The highly anticipated winners of the 3rd annual World Spa Awards were revealed at a dazzling ceremony, which took place at the glamorous JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay earlier this evening alongside the World Travel Awards Grand Final.
On a night full of suspense at Phu Quoc’s newest and only luxury five-star international resort, the Maldives was crowned Indian Ocean’s Best Spa Destination with Gaia Retreat & Spa taking the title of Oceania’s Best Day Spa & World’s Best Day Spa.
Also among the winners was Lanserhof Tegernsee. The renowned German health centre walked away with the esteemed title of World’s Best Medical Spa.
Elsewhere QMS MediCosmetics successfully defended its title – World’s Best Spa Brand – for the third consecutive year, while Aromatherapy Associates was named World’s Best Aromatherapy Brand.
PEDI:MANI:CURE Studio by Bastien Gonzalez scooped the award for World’s Best Nail Studio Brand, while Anantara Spa collected the trophy for World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand.
The Lanesborough Club & Spa at The Lanesborough London was also celebrating, having been hailed World’s Best New Hotel Spa.
This year saw the wellness retreat category come to the forefront. Winners included Atmantan Wellness Resort – voted India’s Best Wellness Retreat – The Orchard Wellness & Health Retreat, which picked up the award for Malaysia’s Best Wellness Retreat, and Amuna Ayurveda Retreat which was recognised as Sri Lanka’s Best Wellness Retreat.
Host JW Marriott Phu Quoc also claimed a share of the spoils, with its spa –Chanterelle Spa by JW – picking up the award for World’s Best New Resort Spa.
An extensive programme of events is taking place over the weekend, seeing guests invited to engage in an Aromatherapy Associates Sleep Workshop; a talk by one of the leading innovators in skincare, Dr Erich Schulte; and to enjoy a complimentary manicure and pedicure from therapists trained by Bastien Gonzalez – a French podiatrist and famed celebrity pedicurist.
World Spa Awards Managing Director, Rebecca Cohen, said: “The 2017 World Spa Awards has been our most successful to date, firmly cementing our position as the global benchmark for spa and wellness hospitality.
“It has been a pleasure to recognise so many industry leaders here this evening and I hope their recognition, both by their peers and members of the public, will inspire them to aim ever higher in the pursuit of excellence.”
Voting for the 2017 Gala Ceremony closed at the end of September, with a record number of ballots cast by leading spa and wellness professionals.
These were tallied alongside the votes of hundreds of thousands of spa and wellness consumers from around the world.
World Spa Awards is the sister event to World Travel Awards, currently celebrating its 24th anniversary.
About World Spa Awards
World Spa Awards was developed in reaction to overwhelming demand from the spa industry for a programme that was fair and transparent. A programme with a mission to serve as the definitive benchmark of excellence, and to help to foster a new era of growth in spa tourism.
For the full low-down, please visit worldspaawards.com.
About JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay
Nestled in the pristine beach of Bai Khem, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay is the proud flagship of JW Marriott Hotels and Resorts in Vietnam.
JW Marriott Phu Quoc offers a selection of 244 artistically unique well-appointed rooms, suites and villas with Bill Bensely’s whimsical touches blend harmoniously.
Boasting five restaurants and contemporary bars, the crafted dining experience will satisfy even the most discerning palate including Tempus Fugit, French & Co., Red Rum, Pink Pearl and the Department of Chemistry bar.
Meetings are redefined in this destination 715 sqm Grand Ballroom, with spacious breakout rooms elegantly designed to suit every need.
A wide range of enriching experiences are waiting to be explored, from cultural events, artisanal shopping experiences, ultimate indulgence at Chanterelle-Spa by JW, to water activities at the resort’s private beachfront.