The Spa Villa is the resident Spa of Banyan The Resort and maybe because of this many mistake it as an exclusive only for residents and guests but actually the Spa is open to outside guests as well. It was my first visit to the Spa and I was looking forward to seeing how Banyan The Resort catered to their Spa clientele. First of all, although the Spa is small in size it makes up for it by being luxurious as would be expected by Banyan’s standards. The thing that surprised me the most was the affordability of their packaged treatments when you see the quality of their treatments and the atmosphere you get in return.
The Spa has only two treatment rooms but both are appointed in the same sty le as the Banyan The Resort resident villas meaning large treatment rooms with huge private changing / bathrooms. The Spa does the usual facials, massages, manicures & pedicures etc. There are little touches that I immediately liked, for example to reach the Spa you park in the main lobby and you’re driven by buggy to the Spa to reduce traffic and thus noise level.
Second item that pleased me is that the Spa Manager asked pointed questions to find out your needs and then recommended an option for a treatment or two. In the Spa Villa the lovely Spa Manager Khun Meena kindly suggested a treatment suited to my current condition and mood but on top of that she would chose an oil to use to suit my blood type. This type of product by blood type is currently very popular in Asia but it was my first time in running into it in Thailand. In many countries in Asia bars even recommend drinks by blood type and prospective job seekers are also chosen by their abilities plus their blood type. For me I am ashamed to say I do not know my blood type but thought B sounded good and the general description seemed to fit me. So we used the Oil for Blood type B as it has a calming effect which I am known to be in need of. The oil is based on Green tea, ginseng, grape seed oil plus an essential oil with balancing Ylang Ylang and Lavender.
As mentioned, the Spa has many treatments to choose from but currently they are having four popular packages at very affordable rates. The four popular packages are; Body Scrub followed by Aromatherapy Massage, Thai Massage followed by Foot Massage, Aromatherapy Massage followed by Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage or Body Scrub followed by a Facial. All the treatments last around 1.5 hours to two hours and the rates vary between 1200 thb to max 2000thb. My final choice was the Aromatherapy Massage with Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage for 90 minutes at an affordable 1500 THB!
The treatment is done in a luxurious private room with all the details that you would be expect in such a a place, such as temperate air conditioning, soothing light music and hushed atmosphere. The massage starts off with cleaning of your feet and after that they commence the Aromatherapy Massage with the chosen calming oil. The therapist was very experienced as I can’t say I would have enjoyed a forceful massage with my knotted and stressed back. As the massage progressed she gradually moved to trying to work out the problem spots but only once I had relaxed for awhile. The one hour Aromatherapy Massage melts into the 30 minute Back, Neck and Shoulder massage without waking you up from the semi sleep that you are in.
When I finished the treatment I felt surprisingly alert and refreshed without pain in the back. My only wish would have ben that I could have continued napping in the room with the door firmly bolted, but alas other guests needed a treatment too.
What I like about this Spa is the affordability of the packages but also the very exclusive feeling of the Spa as it is so intimate. The Spa feels like your own personal luxury home and whilst there you feel like a wealthy “puying” having a luxury treatment in your own home. What I also liked about the Spa is that somebody has put in a lot thought into the small details that makes the place elevated from just a place that offers treatments to a bonafide Spa.
Banyan The Spa Villa @ Banyan The Resort Thailand
68/35 Mooban Hua Na, Tambol Nong Gae, Hua Hin
Tel: 032 538 888