The spa pavilions in Seychelles were constructed around the large granite

The spa pavilions in seychelles were constructed

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The spa pavilions in Seychelles were constructed around the large granite boulders and lush foliage to offer an outdoor spa experience in complete privacy. The resorts’ local flavor was also reflected in the services offered, some of which were unique to certain resorts. Employees were allowed to vary the service delivery process according to local culture and practices, as long as these were consistent with the brand promise of romance and intimacy. Thus, in Phuket, for instance, a couple could enjoy dinner on a traditional Thai long tail boat accompanied by private Thai musicians while cruising instead of dining in a restaurant. Banyan Tree Phuket also offered wedding packages in which couples were blessed by Buddhist monks. In the Maldives, wedding ceremonies could be conducted underwater among the corals. Guests could also choose to dine in a castaway sandbank with only their private chefs and the stars for company, and watch the sunset toasting champagne on a Turkish gullet returning from a trip watching a school of spinner dolphins. Products and services were conceived with the desired customer experience in mind. One such product was the “Intimate Moments” package, specially created for couples. Exhibit 3: The Banyan Tree Spa Pavilion with a view. This was presented as a surprise when guests returned to find their villas decorated with lit candles, incense oil lamps burning, flower petals spread throughout the room, satin sheets on the decorated bed, a chilled bottle of champagne or wine and tidbits placed next to the outdoor bath which itself is decorated with flowers and candles and bath oils. The couple was presented with a variety of aromatic massage oils to further inspire those intimate moments. Another draw of the resorts was the Banyan Tree Spa, found at every Banyan Tree property. The pioneer of the tropical garden spas concept, Banyan Tree Spas offered a variety of aromatic oil massages, and face and body beauty treatments using traditional Asian therapies, with a choice of indoor or outdoor treatment. The spa products used were natural, indigenous products made from local herbs and spices. Non-clinical in concept, Banyan Tree Spas relied mainly on the “human touch” instead of energy-consuming, high-tech equipment. The spa experience was promoted as a sensorial, intimate experience that would rejuvenate the “body, mind, and soul” and was mainly targeted at couples who would enjoy their treatments together. In line with Banyan Tree’s ethos of conserving local culture and heritage and promoting cottage crafts, Chiang founded the Banyan Tree Gallery, a retail outlet showcasing indigenous crafts. Banyan Tree Gallery outlets were set up in each resort. Items sold were made by local artisans and included traditionally woven handmade fabrics, garments, jewelry, handicrafts, tribal art, and spa accessories, such as incense candles and massage oils, which guests could use at home to recreate the Banyan Tree experience.
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  • Three '16
  • ALBERT MARSHALL
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