Seek­ing Sanc­tu­ary


Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia - - GIFTGUIDE2018 -

To re­fresh, recharge and re­dis­cover our con­nec­tion to each other, my hus­band and I flew to Thai­land, for Banyan Tree Phuket’s new ex­pe­ri­ence at its Spa Sanc­tu­ary. It was one of the best hol­i­day de­ci­sions ever. From our luxe spa pool villa with steam room, we mar­veled at the peace, with quiet la­goons, a beau­ti­ful beach—and a lily pond around our float­ing bed­room. A Well­be­ing Host in­tro­duced us to the Sanc­tu­ary Well­be­ing pro­gram. New to the well­ness band­wagon, we ap­pre­ci­ated the choice of pro­grams based on what we wanted to achieve from our stay. We chose the New Well­be­ing track, for pos­ture align­ment work and to re­con­nect to na­ture. Other op­tions were Bal­anced Fit­ness, Ur­ban Detox and Mind­ful Aware­ness. Each had rec­om­mended ac­tiv­i­ties, all aimed at life en­rich­ment and re­lax­ation. Dur­ing yoga ses­sions with Mas­ter Prac­ti­tioner, Ra­jesh, the pace slowed, fo­cus­ing my mind and senses on be­ing present, with no other goal than to breathe, reach, and take in the mo­ment. The Con­scious Ground­ing morn­ing walk helped start my day on the right note, height­en­ing my senses. I en­joyed Sole Foun­da­tion, as my job re­quires me to be on my feet for long hours; I have since been us­ing their sim­ple mas­sage tips at home, tremen­dously help­ing my sore mus­cles. We both left our Pos­ture Align­ment ses­sion with new in­sights for per­sonal im­prove­ment. We had a lo­cal-im­mer­sion ac­tiv­ity each day. I en­joyed the rev­er­ence of Merit Mak­ing. My hus­band took a cook­ing class, mak­ing lo­cal del­i­ca­cies with area young adults. He re­turned in­spired by the pos­i­tive im­pact com­pa­nies can make of­fer­ing learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to their com­mu­ni­ties. Speak­ing of food, a va­ri­ety of plant­based dishes was served through our stay by Liz, the nu­tri­tion spe­cial­ist, who said they were meant to bal­ance our modern-day di­etary pat­terns. The ac­claimed Banyan Tree Spa Acad­emy cre­ated three unique mas­sages for Sanc­tu­ary Well­be­ing guests, which we en­joyed daily. In sum, the Sanc­tu­ary Well­be­ing pro­gram did won­ders for my body and mind. We found an en­ergy and light­ness that we didn’t know we still had. Head­ing home, I felt flex­i­ble, lively and alert—ready to dive back in. For book­ing en­quiries, please email or call +66 (0) 76372 400. More in­for­ma­tion about Banyan Tree Spa Sanc­tu­ary can be found at thai­land/spa-sanc­tu­ary-phuket

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