Deceleration and health events
For those who want to regenerate, relax, get rid of stress and find new ideas, a wellness stay is ideal in many cases. Here, stressed employees and executives get massages, spa and beauty treatments, can try out yoga, meditation and many other sporting activities or clear their heads on long hikes in the fresh air.
And many wellness hotels also offer specific programs for Company and units within the framework of company health management. Some wellness hotels therefore also specifically offer seminar rooms that can be used for classic meetings as well as health and team building events - including corresponding health-oriented activities. We compared five different concepts and locations in different countries.
1. Wellness on the Baltic Sea: The Ahlbeck
For me, the best wellness hotel on the Baltic Sea is definitely The Ahlbeck Hotel & Spa in the town of Ahlbeck on the sunny island of Usedom. The 4-star superior hotel is conveniently located directly on the beach promenade and, since an extension in 2019, has 77 rooms and apartments between 25 and 82 square meters with a balcony and fireplace. The facade of the old bath villa was preserved and the height of the rooms was also adopted. A minimalistic, modern design in combination with natural materials such as wenge, oak and beech as well as exclusive bamboo parquet and warm colors ensure cosiness, with color accents from apple green, turquoise, orange, blue and violet to set style elements. Large windows and high ceilings give the rooms a light and airy lightness. All furniture and lights in the rooms are custom-made. Two seminar rooms are available for conferences, the largest for a maximum of 40 people, and the fireplace room can also be used.
The heart of the hotel is the 2000 square meter wellness area. There is a 20 meter swimming pool, a bio sauna with a temperature of 80 degrees and a Finnish sauna with a panoramic view of the Baltic Sea, the beach promenade and the pier. The absolute highlight is the infinity pool, which at 41 square meters is large enough for a few swimming strokes and actually gives you the feeling of swimming out into the Baltic Sea, but actually being in 31 degrees warm water. For active athletes there is a fitness area with cardio training equipment from Technogym. A weekly sports and activity plan offers courses and activities that get your circulation going and replenish your energy stores.
The food in the Düne 48 restaurant is also pure wellness: even breakfast impresses with a good selection of healthy muesli variants from simple oat flakes to nuts to sesame and flaxseed, plus fresh and dried fruit and various types of milk that are also suitable for allergy sufferers. Various salads and vegetables, cooked and raw, as well as alternative spreads round off the bread. Speaking of bread, Das Ahlbeck has its own bakery, which traditionally bakes without ready-mixes. The basis is a natural sourdough, from which various breads and rolls made from wheat, spelled, linseed, sesame and rye meal are made.
2. Health all inclusive: The BodyHoliday
A special concept offers The BodyHoliday on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia: Health All inclusive. Each guest has a 50minütiges treatment per day, such as Ayuveda or various massages in the spa facility available, also numerous sports facilities, such as tennis or sailing, are offered. The food is partly supervised by nutritionists, for example, there is a healthy choice at dinner and a healthy table at the breakfast buffet, including gluten-free bread, but in comparison to other hotels tastes a bit bland. Otherwise you can complain about the food but little. The hotel has 154 rooms.
For meetings of up to 25 people there is a small meeting room with a surprisingly modern, 70 ″ SMARTBoard, an interactive screen with computer function, to which you can not only connect your laptop with VGA, HDMI or WIFI, but also your documents and presentations can even load and edit on the SMARTBoard and which also functions as a whiteboard.
The meeting room has its own faster WLAN access, which is separate from the rest of the hotel, but it is not included in the all-inclusive price. You also have to make some compromises with the package when you take a closer look: Golf is included in the offer, but the resort golf course is very small and only suitable for beginners, the sports courses are often overcrowded and those who want to go out by motorboat Fishing, diving or water skiing, paid extra - as well as for a personal trainer or individual nutrition programs.
3. Where Reiner Calmund answered: Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Carinzia
From the price-performance ratio I found the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Carinzia, which is located in Carinthia / Austria directly at the ski slope on the Nassfeld and also gives ski even more convincing. Anecdote on the edge: Here already ex-Bayer Leverkusen manager Reiner Calmund has tried to get rid of excess pounds. The Carinzia has 114 double rooms as well as 46 suites and is more of a classic conference and meeting location: It offers space for meetings of up to 520 people on a total of 900 m² with seven meeting rooms of different sizes. Here too, there are numerous sports and wellness facilities, including a SPA consultation, which is tailored to the biorhythm, the hotel also organizes group and teambuilding activities rock labyrinth, fun sports competitions, mountain biking, guided hiking tours, climbing, canyoning, Rafting, adventure cruises or barbecues.
Guests can have a snack in the bathrobe in the hotel bar at lunchtime - this could disturb some conference participants. The food is plentiful, fresh and partly healthy, so there is a large salad bar and an extensive juice bar at breakfast. Upon request and demand, the hotel will also be happy to answer special requests, such as gluten-free bread, which even tastes good if you do not expect it to be baked and brought to the table in plastic packaging only on request. Precisely such small things as with the service show that the Carinzia is not a 5-star hotel.
4. Health & sports programs in the Canaries: Hotel Botanico
Numerous top athletes like the swimmer Britta Steffen or the Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggings train on the Canary Island of Tenerife, for example in the t3 training center. The Hotel Botanico in Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island has 252 rooms and eight meeting rooms on a total area of 1502 m², the largest with an area of 682 m² for up to 600 people. In terms of the number of rooms, it is the largest hotel in our comparison. The hotel, which was built in the 70s, looks a bit old-fashioned from the outside, but impresses with its cosiness on the inside. The WiFi connection, on the other hand, did not always work, especially in the room - an indication that the hotel is not really a location for the large IT companies that keep coming to Tenerife. The location a little outside of the town center is also unfavorable.
However, the Botanico has the best service of all five hotels presented here, not for nothing it has received several times the Tripadvisor Travelers Choice Award. The health offer is also impressive: the spa offers a variety of massage offers, Ayuveda and East-Heopathic treatments, and for breakfast and dinner a rich selection of healthy foods with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits. The gluten-free bread is even here at the buffet, but is also packed in plastic. The hotel also offers a variety of health programs, at an additional cost is understood, in which the guests have to submit a blood sample and then receive an individual nutrition program. Even otherwise, the three restaurants place more emphasis on healthy food than on culinary delights. However, a temporarily opened biorefender had to close again due to a lack of demand.
5. Be inexpensive to be active in Bavaria: Oberaudorf
The Bavarian Air Corort Oberaudorf with its sports and team building locations, a monastery for silence seminars - and the Flair Hotel Bayrischer Hof prove that healthy meetings with a successful activity program such as igloo building, skiing or rafting do not have to be expensive. It is the smallest and cheapest hotel in our comparison, with 3 stars and only 14 rooms. These are fairly simply furnished, and there is no extra meeting room.
However, groups can use one of the two dining rooms. Beamer and screen are available, Bernhard Wolf can provide other necessary technology such as a flipchart or laptop - for an additional charge, of course. Wolf also provides the room free of charge if it is consumed accordingly. In general, the food is surprisingly good: in addition to hearty Bavarian, rather unhealthy food, there are also salads and a vital menu. Wolf once cooked on the dream ship, the MS Berlin, and today relies primarily on regional dishes made from fresh ingredients such as home-picked fruit and herbs.
6. Fitness in the sports village with world champions: Marriott Hotel Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
The Marriott Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco hotel is located in Italy, between the Apuan Alps and the Apennines, near the town of Barga. The hotel features 169 guest rooms and 11 suites as well as 10.000 square meters of meeting space with 12 meeting rooms of varying sizes. The 787 square meter Salon Pascoli can be seated and divided as needed, and holds up to 900 people. The eleven smaller rooms are each suitable for 30-50 persons. In comparison, the hotel offers the largest room for on-site meetings with the most extensive technical equipment already on site, not only audio, video and presentation techniques, but also a lighting system, stage equipment, translator boxes.
Shortcoming of the otherwise perfect equipment: The two elevators are unfortunately very slow, whoever is in a hurry should therefore use the stairs sportily. In Sportvillage the facility with extensive offer have already trained professional athletes. Possible activities include horse riding, mountain biking, foot, volley or basketball, tennis, hiking or Nordic walking. During an off-road trip across the country, a teacher from world champion RalliArt Off Road Team Italy will show beginners how best to drive. Downer: Indoor and outdoor pool do not open before 10 in the morning and close again at 18 clock. Going for a swim before or after the meeting is out of the question. The food is good and regional, however, for example, the breakfast is a bit too American oriented.
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