This multi-award winning spa has deserved and enjoyed accolades and excellent reviews since opening in 1995. Banyan Tree Spa in Phuket has continued to uphold its reputation and exceptional standards since opening its doors as the first luxury Oriental resort spa in Asia. This sanctuary for the senses remains one of the kingdom’s most frequented spa destinations, where guests experience reviving and relaxing treatments catering for both physical and spiritual health and well-being.
A favourite with spa enthusiasts and critics alike, Banyan Tree Spa was recently ranked top Best Overseas Spa on the Luxury Travel Gold List in 2006 and voted as the number one Best Overseas Urban Day Spa by Conde Nast readers, among other multiple awards. With a vast range of facilities, body treatments, facials and massages using natural products specially catered for each individual it’s easy to see why. With a low-tech, high-touch approach, each recipient is submerged in a state of tranquility and peacefulness, enriched by the ambience created by the tropical and natural beauty of the surroundings.
In addition to the treatments and products used, the skill and professionalism of the therapists are given top priority. Banyan Tree Spa Academy, opened in October 2001, was designed to ensure the quality of treatments is maintained throughout Banyan Tree Spas. Each of the staff must undergo 400 hours of training both theoretical and practical as a junior trainee, before being allowed to assist in the spas to maintain the award-winning standards.
A wide range of treatments are available for the body and face, including relaxing massages. Recommended is the signature three-hour Royal Banyan Package blending traditional massage techniques that date back for centuries in the Thai royal palaces. Starting off with a gentle foot bath followed by Lemongrass and Cucumber Scrub one begins to feel alleviated from the stress of the outside world. Following is Royal Thai Acupuncture Massage to improve blood circulation and relieve the body of muscle tensions. Once entirely relaxed a herbal compress filled with lemongrass, cloves and coriander is applied on the body so all the senses are eased into a state of bliss, exemplified by the use of warm sesame oil. Before leaving for refreshments and relaxation, a soothing and therapeutic herbal bath ensures one leaves with no less than a harmonious balance between mind, body and soul.
For an ultimate relaxation and pamperting indulgence look no further than the Banyan Day Package. Lasting no shorter than seven hours, the body will undergo a range of stimulating body treatments in the morning from head to toe, incorporating body scrubs, conditioners and massages where the only difficulty is deciding between Aloe and Lavender Healer, Kaffir Lime Mask, Tropical Fruit Conditioner, Turmeric and Honey Moisturizer, Creamy Honey Enhancer or Herbal Enricher (and that’s only the choice of body conditioners). As Banyan Tree insists on catering for both internal and external well-being, nourish with the nutritious and healthy spa cuisine before continuing the rejuvenating process. Once having eaten, a choice of facial (Banyan Cleansing, Thai Honey, Purifying or Revitalizing) will again subdue the sense to a state of inner and outer calmness. To conclude the experience and slowly reawaken oneself is an hour-long session focused completely on hands and nails, finally finishing with a luxurious foot massage. Guests are left not only with the balance between mind, body and soul for which Banyan Tree Spa is famous, but also invigorated and completely revitalized.
Katathani, Thani Resort and Spa, 14 Kata Noi Rd., Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100
Tel: 0-7633-3207 (Direct line), 0-7633-0124 ext. 30
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