Discover the Banyan Tree Mayakoba, a grand, upscale series of villas that is also a sanctuary for the senses built over a network of man-made waterways that connect with sacred cenotes. If you're lucky enough to check into what is surely paradise, a visit to Banyan Tree Spa is a must. The highlight of this soothing space is "The Rainforest," a unique experience that takes you on a journey that begins when you enter the spa complex, and are led by a gentle spa therapist to experience ten different hydrotherapy treatments:
Beginning with the Rain Walk, quite literally a cleansing walk beneath overhead showers, to the Aroma Steam where you enter a heated, aromatic chamber that boosts your circulation and is devised to release impurities. Next is the Summer Storm, complete with stimulating and gently pulsing LED lighting, followed by the relaxing herbal Finnish Sauna, a Scandinavian-styled steam. Just when you're all lovely and limp you receive an invigorating jolt with the Ice Fountain—rub finely-crushed ice on your face and body and continue your journey! You're only halfway through. Arctic Mist alternates temperatures of warmth and cool to rejuvenate you, then relinquish your body to the soothing and detoxifying application of therapeutic mud with the Rasul treatment. Wash it all away with the tranquil Tropical Rainbow, followed by the steamy, salty pleasures of the Brine Cavern. And finally, enter the Vitality Pool where three different pools help you to relax, restore vitality, and remove any remaining tension from your body. It's worth staying here a while, letting the benefits of the "Rainforest" do their work, and really soak up the effects of hydrotherapy—a wellness cure as old as Egypt.
"The Rainforest" was developed especially for Banyan Tree Spa and there really is no other experience like it. It's perfect if you're experiencing jet lag, tension, stress or respiratory sensitivity such as the aftereffects of a cold or allergies. Relax and take your time with this treatment. It's something to be savored, and is especially fun with a partner.
Designed as a sanctuary for the senses, Banyan Tree Spa is based on the Asian wellness philosophy founded in Phuket in 2001 at the Banyan Tree Spa Academy. Spa therapists are highly-skilled, certified, friendly, and world-class. The total on-site spa precinct includes 16 lagoon or jungle-view private treatment pavilions where, in addition to "The Rainforest" hydrotherapy experience you can partake of body treatments, massages and facials, and yoga.
After all that relaxation and stimulation you should book a table in the elegant and healthy Saffron restaurant and continue to indulge your senses by dining on sophisticated and contemporary gourmet Thai cuisine.