BANYAN TREE SPA VOTED BEST SPA OPERATOR FOR THE 7TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR AT THE 22nd TTG TRAVEL AWARDS 2011
Singapore, October 2011– Banyan Tree Spa has been voted Best Spa Operator at the 22nd Travel Trade Gazette (TTG) Travel Awards 2011. Banyan Tree Spa is honoured to be bestowed this esteemed award for the seventh consecutive year.
The coveted annual TTG Travel Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner celebrates the finest luminaries of the travel industry and serves as a benchmark for high standards across the industry. Winners of the TTG Travel Awards are determined by votes from professionals of the travel trade and readers of TTG publicationsto confer titles of the industry's best.
“It is truly an honour to be recognised as the Best Spa Operator at the 22nd Travel Trade Gazette (TTG) Travel Awards 2011. As awinner of this prestigious award for the seventh consecutive year, this serves as a valuable 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 believe that to maintain our competitive edge in this growing industry, we must always be willing to diversify, make changes through innovation, while remaining true to the good old traditions and philosophy of hospitality,” says Mr Ravi Chandran, Managing Director of Banyan Tree Spa.
With its consistent efforts and pursuit for excellence,Banyan Tree Spa is also ranked amongst the world’s best, having received prestigious awards such as Best Spa Brand in Hurun Report’s Best of the Best Awards 2011 for the 5th consecutive year and Best Spa Operator by China Hotel Starlight Awards 2010 for three consecutive years.
The Banyan Tree Spa Academy has garnered numerous accolades including the Spa Academy of the Year by AsiaSpa Awards in 2009 & 2010, Best Spa Academy of the Year by SpaChina Awards 2011 for the 2nd consecutive year and Grand Award for Education and Training awarded by Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)in 2010.
In addition, Banyan Tree Spa Phuket has also garnered two prestigious awards namely the Conde Nast Traveller UK Readers’ Travel Award 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 17 years, as a mark of strong sustainable growth, Banyan Tree Spa has grown to managing 65 spas in 27 countries globally under its Banyan Tree Spa, Angsana Spa and Elements Spa By Banyan Tree brands.
The Banyan Tree Spa Academy has trained over 1,300 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 Academyin 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 andtraditional 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.