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Around The World in 20 Ways – Celebrate a Passion for Travel with Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Singapore, June 2014: In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts has created a unique journey of discovery: Around the World in 20 Ways welcomes guests into the heart and soul of Banyan Tree. This special trip opens the door to some of the world’s most aspirational travel experiences, designed by one of the world’s most passionate hotel groups.

20 experiences across the Banyan Tree and Angsana portfolio have been specially selected for this unique, once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Staying at the 20 featured resorts for at least two nights each, this 40 night journey spans three continents, six time zones, 11 countries and a fusion of cultures, languages and experiences.

Highlights of the 40 night itinerary include a thrill-seeking flight over Mauritius and an organic farm experience in the Seychelles; to a lesson in falconry in the UAE desert; adopting a turtle in the Maldives and relaxing in hot springs in China. From the white sand beaches of the Indian Ocean to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Vietnam; on to the highlands of China and culminating where it all began for Banyan Tree in Thailand, this exclusive experience is available for Banyan Tree guests during the 20th anniversary year of 2014.

Guests who book the Around the World in 20 Ways anniversary package can start or finish their journey at any of the Banyan Tree or Angsana properties featured in the itinerary. This voyage of discovery has been designed to capture the romance and passion of the Banyan Tree brand; from its sustainable beginnings in Phuket to its innovative product offerings and latest hotel openings.

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey from USD $50,000 per couple*

*Based on two guests sharing accommodation and travelling together, the rate is an approximate cost including economy flights (ex-Singapore); the 20 ‘Anniversary experiences’ featured in the package; hotel accommodation (based on a bed and breakfast basis at all of the hotels except Angsana Balaclava Mauritius – half board and Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru- full board). The rate does not include airport transfers, local taxes or additional expenses. Valid for travel in 2014 only.

 

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Banyan Tree Hotels & 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 Senses. Angsana Hotels & Resorts is the ideal complement to Banyan Tree, comprising contemporary, chic and ecologically sensitive retreats. Based in areas of outstanding natural beauty and exciting city hubs, Angsana hotels, resorts, residences, spas and retail galleries reflect the spirit and communities of its environment.

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

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 Around the World in 20 Ways

Anniversary Experience by Banyan Tree

Day 1-2: The Seychelles @ Banyan Tree Seychelles
Begin your journey in style at Banyan Tree Seychelles. Originally the location for the holiday homes of Peter Sellers and George Harrison, this beautiful, colonial style spa- retreat is a paradise island escape.

Anniversary Experience:
Guests can test their culinary skills at the resort’s organic farm’, where they can discover Seychelles’ finest cuisine with a cooking demonstration and lunch with one of the resort’s chefs.

 

Day 3-4: Mauritius @ Angsana Balaclava Mauritius
For romance with a twist, this boutique beach retreat is the perfect place for couples to escape.

Anniversary Experience:
Guests can enjoy an adrenaline-filled private airplane tour over the stunning mountains and coastline of Mauritius.

 

Day 5-6: The Maldives @ Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
A Robinson Crusoe island-paradise, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru is home to one of the largest Marine Laboratories in the Maldives.

Anniversary Experience:
On board the stunning Banyan Velaa yacht; guests can enjoy a four hour day cruise around the islands to uncover the natural beauty of the Maldives.

 

Day 7-8: The Maldives @ Angsana Ihuru
A boutique island-retreat, located just across the water from Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, perfectly designed for couples.

Anniversary Experience:
Guests can up their eco credentials by helping the Marine Laboratory and Dive staff with the Turtle Head Start Programme protecting Green Sea and Hawksbill turtles, culminating with adopting a turtle.

 

Day 9-10: United Arab Emirates @ Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach
Next on the celebratory voyage is the enchanting Banyan Tree Ras al Khaimah beach resort just an hour’s drive from Dubai.

Anniversary Experience:
Guests will be swept away to visit the only pearl farm in the United Arab Emirates for an insight into the history of pearl farming and techniques used for harvesting. Guests can choose their own oysters to design and create a signature jewelry masterpiece.

 

Day 11-12: United Arab Emirates @ Banyan Tree Al Wadi
Just a short 20 minute drive inland, Banyan Tree Al Wadi is an all-pool villa resort amidst 500 hectares of rolling dunes in the Arabian Desert.

Anniversary Experience:
Unique to Banyan Tree is the chance to experience the first official Falconry Course at a resort in the UAE. The two day course is split into theory and practical lessons, including handling, hooding, weight management and Radio tracking.

 

Day 13-14: China @ Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund
Next on the anniversary trail is one of China’s most exciting cities where Banyan Tree opened its impressive urban spa retreat in 2012.

Anniversary Experience:
Enjoying the simple pleasure of an exotic afternoon tea overlooking the Huangpo River with panoramic views across to the city is one to savour.

 

Day 15-16: China @ Banyan Tree Lijiang
This stunning resort in Yunnan is found on the ancient tea route and close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lijiang, known as the ‘Venice of the Orient’.

Anniversary Experience:
Guests can discover stunning natural sights on a day tour to the Tiger Leaping Gorge or Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, as well as a unique shopping tour in search of historical artefacts in the old town.

 

Day 17-18: China @ Banyan Tree Lijiang
This stunning resort in Yunnan is found on the ancient tea route and close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lijiang, known as the ‘Venice of the Orient’.

Anniversary Experience:
Guests can discover stunning natural sights on a day tour to the Tiger Leaping Gorge or Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, as well as a unique shopping tour in search of historical artefacts in the old town.

 

Day 17-18: China @ Banyan Tree Chongqing Beibei
Recently opened, Banyan Tree Chongqing Beibei is surrounded by the magnificent landscape of Jinyun Mountain Nature reserve offering a true sanctuary for the senses with its curative waters from the North Hot Springs.

Anniversary Experience:
The resort boasts nine hot spring pools enabling guests to relax in restorative hot spring water, famed for soothing the skin and muscular ailments. Perfect to complement with the signature spa treatment ‘Royal Banyan’ at the Spa.

 

Day 19-20: China @ Angsana Tengchong Hot Spring Village
One of China’s leading hot spring retreats with mineral rich waters and a perfect tropical highland climate, this intimate boutique resort is found on the western edge of Yunnan province.

Anniversary Experience:
Here, guests are able to take advantage of a dedicated three-storey indoor Hot Spring Centre and Outdoor Hot Spring Area with an array of 43 outdoor and indoor hot spring pools.

 

Day 21-22: Vietnam @ Banyan Tree Lang Co
Recently opened on the stunning beach of Lang Co in Central Vietnam, Banyan Tree Lang Co is a serene all-pool villa, boutique resort surrounded by verdant vistas and equidistant to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Anniversary Experience:
For the golf aficionado, the Laguna Lang Co Golf Club awaits, an 18-hole, par-71 championship course designed by Sir Nick Faldo, delivers a unique experience that can be enjoyed by skilled and novice players alike.

 

Day 23-24: Vietnam @ Angsana Lang Co
The lively sister resort of Banyan Tree Lang Co, here guests can indulge in the array of restaurants, spa, the beach or simply relax in one of Asia’s longest swimming pools.

Anniversary Experience:
Discover the charms of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Hoi An, Hue or My Son on a half day private tour – sample Vietnamese delicacies and pick out exotic shopping gifts to take back home.

 

Day 25-26: Indonesia @ Banyan Tree Bintan
Just a 45 minute ferry ride from Singapore, this all villa resort offers breath-taking views of the South China Sea, a pristine beach, championship golf course and a highly acclaimed spa.

Anniversary Experience:
Home to rare animals such as the silver leaf monkey and sun bird, nature lovers will enjoy trekking up the 340-metre Gunung Bintan and exploring Bintan’s dense tropical rainforest conservation team.

 

Day 27-28: Laos @ Maison Souvannaphoum
Situated in the historic town of Luang Prabang, Maison Souvannaphoum possesses an interesting heritage of its own as the former residence of the late Prince Souvanna Phouma.

Anniversary Experience:
Gourmands will delight in discovering the exciting flavours of Laos cuisine with the specially tailored market tour and private cooking class at Maison Souvannaphoum.

 

Day 29-30: South Korea @ Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul
Overlooking Seoul’s picturesque Namsan Mountain, this resort is Banyan Tree’s first combination of an urban retreat and private members club, offering a sanctuary in the heart of one of the world’s most exciting cities.

Anniversary Experience:
The expansive outdoor pool is the centrepiece of this hotel. Here, 23 cabanas, equipped with separate private pools are available for guests to use or there’s the Oasis Restaurant to enjoy a pool-side barbeque in the summer. In the warmer months, there’s also a golf range to practice that swing.

 

Day 31-32: Bali @ Banyan Tree Ungasan
Banyan Tree Ungasan is a striking resort overlooking the Indian Ocean in the south of Bali, designed in the style of a traditional Balinese village surrounded by tropical fauna and flora.

Anniversary Experience:
For something special, the resort offers exclusive In-Villa Barbecues prepared by a private chef so guests are able to admire the magnificent panoramic views of the ocean in pure gastronomic style.

 

Day 33-34: Thailand @ Banyan Tree Bangkok
A stopover in one of Asia’s most loved cities is a must. Guests at Banyan Tree Bangkok can relish in the sumptuously-designed rooms and suites, array of restaurants and award-winning spa. Not to be missed is the rooftop Moon Bar or Vertigo restaurant or a river cruise on board the hotel’s enchanting Apsara boat.

Anniversary Experience:
A river night cruise on board the Apsara enables guests to soak in the culture of Bangkok’s riverside communities, whilst Banyan Tree Bangkok’s chefs prepare a feast fit for a king.

 

Day 35-36: Thailand @ Banyan Tree Samui
An island hop away, Banyan Tree Samui is a beautifully positioned spa resort, home to the only Rainforest spa in Koh Samui. The pool- villas cascade down the hillside to the resort’s private beach.

Anniversary Experience:
Against the backdrop of the picturesque Gulf of Thailand, couples are able to experience the finest cuisine in a softly-illuminated pavilion on the beach. The private ‘Dinner of the Legend: Samui Episode’ offers a unique and memorable dinner just for two.

 

Day 37-38: Thailand @ Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary, Phuket
After an exhilarating race around the world, it may be time for guests to relax and unwind in style at Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary, the peaceful health and wellness retreat far from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Anniversary Experience:
For the ultimate spa experience, the world-famous Banyan Tree Spa offers a unique ‘Banyan Day’ series of treatments incorporating hydro therapies, facials and massages to revitalise mind, body and soul.

 

Day 39-40: Thailand @ Banyan Tree Phuket
Finishing where it all began for Banyan Tree in 1994, the final stop of this journey of discover will give guests the chance to take in Banyan Tree’s heritage by visiting the Group’s inaugural, flagship resort.

Anniversary Experience:
For the ultimate in luxury, guests can book to stay in one of the exclusive DoublePool Villa’s, featuring two pools, an outdoor jet-pool, sala and spacious poolside terrace, as well as a personal villa host to ensure a 24/7 VIP experience.

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