Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts is bringing the locavore concept to the spa with new treatments inspired by native traditions and local ingredients, such as stones hand-carved by monks and locally-sourced honey and coconuts.
Here's a quick peek at what's on offer:
Himalayan Bliss in China
Banyan Tree Ringha reflects on local Tibetan culture with this treatment, which begins with a Black Sesame Body Scrub, with its warming qualities to induce 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.
Hot Spring Escape in China
Nestled in the foothills of the Jinyun Mountain Natural Reserve, the Asian spa traditions of Chongqing can now be experienced at Banyan Tree Chongqing Beibei. The 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. Enjoy a comforting Volcano Mud Wrap and warming Volcano Mud Yogurt Body Scrub to detoxify and smooth the skin, before a relaxing foot massage and a glass of fresh juice is served as 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.
Melipona Honey Bliss in Mayakoba
The Banyan Tree Mayakoba in the Riviera Maya unveils this Mayan-inspired beauty treatment, which offers Melipona honey, extracted from native stingless Melipona bees as part of the property’s environmental sustainability efforts, to detoxify and heal 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.
Nature’s Coco in the Maldives
The Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru's Nature’s Coco treatment uses 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.
Rainforest Indulgence in the UAE
Pioneered by Banyan Tree Spa, The Rainforest is a unique wellness experience combining the best of European hydrothermal therapy techniques with Asian beauty philosophies. The Rainforest Indulgence package at the exclusive desert resort of Banyan Tree Al Wadi near Dubai, is a 150-minute hydrotherapy journey including a cascading Rain Walk, Aroma Steam, Bucket Drench Shower, Sensory Shower, choice of traditional Sauna or herbal Sauna, Tropical Rain Shower, Ice Igloo, Vitality Pool, Body Wrap and Indian Head Massage, Body Scrub and Body Massage. Other properties where The Rainforest facility is available are Banyan Tree Samui, Banyan Tree Mayakoba and Banyan Tree Sanya.