Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 5th 2012 – Luxury hospitality developer and operator Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts announces that to date, the group has garnered 844 awards and accolades since flagship resort Banyan Tree Phuket opened in 1994. Thus far for Q1 and Q2 2012, 64 unique awards have been bestowed on the group.
The year began on a winning note with Travel + Leisure magazine anointing Banyan Tree Bangkok one of the 500 Best Hotels in the World, along with Condé Nast Traveller UK highlighting Banyan Tree Lijiang as one of the Best Hotels for Leisure Facilities in Asia, and Banyan Tree Seychelles as one of the Best Hotels for Leisure Facilities in Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean as part of their annual “Gold List 2012.” Angsana Bintan in Indonesia was noted for its conservation efforts by an ASEAN Green Hotel Award in honor of the resort’s commitment to preserving the local environment through various community outreach programmes.
The end of the first quarter saw Banyan Tree Bangkok bestowed with a Top 10 Hotels for Value in Asia award by Travel + Leisure as part of the magazine’s “World’s Best Value 2012” roundup. Banyan Tree Macau received an accolade as the Best New Hotel in China as part of Condé Nast Traveller UK’s “Hot List 2012.”
Banyan Tree’s spa practice is widely known as a pioneer in the wellness field, ushering in the open-air Asian garden spa concept, and developing many signature treatments at the group’s Banyan Tree Spa Academies in Phuket, Thailand; Lijiang, China and Bintan, Indonesia. This year, Banyan Tree Spa was recognized by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) with a Gold Award for Education and Training for the group’s Spa Academy. For the 6th consecutive year, Hurun Report China, a monthly magazine that publishes information on China’s wealthiest citizens, awarded Banyan Tree Spa with the Best Spa Brand award.
Banyan Tree’s lavish spa at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore was awarded a 35 Best New Spas in the World accolade by the American edition of Condé Nast Traveler in their “Hot List 2012,” and Banyan Tree Spa Phuket received a Best Spa in the World award from the UK Daily Telegraph ULTRAS Awards 2012. Finally, Celebrated Living magazine in the USA ranked Banyan Tree Spa Bangkok as number one in their Top 10 International Spas list, and Banyan Tree Phuket as number two in the lineup.