Already operating 63 top-class spas in 24 countries around the globe, the world-leading Banyan Tree Spa brand definitely needs no introduction. But what I will tell you is that its Banyan Tree Spa Samui is probably the best of the bunch. And here’s why…
The fact that its parent resort, Banyan Tree, is spread luxuriously around its own private cove near Lamai is a very big factor, as there’s space, space and even more space here, with breathtaking views at every turn. And the spa, itself, covers more area than many of the island’s smaller resorts!
The fact that there’re 10 superb fully-equipped spa pavilions (each including a massage room, a bath tub, an ‘ordinary’ shower room plus a Vichy-shower room) at a spa is usually its major attraction, but here, at Banyan Tree Spa Samui, it’s just one of many. And the list goes on.
There’s a fully-equipped gym, a state-of-the-art yoga studio, a top-quality beauty salon, plus a complete range of massage and body treatments available, including a number of Ayurvedic therapies. And all the services are performed by therapists who’ve graduated from the renowned Banyan Tree Spa Academy, which was established in Phuket, in May 2001. Quite simply, spa training doesn’t get any better than this, and that becomes very apparent when you have a spa experience at Banyan Tree Spa Samui.
But I’ve saved the most fascinating and, arguably, the spa’s most interesting attraction until last. And that’s the part of Banyan Tree Spa Samui that’s called, quite simply, The Rainforest. They describe it as ‘a complete hydrothermal experience combining the best of European spa and hydrothermal therapy with the essence of Asian wellness philosophy to create a haven of serenity, warmth and comfort’, and this just about sums it up.
The Rainforest is a dedicated area of the spa, offering its very own unique spa experience. A ‘rain walk’ along a warm cascading ‘rain’ pathway leads you in and introduces you to the rest of the hydrothermal therapies, of which there are many. Herbal steams, body-salt-scrubs and hot showers, a Rasul capsule (in which you’re covered in therapeutic mud), Swiss and bucket showers, gently warmed saunas, ice fountains, foot massages, a magnificent ‘Vitality Pool’, and, above all else, plenty of relaxation throughout.
Altogether, a visit to Banyan Tree Spa Samui, in general, and The Rainforest, in particular, is an absolute must for all adventurous spa lovers; and ones who appreciate the finest of spa experiences available anywhere in the world.
The ultimate pampering experience, Banyan Signatures features holistic treatments for your complete physical, mental and spiritual renewal.
Royal Banyan – 150 minutes
A well-loved treatment, Royal Banyan delivers the best of Eastern and Western massage techniques to improve blood circulation and ease muscle aches. Featuring a warm herbal pouch dipped in Sesame Oil, this signature treatment presents the quintessential Banyan Tree Spa experience like no other.
Coriander Cucumber Cleanser • Royal Banyan Herbal Pouch Massage • Jade Face Massage • Therapeutic Herbal Bath
Rainforest Indulgence – 150 minutes
Begin your hydrothermal therapy with a walk through the cascading shower of the Rainwalk. At the Shower, let the effects from the Body Salt Scrub work in exfoliating dead skin cells from your body, unveiling cleansed and smooth skin.
A sensory sensation awaits next in the pre-heated Rasul capsule as a coat of warm, therapeutic mud, with detoxifying effects, is applied to the body.
Next, surrender your senses to the pitter patter of the Swiss Shower or Bucket Shower before relaxing in the gently warmed Sauna and a cooling rub-down from the Ice Fountain to enhance blood circulation.
Finally, complete this indulging experience in the Vitality Pool and a Body Massage of your choice.
Rainwalk • Steam • Body Scrub and Shower • Rasul • Swiss Shower or Bucket Shower • Sauna and Ice Fountain • Foot Massage • Vitality Pool • Choice of Massages • Relaxation
Master Therapist Experience – 90 minutes
Restore energy that was thought to be long gone. Drawn from the expertise of the Master Therapist, indulge in a specially tailored treatment using a repertoire of massage techniques and tools. The Therapist will first take time to understand the profile of each individual guest before customising a package best suited to meet his or her needs.
Thai Classic – 90 minutes
A perfect mix of subtle stretching with rhythmic massaging and compressions to balance the body system and stimulate energy flow. This classic massage uses traditional Thai techniques to apply deep palm strokes on the back with delicate stretching.
Thai Essence – 90 minutes
A medium to strong massage adapted from traditional Thai massage techniques which improves overall flexibility from top to toe. Palms and thumbs are applied to pressure points to relieve tired muscles and to boost energy. No oil is used and a two-piece outfit is worn.
Banyan Tree Spa Samui contact information
Banyan Tree Samui, Lamai
Tel: (66) 0 7791 5333, ext 7501/7502
Open from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM