Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, is set to breathe new life into Bali’s acclaimed wellness scene when it opens in September.
Across the region, quarantine restrictions seem to be getting revised, which is great news for would-be travellers looking to maximise their post-pandemic enjoyment and minimise lengthy home (or gasp, government-approved hotel) detention. So as we look to travel destinations and potential hotels we could stay in, we’re bound to seek out new experiences, alternative concepts, refreshing new perspectives that are both close to home and a world away.
Just in time for that wanderlust, Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, prepares to open on Indonesia’s Island of the Gods. Flinging open its doors this September in a remote corner of Ubud on Bali, the new retreat will boast a “no walls, no doors” mantra across each of its 16 villas.
Now, while this may sound like a peeping tom’s wet dream, what the property is really trying to convey is an immersive, interactive and blissfully communal experience that breaks with the conventional resort mould (don’t worry, there are some doors) as the world emerges from its lonliest year on record.
Each of the villas embraces sustainability and reuse, from the use of re-purposed Ulin ‘iron’ wood, sourced from boat jetties, to hand-carved wooden headboards, hand-smithed copper bathtubs, and natural dye soft furnishings. Each of these heavily spaces is designed to blend spacious indoor-outdoor living areas with 180-degree panoramic views and the sounds of nature – hence the no walls and no doors mantra.
At the heart of the new hideaway are open kitchen and living room concepts, both of which promise to be as informative about the resort’s zero-waste, farm-to-table, locally-sourced philosophy as they are enjoyable to foodies. The menu is packed with local produce – 70% of which is plant-based – ensuring wellness and sustainability with every bite.
Even better, The Botanist Bar infuses locally-grown natural ingredients and botanicals into its beverages, while the Toja Spa celebrates the wellbeing traditions from Buahan village and its surrounding areas with a unique “open” garden experience that’s certified by the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa Academy so you know you’re in good hands.
Of course, there are many ways to commune with nature, and in addition to Hideaway Spots scattered on and off the property – perfect for a spot of self-reflection – the new resort will also offer a calendar of daily, weekly, and monthly events, ranging from visiting practitioners to local cultural festivities.
Think of it as the antithesis of lockdown we think you deserve.
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