CARING ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT. BASED ON TRADITION. TAKING RESPONSIBILITY.
We have always had a special relationship with nature and its treasures. This is rooted in our history, which dates back to 1907 and started with Pastor Emanuel Felke. He knew about the importance and effectiveness of the natural elements of light, air, water and earth and used them to maintain and develop health. Even today, knowledge of the power and value of nature is strongly rooted in our corporate culture. Sustainability, environmental protection and resource conservation play an important role for us. This is reflected in many facets, from the construction and operation of our hotel, to the selection of food, to a holistic health concept that guests encounter in almost every single one of our arrangements and offers.
Sustainability at BollAnts Spa in the Park
The BollAnts lies between lush hills and the river. Among our grounds are 120,000 square metres of exclusively woods and meadows. Every little expansion leads to us designating retention areas that are subject to natural conservation and promote indigenous plant and animal species.
All new construction measures meet the highest energy efficiency requirements, are optimally heat insulated and are therefore especially energy-saving.
Our listing has been nearly 90% converted to LED technology, and is both timer- and movement-controlled in order to avoid unnecessary energy consumption.
The BollAnts primarily mixes its energy demand with a proprietary pellets heating system (up to 350 tonnes of pellets per year), as well as natural gas (CHP).
In addition to these CO2-neutral energy sources, Hermannshof is equipped with a photovoltaic system that generates additional green energy for our own use.
We supply our especially water-intensive garden and park grounds with our own house spring.
Waste water is passed into the sewer via an elaborate pumping system below the Nahe Bridge in order to conserve the natural waters.
Since our founding, our BollAnts - holiday philosophy has lived with the elements of nature: This includes the effects of the Bad Sobernheim medicinal clay, applications with warm and cold water, activity in fresh air and in the sun. Not many intensive regeneration days are needed in our lovely ambiance. Even our yoga and meditation workshops take place on the “yoga terrace” with awnings, right on the river.
In the BollAnts waste is not just strictly separated and disposed of, but also - if possible - processed further regionally. We work together with “Refood”, who collect our food waste and further process it as animal feed. Even leftover cooking fat is collected in a barrel and reconditioned by “Refood” as an energy source (www.refood.de)!
Through purchasing cooperations with neighbouring hotels, the journeys for fresh food are reduced! Purchasing from regional producers and bulk purchases will reduce travel distances for fresh food!
As a member of the regional brand “SooNahe”, we draw on the best products from the Soonwald, the Hunsrück and the Nahe. Regional farms, wine press houses, bakeries, butcher's shops and other food operations stand for quality and variety, direct from the producer (www.soonahe.de).
It goes without saying that we do not use preservatives in our homemade dishes. The products consist only of natural ingredients. Many of our seasonal herbs come from our own herb gardens. We use 90% organic and Fairtrade ingredients when preparing our dishes. The introduction of the extended breakfast offer has set new standards. The already extensive range of organic and regional products has been expanded to include vegetarian and vegan alternatives. In addition, consistent attention is paid to the reduction of waste, waste separation and the use of reusable packaging.
Our SPA department uses products of the Vinoble Cosmetics brand from Styria for body treatments. The products for women and men are based on natural active ingredients from grapes. All products of the brand, which bears the seal of the Vegan Society, are free of parabens, paraffins, PEG substances, synthetic dyes and hormone-activating substances. The packaging is made of glass and wood. No plastic is used for shipping. VINOBLE COSMETICS - Official Shop | Vegan Spa Cosmetics (vinoble-cosmetics.at)
Our bathrooms are equipped with organic products (Handwash and Hair&Body Shampoo) of the brand Rituals, available in reusable pump dispensers made of recycled PET. Only three to four dispensers per product need to be replaced per room each year, reducing the overall plastic waste. (Rituals)
In our in-house laundry we clean our bathrobes and terry cloths to avoid unnecessary traffic pollution from rented laundry. Our detergents and cleaning agents are environmentally friendly, and their dosages are regularly checked.
Our new Halenberg garages ensure an environmentally sparing arrival and departure with charging stations for e-cars. With our high-quality bicycles and e-bikes, we make it possible for our guests to explore the region in a way that is both close to nature and health-promoting!
Environmentally friendly building materials are used in our company. To a great extent, for example, we utilise recycled wood from Europe for furniture and facility equipment. Wherever it works, we use antique furniture and materials instead of new products, also in terms of wall panellings, floorings and claddings.
For new facilities we prefer high-quality, oiled, solid wood instead of lacquered veneer on press boards (due to pollutant emissions).
And particularly important, of course: the Nahe wine. It is our greatest concern in the beverage sector that not wines from Australia or Chile be drank, but rather the truly unique, top-class regional vintners who are globally renowned, especially when it comes to Rieslings.
Our tip: Try out the Nahe’s vintner sparkling wine instead of champagne, or red wine from the Nahe instead of from abroad - you’ll be surprised what kind of quality is possible just outside your own door!
A total of 38 residential units are available to our staff directly in Bad Sobernheim. In addition to being within walking distance, the company also ensures sustainable mobility with job bikes.
All cleaning products are microplastic-free and biodegradable. For all products used in our hotel, we pay attention to the consistent reduction of waste, waste separation and the preferred use of reusable packaging.
At BollAnts, our team benefits from career progression and tailor-made development opportunities. In addition to the holistic and sustainable training of our employees, we attach great importance to their professional and personal development. In regular training courses, we prepare them optimally for their tasks - from day one. In addition, modern formats such as e-learning or online live training complement our training concept. If an employee is in poor health, Dr. med. Axel Bolland from our Felke Med practice also provides advice on health matters.