Spafinder Wellness 365TM today announced 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 recognize the demand for healthier travel options and honor hotels, resorts, destination spas and retreats worldwide offering the best wellness vacations 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 favorite locations across 20 categories. All Wellness Travel Award winners can be seen at http://www.wellnesstravelawards.com.
Reflecting the rapid growth and diversity of the wellness travel landscape, of the 43 properties winning Country/Region Awards, only six were winners in 2014. Notably, properties in Asia garnered 35 of the 200 top accolades.
Awards were presented by Mia Kyricos, chief brand officer of Spafinder Wellness, Inc.®, alongside Spafinder Wellness COO John Bevan, to the top properties in three categories: Crystal Awards, top properties on six (habitable) continents; Country/Region Awards, top properties in 43 countries/regions; and Category Awards, top 10 spas, hotels/resorts and retreats that offer exceptional wellness experiences in 20 special categories, such as “Best New Spa & Wellness Property” and “Best Overall Healthy Living Program.”
“We are honored to recognize the best in wellness travel from all corners of the globe,” said Kyricos. “Our objective is to help travelers identify options for their ideal wellness vacations, while also recognizing the excellence and innovation that exists in this rapidly growing sector of the travel industry.”
Crystal Awards Winners:
Africa: Thalaspa Henri Chenot at Lion in the Sun
Asia: COMO Shambhala Estate
Australia: Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
Europe: SHA Wellness Clinic
North America: Canyon Ranch in Tucson
South America: Kurotel Longevity Medical Center and Spa
Country/Region Awards: Winners in the leading countries for wellness travel:
U.S. Canyon Ranch in Tucson
Germany: Lanserof Tegernsee
France: Four Seasons Hotel George V
Japan: Gora Kadan
Austria: Rogner Bad Blumau
Canada: Spa Eastman
Italy: Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda
Switzerland: Grand Resort Bad Ragaz
China: Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai at Pudong
UK: ESPA Life at Corinthia London
Category Awards: Voters also recognized the top 10 destinations in 20 “Best for” categories, with eight spas garnering the most honors. Canyon Ranch in Tucson (U.S.), Mii amo (U.S.) and COMO Shambhala Estate (Indonesia) were winners in 10 categories, while Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat (Australia), Kurotel Longevity Medical Center and Spa (Brazil) and SHA Wellness Clinic (Spain) won in eight. Lanserhof Tegernsee (Germany) and Spa Eastman (Canada) won in seven categories.
View all Category winners at http://www.wellnesstravelawards.com.