celebrating 20 years of banyan tree

It has been 20 years since the very first Banyan Tree Resort opened in Phuket

Under The Banyan Tree magazine mirrors the spirit of storytelling and the strong sense of place that are intrinsic to our brand. We invite you to share in the stories that have helped define our exotic destinations. Inside this issue, we explore Morocco and the beauty of our new property, Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay. Be prepared for pangs of nostalgia as we delve into humble dishes that locals miss most when they leave their shores, from the fresh zest of pad Thai to the heat of a Mexican taco. Then romance lingers in the air as we discover the magic of the destination wedding.

Reflect

Atlases of Adventure

There are not many places on Earth left where you’re virtually guaranteed not to hear a single human voice, but Hashima Island is one of them. Lying off the coast of Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan, it is an abandoned concrete jungle. In the late 1800s, it was a coal mining facility. At its peak, 5,259 people lived on the tiny island, the size of twelve football fields, making it the most crowded island on the planet. Then, the coal industry died off, leaving it totally abandoned.

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Create

Built for Adventure

Cycling has become the new rock and roll, or the new golf, depending on whether you're into off-road biking (type 'Danny Macaskill' into YouTube and you'll see just how far off-road you can go), or road cycling which has been gentrified with kit and accessories which wouldn't look out of place on a Vogue fashion shoot.

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Explore

Shades of Morocco

It was more than 10 years ago I took my first trip to Morocco. The ferry crossed the Straits of Gibraltar from Algeciras to Tangier, a short ride of 14 kilometres, where we waited for what seemed like an eternity for Moroccan customs to let us enter the port.

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