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Below is the latest corporate news as well as information about our member hotels and our annual event, the HEALING SUMMIT.
HEALING SUMMIT postponed to May 2022
The 7th annual event, scheduled for October 2021 in Portugal, has been re-scheduled
Cologne, Germany, July 8, 2021 -- The HEALING SUMMIT, the international conference dedicated to healing, wellbeing and initiating positive personal and societal change, is moving its in-person conference to May 2022. The 7th annual HEALING SUMMIT, scheduled for October 2021 in Albufeira, Portugal, has been re-scheduled due to the constantly changing Corona Virus infection rates around the globe.
An initiative of the Healing Hotels of the World, the HEALING SUMMIT brings together individuals from around the world who are drawn to collaborate, raise awareness and inspire change. Socially conscious speakers from the fields of finance, science, healing modalities, mission-oriented organizations, and travel join with delegates to create a gathering of global change-makers committed to doing good.
Cologne, Germany, 7 June 2021 -- As the world starts to get back to a new normal in the wake of Covid-19, healing is in high demand. With borders opening and travel resuming, people want to feel secure that hotels not only adhere to the strictest safety measures, but can also credibly cater to the growing need for a healing experience to help them recover from the trauma of living for more than a year in a Covid-battered world.
To respond to this demand, Healing Hotels of the World is now offering their member hotels a new Healing Certification. Based on the comprehensive healing excellence criteria that member hotels must meet before joining Healing Hotels, as well as adherence to Covid safety measures relevant to their region, this certification allows member hotels to effectively communicate their healing advantage.
Healing Hotels to host virtual Mini-HEALING SUMMIT
Global holistic hospitality brand brings thought leaders together
Cologne, Germany, 16 March 2021 — Healing Hotels of the World is expanding its annual HEALING SUMMIT to include regular virtual Mini-HEALING SUMMITs that feature conversations with international thought leaders, practitioners and experts.
The first Mini-HEALING SUMMIT is set for March 28, 2021 from 6:00pm -7:30pm CET (5:00pm -6:30pm London; 12:00pm -1:30pm New York).
This premiere event titled “Getting Past Fear and Trusting the Path Towards an Evolving World” will present to a worldwide audience internationally renowned economist, speaker, and writer Dr. Kjell Nordstrom and esteemed neuroscientist, university professor and author Dr. Marjorie Woollacott.
Global holistic hospitality brand aims to transform the landscape of city hotels with new curated collection
Cologne, Germany, 25 January, 2021 -- Healing Hotels of the World announces the launch
of Urban Healing Hotels, a new division in their hospitality group. This collection supports travelers’ desire to bring their holistic lifestyle along wherever they go—encouraging rejuvenation of body, mind and spirit even if that is not the focus of their stay. The collection
is composed of luxury hotels in urban settings that provide moments of respite from the frenetic demands of city travel. Member hotels will be able to differentiate through their wellbeing environments, experiences, services, and amenities.
“Even before the pandemic, we were fielding an increasing number of inquiries about
city-based hotel recommendations,” says Elisabeth Ixmeier, Co-Founder of Healing Hotels
of the World.
Healing Hotels of the World will offer a two-hour virtual HEALING SUMMIT Journey on Saturday, October 24th from 10:00 to noon EST.
Cologne, Germany, October 20, 2020 -- Healing Hotels of the World will offer a two-hour virtual HEALING SUMMIT Journey on Saturday, October 24th from 10:00 to noon EST.
While the full HEALING SUMMIT is scheduled to take place in May 2021 in Portugal, this free one-day virtual event is designed to enable participants to continue to share in the Summit’s community, and to foster meaningful connections.
The event will showcase some of the unique practitioners at Healing Hotels of the World, and allow guests to learn from their healing wisdom. Euphoria Resort in Greece, FORESTIS in Italy, and the Pine Cliffs Resort in Portugal will all participate in the event, revealing their own special healing modalities and giving guests a chance to virtually experience the resorts.
Interactive sessions to feature leading international masters
Cologne, Germany, September 1, 2020 -- Healing Hotels of the World is offering three interactive virtual retreat sessions featuring internationally recognized masters in healing and bodywork.
The Transition Sessions feature a theme of ‘From Confusion to Clarity,’ and will take place on Saturday, September 12; Saturday, September 26; and Saturday, October 10, each from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm EST, and are designed to address various impacts – mental, physical and spiritual – which have arisen due to the impact of the worldwide pandemic.
“Our lives and worlds are in constant flux, but the question is: how do we react to these transitions, personally and collectively?” says Anne Biging, Co-Founder of Healing Hotels of the World.
To attend, email email@example.com, or book online on our website.
Family-run Alpine hotel has its own medicinal spring
Hotel Bad Schoergau joins Healing Hotels of the World
Cologne, Germany, August 13, 2020 -- Hotel Bad Schoergau, an intimate family-run hotel in the Italian Alps, has become the latest resort to join Healing Hotels of the World. Set in the Sarentino Valley in the heart of South Tyrol, Hotel Bad Schoergau has just 22 rooms and suites, making a stay there feel like staying with friends: owners Gregor and Mattia are your hosts, and their staff are warm, hospitable and enthusiastic.
Fed by its own medicinal spring, which has been celebrated for its healing waters since 1533, Hotel Bad Schoergau combines traditional healing treatments such as wooden farmer’s baths with locally sourced natural ingredients.
“The whole philosophy of our hotel is about the wellbeing of our guests, so it made perfect sense that we would want to become a member of Healing Hotels of the World,” says Gregor Wenter, owner of the hotel."
Brand new woman-centered resort in China hopes to help guests find inner peace
Mayada Healing Hotel joins Healing Hotels of the World
Cologne, Germany, August 6, 2020 -- The brand-new Mayada Healing Hotel in Hangzhou, China, is set to open in September and is the latest resort to join Healing Hotels of the World.
A woman-centered resort, Mayada is set on the banks of Xianghu Lake and is focused on helping guests achieve inner and outer beauty, health and wellbeing. Qualified medical staff, therapeutic practitioners and visiting experts are all combined to create a personalized experience of total rejuvenation designed to help guests achieve a balance of body and mind. The resort is set to open to guests on September 19, 2020.
Annual two-day conference to take place in Portugal next May
Cologne, Germany, July 30, 2020 -- Due to the continuing Covid-19 crisis, Healing Hotels of the World has announced the postponement of its annual HEALING SUMMIT from October 2020 to May 2021.The HEALING SUMMIT will still be held at the beautiful Pine Cliffs Resort on Portugal’s Algarve Coast, and will now take place from May 11-12, 2021. Those who have already signed up for the event will automatically have their registration and hotel accommodations switched to those dates, with no additional fees. “We have been keeping a keen eye on the global pandemic situation, and as much as we wished and hoped that it would be safe to gather together this October as planned, we agree that it just doesn’t make sense to do so,” says Elisabeth Ixmeier, co-founder of the HEALING SUMMIT. An initiative of the Healing Hotels of the World, the HEALING SUMMIT brings togetherindividuals who are drawn to collaborate, raise awareness and inspire change.
Healing Hotels of the World hosts free 45-minutes Master Class
Sarah Livia Brightwood and Dr. Marian Alonzo on Healing Guest Journey
Cologne, Germany, July 2, 2020 -- Healing Hotels of the World is continuing its online healing programming during the COVID-19 pandemic with a new Master Class inviting two of the most well-respected women in the healing and wellbeing industry.
Sarah Livia Brightwood, President of Rancho La Puerta in Mexico, and Dr. Marian Alonzo, Medical Chief at the The Farm at San Benito in the Philippines, will share their wisdom during the 45-minute session. Both Rancho La Puerta and The Farm at San Benito are members of Healing Hotels of the World, and the two women will detail what a typical healing guest journey looks like, explain what constitutes a healing journey at each of the locations, and discuss what guests need and want right now when it comes to healing.
The session is free, and will take place on Tuesday, July 14 from 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm German time. “These two women are pillars of healing, and each of their properties exemplifies what is takes to embrace transformative healing lifestyle solutions,” says Anne Biging, Co-Founder of Healing Hotels of the World.
Sustainable South Tyrolean hotel features sky pool, forest spa
ECO Hotel Saltus joins Healing Hotels of the World
Cologne, Germany, June 25, 2020 -- ECO Hotel Saltus, a sustainable boutique hotel set 1,100 meters in the Italian Dolomites, has become the latest resort to join Healing Hotels of the World. This intimate family-run hotel boasts just 26 rooms and two suites, and draws on the healing energy of nature.
After months of soul searching, the hotel has also decided to restart this year with a special, even more private atmosphere: less guests, more space, more service. ECO Hotel Saltus opened its doors again on June, 20th, 2020.
Dedicated to sustainability, the ECO Hotel Saltus offers extensive relaxation programs, forest bathing, yoga and more. The hotel features a minimalist design with natural, locally sourced materials – including a larch facade, floors made with local stone, and walls crafted from clay and lime – creating a seamless connection to the outside world.
Healing Hotels offers virtual retreat for those in need of healing in America and Europe
Two-day interactive retreat features international healing masters
Cologne, Germany, June 17, 2020 -- Anne Biging and Elisabeth Ixmeier, Co-Founders of Healing Hotels of the World, have partnered with five internationally recognized healing and body work leaders to create a fully immersive two-day virtual retreat.
The retreat – which will take place on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time – is limited to 15 people in order to facilitate an intimate group setting. Participants should expect profound awakening for their entire being, with master teachers and healers using their skills to help them gain new insights and self-awareness, and experience a deep connection to their true selves.
Purchase admission for someone who is truly in need of this weekend-someone affected by COVID (maybe a hospital, frontline or essential worker). The price for admission for the weekend is USD 425. Gift that individual with this retreat and join your companion for a total of USD 700.
Ayurveda Parkschlösschen reopens with immune-boosting health programs
Ayurveda Parkschlösschen is one of the most well-respected Ayurveda retreats in Europe
Cologne, Germany, May 30, 2020 -- Germany’s 5-star Ayurveda Parkschlösschen, part of Healing Hotels of the World, has reopened to resume its health and holistic lifestyle offerings. Ayurveda Parkschlösschen offers the royal therapy of Ayurveda, the Panchakarma Cure, which has many detoxification components to activate self-healing and boost immunity.
In order to protect guests, Ayurveda Parkschlösschen will only open with a 50% capacity – 30 guests maximum rather than the normal 60 – and the team has worked with experts to create a health and safety protocol that goes above and beyond the strict requirements of the German government.
“Today, taking care of one’s health is more important than ever,” says Carina Preuß, General Manager of Ayurveda Parkschlösschen and second generation of the family who owns the resort.
Healing Hotels hosts master class on the future of hospitality
Session to focus on consumer demand for personal transformation in a post-Covid world
Cologne, Germany, 18 May, 2020 -- Healing Hotels of the World will host a 45-minute master class to explore the role of healing in hospitality, and why consumers are seeking transformation today more than ever.
Hosted by celebrated New York radio personality Valerie Smaldone, the session will feature expert insight from Healing Hotels Co-Founder Anne Biging along with Claudia Roth, Founder and Managing Director of Soul Luxury and Co-Founder of the Healing Summit.
Biging and Roth will explore how healing has become a cornerstone of hospitality, why bringing healing into hospitality will be crucial for people around the world as we move into post-Covid travel, and what consumers will be seeking from their holidays after lockdown. Biging will also speak about how she came to found Healing Hotels of the World, what the core elements of a Healing Hotel are, and who can create a Healing Hotel.
Amidst Covid-19 pandemic, hotel brand offers free personal healing sessions
Cologne, Germany, April 17, 2020 -- Anne Biging and Elisabeth Ixmeier, Co-Founders of Healing Hotels of the World, have partnered with six of the top healers in the world to offer a free personal healing session that people can enjoy in the comfort of their homes. This one of a kind offer is available for free until May 8, 2020.
The group of six healers includes holistic practitioners, psychologists and coaches that have worked with the Healing Hotels team over the years.
“Although we are not able to travel at the moment and most of our Healing Hotels are closed due to Covid-19, their hearts are still beating strongly, and our shared mission to guide you on your healing journey is stronger than ever,” says Biging.
The practitioners aim to help clients step into new perspectives, find inner balance, and move from anxiousness and fear to positivity and strength in the midst of this global pandemic.
Upcoming FORESTIS hotel in South Tyrol joins Healing Hotels of the World
Cologne, Germany, February 4, 2020 -- A new hotel set to open in May in the mountains of South Tyrol, Italy will be the newest member of the Healing Hotels of the World.
FORESTIS is located 1,800 meters above sea level near Brixen in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Dolomites. The main building was built in the early 20th century by architect Otto Wagner, who designed it for the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. Three contemporary wooden towers complete the overall architectural impression. Today, the hotel is protected as a historic monument, and the clean air, exceptionally pure water, wild forests, and a sunny Alpine climate that first drew Wagner to the location still make it an ideal location for healing.
Boutique Hamptons Hotel Inspired by a Spirit of Oneness
Shou Sugi Ban House joins Healing Hotels of the World
Cologne, Germany, 21 January, 2020 - Shou Sugi Ban House, a 13-room destination wellness retreat and spa located just 90 miles outside of New York City, is the latest resort to join Healing Hotels of the World. With a focus on global wellness and healing-arts practices, Shou Sugi Ban House takes inspiration from the healing properties found within the natural world as well as the principles of wabi-sabi – the Japanese philosophy of celebrating the perfectly imperfect. Openness and exploration are encouraged, and the retreat offers spa, nutrition, fitness and meditation experiences in a holistic educational setting.
Vedaaranya Haveli is that magical space which fulfils the senses, calms the mind and body, and gives you a universe of love, healing and fulfilment in a haven of heritage
Vedaaranya Haveli joins Healing Hotels of the World
Cologne, Germany, 09 November, 2019 -- The Vedaaranya Haveli in the historical town of Ramgarh Shekhawati in Rajasthan, India, has become the latest hotel to join Healing Hotels of the World. The 10-room boutique hotel has been lovingly renovated by Dr. Shruti Nada Poddar, an entrepreneur, educator and healer who returned to her family’s ancestral roots in an effort to bring tourism to this remote, untouched and unspoilt region. A haveli is a traditional Indian heritage abode situated around a courtyard, with the structure allowing energy to flow and merge at the heart of the space.
Healing Hotels receives award for ‘extraordinary achievement’ from Gandhi Global Family
Elisabeth Ixmeier and Anne Biging are first German recipients of award
Cologne, Germany, 7 November, 2019 -- Anne Biging and Elisabeth Ixmeier, Co-Founders of Healing Hotels of the World, have received the prestigious Souvenir for Extraordinary Achievement from the Gandhi Global Family (GGF). GGF is a United Nations-accredited peace NGO, which propagates the ideologies of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela among youth. The award is given to individuals or companies who are bringing change to society through innovative ideas.
Ayus Wellness at Mulu Marriott becomes first Healing Hotel in Malaysia
New program includes forest immersion, wild swimming, and rainforest yoga
Cologne, Germany, July 23, 2019 – With an innovative new program that harnesses the healing power of the natural world, Ayus Wellness at Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa has become the first hotel in Malaysia to join the Healing Hotels of the World.
Located in Mulu National Park, the hotel was originally opened in 1993 as the Royal Mulu Resort and rebranded under the Marriott name in 2013.
Historic flagship hotel is an urban oasis celebrating Indian healing traditions
The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai joins Healing Hotels of the World
Cologne, Germany & Mumbai, India, July 15, 2019 -- The iconic Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai has become the newest member of the Healing Hotels of the World – a global consortium made up of more than 100 hotels and resorts that are committed to healing. First opened in 1903, The Taj Mahal Palace – the flagship Taj hotel – overlooks the majestic Gateway of India, and has played host to kings, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe. It is acknowledged as a world leader in hospitality, with each of its 285 rooms and suites blending nostalgic elegance, rich history and modern facilities.
Annual event returns to the Pine Cliffs Resort in Portugal
28 June 2019, Cologne, Germany -- The HEALING SUMMIT will once again return to Portugal’s beautiful Algarve coast, with next year’s event taking place May 18-19, 2020 at the Pine Cliffs Resort in Albufeira. The annual event is an initiative of the Healing Hotels of the World, and brings together like-minded individuals who are drawn to collaborate, raise awareness and inspire change. Socially conscious speakers from the fields of investment, science, healing modalities, mission-oriented organizations, and travel join together with delegates to create a gathering of global influencers committed to doing good.
HEALING SUMMIT 2019, an intimate international conference produced by the boutique hospitality brand Healing Hotels of the World, which took place in the Algarve region of Portugal, has concluded.
Cologne, Germany, May 29, 2019-- This year’s theme, “Take a Quantum Leap”, truly resonated with all who attended. Turning the typical business model of a conference on its ear, a quantum leap was achieved by the energized atmosphere created by the participants.
Socially conscious speakers from the fields of investment, science, healing modalities, mission-oriented organizations and travel joined with participants to create an extremely collaborative and congenial environment.