Well-being is the state of being comfortable, healthy, and happy. Here’s the thing: our well-being has been on the decline for years and now in many cases it just reached rock bottom. For decades, society thought the expensive cars and brand name handbags would make people happy. Still, when they got all the things, they realized they were still unfulfilled. Expensive stuff doesn’t make up for the hardships this year has brought us. This is why visitors and guests are nowadays seeking another kind of comfort after a year of anguish.
The word “wellness” can be seen marketed everywhere we look: commercials, magazines in the grocery aisle, and even food packaging. Despite the heavy marketing, wellness is more than a buzzword or trend. Wellness is an active process of making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Last but not least, wellness is especially important as we age.
Wellness is, in its basic understanding, a holistic lifestyle that encompasses body, mind, soul and environment. Wellness as a lifestyle is based on the four pillars of nutrition, exercise, social contacts and relaxation. The pillars are mutually dependent on each other in the pursuit of personal excellence. Those who "live" wellness increase their quality of life in a pleasurable way. This includes the individual build-up and development of a basic fitness level, the ability to actively relax and process stress, knowledge about balanced nutrition and an increase in the joy of life in general.
The term ‘wellness hotel’ is not an entirely new concept, although there is still perhaps some confusion around what it is. More and more hotels these days are calling themselves wellness hotels, as this concept is becoming increasingly popular amongst clients. Generally, a wellness hotel is a luxury hotel that offers wellness facilities, such as a spa or fitness centre. A spa hotel is a unit with the primary purpose of providing individual services and treatments for Spa seeking clients, with a focus on health. Finally, only a health retreat, offers a purposefully designed programme of therapies and activities, guided by leading health and fitness experts.
Historically many Spas were developed at the location of natural hot springs or sources of mineral waters. Over a stay period in a Spa Hotel (or Spa Resort), such facilities provide a comprehensive program that includes spa services, physical fitness activities, wellness education, healthy cuisine and special interest programming.
1. Facilities and Spa treatments
A Spa Hotel typically offers luxurious spa facilities, signature spa treatments (massages, facials and body treatments) specific to that Spa / Hotel only and a higher level of amenities and customer service (luxurious brand of Spa products and cosmetics, personal guidance through the Spa , tea service, etc.). Spa Hotels usually offer facilities like steam, sauna, fitness facilities, and a swimming pool. Some Spa Hotels might offer exercise classes or a possibility to hire a personal trainer a yoga teacher or a nutritionist. Often it is not only the Spa itself which is luxurious and designed with a specific Wellness-Style, but it is also the rooms which are decorated accordingly. It is all about rest and relaxation.
2. Fine dining and packages
Fine dining restaurants is also an important factor of a Spa / Wellness Hotel. The food offered has to match a healthy lifestyle. Prices at Spa Hotels are usually higher than a 'non-Spa ’Hotel or at the average day spa. A Spa Hotel might be a perfect hotel for a romantic getaway or a weekend break. Some Spa Hotels offer spa services to locals who want to book a treatment. They might however not have full access to all the facilities a hotel guest would (pool, gym…), or have to buy a day pass.
Poland is one of the largest markets for spa & wellness services in Central and Eastern Europe. More than 600 spas, medical spas and sanatoriums create great potential for tourists wishing to immerse themselves in the philosophy of wellness. Poland can boast: high quality of services thanks to the experienced staff of certified therapists, masseurs and physiotherapists, beauticians, cosmetologists and nutritionists; unspoiled nature - spa & wellness facilities are located in the most beautiful parts of the country: by the sea, in the mountains, by lakes, away from large agglomerations and industrial areas; excellent cuisine based on local organic & eco products; the most modern equipment used for cosmetic procedures, aesthetic medicine and rehabilitation; as well as a relatively lower price of services compared to competition in Europe. The most popular spa treatments in Poland include: slimming treatments; scrubs and ritual baths; skin revitalization; classic and oriental massages; treatments using local products.
Summing up, there is nothing better to get more composure and equilibrium in the hard times of COVID than visiting Polish well being resorts. The philosophy of wellness has already settled for good in Polish spa and hotel complexes. There really is a lot to choose from and discover. It is also worth to visit Far from the Madding Crowd section in our tours website to discover many beautiful complexes devoted to relaxation. ITS Poland group specialists can organize your group stay in any of the Polish Spas. Just begin your adventure today and contact us!
Author: Agnieszka Szwedzińska