Tag Archives: sustainable

Sustainable, Beauty and the Spa Industry. Our Q&A with Davide Bollati, Chair of Davines Group

Davide Bollati, chair of Davines Group, is a true pioneer of sustainability. He joined Davines, his family company, in 1992, having first completed a degree in pharmacy from Parma University and a masters in cosmetic science from Farleigh Dickinson University in the US.  His leadership of Davines, the parent company of SSA brand partner Comfort […]

Renewable and self-generating energy solutions – what are they?

An increasing number of businesses are waking up to the benefits of using renewable energy. As well as dramatically reducing carbon footprints, many of the modern renewables can also provide huge savings in energy costs, especially in the long run. And as we’ve all seen with the recent volatility in the gas and oil markets, […]

Barons Eden completes £14million investment in Hoar Cross Hall refurbishment

Hoar Cross Hall, the Barons Eden-owned luxury hotel and spa located in the heart of Staffordshire, has reopened its doors following an extensive £14 million refurbishment. Known as one of Europe’s largest and most luxurious spas, and a Staffordshire gem, the refurb saw the 150-year-old property’s 97 bedrooms, three restaurants, award-winning full-service spa and communal […]

SSA Co-Founder Lucy Brialey named on “50 Good Souls” list

Sustainable Spa Association Co-Founder, Lucy Brialey, has this month appeared on Good Soul Hunting’s, “The 50 Good Souls” list after being hand-selected as part of the executive search company’s week-long first birthday celebrations. The list, which compiles 50 people to have shaped their industry over the past 12 months, includes a range of successful entrepreneurs, […]

Greater consumer sustainability options with Sustainable Spa Association partnership with Spabreaks.com

With almost three-quarters of spas realising the importance of environmental issues to consumers, the Sustainable Spa Association is delighted to continue its successful partnership with spa booking company Spabreaks.com. The organisations share common values and goals, aiming to provide and enhance the number of established spa operators in becoming an environmentally friendly force for change. […]

Fifth annual World Wellness Weekend a big success

The latest edition of the annual World Wellness Weekend has been declared a huge success, with millions of people around the world taking part in activities during the three days from 17 to 19 September 2021. The event promotes healthy lifestyles through safe, fun and free activities, in alignment with the United Nations’ third Sustainable […]

Hoar Cross Hall appoints new Managing Director to take the helm

Barons Eden, the luxury hotel and spa group which owns Staffordshire retreat, Hoar Cross Hall, and Nottinghamshire Day Spa, Eden Hall, has announced the appointment of new Managing Director of Hoar Cross Hall, Michael Stott. Stott has over 30 years’ experience in the leisure, travel and hospitality industry, having previously held senior positions at a […]

Davines launches Rethinking Plastic campaign

The Davines Group has launched a global campaign aimed at preventing 100 tons of plastic from reaching the sea. Davines – the parent firm of Sustainable Spa Association brand partner Comfort Zone – will work in partnership with social enterprise Plastic Bank on the campaign.  Plastic Bank was set up to prevent plastic ending up in the […]

Tracy Brasenell speaks to SSA on long-term sustainability improvements by staff

Sustainability has never been more important than it currently is, in our ever-changing, COVID-19-disrupted world.  As employers, we’ve seen first hand how members across our teams have become even more engaged in sustainability and more mindful of their own impact on the planet – partly due to the pandemic. Therefore, it is a great opportunity […]

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, […]

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 […]