Banyan Tree Habitat Pass: Hotels (including Maldives) for US$250 a night or less

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Could the Banyan Tree Habitat Pass be the deal of the decade for the Maldives? Possibly- if you're willing to do 7 nights.

Banyan Tree may have launched the deal of the decade with their latest product called the Habitat Pass, which allows guests to pre-purchase 7 night blocks at participating hotels for a significant discount. 

Banyan Tree Habitat Pass

And yes, I really mean “significant discount”. The Habitat Pass offers breakfast-inclusive rates at properties like the Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru or Banyan Tree Samui from just US$150-250 per night. 

That sounds too good to be true, but provided you’re willing to stay at least 7 nights, this could be a fantastic proposition…

How does the Habitat Pass work?

Banyan Tree Samui
iBanyan Tree Samui

First, you pick the brand you’d like to stay in:

  • Banyan Tree: The most expensive and prestigious of all three brands, with both luxury resorts and high-end city hotels
  • Angsana: A more budget-friendly option, which focuses on resorts instead of city hotels
  • Cassia: Serviced apartments at an even lower price point than Angsana

After that, you buy a certain number of units. Each unit contains 7 nights, and all nights must be consumed at one go. As expected, the more units you purchase, the cheaper the per-night cost:

  Banyan Tree Angsana Cassia
1 Unit
(7 Nights)

US$1,750
US$840
US$700
(US$250/ night) (US$120/ night) (US$100/ night)
2 Units
(14 Nights)

US$3,150
US$1,540
US$1,260
(US$225/ night) (US$110/ night) (US$90/ night)
3 Units
(21 Nights)

US$3,780 US$2,100
US$1,512
(US$180/ night) (US$100/ night) (US$72/ night)
4 Units
(28 Nights)

US$4,200
US$2,520
US$1,680
(US$150/ night) (US$90/ night) (US$60/ night)

Units can be consumed at any of the following properties:

  • Banyan Tree Anji
  • Banyan Tree Bangkok
  • Banyan Tree Bintan
  • Banyan Tree Cabo Marques
  • Banyan Tree Chongqing
  • Banyan Tree Hangzhou
  • Banyan Tree Huangshan
  • Banyan Tree Jiuzhaigou
  • Banyan Tree Krabi*
  • Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur
  • Banyan Tree Lang Co
  • Banyan Tree Lijiang
  • Banyan Tree Mayakoba
  • Banyan Tree Phuket
  • Banyan Tree Ringha
  • Banyan Tree Samui*
  • Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay
  • Banyan Tree Tianjin
  • Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru*
  • Banyan Tree Yangshuo
  • Pavilion Hotel in Kuala Lumpur Managed by Banyan Tree
  • Angsana Bintan
  • Angsana Ihuru*
  • Angsana Laguna Phuket
  • Angsana Maison Souvannaphoum
  • Angsana Riads Collection
  • Angsana Teluk Bahang
  • Angsana Velavaru*
  • Angsana Villas Phuket
  • Angsana Xi’an
  • Angsana Xishuangbanna
  • Angsana Lang Co
  • Hacienda Xcanatun by Angsana
  • Cassia Bintan
  • Cassia Phuket
*Max stay of 14 nights allowed

Individual units cannot be split among different properties. For example, I cannot buy 1 unit to stay 3 nights at Banyan Tree Bangkok and 4 nights at Banyan Tree Bintan. If I want to experience both, I must buy 2 units, which will then let me spend 7 nights each at the Banyan Tree Bangkok and Banyan Tree Bintan. 

Upon purchasing a Habitat Pass, you’ll receive a code via email that you can use to book participating hotels online.

What do stays under the Habitat Pass include?

All stays booked under the Habitat Pass include the following:

  • Accommodation for 2 adults in the base room category
  • Daily breakfast for 2 adults
  • Hotel credits

Banyan Tree says that hotel credits can be “up to US$700”, but hasn’t uploaded the actual amounts at each property on its website yet. I asked the PR team about this, and they gave me the following indicative ranges: 

  • 1 Unit: US$50-150 hotel credits 
  • 2 Units: US$50-300 hotel credits
  • 3 Units: US$150-500 hotel credits
  • 4 Units: US$200-700 hotel credits

Stays can be cancelled for free up to 24 hours before arrival. They will not earn Accor points or airline miles.

How long is a Habitat Pass valid for?

The Habitat Pass is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. As per the FAQ:

No extensions are allowed at the moment, however, the management will review the extension policy based on travel restrictions and guidelines accordingly, if required.

In any case, the Habitat Pass is fully refundable if no units have been utilized (within 90 days of purchase). 

Can I get a full refund if I cancel my purchase?

Yes, if no Units are utilized, and request is made within 90 days from date of transaction, then that purchase is eligible for a refund. However, bank charges incurred will be borne by customer.

No, if any Unit in a transaction has been utilized after purchase, the remaining Units in the same transaction are not eligible for a refund. No if the purchase has exceeded 90 days from date of transaction

The full T&C of the Habitat Pass can be found here

Is the Habitat Pass worth it?

Angsana Velvaru
Angsana Velavaru

The biggest catch of the Habitat Pass is the prolonged stay period- unless you’re willing to stay seven nights in the same place, the Habitat Pass is of no use to you.

But while 7 days may be a bit too long for Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur, it seems just nice for somewhere like the Maldives. Imagine the following prices:

  • Angsana Ihuru (7 nights @ US$120/night)
  • Angsana Velavaru (7 nights @ US$120/night)
  • Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru (7 nights @ US$250/night)

I don’t need to tell you that this could be the deal of the decade, given how regular prices can be in excess of US$1,000 per night. You have to factor in other costs, such as transport and the hefty price of F&B in the Maldives, but surely you’ll still come out on top?

Do note that blackout dates apply, but they don’t appear to be too onerous. I went to check the blackout dates for the Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru specifically and found the following:

  • 24 December 2020 to 6 January 2021
  • 11-24 February 2021
  • 8-9 March 2021
  • 1-10 April 2021

You can do your own diligence on other participating properties before buying- enter the promo code habitat in the booking engine and search for blocks of 7 nights. 

It’s tricky to compare the Habitat Pass to the deals we saw previously under Banyan Tree’s Ultimate Getaways Edition 1 and Edition 2, because those came with additional inclusions like spa treatments and F&B credits. However, we can draw some general observations:

  • During Ultimate Getaways, 1 night at the Cassia Phuket cost US$80, a much better deal than buying 7 nights for US$100 each with the Habitat Pass. Likewise, 1 night at the Cassia Bintan cost US$102, which again is probably better than the Habitat Pass due to the lack of a minimum stay requirement
  • Banyan Tree and Angsana Resorts, on the other hand, are significantly cheaper under the Habitat Pass as compared to Ultimate Getaways. The key question is whether you’re willing to commit to 7 nights on the trot

What card should I use to buy a Habitat Pass?

Banyan Tree purchases will code as online foreign currency hotel spending. You can use the following cards to maximize your miles:

  Earn Rate Remarks
UOB Visa Signature
Apply here
4 mpd Min S$1K, Max S$2K FCY spend per s. month
DBS Woman’s World Card
Apply here
4 mpd Cap S$2K per c. month
UOB Lady’s Card*
Apply here
4 mpd Max S$1K per c. month
UOB Lady’s Solitaire*
Apply here
4 mpd Max S$3K per c. month
HSBC Revolution
Apply Here
4 mpd
Max S$1K per c. month
DBS Altitude
Apply Here
3 mpd Max S$5K per c. month
SCB Visa Infinite
3 mpd Min S$2K per s. month
S. Month= Statement Month | C. Month= Calendar Month
*Must choose travel as quarterly bonus category

Conclusion

I have to say, I’m mighty tempted by this. Yes, travel plans for the next 12 months are touch and go, but since unused Habitat Passes are refundable, you’ll at most lose out on some FX differences and bank charges. 

Update: The T&Cs have been updated to say that refunds will only be available within 90 days of purchase. That could give some reason to pause, although for the price on offer…

I guess the worst case scenario is that the company goes out of business in that time, but that’s an omnipresent risk for any hotel/airline booking you’re holding on to right now. 

Is anyone tempted by the Banyan Tree Habitat Pass?

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion with the intention of helping people travel better for less and impressing chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Kelwin Li

maybe can stay for 4 nights and forfeit the rest . it’s still worth it right? haha

CCC

Did they change the T&C?

Yes, if no Units are utilized, and request is made within 90 days from date of transaction, then
that purchase is eligible for a refund. However, bank charges incurred will be borne by customer.

Boon

what is the thought of buying 7d credits pass and using it across 2 rooms (say for a family trip booking under the same name?) There’s no clause which restrict this except that it must be used within the stay…

Kevin

am also currious to know if i can purchase 2 units and use it to book 2 rooms for 7 nights
have emailed them as well

Hello

I believe this is allowed according to their terms;

Redemption of multiple units need not be made all at once, i.e. guests may choose to redeem separate units at different times as long as they are still valid.

but i guess from the wordings, you can redeem multiple units at once

Hello

Each Unit must be fully redeemed at any participating hotel, e.g. splitting one Unit across different periods, rooms or hotels is not allowed.

Herman

Is it possible to top up for the all-inclusive package when in Maldives? That can save a lot on F&B.

Kevin

i just checked that it is possible to top for full or half board.
for angsana maldives adult top up US$180 to full board or US$240 for all inclusive

Bernard

This package is for 2 adults..
Is package still valid for one child?

Mike

T&Cs don’t appear to state offer’s limited to 2A. Some room deals allow 2A1C (PS: Angsana Phuket specifically allows 6A) so worth checking with Banyan.

Robin

So it only applies to the base room category? Cannot top up for a better room?

Wil

but currently no direct flights to Maldives and dont know if SIA or SCOOT will resume flying there.

Michael

Any idea when this deal will end? Can’t find it on their site.

Kel

Seems Habitat pass are cannot access the better room types. Kinda restricted to the lowest tier rooms.

kelvin

does it make sense to do a group buy of 4 units to enjoy the lowest pricing, but gift away 2- 3 units?

Aldert

It does and is possible, only would need a healthy dose of trust:

Q: Can I transfer my voucher to my family member or friend?
A: Yes, vouchers purchased are transferable.

Would make the high transfer cost bearable.

I’m eyeing Angsana, 1 unit.

Who else is in xD

Last edited 1 month ago by Aldert
Mike

Angsana Phuket offer’s for 6 pax in a 3-bedroom Villa @ US$840 for 6 pax for 7 nights. Works out US$40 per night per 2-pax room. BAR equivalent from website is US$2,250 so 260% cheaper.

Kevin

i guess this offer may not make sense for ‘cheaper’ places like Phuket where villas are much cheaper.

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