HISTORY

2014

2013

2012

2011

  • Banyan Tree launches a three-pillar approach to drive sustainability by focusing on increasing operational efficiency, protecting biodiversity and developing local capacity
  • Greening Communities plants over 50,000 trees, bringing the total planting to 147,111 trees
  • Banyan Tree Macau opens as an urban oasis with full sized resort villas as well as sky suits where each room has its own pool.
  • Angsana Laguna Phuket opens as a renovated resort becoming the flagship Angsana resort amid the remediated tin mine that is the company’s geneis
  • Angsana Hangzhou opens within the Westbrook Complex, co-located with Banyan Tree Hangzhou within China’s Xixi National Wetland Park
  • Angsana Balaclava opens on the white sand beaches of Baie aux Tortues and short 15 minute ride from the Mauritian capital of Port Louis

2010

2009

  • Banyan Tree Global Foundation is launched as a separate entity to enhance governance and institutional safeguards for funding
  • Banyan Tree Mayakoba heralds the group’s first presence in North America within a carefully maintained ecosystem of dunes, mangroves, and freshwater lagoons
  • Banyan Tree Ungasan opens atop the southern cliffs of Bali overlooking the Indian Ocean
  • Banyan Tree Al Wadi opens with a dedicated nature reserve taking up over 60% of the resort grounds
  • Banyan Tree Hangzhou opens within China’s Xixi National Wetland Park to highlight wetland ecosystems and their cultural significance

2008

  • Banyan Tree Sanya opens on Hainan Island’s Luhuitou Bay in the tropical lagoon landscape
  • The Sichuan Recovery Fund is launched to support long-term recovery for communities affected by the May 2008 earthquake in Wenchuan County
  • Banyan Tree Lijiang becomes the first Banyan Tree resort to achieve EarthCheck Silver Certified status as a reflection of commitment to sustainable hospitality operations

2007

  • Banyan Tree launches group-wide efforts: Seedlings Mentorships to harness core competencies for societal benefits, Greening Communities to raise awareness for climate change, and natural resource conservation efforts that target internal reductions of energy, water and waste
  • The Banyan Tree Bintan Conservation Lab opens as the Group’s first research and education facility in Southeast Asia
  • Banyan Tree Madivaru opens as the first tented pool villas in the Maldives, with all trees within the villa footprints transplanted around the island to prevent the loss of any trees
  • Angsana Riads Collection Morocco opens with eight carefully restored Riads (traditional Moroccan houses), highlighting authentic cultural experiences

2006

2005

  • Banyan Tree Co-Founder Ms Claire Chiang begins her four-year term as the inaugural president for Singapore Compact for CSR
  • Banyan Tree joins the United Nations Global Compact in Singapore as a founding member
  • Banyan Tree Ringha opens as the Group’s first high altitude resort in Yunnan with authentic farm houses from the local communities converted into guest villas
  • Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel opens in the historic residence of Prince Souvannaphouma within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang, Laos

2004

  • The Asian Tsunami Recovery Fund (ATRF) and Phuket Tsunami Recovery Fund (PTRF) fund long term recovery efforts for communities impacted by the Indian Ocean tsunamis of 26 December 2004
  • Banyan Tree’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee is formalised to direct socially responsible practices and synergise sustainability efforts across the group by including senior management from each resort

2003

  • The Banyan Tree Maldives Marine Lab is launched, opening in early 2004 to promote marine conservation as the first resort-based research and educational facility in the Maldives
  • Gyalthang Dzong Hotel opens in a mountain valley reflecting the region’s bountiful heritage in “Tibetan lamasery” style and highlighting the rich offerings of the cultural Tibetan region

2002

  • Banyan Tree Bangkok opens as the Group’s first urban hotel, with previously cemented areas transformed to create an urban oasis of vegetation, aquatic and avian life
  • Banyan Tree Seychelles opens with a wetlands management plan to minimise the impacts of construction and tourism

2001

  • The Green Imperative Fund (GIF) is established as a fund-raising mechanism, where an opt-out guest contribution and hotel matching contribution combine to Embrace the Environment and Empower People

2000

  • Banyan Tree Gallery is launched as a subsidiary working closely with village co-operatives and not-for-profi t craft and marketing agents, to provide employment for local artisans and raise awareness for local crafts and issues
  • Angsana Great Barrier Reef opens to provide guests with access to longstanding natural havens including the nearby Diantree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef

1996

  • Banyan Tree Gallery opens its first outlet in Phuket as a retail outlet showcasing indigenous craft, a concept dating back to 1989 when two “maun” triangular cushions from Yasathorn, Thailand inspired Ms Claire Chiang, Co-Founder of Banyan Tree, to launch Banyan Tree Gallery

1995

  • Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru opens after a carefully considered construction process including specially requisitioned light boats to carry prefabricated villa elements ashore during construction to protect fragile coral reefs
  • Banyan Tree Bintan opens with hillside villas built on stilts and around existing landscaping in order to preserve the coastal rainforest setting

1994

  • Backed by the experience of remediating a toxic site into a veritable haven, Co-Founder Ho KwonPing launches the Banyan Tree brand, opening its flagship resort, Banyan Tree Phuket, in Laguna Phuket

1992

  • Laguna Phuket wins the American Express and International Hotel Association Environmental Award for rehabilitating a site previously written off as “toxic” by the United Nations Development Programme and Tourism Authority of Thailand