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For your mind, body and… wallet – a spa investment could be just what the doctor ordered
October 18, 2013Article by Ray Withers
The global spa and wellness industry is, simply put, massive. According to the recent report from the inaugural Global Wellness Tourism Congress, wellness tourism is already worth a staggering $439 billion, which represents 14% of total global tourism revenues. The same study showed that spa and wellness tourism is expected to outstrip other forms of tourism in terms of its growth rate over the next few years, increasing to a market size of $678.5 billion by just 2017.
A healthy industry
Within Germany, the wellness industry is developing in line with these global figures. The country’s health and wellness sales increased by 2% in 2012, bringing the value of its wellness market up to €4.5 billion. Both domestic and international visitors enjoyed some of Germany’s leading spas during the year, escaping the pressures of modern life and healing their bodies, minds and spirits while on holiday.
As the internet and smartphones make the hectic pace of life almost inescapable, spa holidays are becoming increasingly popular and Germany is certainly stepping up to the plate in terms of developing world-class facilities with which to tempt those in need of a little pampering.
A healthy return
Understandably, the booming wellness industry is attracting investors as well as tourists. Nestled away in the Bavarian mountains, the Alpen Club is the perfect example of a leading investment opportunity within this sector.
Home to the exquisite, Asian-inspired Karma Spa, AlpenClub is in the privileged position of having been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the last two years running. Visitors to the spa are unsurprised by this news, given the sublime facilities. With an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam bath and year-round garden access, the Karma Spa offers organic, curative treatments from massages and Bavarian rituals to signature Himalayan crystal journeys.
For those looking to enhance the condition of their wallets as well as their bodies, a limited number of 4* hotel rooms are available for investment at AlpenClub, from £47,198. With a 10 year fixed return leaseback and 10.33% average NET yield assured, this opportunity is not expected to be open for long.