Angsana Resorts doubles up in Maldives

Angsana Resorts and Spas, part of the Banyan Tree Group, has opened its second property in the Maldives and revealed plans to open six new properties worldwide in the next three years.

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By  Gemma Greenwood Published  December 6, 2006

Angsana Resorts and Spas, part of the Banyan Tree Group, has opened its second property in the Maldives and revealed plans to open six new properties worldwide in the next three years. The 79-villa Angsana Velavaru (Turtle Island), located in the northeast of South Nilandhe or Dhaalu Atoll, joins Angsana Resort & Spa Ihuru, which opened in the Maldives in 2001. Further Angsana properties are planned for Dubai, where the company already operates four Angsana spas, Abu Dhabi, as well as the UK, Phuket, Bali, and Sri Lanka, expanding the brand’s portfolio from five to 11. The company’s Dubai debut with its first line of serviced apartments, Angsana Residences Dubai, due to open in 2007, also marks its first Middle East foray. Launched in 2000 as a sister brand to Banyan Tree, Angsana Resorts & Spas are designed as “chic and vibrant retreats targeted at a younger customer segment than Banyan Tree”, according to Aileen Tay, assistant vice president of group sales, Angsana Resorts & Spa. With this in mind, the Angsana Velavaru, which is a 40-minute seaplane journey from Male International Airport, comprises 58 beachfront villas, 30 of which have jet-pools, 18 deluxe beachfront pool villas, two Velavaru villas and one Angsana villa. The design emphasis is on outdoor space, without compromising the sense of privacy. The Angsana Velavaru spa comprises 12 treatment rooms including nine spa pavilions with outdoor showers and uses the brand’s own range of products made from native flowers and fruits. “The venue is equipped with an over-the-water multi-purpose wedding venue, which caters to customised wedding ceremonies,” said Tay. “Interconnecting villas are suitable for families and there is also a kids club.” The resort is working closely with Dubai-based Dnata Holidays, which will feature the property in its 2007 brochure. “The resort is expected to be popular with both Arab nationals and ex-pats from the GCC, particularly as Male is easily accessible via four-hour direct flight (from Dubai),” explained Tay. Rack rates start from US $550 per night, including breakfast. Agents are paid 10% commission.

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