Banyan Tree to enter Europe with resort in Greece

Banyan Tree Group has announced the signing of its first property in Europe – Banyan Tree Varko Bay, which is expected to open in 2026.

This new Banyan Tree resort on Greece’s Varko Peninsula promises to be one of the best sustainable luxury hospitality experiences in the country.

A wellbeing centred retreat

The 2026-opening Banyan Tree Varko Bay, set to be developed on the Varko Peninsula in Pogonia, Aitoloakarnania, is the result of a collaboration between Banyan Tree and Accor hospitality group.

Drawing on Banyan Tree’s expertise in providing a sense of place through tranquil and wellbeing centred accommodation, this five-star property will feature 116 villas and 45 branded residences that are all embedded in the picturesque coastal setting.

This property will stand out for its position overlooking the Ionian Sea and out to the surrounding islands of Lefkada, Meganisi and Skorpios, as well as for its luxury facilities designed for rejuvenation of body and mind.

Highlights of the resort are to include three restaurants, including the signature Thai restaurant Saffron, along with several bars, a beach club, water sports centre, event space and Banyan Tree Spa.

A focus on the environment

True to the hospitality group’s overarching philosophy, the property will be in keeping with Banyan Tree’s core pillar of sustainability.

Built in partnership with the award-winning Greek Elastic Architects, the property will be constructed and operated with optimum eco-sensitivity and the aim to be the first in Europe to achieve LEED Gold certification.

Specific eco initiatives will include prioritising responsible water use, with 70 percent reused for irrigation, and the use of renewable energy sources, as well as the encouragement of vegetation growth to immerse each contemporary space in the lush environment.

Banyan Tree now has over 60 hotels in operation and a potential pipeline of more than 50 projects by 2025.