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Banyan Tree Escape to launch in Bali this summer

Getting away from it all at Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, in Bali.

Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, will finally open its doors this summer.

A delayed opening from last September, the much-anticipated property is now slated to launch on June 14.

This will be the first ‘Banyan Tree Escape’ branded resort to open in Bali.

The property is located in northern Ubud and will pioneer a ‘no walls, no doors’ concept, married with a sustainable design and build.

Just 16 ‘balés’, or villas, will be available at the boutique property, set around Open Kitchen and Living Room dining and lounge spaces.

According to Ho Ren Yung, vice president of Brand HQ at Banyan Tree, the group has owned the piece of land on which the hotel has been built for more than twenty years.

“The conceptualisation of Banyan Tree Escape started almost five years ago,” she said. “It’s a true labour of love and a bold experience proposition… At the heart of this brand is creating a way for people to be present, to unearth, to renew, and a way to truly ‘be here’. Fireflies in your room at night, and morning mists with the sunrise - it’s an unparalleled journey, communing with nature, alone and with others.”

The property embraces a zero-waste, farm-to-table concept in its dining space and the menu is 70% plant-based, with produce sourced within an hour’s drive. The Botanist Bar uses locally grown ingredients and botanicals infused into its drinks and the resort’s Toja Spa embraces an ‘open’ garden experience and wellbeing know-how from the local Buahan village.

Many aspects of the interior design use recycling or local crafting, such as the repurposed Ulin ‘iron’ wood from boat jetties, along with hand-carved wooden headboards, hand-smithed copper bathtubs and natural dye soft furnishings.

The resort is set amongst rice paddies and jungle next to the Ayung river and waterfall near Ubud, with sweeping views of the surrounding countryside and seven peaks. ‘Hideaway spots’ on and off the property provide quiet spaces for guests to relax and embrace the tranquillity.

A calendar of self-led activities has been curated by the team following research of the local sociology, architecture and culture to ensure experiences immerse guests in the local area and complement the resort’s relationship with the local community.

Gede Kresna, a local architect who specialises in Balinese design and environmentally friendly architecture, and his team carried out the studies and a summary of their findings will be available at the resort. Kresna worked closely with Banyan Tree’s head of architecture, Dharmali Kusumadi, who designed the balés and other resort facilities.

Bali is now open to tourists providing they hold a relevant visa and proof of vaccination. Visas-on-arrival have been reinstated for 43 nationalities (including China, Singapore, UK, Australia, New Zealand, France and the US); they are valid for 30 days and can be extended. Travellers must also still take a PCR test within 48 hours of departure and have proof of travel insurance. Quarantine is no longer required for vaccinated arrivals, no matter where they enter Indonesia (Bali, Jakarta, etc.). On landing, arrivals will be required to show a negative PCR pre-departure test, proof of an onward flight booking leaving Indonesia, a valid visa and the PeduliLindungi App downloaded to their phone.

More resorts opening in Bali

Beachside property Jumeirah Bali has launched in Uluwatu.

The Island of the Gods has welcomed a raft of exciting new destinations.

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