Spafinder Wellness 365 Unveils Winners of 2015 Wellness Travel Awards Across Six Continents, 43 Countries/Regions and 20 Categories• Eighty-Six Percent of Country/Region Award Winners Won for the First Time
• Wellness Travel Properties in Asia Have Record Showing
London and Miami – November 4, 2015 – 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 across the 20 Category Awards.
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
The top five finalists for each continent can be viewed here.
Country/Region Awards: Winners in the leading countries for wellness travel* are:
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
All 43 country and region winners can be seen at the Wellness Travel Awards website.
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.
“Spafinder Wellness 365 would like to thank the panelists who contributed their time and expertise to ensure that the top wellness travel locations around the world were nominated for these awards, along with the 10,000-plus consumers who cast votes,” Bevan said. “I would also like to congratulate every one of the nominees and finalists. Each of these properties is a global standout in the wide world of wellness travel.”
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Photos of properties that won Crystal and Country/Region Awards are available at this link.
About Spafinder Wellness, Inc.
Spafinder Wellness, Inc. is the world’s largest marketing, gifting, incentives and rewards company for the wellness industry and the leading consumer resource for feeling good and living well all year round. With now over 26,000 wellness partners worldwide, including wellness travel destinations, fitness, yoga and Pilates studios, spas and salons, plus access to 4,500 massage therapists through Zeel’s on-demand massage services, millions of people find the resources and inspiration to keep well every day via the Spafinder Wellness 365™ brand. The company’s widely distributed gift/wellness cards are available online and at 40,000-plus retailers worldwide, as well as through corporate incentive/rewards programs. Learn more at spafinder.com, spafinder.co.uk and spafinder.ca.
*Global Wellness Institute, “Global Spa and Wellness Economy Report,” 2014. (Domestic and international wellness travel revenues combined.)