Banyan Tree Spa Sanya
June 17, 2009 - Hainan
True to form, is a visual study in understated tropical cool.
Its spa is a resort focal point and dispenses quality treatments and spa packages. Black slate backdrops public areas along with a mix of natural fabrics and wood.
A brief foot ritual is a prelude to most treatments and as well as the usual popular menu items.
Sanya also offers two hour-plus packages and boasts a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy area.
Under the guidance of staff, those who want to get wet are steered through a sequence of hot and cold-water experiences, shower corridors, steam rooms, shaved ice, and jet pools; a process that is said to increase beneficial blood circulation by expanding and contracting capillaries alternately.
Hydrotherapy can be booked as a prelude to a spa treatment or in its own right.
Try the Hawaiian influenced Lomi Lomi massage (60 minutes) for proof that essential oil manipulations, when requested at optimum strength, can test the same pain threshold as dry Chinese acupressure.
This elbow, forearm and body weight sequence is the mother of all stress-busters.
Banyan Tree Sanya is China’s first all-pool-villa resort and sets accommodation around a narrow lagoon in its own privately accessed bay.
All pool gardens are well designed for seclusion and a large alfresco bathtub is set in a small lily pond off the villa bathroom.
Food from its Thai, international and Chinese kitchen can be enjoyed from the comfort of your villa and downtown Sanya is a mere 15-minute cab-ride away. www.banyantree.com
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