Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape Honoured in 2023 Skift IDEA Awards

Following Multiple Accolades from Leading Travel and Lifestyle Publications

Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, a luxury nature-integrated resort by the Banyan Tree Group, has been recognised as the winner in the 2023 Skift IDEA Awards in the Industry Innovators: Hotels Category. This is one of the industry’s most prestigious accolades, as the awards celebrate excellence in design, creativity and innovation, spotlighting brands and businesses that are forging the path for the future of travel. 

Consisting of a mere 16 villas, each equipped with private pools and uninterrupted vistas of Bali's seven peaks, Buahan introduced the groundbreaking “no walls, no doors” concept in the island’s jungle hinterland of Ubud in 2022. More than a place of stay, this serene sanctuary invites guests to seek authentic experiences, rewild their minds, and connect with nature through activities ingrained in the Balinese way of life, all while positively impacting the local community. In just over a year, the Group’s first Banyan Tree Escape property has garnered numerous accolades from esteemed lifestyle, travel and design publications and sustainability certification bodies. 

Buahan’s innovative design and unparalleled guest experience, which encapsulates the essence of raw exploration, earned it the title of Global Winner in AHEAD Global 2022 Award by industry-leading publication Sleeper in the category of Landscape & Outdoor Spaces. In 2023, the editors and writers at Travel + Leisure magazine included Buahan into their coveted ‘Travel + Leisure IT List 2023’ – an annually curated list spotlighting properties that are at the top of their game. The luxury travel magazine also ranked the resort #3 in Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2023: Indonesia – Upcountry Hotels and #5 in Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2023: Indonesia – Hotel Pools.

A trusted source of inspiration and guidance for discerning travellers looking for exceptional places to stay, Condé Nast Traveler featured Buahan in both its ‘2023 Hot List and 2023 Wellness Hot List’. The eco-friendly resort has also achieved the EDGE green certification, which recognises buildings that have been consciously designed and constructed to minimise environmental impact and prioritise occupant wellbeing. 

Additionally, the resort was also named World's Best Luxury Hotel by The Star, and graced lists such as Robb Report Hong Kong’s ‘The Best in Travel’, GQ Thailand’s ‘15 Best Luxury Hotels & Resorts Around the World’, and ‘The 2023 Stay List’ by AFAR.

 “We are both elated and humbled to receive these prestigious awards for Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape– the inaugural property under the brand extension that celebrates nature, sustainability and community,” said Puspa Anggareni, Resort Manager at Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape. “Buahan encapsulates our vision of curating immersive experiences that connect guests to the beauty and richness of their surroundings, all while treading lightly on the environment and positively impacting the local community. These awards validate our ethos and fortify our commitment to making luxury travel more sustainable.”

For more information about Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, please visit https://escape.banyantree.com.

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About Banyan Tree Group

Banyan Tree Group (“Banyan Tree Holdings Limited” or the “Group”) is one of the world’s leading independent, multi-brand hospitality groups centred on stewardship and wellbeing while offering exceptional, design-led experiences for the global travellers of today and tomorrow. The Group’s diversified portfolio of hotels, resorts, spas, galleries, golf and residences is centred around an ecosystem of 10 global brands, including the award-winning Banyan Tree, Angsana, Cassia, Dhawa and Laguna, as well as the highly anticipated new brands of Homm, Garrya, Folio and two new Banyan Tree brand extensions, Banyan Tree Escape and Banyan Tree Veya.

Founded in 1994 on the core concept of sustainability, Banyan Tree Group seeks to create long-term value for all stakeholders and destinations across its network of properties, products and brands, through a purpose-driven mission. With over 10,000 associates across 23 countries, Banyan Tree Management Academy (BTMA) was established in 2008 to support the Group’s goals through advancing people development, management excellence, and learning with integrity and meaning.

Banyan Tree Group has received over 3,000 industry awards and accolades since inception over 25 years ago, most recently being named among the Top 25 Hotel Brands in the World by Travel + Leisure. It has also received recognition for its commitment to environmental protection and community development through its Banyan Tree Global Foundation (BTGF), which aligns the Group’s efforts to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Executing on its regionalised growth strategy, the Group’s global footprint continues to grow with over 50 new hotels and resorts under design and construction in the pipeline, in addition to over 70 operating hotels in 17 countries. As a global industry hospitality leader, Banyan Tree Group firmly embeds its mission to be a business that benefits all stakeholders, for the greater good.

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