As the world leans more into wellbeing with the pandemic’s widespread impact, Banyan Tree will be launching 16 new Wellbeing Sanctuaries across its properties globally this year.
The Wellbeing Sanctuaries will combine club floors or resort wings, dedicated dining options, spas, and multifunctional practice spaces into one exclusive journey. Beginning this month, they will be launched first in China, and progressively in Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Thailand and Vietnam over the next 12 months.
Catered for the wellbeing-curious, the Wellbeing Sanctuary concept enables leisure travellers to design and combine a leisure vacation with wellbeing elements in a flexible, and open way. Through a simple and structured, codified approach of eight pillars, guests may personalise their stay as well as create a personal practice to sustain even after returning home. Lastly, the journey is designed to inspire a greater connection between self, others and nature, with Banyan Tree’s enduring commitment to sustainability woven through the experience.
Every individual’s journey to wellbeing is different. Each Wellbeing Sanctuary provides the time and space for guests to choose their own activities throughout their stay with a unique credit system, in consultation with the property’s wellbeing host. Stays can be anywhere between two days and more, with a variety of activities to accommodate couples or families with different leisure and wellbeing preferences.
A stay at Banyan Tree’s Wellbeing Sanctuary includes accommodation at a wellbeing suite or villa designed for sleep enhancement; in-room amenities such as yoga mats, stretch bands and singing bowls for private practice; pre-sleep bath and body rituals; balanced healthy meals and mini-bar provisions using locally sourced ingredients; bodywork and spa therapy experience; access to 50 simple but impactful wellbeing activities, inspired by the destination; as well as personalised, take-home wellbeing guide for sustained learning.
Developed through two years of study and thousands of participant feedback, Banyan Tree’s wellbeing approach is codified through eight pillars: Sleep Well; Dietary Awareness; Interaction, Intimacy and Involvement; Physical Vitality; Cultivating the Mind; Learning and Development; Harmony with Nature; and Sustained Practices.
With the support of dedicated wellbeing hosts on-property, guests who book a stay at Banyan Tree’s Wellbeing Sanctuaries embark on a journey to come home to themselves, gaining deeper self-knowledge. Guests can also take home a personal wellbeing guide after their stay, which include tips on healthy living, home exercise and other recommendations for sustained practice in one’s daily life.
Most existing wellbeing offerings are primarily focused on the individual. At Banyan Tree’s Wellbeing Sanctuaries, exploring the relationships and connections within the self, and without, with others and nature, is core. In doing so, guests discover their own balancing points and find ways to improve their state of being in the now.
For example, the sensory detox White Room experience is a deep dive into the self, removing daily distractions in a guided, stress-free environment. In exploring relationships with others, guests may choose to have a conversation with a Buddhist monk, volunteer in a community setting, or go through a couple yoga session. In connecting with nature, one may choose a Conscious Grounding experience outdoors, or an Ocean Breath meditation session combining breathwork and movement.