This month, the first Banyan Tree Escape retreat will open in Bali with ‘no walls, no doors’ — as part of the group's evolved take on sustainability in today's new-normal.
Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape will feature 16 villas amid rice paddies and forest in a secluded part of Ubud, playing up immersive experiences with nature and sustainable design at its core — as seen in three main areas.
First is the preservation of the area's local culture, heritage and environment during the construction process.
On the design front, unconventional craft forms can be seen from the re-purposed wood from boat jetties, wooden headboards, copper bathtubs and natural dye soft furnishings. Without the use of heavy machinery, this also meant land did not have to be cleared for the project.
With so few rooms, guests can also lower their carbon footprint through using the resort's recycled materials, and alternative forms of energy.
Second is the focus on sourcing from local businesses and the surrounding environment.
The resort's zero-waste farm-to-table concept and sustainable living philosophy will be demonstrated at the Open Kitchen and Living Room, whose menus are 70% plant-based and sourced locally within a one-hour drive from the property.
The Botanist Bar, similarly, uses local-grown natural ingredients and botanicals infused into its beverages, and guests checked into Toja Spa can experience wellbeing traditions from Buahan village.
Third is community preservation.
On that front, Banyan Tree worked with local architect Gede Kresna on the sociological, architectural and cultural aspects located within a one hour radius of the property.
Future Banyan Tree Escape properties are planned for Lombok and North Sumatra, Indonesia.
Source: Travel Weekly Asia