Male’, Maldives, 11th August 2022 – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru continues to build on the Banyan Tree Group’s legacy of hospitality centered on creating each property as a Sanctuary for the Senses with its efforts to further wellbeing and sustainability. The resort has recently announced the appointment of new well-being practitioners, Dr. Shakkeel Ambalath and Dr. Sopida Kaosriwong, and Well-being Manager, Dr. Tomson Jose to its dedicated team.
New to the team of well-being practitioners, Dr. Shakkeel, more commonly referred to as Dr. Sha, specialises in Naturopathy. He uses various naturopathic assessments and provides treatments tailored to meet each individual’s needs with compassion and empathy. Dr. Sha diligently follows the latest research and Naturopathic treatments by continually updating his skills through ongoing education in the most contemporary and effective treatment methods. He has a special interest in Assessing the Well-being status of an individual based on Physical composition (Tridosha), pulse and tongue diagnosis (TCM), and tailoring well-being approach.
The resort’s second new practitioner is Dr. Sopida Kaosriwong. She holds a First Class Honours for Health Science of Applied Thai Traditional Medicine (ATTM.D) from Mae Fah Luang University in Thailand. A licensed Doctor of Thai Pharmacy, Midwifery, Massage, and medical treatment, she has previously worked in Spa Academy and Banyan Tree Phuket. During this time, Dr. Sopida proved to be a pivotal member in developing new innovative treatments and learning workshops based on her background. She is interested in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and continues practicing it to promote overall well-being for herself and others.
Last, but not least is the resort’s new Well-being Manager, Dr. Tomson Jose. A skilled doctor in Natural medicine and a certified health coach with years of experience in the luxury wellness industry, Dr. Thomson has been with the Banyan Tree group for the past four years, working with the well-being team at Phuket to launch and run Banyan Tree, Veya – a new wellbeing brand in Banyan Tree’s multi- brand ecosystem.
With his expertise in Acupuncture, Manipulative and Exercise Therapy, Diet, and Nutrition, he affirms natural healing modalities and appreciates the value of modern science in holistic wellbeing. Mindfulness talks, meditation, and breathwork sessions with Dr. Tomson have always been in demand.
Banyan Tree Veya was launched in March 2022, a new brand under the Banyan Tree umbrella focusing on well-being. Veya means ‘to weave’; a haven to connect oneself with nature. Veya experience is built on Banyan Tree’s proprietary eight pillars of well-being, emphasizing embodiment therapies and somatic practices led by well-being practitioners. The journey starts with a consultation with the well-being hosts, an assessment to identify their needs so that the team can create a personalised itinerary to match the guests’ needs. Dr. Tomson will lead the transition of Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru into a Banyan Tree Veya , set to launch in Q3 2023.