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Banyan Tree Spa voted Spa Academy of The Year for the second consecutive year at the AsiaSpa Awards

Category: Awards

25 Nov 2010

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Singapore– Banyan Tree Spa has been voted Spa Academy of The Year at the 6th Annual AsiaSpa Awards 2010. It is the proud winner of this esteemed award for the second consecutive year.

The prestigious AsiaSpa Awards celebrate the outstanding efforts of individuals and companies in driving the exceptional standards of spas in Asia. The first in the region to offer a comprehensive line-up of awards and setting a great benchmark for the spa industry worldwide, it also helps put the spotlight on Asia's best spas around the world in reflection to changing trends and development in the industry.

A panel of over 20 distinguished judges are hand-picked from almost every country in Asia, in order to have the fairest judging criteria possible. Experts in the field of spa, healing and beauty, they objectively selected the spas most deserving of their nominations, from both their home destinations and the rest of Asia. Their final votes go straight to the appointed law firm and the final winners are bestowed with the honour at the annual awards ceremony each November.

“We are honoured to be awarded the Spa Academy of The Year at the 6th Annual AsiaSpa Awards 2010 for the second year running. This award is a testimony of Banyan Tree Spa’s strong brand recognition and service quality, as well as the result of our core focus on the rigorous training and development of our spa therapists at Banyan Tree Spa Academies in Phuket (Thailand), Lijiang (China) and Bintan (Indonesia), so as to ensure a high level of consistency in our service delivery. We are only as good as who we are today. Come tomorrow, we must innovate to stay competitive. It is this very belief and camaraderie in the Spa amongst all our therapists, operational and Academy training teams that has cheered us along the way,” says Mr Ravi Chandran, Managing Director of Banyan Tree Spa.

Internationally Recognised
With its consistent efforts and pursuit for excellence, Banyan Tree Spa is recognised by the China Hotel Starlight Award 2009 as the Best Spa Operator, the 2010 Hurun Best of the Best Awards with the Best Spa Award in China and the China Top Employer 2010 Best Employer Award presented by CRF Institute, China Office. Banyan Tree Spa Academy is the winner of the 2010 PATA Grand Award in Education and Training and Spa Academy of the Year by SpaChina Awards 2010. It is also voted as the Best Spa Operator in the Travel Trade Gazette (TTG) Travel Awards for six consecutive years, from 2005 to 2010, by members of the travel industry. These awards further reinforce Banyan Tree Spa’s positioning as the leading spa operator in Asia.

In addition, Banyan Tree Spa Phuket has also garnered two prestigious awards namely the Conde Nast Traveller UK Readers’ Travel Awards 2010 for Favourite Overseas Hotel Spa and Thailand Tourism Awards 2010 for Outstanding Performance Award for Health Tourism - Destination Spa.

When the inaugural Banyan Tree Spa Phuket first opened, it pioneered the tropical garden spa concept with its Asian therapies and holistic focus on the body, soul and mind, offering guests a sanctuary for the senses. Banyan Tree Spa Academy was established in Phuket, Thailand in 2001 to ensure a high level of consistency and quality that is synonymous with the Banyan Tree Spa experience.

Within 16 years, as a mark of strong sustainable growth, Banyan Tree Spa has grown to managing 64 spas globally under its Banyan Tree Spa, Angsana Spa and Elements Spa by Banyan Tree brands.

The Banyan Tree Spa Academy has trained over 1,000 therapists for its Spas worldwide. It actively functions to identify international trends, develop experienced trainers, and carry out research and development for new treatments, recipes, techniques and products, in order to maintain its leadership position in the spa industry and to meet the demands of its rapid worldwide expansion plans.

Banyan Tree Spa Philosophy
Like the tropical and sacred tree from which it got its name, the Banyan Tree Spa offers guests a sanctuary for the senses – a place for physical, mental and spiritual renewal. To achieve this, the Spa focuses on a non-clinical and holistic approach based on traditional Asian healing therapies. It emphasises on a ‘high-touch, low-tech’ approach that celebrates the human touch and the use of natural herbs and spices. This philosophy is communicated to all therapists who undergo training at the Banyan Tree Spa Academy in Phuket, Thailand set up in May 2001.

Banyan Tree Spa Academy
Based on the knowledge and expertise it has accumulated in catering to the needs of its discerning international clientele, Banyan Tree Spa has developed its own signature techniques, treatment recipes and training philosophy.

The Banyan Tree Spa Academy trains a dedicated group of therapists for both Banyan Tree Spa and sister brand, Angsana Spa. The training programme encompasses all areas of spa therapy, including knowledge of the human anatomy and important pressure points, modern and traditional massage techniques, variation of body weight for different techniques, knowledge of skin epidermis and facial applications, properties of different herbs and spices, preparation of spa ingredients, setting up of treatment rooms and spa pavilions, and standard greeting procedures. The Banyan Tree Spa Academy Phuket is accredited by Thailand’s Ministry of Education and Ministry of Public Health.

Banyan Tree Spa Academy was also established in Bintan, Indonesia in December 2003 and is licensed by Indonesia’s Ministry of Education. Banyan Tree Spa extended its reach into China, with the opening of Banyan Tree Spa Academy in Ljiiang, China in March 2007 to train dedicated Chinese spa therapists, well-versed in delivering the high service standards of the Banyan Tree Spa experience in China.

With an emphasis on the training and development of its therapists, Banyan Tree Spa recognises the importance of accreditation, to meet the industry standards and practices in the wellness industry where service is of the utmost important.

For more information and reservations, visit banyantreespa.com.