Banyan Tree Spa made its debut in Phuket, Thailand in 1994 and was the pioneer of the tropical garden spa concept with its Asian therapies and holistic focus on mental and physical harmony. The Spa also reintroduced an exotic blend of ancient health and beauty practices which have been passed down from generations.
Like the tropical and sacred tree from which it got its name, Banyan Tree Spa offers guests a Sanctuary for the Senses – a place for physical, mental and spiritual renewal. To achieve this, the spa focuses on a non-clinical approach based on traditional Asian healing therapies. It celebrates the human touch and use of natural herbs and spices. At Banyan Tree Spa Phuket, the spa pavilions are re-creations of royal Thai salas in their full splendour.
The brand philosophy is communicated to all therapists who undergo training at the Banyan Tree Spa Academy in Phuket, which was set up in 2001. Banyan Tree Spa Academy trains a dedicated group of therapists for both Banyan Tree and Angsana Spas. The comprehensive training programme encompasses all areas of spa therapy, including knowledge of the human anatomy and important pressure points, modern and traditional massage techniques among others. Banyan Tree Spa Academy in Phuket is accredited by Thailand’s Ministry of Education and Ministry of Public Health.
A second Banyan Tree Spa Academy was established in Bintan, Indonesia in December 2003 to complement the training curriculum from Phuket and is licensed by Indonesia’s Ministry of Education.