Banyan Tree Academy celebrates 10th anniversary

Banyan Tree is launching its exclusive Touch of Wellness courses to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of its spa academy is Phuket.

Its Touch of Wellness program is designed specifically for guests and offers a series of wellness lesions for pampering yourself and loved ones and features seven massage and treatment courses – led by an experienced Banyan Tree therapist.

These include: Couple massage, foot relief, face and head massage, massaging your parents and massaging your children, self-massage and beauty basics.

These courses are available for 2,000 bhat plus per person for the two-hour session.

The Banyan Tree Spa Academy, the first of its kind in Thailand, was established in May 2001 to train therapists for both Banyan Tree and Angsana Spas world-wide. It is recognized as one of the best training programs in the industry.

The academy was founded for two reasons – to meet the demands of Banyan Tree Spas’ rapid world-wide expansion and to enable Banyan Tree Spas to formalize their unique school of thought and maintain its leadership in the spa industry. It is equipped to conduct a comprehensive training course and can accommodate up to trainees at one time. It turns out a maximum of 40 students per course.

Training rooms containing massage beds are used for hands-on training in massage, beauty and hair treatments. Other facilities include a computer centre and a centre for English learning.

The training program encompasses all areas of spa therapy – human anatomy knowledge, important pressure points, modern and traditional massage techniques, body weight variations, beauty treatments, properties of herbs and spices, application of spa ingredients, knowledge of skin epidermis and facial applications.

Banyan Tree set up a second spa academy in 2003 in Bintan, Indonesia, where it is licensed by Indonesia’s Ministry of Education; and its Lijiang Academy in 2007 to train Chinese spa therapists. In Thailand, the academy is accredited by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Public Health.

It has trained more than 1,300 therapists since it was founded.

Therapists who display great attitude, talent and aptitude are identified early and have the opportunity to become a spa manager. Outstanding therapists are chosen to undergo further training under Banyan Tree’s unique therapist fast track program, where they are groomed to move up the ranks to become senior therapists and management program trainers, where potential leaders are identified and trained to take on management roles within two years.

Banyan Tree’s selection criteria for therapists centre on intuitive touch and skills and attitude, sensitivity and enthusiasm.

Like the sacred tree which inspired its name, Banyan Tree offers guests a “sanctuary for the senses – a high-touch, low-tech approach that celebrates the human touch and the use of natural herbs and spices”.


It was the first luxury oriental spa in Asia when it first opened in Puket in 1994, re-introducing an exotic blend of time-tested Asian healing therapies and beauty remedies.

Angsana Spa complements Banyan Tree Spa with its treatments, inspiring guests to live life spontaneously and savour time. Its blend of treatments emphasize the use of native flowers and fruits.

To date, Banyan Tree Spa owns and manages over 60 spas in almost 30 countries under the Banyan Tree Spa, Angsana Spa and Elements Spa by Banyan Tree brands.

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