Banyan Tree has signed a management contract
with Hangzhou Westbrook Investment for a new hotel in China.
The Banyan Tree Hangzhou, located in the historic Xixi
National Wetland Park in southeast China, is scheduled to soft
open this October.
It will be the group’s
fourth resort to open in China since 2005, following the success of Banyan
Tree Ringha, Banyan Tree Lijiang and Banyan Tree Sanya.
The Banyan Tree Hangzhou is part of an integrated complex
comprising high-end hotels and conference centre, retail and
entertainment, and residential facilities.
The development is
within a 50-minute drive from Hangzhou Xiaoshan International
Airport, and 15-minute drive from downtown Hangzhou and the famed
Tree Hangzhou, which comprises 36 suites and 36 villas, is designed in Jiang
Nan style, giving an authentic sense of place and priceless
Starting from 122 square metres, each suite or villa
reflects both the hallmarks of oriental design as well as
contemporary amenities within a chic living space. The interiors
are replete with dark wood floors, delicately carved furnishings
and accented by splashes of vivid silk brocades, embroidered
fabrics and detailed tapestries.
Each villa is also
complemented by an outdoor heated jet pool, in a landscaped
courtyard, to accentuate the peace and tranquility of the natural
With a total area of 386 square metres, the
Presidential Villa is the single most luxurious abode, with
exclusive amenities such as separate kitchen, walk-in wardrobe,
dedicated spa treatment room and sunken jet-pool.
The Banyan Tree Spa will feature 10
indoor treatment pavilions, complemented by wellness facilities
such as beauty salon, gymnasium, swimming pool and yoga studio.
The spa therapists are specially trained at Banyan Tree Spa Academies
in Lijiang, China and Phuket, Thailand to deliver Banyan Tree’s
signature series of spa treatments that are inspired by
traditional Asian remedies. In addition, the Spa will introduce
Japanese-inspired Onsen treatments which also aim to replenish body,
mind and soul.
Small meeting groups are also well catered
for at Banyan Tree Hangzhou. Divisible meeting rooms allow for
multiple meetings to take place, and are specially suited for
brainstorm sessions and corporate meetings.
The resort also
features three signature food and beverage venues, which include
international favourites at the all day dining restaurant, and
authentic Cantonese cuisine at Bai Yun located in a grand dining
hall. A bar lounge, equipped with a glowing fireplace, is the
place to meet friends and take in the views of the lake.
With four seasons, Hangzhou
offers a different experience for year-round visitors. As the
capital of Zhejiang Province, it is also an important
transportation hub and centre for economic development. Its prime
location ensures its popularity as a choice for weekend retreats
or short getaways, being less than two hours’ drive from Shanghai
and easily accessible by rail and air as well. One of Hangzhou’s
most popular sites is West Lake, which encompasses historical
pagodas built into the sweeping environment of lakes and hills.
Within Xixi National Wetland Park, a ‘living water park’
has been preserved by recovery of wetland areas and restoration of
ecological systems, paving the way for the establishment of fish
ponds and reedbeds, and reintroduction of 270 biological specie
such as persimmon, mulberry, bamboo, willow and camphor trees.
Guests can visit various attractions, including the Plum Villa,
Autumn Snow Temple, Yanshui Fishing Villa, and Xixi Family House,
which are located within the reserve, which provide the historical
and cultural stories of the Hangzhou region.
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