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Condé Nast Traveller Spa Awards 2014

Condé Nast Traveller has announced the winners of The Spa Awards 2014, in association with Healing Holidays. Imagine, you could soon be visiting Six Senses, Zighy Bay (above). Drum roll!  And the winners are: Most Avant-Garde Clinic – Lonhea, Switzerland Best Value For Weight Loss – Absolute Sanctuary, Thailand Most Consistent High Perfomer – IN:SPA Best Healthy Hideaway – Vamizi Island, Mozambique Most Effective Reboot – Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman Most Soulful Spa – Song Saa, Cambodia Best New Destination Spa – Vana, India

COMO opens resort in Phuket

Phuket continues to go upmarket with the soft launch of COMO Hotels & Resorts’ Point Yamu by COMO.   A 106-room resort on Phuket, Point Yamu’s which includes a COMO Shambhala wellness retreat, a 100m infinity pool and two world-class restaurants (Thai and Italian) overlooking the turquoise Phang Nga Bay, which offers dramatic, dreamy views – you could stay forever. The hotel has been designed by Paola Navone, the famous Italian furniture designer, making it a truly contemporary launch on the Thai island.  The collaboration sees COMO’s signature clean lines and pared-back, contemporary style united with the Italian designer’s eclectic, colourful approach and the use of local materials. Expect a dazzling palette of bright aquamarines and hot oranges, with Thai artisanal techniques such as traditional wood tiling and woven rattan adding texture. The ocean-facing, floor-to-ceiling windows in each room, offers spectacular views of the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. Uniquely situated on the island’s eastern side providing a much more peaceful retreat (most resorts are on the Western side of Phuket).  The seas are also more tranquil …

2013 Readers Choice Awards – Conde Nast Traveller

Readers’ Choice Awards are always interesting to read as they say as much about the readers as they do about the magazine. This is particularly true of the overseas hotel and desination spas. The October issue of Conde Nast Traveller includes three spa categories in its Readers’ Choice Awards for 2013. COMO Shambhala, Parrot Cay by COMO comes out tops in the overseas hotel spa category, just nudging ahead of The Spa Four Seasons Resort, Seychelles and The Spa, The Nam Hotel, Vietnam. The list goes on to include 20  overseas spa hotels in total. Destination spas are equally illustrious and top of the list is the Parkhotel Iglis in Austria, followed very closely by COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali and then Brenner’s Park-Hotel & Spa in Germany. Criss-crossing the world, the list of destination spas includes in the top one of my favourites – Grayshott Spa in Surrey. But it’s the list of UK Hotel Spas that I thought I would list the top 10 – these are easier to reach for my readers in …