A luxury resort in Germany that pitches itself as the most modern facility in Europe has been named the Destination Spa of the Year.
Lanserhof Tegernsee, located south of Munich on the edge of Lake Tegernsee, took the title at the 2015 World Spa and Wellness Award in London recently, just a year after opening its doors in January 2014.
Unlike recreational and leisure resorts, guests of Lanserhof Tegernsee receive personalized health plans with the help of an on-site physician, including two medical examinations, abdominal check-ups, detox drainage procedures, detox body wrap and bath, and a urine analysis.
One of the pillars of the Lans Med Concept is the belief that a person's energy comes from the digestive tract.
Viewed as the 'root system of the human being,' doctors and therapists treat intestines as the key to healing the immune system.
Incidentally, spa treatment that centers on the gut was identified as one of the top 10 wellness trends identified by Spafinder earlier this year. Though not new, the report foresees that the focus on gut health will become increasingly popular among spas this year.
Cleansing, de-acidification and detoxification processes can include everything from peelings, baths, body wraps and massages -- because detoxification can also be achieved through the skin, claim the founders -- as well as nutrition plans.
In addition to classic spa services like massages and dermatherapy, the resort also features an 18-hole golf course which boasts one of the highest tee-off areas in Germany; cycling and walking trails in summer; and skiing and Nordic walking in winter.
Here are the winners of the 2015 World Spa and Wellness Award:
Residential Spa of the Year: North and South America
Winner: Well & Being at Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (Arizona)
Hotel Spa of the Year: Asia & Australasia
Winner: Kempinski The Spa at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok
Resort Spa of the Year: Asia & Australasia
Winner: Spa My Blend by Clarins at Velaa Private Island, Maldives
Hotel Spa of the Year: Africa
Winner: The Spa at The Oyster Box, South Africa
Hotel Spa of the Year: Middle East
Winner: Reméde Spa at the St. Regis Abu Dhabi
Resort Spa of the Year: Middle East & Africa
Winner: Banyan Tree Spa Al Wadi (Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates)
Hotel Spa of the Year: Eastern Europe
Winner: Luciano Spa at the Luciano Hotel (Kazan, Russia)
Resort Spa of the Year: Eastern Europe
Winner: Richmond Nua Wellness-Spa (Sakarya, Turkey)
Hotel Spa of the Year: Western Europe & Scandinavia
Winner: The Dolder Grand Spa (Zurich Switzerland)
Resort Spa of the Year: Western Europe & Scandinavia
Winner: Lefay Spa at Lefay Resort & Spa (Gargnano, Italy)