Wellness dictionary

Little ABC for your spa-break questions ...

In their treatment discriptions, wellness hotels often use technical terms, which are hard to understand for potential guests. We have therefore collected and defined the most relevant terms in our small wellness ABC. A tip: Our wellness dictionary also supports word requests. You don't need to know the exact wording.

Wellness  -  A holistic lifestyle

Wellness as a lifestyle idea is always considered as a holistic one. It involves body, mind, spirit and environment equally. Those who allow wellness into their lives improve quality of life. It improves general fitness, the ability to relax and to handle stress. It improves our knowledge of eating a healthy diet as well improving our vitality and wellbeing in general.

The expression wellness originates from the Anglo - American idea.  It is a combination of the words wellbeing, fitness and happiness. From the middle of the 20th century, 'wellness' began to be known worldwide as a holistic health expression. Doctor Donald Ardell, the founder of the wellness movement in the US, considers wellness as a lifestyle and a philosophy:

"Wellness is partly a lifestyle and on the other hand an attitude towards life and beyond a philosophy of life. Wellness means to be aware of your inner self and to aim for personal excellence. Wellness is based on having a clear sense of responsibility for our health as well as our quality of life in general. Wellness includes physical, psychological and mental aspects of our existence. A wellness lifestyle is a kind of hedonism. If this is developed and improved with awareness through new experiences, new knowledge and changing conditions, then new perspectives open up in a dramatic way for a good and fulfilling life. This includes personal achievement in areas like fitness, time and stress management and self esteem as well as a constructive awareness of your inner self. Wellness requires a never ending curiosity for new goals, values and the meaning of life."

This service is offered by the following hotels


Göbel's Landhotel

Upland I Sauerland I Nordhessen

S 94%

LIFESTYLE Resort Zum Kurfürsten

Mittelmosel I Rheinland-Pfalz

S 91%

Strandhotel Ostseeblick

Ostsee | Insel Usedom


Grand Hotel Binz

Ostsee I Insel Rügen

S 93%

Romantik Hotel Freund & Spa Resort

Südliches Sauerland I Nordhessen


Familienhotel Sonnenpark

Sauerland I Nordhessen


Hubertus Alpin Lodge & Spa

Allgäu - Balderschwang


Vitalia Seehotel

Holsteinische Schweiz I Segeberger Seen I Schleswig Holstein

S 90%

Waldhotel Tannenhäuschen

Niederrhein I Nordrhein-Westfalen

S 87%

Land Gut Höhne

Rheinland I Neanderthal I Nordrhein-Westfalen

S 90%

Hotel Heinz


S 90%

Spa & Resorthotel Georgshöhe

Insel Norderney I Nordsee


Hotel Neptun

Warnemünde I Ostsee

S 81%

ambassador hotel & spa

Nordfriesland | Wattenmeer


Das Paradies

Vinschgau | Südtirol

S 92%

Seezeitlodge Hotel & Spa

Nationalpark Hunsrück-Hochwald

S 83%

Seeschlößchen | Ayurveda & Naturresort

Niederlausitz I Lausitzer Seenland l Oberspreewald I Brandenburg

S 84%

Boutique Hotel Badehof

Osthessen | Rhön-Vogelsberg


Lundenbergsand Hideaway & Spa

Nordfriesland | Wattenmeer


Jammertal Golf & Spa-Resort

Naturpark Haard | Münsterland