New hotels: The Westin Yokohama, Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, etc.

TTG Asia’s weekly roundup of new hotel openings and announcements

The Westin Yokohama, Japan
Opened on June 13, the 373-key hotel located in Yokohama’s new central business district, Minato Mirai, offers guests access to popular tourist spots for a good mix of business and leisure.

Designed by London-based architecture and design firm GA Design, The Westin Yokohama is inspired by the concept of biophilia and incorporates elements that reflect Yokohama’s history as a port city and its local culture.

The 23rd-floor lobby offers sweeping views of Mount Fuji and features a slender interior garden with lighting to convey the Japanese philosophy of “shinrin yoku,” also known as forest bathing.

The Westin’s six pillars of well-being – Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well and Play Well – are integrated into the hotel guest experience, for example through the Heavenly Bath rain showers in the rooms.

Other facilities include five F&B outlets, a dedicated wellness floor, as well as indoor and outdoor event spaces.

Buahan, an escape from Banyan Tree, Indonesia
The adults-only Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape is the newest brand and property of the Banyan Tree Group.

Located in an off-the-beaten-track and unspoiled part of northern Ubud, the resort embraces a ‘no walls, no doors’ concept. There are 16 balés (villas), and all are designed to blend spacious indoor and outdoor living spaces 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.

At the heart of the complex is the open kitchen and living room, two open dining and living areas created to evoke a sense of community. Here, guests are invited to experience how the resort is reinventing the basics of food and beverage through its unique farm-to-table zero-waste concept, local sourcing philosophy, and heritage techniques. The menu concept, 70% of which is plant-based, is sourced locally within an hour’s drive of the property.

The resort’s Toja Spa embraces the wellness traditions of Buahan Village and surrounding areas, offering an “open” garden experience.

A calendar of daily, weekly and monthly events is offered to provide guests with a richer experience of the destination and surrounding area.

Parklane Bohol Resort and Spa, Philippines
Parklane Bohol Resort and Spa beckons travelers with a private beach cove, stunning views of the sea, sky, and gardens, and well-appointed rooms.

Opened in May, the beachfront resort has eight bedrooms in each of its 11 two-story villas. Each room has a balcony.

Facilities include three pools, a restaurant, and spaces for corporate functions, team building activities, and destination weddings.

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