12 Apr 2024 By May Ng

Unveiling ‘Nature House’: Banyan Group’s Landmark Venture in Wellbeing Education

Banyan Spa and Wellbeing Academy proudly unveils the Nature House at Banyan Tree Phuket, marking a significant milestone in its 20-year history. Departing from traditional spa offerings, the Nature House is the outward-facing manifestation of the Academy, embracing a new era of immersive, participatory wellbeing as well as food and beverage experiences.

“The Nature House represents a paradigm shift in our approach to wellbeing. It’s not just about delivering services; it’s about empowering our guests to actively engage in their own wellness journey,” remarked Savittree Meesuksree, Director of the Banyan Spa & Wellbeing Academy. “With a diverse array of offerings, from cooking classes to herbal workshops and therapeutic spa treatments, we are transforming Banyan Tree Phuket into a dynamic hub for holistic learning and personal transformation.”

As Phuket’s premier spa and wellness destination, the Nature House invites guests to embark on personalised journeys of self-discovery and growth. It offers expertly crafted courses tailored for individuals embarking on their wellbeing journey, as well as professionals seeking advancement.

“As we celebrate the 30th year of Banyan Tree, it fills me with immense pride to witness the evolution of our commitment to excellence in hospitality and wellbeing. At Banyan Tree Phuket, we’re not just about accommodations; we’re about crafting experiences that nourish the mind, body, and soul,” said Sittichai Jittnatham, General Manager of Banyan Tree Phuket. “With a background steeped in food and beverage, my passion lies in sharing the artistry and creativity of culinary delights with our guests,” he added.

Courses for Public and Professional
The Nature House offers a variety of holistic Spa and Wellbeing Courses, extending an invitation to enthusiasts seeking knowledge on wellbeing and natural remedies. Tailored for all levels, the Hands-on Express Courses feature engaging sessions such as DIY Organic Body Scrub and Introduction to Reflexology, enhanced with herbal and plant-based premium products and wisdom.

Industry professionals can earn globally-recognised certifications from Thailand’s Ministry of Education and Ministry of Public Health in Asian massage techniques and herbal science. Led by certified practitioners in traditional Chinese medicine, Thai herbal medicine, and more, the courses cover anatomy, spa techniques and therapeutic massage. Enrolment is open for professional Thai and Aromatherapy Massage courses, taught in Thai and English.

A Trailblazer in Wellness and Spa Excellence
Pioneering the Asian sensible spa experience, Banyan Tree Spa inaugurated its first Phuket spa in 1994. Over the years, the brand has expanded to 60 locations across 21 countries. In Phuket, the Nature House now consolidates the operations of the Banyan Spa & Wellbeing Academy, the Culinary Studio and the Apothecary. In addition to the numerous accolades received for the quality and innovation of its products and services, Banyan Tree Spa was inducted into TTG Travel Awards’ Hall of Fame for winning Best Spa Operator for ten consecutive years*.
*Ten consecutive years from 2005-2015, followed by 2017, 2018, 2018, 2023.

As part of its commitment to making wellbeing accessible and impactful for its guests, associates, and communities, over the years Banyan Tree Spa has introduced various wellbeing initiatives, such as women’s retreats in Mexico, fitness partnerships in Thailand, worldwide wellness events participation, and wellbeing activities for mental, physical and financial health. These and other efforts have led to Banyan Group receiving the prestigious title of the Most Active Hotel Group during World Wellness Weekend in 2022 and 2023.