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Wed, 26 May 2021

Escape! Banyan Tree to Open 'No Walls, No Doors' Resort in Bali, Indonesia

Banyan Tree will open a very special property in an off-the-beaten-track, untouched part of northern Ubud later this year.

Pioneering a 'no walls, no doors' concept throughout the property and in each of its 16 bals (villas), Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, is scheduled to open in September 2021.

Situated in a quiet enclave surrounded by rice paddies and jungle, the site's unique topography is next to the Ayung River and waterfall, including a sweeping view of the seven majestic peaks.

Pioneering a 'no walls, no doors' concept throughout the property and in each of its 16 bals (villas), Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, is scheduled to open in September 2021. Click to enlarge.

The resort has 16 bals, designed to blend spacious indoor-outdoor living areas with 180-degree panoramic views and sounds of nature through a bold taste of 'The Naked Experience' where only a thin veil separates guests from nature.

Scattered on and off the property, secret Hideaway Spots draw on the element of being at one with nature, providing guests with a garden sanctuary for meditation, reading, or simply taking a moment to pause and unwind.

At the resort's heart are the Open Kitchen and Living Room, both open dining and lounge spaces created to evoke a sense of community where guests can learn how the resort's zero-waste farm-to-table concept, local sourcing philosophy and heritage techniques. Seventy percent of the menu concept is plant-based, sourced locally within an hour's drive from the property.

The Botanist Bar is centred around the use of local-grown natural ingredients and botanicals infused into its beverages, while Toja Spa celebrates the wellbeing traditions from Buahan village and its surrounding areas, with a unique "open" garden experience - certified by the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa Academy.

Pioneering a 'no walls, no doors' concept throughout the property and in each of its 16 bals (villas), Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, is scheduled to open in September 2021. Click to enlarge.

Ms Ho Ren Yung, VP, Brand HQ of Banyan Tree Group, said, "We have owned this piece of land for over twenty years, and the conceptualisation of Banyan Tree Escape started almost five years ago. It is a true labour of love and a bold experience proposition we are excited to see become real. Even while we are calling it Escape, at the heart of this brand is creating a way for people to be present, to unearth, renew, and a way to truly 'be here'. Fireflies in your room at night, and morning mists with the sunrise it is an unparalleled journey, communing with nature, alone and with others."

To ensure the surrounding environment and nature were preserved, research on the sociological, architectural and cultural aspects was conducted within a 1-hour radius of the property.

This research helped guide the team on how experiences are created and ensure guests feel immersed in the unique local experiences and understand the resort's relationship to the surrounding community.

Gede Kresna, a recognised sustainable local architect who focuses on Balinese design and environmentally friendly architecture, together with his team, conducted the four-month research, a summary of which will be available at the resort.

Gede worked closely with Banyan Tree Group's Head of Architecture, Dharmali Kusumadi, who designed the bals and other resort facilities, bringing life to the inspired vernacular architectural approach through unique design and construction methods.

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