Banyan Tree Group has announced the launch of a new wellbeing brand Banyan Tree Veya within its multi-brand ecosystem. Set to open on 18 March 2022, the Banyan Tree Veya Phuket is a wellbeing-centred resort that offers bespoke programs emphasising what the brand calls ‘embodiment therapies’, built on Banyan Tree’s proprietary eight pillars of wellbeing.
Veya means ‘to weave’ and provides the safe space to integrate your own path to wellbeing. The Veya experience is led by certified multidisciplinary wellbeing hosts around a 3-step Awareness, Discovery, and Sustenance protocol. Created in direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Banyan Tree Veya aims to address a world with an urgent need for reconnecting mind and body daily.
Ms Ho Ren Yung, Senior Vice President, Brand HQ of Banyan Tree Group said, “With our hyper-stimulated modern life, our nervous systems cannot truly relax and, therefore, rest; chronic stress erodes our natural immunity and regenerative capacity. Our ethos #OwnYourPresence guides our mission of inspiring individuals’ to travel inwards and become conscious of how their daily actions, thoughts, and emotions interact with their physical being.”
The Veya Experience
The Veya journey begins with a private consultation with the wellbeing hosts, trained in eastern medicine, naturopathy and coaching. After an assessment against the brand’s codified wellbeing approach, a personalised itinerary is created aligned to each guest’s needs and priorities, centring on embodiment therapies and somatic practices.
Mindfulness practices: Classes such as Ocean Breath and Conscious Grounding raise sensory awareness through breathwork, sound therapy and guided imagery meditation techniques in natural environments.
Somatic movement: This includes intuitive forms of dance, yoga and classes such as Balance and Stability that focus on the internal experience of movement to release chronic tension patterns and calm the nervous system.
Weightless: This is a new range of signature therapies unique to Veya, combining rehabilitative floatation, body stretch massage techniques, and meditational sound therapy into a restorative sensory experience.
Lifestyle learning: These consist of workshops introducing wellbeing rituals into daily life, such as creative therapies, integrative nutrition, and classes such as Positive Resilience help guests bring the retreat experience home.
The Luxury Accommodation
Designed for optimal rest, the villas feature organic cotton bed linen, a choice of pillows, black-out curtains, nightly aromatherapy, sleep light and music. Each villa comes fully equipped to enable wellbeing practices in the privacy of the own room, with amenities including a wellbeing mini-bar, yoga mats, sound therapy bowls, exercise stretch bands and more.
Veya showcases plant-forward cuisine that combines Asian and Mediterranean influences in a creative, flexitarian approach that respects ingredient provenance. Menu signatures include bowls broths and reinterpreted iconic local dishes around a Fuel-Balance-Repair daily sequence. Resident ‘Nutrition Sommeliers’ assist guests in curating a tailored menu during their stay to fulfil dietary needs and preferences.
The Wider Experience
Banyan Tree Veya Phuket offers a lush enclave within Laguna Phuket, a distinct and tranquil location within the Banyan Tree Phuket resort and a few minutes’ walk from Bangtao Beach. Veya guests will enjoy exclusive access to a Wellbeing Center featuring Thailand’s first-ever White Room for sensory detox and meditative practice and a traditional herb farm-pharmacy workshop opening soon.
Flexible Veya credits allow further customisation of guest wellbeing journeys with options to use for spa, private classes, dining and retail products. A journey reflection consultation is offered prior to departure, followed by personalised programs and lifestyle practices to continue their wellbeing journey in their daily lives.
“The pandemic has brought unprecedented stress and trauma to our generation, the full impact of which remains to be fully assessed. However, many of us are reassessing our purpose and approach in life. The Banyan Tree Veya team of resident wellbeing specialists and external experts aim to guide, encourage and celebrate with our guests in discovering this new conscious way of living,” says Mr Lee Woon Hoe, Senior Assistant Vice President, Executive Director of Wellbeing.
The Opening Offer
For a limited time only, travellers can enjoy Banyan Tree Veya Phuket’s Opening Offer for a three-night package at THB 38,400 with THB 20,000 Veya exclusive credit per villa for two persons.
Veya Experience inclusions:
- Accommodation in a Veya Pool Villa well-designed for rest and restoration
- Private wellbeing assessment, mapping and consultation
- Bespoke wellbeing itinerary from curated group wellbeing activity calendar
- Daily rituals and mindful practices to centre the mind and body
- 25% discount on private sessions, spa treatments, retail purchases and outlet dining
- End of stay experience reflection and consultation
- Personalised take-home guide to support home practice
The planned 2022 retreats include a launch festival this month and curated journeys for mindfulness-based programmes and women-only groups throughout the year. Banyan Tree Veya Phuket will be marking its grand opening with its first Veya Circle Programme, which will be led by Veya’s resident wellbeing specialists and a specially curated panel of internationally renowned wellbeing experts, held on 18-21 March 2022.
Although we are very familiar with the Banyan Tree offerings, we appreciate that some of our readers might not be. Therefore, the following short Q&A session should help to show whet your appetites for what you can expect from a visit to the Banyan Tree Veya Phuket:
Luxurious Magazine: What are the eight pillars of wellbeing?
Banyan Tree: Our proprietary eight pillars of wellbeing is about sustained and balanced practice, which serves as guiding principles throughout life journey and covers a range of multidisciplinary modalities: Sleep & Rest, Dietary Awareness, Bonding & Connection, Physical Vitality, Cultivate the Mind, Learning & Development, Harmony with Nature and Sustained Practices.
LM: Tell us more about the massages
Banyan Tree: Modern wellbeing problems require modern solutions. With new wellbeing experiences and a selection of purposeful massages at Banyan Tree Spa, Veya aims to address and alleviate today’s issues of sleep deprivation, chronic physical tension, and mental fatigue. We draw upon science-based techniques derived from years of research and experience; each treatment relieves your body of toxins, tension, and mental strain.
LM: How many Veya Pool Villas does Banyan Tree Veya Phuket have?
Banyan Tree: There are 23 one-bedroom Veya Pool Villas at Banyan Tree Veya Phuket designed for optimal rest and restoration. At 1,507 square feet each, the villas offer modern comfort through the lens of contemporary Thai design and architecture, outfitted with luxurious king-sized beds, spacious bathrooms, daybeds for private contemplation, 205 square feet swimming pools and heated jet pools for relaxation.
LM: What facilities can guests expect at the Banyan Tree Veya Phuket’s Pool Villas?
Banyan Tree: The in-room facilities at Banyan Tree Veya Phuket are categorised into three categories: For Your Rest, Your Restoration and Online Wellbeing Companion.
For Your Rest includes organic cotton bed linen, pillow selection, black-out curtains, nightly aromatherapy, sleep light and music, while Your Restoration includes a private swimming pool, outdoor jet pool, outdoor practice deck, wellbeing mini-bar, yoga mat, meditation singing bowl and exercise stretch bands.
Online Wellbeing Companion comprises Deep Breathing for Relaxation and Alternate Nostril Breathing for Concentration.
LM: Is there a Banyan Tree Veya in other parts of the world apart from Phuket?
Banyan Tree: The second Veya will be opening in Q42022 in the Maldives.
Banyan Tree Veya Phuket is a place of connection with yourself, others and nature. It provides guests with a safe space of wonderment and reflection, where they can rediscover themselves and take steps towards a lifelong journey of wellbeing. Guided by Banyan Tree’s Eight Pillars of Wellbeing, it has curated a range of embodiment therapies and somatic practices.
Our resident therapists and professional wellbeing hosts help guests through new ways of being well and empower them with the tools, knowledge and experience to continue charting their own wellbeing journey long after their stay.
Book by 30 April 2022 and reservations can be made online via. For more information, please visit www.banyantree.com/thailand/veya-phuket.
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