Home to some of the most highly qualified and experienced physicians in the world, Germany has become an industry leader and premier medical hub for Middle Eastern travellers seeking premium, safe and easily accessible healthcare. Year-on-year the medical tourism industry is witnessing a growth of 20-30 percent, with experts predicting the trend to increase to a USD 100 billion dollar sector by the end of 2012 – residents from the UAE alone spend up to USD two billion dollars in healthcare travel annually. Reinforcing this trend is Europe’s leading luxury hotel group: Rocco Forte Hotels, who have witnessed an increase in medical tourism guests within their three Germany-based hotels.
Located within close proximity of Munich’s prominent medical centres, The Charles Hotel of Rocco Forte Hotels offers travellers a ‘home away from home’ as they undergo treatment and/ or surgery. With more than 70 percent of Middle East travellers who stay in the hotel also seeking medical treatment, The Charles Hotel offers a well-established network of clinics and doctors, and maintains a close relationship with Europe Health. This includes referring patients to trusted medical care, and also providing guests with the option of receiving complete follow-up treatment outside of the hospital, in the comfortable atmosphere of the hotel.
“With a high hospital density, Munich has become an attractive destination for patients travelling from the Middle East. In 2011 alone, over 70 percent of our Middle Eastern guests were booking into our hotel for medical stay,” states Frank Heller, General Manager for The Charles Hotel. ”The Charles is ideally positioned to grow alongside this evolving trend – situated in a prime location, we continue to collaborate with the best hospitals and surgeons in the city, offering Middle Eastern guests a ‘home away from home’ while they recuperate in a luxurious and comfortable retreat.”
Heller concludes, “To cater to the specific needs of our Middle East guests, The Charles Hotel has an Arabic Chef on hand, rooms have a copy of the Koran and prayer mat, and there is an outdoor courtyard where guests can enjoy shisha. Other exclusive services include our personal limousine service and in-house medical concierge.”
Rocco Forte’s Villa Kennedy hotel also provides the perfect sanctuary for medical travellers. Located in the cosmopolitan hub of Frankfurt, the hotel works closely with renowned specialist, Dr. Ulrich Mondorf, an expert in many illnesses that are widespread and extremely common across the Middle East – diabetes, renal and coronary heart disease. Offering tailor-made check-ups for Middle Eastern visitors, Dr. Mondorf provides international patients with high-quality medical care in a comfortable outpatient environment – allowing guests to relax and recuperate in a 5-star environment. An ideal escape for the recovery phase, the hotel’s spa – The Villa Spa –provides various programmes and packages such as the Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), a gentle massage that is intended to encourage the natural circulation of the lymp through the body.
Also benefiting from this trend is Hotel de Rome in Berlin. This up and coming medical destination is home to DRK Kliniken –one of the city’s five leading hospitals. Specialising in a wide range of treatments, patients travel from the Middle East for consultations with experienced doctors on all types of cancer, hip replacement surgery, orthopaedics and trauma surgery. Located within walking distance of all five hospitals, Rocco Forte's Hotel de Rome is the perfect place for travelling guests to convalesce. The luxurious hotel boasts 146 large rooms, including the 120 sq m Bebel suite which has a full-length terrace overlooking Bebelplatz. Hotel de Rome’s exquisite restaurants and spa also lends itself to the travelling patient, making their stay not only comfortable, but pleasurable.
For further information on Rocco Forte Hotels’ medical tourism offerings you can log onto www.roccofortehotels.com