Banyan Tree Scoops Key Travel Accolades in UK & US

25th Jul 2003

It has been a phenomenal year for Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts as leading travel publications have consistently ranked the Asian brand among The Best in the World. Since the first Banyan Tree resort was planted in late 1994, the Banyan Tree Group has successfully developed into an international luxury brand renowned for its rejuvenation resorts and signature spa experiences.

In UK and US, Banyan Tree has featured in leading titles and brand management publications globally. Favoured by the famous and presented with abundant awards - these accolades affirm Banyan Tree as one of the best destinations in the world today.

Ambience, seclusion and luxury, are just some of the words used to describe the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa retreats in Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives and the Seychelles. Blending serenity with exotic sensuality, the spas are set in spectacular locations and offer exquisite spa services with uplifting treatments and healing massage therapies, encompassed by a philosophy that claims; “To indulge you with a complete sensory experience and make certain that you leave feeling restored and resplendent.”

Leading travel publications to rank Banyan Tree among the best in the world include:



Conde Nast Traveler - Hot List 2003

On Banyan Tree Seychelles: “If there is one absolutely irresistible feature - aside from the charming staff - it’s the spectacular spa, with individual treatment pavilions tucked between gigantic granite boulders.”

Conde Nast Traveler - Gold List 2003

On Banyan Tree Phuket: “At this ‘cluster of villas’, ‘the superb staff anticipated all my needs - I never had to ask for a single thing’. ‘Our room had glass walls and was surrounded by a lily pond - absolutely gorgeous’. Spa treatments ‘will relax even the most uptight person’ and the golf course is ‘quite challenging’. Restaurants ‘serve tasty Thai with impeccable service: Your glass is always full’.”
Robb Report - The Top 10 New Resorts for 2003

On Banyan Tree Seychelles: “Each of the 36 spacious, secluded villas offers majestic unimpeded views of the Indian Ocean, along with outdoor salas (traditional Thai raised platforms); private pools; outdoor sunken baths, showers, and steam rooms; open-air Jacuzzis; and barbecues ideal for a romantic dinner under the stars.”

Celebrated Living Platinum List 2003 - Top 10 International Spas

On Banyan Tree Bintan: “Spa treatments at the hedonistically exotic Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts will forever be seared into your mind. At Banyan Tree Spa Bintan, request spa pool villa accommodations, allowing you to revel in the good fortune of receiving your treatments within the privacy and luxury of your own infinity-poolside spa chamber featuring commanding views of the South China Sea below.”


Conde Nast Traveller - Hot List 2003

On Banyan Tree Seychelles: “For years, the main island of Mahe was ignored by discerning travellers ... That changed in 2002 with the opening of Banyan Tree on Intendance Bay, the finest beach on Mahe.”

Tatler - Abercrombie & Kent Travel Guide 2003

On Banyan Tree Bangkok: “The new Banyan Tree is a skyscraper sensation, with a spa floating between heaven and earth and the most enormous bedrooms ...”

On Banyan Tree Seychelles: “The most exciting, romantic new hotel in the Seychelles and the first destination spa ... The pamperee emerges de-stressed, detoxed and definitely radiant.”

Harpers & Queen - The Ultimate Spa Guide 2003

On Banyan Tree Seychelles: “Specific to this resort, the Rejuvenation and Renewal treatments last two hours and can be taken in the spa or in your villa, both are highly recommendable ...”

House & Garden - Gourmet Travel 2003

On Banyan Tree Seychelles: “In the Seychelles, the Banyan Tree has opened an exquisite small resort on Mahe, with a world-class spa. You stay in an impossibly pretty villa in the hills overlooking the sea, or on the perfect crescent moon beach.”

Some of the other accolades awarded to Banyan Tree include:

- Best Spa Resort - Conde Nast Traveller UK (2003)

- Top 100 Best in the World - Conde Nast Traveler US (2002)

- The World’s Top 100 - Conde Nast Traveller UK (2002)

- Top 3 Overseas Hotel Spas - Conde Nast Traveller UK (2002)

- Top 10 Overseas Leisure Hotels in Asia - Conde Nast Traveller UK (2002)

- Top 10 Asian Resorts - Conde Nast Traveler US (2001-2)

- Top Suites Award - Elite Traveler (2002)

- Asia Pacific’s Leading Spa Resort - World Travel Awards (2001)

- Top 10 Resorts in Asia - Zagat Survey (2001)

- Top 20 Spas in the World - Zagat Survey (2001)

- Best Golf Course in Asia - International Golf Travel Market (2001)

- Top Spa & Retreat Experience - Arts & Entertainment TV Networks (2000)

- Top 10 Hotel Spas - Travel & Leisure (2000)

- Ecotourism Award - Conde Nast Traveler US (1999)

- Highly Commended Award - British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow (1997-8)

The corporate mission of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts is to “Develop and manage upmarket luxury boutique hotels and resorts, which are steeped in Asian traditions and environmentally sensitive. Banyan Tree offers an intimate retreat experience featuring its own signature blend of romance, rejuvenation and exotic sensuality. The philosophy behind the hotels and resorts is based on providing a place for rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul - a Sanctuary for the Senses.”

Banyan Tree properties include Banyan Tree Phuket (Sep 1994), Banyan Tree Maldives Vabbinfaru (Apr 1995), Banyan Tree Bintan (Dec 1995), Banyan Tree Bangkok (Jan 2002), Banyan Tree Seychelles (Feb 2002) and Banyan Tree Spa Shanghai (Jan 2003).

Banyan Tree plans to spread its roots to Marrakech, Morocco and Queenstown, New Zealand in 2006.

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