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Banyan Tree Holdings Plans Major Expansion with Several Hotel Developments
and Refurbishments of Banyan Tree and Angsana Branded
Resorts Around the World

Singapore, 4 March 2011 - Banyan Tree Holdings Limited (“Banyan Tree” or “Group”), a leading manager and developer of premium resorts, hotels, spas and galleries, announces a slew of major hotel developments and refurbishments in 2011 – designed to enhance and expand the presence of the Group’s resort options for travellers from all around the world with its Banyan Tree and Angsana branded resorts.

Angsana Laguna Phuket – Flagship of Angsana Hotels & Resorts

In line with the growth and affirmation of Angsana as one of the leading brands in the premium hospitality industry, the Group announced the take-over, closure and major renovations (to the sum of USD 30 million) of the Sheraton Grande Laguna from 1 July, for the resort to re-open on 1 December 2011 as the re-branded Angsana Laguna Phuket. The extensive works will result in the restyling of the hotel lobby, rooms, restaurants, meeting rooms and facilities, as well as new and enhanced facilities for children and families. The Angsana-branded resort, sister brand of Banyan Tree, will be the flagship Angsana property showcasing Angsana’s new holiday concept, targeted to a new a new generation of individual and group travellers looking for a stylish vacation.

In line with the constant innovation which characterises the Angsana brand, the resort will introduce new and exciting concepts such as a tree house-inspired double-storey Kids’ Club and a Rice Bar featuring classic rice-based Asian favourites. Other facilities include the award-winning Angsana Spa, an Angsana Gallery, nine meeting rooms, and a 358sqm ballroom for functions and events.

Onward Hotel Reservations

Till 30 June 2011 (date inclusive), Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket remains operational, and enquiries on general matters and existing reservations may be made via telephone +66 (76) 324 101 to 7.  From 1 July 2011 onwards for stays from 1 December 2011, enquiries and reservations services for Angsana Laguna Phuket may be made via or telephone +65 6849 5788.

Angsana Velavaru, Maldives – No Lagoon Like It

There is no lagoon like it. Located in the pristine South Nilandhe Atoll in Maldives, Angsana Velavaru offers holiday makers a stunning private lagoon set among the clear waters of the Indian Ocean. The most active of guests will be kept busy. Angsana Velavaru is proud to announce 101 activities for the active and adventurous to indulge in while on holiday.

A plethora of activities in the lagoon, on the beach, in the sea, and on the water await Angsana Velavaru’s guests:
  • Canoeing, windsurfing, catamaran sailing, kite boarding, wake boarding, water skiing, banana boat rides, barefoot water skiing
  • Beach volleyball, football, Petanque, table tennis, gymnasium, billiards, kite flying, frisbee, spa massage lessons, picnics, bonfires, cooking class, Bodu Beru dancing
  • Guided snorkelling trips and snorkelling trails, private dives, diving for beginners to professional dives conducted by PADI certified instructors, whale shark sighting dives
  • Night fishing trips, private island picnics, champagne sunset cruises, sightseeing, island hopping to local markets, big game fishing, and more.

For relaxation, the award-winning Angsana Spa beckons, with Asian-inspired treatments to pamper and relax, rejuvenate and refresh. If marine life is of interest, take part in weekly marine talks at the resort’s Marine Laboratory. You can even sponsor and plant your own coral, adding to the coral regeneration efforts, and save the turtles as well.

For those with plans for wedded bliss, fulfilling every guest’s dream is our mission. Whether a Maldivian-style wedding at sunset, a wedding on a private castaway island or an underwater ceremony within the lagoon in a unique coral and shell garden, the staff at the resort can help organise the dream wedding ceremony.

Kids’ Club organises daily activities for the kids that include bubble making, swimming and snorkelling lessons, and after hours private care to ensure that the children are occupied and well taken care of.

A host of dining options await including Azzuro, the gourmet Italian restaurant; Kaani serves up international and Maldivian favourites; Funa for the freshest of the ocean’s catches; in-villa dining, bars, beach BBQs and romantic dinners on a deserted island.

DoublePool Villa – Your Private Resort

The DoublePool Villas at Banyan Tree Phuket bring the concept of a private resort to a whole new level. Nothing comes close to experiencing this ‘resort within a resort’ where each of the 24 villas have a land area of between 1,300 to 2,500sq m each, in one, two and three-bedroom configurations. Exclusively tucked away from the world and surrounded by private, expansive gardens, DoublePool Villas offer guests an oasis of tranquility, an absolute retreat to invigorate the senses.

Guests of the DoublePool Villas, even before arrival, are taken care of with the Express Airport Service – luggage pick-up, private villa entrance and in-villa check-in. During the stay, they will be attended to by their very own Villa Host, at beck and call around the clock, including the preparation of breakfast each morning – however and whenever the guests want it. The traditional coffee man also visits daily with his wares - strong black coffee prepared in the local Thai way. Other exclusive and inclusive treats for DoublePool Villa guests include traditional Thai ceremonies, Intimate Moments with your special one, Rainmist spa treatment for two, Flavours of Phuket gastronomy through the day, pre-dinner evening cocktails daily, and turndown and departure gifts. Guests will also be provided with two bicycles for their use to ride around the resort with if they so choose to go exploring on their own.
Other Developments

Banyan Tree Macau – Opening Soon

Banyan Tree’s expansion in China continues, with its latest urban-resort, Banyan Tree Macau, expected to open in the second quarter of 2011 as part of integrated resort development Galaxy Macau™. This 5-star pool villa spa resort features world-class facilities with the Banyan Tree’s signature private indoor relaxation pools in all its 246 opulent suites overlooking the city, a first in Macau.

Ten Pool Villas, ranging from 450 sq m to 950 sq m, in their own gardens on the ‘Beach Resort Deck’ feature both private pools and air-conditioned cabanas with sliding glass doors opening directly onto an exclusive poolside retreat.  With a dedicated villa host, the suites and villas are Oriental in design with high ceilings and ornate furnishings, complemented by auspicious vermillion red accents.

Choose from the 100 sq m Grand Cotai Suites, 150 sq m Grand Macau Suites or the 150 sq m Spa Suites with their own treatment rooms. The grandest of them all, a 670 sq m split-level Presidential Suite with two-bedrooms, a dining room, show kitchen and in-suite relaxation pool.

Among the Pool Villas are expansive 950 sq m Sanctuary Pool Villas, ideal for family retreats or a gathering of friends with two-bedrooms, a living area, show kitchen, spa treatment room, private pool, garden and Resort Host butler service.

World class meeting facilities include a grand ballroom for up to 1,200 and two conference rooms for corporate conferences and seminars, weddings and prestigious social events.

The multiple award-winning Banyan Tree Spa will feature in Macau with 21 treatment rooms offering its signature beauty, health and wellness therapies and products.

This 2,800 sq m haven of indulgence offers “sensory pampering and experiences steeped in holistic Asian healing traditions” alongside two tropical pools.

Four restaurants include the signature Belon Oyster Bar & Grill – complemented by a Banyan Café, Cabana Pool Bar and Lobby Lounge offer a wide range of gourmet experiences.

Resort facilities also include a lifestyle gallery showcasing indigenous arts and crafts from community projects worldwide, state-of-the-art gymnasium.

Banyan Tree Macau is just a stroll away from the glitz and glamour of Cotai City’s myriad nightlife and entertainment options – just 15 minutes from Macau International Airport.

Angsana Bintan – Above the Rest

In line with the growth and affirmation of Angsana as one of the leading hospitality brands, the Angsana Bintan resort on Bintan island, Indonesia, is currently undergoing a major refurbishment programme, carried out in phases so as not to inconvenience guests. By middle of 2011, Angsana Bintan will be ready to open its doors and welcome guests to all its refurbished rooms and public spaces, designed to provide an even more enchanting resort experience for travellers and their families, or corporate groups wishing to conduct creative and innovative meetings away from it all.

Other Hotels Scheduled for Opening in 2011

In addition, the Banyan Tree Group have a number of hotels scheduled to open in 2011, and these include Banyan Tree Riverside/ Shanghai, Angsana Hangzhou, and Angsana Balaclava/ Mauritius.

About Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts

The leading international operator in the boutique resort, residences and spa industry, Banyan Tree offers a signature blend of romance and travel with a green conscience. The philosophy behind the hotels, resorts, residences, spas, retail galleries and destination club is based on rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul – a Sanctuary for the Sense.

To date, the Banyan Tree Group manages and/or has ownership interests close to 30 resorts and hotels, over 60 spas and over 80 retail galleries; as well as three golf courses.

Angsana Hotels and Resorts

Angsana is a hotel brand that caters to the modern traveller seeking style and authenticity. Comprising contemporary and chic retreats, Angsana properties are designed to create and deliver vibrant enlivening experiences for guests at work and at play. Each Angsana hotel, resort, spa and retail gallery exudes the spirit and conscience of its environment, while offering a strong sense of individuality infused with our Asian heritage. Facilities and services at all Angsana properties are focused on enabling guests to draw the most of every moment.

Managed by the Banyan Tree Group, Angsana Hotels and Resorts operates close to 10 resorts and hotels, over 40 spas, and 40 retail galleries.


Ms Aileene Thangaveloo
Director, Marketing Communications
Tel +65 6849 5756

Tracy Lui
Senior Manager, Public Relations
Tel: +65 6849 5876


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Also see: Banyan Tree Appointed to Re-brand and Manage the Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket as Angsana Laguna Phuket / February 2011

Banyan Tree Holdings Names Arthur Kiong, Bernold O. Schroeder, and Paul Rene Lee to Executive Appointments to Support Global Growth / November 2010

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