Wellness & Travel

by | Aug 27, 2015

Within the historic walls of Villa Stéphanie, the ultimate luxurious experience in wellness and beauty has a brand new destination.

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The Finest in Luxury Wellness

Within the historic walls of Villa Stéphanie, the ultimate luxurious experience in wellness and beauty has a brand new destination. Built as a private royal residence in 1890, this innovative spa, on the grounds of the exclusive Brenner’s Park Hotel & Spa in Baden Baden, reopened on the 15th of January this year to welcome the most discerning guests through its stately doors.

With an integrated approach towards wellness, the ultra-lux Villa Stéphanie is a premier spa providing holistic treatments with programmes that combine detox with fitness activities, nutritional guidance, invigorating spa treatments and specialised medical care. This allows one to attain physical, emotional and medical wellbeing all in one amazing location. Partnering with renowned brands such as Sisley, Anika and Skinceuticals, guests are assured the maximum benefits from each treatment.

Choose to be pampered with the ‘Luxury Ritual Sisley’ treatment complete with body peel, anti-aging body care and aromatic facial. One can also soak in an ‘Organic Luxury Ritual by ANIKA’ with a bath, scrub, ocean algae body wrap and facial. To relieve muscle tension and release toxins from the body, opt for a Shiatsu or four hand Abhyanga massage.

To get one’s body back into shape, Villa Stéphanie creates special diet plans in consultation with nutritionists, organises personal training sessions with fitness experts and offers private training in a well-equipped gym on the property. For a taste of the outdoors, hike or bike through the Black Forest with specially created routes for all fitness levels.

At Haus Julius, a 1,700 sq. meter medical facility located adjacent to Villa Stéphanie, offers care in specialties such as aesthetics, gynaecology, holistic medicine, dentistry, ophthalmology and physiotherapy. Guests can be confident of complete discretion and quality treatment as the experts  Haus Julius work with national practices to ensure appropriate aftercare.

Overlooking views of a century-old park, the spa also offers 500 sq. meters of private saunas, exclusive lounge area, a soothing plunge pool and an open-air spa garden to sit in and unwind. A luxurious spa suite, available for half-day bookings, is equipped with a thermal-controlled Laconium, whirlpool, steam bath and Finnish sauna for guests to enjoy or simply relax on the terrace with a cup of tea in complete solitude.

With total privacy and ease of treatment as a priority at Villa Stéphanie, guests who wish for an extended vacation on the property can look forward to a comfortable stay with fully personalised service at any of the twelve elegantly crafted double rooms and three magnificent corner rooms.


Located meters away from the spectacular Victoria Falls on the River Zambezi, the luxurious Royal Livingstone Hotel invites guests to begin the New Year with an eye on wellness. The creation of a “Water Retreat Experience” to detoxify and rebalance the mind and body, with the restful sounds of the falls ever-present in the background, unwinding and rejuvenation is easy.

The Tip of the Falls treatment uses red dune sand to exfoliate the body, aiding blood circulation and skin purification. A Botanical Clay wrap containing Kalahari clay to purify the skin, incorporates Buchu for detoxification and red bush extract as an anti-oxidant. To cool down, choose from a mist based massage system that includes an aromatic spice and wood blend for restoration and water or Wild Honey to repair skin cells and sunburns.

Relax by the tranquil banks of the River Zambezi in your very own Cabana as you enjoy an Ukuchina massage. If you suffer from water retention, the lymph drainage treatment complete with lemon scented hot water helps drain muscles to alleviate the symptoms. Foot reflexology is also available to aid the balance of the digestive tract.

Guests of The Royal Livingstone enjoy unlimited access to Victoria Falls through a private hotel entrance. Explore nature in all its magnificence with a hike on the trails or take a dip in the Devil’s Pool at the Fall’s edge. The showers from the Falls increase serotonin and energy levels, easing any tension from stress or depression.

To top the experience, the Royal Livingstone chefs serve special juices and healthy meals with local fruit and vegetables, filled with vitamins and minerals, to boost your health from within.



As wellness continuous to be the focus by most, here are some fascinating findings from Spafinder Wellness – Global Spa and Wellness Trend Forecast for 2015.

Beyond the Stars: Luxury Redefined

Hotels and resorts are moving beyond providing lavish surroundings to emphasise the importance of solitude and space as new luxuries to be experienced, exceeding traditional hospitality ranking to provide new levels of service.

Spa On Arrival (& En Route); The New Travel Ritual

Wellness treatments are becoming a necessity for travellers who want to stay healthy on the go. Airport lounges are changing to provide spa services for travellers wanting a relaxing pre or postflight while certain hotels, like luxury chain Oberoi Hotels and Resorts, provide 24-hour spas to cater to jet-lagged guests.

Forest Bathing

With its origins from Japan, the therapeutic effects of “mindfulness with nature” are being discovered with wellness retreats and invigorating walking trails popping up in countries like Finland and Korea advocating healing experiences through the essence of the forest.

Wellness Traditions from the Islamic World: Beyond Hammams & Argan Oil

The rediscovery of the benefits of Middle Eastern and African herbs and spices like freekah, fenugreek and harissa have skyrocketed them as THE super foods for 2015 and spa treatments like rasul / mud experiences to sand bathing are becoming increasingly popular.

Gut Reaction

With research on micro biomes demonstrating how digestive systems affect overall health and well-being, spa and wellness centres are providing treatments to improve gut health with diets and detox. Companies like Clinique are also incorporating probiotics, long used to aid digestion, into beauty products like topical creams.

My Fitness, My Tribe, My Life: Super Social Fitness

With fitness becoming an aspirational lifestyle goal, activities by wellness centres to encourage socialisation with exercise are increasing. Social wellness tourism is also growing with yoga festivals, akin to music festivals, are springing up across the globe.

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