Banyan Tree Debuts "Wellbeing Sanctuary" in Koh Samui and Krabi

The Banyan Tree Group has rolled out its “Wellbeing Sanctuary” initiative at Banyan Tree Samui and Banyan Tree Krabi in southern Thailand, which have set aside a selection of pool villas and suites dedicated to holistic and wellbeing pursuits. The hotel group had begun rolling out the new healthy living concept at its properties around the world in March, beginning in China, and is launching the initiative at its resorts worldwide as each destination re-emerges from the pandemic.

The new initiative provides guests with an opportunity to combine a leisure vacation with a daily program designed to enrich mind, body and soul—from meditation to Thai boxing, from massage and hydrotherapy to nature trails and sailing lessons—complemented with a nutritious diet and personal consultations.

Guests booking a Wellbeing Sanctuary at the two Thai properties will have the flexibility to choose their own activities. Good to know: Each of the villas selected for the Wellbeing Sanctuary has been adapted with various wellbeing amenities—a minibar stocked with fresh juices and herbal teas instead of alcoholic drinks, a yoga mat, stretch bands and even a Tibetan singing bowl.

Meditating at a Banyan Tree Krabi pool suite.
Meditating at a Banyan Tree Krabi pool suite (Banyan Tree Krabi )

On Koh Samui, Wellbeing Villas come with an infinity pool, while at Krabi, each room opens onto a private garden, well suited for private self-wellbeing activities. Banyan Tree Samui and Banyan Tree Krabi have tailored holistic itineraries based on Banyan Tree’s “8 Pillars” principle (Dietary Awareness; Physical Vitality; Cultivate the Mind; Sleep & Rest; Harmony with Nature; Learning & Development; Bonding & Connection; and Sustained Practices).

Guests to the Wellbeing Sanctuary are welcomed with a healthy organic juice, and are given the chance to consult and select their preferred schedule for the day ahead. Following their flight, many may opt for a relaxing oil massage, followed by a long hot soak in their tub with bath salts. Typically, a morning may begin with yoga and meditation, followed by a hearty but heart-friendly breakfast. But there’s always time to just lie by one’s own private pool and soak up the sunshine and the view. 

Good sleep is one of the Wellbeing Sanctuary’s guiding principles. Upon returning to their villa after evening turndown service, a guest will discover a different sleep ritual recommended and set up, such as bath salts or a lemon & lime steam facial.

The resorts have also introduced four new massages specifically for patrons of the Wellbeing Sanctuary: Restorative Detox; Sleep Essentials; Mobility Stretch; and Urban Relief.

As far as dining, Wellbeing Sanctuary guests at Banyan Tree’s restaurants will be provided two menus—a standard menu of house specialties of both Thai and Western cuisine and a Wellbeing Menu offering a variety of organic dishes, vegan and vegetarian options, and freshly squeezed juices. Jakkrit Traibun, the executive chef at Banyan Tree Krabi, recently introduced a plant-based menu based on the produce from his on-site organic garden. Among his signature dishes are Southern Thai Turmeric Rice and a delightful Pumpkin Avocado Mousse.

A morning jog at Tubkaek Beach, Krabi
A morning jog at Tubkaek Beach, Krabi (Banyan Tree, Krabi)

Krabi is among the newest Banyan Tree destinations. The 72-key resort, which opened in October last year, is tiered into a hillside at Tubkaek Beach, a 40-minute drive from Krabi International Airport. It is surrounded on three sides by nature: a forested national park to the rear and far side, while overlooking one of Thailand’s most iconic natural wonders: the famous limestone cliffs that jut out of the sea in Than Bok Khorani National Marine Park.

Facilities at the hotel include two restaurants, a beach bar, a kids’ club, a fitness center, a meeting center, an elevated outdoor wedding deck, and a rainforest-themed spa.

Similarly, Banyan Tree Samui is nestled into a lush tropical hillside with views over a sapphire sea. The 38-acre property is rich in flora and plantlife, and its private white-sand cove is flanked by coral reefs, which the resort’s Sustainability Team protects and regenerates.

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