Banyan Tree Holdings, one of the world’s leading independent, multi-branded hospitality groups, marks Earth Day 2020 with the launch of Rooted in Sustainability, its commemorative book traversing the emotional architecture underpinning Banyan Tree’s 25-year sustainability journey. Its story is one of transformation: a promise that became a commitment, turning an idea into an ideal and impacting many lives made better by the organisation’s core philosophy: Embracing the Environment, Empowering People. Named after one of the most venerated trees in Asia, banyan trees can live for centuries, standing firmly, resilient against time and tide, a symbol of constancy in an ever-changing world. Its vast canopy provides shelter for weary travellers whilst its roots are deeply entrenched in its foundation, holding true to meaningful heritage with the memories of time gone by. The book highlights not only the journey of Banyan Tree as a company, but the realisation of a concept, which at first is unbeknown to its founders, Executive Chairman Mr Ho Kwon Ping, Senior Vice President Ms Claire Chiang and Senior Vice President Mr Ho Kwon Cjan. Their single-minded ideal became intertwined with their vision for the brand, through an organic process of developing their own values and beliefs: tourism, as a powerful force for driving positive change in this world. This vision led Banyan Tree’s founders to remediate an abandoned toxic tin mine in Thailand, turning it into Asia’s first integrated resort – Laguna Phuket with a thriving community and home to their flagship property, Banyan Tree Phuket. Founded in 1994 on the core concept of sustainability, Banyan Tree Holdings seeks to create long-term value for all stakeholders and destinations across its network of properties, products and brands, through a purpose-driven mission. It sowed the seeds for the brand to flourish in new and exciting locations globally. Innovative design and thoughtful construction processes are in harmony with nature and infused with local culture for a deep sense of place, wherever it is planted. As an industry leader championing sustainability, Banyan Tree unveils through the book some of the humble faces that make up the Group’s family and showcases heartwarming accounts on cultural heritage and biodiversity protection, women empowerment and uplifting artisans’ livelihoods. During the period of growth, it was the company’s key stakeholders – its associate workforce – who embrace stewardship of the core values that now permeate throughout the organisation. As a responsible business, Banyan Tree has perpetuated a platform for possibilities – from advancing talent development and management excellence through its Banyan Tree Management Academy, to empowering local capacity, creating programmes and opening facilities that provide potential pathways out of poverty for disadvantaged sectors of society. Most journeys that lead to great rewards come fraught with hardship. Banyan Tree details some of its toughest challenges encountered along its path. Walking the talk, its leaders with the dedicated stakeholders including its 11,000 associates across 24 countries have stood side by side, united by diversity, and resilient against the flux of time. Recognised for its commitment to environmental protection and community development through its Banyan
Some people travel to find a peace of mind, while some strive to recharge their inner batteries. For me, a complete memorable journey has to be able to put me at ease with a smile of satisfaction in every genre. And Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi triumphs that and much beyond, especially its culinary lane. Dining here set a new standard to resort gourmet, and it’s even more astonishing considering these fabulous dining experiences are set on an island! From its 11 food outlets, here are what we managed to experience during our short stay. TASTING TABLE A great place to kick off the day, Tasting Table creates an at-ease vibe by the beach with seating options on the balcony or inside near to the buffet line. Apart from what you could see on the extensive buffet line, there’s also a menu from which you could opt for freshly squeezed juice or healthy living juice, eggs in a variety of styles, including the Waldorf Astoria Eggs Benedict which comes with English muffin, pork ham, and Hollandaise sauce. Waffles, French toast and Pancakes are on the menu as well. You would need at least three or four mornings to be able to taste a bit of everything on offer here. Don’t forget to try the pressed fresh juice and the succulent yogurt in a petite jar that are lining in the chilled cabinet though. If you miss the sunrise here, give it a go once again at sunset. At dusk, Tasting Table transforms into a beachside dining venue with international favourites on the menu. TANGLED The earthy palate of the decoration with natural light that shines through the glass room wall generates a warm welcome to all. The chef was seen busy cooking at the showcase kitchen toward the back of the restaurant while the menu was handed to impress us with its assortment of Asian noodle creations and dim-sum, complemented with a selection of infused tea, beers and sake. The noodles and dim-sum are freshly made in-house and taste like heaven. The Wagyu beef in my noodle was jaw-dropping and the delicious soup was simply divine. THE LEDGE BY DAVE PYNT Who would ever imagine being on an island floating in the Pacific Ocean and could still be able to savour Dave Pynt’s eminent food! His Burnt Ends, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Singapore, features endless waiting list, so grab your chance once you are at Waldorf Astoria Maldives to lavish his much-loved style of modern Australian barbecue. Our recommendations are Pork and Lobster Dumplings (USD 24), Jamaican Chicken and Lime Crema (USD 25), Beef Taco (USD 18), Kingfish Collar and Green Mango (USD22), Steak Sando (USD 45), Blackmore’s Minute Steak (USD 65), The Ledge Sourdough (USD 8) and last but not least, Cheese Burger that creates a new meaning of burger to me and would certainly stop me from having one elsewhere! Do also spare some space for dessert as the Raspberry Donut (USD 4) and Hokey Pokey Sundae (USD 18) would surely light up your day. GLOW Emerged
LYN introduces the latest drops for Fall-Winter 2019 campaign specially portrayed by Thai superstar and fashion icon ‘Mai Davika Hoorne’. As compelling as its muse, the collection embodies the beauty of the season and warmth through a daring move on colours, far-from-boring silhouettes, versatile functionality, and a sense of modern confidence translated into every detail. The reinterpretation of most of-the-moment trends are combined into the new mixture that creates a sense of accessibility and practicality. A swing between understated elegance and modern glamour catered to occasions from party, office hours, to everyday wear. Bright and bold primaries have become the new obsession on red ‘Brooklyn S’ bag, while the logo game is high with ‘Dutches B’ heels where cutout LYN logo aligns at the vertical of the feet, as well as the 90s oversized ‘Barbados Logo’ sneakers stamped with sporty big LYN logo. For go-to structured handbags, ‘Grazzie’ in true red or navy blue comes with a sophisticated urban flair and a key charm that is a gimmick of LYN trapeziums. Soft neutrals from pink, ivory to black are also available in ‘Versa M’ bag. Fans of unconventional shapes will adore the oval ‘Vanessa Hard Case’, the wavy ‘Morocco’ shoulder bag, the chain strap ‘Versa’ and Legacy Q’. The shoe collection stands out with a deliberate mix of contrasting materials. Make entrance and give your ensemble a party-ready finish.with the crystal-embellished version of the iconic platform heels ‘Sabella Jewel’ or ‘Callasmaria’ slingback heels with dazzling faux diamonds on top. Fans of cutting-edge, street-meet-luxury designs will be thrilled by the unexpected take on sneaker where oversized silhouette teamed up with round crystals in ‘Bermudah’. Spotlight-inducing pair features ‘Arabesque’ in metallic straps, ‘Soho’ peep-toe platforms in champagne colours and glitter all the way. Discover Fall-Winter 2019 DAVIKA FOR LYN now at all LYN boutiques.
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