Banyan Tree to debut in India


Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts has confirmed that the Banyan Tree Kerala will open its doors in the first quarter of 2013, marking the luxury hotel group’s debut in India.

Located on a private island in the backwaters of the southern Indian state, Banyan Tree Kerala will be an all-pool villa retreat, located one hour from Kochi airport.

Banyan Tree Kerala will offer 59 pool villas
Banyan Tree Kerala will offer 59 pool villas

Visitors will be ferried to the island of Nediyathuruthu on a 10-minute boat ride from the resort’s private jetty in nearby Vaduthala, through Kerala’s famous palm-lined backwaters.

Each of the resort’s 59 wooden villas features a private pool and views of the surrounding waterways and canals, while the resort’s ‘Activity Island’ includes a grass function area, sports court, a climbing wall, archery range and an obstacle course.  

The resort will also be home to Banyan Tree’s first Ayurvedic Centre which offers personalised consultations by qualified Ayurvedic doctors. The on-site Banyan Tree Spa will feature four Ayurvedic treatment rooms plus six spa pavilions, as well as a gymnasium and yoga area. Other facilities include a library, games room and kids’ club.

Banyan Tree Kerala also offers five F&B outlets, comprising two restaurants, a pool bar, lounge and spa café, while guests can also dine aboard a traditional local palak boat. A houseboat also offers evening rides on the backwaters. 

In addition to the activity island event space, Banyan Tree Kerala also features a boardroom, two meeting rooms and a banqueting hall.

When it opens early next year, Banyan Tree Kerala will become the world’s 23rd Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts-branded property.
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