D is for Dhawa, the latest branch in the family tree of Asian hospitality group, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts.
Dhawa resorts, aimed squarely at design-savvy travellers seeking distinctive experiences and destinations, joins the group’s mini-alphabet of brands, all with arboreal names: A for Angsana, B for Banyan Tree and C for Casia.
Launched by group CEO, Ho Kwan Ping, on Banyan Tree’s 21st anniversary, Dhawa aims to build on their reputation for redefining hospitality through innovation and design smarts.
The first Dhawa will open in March 2016 at Bo’ao, on east coast Hainan Island, China. With 346 keys, Dhawa Bo’ao will offer a quality spa, smaller rooms, vibrant design, and sea views in the majority of guest rooms.
“Mix and match” spaces for beyond-your-room socializing (such as a lounge with the full range of complimentary beverages and snacks), seamless digital integration, local cuisine, strong graphics, and more, in a casual, full-service hotel are on the wish list.
Aiming to be more than just yet-another “hip” hotel, Dhawa promises customised stays in sometimes surprising locations. The second property, for instance, opening in July 2016, will be at Cayo Las Brujas (Witches Cay), Cuba, which is famed for its coral reefs. Future Dhawas are in sight for Pu’er, Leishan and Luoyang, in China, and Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand.
Dhawa is part of a global expansion for Banyan Tree Group, which aims to double its portfolio in the coming five years. The group currently manages and/or owns some 38 hotels and resorts, over 70 spas, 80 retail galleries and three golf courses.