Voted the World’s Best Spa Resort by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, Banyan Tree Phuket is the epitome of luxury, located along the golden sands of the Andaman Seas, and surrounded by beautiful watercourts, landscaped gardens and an ambiance of tranquility.
Long depicted as a sacred symbol of serenity, wisdom, longevity and resilience, the banyan tree has become the modern-day foundations for The Banyan Tree Phuket to flourish. Opened in 1994 as the flagship of an international chain of resorts, the exclusive Banyan Tree Phuket represents South East Asia’s first luxury spa resort designed to provide guests with a sensuous environment in which to relax and rejuvenate.
Each of the resort’s 109 villas is exquisitely styled to reflect Thailand’s rich culture, showcasing elegant hand-crafted furnishings, and offering guests their own private garden, king-size bed and sunken open-air bath. Many villas also have outdoor Jacuzzis. And for the ultimate in luxury, several one and two bedroom villas come with Thai Salas for al fresco villa dining, as well as their own 9 x 3 meter swimming pool.
Nice touches include stationary with your name on it, fresh fruit daily such as Chompoo (Rose Apple) and Som-or (Pomelo) and a gift each night such as a ceramic candle holder and a traditional Thai puppet.
The resort has something for everyone. Sun-lovers will love the free-form pool with its winding ‘rivers’, and swim-up bar that serves a variety of exotic fruit drinks. Golfers will love the 18-hole Banyan Tree Laguna Phuket Golf Course, or you can opt for tennis, sailing, wind surfing, cycling, canoeing, or a session in the fully-equipped gym. A shuttle boat will take you neighboring resorts to sample the beaches, or you can simply float around the lagoon on a private dinner cruise, with your own chef cooking up a selection of traditional Thai dishes. The musicians add to the romance.
Sanctuary for the Senses
Banyan Tree’s motto is Sanctuary for the Senses, and nowhere is this more evident than at the spa. Like the resort itself, the spa comprises a loosely associated group of spaces that blend the indoors and outdoors. More than 20 treatment rooms access private steam rooms, large enough for two, open-air showers and lounges where your feet are bathed and you sip safflower tea and nibble on dried fruit. And the range of spa services will satiate even the most spa savvy, in a blend of therapies that combine ancient eastern healing and relaxation techniques, with Western rejuvenation treatments.
What really sets Banyan Tree Spas apart is the quality of its therapists. With the opening of The Banyan Tree Spa Academy in May 2001, all Banyan Tree spa therapists go through a 12-week course where they learn concepts such as positive breathing, the use proper body weight and energy (not strength) in massage, and energy healing.
It’s knowledge that translates into exceptional treatments which, like the sacred truths of the banyan tree itself, can be a transformative experience.
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