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Well Traveled

On the Sanctuary Wellbeing
menu: Multiple yoga classes.

gorgeous retreats, tucked into lushly landscaped coastal complexes with open-air
yoga pavilions, juice bars, and pristine sunset perches. One of the originals is Banyan
Tree Phuket, a 175-villa escape opened in
1994 on the island's quiet northwest coast.
I'm excited to try the resort's new Sanctuary Wellbeing program, available to
guests staying in the Spa Sanctuary, a serene hideout away from the main resort,
comprising 12 spacious villas with oversize private plunge pools, steam showers,
and "floating" bedrooms surrounded by
lotus ponds. Guests work with one of Banyan Tree's well-being consultants to create
their own personalized retreats, consisting of fitness classes, healthy-living workshops, and mindful, distinctive-to-Phuket
experiences - plus daily Thai massages.
My consultant, Elizabeth, arrives as I'm
settling into my villa, wandering around
in a blissful, jet-lag-induced haze, deciding whether my first float should be in the
pool or the showstopper of a soaking tub
in my private garden courtyard. Elizabeth
guides me through a one-page questionnaire to help determine my plan for the next
four days. She asks what my goal is while I'm
here: Do I want to be free, light, fit, or open?
I want to be all of them, I think.
She shows me Banyan Tree's wellness holy grail, a calendar of 50 different
weekly activities. She recommends Slow

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Stretch - a nice way to ease into my stay -
plus Posture Alignment and a Hearty
Recipes cooking class. I tell her Ocean
Breath sounds interesting too. Oh, and
Thai Boxing Basics. And what is Conscious
Grounding? I collect my feel-good, selfimprovement experiences with abandon. If
this is mindfulness academy, I'm gunning
for "most likely to succeed."
There's no time for pool or tub before I'm

off to my first session, the private posture
alignment. A trainer assesses my spinal
health and declares it OK, with the exception of my slightly rounded shoulders, a
trait my mom will also gladly point out.
She spends the next 45 minutes guiding me
through exercises I can do at home to help.
At the end, I ask her if I passed or failed, and
she laughs without answering. I rush past
the pool area and on to my stretch session in
the gym, wondering why three other guests
are in here when it's so nice outside. But I'm
also one of these people.
The next morning, I head to Bang Tao
Beach - a public stretch of sand across a twolane street from Banyan Tree - for a guided
meditation session, during which I struggle
to disconnect while simultaneously mastering proper abdominal breathing. Then
it's cooking class at the Watercourt restaurant overlooking the resort's lagoon, where
I'm certain the chef notices my poor knife
skills, and I accidentally get a bit of red chili
in my eye. A woman breezes by outside on
her loaner bike, surely headed for the beach.
I miss my villa.
My restorative getaway is stressing me
out. I'm falling into the same habit I've come
here to take a break from: overcommitting
myself in an attempt to do it all. Sure, everyone has their own speed on these types of

READY, SET, FEEL GOOD
Stay as busy - or relaxed - as you'd like at these spa resorts.

Guests in the Spa
Sanctuary villas at
Banyan Tree Phuket
choose between
unlimited massages
(administered in
their villa's open-air
sala) or access to
the new Sanctuary
Wellbeing program.
Everyone gets fresh
juice shots in the
morning, afternoon
tea, and nightly inroom sleep rituals.

Spa Sanctuary villas
from $849, including
breakfast daily and
one complimentary
lunch or dinner
for two.
Get sweaty in a
circuit-training class
or find inner peace
on your own while
journaling and skygazing at the 496room La Cantera
Resort & Spa in San

Antonio. Options
are vast at dinner
too: The resort's
nine restaurants
include Tex-Mex at
Primero Cantina and
classic fine dining at
Signature. Doubles
from $240, including
breakfast daily and a
$100 resort credit.
Tuscany's 128-room
Terme di Saturnia
Spa & Golf Resort

neighbors geothermal springs dating
to the eighth century
bc. Soak when you
want, or enroll in a
multiday beauty,
physiological, or
weight-loss program
that incorporates
the waters into
medical and holistic
treatments. Doubles
from $362, including
breakfast daily and a
$100 hotel credit.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018

Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018
Contents
Editor’s Note
Contributors
The Virtuoso Life
Virtuoso Reports
Passport
Bon Voyage
Suite Talk
Inspired By
City to Go
Interview
On the Table
Style & Design
Out & About
Well Traveled
Port of Call
In My Bag
Beyond the Bed
Family-Style Italian
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Person
Point of View
Need to Know
Souvenir
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Intro
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Cover2
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Contents
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Editor’s Note
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 13
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Contributors
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 19
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - The Virtuoso Life
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Virtuoso Reports
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Bon Voyage
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Suite Talk
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Inspired By
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 56
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 57
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - City to Go
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 59
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Interview
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 61
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - On the Table
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Style & Design
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Out & About
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Well Traveled
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 81
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Port of Call
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 87
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - In My Bag
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 89
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 90
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Beyond the Bed
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 92
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Family-Style Italian
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Bohemian Rhapsody
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - First Person
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 123
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Point of View
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 125
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Need to Know
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 127
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 129
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Souvenir
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