LANGKAWI, Malaysia (Feb. 16, 2011) — Less than a year after placing sixth among spas in overseas hotels in Conde Nast Traveller magazine’s annual Readers’ Travel Awards, V Botanical Spa has sharpened its image by becoming the first spa in Southeast Asia to offer 100-percent certified organic food grade products and treatments.
Last month, the spa’s ownership group aligned itself with Intelligent Nutrients, a U.S.-based health and beauty brand developed by renowned environmentalist and Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher.
The result is an array of programs and therapies that incorporate the use of all-natural, certified organic goods — such as hair and body oils, multi-functional aromatics, nutraceutical supplements and nutritional lip balms — manufactured with renewable energy and packaged using eco-friendly materials.
“People care about what they put on and intheir bodies more than ever before,” said Christina Low, Head – Integrated Wellness. “We’re embracing that trend at the same time we alter the spa in a way that better mirrors the environment in which it is set.”
Perched high on a verdant hillside overlooking a beach (Datai Bay) that National Geographic called out in the 2008 edition of The 10 Best of Everything, V Botanical Spa is one of five components that comprise V Integrated Wellness at The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort in the foliage-shrouded archipelago of Langkawi.
V Fitness, V Healthy Cuisine, V Retreats and V Beach Club are the other four elements of the concept, scheduled to officially launch next month.
“Our whole philosophy originates from the ‘Tree of Life’ idea — a metaphor for how everything in the universe is connected,” said Low. “The fact that you can actually eat Intelligent Nutrients products — all items are made of nutritious ingredients straight from the earth, safe enough to ingest — makes it the perfect line for us.”
From a 5-day / 4-night Stress Management Program to a 30-minute IN Organic Eye & Lip Treatment, V Botanical Spa’s menu runs the holistic gamut.
Most services integrate Intelligent Nutrients products — such as the IN Organic Sensory Aromatic Journey Massage — and are performed in one of the five open-air villas that branch out from the facility’s reception area, accessible via a cobblestone path that winds past and under some of the island’s oldest and largest trees.
Those interested in a massage but weary from an intense water workout can elect to experience their treatment on the beach, where a pair of Miami-style cabanas sit but steps from the placid waters of the Andaman Sea.