It’s the flagship resort of a new hospitality brand that was founded as a direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Wellness-minded travelers in need of a restorative trip to Phuket now have a new health resort try out. Opening tomorrow (March 18) within the grounds of Banyan Tree Phuket, the debut property of the Banyan Tree Group’s latest brand, Banyan Tree Veya, offers bespoke multi-day programs for tired city dwellers to reset and go on a much-needed digital detox.
After checking in, guests will have a private consultation with Wellbeing Hosts trained in Eastern medicine, naturopathy, and coaching. The in-house experts will then develop a personalized itinerary attuned to the needs and priorities of each person. Veya’s choice of experiences is sure to delight any avid spa-goer: signature weightless therapies combine “floatation” with body stretch massage techniques and sound meditation, while yoga and intuitive dance sessions are offered, as well as classes focused on balance and stability to release chronic tension and calm the nervous system. There are also plenty of opportunities to practice mindfulness through breathwork, sound therapy, and guided imagery meditation. Workshops on topics such as nutrition and resilience will help vacationers bring the retreat experience home.
Guests will be treated to nightly aromatherapy inside their Veya Pool villas, which feature organic cotton bed linens, a choice of pillows, black-out curtains, and a sleep light for optimal rest. In-room wellness amenities include everything from yoga mats and sound therapy bowls to exercise stretch bands, so that travelers can practice wellness rituals in the comfort and privacy of their rooms.
When it comes to food, expect plant-forward cuisine that brings together Asian and Mediterranean influences. Nutritious bowls, broths, and reinterpreted local dishes take a flexitarian (“flexible vegetarian”) approach, in which guests have a choice to eat a certain amount of animal products. Resident Nutrition Sommeliers will be on hand to curate a tailored menu for each guest to fulfil their dietary needs and preferences.
Those bedding down at Banyan Tree Veya Phuket will have access to a dedicated Wellbeing Center equipped with Thailand’s first-ever White Room for sensory detox and meditative practice, and a soon-to-open traditional herb farm and pharmacy workshop. Stays can be customized further through the use of flexible Veya credits, which are valid for spa treatments, private classes, dining, and retail products. A consultation is offered prior to checkout, with travelers given a personalized take-home guide to continue their wellbeing journey in their daily lives.
Available for booking until April 30, 2022, Banyan Tree Veya Phuket’s opening special promises a three-night stay at THB 38,400 (US$1,154), including a credit of THB 20,000 (US$601) per villa. Guests will also enjoy a 25 percent discount on private sessions, spa treatments, retail purchases, and dining.
More information here.