Name: Banyan Tree Lang Co
Location: Vietnam’s central coast, near Da Nang
When it opened: November 2012
Number of rooms: 32 lagoon pool villas and 17 beach pool villas
F&B offerings: The Watercourt serves up an international breakfast buffet and a variety of à la carte dishes in the evening, and has indoor and alfresco seating, as well as a show kitchen. Banyan Tree’s signature Thai restaurant, Saffron, offers classic Royal Thai cuisine with a twist. Azura, a beachfront venue, serves Italian seafood dishes. Library offers an all-day snacks, teas and cocktails.
Meeting facilities: A 12-person boardroom for small meetings and intimate discussions.
Extras: Award-winning spa facilities, an 18-hole champion golf course.
Location: Porto Heli on the Peloponnese peninsula in southern Greece
When it opened: August 2012
Number of rooms: 38 guest pavillions and a series of private 2-5 bedroom villas.
F&B offerings: The Restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows with expansive sea views and alfresco dining, while the Lounge Bar, Pool Restaurant and Beach Club are more informal options.
Meeting facilities: There are a number of meeting rooms, and the private villas are ideal for larger groups to stay in. There’s also an amphitheatre where events can be held.
Extras: There are many archaeological sites to exlore nearby, including the historic town of Kranidi, a stronghold of the revolution against Ottoman rule in 1821 and only 10 minutes from the resort. Being in coastal Greece, there is also much island hopping to do.
Name: Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort and Spa
Location: Xishuagbanna, Yunnan, China
When it opened: February 2013
Number of rooms: 80 deluxe guest rooms, as well as 23 one, two- and three-bedroom pool villas.
F&B offerings: There are four restaurants. Mekong offers regional specialities; Manfeilong serves international cuisine; Luosuo offers Western dishes; and the Dai Lounge has all-day snacks. At Dine By Design, meanwhile, guests have their own chef and tailor-made menus.
Meeting facilities: A large function room for up to 100 people which is dividable to cater for two smaller events, plus two additional meeting rooms and a boardroom.
Extras: Experiences including picking tea from 1,800-year-old plantations with the Jinou tribe, being hosted in the homes of the Hani tribe for a traditional lunch and visiting local Dai villages. Nature lovers can spot the last wild elephants in China or visit one of the largest botanical gardens opposite the resort.
Name: Uma by COMO, Punakha, Bhutan
Location: Punakha Valley, Bhutan
When it opened: September 2012
Number of rooms: Nine rooms, two villas
F&B offerings: Bukhari is at the top of the resort and features international comfort foods such as pasta and salads based on seasonal, local produce. For dinner the chef cooks up both Bhutanese and international dishes.
Meeting facilities: The dining areas and rooms can be used for off-shoot meetings and events during bookouts. There is also a range of outdoor spaces.
Extras: Team building activities outdoor in the expansive surroundings, and the he spa on the top of the property.
Name: St Regis Mauritius
Location: Le Morne Peninsula, Mauritius
When it opened: November 2012
F&B offerings: Le Manoir Dining Room offers a fusion of exotic Mauritian flavours and a classic French cooking style, Simply India serves modern interpretations of Indian cuisine by twice Michelin-star Indian celebrity chef, Atul Kochhar. An intimate 3-Michelin star chef’s table experience can be had at Inspiration, and The Boathouse Grill offers beachside barbeque fare. There’s also The 1904 Bar, Atsuko Japanese restaurant and South East Asian food at Floating Market.
Meeting facilities: The Astor Room fits up to 80 people and there are two executive boardrooms.
Extras: The Manor House, designed to resemble a colonial residence, features some of the F&B outlets as well as the Manor House Suite, where guests can live like a noble in the olden days while enjoying modern amenities as well as private in-room spa treatments from our luxurious Iridium Spa.