Banyan Tree’s Sister Brand Angsana Has Residences In the Works

Angsana Residences Lang Co

The veritable Banyan Tree Group has long been an important player in the resort hospitality and destination real estate industry in Asia. Starting with the flagship Banyan Tree Phuket in 1994, the group has grown to over 30 hotels and resorts and 60 spas. Some consumers may not immediately recognize the group’s slightly younger brand, Angsana Hotels & Resorts, which launched six years after its well-known parent. Starting with hotels in Bintan, Indonesia, and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the brand has since grown to 13 properties worldwide – and now has 12 others in development.

Read More Weekly News Recap for July 25, 2013

This week’s news recap includes the partially-built Dellis Cay project up for sale, Brian Gluckstein’s model residences at Four Seasons Private Residences Toronto, and a new brand from Banyan Tree at Laguna Phuket’s next phase!

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Phuket Booming With Luxury Hotel Residences

Off the western coast of Thailand, the island of Phuket occupies an enviable location on the coastline of the Andaman Sea, part of the Indian Ocean. Long recovered from the devastating tsunami which struck in 2004, tourism development on the island is once again booming. This is thanks in part to its accessible location, and its international airport which is undergoing an extensive expansion but already includes regular flights to major Asian hubs like Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai, and direct flights from far-off feeder markets like Moscow, Sydney and Rome.

Read More Weekly News Recap from May 3, 2013

Savills, Candy & Candy and Deutsche Bank Forecast 26% Rise in Super Luxury Property Sales in 2013

New York’s Twisted History in Hotel & Residential Zoning Laws

Raffles Opens Hotel, Residences in Makati, Manila

Banyan Tree Lang Co, Vietnam Opens

Numerous Celebrities Buying at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton LA Live

Behind the Financing of the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton Bangkok

Developer of Trump Ocean Club Panama Files for Bankruptcy

Lawsuit over Revenue Sharing at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago Goes to Trial,0,2766378.story

Luxury food retailer Dean & Deluca to open at Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach

Luxury Rental Available at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta Buckhead

Conrad and LeMeridien top List of Five Rapidly-Expanding Hotel Brands

International Survey Concludes that Safety and Security Is the Deciding Factor When Booking a Hotel News Recap from April 25, 2013

HGTV Creating Urban Oasis at Residences at the W Boston

Ritz-Carlton Residences Bangkok Target Middle Eastern Buyers

Emaar Unveils Sky Collection Homes at the Address Residence Fountain Views

Tour the $32 million Penthouse at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago

Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach Ready to Open For Sales

Viceroy Hotel Top Open in Cape Verde, with Hotel in 2017 and Residences in 2013

Johnson & Johnson Heiress Lists $4 million Condo at Trump International Hotel & Tower New York

New 210-unit Condo-Hotel Project Coming to St. Kitts

Hotel & Condo Project Approved for Ottawa’s Byward Market

“Making Progress” at Mandarin Oriental Residences in Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

Bond Restructuring in the cards for Trump Ocean Club Panama

A Look at the Branded Residences Trend in Thailand

Resort Residences Spreading in Thailand

The Plaza’s $30k/night Suite Is Among New York’s Most Expensive

Le Meridien To Open in Atlanta

Four Seasons To Expand Presence in Saudi Arabia with New Hotels

The End of the Minibar?

Is “Overservice” a Problem?

Sofitel Planning Big Expansion in Americas News Recap from April 18, 2013

Aman to Open Resort with 51 Residences in Portugal

Penthouse Sales at Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur Expected to Set New Record

$16 million sale at Trump International Hotel & Tower New York

$6 million sale at the Residences at Mandarin Oriental Boston

Stoneleigh Dallas to Be Rebranded as Le Meridien

Class-Action Lawsuit Advances at Hard Rock Hotel & Condo San Diego

Hotel-Condo Projects Coming to Daytona Beach, Florida

Variety Reviews LA’s Hotel-Residential Projects

Residences at the St. Regis Amman are now 25% Sold

Bangkok’s Branded Residences Attracting Overseas Buyers

Mixed-Use Projects Becoming Popular in Emerging Markets

Meet The Sales Talent Behind The Chedi Andermatt (German)

Haute Living Reviews the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton LA Live

Model Residence at The Ritz-Carlton Residences Bangkok Revealed News Recap from March 8, 2013

Baccarat Residences New York Opens For Sales

St. Regis, Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Banyan Tree and Harrods Have Plans for Kuala Lumpur

Santa Monica to Get Frank Gehry-designed Hotel and Condo Tower

14,000 square foot penthouse becomes available at the St. Regis Residences Bal Harbour

Two Lower Manhattan Buildings Slated for Hotel, Condos, Media Center

Swarovski Sculpture Installed in the Residences at the Ritz Carlton LA Live’s Champions Lounge

Montage Residences Deer Valley Breaks $100 million in sales in 27 months

Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shangai to Open in Mixed-Use Project in 2013

Hotel Market Recovery Favors Mixed-Use Development

Yoo Launches Two New Hotel Brands With Properties in Hong Kong and Philippines

Marriott and IKEA to Launch New 3-star “Moxy” Brand

Former Trump Fort Lauderdale Project Now Offered as Bulk Sale

Hotel Homes Q&A: John Goldwyn of WATG

John Goldwyn holds the position of Vice President at global architecture firm Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, or “WATG.” The firm specializes in resort and destination-oriented developments worldwide with numerous mixed-use hotel/residential projects, and John heads up the planning and landscape team in the London office.

Q: The development of hotel-branded residences is a major trend. Why do you think they are so appealing to homeowners?
A: The hotel brands represent an aspirational lifestyle for potential owners, conveying the prestige and amenity-rich nature of the resort. The brands’ expertise also instills confidence in homeowners that the property will be managed properly. They offer a “lock and go” concept which takes the hassle out of holiday home ownership and creates added security.

Q: Which hotel-residential developments have you worked on?
A: I do a great deal of work from Western Europe to Central Asia, with diverse projects including the Residences at Viceroy Bodrum, Turkey, the planning and detailed design of a Missoni Hotel and resort in Southern Turkey; strategic planning for a major new city on the Caspian coast of Russia and a 1,000-hectare mountain destination golf and ski resort in Kazakhstan.

Q: What is the hardest part of designing a mixed-use hotel-residential development?
A: Getting the mix between residential units and hotel keys and amenities. It needs to be operationally efficient and sized to accommodate homeowners and hotel guests without either feeling compromised in any way. The synthesis of good business planning and good physical design is the key to a successful product.

Q: What do you do differently in these properties than those with only hotels or residences?
A: For a successful project, we strive to achieve between the hotel and residences, in part to maximize the operational efficiencies.

Q: What has been your favorite property to work on so far?
A: The Viceroy Istanbul is a fascinating modern spin on a historic building with a landscape-led approach to a hotel. It is expected to open in early 2014.

Q: What are you working on next?
A: Projects range from a new resort city in China to boutique hotels in Turkey and cultural projects in the United Arab Emirates.

Q: Where do you think the mixed-use hotel-residential trend is going?
A: It is all about the urban context with a focus on South East Asia, Russia/CIS and certain hot spots in the Middle East.

Q: When travelling, what is your favorite hotel service/amenity?
A: Other than, obviously, the mini bar, I always try to swim when I can. A great pool is essential.

Q: If you could own a residence at any hotel in the world, which would it be?
A: I love the apartments in the Banyan Tree and the Sukothai Hotel in Bangkok. They are not the newest properties in town but the location – and the city in general – is unbelievable.

Layouts We Love [Valentine’s Day Edition]: Romantic Master Bedroom Suites

One of the perks of owning a hotel-branded residence or hotel-condominium is to have the hotel staff take care of life’s little tasks so that the residents can enjoy their precious free time, including intimate moments. This Valentine’s Day,’s “Layouts We Love” column takes a closer look at two of the world’s most romantic master suites. Our top choices include two spectacular resort destinations with fully-serviced private villas for sale.

On Mexico’s Pacific coast near Punta Vallarta is the absolutely remarkable Four Seasons Private Villas Punta Mita. Designed in keeping with the coastal setting, the villas feature a variety of open air and covered terraces and courtyards to encourage indoor-outdoor living, and special features such as hand-carved antique doors, adobe materials and plunge pools with Venetian tiles.

Our favorite master suite is in the Verano villa plan, which features 3650 square feet of air conditioned space and a total of four bedroom suites. Entered across an outdoor patio from the main living areas, the master suite starts with an intimate sitting area that leads into a corner bedroom. The suite has its own private balcony overlooking planted gardens, as well as access to the main terrace which features a Jacuzzi and swimming pool with views onto the Pacific Ocean. The Master Suite also features a large bathroom with double sinks, soaking tub, water closet and double shower with two showerheads. Those who prefer a more natural experience can step directly out of their bathroom to a private terrace with its own outdoor shower.

Those looking to spend even more time swimming outdoors should also consider the incredible Double Pool Villas for sale at Banyan Tree Residences Phuket, Thailand. The one-bedroom villa is our romantic favorite for couple’s looking for a romantic holiday home, with the outdoor areas arranged beautifully with an oceanfront infinity pool, dining terrace and cabanas.

The master bathroom comprises an entire wing of the villa with soaking tub, double sinks, water closet and outdoor shower. The bedroom itself is a dramatic free-standing pavilion in the middle of the second pool which is mostly walled for utmost privacy. With glass walls framing the tranquil views, one cannot help but be carried away by the beautiful, romantic ad private ambiance.

If you are interested in a home that sets the right romantic mood, consider one of the various hotel-residential properties that can offer the ideal setting for a romantic getaway or couple’s lifestyle.