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BANYAN TREE TO OPEN FIRST LUXURY RESORT IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

World-renowned luxury hotel brand, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts will soon arrive on the shores of Southern Africa with plans to open a new ultra-luxury resort, based in Ilha Caldeira, a private island off the coast of Mozambique.

 

  • Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts in Mozambique will open in the second quarter of 2022.
  • This will be the only certified, internationally branded 5-star resort in Mozambique.
  • The resort will be 100% solar-powered and all water is desalinated on the island itself.
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Banyan Tree has partnered with the vision behind this project, Jack Truter, who is deemed to be a South African modern-day Robinson Crusoe, having been given provisional rights by the Mozambican government to build an ultra-luxury resort on the island. Together they are bringing the successful Banyan Tree model of private pool villas on a tropical beach destination to Southern Africa.

 

Located just 20km off the mainland, the island is part of a marine protected area and a world-class diving site, which is home to 20% of Mozambique’s intact living coral. Ilha Calderia gets its name from its similarities to a volcanic “caldera” as the island is encircled by a sand dune that protects the jungle-esque center.

 

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An absolutely idyllic tropical location, this Sanctuary for the Senses will be situated on the private island of Ilha Caldeira, 11km off the coast of mainland Mozambique. Image: Banyan Tree

Offering visitors from all over the world the chance to experience the wonders of nature, the Island is surrounded by stunning corals, where a vast diversity of sea animals migrate each year and forms part of the marine protected area known as Primeiras and Segundas. This previously uninhabited island is home to Mozambique’s intact living corals, green and hawksbill sea turtles.

 

Currently, there are no other international hotelier brands in Mozambique, so this initiative is considered to be a major boost for the destination. Although Banyan Tree already has Tamouda Bay in Morocco, this will be their first step into the Southern African part of the continent.

 

Consisting of 40 private pool villas inspired by diverse local cultures and nature’s soothing colours, each will enjoy uninterrupted views of the pristine Indian Ocean allowing guests the rare opportunity to connect with unexplored lush tropical surroundings and white sandy beaches formed from sandstone.

 

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Architectural rendering of Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira off the coast of Mozambique. Image: Banyan Tree

Activities will range from whale watching and kayaking to scuba diving and exploring islands within the Archipelago, to name just a few of the varied water sports in this stunning location – not forgetting exploration of a nearby shipwreck of the historical Dutch MS Brastagi (that sank in 1947).

 

Due to the secluded setting of Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira, there will be both a helipad as well as an arrival and departure jetty on the island. Guests will first fly to Nampula International Airport, ex Johannesburg, and then on to the private property at Larde before being transferred either via helicopter or boat to the island.

 

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