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Healing Hotels Launches Curated Urban Collection


Healing Hotels of the World has launched Urban Healing Hotels, a new division in their hospitality group. This invitation-only collection supports travelers’ desire to bring their holistic lifestyle along wherever they go—encouraging rejuvenation of body, mind, and spirit even if that is not the focus of their stay. The collection is composed of luxury hotels in urban settings that provide moments of respite from the frenetic demands of city travel. 

“Even before the pandemic, we were fielding an increasing number of inquiries about city-based hotel recommendations,” says Elisabeth Ixmeier, co-Founder of Healing Hotels of the World. “But health and wellbeing has become even more of a personal priority for many during the pandemic. As we get back to traveling, the Urban Healing Hotels certification will provide a clear distinction that will help urban hotels set themselves apart from the competition in the flourishing market of health and healing.”

Healing Hotels has developed a set of standards specifically for urban hotels to become Healing Certified. Member hotels will receive help with delivering holistic guest experiences, community building, and creating a healing atmosphere. This includes guidelines for a Healing Concierge who is knowledgeable about health and wellbeing-related information and requests; a Healing Happy Hour program that creates community through mindful conversation; and vibrational space clearing of common areas and hotel rooms.

“The vision to create a global hospitality brand focused on healing came straight from my heart,” says Anne Biging, co-founder of Healing Hotels of the World. “To be frank, I did not think of it as a business, but rather as a movement where hotels play a pivotal role. They help people find that which is most valuable in a human life: health and happiness. For many years, we’ve researched and developed comprehensive proprietary standards for what true healing experiences entail, guidelines that move far beyond what others define as wellness. And while we initially focused our efforts on resort hotels, we’re now answering a new demand, as we extend our focus into luxury urban hotels. We hope this will also serve to help those many city-based hotels who have historically relied on business travel and meetings to tap into a new kind of client—one that will provide higher revenue and rate stability. On top of all this, an all-inclusive holistic wellbeing strategy has the added benefit of creating a culture of workplace wellbeing, which directly benefits personnel.”

About The Author

Julie is the co-founder of Well Defined and a longtime influencer and advocate in the wellness world. Along with her work at Well Defined, she is an executive recruiter and marketing specialist for Hutchinson Consulting. She is also a consultant and content strategist for numerous wellness brands. She is the former editor-in-chief and publisher of American Spa and was named a 2019 Folio Top Woman in Media in the Industry Trailblazers category and a 2018 winner of ISPA’s Innovate Award. She is also a seasoned journalist, specializing in spa, travel, health, fitness, wellness, sustainability, and beauty. She has been published in Departures,, E! Online,, Insider’s Guide to Spas, Luxury Travel Advisor, Marin Magazine, Ocean Home, Smart Meetings, Spa Asia, and Travel Agent.