Sneak Peek: Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape

The first property of Banyan Tree’s upcoming back-to-nature brand will debut in Bali this September.

The main pool at Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape. (All photos courtesy of Banyan Tree Group)

Indonesia’s Island of the Gods will soon be home to the very first outpost of Banyan Tree Escape, whose “no walls, no doors” concept seeks to immerse guests in nature and connect them with the local community. Scheduled to open in September, Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape is located a half-hour’s drive north from Ubud, on a site adjacent to a thickly forested ravine carved out by the Ayung River.

Here, just 16 breezy pool villas styled as bale (pavilions) feature 165 square meters of indoor-outdoor living areas and sweeping views of the surrounding jungle and nearby rice paddies. Gauzy curtains and canvas screens are all that separate guests from the great outdoors, while Balinese craftsmanship is evident in the carved wooden headboards, hand-smithed copper bathtubs, and textiles dyed with natural pigments; some fittings are made out of repurposed ironwood from jetties and old boatyards.

The sustainable design came courtesy of Banyan Tree’s Head of Architecture, Dharmali Kusumadi, who worked closely with local architect Gede Kresna to create a vernacular style using natural materials like bamboo and indigenous construction methods.

Inside a 165-square-meter Buahan Valley Pool Bale at the property.

A bird’s-eye view of a communal pavilion at Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape.

Overlooking the property’s main pool is an open-air dining room and lounge. Named Open Kitchen, the restaurant follows a zero-waste farm-to-table concept developed in tandem with Bali-based F&B consultancy Agency X — known for its creative projects involving Ubud’s acclaimed Locavore restaurant and its offshoot Nusantara. Seventy percent of the menu is plant-based, and ingredients are sourced within a one-hour drive of the property. The Botanist Bar takes a similar approach as its tipples are infused with locally grown botanicals. Meanwhile, Toja Spa celebrates the wellbeing traditions of Buahan village and the surrounding area; the lush grounds of the property are also dotted with “hideaway spots” ideal for meditation and reading.

A calendar of daily, weekly, and monthly events will offer guests a range of activities centered on Banyan Tree Escape’s three pillars: connecting to nature, a discovery experience, and community integration. These are set to include local cultural festivities and wellness sessions led by visiting practitioners. Reservations at Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape have now opened for stays starting from September 15, 2021.

More information here.

A couple’s treatment room at the on-site Toja Spa.

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