Many visitors came for the well known Curative Mud Therapy and the newly developed grape seed oil treatments. Others were attracted to the detoxification program supervised by the spa’s homeopathic physician. For those in search of more common options, the spa housed multiple treatment rooms, sauna, Rasul steam room, and a cafe.
During our two-day stay at the hotel and spa property, my husband and I visited the facilities and sampled its signature treatments. We had a self administered mud treatment and a grape seed oil treatment each. We liked the handsome family owned spa for its spacious and modern facilities, friendly staff and varied treatment options.
Handicapped Access The facilities were not enabled for disabled guests.
Location In the village of Bad Sobernheim about one hour’s drive from Frankfurt, Germany
Owned-Managed Jan Bolland and Janine Bolland-Georg
Size The spa had 17 treatment rooms and two suites in 2,000 square meters of space, and employed 40 staff.
Special Training Staff had German massage or physiotherapy certification. The in house vinotherapy treatments were taught by the spa manager. For other treatments such as Ayurveda therapy and Shiatsu staff were certified in Germany or Asia.
Year Opened-Renovated The spa opened in 2007.
Facilities The Bollant Spa had a 40 square meter fitness center with seven machines. The 2,000 square meter spa housed saunas, steam bath, hot pool (outside and heated to 37 degrees Celsius), mini roof top pool (outside and heated to 34 degrees Celsius), indoor swimming pool (heated to 28 degrees Celsius), spa bistro, meditation room, cocoon lounge, silent rooms with open fire, aquarium and water beds, gym and mud bath.
Pool The pool was 8 by 3.73 meters and 1. 35 meters deep.
Other Lockers and treatment sessions were coed, including those that required nudity. For example, the mud treatment was in a mixed group setting with men and women, all fully undressed, who self applied mud and shared a steam room and shower area.
There was an onsite homeopathic doctor at the Medical Spa which offered Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments as well as Buchinger, Kneipp, acupuncture, gluten free diet options, kinesiology, Felke, anti-aging, fastening and detoxing therapies.
Date Of Review March 2009
Number Of Treatments We had two treatments with a therapist and two self applied mud treatments.
Reviewers Article by Elena del Valle
Photos by Gary Cox
Would You Return? Yes
The mud used in the treatments, believed to have healing powers and aid the stimulation of blood circulation, and stop aches and inflammations, was mined from a near-by mud reserve and processed by hand on the property. We had an opportunity to see the raw material brought in wheelbarrows to be processed by spa staff. The mud treatment we had was self applied within a coed steam room. After a few minutes in the steam room we each applied the mud on our bodies. After 20 minutes Edith Theiss (who performed my grape seed oil moisturizing treatment) turned on the cold shower heads inside the steam room. Once we had rinsed off the mud we dried ourselves, applied moisturizing grape seed oil to counter the drying effect of the mud on our skin and went in search of a place to relax. We had some time to relax in between treatments so we searched for a quiet corner to call our own. Upstairs, all the loungers and waterbeds were taken so we had a cup of tea each in the spa bistro and headed back to our room.