platforms, and low walls – against a backdrop of glittering landmarks. Dine on sophisticated entrées such as medallion of five-spiced duck and foie gras in cinnamon orange sauce, or head for the Moon Bar to experience an extensive list of cocktails. Feel giddy at sunset with a panoramic view of Bangkok, while the avant-garde ambience sets the mood for a romantic tête-à-tête, birthday celebrations, fashion launches or chill-out sessions under a canopy of stars.

Far Horizons, Angsana Great Barrier Reef

Angsana Great Barrier Reef’s signature restaurant offers a full gastronomic experience alongside magnificent views of the ocean. An emphasis on the freshest Australian meats and seafood, combined with Asian influences and flavours, creates a winning marriage of innovative Aussie-Pacific cuisine that Horizons is awarded for. Lush lawns and sandy beaches prove the ideal venue for casual Australian barbecues, complete with drinks from the aptly named Reef Bar.

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BANYAN TREE Spa A Whirl of Holistic Ayurveda Global Spa Expansion

BANYAN TREE Spa A Whirl of Holistic Ayurveda Global Spa Expansion

A Whirl of Holistic Ayurveda Angsana Spa Allamanda Laguna Phuket embraces ancient Keralan therapies

A holistic system of healing originating from ancient India which successfully survived 5,000 years, Ayurveda is synonymous with herbal medicine. Celebrities such as Madonna purportedly gave birth using Ayurvedic techniques, while Richard Gere, Sting, Donna Karan, and many more are followers of its wellness principles. Beyond pop power, Ayurveda is also recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as part of a comprehensive modern approach to health. Ayurveda is an ancient science which focuses on establishing and maintaining the balance of energies within the body, promoting harmony between the individual and nature. Each person is viewed as a unique individual governed by one or more of the universal forces of nature. Good health is promoted by balancing these energies. At Angsana Spa Allamanda Laguna Phuket, Thailand, an Ayurvedic Centre was set up specially for this programme. A qualified Ayurvedic doctor, Dr Arun Satheesh, accompanied by trained therapists from Kerala, India, lend their expertise to provide personal consultation to each guest. Each individual’s body type and daily diet are carefully analysed before Dr Arun recommends the appropriate massage and oils that would be used during the treatment to establish the balance of energies within the body. Using the finest Ayurvedic oils and herbs from India, the treatments prescribed will refresh the mind, detoxify the body and restore the natural balance of the energies within, leaving each spa guest completely rejuvenated. Ayurveda in a Resort Haven The comprehensive Angsana Spa Ayurveda menu has Shirodhara a suitable treatment to meet every need. Stressed out city dwellers may try the Shirodhara treatment where makes use of pressure from the therapist’s feet to impart flexibility the flow of warm oil calms the mental and physical self or counter and strength to the body. The Vata Dosha package relieves backache with Katee Vasti, when lower backaches disappear as tension and promotes relaxation through detoxification. Attain the warmth herbal decoctions flow over it. Those who want to internal equilibrium with the Pitta Dosha package, while the Kapha tone their bodies can experience the Udvartana treatment which Dosha package brings flexibility and lightness back to the wearied uses herbs to treat the body and counter unwanted cellulite. body. Couples who wish to experience the Ayurvedic treats together could try the Ayurvedic Couple package to re-energise True to rituals still practiced in India, Ayurvedic treatment packages and soothe the inner self. are available for guests with more time on hand. Exclusive to Angsana Spa in Phuket, the Kalari Marma Chikitsa package is Experience the benefits of Ayurveda, the perfect interlude for a favourite with guests who are active in sports. The treatment body, mind and soul.

Banyan Tree Sanya Spa Pool Villa

GLOBAL SPA EXPANSION Banyan Tree Spa enters 2008 with rapid global expansions. The first half of the year saw the openings of five Spas spanned across the globe including Banyan Tree Spa Sanya, China; Angsana Oasis Spa Prestige Ozone Bangalore, India; Angsana Spa Tivoli Marina Vilamoura, Portugal; Angsana Oasis Spa UB City Bangalore, India and Angsana Spa Dubai Suites, United Arab Emirates. Bangalore witnessed the opening of two Angsana Spas this year, bringing the total to three Angsana Spas in this metropolitan city. Angsana Oasis Spa Prestige Ozone provides the perfect getaway from the bustling city of India, delivering a range of award-winning treatments to spa aficionados. Bangalore also saw the opening of the third Angsana Spa in the heart of UB City. Angsana Oasis Spa UB City overlooks magnificent city views and unveils 11 treatment rooms designed with contemporary splendour and serenity to complement the authentic spa experience.

Banyan Tree Spa Sanya boasts eight Spa pavilions designed to combine delightful Chinese details with a distinctive tropical minimalism. Situated within Banyan Tree Sanya, China’s first all-pool villa resort, at the serene Luhuitou Bay, on the southern coast of Hainan Island in China, the development features eight Spa Pavilions, which spans across an area of five thousand square-metres, an 800sqm Hydrothermal Experience and extensive fitness and wellness facilities. Over in Europe, Angsana Spa greets spa enthusiasts in mainland Portugal for the first time at Tivoli Marina Vilamoura in the Algarve. Overlooking the spectacular Atlantic Ocean, Tivoli Marina Vilamoura is located next to Portugal’s finest marina and attracts both holidaymakers and business delegates due to its cosmopolitan charm.

In the United Arab Emirates, Angsana Spa expands further to offer a uniquely uplifting 45th-storey urban retreat situated within Angsana Dubai, which soft launched in August 2008. Centrally located on Sheikh Zayed Road, with close proximity to the Dubai International Airport and major business centres, the Spa is the fifth Angsana Spa in the city. By the end of 2008, the Group will add five more Spas to its dynamic global portfolio including Angsana Spa Radisson Plaza Udaipur, India; Elements Spa at Hotel Tivoli Lisbon, Portugal; Banyan Tree Spa Mayakoba and Banyan Tree Spa Cabo Marques in Mexico.

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CSR Rooted in Responsibility

CSR Rooted in Responsibility

of eggs each nesting season, only 1% survive until adulthood. In collaboration with partner resorts, the Banyan Tree Bintan Conservation Lab team along with staff at the resort rescued the eggs and relocated them to a safer nesting site. Upon hatching, the baby turtles were carefully brought back to the same beach they were found in and released to begin their journey into the open waters. Banyan Tree Bintan is built on a site remarkable for being a lush first-growth rainforest nestled along the shoreline – a rare occurrence in Southeast Asia where most coastal lands are inhabited and planted with coconut trees. Interestingly too, many of the trees on the site are from 50 to 100 years old and some of these trees like Malayan Fern Palm and Crinum Lily are rare in other parts of Asia.

Turtle Release

Rooted In Responsibility Banyan Tree Bintan Conservation Lab in Indonesia steps up to the task of research, conservation and education The latest addition to the CSR laboratory family, Banyan Tree Bintan Conservation Lab, won the 2008 PATA Gold Award in the Ecotourism Project category. The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Awards is an annual event that recognises exceptional achievements in various hospitality categories and seeks to highlight the best Asia Pacific’s travel industry has to offer. Since the founding of Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has played a major role enabling the Group to be agents of social and economic development in developing countries where they have a presence. Indonesia is recognised as one of the planet’s most important biodiversity hotspots. Its seas harbour the most diverse and resilient coral reefs ecosystem in the world, and it is also home to one the world’s largest tropical rainforest areas. Seventeen percent of the world’s coral reef area is located in this country, while 17% of the world bird species can be found here. However, much of these important natural resources and ecosystems are under great threat. Destructive and overly-exploitative practices have contributed to the rapid degradation of Indonesia’s natural resources. The Banyan Tree Bintan Conservation Lab was conceptualised to contribute to the on-going conservation effort nationwide, particularly in Bintan island, to reverse the trend of reduced biodiversity because of unsustainable practices and habitat destruction. The Conservation Lab sets out to collaborate with key conservation groups, zoos, universities and other key stakeholder groups in the area to protect key conservation targets (i.e. ecosystems and species under highest threat or whose existence is believed to be in danger) while also working alongside local communities and authorities to develop and

promote alternative livelihood programs that will ease the pressure on precious natural resources. The Bintan Conservation Lab is directed by a dedicated Environment Naturalist based on site, assisted by two local wildlife rangers. The team facilitates the development of conservation programmes as well as enhances community development and public health of surrounding local villages. Since April 2007, the Bintan Conservation Lab has collaborated on studies with international and regional experts in their field. These include a reptile and amphibian survey, a coral survey, a bird and butterflies survey, as well as a study on the endangered Asian Box Turtle. As a result of the surveys and partnerships, experts have discovered over 60 species of birds in the resort area, of which 15 are listed as protected species; while approximately 40 species of reptiles and amphibians were identified within Banyan Tree and Angsana Bintan, and surrounding area, including two freshwater turtle species listed as vulnerable and endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). Research is ongoing, and further projects and partnerships are being developed to enhance the ability of the resorts to protect and promote the local ecology. In a display of Banyan Tree Bintan Conservation Lab’s efforts to preserve the natural habitat of its surroundings, the resort celebrated its very first birth of native hawksbill turtles. Hawksbill turtles are one of two of the world’s surviving marine turtle species that live around Bintan island. Although these turtles lay hundreds

In Bintan, the Banyan Tree architectural team, Architrave, made it a point to work with the site’s imposing terrain and its virgin jungle while consciously minimising the ‘taming’ of this majestic wilderness. Each of Banyan Tree Bintan’s 61 villas was meticulously slotted under the canopy of the jungle. To avoid cutting into the steep

Banyan Tree Bintan

slopes of the hills, and to prevent soil erosion, the villas were built on platforms and supported by columns. To preserve Bintan’s dramatic terrain, landscaping was kept to a minimum, and most boulders were left where they were. In fact, if one were to visit the resort today, you will see that a spectacular swimming pool within the resort was carved out of rock.

By embracing and reflecting the unique culture and heritage, Banyan Tree welcomes guests to broaden their horizons and retain the romance of travel. By designing each resort to fit into its respective setting, the beauty of local ecologies and communities provides a lasting impression of incomparable destinations.

BANYAN TREE VABBINFARU MARINE LAB

BANYAN TREE VELAVARU MARINE LAB

The hub of an innovative conservation and research effort, the Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Marine Lab provides a strong link between the private sector tourism industry and the social sector and environmental conservation community.

In 2007, a second research facility, the Banyan Tree Velavaru Marine Lab was established on the island of Velavaru in the South Nilandhe Atoll. The Marine Lab aims to further understand and safeguard the incredible diversity of the Maldivian reefs and ocean, at the same time actively encouraging guests to get involved in the discovery, protection and conservation of local marine wildlife and corals.

Launched in December 2003 on the island resort of Vabbinfaru, the Lab represents years of hard work and dedication to local environmental conservation and community issues. It provides the umbrella for coordinating extensive conservation work conducted by associates, guests and scientists while also providing a centre for raising environmental awareness within the communities in the Maldives. Professor Harrison is one of the many leading scientists invited to the Maldives Marine Lab in its efforts to further understand and safeguard the diversity of the Maldivian reefs and ocean. He works closely with the Lab’s renowned Director of Conservation, Abdul Azeez Abdul Hakeem, in training the Marine Lab associates, interacting with resort guests, giving presentations to the Ministry of Fisheries, and setting up long term programmes to collect raw data for future scientific research purposes.

Coral reefs are the heart of Velavaru island, geologically and biologically. They support 25% of all marine life and protect the coasts from wave erosion. Yet, they are poorly understood. The Lab has undertaken a variety of research projects regarding various aspects of reef ecology and inhabitant species, in an effort to expand existing knowledge of the ecosystem of the South Nilandhe Atoll. The Marine Lab will also focus on protecting sea turtles, a keystone species particularly vulnerable to a wide range of destructive human activities. Angsana Velavaru is a known turtle-nesting site, home to two critically endangered species – the Hawksbill and Green Sea Turtles. Conservation of nesting sites is not only vital to the continued survival of both species; it ensures that people in the future will be able to share in the delight of these creatures just as many guests of Angsana Velavaru, young and old, have.

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BANYAN TREE Gallery The Ties That Bind

BANYAN TREE Gallery The Ties That Bind

of Thailand. In the remote Sangkhla Buri district within Kanchanaburi lies a dedicated home, called Baan Unrak, to house destitute children and abandoned women. Located near the Thai-Burmese border, Sangkhla Buri is home to a large population of Burmese immigrants, Karen and Mon hill tribes, many of whom are stateless and poverty-stricken. Baan Unrak (“House of Joy”) Children’s Home was founded in 1991 by Didi Devamala, an Italian volunteer from the Neo Humanist Foundation, to provide shelter, education and emotional support to the needy children and mothers in the community. Baan Unrak grew from a home of initially two to more than 150 children today. The primary mission of Baan Unrak is to support them through means of offering an environment conducive for living and education, and to extend temporary food and medical assistance to those in extreme needs.

Baan Unrak weaving centre

The Ties That Bind Banyan Tree Gallery and residents of Baan Unrak are united in the art – and business – of weaving

A signature feature of every Banyan Tree and Angsana resort, Banyan Tree Gallery and Angsana Gallery play an important role in showcasing cottage crafts of local artisans while sustaining their livelihoods and craft skills through gainful employment. This core belief is the driving motivation behind the product lines of the Gallery.

Winter Collection

Behind every thread is a story. This is the unfolding tale of Baan Unrak, a haven for needy children and their mothers in Thailand, who are weaving their way into a secure future with the help of Banyan Tree Gallery.

Guests at Banyan Tree Lijiang and Banyan Tree Ringha, both in the mountainous Yunnan province of China, would have noticed a recent range of exquisite winter apparel appearing on the shelves of the Banyan Tree Galleries located on their premises. Warding off cool weather chills, items such as chenille jackets, hats and scarves are delicately hand-woven and inspired by a fusion of Thai, Burmese, Karen and Mon tribal designs, uniquely tailored in line with Banyan Tree Gallery’s mandate to be a socially responsible tourism retailer. These thick woven garments in the Gallery can trace their origins to a province called Kanchanaburi at the distant west border

In 2005, Baan Unrak also established a school to provide proper kindergarten and primary education, which was lacking in the Sangkhla Buri community. Due to rapid enrolment after the opening of the school, Baan Unrak faced challenges in accommodating all children with limited facilities. Towards the end of 2005, Banyan Tree Bangkok extended its support to fund the construction costs for three additional classrooms for the school. Baan Unrak has identified the primary factors behind the large number of abandoned children in their

within Baan Unrak to engage and develop weaving skills of women through sustainable employment and training.

community being the lack of employment for single mothers to sustain livelihoods of themselves and their children. When impoverished mothers fail to find any means to support their children, they abandon them or turn to prostitution. With effect, a traditional weaving and sewing center was established in 1995

Currently, the weaving center employs over 20 women weavers, sewers, and trainers. The products of the weaving center are mainly purchased by visitors to Sangkhla Buri and Baan Unrak. This presented an inspirational opportunity for the Gallery to reach out to the local community by providing employment to the women of Baan Unrak, through engaging their weaving and sewing skills, and bringing these products to a global audience. Baan Unrak believes that it is important to solve community problems from its root causes, by helping to keep families intact

through providing sustainable employment to women. In Didi Devamala’s words, “Parental love will offer the best condition and environment for children to grow up.” Achieving self-sufficiency through fruitful employment at the weaving centre, many residents of Baan Unrak have successfully moved out and set up their own homes. Through this first weaving project, the Gallery has fulfilled its retail objectives and Corporate Social Responsibility aims. Looking forward, the Gallery is developing another range of products with Baan Unrak, bearing hope that additional projects for the weaving center will reinforce the Gallery’s solid commitment towards supporting indigenous artistry and the livelihood of local communities.

SAVE THE WORLD

Banyan Tree Gallery marks Earth Day 2008 with green collectibles What does it mean to save the world?

For the creative minds behind Banyan Tree Gallery, their research turned to the endangered species that live in earth’s most beautiful but disappearing habitats. Pandas, elephants, sharks, gazelles, sea turtles and manta rays are some of the animals that you’ll find depicted across a world map, in the new Save The World collection aimed at raising global environmental conservation. As part of the interconnected circle of life, our responsible actions can lead to saving the world, and in turn, saving ourselves. But where do we start?

Here’s one way through Save The World at Banyan Tree Gallery. Pick up visor caps and casual cotton T-shirts for men, women and children. Handy shopping bags, made of natural preservative-free cotton, were also developed to encourage customers to recycle and reuse, as well as to reduce the use of plastic bags. Whenever possible, Banyan Tree Gallery adopts eco-friendly and recycled materials for its merchandise, and is dedicated towards continuous innovations in developing unique collections to promote increased green awareness. To commemorate Earth Day

Save the World

on 22 April 2008, the responsible retailer contributed a portion of its sales revenue between April to June 2008 to the Green Imperative Fund (GIF). The GIF was established in 2002 to expand and formalise Banyan Tree’s ongoing environmental conservation and community development efforts, and operates throughout Banyan Tree properties. The GIF provides financial support to worthy environmental initiatives and community-based projects, such as saving endangered marine turtles in the Indian Ocean and Andaman Sea, regenerating coral reefs in the Maldives, preserving rainforests and wildlife in Bintan and protecting the wetlands in Seychelles. The Save The World collection is available at Banyan Tree Gallery Singapore, as well as in galleries located within Banyan Tree properties in Bangkok, Bintan, Maldives, Phuket and Seychelles. Order online through www.banyantreegallery.com.

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Spotlight Laguna Phuket

Spotlight Laguna Phuket

land-based excursions around Phuket ranging from cultural and shopping tours, to a wide variety of adventure-based tours, which include activities such as Go Carting and All Terrain Vehicle tours.

Treasure in a Tin Mine Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Laguna Phuket has carved out environmental and business success in its niche as Asia’s largest integrated resort When Laguna Resorts & Hotels took over the abandoned tin mine at Bangtao Bay in 1984, the site resembled a moonscape. The ground was pockmarked with craters and littered with piles of blackened soil, discarded machinery and ramshackle huts. The soil was so leached by chemicals it was thought the area would never sustain vegetation. In 1977 a United Nations Development Plan team surveying Phuket’s tourism prospects, wrote off Bangtao Bay saying it was “too environmentally damaged to have any development potential.” However, Mr Ho Kwon Ping, Chairman of Laguna Resorts & Hotels, then saw the potential for developing the area into a premier resort and thus Laguna Phuket was born. The Revival It took remarkable vision, determination and US$200 million (then Phuket’s largest ever single investment) to bring this ravaged wasteland back from the dead. Earth moving equipment levelled the tortured terrain and enormous quantities of fertilised topsoil were trucked in to allow replanting of hardy native plants, such as Casuarina and palm trees. Fruit and flowering trees were added to attract birds and wildlife whilst the lagoons, once mining craters, were stocked with marine life.

Wedding Chapel

Laguna Resorts & Hotels Public Company Limited, has earned a reputation as a responsible developer whose interests combine hotels and real estate with an emphasis on quality and environmental protection. In addition to its core hotel business at Laguna Phuket, the company has successfully diversified into overseas properties, vacation ownerships, corporate training, managing a shopping centre and a tour operation, all of which support and strengthen the operations of its established resorts.

The Origins For centuries, tin mining, along with the rubber and fishing industries, had made Phuket one of the wealthiest provinces in Thailand. By the late 19th century however, large-scale commercial tin mining operations had taken over and offshore dredging and land mining were destroying marine life and eroding the soil. After mines were depleted, the miners moved on, leaving many pockets of the island environmentally devastated.

A sophisticated recycling system was built to handle refuse and sewage disposal and water treatment, eliminating the threat of pollution to the surrounding land and sea. And rather than tapping into Phuket’s limited water supply, Laguna draws its water from several freshwater lakes to run through an onsite water treatment plant. The low-rise hotels at the resort were designed to enhance the environment and reflect the beauty of Thai culture and heritage. Timber has been used effectively but sparingly to prevent further depletion of Thailand’s limited forestry resources.

The Future Laguna Resorts & Hotels’ work to protect the environment is still very much a major priority, fighting to prevent further beach erosion caused by previous offshore tin mining in Bangtao Bay. Millions of baht are spent every monsoon season to replace the massive amount of sand swept away into the deep holes on the ocean floor caused by previous dredging. Aeriel View Laguna Phuket

The Anniversary Today, Laguna Phuket spans six developments, comprising Banyan Tree Phuket, Sheraton Grande Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Laguna Beach Resort, Allamanda Laguna Phuket and Laguna Holiday Club Resort. It also includes residences and townhomes, an 18-hole golf course, spas, wedding chapel and shopping village. Having celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, Mr Ho Kwon Ping, Chairman of Laguna Resorts and Hotels said, “It gives me tremendous satisfaction to see the fruits of our labour blossom into the lush tropical paradise it is today and to see how, together with my colleagues, we have preserved the rich heritage unique to Thailand, imparting the warm hospitality and romance to all who have had the privilege of sharing this experience with.” Laguna Phuket steams ahead in its expansion, launching four new projects.The Laguna Deluxe Townhomes and Deluxe Residences are two-storey, semi-detached and detached homes, respectively. These Deluxe properties are approximately 30% larger and feature a new architectural design and upgraded home options packages, on bigger land plots than standard units.

units in standard design and eight units in deluxe version, all facing a tropical lagoon with spectacular views. These projects commenced in May 2008 and will be completed in 2010. Overwhelming demand for the Laguna Phuket Dusit Thani Pool Villas has led to the development being fully booked six months ahead of schedule. The second phase of 17 villas is situated on the southern side of the Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket Resort between a tropical lagoon, lush gardens and a beautiful beach. The villas will have lagoon views with some units looking out onto the Andaman Sea and is expected to be completed by beginning of 2011. All of the 17 Dusit Thani Pool Villas in phase II have been reserved. Plans for phase II will be released at the end of this year. Another exciting development to look forward to is the launch of Laguna Tours in November 2008. Six private luxury speedboats and six top-of-the-line vans, will be offering trips to nearby islands such as Phi Phi, Coral Island and Racha Islands, as well as Phang Nga Bay and the Krabi Archipelago. Laguna Tours will also offer

The third project Laguna Village Phase II, includes Residences VI and Townhome IV, extension of the ever popular Laguna Residences and Townhomes. These property development consist of nine units of Residences on land plots ranging from 1176 to 1146 square metres, and sixteen Townhomes consisting of eight

Watercourt, Banyan Tree Phuket

Laguna Phuket is not only concerned with the preservation of flora, fauna and ecosystems, but also what it calls the “human environment”. The company has developed a donation program to sustain projects that bring direct benefits to residents of nearby villages. These projects include a free pre-school for the children of employees and local villagers, medical services as well as educational scholarships. Awards Laguna Resorts & Hotels’ environmentally responsible approach to tourism has gained worldwide recognition. In 1992 it received the prestigious International Hotel Association and American Express Environmental Award for its achievements as an international resort and hotel development project with a proven record of environmental conservation. The International Hotel Association is the world’s only global hotel association, with more than 3,000 members in 145 countries. In 2000 and 2002, Laguna Phuket was awarded the Outstanding Performance Award for Best Tourist Resort Accommodation in the Thailand Tourism Awards.

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BANYAN TREE RESIDENCES

BANYAN TREE RESIDENCES

BINTAN

INVEST IN A TRULY RARE FIND Residences of unsurpassed beauty are now yours to own

Banyan Tree Bintan offers an exclusive villa lifestyle amid its mystic charm. Perched on hill slopes and stunningly integrated into its natural surroundings, relaxation comes easily in this verdant setting. Banyan Tree Residences Bintan provides tasteful Indonesian décor and awe inspiring views of the open sea. The one and two-bedroom Bayfront Villas epitomise the perfect romantic hideaway with all the luxurious trappings. All villas feature stunning oceanview sundecks with jet pools. Banyan Tree Residences Bintan are the perfect choice for lavish lifestyle. Beachfront DoublePool villas, Banyan Tree Seychelles

Two-bedroom Bayfront Villa, Banyan Tree Bintan

DoublePool Villa, Banyan Tree Phuket

Officially launched in 2007, Banyan Tree Residences provide an opportunity to invest in your own signature Villa, Townhouse or Apartment and receive an annual return of 6% for 6 years, and enjoy 60 days complimentary use every year. Investors are also entitled to membership of the exclusive Banyan Tree Residence Club, which gives owners privileges at other Residence locations worldwide.

PHUKET

Banyan Tree Residences are now available in five highly sought-after locations – Phuket and Bangkok, Thailand; Seychelles; Lijiang; China; and Bintan, Indonesia.

At Banyan Tree Residences Phuket, investors have a choice of three tropical property types to choose from. The three or four-bedroom Grand Residences are the perfect option for those owners who want the flexibility of a private holiday

Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and it is just over an hour’s flight from either Bangkok or Singapore. The resort itself is located within Laguna Phuket, one of Asia’s finest destination resort boasting five rejuvenating spas, over 30 bars and restaurants, a 24-hour medical clinic, shopping village and an award-winning 18-hole golf course.

home but with the peace-of-mind that their home is being looked after all year round. The DoublePool Villas boast one- and two-bedroom villas with private infinity pools, ample living areas, spacious bathrooms and fully-equipped kitchens. With romance and privacy in mind, the two-bedroom Pool Villas are designed around a poolside terrace, opening out to a swimming pool with sunken jet pool and raised relaxation sala. BANGKOK If city life is what you desire, then Banyan Tree Residences Bangkok may be the perfect choice. Few cities in the world fire the imagination the way Bangkok does. Set amidst the backdrop of one of Asia’s most vibrant cities, Banyan Tree Residences Bangkok comprise four floors of 24 contemporary two-bedroom apartments, fully-equipped with state-ofart appliances as well as all the luxuries that a discerning guest or resident has now come to expect from Banyan Tree. A home here provides the ultimate rejuvenating sanctuary while a bustling metropolis alive with fascinating culture, entertainment and world-class shopping awaits just outside the door.

Two-bedroom Apartment, Banyan Tree Bangkok

Three-bedroom Naxi Residences, Banyan Tree Lijiang

SEYCHELLES

LIJIANG

Pavilioned in spendour against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean, Banyan Tree Seychelles provides a rare glimpse of heaven on earth. Set along the south western coastline of the island of Mahé, amongst the unspoiled beaches of Intendance Bay and bordered by swaying Takamaka trees, Seychelles remains, quite literally, a breath of fresh air and powerful antidote to the stresses of modern living.

Lijiang in China is a UNESCO world heritage site offering excellent cultural diversions, fresh mountain air and breathtaking views of exotic sights such as Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Tiger Leaping Gorge. The Old Town of Dayan provides a feast for the senses, with little changing over the last 300 years.

Banyan Tree Residences Seychelles offers owners large living areas and spacious verandas. The one and two-bedroom Beachfront Villas are lavishly decorated reflecting the island’s rich colonial history. The villas feature steam rooms, jet pools, private swimming pools and sun decks. These villas offer sheer indulgence and taste of paradise, all with stunning sea views and direct access to the beach.

Banyan Tree Residences Lijiang offers authentic local architectural features combined with modern creature comforts. The Residences are faithfully designed to resemble the traditional Naxi buildings nearby. Let your senses feast on regal interiors dressed splendidly in rich russet and gold tones as you soak in your superior bathtub of ebony marble. When night falls, enjoy the crisp cool weather as you slip into the warm waters of your heated plunge pool, and enjoy a swim under the stars. Banyan Tree Residences provide owners with a worry-free investment along with the lifestyles benefits which have become synonymous with the Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts brand. To download brochures for each location and view a selection of DVDs, please visit our website www.banyantreeresidences.com or email us at residences@banyantree.com

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New Developments Brave New Frontiers

Awards Good Things Come in Twos

Corporate Social Responsibility “ASEAN Green Hotel Recognition Award” Banyan Tree Bangkok

Brave New Frontiers

“2008 PATA Gold Award – Ecotourism Project” ~ Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Awards Banyan Tree Bintan Conservation Lab

Charting cool destinations in China and the Middle East

Travel “Best New Hotels for 2008” ~Telegraph.co.uk Angsana Riads Collection, Morocco “Hot List 2008” ~ Condé Nast Gold List (USA) Banyan Tree Phuket “Hot List 2008” ~ Condé Nast Traveller (UK) ~ Condé Nast Traveler (USA) Banyan Tree Madivaru “Hot List 2008” ~ Condé Nast Traveller (UK) ~ Condé Nast Traveler (USA) Angsana Riads Collection, Morocco

Meydan city

“IT List, Asia, Australia & New Zealand” ~Travel & Leisure USA, IT List Banyan Tree Madivaru “Gold Award for Best New Hotel” ~Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Travel Awards Banyan Tree Al Areen

Spa “Best Luxury Hotel City/Resort” ~Gala Spa Awards Banyan Tree Al Areen “Top 10 International Spas – 4th” ~Celebrated Living magazine ‘Platinum List’ Banyan Tree Phuket “Day Spas – 3rd” ~Condé Nast Traveller Readers Spa Awards 2008 Banyan Tree Bangkok “Hot Spa 2008” ~ Condé Nast Traveler (USA) Banyan Tree Bangkok “Hot Spa 2008” ~ Condé Nast Traveler (USA) Banyan Tree Al Areen

Corporate “Chief Executive Officer of the Year Award” ~Singapore Corporate Awards 2008 Banyan Tree Holdings Limited “Boutique Hotelier of the Year” ~South China Morning Post / Harper’s Bazaar Style Awards 2008 Banyan Tree Holdings Limited

CEO of the year, Mr. Ho Kwon Ping

Good Things Come in Twos

Honouring exemplary leadership and making the coveted Hot Lists Banyan Tree was in the limelight at the Singapore Corporate Awards 2008 when Executive Chairman and founder Mr. Ho Kwon Ping was bestowed the honour of Chief Executive Officer of the Year. This accolade came hot on the heels of the Boutique Hotelier of the Year award at the Style Awards 2008, hosted and organised by the South China Morning Post and Harpers Bazaar (Hong Kong). In the same light, the Group’s resorts and spas are receiving top honours, with entry into the coveted Condé Nast magazines’ Hot Lists. After opening in December 2007, Angsana Riads Collection, Morocco has made its way into the Condé Nast Hot List 2008 in both the United Kingdom, and the United States, for its stunning heritage riads. This double success is replicated by Banyan Tree Madivaru, which features the first tented pool villas in the Maldives. Banyan Tree Spa attained duo recognitions in the Condé Nast Traveler (USA) Hot Spa, where both Banyan Tree Spa Bangkok, Thailand, and Banyan Tree Spa Al Areen, Bahrain, were lauded.

Banyan Tree is betting that you are dreaming of far-flung yet compelling destinations such as Ras Al Khaimah, China’s Dunhuang and Saint Lucia, among others. Ten years ago, the hospitality group identified beautiful beach destinations such as Bintan, Indonesia and the Maldives to set up shop. True to its original intention to string a necklace of jewels around the globe, Banyan Tree is building its new sanctuaries in deserts, cities and mountain locales that everyone will be talking about in time to come. Middle East’s positioning as a growing leisure destination and business hub has made it an ideal location for the Banyan Tree Group to embark on new developments. Leading up to 2011, there are 10 properties in the Middle East which include developments in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Jordan, and Oman. This will increase Banyan Tree’s total number of rooms in the Middle East by 30-fold, with the dynamic addition of 2252 rooms. As the first golf and equestrian resort in the Middle East, Banyan Tree Meydan will be the first pool villa-driven product in Dubai, and it is located in Meydan City, an integrated development in the heart of Dubai. Located within the region’s first upscale integrated resort in Sifa, Oman, Banyan Tree Sifa and Angsana Sifa are positioned as the anchor properties in a development that comprises more than five hotels, a marina town, retail facilities and a 18-hole golf course.

“Leading up to 2011, there will be 10 properties in the Middle East which include developments in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Jordan, and Oman”

Complementing the Group’s growing network of Angsana branded developments across the Carribean, Banyan Tree has signed a management contract for an Angsana Resort Saint Lucia in the island of Saint Lucia. Angsana Saint Lucia is the Angsana brand’s first integrated resort project that will comprise a full-scale resort with related facilities and amenities including a marina and a commercial center. The development will also include exclusive branded residences for sale and is slated for completion in 2011.

In China, Banyan Tree Dunhuang and Banyan Tree Tianjin will align their strategy to bring the Banyan Tree experience to the Middle Kingdom. Another first is the group’s agreement in historic Macau to create the first authentic spa hotel in Cotai. Banyan Tree Macau’s 251 suites is scheduled to be completed in 2009. Angsana Saint Lucia

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Directory Guide

Directory Guide

BANYAN TREE HOTELS AND RESORTS Group Sales & Marketing: 211 Upper Bukit Timah Road Singapore 588182 Tel: +65 849 5899  Fax: +65 6462 2800  Email: corporate@banyantree.com  Web: banyantree.com

TEL

ANGSANA HOTELS AND RESORTS Group Sales & Marketing: 211 Upper Bukit Timah Road Singapore 588182 Tel: +65 849 5799  Fax: +65 6463 5051  Email: corporate@angsana.com  Web: angsana.com

EMAIL

AFRICA

TEL

EMAIL

+212 2442 1979

marrakech@angsana.com

AFRICA

Banyan Tree Seychelles

P.O. Box 2086, Anse Aux Pins, Mahé Island

+248 383 500

seychelles@banyantree.com

ASIA PACIFIC

Angsana Riads Collection Morocco ASIA PACIFIC

Banyan Tree Bangkok, Thailand

21/100 South Sathon Road, Bangkok 10120

+66 2 679 1200

bangkok@banyantree.com

Angsana Bintan, Indonesia

Site 4A Lagoi, Bintan Island

+62 770 693 111

bintan@angsana.com

Banyan Tree Bintan, Indonesia

Jalan Teluk Berembang, Laguna Bintan Resorts, Lagoi 29155

+62 770 693 111

bintan@banyantree.com

Angsana Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Great Barrier Reef, 1 Veivers Road, Palm Grove, Cairns, Queensland 4879

+61 740 553 000

cairns@angsana.com

Banyan Tree Lijiang, China

Yuerong Road, Shuhe, Gucheng District, Lijiang 674100, Yunnan

+86 888 533 1111

lijiang@banyantree.com

Gyalthang Dzong Hotel, China

Shangri-La Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan 674400

+86 887 822 3646

gyalthang@angsana.com

Banyan Tree Phuket, Thailand

33, 33/27 Moo 4 Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay, Amphur Talang

+66 76 324 374

phuket@banyantree.com

Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel, Laos

Rue Chao Fa Ngum, Banthatluang, PO Box 741, Luang Prabang

+85 671 254 609

maison@angsana.com

Banyan Tree Ringha, China

Hong Po Village, Jian Tang Town, Shangri-La County, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, 67440

+86 887 828 8822

ringha@banyantree.com

Sheikh Zayed Road, PO Box 116957, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

+971 4 3217622

dubai@angsana.com

Banyan Tree Sanya Resort & Spa, China

6 Luling Road, Sanya, Hainan Province, 572000

+86 898 88609988

sanya@banyantree.com

Angsana Bangalore, India

Northwest Country, Main Doddaballapur Road, Rajankunte, Bangalore 560064

+91 802 846 8892

bangalore@angsana.com

P.O. Box 75055, Juffair

+973 17 845 000

alareen@banyantree.com

Angsana Ihuru, Maldives

North Malé Atoll

+960 664 3502

ihuru@angsana.com

Angsana Velavaru, Maldives

South Nilandhe Atoll (Dhaalu Atoll)

+960 676 0028

velavaru@angsana.com

Deer Park Hotel, Sri Lanka

Giritale, Polonnaruwa

+9427 224 6272

deerpark@angsana.com

MIDDLE EAST Banyan Tree Al Areen, Kingdom of Bahrain SOUTH ASIA Banyan Tree Madivaru, Maldives

AA. Ethere Madivaru, North Ari Atoll

+960 666 0760

madivaru@banyantree.com

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, Maldives

Vabbinfaru Island, North Malé Atoll

+960 664 3147

vabbinfaru@banyantree.com

BANYAN TREE SPA www.banyantreespa.com

TEL

EMAIL

SOUTH ASIA

Banyan Tree Gallery Seychelles

+248 383 500

spa-seychelles@banyantree.com

Banyan Tree Spa Bangkok

Banyan Tree Spa Gallery Bangkok Banyan Tree Spa Gallery Bangkok

+66 2 679 1052/4

spa-bangkok@banyantree.com

Banyan Tree Spa Bintan

Banyan Tree Gallery Bintan Banyan Tree Bintan Golf Shop

+62 770 693 100

spa-bintan@banyantree.com

Banyan Tree Spa Lijiang

Banyan Tree Gallery Lijiang Banyan Tree Spa Gallery Lijiang

+86 888 533 1111

spa-lijiang@banyantree.com

Banyan Tree Gallery Phuket Banyan Tree Spa Gallery Phuket Laguna Phuket Golf Shop Elements Jewelry by Banyan Tree

+66 76 324 374

ANGSANA GALLERY www.angsanagallery.com

TEL

EMAIL

Angsana Spa Morocco

+212 (0) 2442 1979

spa-morocco@angsana.com

Angsana Spa Vineyard Hotel

+27 21 674 5005

spa-vineyardcapetown@angsana.com

AFRICA

AFRICA ASIA PACIFIC

Banyan Tree Spa Phuket

Angsana Dubai

ANGSANA SPA www.angsanaspa.com

BANYAN TREE GALLERY www.banyantreegallery.com

Banyan Tree Spa Seychelles

MIDDLE EAST

spa-phuket@banyantree.com

Banyan Tree Spa Sanya

+86 898 8860 9988

spa-sanya@banyantree.com

Banyan Tree Spa Phoenix Seagaia Resort

+81 985 211 351

spa-phoenixseagaia@banyantree.com

Angsana Gallery Vineyard Hotel

+27 21 657 4500

Angsana Spa Allamanda Laguna Phuket

Angsana Spa Gallery Allamanda Laguna Phuket

+66 76 362 700

spa-allamandaphuket@angsana.com

Angsana Spa Bintan

Angsana Gallery Bintan Angsana Spa Gallery Bintan

+62 77 069 3111

spa-bintan@angsana.com

Angsana Spa City Club Taichung

Angsana Gallery City Club Taichung

+886 4 3602 8888

taichung@angsanaclub.com.tw

Angsana Crowne Plaza Kobe

+81 78 291 8063

spa-cpkobe@angsana.com

Angsana Spa Dusit Laguna Phuket

+66 76 362 999

spa-dusitphuket@angsana.com

ASIA PACIFIC

Angsana Spa Gallery Dusit Laguna Phuket

+66 76 324 320

Angsana Spa Great Barrier Reef

Angsana Gallery Great Barrier Reef Angsana Spa Gallery Great Barrier Reef

+61 7 4055 3000

spa-cairns@angsana.com

Angsana Spa Green View Chiang Mai

Angsana Spa Gallery Green View Chiang Maiv

+66 05 3298 249

spa-greenviewchiangmai@angsana.com

Banyan Tree Spa Ringha

Banyan Tree Gallery Ringha Banyan Tree Spa Gallery Ringha

+86 887 828 8822

spa-ringha@banyantree.com

Angsana Spa Guam

Angsana Spa Gallery Guam

+1 671 648 1680

spa-guam@angsana.com

Angsana Spa Gyalthang

Angsana Gallery Gyalthang

+86 887 822 3646

spa-gyalthang@angsana.com

Banyan Tree Spa Shanghai

Banyan Tree Gallery Shanghai

+86 21 6335 1888

spa-shanghai@banyantree.com

Angsana Spa Hong Qiao

+86 21 6233 2018

spa-hongqiao@angsana.com

Banyan Tree Building, Singapore

Banyan Tree Gallery

+65 6849 5761

+61 2 9247 3005

spa-jamisonsydney@angsana.com

+86 898 3889 8888

spa-kempinskisanya@angsana.com

+60 32 141 4321

spa-kualalumpur@angsana.com

+66 76 325 405

spa-lagunabeachphuket@angsana.com

Angsana Spa Jamison

Angsana Spa Gallery Jamison

Angsana Spa Kempinski

MIDDLE EAST Banyan Tree Spa Al Areenv

Banyan Tree Gallery Al Areen

+973 17 84 5000

spa-alareen@banyantree.com

Angsana Spa Kuala Lumpur

Elements Spa by Banyan Tree

Elements Gifts by Banyan Tree Elements Flowers by Banyan Tree Elements Flowers by Banyan Tree Elements Spa Essentials by Banyan Tree

+965 536 0000

elementsspa-kuwait@banyantree.com

Angsana Spa Laguna Beach Resort

SOUTH ASIA

Angsana Spa Gallery Laguna Beach Resort

+66 76 325 410

Angsana Spa Luang Prabang

Angsana Gallery Luang Prabang

+856 7125 4609

spa-luangprabang@angsana.com

Angsana Spa Park Island

Angsana Spa Gallery Park Island

+852 2296 4228

spa-parkislandhk@angsana.com

+61 7 5597 1111

spa-royalpines@angsana.com

+66 76 324 101

spa-sheratonphuket@angsana.com

Angsana Spa Sheraton Laguna Guam

+1 671 646 2222

spa-sheratonguam@angsana.com

Angsana Spa The Garden Hotel

+86 20 8333 8989

spa-guangzhou@angsana.com

Banyan Tree Spa Madivaru

Banyan Tree Gallery Madivaru

+960 666 0760

spa-madivaru@banyantree.com

Angsana Spa Royal Pines Resort

Banyan Tree Spa Vabbinfaru

Banyan Tree Gallery Vabbinfaru

+960 664 3147

spa-maldives@banyantree.com

Angsana Spa Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket

THE WORLD The World Spa by Banyan Tree

+1 305 779 3399

theworldspa@banyantree.com

Angsana Spa Gallery Kuala Lumpur

Angsana Spa Gallery Sheraton Grande Lagune Phuket

MIDDLE EAST OBEROI SPA BY BANYAN TREE

TEL

EMAIL

INDIA

MUSEUM SHOP BY BANYAN TREE, SINGAPORE www.museum.com.sg

TEL

Singapore Asian Civilisations Museum

+65 6336 9050

Singapore Art Museum

spa-emirateshills@angsana.com

Angsana Spa Gallery Golf Club

+20 65 358 0007

spa-golfclubelgouna@angsana.com

+65 6338 1016

gallery-sam@banyantree.com

Angsana Spa Movenpick Resort

Angsana Spa Gallery Movenpick Resort

+20 65 354 4501

spa-elgouna@angsana.com

National Museum of Singapore

+65 6336 3670

gallery-nm@banyantree.com

Angsana Spa The Montgomerie

Angsana Gallery The Montgomerie

+971 4 360 9322

spa-montgomerie@angsana.com

Library Shop

+65 6238 8205

Angsana Gallery Bangalore

Shimla in the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh, India

+91 177 264 8585

david@wildflowerhall.com

The Oberoi Vanyavilas

Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, India

+91 746 222 3999

gm@oberoi-vanyavilas.com

The Oberoi Udaivilas

Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

+91 294 243 3300

gm@oberoi-udaivilas.com

The Oberoi New Delhi

New Delhi, India

+91 112 436 3030

devendra@oberoidel.com

The Oberoi Mumbai

Mumbai, India

+91 225 632 5757

gm@oberoi-mumbai.com

LAGUNA PHUKET SHOPS

The Oberoi Cecil

Himachal Pradesh, India

+91 177 280 4848

gm@oberoi-cecil.com

Laguna Beach Gallery

Laguna Beach Resort Phuket

The Oberoi Amarvilas

Agra, India

+91 562 223 1515

gm@oberoi-amarvilas.com

Allamanda Shop

The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

Kolkata, India

+91 332 249 2323

ajit@oberoi-cal.com

The Oberoi Bangalore

Bangalore, India

+91 802 558 5858

huvida@oberoiblr.com

The Oberoi Bali

Bali, Indonesia

+62 361 730 361

gm@theoberoi-bali.com

The Oberoi Lombok

West Lombok, NTB, Indonesia

+62 370 638 444

gm@theoberoi-lombok.com

Pointe aux Piments, Mauritius

+230 204 3600

gm@oberoi-mauritius.com

Red Sea, Egypt

+20 65 3440 777

toshgm@oberoi.com.eg

MAURITIUS The Oberoi Mauritius EGYPT The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

spa-hotelsuitesdubai@angsana.com

Angsana Spa Golf Club

Wildflower Hall

INDONESIA

spa-arabianranches@angsana.com

+971 4 321 7622

Angsana Spa Hotel & Suites Dubai

gallery-epb@banyantree.com

gm@oberoi-rajvilas.com

kapil.chopra@trident-hilton.com

spa-dubaimarina@angsana.com

+971 4 361 8251 +971 4 368 3222

+91 141 268 0101

+91 124 245 0505

+971 4 368 4356

Angsana Gallery Arabian Ranches Angsana Gallery Emirates Hills

Jaipur, Rajasthan India

New Delhi National Capital Region, Gurgaon, India

Angsana Spa & Health Club Gallery Dubai Marina

Angsana Spa Arabian Ranches Angsana Spa Emirates Hills

The Oberoi Rajvilas

Trident Hilton Gurgaon

EMAIL

Angsana Spa & Health Club Dubai Marina

SOUTH ASIA Angsana Spa Bangalore

+91 80 284 68892

spa-bangalore@angsana.com

Angsana Oasis Spa Prestige Ozone

+91 80 2593 6299

spa-oasis-ozonebangalore@angsana.com

+66 76 325 410

Angsana Oasis Spa UB City

TBA

spa-oasis-ubcitybangalore@angsana.com

Allamanda Laguna Phuket

+66 76 324 359

Angsana City Club & Spa

Angsana City Club & Spa Gallery

+94 11 242 4245

spa-crescatcity@angsana.com

Dusit Shop

Dusit Laguna Phuket

+66 76 324 320

Angsana Spa Giritale

+94 27 224 6272

spa-giritale@angsana.com

Luxury Collection by Angsana

Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket

+66 76 324 101

Angsana Gallery Giritale Angsana Spa Gallery Giritale

Laguna Factory Outlet

Canal Village, Laguna Phuket Resorts

+66 76 324 454

Angsana Spa Ihuru

Angsana Gallery Ihuru

+960 664 3502

spa-maldives@angsana.com

Laguna Collection

Canal Village, Laguna Phuket Resorts

+66 76324 352

Angsana Spa Velavaru

Angsana Gallery Velavaru

+960 676 0028

spa-velavaru@angsana.com

Angsana Spa Bunratty

+353 61 478730

spa-bunrattyireland@angsana.com

Angsana Spa Tivoli Marine Vilamoura

+351 289 303777

spa-vilamoura@angsana.com

+353 64 30700

spa-brehonkillarney@angsana.com

TEL

EUROPE

Angsana Spa The Brehon

Angsana Gallery The Brehon

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