According to U.S. Travel Asssociation travel spending ($100 billion) was 3 percent above 2019 levels in April 2022, for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Nearly half of millennials and Gen Z state that they’re likely to travel internationally – right at a time when skyrocketing travel demand is creating havoc in airports and destinations worldwide. Travelers who want to avoid overpopulated and overrated destinations should visit one of the select Banyan Tree Group properties below. These hidden gems offer guests bucket list excursions, unique dining concepts, and dazzling landscapes while also providing spacious accommodations in private, wellness-centric settings.
Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay – Tamouda Bay, Morocco
Located on the Northern coast of Morocco just steps away from Tetouan (a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site), Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay is one of the hidden gems in the region. It is set amidst the rugged Rif Mountains and the golden sands of Morocco’s northern coast. This luxury all-pool villa resort includes 92 villas designed in the architectural style of the region’s Andalusian-Moorish heritage, complete with private pools and dreamy outdoor terraces.
Nearby, the hills and forests of Smir Lake feature kilometers of off-road tracks, perfect for wandering and exploring an unspoiled terrain of mountains, forests, and lakes. Experienced and novice divers alike will enjoy the clear blue waters of Belyounech Bay, as well as Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay’s jet-skiing experience and the Tura Island Cruise.
Angsana Laguna Phuket – Phuket, Thailand
Angsana Laguna Phuket is part of Asia’s first integrated resort, Laguna Phuket. It features a large free-form swimming pool with a lazy river that meanders around the resort.
Guests can book a room with direct, swim-out access or head to pristine beaches with warm white sands, a lagoon-style pool, water activities, golf, and access to some of Asia’s most unique sights, like the gravity-defying limestone formations in Phang Nga National Park, Old Phuket Town, sunsets at Promthep Cape and the Big Buddha, Phuket’s most significant cultural landmark.
Angsana Ihuru - Ihuru, Maldives
The dive-centric, all-inclusive retreat Angsana Ihuru is located in the North Malé Atoll of the Maldives. It features 45 charming island villas that boast prime beach access encircled by lush vegetation. Snorkeling excursions, lessons in age-old Maldivian fishing methods, the opportunity to aid in reef restoration with the property’s Marine Lab team, and pristine house reef make Angsana Ihuru the perfect resort for divers who can explore the famed Ranamaari shipwreck in the depths below.
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