What Do Consumers Want in a Wellness Experience?

See “Authentic Wellness Design” presented by architect Robert D. Henry at the Hotel & Spa Forum 2023 – a Keynote presentation at George-V Hotel, in Paris France.

Experience five recently completed case studies in the video above, that deliver authentic wellness design creating that ultimate transformative experience for guests.

The pursuit of authentic wellness experiences has become a driving force in the design of our spaces. By adopting a holistic approach and embracing nature we can offer transformative experiences that resonate deeply with wellness seekers. These thoughtful and immersive designs not only cater to the physical needs of guests but also nourish their minds and souls, leaving them with lasting memories and a renewed sense of well-being.


What do “wellness seekers” want?  

The overwhelming response is a reset and reconnection with nature.


Authentic Wellness Design - Mohonk Mountain House - Robert D Henry Architects

Recent Case Study: Mohonk Mountain House

Mohonk Mountain House is a historic and iconic resort founded in 1869. The Smiley family has owned and operated the destination and has erned a reputation as one of the finest Victorian resorts

in the United States. The resort’s stunning location on the shores of Lake Mohonk, surrounded by pristine wilderness, makes it a haven for nature enthusiasts and wellness seekers alike. It has been our pleasure to work with Mohonk Mountain House to craft it’s uniquely rustic “summer-house” and state-of-the-art wellness spa, where visitors can indulge in rejuvenating treatments and therapies.

One of the main draws of Mohonk Mountain House is its extensive array of recreational activities and wellness offerings. Guests can explore over 85 miles of hiking trails, go rock climbing, paddle on the lake, or take scenic carriage rides.

With its enchanting setting, historical charm, and commitment to providing transformative experiences, Mohonk Mountain House continues to be a cherished destination that captivates the hearts of travelers seeking relaxation, adventure, and a genuine connection with nature.


Authentic Wellness Design - QC Terme NYC - Robert D Henry Architects
Courtesy QC-NY

Our Holistic Approach to Authentic Wellness Design:

In the realm of wellness design, the overall concept of “wellness” has transcended the mere provision of spa services and fitness facilities. Today, wellness seekers are drawn to transformative experiences that encompass a holistic approach to well-being.

Instead of focusing solely on physical aspects, modern wellness consumers seek an integration of mind, body, and soul during their experience. The authentic wellness design in our projects is reflected in that methodology and caters to this demand, offering seekers an opportunity to rejuvenate and reconnect with themselves on a deeper level.

To achieve a holistic approach, wellness-focused properties have shifted their paradigms. They have transitioned from being mere service providers to becoming facilitators of wellness journeys.

By addressing various facets of wellness, we can create spaces where guests can escape the pressures of their daily lives and immerse themselves in transformative experiences. Such attention to personalization empowers guests to focus on specific areas they wish to enhance, leading to more profound and meaningful outcomes.

Nature Connection in Authentic Wellness Design:

Amidst the hustle and bustle of urban life, many wellness seekers crave a deeper connection with nature to find solace and balance. Authentic wellness design must embrace the biophilic approach, which integrates natural elements into the built environment. Whether it’s lush greenery, flowing water features, or ample natural light, these elements evoke a sense of tranquility and harmony with the surroundings.

Biophilic design principles go beyond aesthetics; they aim to improve guests’ well-being by reducing stress levels, enhancing cognitive function, and promoting relaxation.