Banyan Tree goes local

Banyan Tree The Spa Man

Banyan Tree, a name synonymous with spa is going local in 2014 unveiling a range of exclusive spa treatments inspired by native traditions and local ingredients. This is something I really love. Spas should embrace their location, their region and the produce that abounds. As much as I love a Balinese massage – in rural England, there’s something about it that’s incongruous. Why not have a Celtic massage? But I digress.

Launching at select Banyan Tree resorts, there’s a variety of new treatments incorporating unique materials and ingredients such as stones hand-carved by monks; and locally-sourced honey and coconuts, delivered with style and finese which you would expect from Banyan Tree Spas.

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the really unique treatment launching. Get me on a plane. I want, I want.

Himalayan Bliss in China

Nestled within a secluded valley in southwestern China, Banyan Tree Ringha reflect local Tibetan culture.  Book yourself in for the exclusive 120-minute Himalayan Bliss. Begin with a Black Sesame Body Scrub, its warming qualities can help with weight loss, reduce water retention and improve complexion. Warmed river stones, hand-carved by monks from the nearby Kopan monastery are incorporated into a soothing massage to relax muscles and eliminate toxins, culminating in a Rice Water Bath to further cleanse and improve body circulation. 

Duration: 120-minute treatment & 30-minute refreshments and relaxation

Price: RMB 1,380++ (approximately GBP £140++)

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Hot Spring Escape in China

Nestled in the foothills of the Jinyun Mountain Natural Reserve, the time-honored Asian spa traditions of Chongqing can now be experienced, designed to soothe stress away from head to toe using hand-picked ingredients at Banyan Tree Chongqing Beibei.  The pampering Ultimate Hot Spring Getaway package begins with a 60-minute massage using warm sesame oil with a ginger and black pepper pouch to loosen tired muscles.  Next comes the Volcano Mud Wrap and warming Volcano Mud Yogurt Body Scrub to detoxify and smooth the skin, finishing up with a relaxing foot massage. This is topped off with a glass of fresh juice served whilst you relax in a private hot spring pool. With the curative waters of the ancient North Hot Springs, Banyan Tree Chongqing Beibei is the ideal setting to dissolve the tensions of urban life.

Duration: 210-minute treatment & 30-minute refreshments and relaxation

Price: RMB 2,180++ (GBP £220++)

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Discover island-life in Indonesia

A hop skip and a jump from Singapore (well a short ferry ride), Banyan Tree Spa Bintan has created an exclusive treatment named after the Indonesian word for archipelago. Nusantara Massage offers a combination of kneading and thumb pressure massage that effectively releases tension from tight muscles and improves blood circulation, while the selected Spirit Oil warms the muscles and benefits circulation.   

Duration: 60-/90-minute treatment & 30-minute refreshments and relaxation

Price: GBP £55++ 60 mins/ GBP £80++ 90 mins

Melipona Honey Bliss in Mexico

This is something else, not only is it an award-winning spathey extrac honey for the treatment from stingless bees. Aparently this is a Mayan beauty secret. Melipona honey, extracted from native stingless Melipona bees as part of the property’s environmental sustainability efforts, is a timeless remedy for detoxifying and healing the skin.  The all-encompassing Melipona Honey Bliss treatment includes a Melipona Honey Body Scrub, Steam Bath and Island Dew Body Massage using Melipona Honey Oil.

So where is it you ask? At the unique resort of Banyan Tree Mayakoba in the Riviera Maya.

Duration: 90-minute treatment & 30-minute refreshments and relaxation

Price: GBP £121++

Nature’s Coco in the Maldives

This one’s truly luxurious on the exclusive island hideaway of Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru. Its Nature’s Coco treatment utilizes locally-grown coconuts to nourish the body and moisturize the skin.  Prepared by hand, a pouch full of freshly-grated coconut is dipped in warm coconut milk for the body massage, applied with a combination of pressure techniques for an invigorating experience.  A stimulating face massage completes this rejuvenating spa experience. This elevates spa to another level.

Duration: 90-minute treatment & 30-minute refreshments and relaxation

Price: GBP £220++ Single/ GBP £232++ Couple

With over 70 spas and 30 resorts, Banyan Tree is a name that should be top of your list when booking a luxury spa break.

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