Banyan Tree pulls out of Abu Dhabi resort project

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Eastern Mangroves, Abu Dhabi.

Eastern Mangroves, Abu Dhabi.

Singapore-listed hotel operator Banyan Tree said on Wednesday it will no longer be managing a planned resort at the Eastern Mangroves development in Abu Dhabi.

Luca Deplano, the company’s vice president of marketing, said the group has pulled out of plans to operate the Angsana-branded resort following disagreements between the owner and operator over how to develop the project.

Eastern Mangroves, owned by Abu Dhabi's Tourism Development Investment Company, will be an integrated resort, marina, retail and residential destination that provides a luxury escape from Abu Dhabi city.

The hotel is due to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2011, with residences to follow in the first quarter of 2012.

“The Angsana was Eastern Mangroves and the owner is TDIC and we decided in a very friendly way not to proceed with the project," said Deplano in comments published by Hotelier Middle East.

“Mostly the reason was that we have different visions of how to evolve that project. For the Angsana brand, the integration with the surrounding environment is still very, very important. The feel of an eco resort is very important,” added Deplano.

“We feel that as part of the Banyan Tree and Angsana experience you need to connect with the surrounding environment. We felt that TDIC had different ideas of how to develop the project so we realised that this was not going to work. So we decided in very friendly terms to [cancel the contract,” he told the website.

Deplano added that Banyan Tree was looking at other opportunities with TDIC.

He said the group was in a period of “tremendous growth” that included the Middle East with projects underway in Oman and Jordan.

“We are planning to double the number of resorts across Banyan Tree and Angsana by 2014, so two and a half years from today,” said Deplano.

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Posted by: CMH

Interesting how the rendering looks NOTHING like the real Anatara (as it ended-up being) - as it sits on a major highway and the mangroves offshore are nowhere near that dense/plentiful.

Posted by: Bosco

I Think Banyan Tree Should Look Into India an Upcoming Market which has a lot of potential
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Posted by: Mike

Good for you Angsana.

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