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Banyan Tree Lang Co., Vietnam - The Spa Man

Review: Banyan Tree Lang Co, Vietnam

Banyan Tree Lang Co is situated in a quiet, remote stretch of coastline in central Vietnam about an hour north of Danang. Isolated and peaceful the all-pool villa resort is a tranquil retreat from the crazy daily life in Vietnam’s main cities and tourist hot spots. It provides the perfect getaway for a few days or even longer. There’s plenty to do for the active traveller, with watersports, cycling and day trips to the imperial city of Hue and the heritage town of Hoi an. For a more leisurely break you can laze by the main pool, sun bathe on the beach or retreat to your private pool villa for total harmony. Take a cooking class, yoga, archery or more, there are over 140 activities on site available, or take some time out in the spa. With the sister property, Angsana just next door, it increases the choices for food and daily activities. The service is friendly, warm and attentive and remains faithful to the Banyan Tree concept. The main buildings are modern and a little …

Review: Banyan Tree Bintan, Indonesia

THE RESORT AT BANYAN TREE BINTAN Banyan Tree Bintan is just 45 minutes from Singapore (by high speed catamaran) and is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Private villas make the most of terrific sea views looking across the South China Sea, many have private infinity pools and the resort has played host to luminaries such as Tony Blair and Kofi Annan. Bintan was the second resort in the Banyan Tree portfolio to open its doors and remains true to the company’s ethos – with the same high standard of personalised service and authentic Asian spa experience. Read about Banyan Tree Phuket Set amongst tropical gardens, you could hide away for a day or a week and not see anyone else. The resort has a beach, spa, fitness facilities and golf course on site. Whether it’s a wedding, honeymoon or a tropical spa escape, Banyan Tree has it all. With activities for nature lovers, the adventurous or lounge lizards, the resort caters to all tastes. The same can be said …

Sugar cane and bamboo treatments in Mauritius

The award-winning Spa at Angsana Balaclava Mauritius has launched a new treatment, inspired by the heart and soul of its tropical home, using natural, locally-sourced ingredients from Mauritius. I’m visiting Mauritius in October, staying at this fabulous resort and look forward to experiencing the delights of this new therapy. Drawing inspiration from the abundance of exotic ingredients in Mauritius, the resort’s new Nature Touch treatment offers an alternative to the traditional spa experience. Specially-created to make the most of the natural benefits found within local ingredients including sugar cane and bamboo, this two-hour treatment features a 30-minute body polish, 60 minute massage and 30-minute rest and relaxation time in one of the Spa’s luxury private treatment rooms. The body polish blends number of ingredients indigenous to Mauritius; sugar cane, cucumber and mint, to create an invigorating scrub. Glycolic acid, naturally present in sugar cane, is renowned for its exfoliating qualities; removing dead skin cells, dirt and oil that can build up and lead to skin problems. The addition of cucumber, which contains the important health …

The Growth of Mindfulness

Mindfulness appears to be everywhere and, in some instances promises to solve pretty much every problem there is. It’s growth continues and everywhere you look a spa, health expert or mind guru is offering tips, techniques, sessions, course and online apps to help you on your way. I have written about it before and you can read “What is mindfulness medition” here The Huffington Post has it’s own dedicated channel to mindfulness and it’s well worth taking a look for the latest reseach, tips, advice and comment. I’m a big fan and it’s helped me resolve stress and anxiety issues. The whole month of May is devoted to the project – Mindful in May. Which combines regular practice, joining people across the globe to help raise money to bring clean water to commnities who need it most. They say “It takes just 10 minutes a day to bring more focus and effectiveness into your daily life. Join a global community of people bringing mindfulness meditation into their lives and making a positive impact on the lives …

The Spa Man’s favourite spas – 2014

This year its been a privilege to visit some incredible spas around Europe and a little further afield. From banana body wraps to mango body scrubs and some pretty intensive facial massage – I’ve been poked, prodded, refined and renewed. It’s been one incredible year of spa. Here’s a snap shot of my favourite spas of 2014. The Dolder Grand – Zurich The Dolder Grand certainly lives up to its name and reputation. Positioned high on the hill with commanding views across Zurich.  It combines modern five-star luxury, with old world charm and was magical. The spa is modern, spacious and covers an area of 4,000 sqm with room to move . It  offers a grandeur that few spas achieve, combining wellness with world class luxury. I honestly didn’t want to leave. Read the review here www.thedoldergrand.com Sri panwa – Phuket Sri panwa is in a class of its own. Effortlessly cool, it is a mix of private residences and pool villas perched at the tip of Cape Panwa in Phuket. Set in lush tropical …

SpaFinder Wellness Travel Awards

SpaFinder Wellness 365 has been busy judging its Wellness Travel Awards which honour spas, hotels, resorts and retreats around the globe on how they boost their guest health and wellness.  Awards are given to the top properties on six continents, in 41 countries/regions and in 18 special categories. A panel of Wellness Travel experts nominated 373 nominees for the awards and over 14,000 consumers voted for the winners. It’s a massive undertaking and you can see the full list of winners here: Spa Finder Wellness Travel Awards. I wanted to highlight a few outstanding spas which I have visited, and it shows, I have a long way to go before I get around all the winners. Crystal Award winner Europe: George V Paris Four Seasons, Paris, France Country Awards winners: Switzerland: The Dolder Grand, Zurich (read my review) Thailand: Banyan Tree Resort, Phuket (read my review) Nordic: Blue Lagoon, Iceland  

Review: Banyan Tree Phuket

THE RESORT: When you arrive at the Banyan Tree Phuket, you know it’s a large resort. The huge driveway leads to reception which is buzzing with people and smiling staff. A warm welcome greets you and it’s not long before you are whisked away to your private villa. All accommodation in the resort is based around villas and they are sublime, blending Thai inspired décor with modern comforts. Landscaped with palms, trees and scented flowering frangipani trees, you can lose yourself for an hour, a day, a week or more. Banyan tree Phuket is situated on the edge of Bang Tao Bay where you have the option of swimming in the sea, in one of the many outdoor pools or you could upgrade to a pool villa and have your very own. The spa pavilions in the Spa Sanctuary are a must for spa lovers. On arrival we were greeted by two therapists who conducted a welcome foot ritual using green tea and honey scrub and a relaxing shoulder and neck massage. What a welcome! …

Banyan Tree goes local

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 …