Banyan Tree grows roots in Seoul

7 Sep 2009
Korean aficionados of the Banyan Tree lifestyle will experience it right at their doorstep once the brand arrives in Seoul via the Banyan Tree Club and Spa.

Targeting a debut in the second quarter of next year, the 50-room property will occupy a preserved heritage building, designed in 1969 by renowned architect, Kim Suguen, who was also responsible for the Seoul Olympic Stadium. It is located is on the eastern slopes of Nam San boasting unobstructed views of downtown Seoul and Han River.

Arthur Kiong, Banyan Tree managing director, sales and marketing, told Business Traveller that Korean travellers are huge customers of the chain’s various resorts. Besides the Banyan Tree Phuket – popular not just in Korea, but worldwide – the newly launched Angsana InOcean Villas Maldives, he said, regarded the country was one of its top arrival producers. “We also anticipate strong demand from our future resorts, Banyan Tree Ungasan Bali and Banyan Tree Samui in Koh Samui.”

Enhancing the room product will be an exclusive private social club with wellness, recreational and entertainment facilities for the entire family, which will also be open to the public for membership but on a select basis. Banquet and conference rooms and private event venues will likewise be available.

This Banyan Tree will be the chain's seventh addition to its city hotel portfolio which includes a presence in places such as Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai and Dubai. For those interested to try the Angsana InOcean Villas, they can avail of an opening package of US$740 until December 19, 2009.

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Margie T Logarta

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