Holidays focusing on wellness are in demand like never before, especially in the 5-star hotel industry. However, just as the demand for high-quality offers increases, awareness of sustainable travel increases. It can be difficult to find the balance between the two.
Sustainable wellness in the luxury sector means high-quality natural cosmetics, regional and traditional treatment methods by trained therapists, and unique destinations that emphasise mindfulness and environmental awareness. The following examples show how luxury and sustainability can be transformed into a memorable sensory experience.
Wellness excellence in the Maldives
Leave your worries at home and feel the sand between your toes – if not here, then where? Nestled in the island world of the Maldives, the eco-5-Resort Gili Lankanfushi with its private villas is a paradise for all barefoot luxury travellers. The Meera Spa, perched above the Indian Ocean, features holistic treatments based on ancient cultures and healing knowledge, using proprietary products made from the sea and plant extracts.
In addition to classic massages, steam and sauna rooms, the Meera Spa also offers various forms of therapy such as lymphatic drainage, trigger point therapy and Ayurvedic treatments. The luxury eco-resort has set itself strict sustainability guidelines for protecting the environment. Luxurious wellness combined with a holistic focus on sustainability is what makes the holiday experience at Gili Lankanfushi so special.
Wellness under the trees – Pampering programme with a mountain view
Mountains and forests frame the holiday and spa experience at ADLER Lodge Ritten. The collection of light-filled wooden chalets and junior suites, the main house and spa area are located on a sunny plateau below the Rittner Horn and is surrounded by meadows and larch forests. A picturesque hideaway with a natural bathing pond and all-around enjoyment concept. The offer of the forest spa is inspired by the surrounding nature and aims to unite body, mind and soul under the mantra ‘Let your soul fly’.
The healing powers of local herbs, spring water from the Dolomites and forest aromas are an integral part of the treatments. They are also reflected in the resort group’s own natural cosmetics line. The forest spa includes a panoramic, temperature-controlled saltwater pool, three saunas, a fitness studio with modern Technogym equipment and a yoga programme. The ADLER Lodge Ritten is a haven of deceleration and an ideal holiday destination for those who value the tranquillity of nature, high-quality services, a comprehensive culinary offer and spa treatments in equal measure.
Mindfulness on the Matterhorn
Whatever the season, the view of Zermatt’s mountains from the Mountain Ashram Spa is impressive–just like the wellness and spa area of the CERVO Mountain Resort itself, inspired by Japanese onsen, Bhutanese hot stone baths and the northern European art of sauna. In October 2021, the Mountain Ashram Spa was named Best Holistic Spa in Switzerland 2021 by the International Spa & Beauty Award.
However, it is not only the exclusive wellness experience at CERVO; the hotel’s 5-star lodges and suites are also exceptional accommodations with their modern alpine style. The luxurious Spa Suite has a spa area and a spacious terrace. For CERVO, ecological and social responsibility is a central principle. This is visible in a sustainable energy supply, the natural production of hot water and heating energy and the commitment to various projects at the local and international level.
A little time out with big benefits
The spa area at Naturressort Schindelbruch has been awarded 5 Wellness Stars. And rightly so, because a bathhouse with a view of the forest, a large sauna area, a separate wellness area for families and a sports area leave nothing to be desired across 2,500 m2. There is even a blazing fire in the sauna area in the evenings.
The Schindelbruch uses Pharmos Natur products for its treatments, green, luxury natural cosmetics made from Sacred Plants, grown in harmony with cosmic principles. Being authentic and natural is at the centre of all efforts at the Schindelbruch Spa, and guests can feel this. In the four private spa suites with a view of the pristine landscape of the Harz, the wellness experience can be designed as a very personal time-out.
A colourful underwater world and traditional treatments
The CERF Island Resort is located on the small Seychelles island of Cerf, amidst crystal-clear water, white beaches and tropical jungle. Of course, the calm and relaxed atmosphere of the island, the colourful underwater world and its culinary diversity make CERF a place of longing for wellness holidaymakers.
Still, above all, it’s the resort’s soothing spa offer. The spa area Le Spa Latanier is located halfway up the hill, nestled in the lush vegetation of the Latanier palms. The spa offers a variety of traditional treatments. The products used there are all based on essential oils. Genuine organic products that use the natural environment as inspiration. Unwind, relax and be pampered–that’s what CERF Island Resort stands for.
Wellness and pure nature
The Mawell Resort in Langenburg, Hohenlohe, offers a truly natural wellness experience. The green resort is located in the middle of an ancient natural stone landscape, surrounded by million-year-old rock. The hotel’s indoor and outdoor wellness area includes a tower deck 200 metres above the Jagst Valley with a tower sauna and pool, an infinity forest pool, an ice fountain, a salt grotto and a wellness slope with beach chairs.
The Day SPA offers an impressively diverse range of treatments–a Hyaluron treatment, an algae body wrap in the floating lounger, an Aroma Deluxe massage or a Polynesian relaxation ritual, to name a few. In combination with an overnight stay in one of the SPA suites with a covered terrace lounge and private outdoor whirlpool in the penthouse–the getaway becomes a spa experience in a class of its own.
Sustainable wellness is available on your doorstep, a day’s journey away–or on the other side of the world. But no matter where socially and environmentally responsible criteria are advertised, the actual quality and consistency of the offer are essential. Our Green Pearls partners live sustainability and have created sanctuaries of well-being in the luxury segment with their wellness offers.
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