Historically a symbol for shelter, the banyan tree defines the spirit of sanctuary central to its eponymous hotels. At Angsana Resorts, on the other hand, contemporary living, tranquil ambience and thrilling adventure provide fun for the whole family. Kenwood Travel holidays, together with Banyan Tree & Angsana Resorts, are a winning combination.
Let’s take a look at some of our top worldwide destinations, and the Banyan Tree and Angsana Resorts that put them on the map for luxury, hospitality and signature holiday experiences.
1. VIETNAM: Angsana Lang Co
Gazing across Vietnam’s beautiful Lang Co Bay, with the dramatic Truong Son Mountain Range rising up behind it, five-star Angsana Lang Co’s scenery steals the show.
Sweeping vistas grace every turn, and local nature and heritage is showcased by nearby Unesco World Heritage Sites like the Complex of Hue Monuments, Hoi An Ancient Town and Cham Kingdom Sanctuaries of My Son.
A locale such as this inspires adventure, and motorised and non-motorised water sports let you turn up the tempo. Nature trails and walking treks can also be arranged, or stay onsite for an afternoon of professional pampering at Angsana Spa which, to complete the gentle stirring of the senses, is positioned to frame those stunning mountain or bay views.
Leisure and recreation. The Nick Faldo-designed golf course meanders through some of the most stunning scenery imaginable for a day on the links, creating a relaxing leisure pursuit.
2. RAS AL KHAIMAH: Banyan Tree Al Wadi
Welcome to one of Arabia’s up-and-coming destinations. That most of its hotels are no more than five years old certainly strengthens its claims to being a particularly high-spec luxury travel option.
Five-star Banyan Tree Al Wadi is at once a peaceful retreat and desert oasis. Nestled in the eco-rich Wadi Khadeja area, this resort enjoys a 100-hectare nature reserve plot. Just beyond is the Arabian Gulf and the stirring majesty of the Al Hajar Mountains.
From camel riding to deep-sea fishing and desert safaris to falconry, there’s a lot to explore. For relaxation, the spa trades in head-to-toe indulgence and revitalisation.
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The ‘Time Honoured Traditions’ treatment. A full-body massage that leaves you in a state of almost-floating relaxation. Call for details on your free 60-minute session when you book a three-night minimum stay.
3. INDONESIA: Banyan Tree Ungasan
Whether garden or ocean view, your luxury villa comes with a private jet pool and Balinese bale (pavilion), plus BOSE speaker system to add ambience to the tropical atmosphere. Our favourite villas are the tantalising ‘cliff-edge’ Sanctuary category which feature a 12-metre infinity pool. In villa dining is a real treat too with three different BBQ menus to choose from.
As always, the Banyan Tree brand supplies an effortless standard of comfort and hospitality. And it’s nice to see Banyan Tree bring their architectural innovations outside and in – a series of open spaces showcases the grandeur of this cliff-top setting to stunning effect, while honouring Balinese traditions.
Diverse dining. From health-giving herbal drinks created by a ‘Jamu’ master at Tamarind Restaurant, to seafood with an Asian twist at Ju-Ma-Na, cuisine here is novel, nutritious and delicious.
4. RIVIERA MAYA: Banyan Tree Mayakoba
The opportunity to personalise your stay transcends the obvious beach day or spa visit. Of course, no one’s steering you away from stretching out on the sands – or the massage table for that matter – but with a PGA golf course, mangrove boat tours and lagoon swimming on the agenda, it would be a shame to miss out.
The inherent romance of its exotic setting attracts honeymooners to Banyan Tree Mayakoba, while gazebo or beach venues add style and flair to your wedding plans.
Book a one- or two-day tuition with the Jim McLean Golf Academy and tee off with confidence.
5. THE MALDIVES: Angsana Velavaru
Maldives hotels are halfway to paradise simply by virtue of their setting. These gorgeous island idylls would make a beach shack feel like luxury accommodation. But that’s not to say that hoteliers like Banyan Tree and Angsana rest on their laurels when it comes to providing high-end holidays.
The natural attributes of a house reef, panoramic ocean views and white-sand beach are complimented by 79 luxury villas with private gardens, private pools, outdoor showers and more. There’s a genuine relationship with the outdoors at this tropical all-villa Angsana hotel, and not just on land. Snorkelling, fishing and exploring the 30 local dive-sites join turtle spotting in a wide range of wildlife encounters – Velavaru translates as ‘turtle island’, after all.
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We loved the laidback atmosphere at Kuredhi Bar. It’s a great place to unwind with a cocktail or hors d’oeuvres, but even better is the catch of the day seafood. The signature Seared Maldivian Tuna Nicoise was amazing.