In a world of uncertainty, instability, hate and terror, there can be no doubt about the need for healing. More than a band aid to plaster over the problem, the issue goes to the heart of our existence. I’m not going to proclaim that the world can be fixed, but each and everyone of us could benefit from some time to ourselves, to heal, to repair, to regenerate and rejuvenate.
This goes deeper than a spa facial or massage, and it was made clear to me at a breakfast event recently where I was present with a group of inspirational women who have a clear vision of life, the universe and our place in it.
With talks by the founders, the event featured a health breakfast and a wonderful meditation, guided by Shelley von Strunkel. It was organised by Healing Hotels of the World, a network of health and wellness hotels that meet strict criteria to be part of the group, where the main focus is on healing. From Ayurveda to meditation, spiritual healing and medical wellness, the properties (over 100 of them) focus on holistic health and are outstanding in many ways, including location, sustainability, cultural and social sensibility and take healing beyond the confines of the spa to a whole new realm. Founded by Anne Biging and Dr Elisabeth Ixmeier the organisation brings together some of the worlds most innovative properties, not just in design and architecture but who are committed to complementary and alternative medicine and offer yoga, mediation, healthy cuisine, fitness, nutritional consultations, and have a sense of place in the local region.
It’s strictly controlled and each property is vetted, with many applicants being rejected. Truly inspiring for its commitment to its founding principles, Healing Hotels of the World is the place to look for a holiday or break to reboot and rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit with confidence that you will be looked after, care for and cocooned.