|LONDON, Sept. 21, 1998 - - The Banyan Tree Phuket
has been named the world's top spa resort in the 1998 Readers Travel Awards
of Condé Nast Traveller magazine. The hotel received the award
here on Sept. 15 in ceremonies at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Opened just four years ago, The Banyan Tree Phuket has already won the
"best resort hotel" award from the Pacific Area Travel Association (PATA)
two years in a row, as well as the British Airways "Tourism for Tomorrow"
award for environmental conservation in a resort development.
Banyan Tree Phuket is located on Bang Tao Bay on the northwestern coast
of Phuket Island in tropical southern Thailand, a short drive from Phuket
International Airport. The resort offers 108 luxuriously appointed
villas surrounded by lush tropical gardens, Asian "watercourts" and an
18-hole golf course, as well as one of the largest Oriental garden spas
in Asia. In an ambiance of sanctuary and peace, guests experience
ancient techniques of healing and relaxation combinedwith the best of European
About Banyan Tree
Singapore-based Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of the Wah
Chang Group, is operated under its investment arm, Tropical Resorts Ltd.
The company's corporate mission is to develop and manage upscale luxury
resorts steeped in Asian tradition and environmental sensitivity. There
are three Banyan Tree properties; Banyan Tree Phuket (Thailand); Banyan
Tree Bintan (Indonesia); Banyan Tree Maldives Vabbinfaru. A fourth property
will open in Seychelles by the year 2000. All Banyan Tree properties are
members of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
|Banyan Tree Phuket is
located at Bang Tao Bay on the north-western coast
of Phuket island in Southern Thailand, 20 minutes drive from Phuket International
Airport. The resort is part of Laguna Phuket, Asia's first integrated resort.
Banyan Tree Phuket represents South East Asia's first luxury, garden
spa resort, designed to provide guests with an elegant and sensuous environment
in which to escape for relaxation and rejuvenation.
This resort offers its guests a sanctuary in which to experience a unique
holiday. Accommodation is provided in one of the 110 luxuriously appointed
villas, each with king-sized bedroom, spacious bathroom, mini-bar, coffee
& tea maker, in-villa safe, hairdryer, colour TV, an open air sunken
bath tub and secluded walled garden area. There are 48 Pool Villas (36
Pool Villas, 10 Lagoon Pool Villas and 12 Two-Bedroom Pool Villas), 28
Garden Villas and 24 Jacuzzi Villas. Each Pool Villa features its own private
swimming pool (9m X 3m) while the Jacuzzi Villa offers a private outdoor
jacuzzi (1.9m X 1.9m).
For information and reservations in the U.K., contact Small Luxury Hotels
toll-free at 0800 964470. Or view their web site at www.banyantree.com
or SLH's at www.slh.com