To further elevate a purpose-led experiential travel connecting guest to nature and their surrounds during their memorable Bali vacation, Banyan Tree Group will soon launch their brand’s extension of Banyan Tree Escape through Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape.
Set to open in an off-the-beaten-track, untouched part of northern Ubud in September 2021, Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape symbolizes the brand’s vision and commitment to creating immersive experiences combining deep nature and sustainable design. Pioneering a “no walls, no doors” concept throughout the property and in each of its 16 bales (villas), Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, is an invitation into a different way of being.
At the resort’s heart are the Open Kitchen and Living Room, are both dining and lounge spaces created to evoke a sense of community. Here, guests are invited to learn how the resort reinvents the basics of food and drink through its unique zero-waste farm to table concept, local sourcing philosophy and heritage techniques. The menu concept, 70% of which is plant-based, is sourced locally within a one-hour drive from the property.
The resort’s other facilities such as The Botanist Bar is centred around the use of local-grown natural ingredients and botanicals infused into its beverages, while Toja Spa celebrates the wellbeing traditions from Buahan village and its surrounding areas, with a unique “open” garden experience – certified by the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa Academy. Scattered on and off the property, secret Hideaway Spots draw on the element of being at one with nature, providing guests with a garden sanctuary for meditation, reading, or simply taking a moment to pause and unwind.
The brand also celebrates unconventional craft forms, from its sonic branding approach to using re-purposed Ulin ‘iron’ wood from boat jetties, hand-carved wooden headboards, hand-smithed copper bathtubs and natural dye soft furnishings. The resort has 16 bales, designed to blend spacious indoor-outdoor living areas with 180-degree panoramic views and sounds of nature through a bold taste of ‘The Naked Experience’ where only a thin veil separates guest from nature.
To further immerse their guest with wonderful activities, a calendar of daily, weekly, and monthly events are provided by the resort to guides travellers towards a range of curated and self-led experiences around the three pillars connecting to nature, a discovery experience, and community integration. From the on and off-site daily ‘Happenings’ activities to collaborative events with visiting practitioners or local cultural festivities, the ethos of unique, rejuvenating and spontaneous opportunities for discovery hold firm and are a core of the brand experience.
To ensure the surrounding environment and nature were preserved, research on the sociological, architectural and cultural aspects was conducted within a 1-hour radius of the property. This research helped guide the team on how experiences are created and ensure guests feel immersed in the unique local experiences and understand the resort’s relationship to its neighboring community.