Not sure which spa to visit next year?
Then pay attention to the recently announced World Spa award winners.
The World Spa Awards – a global initiative to celebrate and reward excellence in the spa and wellness sector – has announced the highly-anticipated winners for 2022. The World Spa Awards serves to celebrate and reward excellence in spa and wellness tourism through its annual awards program, and aims to inspire exceptional standards and connect spa consumers with the best in spa and wellness tourism.
Mandarin Oriental took the prestigious title “World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand” for the first time. The brand’s excellence was mirrored with12 Mandarin Oriental individual spas around the world winning an impressive number of award titles.
Miraval Resorts & Spas won “World’s Best Wellness Retreat Brand’ with Miraval Arizona, Miraval Austin and Miraval Berkshires collecting wellness retreat titles in their respective states. I have to say that I totally agree with this assessment. Last year I visited Miraval Berkshires – where the oh-so-comfortable bed practically took my breath away. It was divine. One of the other things that Miraval does for guests, is to have you write yourself an “Aha” letter describing your new discoveries while there – which the spa will send to you at home, a few months down the road, to remind you of your spa journey and goals. It’s brilliant marketing, and a great souvenir of your spa visit – and it gets you ready for your next booking.
With its holistic approach to health and wellness, Clinique La Prairie Aesthetics & Medical Spa at The St. Regis Bangkok was voted “World’s Best Day Spa.” The Ritz-Carlton Spa Maldives, Fari Islands, a paradise sanctuary inspired by the earth’senergy, collected “World’s Best Resort Spa.”
Destination winners include Dubai, with its dazzling array of both traditional and leading-edge treatments, named “World’s Best Spa Destination.” Arizona retained its title for “North America’s Best Spa Destination” and also claimed the world title “World’s Best Wellness Destination.”
Spain’s leading-edge SHA Wellness Clinic clinched the title “World’s Best Wellness Clinic,” while Italy’s Palazzo Fiuggi, located on an ancient hilltop overlooking the medieval spa town of Fiuggi, took the title “World’s Best Wellness Retreat.”
In the newcomer categories, Auriga Wellness at Capella Bangkok picked up the coveted title for “World’s Best New Hotel Spa,” The Spa at Regent Phu Quoc, Vietnam emerged as “World’s Best New Resort Spa,” and Saudi Arabia’s burgeoning wellness scene was acknowledged with Habitas AlUla winning “World’s Best New Wellness Retreat.”
And – Achtung, baby — Lanserhof Tegernsee, Germany was voted “World’s Best Medical Spa.” Though I don’t know for sure, I think it’s safe to say you’ll get a fantastic injectable facelift there.
The announcement follows a year-long search for the world’s top spa and wellness brands. Votes were cast by industry professionals, the media and the general public.
Rebecca Cohen, Managing Director, World Spa Awards, says: “ “With another year of stand-out winners we look forward to encouraging the continuing surge in spa and wellness bookings as travelers seek out authentic, luxury spa and wellness experiences.”
So get out your passport – and get ready for a plethora of posh pamperings.
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