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Under The Banyan Tree is a love letter to the stunning destinations where there are Banyan Group hotels. Stories of amazing journeys and unique experiences invite you to relax, reflect and be inspired for your next travel adventure.

6 ways to reduce waste on your next trip

Travel is more than just exploration; it's about the impact we leave behind. From reusable cutlery to digital tickets, discover how the traveller's path can be one of sustainability as we celebrate the annual World Tourism Day on September 27.

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In today’s fast-paced world, staying present can be a challenge. Mindfulness, the art of being fully in the moment, can be the key to a happier and healthier life. Here are some simple practices to weave mindfulness into daily routines, and enhance overall wellbeing.

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Unlocking the Benefits of Rewilding Yourself

Amidst the fervor of environmental restoration and ecosystem guardianship, comes the concept of rewilding. While rooted in nature's revival, humans now find ourselves on a parallel journey of reconnection – a burgeoning movement that not only rejuvenates landscapes but also revitalises our very essence.

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Tips to Improve Sleep and Rest

Getting enough rest at night is crucial for our overall wellbeing as it significantly impacts both physical and mental health. While today’s busy world poses various challenges to getting proper sleep and rest, these few tips from the Banyan Tree Spa & Wellbeing Academy help yield long-term benefits.

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Best Hikes in Morocco’s Rif Mountains

Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Morocco is a melting pot of cultures and ancient cities, with a diverse landscape of majestic mountain ranges and verdant forests to satisfy any outdoor enthusiast’s love of nature.

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Palo Santo Uses and Benefits

Hailing from the forests of South America, palo santo is a wild tree that has long been used by indigenous peoples for traditional ceremonies and healing practices. Over the years, it has gained popularity in aromatherapy and naturopathy for its organic make-up that is believed to aid both physical and mental health and wellbeing.

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Rewilding Cities, One Pocket Forest at a Time

In a world where forests are jeopardised by rapid urbanisation, miniature forests may offer hope to battle pollution and provide habitats for wildlife. This year, our Laguna Phuket in Thailand teamed up with SUGi Forest Makers to apply the Miyawaki method to plant 7,500 saplings from 74 species on our land.

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Couple Bonding Activities to Do on Holiday

Whether cycling along the scenic Smir Lake in Tamouda Bay or sipping precious Longjing tea in Hangzhou, our destinations around the world set the stage for your story. Discover suggestions for some of the most fun and unique things to do as a couple the next time you plan a holiday together.

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A week's itinerary in Bali

Planning a trip to Bali? From supporting local businesses to trekking through picturesque landscapes, discover our suggestions for conscious ways to experience this beautiful destination’s rich nature and culture beyond the typical tourist itinerary.

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World Environment Day 2023: Beat Plastic Pollution

This year’s World Environment Day theme is “Beat Plastic Pollution”, as plastic – especially of the single-use variety – is one of the biggest threats to our natural environment. Since 2018, we as a Group have been on a journey to eliminate single-use plastic from our properties around the world.

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Pressure Points to Relieve Stress and Headaches

Feeling tense or as though a migraine is coming? Here are five pressure points to relieve stress and give yourself a soothing head massage right from the comfort of home, as recommended by the expert therapists at our Banyan Tree Spa Academy Phuket.

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5 Great Holiday Destinations for Families

Going on a trip together can build the foundation for a lifetime of treasured memories. If you’re looking for a destination that offers a variety of activities to suit the whole family, here are our top suggestions.

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Building a Brighter Future in Santa Cecilia

No longer will the children of Santa Cecilia have to travel up to six kilometres a day to get an education, thanks to the completion of Banyan Tree Mayakoba’s passion project – the Kaxan Naát School. By providing a new classroom to address the community's lack of schools, our award-winning beachside sanctuary has proven that tourism can in fact do good.

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Cycling Routes in Mayakoba, Mexico

From leisurely beach routes to challenging mountain trails, discover the tropical beauty of Mayakoba, Mexico, from the back of a two-wheeled bicycle. With complimentary bicycles provided at each villa in Banyan Tree Mayakoba, it's easier than ever to get out and explore nearby routes.

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Around the World in Five Spa Treatments

Every experience at a new destination provides an opportunity to immerse in an exciting and unfamiliar culture. At our award-winning Banyan Tree Spas around the world, our signature Sense of Place treatments aim to provide just that – a sense of place for each new location, by incorporating local techniques and elements.

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Planning a Sustainable Destination Wedding

Planning a destination wedding promises an exotic and memorable affair, but it has the potential to create a significant carbon footprint and negatively impact the environment. Fortunately, by making a few conscious choices, it is possible to minimise this impact and still have the wedding of your dreams.

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Our Sustainability Efforts Around the World

Since our inception, we have been guided by the ethos “Embracing the Environment, Empowering People”. As a Group, we believe in tourism’s unique ability to create meaningful impact on natural environments and local communities, and that it is our duty to be stewards of these beautiful destinations.

Read on to find out about some of our ongoing efforts to care for the lands that host us.

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5 Striking Birds to Watch at Lang Co Bay

Lang Co Bay is home to a kaleidoscope of flora and fauna, including various species of strikingly colourful white birds. Learn more about them via this series of professionally shot images by local bird photographers.

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Veya Cuisine: Food to Nourish Body and Soul

The cuisine at our wellbeing retreat Veya brings together all who desire to eat well, through conscious and nutritious dishes that awaken the senses and elevate wellbeing.

Discover this place of connection based on one of our 8 Pillars of Wellbeing – Dietary Awareness.

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What To Do After Sunset in the Maldives

The Maldives offers some of the most thrilling activities and adventures under the sun, but what happens after the sun goes down?

From exciting night fishing expeditions to calming stargazing sessions, find out what there is to do when night falls at our tropical island resort.

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International Women’s Day: Celebrating Artisans

We have the privilege of working with exceptionally talented women across our Group, including the inspiring female artisans that create beautiful handcrafted products sold at our Banyan Tree Gallery retail outlets. This International Women’s Day, we celebrate by sharing some of their stories.

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Making an Impact with Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a global movement where non-essential electric lights are turned off for one hour a year. Though actual energy savings in this hour are small, the event brings attention to the way we consume energy.

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Conservation at Banyan Tree Bintan

Remember the travel adage “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints?” What if you could go beyond that, to leave a positive impact on the local environment and community? Our sustainability coordinator Henry Singer shares how guests can give back while creating lifelong memories at Banyan Tree Bintan.

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Firefly Conservation in Bali

A beloved sight that inspires wonder and believed to contain spiritual energy, Fireflies are also relied on as a key sign of healthy natural ecosystems.

Our team at the award-winning “no-walls, no-doors” resort Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape in Bali, is helping to conserve these threatened magical creatures through breeding programmes, organic farming practices, and education of local communities.

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Island Farm–to–Table: ORI9IN Phuket

With an educational sustainable farm, family attractions, and pristine picnic areas, our brand-new gourmet park aims to inspire an appreciation for food and its roots.

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The Art of Wellbeing at Wonderfruit

Last December, we teamed up with the annual Wonderfruit festival in Pattaya for a memorable weekend filled with mindful wellbeing experiences, innovative art, evocative performances, and smooth tunes.

The Art of Wellbeing at Wonderfruit

Experience AlUla

Deep in the heart of the desert in northern Saudi Arabia, the ancient trading city of AlUla lies among colossal rock formations and majestic canyons. Here are some of the best ways to experience this whole new world.

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Festive Feasts for Everyone

Looking for a feast this festive season? Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, halal, dairy-free or gluten intolerant, here are some eateries around the world to satisfy both your cravings and your dietary requirements

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Retreating to Nature

Break free from urban stress and reconnect with your inner self. From China to Mexico, from the coast to the countryside, experience the healing power of nature at these serene hideaways.

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5 Simple Ways to Travel Responsibly

We believe that travel has the potential to be a force for good. With these tips, your holiday can help support the communities and environments you visit.

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A Rice Story

Basmati, Arborio, black and red – some say there are 120,000 varieties of rice. One of the most well-loved is Jasmine rice, widely grown in Thailand, and served as one of four rice options at our signature Saffron restaurants around the world.

We love our rice, but how much do we actually know about it?

A week's itinerary in Bangkok

The bustling Thai capital of Bangkok is a kaleidoscope of activities from bustling markets to majestic temples, and vibrant nightlife. Here are our suggestions for a week of fun and discovery.

Festivals and holidays around the world

Discover age-old traditions, sample cultural dishes and celebrate spectacular light shows at these annual autumn festivals.


Whether you’re at home, work or out exploring, find balance within your body, mind and environment with these tips, based on our proprietary eight pillars of wellbeing.

Set in Motion: Cycling Routes in Phuket

Every 21 September, Zero Emissions Day encourages the world to stop burning fossil fuels for 24 hours or longer. One way to honour the occasion is by setting your zero emission wheels in motion, and travelling by bicycle instead of by car. Need inspiration? Discover cycling routes in Phuket.

Find what it means to Live Well

To celebrate this year’s anniversary, Banyan Group is launching the inaugural “Live Well, Travel Well” campaign to mark our renewed emphasis on driving wellbeing throughout our multi-branded portfolio of hotels, resorts, spas, and gallery outlets across 23 countries.


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