(photo courtesy of Nick Hopper)
5. Your target is the early adopter of healthy living trends, what do you think they look for when travelling?
J: A chance to get out in the open, some pampering using high quality chemical free products, an authentic experience - a cooking lesson by the chef or walking the grounds and learning the history/story behind the hotel, good food using local ingredients, fresh air and lots of nature!
6. How could hotels easily promote healthy eating in their menus?
M: If people see it, they want it, so promoting it on all menus, not just in spa menus is a great place to start.
J: Yes and celebrating locally-sourced ingredients and well-known dishes from the area is also a good way to embed it into the location and theme of the hotel, so it doesn’t feel like you’re on holiday eating ‘boring’ food - you’re enjoying real, delicious, top quality food that is traditional to where you are and also wonderful for you. So you’ll come home feeling energised and refreshed as opposed to feeling like you need a post-holiday detox!
7. What are hotels lacking at the moment for you in terms of food offerings?
J+M: The mini bar is always a bit dodgy! We go to gorgeous hotels, boasting eco credentials and a healthy menu and then in the room we are faced with the usual tuck shop that you find all over the world, like crisps, commercial chocolate bars and fizzy drinks. Hotels think that this is standard fare but they need to lead the way - people go to hotels for an experience so it would be so much more exciting to see what unusual treats they can rustle up from locals etc. instead.
8. You started the bone broth phenomenon, what do you think the next trend in healthy eating will be?
J+M: We’re all about basing meals on veggies, so noodles, spaghetti and rice made from veggies are definitely a thing! We launched our spiralizer back in 2015 and it’s changed the nation. We get so many emails from people whose hubbies/kids/mums have got the spiralizing bug and started replacing the refined pastas and rice with veggies covered in their favourite sauces. Not only are you getting more whole foods in, but it’s fun in the kitchen and means that even if your knife skills leave a lot to be desired, you can still whip up a beautiful dish of veggies into a meal. It’s certainly a talking point at the dining table!
9. In your opinion, which hotel or place does wellness best?
J: Kamalaya in Koh Samui is a fantastic place to unwind and find your mojo - they have a brand new fitness facility as well as yoga and meditation galore. The food is incredible - especially the delicious breakfast buffet! Como Shambhala is well known as a luxury wellness spa escape and I’ve got my eye on Clover Mill, a yoga and ayurvedic spot in Malvern, Worcestershire that has Eco Lodges, workshops and retreats.
M: Song Saa Island in Cambodia and I’m really looking forward to exploring Tulum in Mexico, I’ve had so many recommendations from friends who have had incredible experiences there.