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Banyan Tree Opening Luxury Resort in China's
Yunnan Province, the Banyan Tree Ringha

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Singapore, 4 July 2005 – Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts adds to its collection of high-end resorts a unique sanctuary in China’s magnificent Yunnan province bordering Tibet, the Banyan Tree Ringha.

Mr. Ho Kwon Ping, Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Group was struck by the rustic charm of the Tibetan lifestyle and the breathtaking landscape when he first visited Ringha. He expressed, “This unexplored region, with its majestic peaks, eco-diversity and rich culture, is a dream destination that has only been explored by a handful of travelers. By choosing Shangri-la as our first Banyan Tree property in China, we continue to epitomise the spirit of travel, adventure and romance that our discerning guests expect from the brand.”

Cultural Accents

Banyan Tree Ringha imparts a unique sense of place to its guests, through Banyan Tree’s cultural and environmental initiatives. The resort is made of authentic Tibetan farmhouses that were personally selected and purchased by the hotel group, taken down and reconstructed in the traditional style of meticulously piling the logs one on top of another in a new site at Ringha Valley. This ensured that no newly cut timber were required, while the original character of the dwellings were kept intact.

Banyan Tree Ringha features 32 stunning Tibetan suites and lodges. Each room comes with a luxuriously designed bathroom fitted with a handcrafted wooden bathtub.

The lobby with a blazing fireplace, restaurant, bar lounge and library will also be located in the Tibetan houses. The interior is decorated with contemporary Tibetan art and crafts, featuring exquisitely woven rugs and drapes in bright and vibrant colours. The resort boasts of the signature Banyan Tree Spa and Banyan Tree Gallery.

Explore and Experience

Apart from the allure of the unique accommodation, Banyan Tree group is confident of Ringha’s nature and cultural tourism offerings. The charm and beauty of this mostly unexplored destination varies, as it is home to a plethora of experiences to visitors. Ringha is conveniently set among dramatic terrains presenting a kaleidoscope of seasonal experiences as well as ancient temples, palaces and monasteries that have witnessed Tibet’s storied past.

Banyan Tree Ringha is set against the backdrop of the enchanting Temple of the Five Wisdom Buddhas and faces the spectacular Ringha River. The resort will offer a selection of unique tour options that draws guests to absorb the breath-taking sights and intriguing cultural landscape, while treating them to the finer touches and services in the true Banyan Tree style.

Location
Set against the backdrop of the enchanting Temple of the Five Wisdom Buddhas, Ringha Valley faces the spectacular Ringha River in Shangri-La, China. Located 3,600m above sea level, Shangri-La is one of the three counties that make up the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan. 

Banyan Tree Ringha is a scenic 40 minutes’ drive from Diqing Airport, or a short 50-minute flight from Kunming International Airport. Alternatively, guests can choose to take a 15-hour coach ride from Kunming to Diqing, or a 5-hour drive from Lijiang.

Accommodations
Banyan Tree Ringha offers 15 beautiful 1-bedroom Tibetan suites, 11 rustic 2-bedroom Tibetan lodges and 6 exquisite Spa Suites. Each room comes with a luxuriously designed bathroom fitted with a handcrafted wooden bathtub. Amenities include a mini-bar, a room safe, a coffee and tea maker, a hairdryer, specially designed bathrobes, bedroom footwear, warm winter linens, IDD telephone, a colour TV with international channels, and professional laundry service.

This magnificent resort consists of Tibetan farmhouses, which the resort group had purchased, taken down and reconstructed in the traditional style of meticulously piling the logs one on top of another in a new site at Ringha Valley. The interior is beautifully decorated with contemporary Tibetan art and crafts, featuring exquisitely woven rugs and attractive drapes in bright and vibrant colours. The lobby with a blazing fireplace, restaurant, bar lounge and library will also be located in the Tibetan houses.

Dining
At Banyan Tree Ringha, guests have a selection of three restaurants to dine at – The Llamo Restaurant, the Tea House, and a Bar. Llamo is a Tibetan word to describe a place where common activities are held and a place of congregation. This restaurant offers local entertainment and serves delectable Chinese and Western cuisines, with special emphasis on local ingredients and specialties.  Alternatively, guests can choose to dine in their suites and lodges.

Banyan Tree resorts are found in Phuket, Thailand (1994), Maldives Vabbinfaru (1995), Bintan, Indonesia (1995), Bangkok, Thailand (2002), Seychelles (2002). Flagship Banyan Tree Phuket was the first to introduce a tropical garden spa concept.

Contact:

Agnes Tan
Head, Online Communications
tel +65 68495756
email agnes.tan@banyantree.com
Banyan Tree Building
211 Upper Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 588182
www.banyantree.com

Also See: Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific Honors Ho Kwon Ping with the Innovation Award and Paul Dubrule the Lifetime Acheivement Award / July 2003
Singapore-based Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts Plans to Build 9 Properties Over Next Two Years; Dubai, Greece, Morocco, Mexico and China / November 2004


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