Spafinder Wellness 365 Unveils Winners of 2015 Wellness Travel Awards across Six Continents, 43 Countries/Regions and 20 Categories
• Eighty-Six Percent of Country/Region Award Winners Won for the First Time
• Wellness Travel Properties in Asia Have Record Showing
• Best UK Spa Awarded to ESPA Life at the Corinthia Hotel, London
Spafinder Wellness 365 has announced the winners of the 2015 Wellness Travel Awards at a press event held at the World Travel Market in London. Inaugurated in 2014, the Wellness Travel Awards recognise the demand for healthier travel options and honour hotels, resorts, destination spas and retreats worldwide offering the best wellness holidays and experiences.
Winners were selected by a panel of 33 travel and wellness industry editors and experts, who nominated 504 properties for consideration before narrowing the field to finalists in 53 countries and regions, and by consumers who voted for their favourite locations across 20 categories. All Wellness Travel Award winners can be seen at www.wellnesstravelawards.com.
Reflecting the rapid growth and diversity of the wellness travel landscape, of the 43 properties winning Country/Region Awards, only six were winners in 2014. Notably, properties in Asia garnered 35 of the 200 top accolades across the 20 Category Awards.
For the first time in 2015, a selection of new categories were added to the Category Awards including Medical Services, Anti-Aging, Yoga, Wow Factor and Eco-Friendly to reflect the changing landscape of the wellness tourism industry.
Awards were presented by Mia Kyricos, chief brand officer of Spafinder Wellness, Inc.®, alongside Spafinder Wellness COO John Bevan, to the top properties in three categories: Crystal Awards, top properties on six (habitable) continents; Country/Region Awards, top properties in 43 countries/regions; and Category Awards, top 10 spas, hotels/resorts and retreats that offer exceptional wellness experiences in 20 special categories, such as “Best New Spa & Wellness Property” and “Best Overall Healthy Living Program.”
“We are honored to recognise the best in wellness travel from all corners of the globe,” said Kyricos. “Our objective is to help travellers identify options for their ideal wellness vacations, while also recognising the excellence and innovation that exists in this rapidly growing sector of the travel industries”
Crystal Awards Winners:
Africa: Thalaspa Henri Chenot at Lion in the Sun
Asia: COMO Shambhala Estate
Australia: Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
Europe: SHA Wellness Clinic
North America: Canyon Ranch in Tucson
South America: Kurotel Longevity Medical Center and Spa
Country/Region Awards: Winners in the leading countries for wellness travel are:
UK: ESPA Life at Corinthia London
U.S. Canyon Ranch in Tucson
Germany: Lanserof Tegernsee
France: Four Seasons Hotel George V
Japan: Gora Kadan
Austria: Rogner Bad Blumau
Canada: Spa Eastman
Italy: Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda
Switzerland: Grand Resort Bad Ragaz
China: Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai at Pudong
All 43 country and region winners can be seen at the Wellness Travel Awards website.
Category Awards: Voters also recognised the top 10 destinations in 20 “Best for” categories, with eight spas garnering the most honours. Canyon Ranch in Tucson (U.S.), Mii amo (U.S.) and COMO Shambhala Estate (Indonesia) were winners in 10 categories, while Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat (Australia) and SHA Wellness Clinic (Spain) won in eight. Kurotel Longevity Medical Center and Spa (Brazil), Lanserhof Tegernsee (Germany) and Spa Eastman (Canada) won in seven categories.
View all Category winners at www.wellnesstravelawards.com
“Spafinder Wellness 365 would like to thank the panelists who contributed their time and expertise to ensure that the top wellness travel locations around the world were nominated for these awards, along with the 10,000-plus consumers who cast votes,” Bevan said. “I would also like to congratulate every one of the nominees and finalists. Each of these properties is a global standout in the wide world of wellness travel.”