Their focus on improving residents and tenants’ mental and physical wellbeing has enabled them to stand out among investors
Since the onset of the pandemic, the importance placed upon health and safety has become more apparent than ever. Commercial centres across the world have adopted stringent sanitary measures to continue operating; hotels, coliving and coworking spaces have shifted their strategies to ensure safe public communes; and residential developments have prioritised offering wellness facilities to occupants who are now more aware of the value of staying healthy.
Yet even before the outbreak, Banyan Residences in Hua Hin, Thailand have stood out among investors because of their emphasis towards having a fit and active lifestyle.
A mere 2.5 hours drive away from the capital, Hua Hin has always served as a quick getaway for Bangkok residents. Since the pandemic, the CEO of Banyan Group Tjeert Kwant shared that they have witnessed a dramatic increase in inquiries between March and April as movement restrictions exhausted city dwellers who were confined for months in the four corners of their homes and as more businesses embraced flexible working schemes that enabled professionals to live outside city centres.
The villas at Banyan Residences, whether for rent or for sale, are equipped with a pool and some even have the option to add a private spa and sauna.
Surrounded by lush green mountains and a panoramic view of the beach for premium villas, Tjeert said that the residents and tenants of Banyan have always found their development as the perfect escape from the hectic city lifestyle, where they can embrace the serenity of living in the midst of nature.
For guaranteed peace of mind, the development offers round-the-clock concierge service and security, garden and pool maintenance, as well as housekeeping services – ensuring that occupants won’t need to lift a finger when staying at Banyan Residences.
Yet, what sets the development apart in the kingdom is the wide array of facilities focused on health and wellness. Last weekend, the PropertyGuru Property Team was lucky enough to experience firsthand the lavish and active lifestyle at Banyan Residences, Hua Hin.
Tourists visiting Thailand know that you cannot visit the kingdom without getting a massage, particularly a Thai massage from one of the many parlours across the country. However, it’s also a fact that there are some places here that do provide subpar massages, but that is certainly not the case at Banyan Spa. The five-star spa treatment — from the tranquil environment to the quality customer service to the soothing massage techniques — guests will leave refreshed and rejuvenated after each massage.
Banyan Golf Club & Academy
Perfect not only for residents and tenants of Banyan Group, the award-winning course at Banyan Golf Club & Academy has welcomed golfing professionals from across the world. With the awardee for the Best Golf Coach in Asia Pacific John Wither leading the academy, the Golf Club has attracted newbies, players interested in a refresher course or players who want to master the sport.
In between breaks, players can take a bite at either of their two restaurants located in prime spots across the course. As the sun sets, they can stop by Mulligans Pub to cap off the day with their favourite drink.
Banyan Residences’ Tropical Park
To ensure that residents have all the necessary tools to live a healthier lifestyle, Banyan Group developed their own park so residents can take a leisurely stroll and have that afternoon jog right in their neighbourhood. As for those who prefer to explore longer routes, the group has electric bicycles available.
Be Well Medical Centre
Be Well Medical Centre boasts to be the first in the kingdom to offer a European-style family doctor practice, which is a primary care system incorporated in major hospitals across Thailand.
The centre has its own on-site pharmacy, laboratory and physiotherapy services, with state-of-the-art equipment. They aim to deliver high-quality medical services from familiar and friendly faces for illnesses that require low-level of care without needing to be hospitalised.
Functioning as a separate entity from Banyan Group, the medical centre is conveniently located within the Banyan Residences site, but they did clarify that they do not only cater to Banyan residents. Those interested may apply for a membership to take advantage of the 24/7 on-call emergency service. They also accept walk-in appointments during business hours for non-members.
Banyan Group has also partnered with Be Well to develop and implement safety protocols against COVID-19 so they can operate their wellness facilities without risking the health of guests.
As the impact of the pandemic looms over the real estate industry across the world, Banyan Group has managed to stay on top of their game, primarily driven by the need to ensure that residents, tenants and golfers live a healthy, active and relatively normal lifestyle in the wake of the pandemic.
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