FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Quintana Roo, Mexico, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Banyan Tree Spa

Jun 1, 2010
2010 / June 2010

BanyanI was already well on my way to a state of relaxed bliss even before I sauntered casually through the doors of the Banyan Tree Spa. It was only day two of my stay at the Banyan Tree Mayakoba, but the beachfront resort on Mexico’s Riviera Maya was definitely working its magic.

The property, the first in North America for Singapore-based Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts (the company recently opened a second, Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués in Acapulco), takes the concept of Asian hospitality to heavenly levels. Situated within the gated resort development of Mayakoba, Banyan Tree may well be the most romantic resort I have ever visited. Our private courtyard suite overlooking a secluded lagoon featured a tranquil plunge pool, an al fresco day bed and a waterside dining area. And that’s all before we even entered the guestroom with its sliding glass doors overlooking both the pool and the lagoon. Its sky-lit bathroom featured artistic ceramic fixtures, a separate shower, water closet and dressing area and an outdoor claw-foot tub surrounded by a privacy wall fairly dripping in candles.

As I said, I was well on my way to a state of relaxed bliss before I even entered the spa — and then my sensuous experience continued. I was relaxing in the reception lounge when Chaba, a petite Thai woman whose stature belied her strength (a fact I subsequently discovered during my traditional Balinese massage), approached to escort me along a wood-plank runway to an over-water bungalow/treatment room. Once inside, Chaba showed me where to change and proceeded to prepare a scented foot bath — a signature element of the Banyan Tree Spa’s treatment regimen. As I settled into the soothing bath, Chaba offered me a selection of several fragrances. I selected champaka, which I later learned is known to “refresh the mind and calm the spirit.”

Throughout my 90-minute Balinese massage, Chaba plied deeply into my muscles using a combination of thumb and palm pressure and sweeping strokes. I know I was relaxed because deep-tissue work usually causes me some discomfort as the therapist works to release tense, knotted muscles. On this day, though, I floated blissfully through the treatment, sinking deeper and deeper into a state of repose. The 90-minute session flew by; and before I knew it, I was dazedly walking back along the wooden runway toward the lounge reception area, where Chaba served honey-sweetened ginger tea accompanied by fresh carrots and melon.

My blissful afternoon at the Banyan Tree Spa was not by happenstance. The company is serious about perfecting the spa experience. Therapists at Banyan Tree Spas throughout the world are immersed in the brand’s Asian-inspired spa philosophy during 400 hours of training at the Banyan Tree Spa Academy in Phuket, Thailand.

A leader in the evolution of spa treatments, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts also introduced The Rainforest at Banyan Tree Mayakoba. The hydrothermal experience combines traditional European spa and hydrothermal therapy with the essence of Asian wellness philosophy through a circuit comprised of eight alternating hot and cold thermal cabins — Rain Walk, Aroma Steam Chamber, Finnish Sauna, Rasul, Brine Cavern, Ice Fountain, Experience Showers and Vitality Pool — each offering a different experience.

Pass through the Rain Walk under a generous cascade of warm water into Aroma Steam room where a salt scrub enhances the detoxification process. The Herbal Sauna promotes circulation; and the Rasul chamber, illuminated by twinkling starlights, continues the detox regimen with mud therapy. Move on to the Brine Cavern where a combination of steam and salt clears respiratory passages, then slide into the refreshing Ice Fountain to bathe in fresh ice. The Experience Showers offer a choice of Summer Storm, Arctic Mist and Tropical Rainbow, each designed to complement the overall hydrothermal experience. Finally, proceed to the Vitality Pool to target water jets on knotted muscles and acupressure points.

Pure bliss.


Banyan Tree Spa

Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Km. 298, Ctra. 307
Mayakoba, Riviera Maya
Quintana Roo, Mexico 77710
tel 984 873 4907

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Explore Excursions

#globility

Insta Feed
eFlyer Reviews
Jul 17, 2024

AMERON Neuschwanstein Alpsee Resort & Spa Review

As we pulled into the small town of Schwangau, we were greeted by two breathtaking castles, Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. To our delight, our hotel, AMERON Neuschwanstein Alpsee Resort & Spa, was situated between the two. The best part? I had views of both castles from my room.

Why Buy Annual Travel Insurance?

One affordable plan can protect an entire year of trips: business or pleasure, short or long, domestic or international.

eFlyer News
Jul 17, 2024

Marriott International Launches Travel Management Program for Small- to Medium-Sized Businesses

Marriott International just launched Business Access by Marriott Bonvoy, a comprehensive online travel booking program designed as a direct channel for small- to medium-sized businesses.

eFlyer News
Jul 17, 2024

Pittsburgh International Airport Announces 15 New Stores

Pittsburgh International Airport announces another milestone as part of its ongoing modernization project. As the airport gears up for record-breaking travel and a new terminal, Pittsburgh International Airport also expands its stores and restaurants. Fifteen new concessions will grace the airport.

Daejeon Prepares for Its Iconic Zero O’Clock Festival

Daejeon, South Korea, looks forward to August 2024 and the return of its iconic tradition, the Zero O’Clock Festival. This year, the event is held Aug. 9 –17 with a time travel theme featuring past, present and future zones. Find events pertaining to each zone’s characteristics in the area of Jungang-ro Street, from Daejeon Station to the former site of the South Chungcheong Provincial Office. These streets will be free of vehicles, and public transportation is highly recommended.

eFlyer News
Jul 17, 2024

Avianca Adds Chicago–Bogotá Service

Avianca expands its ever-growing network of North American destinations with the launch of a new route connecting Bogotá (BOG) and Chicago (ORD). The route debuts Oct. 27.

Daily
Jul 16, 2024

Bawah Reserve Introduces New Journeys to Wellbeing Program

Bawah Reserve, in the remote Anambas Islands of Indonesia, offers travelers six personalized wellness retreats through its new Journeys to Wellbeing program. Six pillars of wellbeing are addressed on the retreats: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social and environmental.

L’Ermitage: Your Beverly Hills Self-Care Haven

Nestled amidst the palm-lined boulevards of Beverly Hills, L'Ermitage exudes refined elegance and unparalleled service. This haven, a Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond and, most recently, Two Key MICHELIN Guide recipient, continues to captivate discerning travelers and Angelenos with its unwavering dedication to personalized hospitality and self-care.

Global City Guidebook: Rotterdam

Situated about one hour from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, the second-largest city in The Netherlands and Europe’s largest seaport, is the more futuristic city of the pair. Rather than rebuild as it was before, following its near-destruction in World War II, Rotterdam looked ahead, and its extraordinary architecture is a result. The city has always focused on healthier living and working environments, and today it engages in climate-adaptive urban projects. Two areas harken back to old Rotterdam: Delfshaven (Delft Harbor) and Oude Haven (Old Harbor). Rotterdam is always alive, especially in springtime.