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August 6, 2014updated Sep 08, 2014

Banyan Tree Celebrates 20 Years

By Chris Boyle

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In days gone by, the Banyan tree provided shelter to weary travelers.

Symbolizing the relief and comfort provided by nature, Banyan Tree adopted its name for our special group of hotels that stretch across the globe and offer rest and relaxation to the world-weary. With attentive yet discreet staff, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts provide naturally luxurious, ecological, culturally sensitive experiences. Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts has grown into one of the world’s leading international operators in the hospitality and spa industry and now manages more than 30 resorts and hotels, 68 spas, 77 retail galleries, and three championship golf courses in 28 countries.

TOP SPOTS FOR REJUVENATION

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Banyan Tree Phuket, Thailand: Banyan Tree’s award-winning flagship resort in Phuket is home to the world-famous Banyan Tree Spa Academy where students go through extensive training to qualify as a spa therapist at Banyan Tree resorts worldwide. Guests can learn from these highly trained therapists and discover the secrets of Banyan Tree’s 20 years of developing innovative healing therapies by taking part in special classes. Designed for couples, the Touch of Wellness one- and two-hour massage and treatment courses enable guests to return home with a new skill and perhaps one or two secrets in the art of spa therapy.

Banyan Tree Ringha, China: Guests leave the modern world behind, and here they can experience a slice of Shangri-La in a remote paradise in Yunnan. At 3,200 meters above sea level, the resort is the highest property in the Banyan Tree Group, created entirely of authentic Tibetan farmhouses to protect and sustain the cultural and ecological integrity of the region.

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Banyan Tree Seychelles: Cocooned by nature, the resort’s surrounding verdant rainforest rises high above one of the most stunning coastlines in the Indian Ocean. Anse Intendance Beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful white-sand beaches on the island, home to indigenous turtles, and silky blue waves. Guests are nurtured by tropical flora and colorful birdlife as they relax in their own pool villas.

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, Maldives: Travelers looking for the best place to watch the Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, the Southern Cross, and other magical creations of the sky should consider the Naiboli Bar at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru in the Maldives. With a powerful telescope provided by the resort for guests, limited light pollution, and only the reflection of the ocean to contend with, this is a perfect place for guests to stargaze.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Mexico: Keeping bees has been a Mayan tradition for centuries; these winged-wonders are believed to be imbued with mystical powers as messengers between the living world and the underworld. Supporting hives of the stingless, endangered Melipona bee, Banyan Tree Mayakoba on the Riviera Maya offers an insight into one of the Mayans’ best kept beauty secrets, and incorporates Melipona honey into a unique spa treatment, Melipona Honey Bliss, a timeless remedy for detoxifying and rejuvenating the skin.

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