“Sustainable wellness hotel”. More and more hotels are wooing their customers with this catch phrase. But what exactly is sustainable wellness and what characterises hotels that focus on this concept?
Sustainably thinking and acting hotels take responsibility for the environment in many ways. Be it in the selection of food and products, energy generation, waste management, support for social projects or regional value creation. The goal is a holistic concept that anchors the sustainable idea in all areas of the hotel, including the wellness and spa area. Read on to find out how our Green Pearls® partner hotels bring sustainability into their oases of relaxation and well-being and the variety of ways in which they implement their holistic concepts.
Wellness in Zermatt with the potent elixirs of local fruits
“Over centuries, we have refined how to use the power of nature in different cultures. The insights serve as the basis for the holistic programme of treatments and rituals we offer guests at CERVO.”
Whether it’s the full power of the Valais apricot, the soothing and moisturising energy of the aloe vera plant or the healing and invigorating effects of alpine herbs. In the new Ashram SPA of the CERVO Mountain Resort, only natural cosmetics and care products are used, all of which are free of animal testing, gluten and silicone, are vegan and non-comedogenic. In the open spa area, designed with natural materials, there is enough space for self-discovery and deep relaxation. In the alpine herb garden, during a Bhutanese hot stone bath, a Tibetan honey treatment or in the northern European sauna landscape – here everyone finds peace, relaxation & mindfulness in their own way.
In the Black Forest, beauty lies in nature
The Hotel SCHWARZWALD PANORAMA has implemented sustainable action across almost 100% of the value chain. This also applies to the 850 sqm spa area with mineral thermal swimming pool & saunas. The spa team uses only natural cosmetics made from organic, plant-based ingredients for all spa treatments. The Dr. Hauschka Skin Care treatment concept with selected medicinal plants aims to strengthen the skin’s own natural processes and protect it from external influences. The facial and body treatments which follow the Pharmos Natur method are carried out with a fresh aloe vera leaf and can be booked as a relaxing massage, stimulating detox or anti-stress treatment as required. Both care lines are also available to take home for pampering and self-care moments at home.
Relaxation and mindfulness on the Atlantic: feel the power of the elements
The idea of sustainability at the OCÉANO Health Spa Hotel on Tenerife is not limited to the use of organic products or the saving of resources, but also includes a holistic view of people themselves. The medical care treatments of the health hotel are tailored to the needs of the individual in order to provide lasting benefits when it comes to regeneration, rediscovering inner balance and rebuilding one’s own resources. Specially prepared meals for the guest, individual treatment plans and recommendations for the long-term strengthening of the immune system are all part of this treatment approach. Always in harmony with the ever-present, natural power of the water and the mountains. The OCÉANO Beauty Spa also relies on nature-inspired methods and gentle treatments with high-quality organic products that are individually tailored to the guest. These are complemented by highly effective seawater treatments that care for the skin and replenish valuable nutrients.
Wellness at Gili Lankanfushi – Total relaxation above the sea
Privacy and relaxation are also available at the Eco-Luxury Resort Gili Lankanfushi in the Maldives, perched above the sea. The sea spa, equipped with glass floors, allows a direct view of the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. The holistic wellness oasis comprises six treatment rooms for local therapies and massages, including Ayurvedic treatments. From the open-air yoga and meditation area, guests have a breathtaking view and can salute the sun at sunrise or sunset. The treatments and therapies at the sea spa are based on ancient cultures and healing knowledge. For example, it is traditional to start each session with a mineral-rich sea salt foot scrub. Natural seaweed products from Voya- and the in-house Meera blends, made from organic plants and herbs, provide total, lasting relaxation.
Tongsai Bay – Tropical plant paradise and healing herbs
The spa experience at the Tongsai Bay Resort on Koh Samui – which is also very committed to sustainability and has preserved the original landscape – is somewhat more exotic. The wellness oasis of Tongsai Bay is embedded in the paradisiacal nature of the private bay. A wide range of therapeutic, healing and restorative treatments are available to guests in the spa, as well as in the private spa cottages. Signature treatments such as the “Samui Dream”, a traditional Thai remedy that combines coconut oil and local herbs to repair sunburnt skin, or the more than two-hour relaxation treatment “Return to Prana”, provide a natural and lasting spa experience. The deep knowledge of the healing and caring power of the local plant world has been passed down through generations at Tongsai Bay. And those who prefer to unwind in private can simply relax in the free-standing bathtub on the balcony or terrace of their hotel room.
Authentic nature experience at the Naturresort Schindelbruch
For a break from everyday life that is a little closer to home, the Wellnesshotel Schindelbruch in the southern region of Harz is the place to go. A holiday for the soul, the eyes and the body. In the spa area, which has been awarded with the ‘5 Wellness Stars’, guests will find everything they need for a relaxing wellness holiday on 2,500 m²: a bathhouse with a view of the forest, a large sauna area, a separate family wellness area and a variety of beauty treatments, massages and sports offers. The spacious room concept and the natural materials which have been used create a private, cosy atmosphere. Pharmos Natur products are used in the treatments, an eco-luxe natural cosmetic brand made from Sacred Plants which have been grown in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
Authenticity and living up to the claim of a nature resort is at the centre of all efforts at the Schindelbruch Spa. Guests can sense this and consciously enjoy it. In the evening, by the blazing fire in the sauna village, it becomes really cosy and a “little time out” becomes a “big treat”.