Making Scents Of It All on Koh Samui Banyan Tree Samui offers complimentary aromatherapy workshops to guests
KOH SAMUI, Thailand - Banyan Tree Samui, a luxury resort in southern Thailand, has introduced a new activity for all its guests — aromatherapy workshops, to encourage guests to unlock the mystery of this ancient traditional practice.
The aromatherapy courses, which are held twice weekly and are free of charge to guests, are conducted at Banyan Tree Gallery Samui, the resort’s on-site boutique. The Gallery team acts as consultants to the participants, suggesting combinations of oils to target their individual goals, whether it be health and overall wellness or simply a fragrance to help ensure a good night’s sleep.
The hotel sources many of the aromatic ingredients at local markets on the tropical island of Koh Samui. Extracts from plants — flowers, twigs, leaves, bark, roots, wood, fruits, seeds and resins — are obtained using either a process of expression or steam distillation, yielding aromatic oils that can be used for healing. The only other ingredients are distilled water and ethyl alcohol.
Guests are advised which essential oils are the most effective for a range of elixirs and emotions. For example, lemongrass is considered a tonic for alertness, stimulation, and reducing anxiety, and can be combined with rose to accentuate an uplifting and soothing sensation.
Cedarwood, rosemary, lavender, ylang-ylang, bergamot, peppermint and pine are among the other ingredients that can be refined into stimulating essential oils at the Gallery classes.
When completed, each participant is welcome to take home their own aromatherapeutic concoction, once it has been bottled and presented as a room mist spray.
Guests have an added interest in their selection of oils, because Banyan Tree Samui’s evening turndown service includes oil burners and incense in each villa, with a daily rotation of fragrances.
On Wednesdays, for example, guests are treated to peppermint essential oil in their burner, which is known to have a refreshing and decongesting effect, while the incense for the day is the floral plant champaka, renowned for refreshing the mind and lifting the spirit.
Wellbeing and environmental awareness are two of the keystones of Banyan Tree’s branding, and the 88-villa beachfront resort on Koh Samui is leading the way, all the while enhancing its reputation as a “Sanctuary for the Senses”.
ABOUT BANYAN TREE
Banyan Tree (www.banyantree.com) offers a Sanctuary to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul in awe-inspiring locations around the globe. Rediscover the romance of travel as you journey to iconic destinations where authentic, memorable experiences await. An all-villa concept often with private pools, Banyan Tree provides genuine, authentic service and a distinctive, premium retreat experience.
ABOUT BANYAN TREE GROUP
Banyan Tree Group (“Banyan Tree Holdings Limited” or the “Group”) is one of the world’s leading independent, multi-branded hospitality groups centred on the purpose-driven mission of stewardship and wellbeing while offering exceptional, design-led experiences.
The Group’s diversified portfolio of hotels, resorts, spas, galleries, golf and residences features an ecosystem of 10 global brands, including the award-winning Banyan Tree, Angsana, Cassia, Dhawa and Laguna, and the highly anticipated new brands of Homm, Garrya, Folio, and two new Banyan Tree brand extensions - Escape and Veya.
Established in 2008, with the goal of advancing people development and management excellence, Banyan Tree Management Academy has nurtured over 8,000 associates across 23 countries. The Group is recognised for its commitment to environmental protection and community development through its Banyan Tree Global Foundation. Operating over 70 hotels in 17 countries, it has 47 new properties in the pipeline.