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SpaFinder Bestows Its Readers Choice Awards to Top Spas

Posted: October 7, 2009

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2009 Crystal Award Winners—Favorite Spas by Continent

The Crystal Award, a coveted Readers' Choice honor, recognizes the most extraordinary spa on each (habitable) continent. This year's standard-bearers are:

  • Africa: Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa (Knysna, South Africa)
  • Asia: Kamalaya Koh Samui Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa (Suratthani, Thailand)
  • Australia: Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat (Queensland, Australia)
  • Europe: Mandarin Oriental, Prague (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • North America: Canyon Ranch Tucson (Arizona, USA)
  • South America: Kurotel Longevity Center and Spa (Gramado, Brazil)

2009 Country/Region Winners

Awards were given for the top spa in each of 33 countries and regions, from traditional destinations such as Thailand or the Caribbean to emerging markets in Asia or South America. In addition to the Crystal Award continent winners named above (who also took top honors in their country/region), here's the list of global favorites:

  • Argentina: Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires
  • Austria: Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol
  • Canada: Ste. Anne's Country Inn and Spa
  • Caribbean: The BodyHoliday at LeSport
  • Central America: Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
  • China (Hong Kong): The Peninsula Hong Kong
  • China (Mainland): Chi, the Spa at Pudong Shangri-La
  • France: Guerlain Spa at Trianon Palace Versailles
  • Germany: Brenner's Park Hotel & Spa
  • Greece: GB Spa at Hotel Grande Bretagne
  • India: Ananda in the Himalayas
  • Indonesia: COMO Shambhala Estate
  • Ireland: Sámas, the Deluxe Destination Spa at Park Hotel Kenmare
  • Italy: Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort
  • Japan: Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo
  • Malaysia: Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa
  • Maldives: One & Only Maldives at Reethi Rah
  • Mexico: Rancho La Puerta
  • Middle East: Spa Chakra at the Alfardan Towers
  • Philippines: Mandala Spa & Villas
  • Russia: The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow
  • Scandinavia: Vann Spa Hotel and Conference Center
  • Singapore: Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Singapore
  • South Pacific Islands: The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
  • Spain: SHA Wellness Clinic
  • Switzerland: ESPA at the VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU Grand Hotel & Spa
  • United Kingdom: Chewton Glen

2009 Category Award Winners