December 2017 Travel Guide


Updated Tour Guide

Discover the Best Vacation Spa in the World

The Wellness Travel Awards, presented by Spafinder  in association with World Travel Market London, honor spas, resorts, retreats and hotels that offer stellar experiences and programs to a growing number of consumers seeking healthy vacations and travel, leaving them healthier when they check out than when the checked in.

TOP 5 FINALISTS FOR EACH CRYSTAL AWARD
(in alphabetical order- updated 2017)

Best in Africa
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, South Africa (WINNER)
dusitD2 Nairobi, Kenya
Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg, South Africa
La Mamounia, L’Hôtel De Marrakech, Morocco
North Island, Seychelles

Best in Asia
Ananda in the Himalayas, India
Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Thailand
COMO Shambhala Estate, Indonesia
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa, Thailand (WINNER)
Vana Malsi Estate, Dehradun, India

Best in Australia, New Zealand & Oceania
Aro Hā, New Zealand
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Australia
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Australia (WINNER)
Laucala Island, Fiji
Peninsula Hot Springs, Australia

Best in Europe
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa / Villa Stéphanie, Germany
Clinique La Prairie, Switzerland
Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain (WINNER)

Best in North America
Canyon Ranch in Tucson, United States
Miraval Resort & Spa, United States
Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa, Canada
New Life Hiking Spa, United States
Rancho La Puerta, Mexico (WINNER)

Best in South & Central America
Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa, Costa Rica
Kurotel – Longevity Medical Center and Spa, Brazil
Lapinha SPA, Brazil (WINNER)
Rio Perdido, Costa Rica
Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, Costa Rica

Destination Spas in Canada: Luxury Spa Vacations in North America

The best website for spa travel is doubtlessly SpaFinder. Dedicated to worldwide spa travel, it locates spas in almost any country, assisting in the planning of a luxury spa vacation. When an internationally recognized website like SpaFinder holds an annual Readers’ Choice Awards, destination spa owners everywhere take notice. Now that the readers’ votes for best spas in the world have been tabulated.  Canada as a whole is ranked well in international Readers’ Choice Awards. Many spa vacation lovers’ favorite spas are in Canada, in terms of specific spa offerings.

Some of The Best in Canada:

Ste. Anne’s Spa, in Grafton, Ontario – Ste. Anne’s won recognition as the Best Spa in Canada. This luxury destination spa makes for a wonderful, almost perfect spa vacation. Its guest houses are all unique, with different architectural styles as well as different luxury amenities. For example, the Sentosa Spa Cottage has views of Lake Ontario and the Northumberland hills, private deck with hot tub, whirlpool tubs and romantic fireplaces in each of the three separate suites. All the cottages offer the spa cottage night basket, delivered at turn down.

Ste Anne’s Spa recommends that guests traveling solo stay in the main inn. Spa services include different hydrotherapy styles (Eucalyptus Body Wrap, Caribbean Aqua Therapy, etc), massages such as Swedish, prenatal, and shiatsu massages, several different types of facials and body treatments, men’s favorite spa treatments, and something called Elemental Nature. This last service is based on Ayurvedic principles to customize spa treatments to each guest.

Several other destination spas in Canada received recognition for their outstanding qualities as well. Of the Readers’ Choice Awards, these are particularly notable.

Selected Canadian Spas in Specific Categories

  • Accommodations – Ancient Cedars at the Wickaninnish Inn, in Tofino, British Columbia
  • Medical Program – Sante Spa Bear Mountain at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort and Spa, in Victoria BC
  • Romance – Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs, Alberta, and Ste Anne’s Spa, in Grafton, Ontario
  • Urban Hotel Spa – Stillwater Spa at the Park Hyatt, in Toronto, Ontario
  • Winter Sports Spas – Deerhurst Resort, in Huntsville, Ontario, the Four Seasons Whistler Spa, in Whistler, British Columbia, and Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs, Alberta

 

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