Mexico’s Banyan Tree Veya Appoints Heriberto Peña as Spa Manager

Banyan Tree Veya, Valle de Guadalupe, the first Banyan Tree Veya to open in the Americas and only the second in the world, has unveiled its wellness programming, which will be helmed by Spa Manager Heriberto Peña. The resort is set to open in the hills of Baja California in spring 2024.

Joining Banyan Tree Veya, Valle de Guadalupe to lead Veya Spa and its well-being programming is Spa & Gallery Manager Heriberto Peña. With over a decade of experience in the luxury spa and wellness sector, Peña most recently served as wellness assistant manager at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island, as well as Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica for eight years on the spa and well-being team. A passionate leader, Peña has spent time in India and Thailand to study Eastern medicine and philosophy, and is consistently striving to further his education in the world of wellness, with certifications in meditation, herbology, sound healing therapy, reiki, crystal healing, yoga, and more.

“I draw inspiration from nature and trusting the advantages of a healthy lifestyle,” said Peña. “My goal is to assist others in achieving a harmonious state of mind, sparking that same inspiration within them, as we are all interconnected with our natural surroundings and I’m thrilled to be able to do that at Banyan Tree Veya, Valle de Guadalupe.”

Banyan Tree Veya Valle de Guadalupe
(Banyan Tree Veya Valle de Guadalupe)

Banyan Tree Group’s well-being brand, Veya, is built on the philosophy that everyone’s well-being journey is unique and lifelong. Veya is crafted through a diverse array of multidisciplinary modalities, inspiring individuals to achieve balance in their body, mind and environment through nature’s healing powers and Asian-influenced techniques from Banyan Spa Academy. This approach integrates impactful practices into Veya’s “8 Pillars of Wellbeing,” which include Sleep & Rest, Dietary Awareness, Bonding & Connection, Physical Vitality, Cultivating the Mind, Learning & Development, Harmony with Nature and Sustained Practices.

The holistic well-being journey for guests begins pre-arrival, with a comprehensive assessment and consultation with an expert to craft a personalized itinerary, while giving guests the freedom to choose from a diverse range of practices and therapies. Within the 30 villas, each with a private plunge pool, guests will find a range of wellness amenities such as yoga mats, customized rituals, mindfulness aids such as aromatherapy, and more to prioritize their physical and mental well-being. Integrating functional movement and mindful awareness, daily group and private classes include breathwork, singing bowl therapy, apothecary workshops, yoga, meditation, and more.

Wellness spaces at Banyan Tree Veya, Valle de Guadalupe include four treatment rooms, the Desert Spring hydrotherapy room, Vitality Fitness Studio, the White Cave for meditation and sound healing, the Multifunction Movement Studio, two rock pools, a labyrinth and a traditional temazcal. The property will also feature an ethnobotanical garden, where a diverse range of native and endemic flowers and aromatic plants thrive and are used in the resort’s spa treatments and culinary creations.

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