As a part of our Swiss Professional Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, this spa management degree major prepares you to lead teams and oversee daily operations in a medical or day spa business.
Students will learn operational spa management techniques with a unique approach that integrates soft skills and highlights the sensory and emotional factors of the spa and wellness industry. It combines the affective (concerning feelings and emotion) and scientific approach to meet and exceed customer expectations.
You will learn self-reflection, gain independence, develop self-confidence and sharpen empathy and professionalism, preparing you for your role as both host and engineer of the spa landscape.
You will start with a global overview of the spa and wellness industry to:
You will learn the backgrounds and benefits of wellness and spa products and services that have evolved from traditional rituals, such as:
In this module, you will learn to create a harmonious spa experience that invites the guest to relax and enjoy, including how to:
In this business development-focused module, you will learn how to:
A spa business' success depends largely on the quality and dedication of a well-trained staff, so in this module you will learn:
EHL Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality Graduate, 2020
Wellness & Spa Management Major
I choose this course because more and more people are looking for experiences with a high feel-good factor and want to be both physically and mentality healthy, so the wellness tourism is definitely a trend to consider in the hotel industry.
During my classes I discovered all facets of the global spa industry: from the history of health rituals depending on cultural aspects to the branding of spa, the spa equipment or even the spa architecture! However, what I enjoyed the most was the mix of classes on campus and the field trips to spa and wellness properties in Switzerland such as Lenzerheide Schweierhof or Vals Hotel 7132 which are near the campus and world references in the domain. Needless to say that Switzerland as a country, with all its lakes, mountains and natural thermal springs is one of the best destination for wellness tourism so it makes total sense for me to study there.
Director of Spa and Wellbeing at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz
Most recently, the German-born spa manager spent almost six years at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. He studied spa management at the Chiva Som Academy in Thailand and holds a Hospitality Management Certificate from Cornell University in cooperation with Nanyang Technical University in Singapore.
Waldhotel Health & Medical Excellence
Bürgenstock Resort, Switzerland
In the Waldhotel Health & Medical Excellence an interdisciplinary team of experts takes care of the health and well-being of the guests at the highest level.
The expertise includes diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitation services, supplemented by prevention programs. Swiss hotel hospitality of exceptional quality, state-of-the-art medical concepts and outstanding architecture combine in the Waldhotel Health & Medical Excellence to create a place of healing and relaxation.
For more than 30 years, Lanserhof has been setting standards in modern medicine, paving the way to a healthier life.
In decades of research, the Lanserhof team has developed a future oriented and unique health concept: The LANS MED CONCEPT is an intelligent symbiosis of modern medicine, naturopathy, validated therapy methods and the latest scientific research, all based in a pleasant atmosphere. This sensitive combination is intended to help guests to regenerate physically and mentally and rid themselves of unnecessary ballast. Thanks to this concept, Lanserhof is now Europe's leader in regenerative and preventive medicine.
The bath, built by architect Peter Zumthor from local quartzite, is located where the only thermal mineral spring in Graubünden originates. The work is of timeless quality and simple elegance. It recalls the original experience of bathing: the contact with the stone and the differently warm water.
The 7132 Therme in Vals opens the senses to scents and sounds, to the ritual of bathing.
Majestic mountain peaks surround the Heidsee lake sparkling in the valley below. Here, in the heart of the Grisons mountains, is the Hotel Schweizerhof with its Mountain Spa.
Those seeking relaxation will find the largest hotel hammam in the entire Alpine region.
"People seek experiences and want all their senses to be stimulated. This is particularly relevant for health and wellness tourism, where guests have very specific expectations and needs. Therefore, our program combines best practices of medicine and hospitality to offer guests a high-quality experience in all respects."