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Mice Asia Net : July 2008
venue update healing hotels A new worldwide collection of luxury hotels is dedicated to the wellbeing of guests. health programs in their spas. But as managing director of HHW, Anne Biging explains, spas are no longer just about beauty treatments or relaxation. Many aim to bring long-term improvements in their clients’ health. Hotels that meet strict criteria are invited to join the HHW group, which then markets them globally under the Healing Hotels of the World banner. “The hotel has to live and breathe holistic wellbeing,” Ms Biging explains. “The aim is for guests to leave feeling uplifted and happier and healthier than when they arrived. “Many travellers are looking for something meaningful in their lives. They want to get in touch with their bodies and with the wisdom of ancient cultures that have cultivated holistic knowledge.” As well as obviously offering spa treatments, properties that are invited to join the HHW group must provide a variety of health- conscious options. For example, Ms Biging says the property must offer healthy alternatives to the traditional bacon and eggs breakfast, or a wider selection of healthier drinks than are usually found in the standard in-room mini bar. A key sevice offered by HHW members is a personal consultation with every guest at the start of their stay to help them focus on their health and maximise the benefits of their time at the hotel. H ealing Hotels of the World (HHW) was created in 2007 in response to the rapid growth in five-star properties incorporating what was once considered an alternative Healing Hotels of the World is based in Germany with members including: Aruna Health Center, Germany Elbresidenz Bad Schandau, Germany Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort, Italy Hotel Lanserhof, Austria Mavida Balance and Spa, Austria Waldhaus Flims Mountain Resort and Spa, Switzerland Kamalaya, Thailand Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Thailand Desert Island Resort, Abu Dhabi Park Hyatt Dubai The Ananda, Himalayas Neeleshwar Hermitage, India Gaia Resort and Spa, NSW, Australia The Lake House, Victoria, Australia Moonlight Head, Victoria, Australia The Lyall Hotel, Melbourne, Australia The Richardson, Perth, Australia Choupana Hills, Madeira COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali Fregate Island, Seychelles Rosewood Mayakoba, Mexico Uma Paro, Bhutan To learn more visit www.healinghotelsoftheworld.com. miceAsia.net 71 - now there’s an idea