What is Triple Bottom Line – and how can spa businesses benefit from it?

The “Triple Bottom Line” (or TBL) approach to measuring the results of a business is gaining ground across all sectors of the global economy. In essence, TBL is based on the theory that companies should spend just as much effort in focusing on social and environmental concerns, as they do on profits. Put simply, TBL […]

Four Seasons resorts in Asia step up environmental efforts

Four Seasons Resorts Asia is an example of a large spa operator which has recognised its responsibility in minimising its impact on the environment and engage in conservation practices. Through local community partnerships, sustainable practices and education, the group’s resorts have committed to creating positive change and to advance environmental initiatives. Among the group’s resorts […]

Whatley Manor bags Sustainable Business Award at UK hospitality industry “Oscars”

Sue Williams collecting Best Sustainable Business Award

Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa has won the Sustainable Business Award of the year at the Cateys – considered the “Oscars” of the UK hospitality industry. The Sustainable Spa Association (SSA) member beat two other finalists – 15Hatfields in London and Hickory Food – for the prestigious award. First held in 1984 and organised by The Caterer magazine, […]

Preidlhof wins prestigious FoodTrekking Award

Upcycling and sustainability inspire new guest experience at Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay, Bali

The holistic eating philosophy deployed at Preidlhof – a Sustainable Spa Association member spa – has been awarded a prestigious FoodTrekking Award. The Merano, Italy-based resort won the award for its culinary approach, described as “Food to heal and stimulate all the senses”. Reserved for guests on a retreat, the new Wellness Healing Gourmet Menu […]

A dose of vitamin Bee…

Spa hotel operator Barons Eden has made a bee-line for an innovative way to help tackle climate change when it comes to sourcing food items. The company – which operates two Sustainable Spa Association member properties (Hoar Cross Hall and Eden Hall) – has installed a number of beehives at its hotels. “At Barons Eden, […]

Q&A: Julia Kleber of KPRN Aqua discusses the importance of water looping, conservation and management

Headshot of Julia Kleber

Given the ever-changing landscape of the water sector, we sat down with Julia Kleber, CEO of KPRN Aqua, to discuss all things water looping, conservation, recycling, and management, and how it applies to the spa and wellness industry. How did KPRN Aqua begin and where was the idea formed? “My background is within the tourism […]

Last chance to sign up for SOTHYS Summit


To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the SOTHYS family is organizing an International Summit on September 27th and 28th 2021 accessible and free to all professionals in the Spa industry. SOTHYS, an important brand partner of the SSA, has long been known for its commitment to research and innovation and is recognized as an expert in […]

Sustainable Spa Association becomes an Ally of the World Benchmarking Alliance

The Sustainable Spa Association (SSA) is this month delighted to become an official Ally of the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) in a bid to enhance and encourage eco-conscious decisions from spa operators and consumers across the globe. With the climate under increasingly more pressure year-on-year, the Sustainable Spa Association is hoping to use its influence, […]

Alberto Apostoli Speaks to the SSA Audience on the Urgency of Climate Action.

Dear members and partners, While there is no room for complacency when it comes to the ongoing pandemic, there are reasons to be optimistic about the future. Among these are the opportunities we have to focus on sustainability in a post-COVID-19 wellness industry, which has been transformed in the past 18 months or so. While […]

SSA and CO2balance to collaborate on carbon reduction

The Sustainable Spa Association has begun working with Co2balance, which operates an extensive portfolio of climate protection projects that deliver benefits to communities throughout Africa.  Co2balance was founded in 2003 by a group of entrepreneurs who recognised the potential of market-based mechanisms – such as carbon offsetting – to tackle climate change and promote sustainable development […]

Plastic Free July campaign a huge success

Throughout July, we encouraged our spa members, brand partners and the wider wellness community to take part in a campaign to reduce plastics in all operations. Primarily, the Plastic Reduction Campaign was a voluntary opportunity for brand partners of the SSA to take part in educating spa operators on the importance – and ever-growing need […]

“Crucial” UN Climate Conference (COP26) to be held in Glasgow

In November, the UK will host an event many believe to be the world’s best “last chance” to get runaway climate change under control – the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference.   These global climate summits – called COPs (‘Conference of the Parties’) – have been organised for nearly three decades. Held in Glasgow from […]

Whatley Manor wins ‘Best Spa for the Eco-conscious’ award from the Good Spa Guide

Building on from its SSA Gold Accreditation success last month, Whatley Manor’s Aquarias Spa has this month had its sustainability credentials validated further, by being named “Best Spa for the Eco-conscious” at the Good Spa Guide 2021 Awards. The Good Spa Guide – the UK’s leading authority on the spa industry – recently unveiled the […]

The fifth World Wellness Weekend – 18-19 September

The annual World Wellness Weekend will this year take place on 18-19 September. Now in its fifth year, the event is expected to feature more than 1,600 venues in 133 countries (957 cities), inspiring and  empowering millions of people to take part in activities promoting wellness.  During the weekend, thousands of wellness, sports, tourism and […]

UN Sustainable Development Goals workshop launched for spa businesses

The Sustainable Spa Association (SSA) has launched a new workshop for spa businesses and hospitality professionals, which will help them align themselves with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and to lead the way to achieving a triple bottom line business. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as Global Goals, are a set of […]