Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, officially opens its doors and welcomes guests in an off-the-beaten-track, untouched part of northern Ubud. The opening of the resort symbolises Banyan Tree’s brand vision and commitment to create immersive experiences combining deep nature and sustainable design.
Pioneering a “no walls, no doors” concept throughout the property and in each of its 16 balés (villas), the adults only Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape experience, is an invitation into a different way of being.
Located in Buahan Kaja Village, Ubud Regency, 30 minutes from Ubud facing the Ayung River in the west side with magical elevation, Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape maximizes exposure to nature through design and services, creating a place where guests, 18 years old and above, can connect to disconnect. Reinventing the basics of food, sleep and in-resort interaction, the brand aims to bring guests on a rewilding renewal through immersion in nature. Distinct indoor-outdoor living offers a sanctuary for urban detox, selfintrospection, and emotional awareness in privacy.
The heart of the resort are the Open Kitchen and Living Room, both open dining and lounge spaces created to evoke a sense of community. Here, guests are invited to learn about the resort’s unique zero-waste farm to table concept, local sourcing philosophy and heritage techniques, and the celebration of authentic local cuisine and cultures. The Botanist Bar is centred around the use of local-grown natural ingredients and botanicals infused into its beverages. The menu concept, 70% of which is plant-based, is sourced locally within a one-hour drive from the property.
Offering treatment for mind, body and soul, Toja Spa celebrates the wellbeing traditions from Buahan village
and its surrounding areas, with a unique “open” garden experience – certified by the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa Academy. It offers spiritual and active wellness involving local Balinese healers and a specialist,
enhancing spa experience through a local tradition and wellbeing philosophy.
The brand also celebrates unconventional craft forms, from its sonic branding approach with Singapore based creative studio Parable to using re-purposed Ulin ‘iron’ wood from boat jetties, hand-carved wooden headboards, hand-smithed copper bathtubs and natural dye soft furnishings.
A Discovery Experience
Situated in a quiet enclave surrounded by rice paddies and jungle, the site’s unique topography is next to the Ayung River and waterfall which offers a sweeping view of the seven majestic peaks. The resort’s bales are designed to blend spacious indoor-outdoor living areas with 180-degree panoramic views and sounds of nature through a bold taste of ‘The Naked Experience’ where only a thin veil separates guests from nature.
Scattered on and off the property, secret Hideaway Spots draw on the element of being at one with nature, providing guests with a garden sanctuary for meditation, reading, or simply taking a moment to pause and unwind.
A calendar of daily, weekly, and monthly events guides travellers towards a range of curated and self-led experiences around the three pillars connecting to nature, a discovery experience, and community integration. From the on and off-site daily ‘Happenings’ activities to collaborative events with visiting practitioners or local cultural festivities, the ethos of unique, rejuvenating and spontaneous opportunities for discovery hold firm and are a core of the brand experience.
To ensure the surrounding environment and nature were preserved, research on the sociological, architectural and cultural aspects was conducted within a 1-hour radius of the property. This research helped guide the team on how experiences are created and ensure guests feel immersed in the unique local experiences and understand the resort’s relationship to the surrounding community. Gede Kresna, a recognised sustainable local architect who focuses on Balinese design and environmentally friendly architecture, worked closely with Banyan Tree’s Head of Architecture, Dharmali Kusumadi, who designed the balés and other resort facilities, bringing life to the inspired vernacular architectural approach through unique methods that are reflected in the overall design which elevates the experience at Buahan, A Banyan Tree Escape.
Visit Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape’s website, for more information and reservations (www.escape.banyantree.com) and follow its Instagram @banyantree.escape for more stories