Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts announced the slated launch of Banyan Tree Kerala in Q1 2013. The resort’s debut marks the first property in India for the Banyan Tree Group. Banyan Tree Kerala is an all-pool villa retreat.
Located on the private island of Nediyathuruthu in the Alleppey district of Kerala, Banyan Tree Kerala is an hour south of Kochi International Airport and a 10-minute boat ride from the resort’s private jetty in nearby Vaduthala. Each of the resort’s 59 villas feature a private pool and views of the surrounding waterways and canals. Boasting local architectural accents of gabled roofs and carved wooden facades, the villa interiors showcase indigenous materials such as coir, a natural fiber extracted from the husk of coconuts; ornamental wood carvings; paintings and frescoes; as well as Kathakali art, which depicts the traditional and highly stylized classical Indian dance-drama from Kerala.
Banyan Tree Kerala features the group’s first dedicated Ayurvedic Center, offering personalized consultations by Ayurvedic doctors. A variety of other wellness therapies are available. There are also a gymnasium and yoga pavilion.
The Activity Island, situated five minutes away from the main resort, can accommodate groups of approximately 150 guests for private events and functions. A grass area is ideal for receptions and a recreation zone offers a court for various sports, a climbing wall, archery range and an obstacle course. A houseboat offers evening rides.
Banyan Tree Kerala is also ideal for small to medium meetings and events. A boardroom and two meeting rooms ranging from 269 square feet to 430 square feet hold eight to 18 people each. Additionally, the 2,281-square-foot banquet hall accommodates up to 150 guests and is ideal for gatherings and gala functions.
Banyan Tree Kerala offers an array of dining options. South Indian cuisine is available at the all day dining venue, with both indoor and outdoor seating. The group’s Saffron restaurant features Thai cuisine. Meanwhile, classical Indian dance performances are presented in the Bar Lounge.
Special dining experiences include dinner aboard a local palak boat typically used by royalty; or atop a specially built tower, the tallest point on the island.