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Chenot to open a wellness destination

With wellness firmly on our mind, renowned Chenot Group is set to open the most advanced wellness destination this year.

Boasting the health benefits of its location – fresh air, sweeping mountain views and a number of healthy spring water sources, Chenot Palace Weggis will open on the 1st May this year on Lake Lucerne, Switzerland. Offering a blend of Chinese healing and Western medicine,, together with state-of-the-art medical technologies, Chenot Palace Weggis promises a harmonious balance between body, mind and soul through its integrated science-based approach to wellness.

With state-of-the-art diagnostics, a complete range of advanced medical screenings and bespoke treatments complimented by a curated nutrition plan as part of the Chenot Diet, programmes are carefully integrated in a holistic and systematic manner known as the Chenot Method®. Spanning 5,000 sq. metres, the spa at Chenot Palace Weggis is a full-service integrated medical retreat

With a vision to unlock human potential by increasing mental and physical performance at any age, Chenot offers three signature programmes: Advanced Detox, Recover & Energise and Prevention & Ageing Well. Guests will benefit from exclusive access to leading scientific technology, world-class doctors and  a luxury hotel setting.  Experienced practitioners in every area of wellness will also be on hand, including specialists from internal, preventative and anti-ageing medicine, sports medicine, traditional Chinese healing, and medical aesthetics.

The advance medical screening tests of the Chenot Method®, are focused primarily into understanding the individuality of the person and its current status of optimal health and wellness. With the measurement of “Chenot Lifestyle Biomarkers®”, they assess the impact of a guest’s wellness from the way of living and lifestyle and allow the personalisation of the regime.

Henri Chenot was one of the first to talk about “successful ageing”, believing that the answer to a long and healthy life lies in the correct combination of genetics, lifestyle and environment. The Chenot experience goes beyond detoxing or fasting – it’s more about a healing force that drives cells into a new state of wellbeing.

https://www.chenotpalaceweggis.com/

 

 

Medical Tourism At Its Best

With the increase in medical travel, rehabilitation breaks and cosmetic & dental procedures abroad, quality standardization and accreditation of facilities are of the utmost importance.

The IMTJ Medical Travel Awards applauds outstanding achievement in the medical travel, medical tourism and health tourism industry worldwide. Divided into 19 categories, services, facilities and destinations worldwide are judged by a panel of medical travel experts and honoured each year.

In 2019 the IMTJ winners included:

  • Best quality initiative: Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara
  • Best marketing initiative: China Medical University Hospital
  • Best use of technology in medical tourism: Dental Holiday by Smile Clinic
  • International cosmetic surgery clinic of the year: Bagatin Clinic
  • International dental clinic of the year: FMS Dental Hospitals
  • International cancer centre of the year: Apollo Speciality Cancer Hospital  – Chennai
  • International eye clinic of the year: Hangil Eye Hospital
  • International hair clinic of the year: Advanced Hair Clinics
  • Specialist international patient centre: China Medical University Hospital
  • International hospital of the Year: Centro Médico Teknon, Grupo Quirónsalud
  • Health and medical tourism: Cluster of the year: Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council
  • Health and medical tourism: Destination of the year: Korea Health Industry Development Institute

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Investing in Gold Treatments

A range of new luxurious spa treatments using the precious metal gold as the key active ingredient is now offered by Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas

Gold when included as an element of a skincare routine is anti-inflammatory. It can help reduce the production of melanin, treat sun damage, improve skin elasticity and stabilise collagen production. It is even suggested as an alternative to Botox.

Gold conducts ions which stimulate cellular growth of the basal layer, regenerating firm skin cells and providing a tightening effect. An infusion of gold helps to revive the brightness of skin, reduce the signs of skin fatigue and dullness and improve cutaneous elasticity and hydration.

Embodied in facials, massages and scrubs, the Anantara Spas have invested in gold plated treatments which are available in their destinations which include Maldives, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Qatar.

The new Cocoon Medical Spa at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort offers the queen of luxury facials. Entitled, Cleopatra, the 24-carat gold and collagen facial is designed to improve skin elasticity, reverse cell damage, improve blood circulation and increase the regeneration of your natural collagen.

As the ultimate pick-me-up, this facial promises excellent results and leaves skin clean and luminous. Starting with an advanced microdermabrasion treatment, dead cells are exfoliated to prepare the skin to benefit from the properties of gold. This increases blood flow to the skin and helps to produce collagen. The LED (light-emitting diode) gives deep stimulation to the skin, improving natural collagen levels.

The intense nourishment of the 24-carat gold, collagen mask, hyaluronic acid, peptide moisturiser help stimulate natural collagen production in the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

For skin investments with this precious metal, visit http://www.anantara.com/

Gender medicine & Genetic Testing for a Healthy New Year

Gender Medicine at la pura

gender medicine

Too much caffeine, the wrong type of exercise, deficient in omega oils or too stressed to do anything about it. How is your health? Is your lifestyle balanced? Is it time to make a few changes?

With the dawn of a new decade and trend-setting health analysis methods, I decided to put my health under the microscope using gender medicine and genetic evaluation. And where better than through a pioneering company where “healthy ageing” is the pinnacle objective. Such an approach is practised at la pura, (www.lapura.at), a dedicated resort for women, located in the healthy heartlands of rural Austria.

La pura offers innovative concepts for the prevention of specific conditions in women based on the latest findings in gender medicine, in cooperation with the Medical University of Vienna. Diagnostic testing individualises relevant ageing subjects and tackles them in a scientific way, based on epigenetics. This scientific field differentiates between the (static) genome and an epigenome, which can be altered dynamically by biological, mental and social factors. In other words, the ageing process can be influenced preventively in a timely manner and used to actively and consciously shape the path of the future. At la pura, the epigenetic risk factors of each woman are determined comprehensively using modern diagnostic methods which can individually determine a woman‘s biological age and focus on any potential weak points. There are coordinated therapies and medical treatments, including some for home application, for any weak points that are discovered. The testing covers lifestyle and mental balance, exercise and nutrition to supplementation and hormone replacement.

It is recommended that testing is done before a stay at la pura. A test kit is sent in advance. It’s quick to do, a few painless pin pricks from the fingertips for several blood samples, hygienically and safely sealed and then whizzed off to a specialist hospital laboratory in Austria.  

After 3-4 weeks, the results are in. They are returned in the form of a detailed personal report, colourful graphs, medical terminology which is mind boggling at first, but becomes clear after a few reads. The report provides personal feedback in lifestyle routines, habits, exercise, anxiety levels, nutrition and metabolism. What’s more, it is designed just for you based on your own blood sample.

A one-to-one telephone call is scheduled to discuss the results in detail which takes around an hour. However, it is essential to read and digest the data first to gain some understanding of the principles of the evaluation and to grasp the meaning so as to be able to make lifestyle changes.

There are several types of tests offered, each valuable to anyone who places wellness as a top priority. I opted for the Metabolic Health Panel. This test covers three principles: nutrigenomics which includes DNA and nutrition, genes and how they are regulated, and personalised nutrition. The Metabolic Health Panel reveals your metabolic and genetic types and characters.

Nutrigenomics

Nutrigenomics is the research into the interaction between genes and nutrition for long-term individual nutritional recommendations. We all express our genes in a unique way, which influences the functions of the metabolism. We differ strongly in metabolic capacities as individuals. Depending on our genetic conditions, there are significant differences in our need for macronutrients (proteins, fats, carbohydrates) and micronutrients (vitamins, nutrients, trace minerals). External factors such as the environment as well as our internal workings greatly affect the rate of influence of methylation on metabolism and other areas of our body. Our diet has a strong influence on our gene regulation (epigenetics).

Genes

Genes are sections of our DNA where the blueprint for proteins is located. Small deviations in the sequence of these main building blocks within a gene can affect the function of protein. Inherited or randomly formed, these remain for life. Epigenetics accounts for the mechanisms of gene regulation that can be influenced by environmental factors, diet, and lifestyle. With a change in one’s lifestyle (diet, exercise, and stress levels), gene activity can be increased and decreased.

Personalised Nutrition

Through the analysis of twenty-three gene variants (SNPs) and various epigenetic markers the test determines your metabolic type. There are four types:

Carbohydrate Type: Carbohydrates are metabolised well but there are difficulties in digesting protein and fat.

Fat Type: Fat is metabolized well, a desired weight can be achieved with the right intake and lipid composition in the diet.

Protein Type: Proteins are digested well so weight loss can be achieved with protein rich foods.

Balanced Type: All three macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins) are equally well metabolized.

SNPs are evaluated individually and contribute to your personalized nutritional recommendations. The results offer indications on how to lose or gain weight according to your individual body type. How to attain a stabilized, healthy body weight through modulation of macronutrient intake, and by incorporating specific types and durations of exercise. This forms the basis for your individual personalised nutrition.

Genetics and Exercise: Which Exercise Type Are You?

Exercise is essential for all of us. However, the type of exercise to benefit you is dependent on genetics. Endurance sports may good for some, while others are better suited to and will gain greater health benefits from strength training or a combination of both.

By assessing the variations of genes, the analysis is able to assign appropriate and effective exercise programme suited to your body type. The test evaluates how physical movement effects your body weight.

Preventative Health

A genetic health report also can provide a prediction of your genetic risk for diabetes and obesity and provide a future lifestyle plan to avoid major problems in the short and long term.

Results

My report has guided me in adjusting my lifestyle habits and routines.  Being designated as a carbohydrate type, I am now mindful of the nutritional values of this food group, buckwheat, quinoa and rice and to the importance of including the outer shells of grains, as well as the proportion of proteins I need to include.  Complex carbohydrates are absorbed more slowly, provide more energy, and contain more vitamins. The quality of fats was highlighted (linseed oil highly recommended) as was the need to increase my intake of fish oils (omega 6). My body type also benefits from fasting intervals to give time to regenerate. Water consumption needs to be topped up to two litres. If I choose to reduce weight, exercise would not do the trick, my only option is to reduce my food calorie intake. But of course, exercise is important to mind and body. Endurance & strength are my recommended exercise – so here’s to Nordic walking, biking, jogging and swimming as well as weight bearing programme at my local gym.

My lifestyle, hooray, is balanced but I am warned to watch stress levels. My analysis revealed a few dodgy genes which of course I am unable to change but through this detailed report I can help to strengthen the good genes to counteract negative effects. We are not all perfect!

Identifying your own biological make-up, understanding how your body works and the red alert signs help you to feel more in control and at one with the workings of your own body. You become more aware of external factors reacting to your own system.

I’m on track to a healthier decade. My genes defined and the tweaks to my lifestyle habits and routine slowly integrated.  How about you?

The Geneometry Metabolic Health is priced at EUR 390

To find out more about metabolic testing, contact www.lapura.at

 

Menopause In Today’s Society

Hushed and under the radar in the world of wellness is the subject of menopause. That is until now.  Recognising the need for further evaluation and research into the effects of menopause on women today, the Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel, has introduced a unique programme to tackle this issue.

The ‘Women’s Health Optimisation’ programme has been specifically designed for women experiencing menopause in a bid to help them understand this important stage of life. It offers women the opportunity to rebalance and regenerate their holistic health and wellbeing, minimising the negative effects of this stage of their life, boosting self-confidence and vitality. With key symptoms being fatigue, hot flushes, reduced libido, night sweats, palpitations, headaches, memory problems, low mood and joint pains, Longevity’s new programme aims to check up on and address these symptoms, whilst inviting guests to enjoy 5* hotel accommodation located over the bay of Alvor in Portugal’s Algarve.

Usually considered a ‘taboo’ topic of conversation, attitudes to the menopause are being transformed. Wellness companies, fem-tech and beauty brands have started stepping up to champion this fundamental life stage. It has been reported that almost half of women say they would feel unable to talk to their boss about menopause and experience inappropriate comments about the menopause at work. Even celebrities, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, have spoken out on the need to recognise this key stage of life and Longevity has joined the movement. The media is now following suit.

Longevity Women’s Health Optimisation Programme
Over a minimum stay of four nights, the programme offers a large variety of medical consultations, menopause check-up and a Longevity holistic health check. Additional therapies and consultations include:

  • Integrative Medicine and Anti-Ageing Consultation
  • Gynecology and Obstetrics Consultation
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Consultation
  • Vitamin B12 IM Boost
  • CoQ10 IV Boost
  • Glutathione IV Boost
  • Acupuncture Sessions
  • Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
  • Longevity Nutrition Consultation
  • Energetic Healing Therapies 

Additionally, guests will be able to enjoy access to the detox & relax wet area circuit, gym, half-board meal plan, access to the Longevity Vitality activity plan daily group activities and Longevity infusions, alkaline water ph 9.5, and aromatherapy essential oil.

Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel (longevityalvor.com/en/) offers a standard room from £170 per room per night on a B&B basis, based on 2 people sharing. The Women’s Health Optimisation is priced at €5,333/£4,725pp for 4 nights (excluding accommodation).

Blindfolded Yoga

Blindfolded yoga

Yoga teacher Dan Peppiatt will lead a journey through the senses with his blindfolded yoga class.  Proceeds will be donated to the Royal National Institute for the Blind.

The OM Yoga Show and Yoga Like Water are leading this 90-minute charity class in collaboration with and in support of the Royal National Institute for the Blind, and the fantastic work they do with the blind and partially blind.

Dan Peppiatt has been leading blindfolded yoga sessions for over 5 years in the belief that they offer great potential to access parts of physical practice that are otherwise often overlooked.

To remove the sense of sight brings a greater depth to practice; we become unconcerned with what a pose, other yogis, or the teacher looks like, and more attuned to what the practice feels like. We become more familiar with our bodily sensations and paying attention to what they are telling us.

In this session participants will move slowly through postures with simple instructions for the mind and body to interpret, rounding off with a gentle yoga nidra.

The RNIB is one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities, and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people.

Yoga in the Dark: Moving Like Water with Dan Peppiatt takes place on
Saturday 19th October 2019, between12.15 – 13.45
£10 – Book tickets online: www.omyogashow.com

(Proceeds donated to the Royal National Institute for the Blind)

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The Cruise Industry is onboard with Wellness

The Cruise Industry is onboard with Wellness

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is promoting wellness throughout the month of September. This theme aims to showcase and champion what cruise lines are doing to create enriching wellness experiences on a cruise holiday.

Each week throughout the month, CLIA focuses on a different topic under the ‘wellness’ theme. The first week is dedicated to relaxation, highlighting the plethora of options on a cruise holiday that enable guests to feel relaxed and in turn increase positive wellbeing.

Andy Harmer, CLIA UK & Ireland director, said: “There’s something truly calming about a cruise holiday. Whether you are sailing on the open sea or pootling along a river, a cruise is the ideal escape for anyone searching for the ultimate relaxing holiday.

“Whether it be through onboard classes such as yoga, meditation and tai chi or simply relaxing in the onboard spa, relaxation has many lasting benefits to personal wellbeing and cruise lines are leading the way in finding innovative ways to ensure guests can relax and unwind during their holiday.”

Cruise Line News – Wellness & Relaxation

AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways recently introduced a wellness programme across the entire European fleet – each ship now has a professionally trained ‘Wellness Host’ to conduct complimentary classes including yoga, cardio and circuits, as well as discussion groups on healthy eating and relaxation.

https://www.amawaterways.com/explore/wellness

APT

APT has increased the number of wellness classes onboard its ships from morning stretches to yoga and tai chi. The classes are conducted by the line’s new entertainment – a duo who alongside providing onboard entertainment, host wellness and fitness classes.

https://www.aptouring.co.uk/

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Uniworld has enhanced its Wellness on the Water programme across the fleet for 2020, including a complimentary wellness programme on its India cruises, centred around the destination’s ancient tradition and practice of yoga with a certified yogi. There are daily sunrise sessions of yoga, group lectures and classes as well as individual meetings, so that guests at every stage of their practice can participate comfortably in this culturally immersive programme.

https://www.uniworld.com/uk/why-uniworld/wellness/

Scenic

Scenic has expanded their spa renovations including its innovative Salt Therapy Lounges for an invigorating boost – the first and only river cruise line to offer a therapeutic Salt Lounge, which invites guests to relax, energise and feel healthier. Handcrafted from salt bricks and humidity and temperature-controlled, the lounge has the micro-climate of a natural salt mine.

https://www.scenic.co.uk/

Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd has introduced IN2BALANCE themed cruises aboard 5 EUROPA 2. As part of the format, renowned experts and trainers present innovative training methods and the relaxation techniques of the Far East: yoga in all its variations, burnout prevention, t’ai chi, shiatsu and interval training. Depending on the cruise booked, guests discover new and proven techniques that help them to slow things down in our increasingly stressful day-to-day reality, bringing lasting benefits to their personal well-being.

https://www.hl-cruises.com/in2balance-ms-europa-2

Wellness is on a high with light-headed therapy

CBD added to tea

Dope, no, Cannabis-based therapy, yes.  Wellness is trending towards therapeutic drugs.

One day its Tumeric lattes, now CBD treatments are all the rage advocated by Jennifer Aniston and, of course Gywneth Paltrow. CBD or cannabidiol is a natural ingredient, extracted from agricultural hemp. It can be added to many a spa treatment, laced in chocolate, packaged as a spray for your bag and purchased over the counter in Harrods as well as other stores.

A derivative of the marijuana plant, CBD oil is legal in the UK as long as it does not contain more than 0.2% of THC, the crucial component that gives cannabis its psychotic effects. Cannabis can be divided into three sectors – recreational, medical and wellness. The latter is the most widely available through products that use CBD oil, a product that does not make users high. Today it is used in beauty products and dietary supplements.

Since becoming legal in the UK last year, it is popping up everywhere. Raw, CBD reportedly is bitter so adding it to products helps. You can nibble on CBD petit fours – try cannabis and grapefruit marshmallows and a Green Monkey soft drink.  It’s a key ingredient of salads and cakes served in a Brighton restaurant which offers a full menu of CBD dishes. There are Wellness Cafes in London such as Kalifornia Kitchen. And check out your shakes and juices, chocolate and mints all rumoured to have therapeutic effects with this “wonder“ingredient.

CBD is one of at least 85 cannabinoid compounds found in cannabis and is popular for its medicinal benefits.  These include the antioxidants within CBD which help to neutralise free radicals and treat signs of ageing. Scientists believe its anti-inflammatory properties can calm inflamed acne. The fatty acids within CBD can soothe itching and inflammation from eczema and psoriasis by combating the excessive water loss of the conditions. Other reported benefits of CBD include pain relief, reducing anxiety and depression and improving cognitive function and memory.

With so many benefits, this natural oil is appealing to those who care about what they eat, drink or apply to their skin. Now that we have climbed out of the cannabis closet we can look forward to high afternoon teas with cannabis chocolate brownies which will give more than a sugar rush. But of course we need to follow the weed etiquette which is now available. CBD is a natural way to wind down, a calorie free option to replace  alcoholic and calorific effects of a glass or two of wine, a soothing way to relax physically and mentally. It’s a form of meditation and a catalyst for creativity. But as is the norm, good things come with a warning – inhaling CBD be harmful to lungs and some edibles can be poisonous.

Rudding Park in Harrogate is one of the first spas in the UK to introduce a range of treatments using Cannabidiol products. The hotel and spa has collaborated with MariPharm, a supplier of high quality CBD products, to create a range of experiences which could assist with pain relief, promote anti-ageing, reduce anxiety and depression and support overall positive mental health. All MariPharm products are of pharmaceutical grade and are produced using a unique extraction process, guaranteeing the highest quality at all times.

Outside the UK, the effects are more heady. Welcome to Medical Marijuana. Last year Canada became the second country to legalise recreational marijuana. America’s Colorado, Florida and California have relaxed laws but consuming weed for pleasure is still illegal. Brands are jumping on the bandwagon to cater to a discerning wellness cannabis scene. Marijuana which contains the psychoactive THC and CBD, the non-intoxicating compound derived from the cannabis plant is now becoming part of a wellness lifestyle. According to the California Dept of Public Health cannabis can only be purchased at retail outlets licensed by the California Bureau of Cannabis Control. The city of West Hollywood has licences for upscale cannabis lounges – around Sunset Strip and Santa Monica Boulevard.

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Natural wellness sparkles in Hotel Plunhof’s stylish Spa Minera

Swimming with snowflakes, floating by flames, massaged with stones, pummelled with rollers and immersed in the smoke of burning bark.  Wellness takes on the natural elements at the sparkling new Spa Minera at Hotel Plunhof, peaking out of the Stubai Alps in Italy’s South Tryol region.

It’s lilac and silver, wood and water, glazed with silver quartzite at every viewpoint. Natural elements represent the lifeblood of the spa, its DNA.

And I took full advantage. I likened the experience to swimming in a luxury lounge, the water like a rippled carpet flowing under stairs and dappled with reflections from Swarovski crystal chandeliers glittering from above. I floated by oversized loungers shaded with bulbous table lights, book shelves on one side, a stone log fire in the centre, wood-panelled walls, mirrored pillars and squidgy seating all around. Comfortable tranquillity, understated glitz.

How luxurious to wallow in such exquisite surroundings. Warm, intimate and decadent. And then, just like magic, glass doors opened to an outside poolscape where the snow taps you on the shoulder and a mist disguises the surface. It’s eerie and atmospheric. Towering mountains greet you, nothing in-between, except the water warm, the air refreshingly cool.

Relaxation areas seem to appear around every corner to surprise you, each dressed in a different style, another ambience to enjoy. But finding them a second time is an art in itself. They all offer those please-lie-on-me loungers of every shape and style, rugs in the right place, contemporary fireplaces and enviable panoramic scenery with a focal point towards the Santa Maddalena Church sitting alone enclaved into the side of the mountain.

The hotel is located about an hour from Innsbruck in the Ridanna Valley. It’s a family affair – run by the Volgger family whose personal attention is in evidence from the moment you arrive.  I met Thomas who proudly showed me the spa facilities, just three months old, all sparkly and new. Excitedly he told me of further plans although I was quite content with the stylish spaces they have painstakingly produced. Five saunas, two whirlpools, relaxation areas – too many to count, a fitness room, pools indoor and out and a dedicated room for classes.

With 67 rooms which overlook Alpine scenery, this dedicated wellness space has been designed to incorporate Spa Minera & Acqua Minera, all 4,000 sqm of it.  Here it never seems busy although you may spot a few guests strewn over sofas, strolling in robes or hanging out in the saunas, relaxed and chilled. Guests come here to ski in the winter months – there’s a daily bus to the slopes, – or for bracing hikes in the fresh crisp air. They all enjoy overdoses of pure relaxation, rejuvenation and therapeutic therapies.

The treatment menu reflects the Spa’s focus on natural elements with its creative use of local resources blended with traditional healing principles. My 80-minute massage was performed with pine wood rollers of various sizes delivering pressure and heat as it toured the body. Strong at times, the pressure and warmth re-routed the flow of energy unblocking areas to leave a sense of renewed calm. Billed as Pine Vitality, this relaxing ceremony aims to channel the inner spirit to activate self-healing powers.

From wood to stone, the Silver Quartzite Stone Massage experience was gentle, directional, purposeful and somewhat spiritual. In the background, haunting chants, as if resonating from a monastery chamber, kept my focus in the moment while long rhythmic strokes would halt periodically to grind energy in chakra areas and then swiftly sweep away negative residue. Enhanced by the burning of bark shavings, this meridian massage, combined  precious natural minerals with medicinal herbs, warm oils and raw materials to leave me released of negative feeling, grounded and strong.

Heat, water and steam, ancient bathing rituals, Kneipp pools, infra-red cabinets, a shower temple, a thermal grotto and saunas of every kind are plentiful here. Temperatures range from ice cold, mild, hot and only just bearably hot.  The revived ancient ritual “Thrown into the Knappensauna” is featured on the daily programme and not to be missed, It involves very hot temperatures in a large sauna cabin, au natural, save for a few towels. A staff member, acting like a central courtier parades around the central burning coals sporting a large fan to direct hotter air over each person. Red in the face, sizzling by the second, we brave souls lasted the 15 minute experience to be rewarded with a barefoot stroll in the outside snow followed by salt peeling in the steam room. All this to cleanse the skin, stimulate circulation, loosen joints, exfoliate the skin surface and improve the immune system…..

From tried and tested organic resources to the latest technology, The Spa Minera has moved with the times to offer a wide range of advanced cosmetic treatments.  The Dr Spiller Celltresor Facial followed an in-depth regime which included a machine-controlled cleanse and a serum massage followed by a collagen mask which felt and looked like an Egyptian mummy covering. The result, a thorough treatment and a plumper look! This facial is designed to maximize the skin’s rejuvenation by targeting muscles to relax facial features.

Qi Gong  and Yoga, exercise and wellness all have to be nourished and the Hotel’s restaurant does it well. Inventive menus, organic ingredients and a balanced fusion of tastes are a match to any high class establishment. Think venison steak with cranberry pear served with red sauerkraut with apples and polenta cream, roasted suckling pig cup with beer jus or guinea fowl with figs – exotic descriptions, plated artistically and served to your reserved table. In addition, a choice of irresistible desserts and a buffet area ever laden with homemade artisan breads, fresh produce and, homemade oils and dressings.  So much choice, an occasion in itself, a restaurant to be rewarded.

Spa Minera has borrowed wellness from Mother Nature. “Back to the origins… the force of the earth and the might of the stone” are the words inscribed on the glass window – wellness instilled in its structure, soul and spirit.

Hotel Plunhof is a member of Niche Destinations  www.niche-destinations.com

Prices for a double room Minera – from €118 pp sharing including half board and use of Spa Minera

Hotel Plunhof, Family Volgger, Obere Gasse 7, 39040 Ridnaun – Ratschings, Italy. Tel.:+ 39 0472 656247. info@plunhof.it     

www.plunhof.it

Reflections on the Industry: When the H in Holiday means Health

Whether it’s beach time, adventure or cruising the ocean waves, holidays are to relax, enjoy time out and to set aside the usual routine. But as we become more aware of our health, holidays take on a new meaning.

Today’s travelling consumers are expecting more. Conscious of the importance of health away from home, they seek to adopt a health component during their time away, whether it be mindfulness, detoxing, diet, a specialist treatment, rehabilitation, or simply to de-stress.

Health issues are often easier to tackle during a holiday in the hope of returning renewed and invigorated with new routines and attitudes to integrate into lifestyle changes.

Today’s health travelers now expect wellness options and activities readily available to them to enhance their holiday experience such as healthy dishes on menus, nature walks, early morning yoga and tai chi amongst other specialist classes which reflect the destination’s culture. They also expect to see signature treatments on the spa menu which offer an opportunity to sample local practises, resources and products.

In response, many leisure hotels and resorts have adapted to this changing attitude towards the “health holiday” versus the “fly & flop” holiday. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, for example, has integrated a wellness culture throughout its brand. http://www.fairmontmoments.com/spa-wellness. Breakfast health shots smooth in the new day, more seeds and grains are scattered around, gluten-free options are more readily available, pillow menus help sleep patterns while fitness centres are the norm.

In our smart world, health is monitored in many ways – fit-bits, i-watches, and phones. They measure our steps, heart-beat and calculate calories on menus, amongst other functions. But e-gadgets can be detrimental to our health, giving rise to digital detox programmes offered in specialist wellness retreats, enticing “e-guests” away from twitter, facebook, mobiles and laptops and instead to plug into the destination and set the mind free.

Poured into a bottle, moulded into soap, extracted as miracle cures – consumers believe local means genuine and authentic. This has opened up the opportunity to market home-grown products with labelled promises of curative powers. From oils for aromatherapy massages, natural herbs and plants for skin and digestive problems, many natural resources have been blended and branded as supplements to wellness holiday programmes.

The consumer is defining and driving the travel & health industry with a strong focus on fitness, mind & spiritual health and weight-loss in the form of preventative programmes and specialist health holidays. The travel industry is reacting to these changing attitudes with proactive actions. There is a rise of wellness programmes, yoga & meditation breaks, and spa packages. At the same time, there is a plethora of organic, locally produced skin and health products to complement in-house treatments.

Enter, medical tourism and the rise of Medical Spas – the H in holiday is stepping up to offer bespoke health holidays for individual needs in destinations around the globe.