Banyan Tree To Launch Flagship Resort


PHUKET, THAILAND—Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts will take over the operations of the Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. when the current management contract expires on June 30.

The hotel will be closed beginnin July 1  for a  $30 million renovation, including all rooms, meeting facilities and public spaces. When completed, the hotel will be re-branded under Banyan Tree’s sister brand, Angsana Hotels & Resorts, as Angsana Laguna Phuket.

Scheduled to open by December 1, this will be the flagship and largest resort under the Angsana brand with 384 keys. Angsana Laguna Phuket, which is located in Laguna Phuket, Asia’s first integrated resort, will be the fourth hotel in Thailand that is managed and operated by the Banyan Tree group.

Located in Bang Tao Bay, Angsana Laguna Phuket will offer a destination beach club and introduce new concepts such as a tree-house-inspired two-story Kids’ Club, and a Rice Bar featuring classic rice-based Asian dishes. Other facilities include an Angsana Spa, an Angsana retail gallery, numerous meeting rooms and a 3,850-square-foot ballroom.