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Spafinder Wellness 365 Unveils Winners of 2015 Wellness Travel Awards

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 …

25 things I’ve learned as a spa writer

I’ve been writing about spas since 2007 and visit around 30 spas every year. I’ve been poked, prodded, pampered, bathed, scrubbed and dried more times than I can remember. And I’ve experienced the best and worst of spa around the world. I try to seek out the newest and most unusual men’s spa treatments and am always on the hunt for the best spa around. Here’s a snapshot of what I’ve learned so far. 1. A therapist can make or break your spa experience 2. A spa needs, by definition, to have water 3. There nothing better than relaxing post treatment looking out across the sea 4. There’s nothing worse than being cold on a treatment bed 5. Every skincare brand thinks that their way is best 6. Expensive facilities do not mean you’ll have a good spa experience 7. A limp massage is worse than having no massage 8. I’ve never heard whale music in a spa 9. and, I actually quite like spa music 10. You can’t beat a proper Turkish hammam 11. …

The Spa Man’s favourite spas – 2014

This year its been a privilege to visit some incredible spas around Europe and a little further afield. From banana body wraps to mango body scrubs and some pretty intensive facial massage – I’ve been poked, prodded, refined and renewed. It’s been one incredible year of spa. Here’s a snap shot of my favourite spas of 2014. The Dolder Grand – Zurich The Dolder Grand certainly lives up to its name and reputation. Positioned high on the hill with commanding views across Zurich.  It combines modern five-star luxury, with old world charm and was magical. The spa is modern, spacious and covers an area of 4,000 sqm with room to move . It  offers a grandeur that few spas achieve, combining wellness with world class luxury. I honestly didn’t want to leave. Read the review here www.thedoldergrand.com Sri panwa – Phuket Sri panwa is in a class of its own. Effortlessly cool, it is a mix of private residences and pool villas perched at the tip of Cape Panwa in Phuket. Set in lush tropical …

World Spa and Wellness Awards 2014

The 3rd annual World Spa & Wellness Awards ceremony was held this week to honour some of the world’s best spas. The awards are designed to acknowledge excellence of care, service and standards and aim to inspire spas around the world and serve to raise international industry standards.  The winners of the World Spa & Wellness Awards 2014: Hotel Spa of the Year – Asia & Australasia Winner: The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Singapore Destination Spa of the Year – Asia & Australasia Winner: Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Resort, Thailand Hotel Spa of the Year – Eastern Europe Winner: Mandara Spa at Lotte Hotel Moscow, Russia Destination Spa of the Year – Eastern Europe Winner: Spa Vilnius, Druskininkai, Lithuania Hotel Spa of the Year – Middle East Winner: ShuiQi Spa & Fitness, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, UAE Destination Spa of the Year – Middle East & Africa Winner: Banyan Tree Spa Al Wadi, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE Hotel Spa of the Year – North & South America Winner: The Spa at Mandarin Oriental …

Best spas of 2013

Whether you’re planning the trip of a lifetime or a short spa break, you need to read this. I’ve handpicked the best spas of 2013, which means, naturally, they have The Spa Man stamp of approval. The Spa at Terre Blanche, Provence The Spa at Terre Blanche, part of the Leading Hotels of the World is set in the picturesque countryside of Provence. Boasting sauna, steam, laconium and experience showers for men and women and also next to the 20 metre indoor pool, you are spoilt for choice. The pool is connected to an outdoor vitality pool and relaxation garden with sun loungers, where you can enjoy the warmth and scent of the spacious herb gardens. 12 treatment rooms, two couples treatment rooms (with private terrace) hair salon, boutique, gym and yoga studio – ensure you can easily spend a day here with plenty to do. Terre Blanche is a 5 star Resort and one of Europe’s premier golfing destinations with two 18 hole golf courses. The food alone is worth a visit as there …