Spa Finder Announces 2007 Readers' Choice Winners

Spa Finder, Inc. announced the winners of its 2007 Readers’ Choice Awards, revealing spa-goers’ favorite spas in the world – by continent and region – as well as their top picks for the best spas in 23 specific categories. In all, ballots were cast for 1,500+ different spa properties worldwide.

Crystal Award winners – favorite spas in the world (by continent)

Africa: Four Seasons Resort Sharm el Sheikh, Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
Asia: Chiva-Som, Hua Hin, Thailand
Australia: Spa Chakra Hayman, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
Europe: Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort, San Casciano dei Bagni, Italy
North America: Miraval, Life in Balance, Tucson, Arizona, United States
South America: Kurotel Longevity Center and Spa, Gramado, Brazil

Favorite spas by country/region

Austria: Rogner-Bad Blumau Hotel & Spa, Bad Blumau
Brazil: Kurotel Longevity Center and Spa, Gramado
Canada: Ste. Anne’s Country Inn & Spa, Grafton, Ontario
Caribbean: The BodyHoliday at LeSport, St. Lucia
Central America: Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
China: The Peninsula Spa by ESPA, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Czech Republic: Mandarin Oriental, Prague
France: Evian Royal Resort, Evian
Germany: Brenner’s Park-Hotel & Spa, Baden-Baden
Greece: Blue Palace Resort & Spa, Elounda, Crete
India: Ananda in the Himalayas, Tehri Garhwai, Uttaranchai
Indonesia: Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Bali
Ireland: ESPA at the g hotel, Galway
Japan: Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo
The Maldives: One&Only at Reethi Rah, North Malé Atoll
Mexico: Rancho La Puerta, Tecate
Middle East: Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
S. Pacific Islands: InterContinental Resort and Spa Moorea, Moorea, French Polynesia
Southeast Asia: Banyan Tree Phuket, Phuket, Thailand
Switzerland: Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, Interlaken
Thailand: Chiva-Som, Hua Hin
United Kingdom: Champneys at Tring Health Resort, Wigginton, Tring, Hertfordshire
United States: Miraval Life in Balance, Tucson, Arizona

"Best" spas for specific spa offerings

To help spa consumers identify the best spas for their unique goals, Spa Finder also asked its readers and web visitors to name their picks for the best spas in 23 specific categories – from "best accommodations" and "best cuisine," to "best for men" and "best urban hotel spa." One of the new categories for ’07 is "best spa brand," reflecting a sharpening industry focus on branding and how important spa brands (as opposed to individual spa properties) have become for consumers.

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