Wellness is one of the key elements of every good congress experience. Businesspeople who travel to different countries to attend trade shows or conferences, like to have an extra personal experience of the hosting destination. And the experience goes through all body’s senses. Apart from gastronomic, cultural and other activities accompanying congress programme, it is the wellness & spa activity which is becoming a major trend in the tourism industry today and an indispensable component of MICE industry as well.

We wanted to see how Terme Maribor, the Styrian leading tourist service provider and the owner of 5 hotels, one restaurant and several Travel shops, which excels in providing top congress services and other business activities, is treating their congress guests in terms of wellness offer. They offer several wellbeing saloons, among which you can choose between the Wellness SPA centre Habakuk, Wellness Centre Bellevue, Relaxation centre Piramida and Thermal centre Fontana. We decided to visit the Wellness SPA centre Habakuk, at the Habakuk hotel and try to unravel the secret of a successful and distinguished wellness program.

At the Habakuk Wellness Spa centre it’s all about the relaxation of body and soul. This is a nice and convenient description that goes well with the location of the centre. Namely, the wellness centre is situated at the foothill of Pohorje mountain which rises right above the city of Maribor, reaching over 1500 m of altitude. This natural resort offers breath-taking natural sights and intact ecosystems and it seems that the spa centre incorporated the idea of proximity of nature into their spa offer, enabling their guests to step out of the city’s hustle and bustle and submerse instantly into a serene and peaceful natural (spa) environment. You will be surprised by the multitude of services they provide: from body (anti-cellulite and massage treatments, ultrasound removal of fat, etc.) and face treatments to other relaxing therapeutic treatments. There is a team of highly qualified experts, under the supervision of the spa manager Mitja Simčič, who will put all their efforts and knowledge to make your spa experience the best one yet.

But the key to a successful treatment is not just about performance but also in the products, used in the spa salon. The Habakuk wellness centre bets on the luxury cosmetics brand BABOR from the company BABOR cosmetics, Germany. Since 1956 the company produces a line of innovative and professional skin care products and has established itself as one of the strongest brands in the world of professional cosmetics. Terme Maribor Ltd. also discovered the beneficent effects of the Babor cosmetics and has been its exclusive representative in Slovenia since 2006.

According to Habakuk Wellness centre’s experts, “BABOR is synonymous for a high quality cosmetics providing top skin results, in particular. Every year, the BABOR cosmetics also wins at least one prestigious award for quality products in the field of facial or body cosmetics, which gives us (Terme Maribor and its wellness centres) an additional recognition of being the representatives of one of the best cosmetics brands in the world”.

Here are some of the most wanted and best sold Babor products:
A combination of products: HY-OL-cleansing oils and herbs Phytoactiva-face for facial cleansing
– Multi Active Vitamin ampoules for extra face care (Babor was the first in the world that has produced ampoules for the face and is a leading manufacturer in this field)
-DOCTOR BABOR Collagen Booster Cream For mature skin care
– Powder De Luxe Face BABOR for makeup

So, next time you attend a congress or any other event organised in the city of Maribor give yourself a treat and visit their wellness centres. And if you’re staying at the Habakuk hotel don’t be surprised if a welcome gift awaits you in your room, consisting of several BABOR cosmetic products (an energizing shower gel with the scent of limes and tangerines, a shaping daily hand cream and essential moisturizing face cream with aloe Vera) that will pamper you during your travels.





A long-time meetings industry addict, Gorazd is the Founder and owner of marketing and event agency Toleranca Marketing. He has many years of experience in planning, preparing and carrying out large international meetings and exhibitions. As the founder of the "Power to the Meetings" methodology, he still firmly believes in the power of live events and human to human communication. He is also the author of numerous articles and editor-in-chief of the meetings industry magazine Kongres Magazine.