Banyan Tree reveals plans for Bluewaters Island hotel takeover

Banyan Tree reveals plans for Bluewaters Island hotel takeover

The group’s Dubai debut will be a “luxury wellness oasis”

After a historic agreement paved the way for Banyan Tree Group to make its debut in Dubai, Asia’s luxury hospitality company has revealed its plans for its new hotel, which will occupy the site of Caesar’s Palace Dubai.

In a landmark deal, Banyan Tree will introduce its brand of holistic wellness after renovating and rebranding the Bluewaters Island hotel.

The estate will reopen as Banyan Tree Dubai in late 2023, giving Dubai its first taste of the brand’s Asian-inspired luxury hospitality. Currently, only the brand’s Banyan Tree Residences operate in the emirate, located at Hillside Dubai, a small neighbourhood between Jumeirah Lakes Towers and Emirates Hills.

Following a phased stage of brand-related upscaling improvements, the repositioned resort will feature 179 rooms, including 30 suites and a brand-new four-bedroom villa with its own private entrance, pool and beach.


Banyan Tree Dubai will also feature 96 one- to four-bedroom private residences, expanding group’s collection of branded residences within Dubai and globally. Residents will have access to a dedicated outdoor swimming pool, private beach and resort facilities, as well as a host of exclusive privileges as part of Banyan Tree Group.

The resort sits at the heart of waterfront destination Bluewaters Dubai, where the charm and exclusivity of island living meets the exuberance of a sophisticated urban retreat. Bluewaters by Dubai Holding boasts a wide range of hospitality, lifestyle, residential, leisure and entertainment opportunities, with more than 150 retail and dining concepts.  

Eddy See, chief executive officer and president of Banyan Tree Group said: “Ennismore and Banyan Tree Group have been working tirelessly with Dubai Holdings to ensure the rebrand is a seamless transition for all parties, from guests to employees.

“We are truly excited about this next stage of our growth journey in a region that is home to some of Banyan Tree’s most iconic properties. Our fruitful partnership with ACCOR continues to be a driving force for us in the Middle East, enabling us to bring Banyan Tree to new horizons and new opportunities.”

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Amit Kaushal, group chief executive officer of Dubai Holding, added: “Bluewaters has always been a destination for major projects that redefine luxury and cement Dubai as a global beacon of the tourism industry.

“Our collaboration with market leaders such as Accor, Ennismore and Banyan Tree Group marks an important milestone in our ongoing journey of elevating the rich hospitality landscape in Dubai.”

As part of a long-term strategic partnership agreement between Accor and Banyan Tree Group signed in 2016, Banyan Tree Dubai will be co-managed by Banyan Tree Group and Ennismore, following a similar operational model applied in Banyan Tree La Cigale Doha, Qatar and Banyan Tree AlUla, Saudi Arabia.   

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