2011 Spa Readers' Choice Awards

Crystal Awards

Our voters named these six Crystal Award winners the crème de la crème of spas, each deemed the favorite on its continent.

Favorite Spa in Africa One & Only Cape Town

Favorite Spa in Asia The Peninsula Bangkok

Favorite Spa in Australia Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

Favorite Spa in Europe Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

Favorite Spa in North America Miraval, Life in Balance

Favorite Spa in South America Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires

Visionary Award

While hard medical evidence exists to support the effectiveness of spa and wellness treatments, the research itself wasn't readily accessible — until now.

Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier and Dr. Daniel Friedland The new SpaEvidence.com is the world's first website to consolidate the validation for spa and wellness approaches from acupuncture to massage to yoga. Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier spearheaded the SpaEvidence project alone with fellow integrative medicine thought-leader, Dr. Daniel Friedland. The selected the most relevant, authoritative databases, ensuring that the information and research process aligned with the medical world's use of Evidence-Based Medicine. Spafinder selected Drs. Pelletier and Friedland as co-recipients of its 2011 Visionary Award for bringing to life a resource that empowers people to make smart, scientifically informed decisions about their health.