At Turquoise, we love to discover the secrets of the hotels we work with, so here is the story of how The Banyan Tree group began:

In days gone by, the Banyan tree provided shelter to weary travellers. Symbolising the relief and comfort provided by nature, the company adopted the name for a special group of hotels that stretch across the globe and offer rest and relaxation to the world-weary.

“Banyan Tree provides naturally-luxurious, ecological, culture-sensitive experiences for the discerning, responsible traveller”

Thirty years ago, The Banyan Tree founders purchased a vast expanse of coastal land in Phuket, Thailand dotted by lagoons of the most intense cobalt blue. Only to discover that its beauty came not from Mother Nature, but the pollution by the previous tenant, a tin mine. Rather than walk away, they dedicated themselves to cleansing the acid-laden soil by planting more than 7,000 trees. In doing so, they transformed this ecological wasteland into the environmentally sensitive first Banyan Tree resort in 1994. Since those beginnings their passion and focus on the journey, discovery and the romance of travel remains at the core of their business today.

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The Banyan Tree Ungasan is set dramatically on a cliff high above the Indian Ocean on the very southern tip of Bali. This part of the island is much quieter than the more developed costal resorts of Sanur, Jumbaran, Seminyak and Nusa Dua, making it a haven for pure relaxation, indulgence and of course appreciating the stunning views. View

The Banyan Tree Bangkok is one of the tallest and most stylish luxury hotels in the Thai capital, with fabulous panoramic views over the city. It combines the old world charm of Thailand with the elegant and understated sophistication synonymous with the Banyan Tree brand. View

Banyan Tree Lang Co is a new luxury resort set near a quiet fishing village on a large, crescent shaped bay, between Vietnam’s ancient imperial capital Hue and the atmospheric heritage town of Hoi An. Part of a larger complex called Laguna Lang Co, the Banyan Tree offers complete privacy, exclusivity and the most luxurious accommodation in this stunning setting. View

There are many beachfront, luxury resorts on Koh Samui, and indeed in Thailand, but every now and again you come across one which seems to epitomise everything you would expect from a fabulous retreat in the ‘land of smiles’. The Banyan Tree Samui is just such a place. Set into the hillside, the resort commands exceptional views over the sapphire waters of Lamai Bay which lap the pristine white sands of the beach below. View

Set on the pretty south-west coast of Mahé, 60 pool villas tumble down a craggy hillside punctuated with granite boulders to the powder white soft sands of Anse Intendance – widely regarded as one of the finest beaches on the planet! View

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