BANYAN TREE SPA SHANGHAI ON THE BUND SETS A NEW BENCHMARK FOR URBAN SPA EXPERIENCES
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Shanghai, China, November 2012 – Banyan Tree Spa brings its award-winning blend of Asian therapies to greater heights with the launch of the Spa at Banyan Tree Shanghai On The Bund, Shanghai’s first all river view hotel. This marks the second outlet in Shanghai following Banyan Tree Spa’s debut in the city in 2003and the group’s seventh spa in Greater China.
A Sensory Experience at Banyan Tree Spa
Located in Shanghai’s iconic Bund district, the Spa is close to both historic landmarks and the new cultural and commercial centres of the cosmopolitan city. Spanning over 1,300 square metres over three floors within the urban resort, the award-winning spa features 11 exquisitely appointed treatment rooms including two Imperial Rooms with a Rainmist facility or Thai Massage area, four Double Deluxe Rooms and five Single Rooms. The name of each room is inspired by the 24 Chinese solar terms. For a rejuvenating wellness experience, the spa is complemented by a beauty salon, nail bar and Banyan Tree Gallery.
Embracing the local culture and traditional Chinese healing philosophy, Banyan Tree Spa Shanghai On the Bund’s design concept is themed on the Five Elements, which are translated into unique colours and inspirations.
The Spa showcases a contemporary design combining sleek lines with traditional materials. Warm lighting, an inviting reception area which exudes elegance with a clear glass panel embedded with grey criss-cross textured patterns, a beige sofa and silk floral-motif throw cushions are just a few of the comforting touches.
A Spa stairway leads down to treatment rooms with sunlight streaming in from a skylight overhead. The walkway of treatment rooms is framed on one side by a two-storey wall of vivid green plants which embraces nature, with a contrasting dark wooden wall opposite which features symmetrical vertical metallic strips.
Treatment rooms draw reference from the Five Elements of gold, wood, water, fire and earth in their design. The Water-themed rooms feature clean horizontal lines across the ceiling and crystal-blue lighting; Gold-themed rooms include classic matte gold accents; Fire-themed rooms showcase vibrant red hues; and Wood and Earth rooms feature soothing neutral tones.
Signature Spa Treatments
Rejuvenating Asian-inspired wellness therapies are delivered by professional therapists trained in the intuitive art of touch by Banyan Tree’s proprietary Spa Academy.
The destination-inspired Banyan Indulgences features holistic signature treatments for total renewal. The 150-minute signature package, Banyan Hot Stones, is a harmonising treatment where heated stones are soothingly massaged over the body along with the use of warm Clarity Oil to exert warmth and pressure on energy points for smoother flow of “qi” and the discharge of toxins. The treatment concludes with a Rose Body Scrub, Chrysanthemum Body Conditioner and Rose Bath to leave the skin nourished and soft.
Inspired by the ancient Yin and Yang concept, the 120-minute Chinese Traditions features a selection of classic Chinese therapies. The Yin For Her - Sweet Serenade package reveals glowing skin with a unique blend in the Soya Mint Body Scrub which works to deeply cleanse and moisturise while the Oriental Massage and Oriental Head Massage improve blood circulation. The Yang For Him - Renewed Vigour package highlights a Tropical Lush Body Scrub which exfoliates dead skin cells, an Herbal Mud Body Wrap to moisturise and a choice of Body Massages to alleviate sore muscles.
A signature Banyan Tree Spa innovation, the Yin Yang Rainmist experience, is an indulging combination of Rain Shower, Steam Bath and invigorating body treatments. The highlight of Yin Rainmist is a combination of cold therapies to awaken the senses by applying Longjing Tea and Ice Compression. The natural warm power of a Creamy Spice Body Conditioner and Herbal Pouch are harnessed in the Yang Rainmist to uplift the senses and nourish the skin.
The Spa also presents a selection of popular therapies reflecting the Five Elements – Gold for Purifying, Wood for Renewal, Water for Relaxing, Fire for Revitaliser and Earth for Balance. Five Elements oils are created for each specific treatment. Guests may discover the healing powers of Chinese herbs and indigenous ingredients in body scrubs which harness the benefits of Pu’er tea leaves, Pearl, Chrysanthemum and Ginseng.
For spa enthusiasts who are looking for a complete top to toe renewal, Banyan Day is a full day of pampering and indulgence. On top of a luxurious spa treatment which includes a massage, body scrub, bath, facial, and a hand and foot treatment, a healthy spa lunch with a choice of Chinese, Japanese and Western menus is also offered.
Professional Banyan Tree Spa Therapists
The professional spa therapists of Banyan Tree Spa Shanghai On The Bund are formally trained according to stringent curriculum at Banyan Tree Spa Academies located in Phuket, Thailand; Bintan, Indonesia and Lijiang, China. The Acacemy’s rigorous theoretical and practical training ensures therapists deliver consistently high levels of service that guests have come to expect from the ever-innovating and evolving brand.