SpaFinder’s 2009 Readers’ Choice Awards

What a great year for spas 2009 has been! This year’s Spa Finder’s Readers’ Choice Award winners are comprised of a diverse group of spas that all have a special something about them that has helped them to stand out amongst the ever growing number of spas. Congratulations to all of the winners!

Visionary Award

SpaFinder’s annual Visionary Award is bestowed on an influential leader in the worlds of spa and wellness. This year’s winner is: Dr. Andrew Weil Founder and Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Director of Integrative Health and Healing at Miraval Arizona

Best for Accommodations

Bacara Resort & Spa (California, USA)
California Health & Longevity Institute at Four Four Seasons Westlake Village (California, USA)
The Cloister Spa & Fitness Center at Sea Island (Georgia, USA)
Crown Towers Melbourne (Victoria, Australia)
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo (Costa Rica)
Green Valley Spa & Wellness Center (Utah, USA)
Guerlain Spa at Waldorf Astoria (New York, USA)
The Mayflower Inn & Spa (Connecticut, USA)
The Peninsula Chicago Spa by ESPA (Illinois, USA)
The Peninsula New York Spa by ESPA (New York, USA)

Best for Affordability

Fitness Ridge Resort & Spa (Utah, USA)
Green Mountain at Fox Run (Vermont, USA)
Modershall Oaks (England, UK)
New Life Hiking Spa (Vermont, USA)
The Oaks at Ojai (California, USA)
Red Mountain Spa (Utah, USA)
Rio Caliente Hotsprings (Jalisco, Mexico)
The Spa at Mohonk Mountain House (New York, USA)
The Spring Resort & Spa
Tennessee Fitness Spa (Tennessee, USA)

Best Boutique Spa

The Arc House (France)
The Ashram (California, USA)
Cal-a-Vie (California, USA)
COMO Shambhala Estate (Indonesia)
Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa (Queensland, Australia)
Mandala Spa & Villas (Philippines)
Mayflower Inn & Spa (Connecticut, USA)
Mii amo, a destination spa at Enchantment (Arizona, USA)
Ste. Anne’s Country Inn and Spa (Ontario, Canada)
Ten Thousand Waves (New Mexico, USA)

Best Brand

Canyon Ranch
COMO Shambhala
ESPA
Fairmont Willow Stream
Four Seasons
Golden Door
Guerlain Spa
InterContinental
Jiva Spas
Mandarin Oriental
Spa Chakra

Best Casino Hotel

Bellagio, Las Vegas (Nevada, USA)
Caesars Palace Qua Baths & Spa (Nevada, USA)
Canyon Ranch SpaClub, Las Vegas (Nevada, USA)
Immersion Spa at the Water Club (New Jersey, USA)
Mandara Spa at Atlantis (Bahamas)
MGM Grand Spa Las Vegas (Nevada, USA)
Mohegan Sun (Connecticut, USA)
Red Door Spa at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City (New Jersey, USA)
Spa at Mandalay Bay (Nevada, USA)
Wynn Las Vegas (Nevada, USA)

Best Cooking Classes

California Health & Longevity Institute at Four Seasons Westlake Village (California, USA)
Canyon Ranch, Lenox (Massachusetts, USA)
Canyon Ranch, Tucson (Arizona, USA)
Lake Austin Spa Resort (Texas, USA)
Mii amo, a destination spa at Enchantment (Arizona, USA)
Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa (Arizona, USA)
Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa (Florida, USA)
Rancho La Puerta (Baja California, Mexico)
Red Mountain Resort & Spa (Utah, USA)
The Lodge at Woodloch, a destination spa (Pennsylvania, USA)

Best Cuisine

The Arc House (France)
Canyon Ranch, Lenox (Massachusetts, USA)
Canyon Ranch, Tucson (Arizona, USA)
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat (Queensland, Australia)
Lake Austin Spa Resort (Texas, USA)
The Lodge at Woodloch, a destination spa (Pennsylvania, USA)
Mii amo, a destination spa at Enchantment (Arizona, USA)
Miraval Tucson (Arizona, USA)
Rancho La Puerta (Mexico)
Red Mountain Resort & Spa (Utah, USA)

Best for EnvironmentalPractices

Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa (Queensland, Australia)
El Monte Sagrado Living Spa (New Mexico, USA)
Post Ranch Inn (California, USA)
Rancho La Puerta (Baja California, Mexico)
Six Senses Destination Spa Phuket (Thailand)
The Spa at Mohonk Mountain House ( New York, USA)
The Spa at Sundance Resort (Utah, USA)
Spa Eastman (Quebec, Canada)
Sundara Inn & Spa (Wisconsin, USA)
Yaxkin Spa at Hacienda Chichen Resort (Yucatan, Mexico)

Favorite Spa Manager

Susan Allison, Spa Manager (COMO Shambhala Retreat at Parrot Cay) (Turks and Caicos Islands)
Louisa Burke, Assistant Manager (Crown Towers Melbourne) (Victoria, Australia)
Brandi Byrd-Lavertu, Spa Manager (Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa) (South Carolina, USA)
Melissa Jansma, Spa Manager (Peninsula Chicago Spa by ESPA) (Illinois, USA)
Sharon Kolkka, General Manager (Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat) (Queensland, Australia)
Dr. Anand Kumar, Spa Manager (Jiva Spa at Rambagh Palace) (India)
Nina Loard, Spa Manager (The Cloister Spa at Sea Island Resorts) (Georgia, USA)
Spa Management (California Health & Longevity Institute at Four Seasons Westlake Village) (California, USA)
Hina Mufti, Spa Manager (The I-Spa at InterContinental San Francisco) (California, USA)
Shannon Stringert, Assistant Manager, Caesar?s Palace Qua Baths & Spa (Nevada, USA)

Favorite Spa Professional

Kristy Alexander, Lead Therapist (Calm Waters Spa at the Hawks Cay Resort) (Florida, USA)
Dan Bancila, Massage Therapist (The Spring Resort and Spa) (California, USA)
Hubert Bazam, Massage Therapist (Watermark Hotel and Spa) (Texas, USA)
Sydney Brisce, Massage Therapist (Peninsula New York Spa by ESPA) (New York, USA)
Paige Corley, Program Director (Fitness Ridge Resort & Spa) (Utah, USA)
Scott Danberg, Director of Spa & Fitness (Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa) (Florida, USA)
Randy Felstead, Massage Therapist (ESPA at the Acqualina Resort & Spa) (Florida, USA)
Eva Galambova, Therapist Supervisor (Mandarin Oriental, Prague) (Czech Republic)
Bhakta Ruttiger, Mii amo Therapist (Mii amo, a destination spa at Enchantment) (Arizona, USA)
Yilin Zheng, Spa Therapist (Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont) (Singapore)

Best for Golf

Golden Door Spa at The Boulders Resort, the Waldorf Astoria Collection (Arizona, USA)
The Cloister Spa & Fitness Center at Sea Island (Georgia, USA)
Doral Golf Resort and Spa (Florida, USA)
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo (Costa Rica)
The Greenbrier Center for Healthy Living (West Virginia, USA)
Kohler Waters Spa at The American Club (Wisconsin, USA)
La Costa Resort & Spa (California, USA)
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (California, USA)
Pinehurst (North Carolina, USA)
The Spa at Pebble Beach (California, USA)

Best for Hiking

Ashram Health Retreat (California, USA)
Canyon Ranch in Tucson (Arizona, USA)
Fitness Ridge Resort & Spa (Utah, USA)
Golden Door (California, USA)
Green Valley Spa & Wellness Center (Utah, USA)
Mii amo, a destination spa at Enchantment (Arizona, USA)
New Life Hiking Spa (Vermont, USA)
Rancho La Puerta (Baja California, Mexico)
Red Mountain Resort & Spa (Utah, USA)
The Spa at Mohonk Mountain House (New York, USA)

Best Interior Design

Caesar’s Palace Qua Baths & Spa (Nevada, USA)
COMO Shambhala Estate (Indonesia)
The Dolder Grand (Switzerland)
Guerlain Spa at Waldorf Astoria (New York, USA)
Jiva Spa at Rambagh Palace (India)
Mandarin Oriental, Dhara Dhevi (Thailand)
Mandarin Oriental, Prague (Czech Republic)
Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo (Japan)
The Peninsula New York Spa by ESPA (New York, USA)
Therme Vals (Switzerland)

Best for Luxury

Best Medical Program

Best for Mind-Body-Spirit

Best for Mineral Springs

Calistoga Spa Hot Springs (California, USA)
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa (California, USA)
The Greenbrier (West Virginia, USA)
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa (New Mexico, USA)
Rio Caliente Hot Springs Resort (Jalisco, Mexico)
The Spring Resort and Spa (California, USA)
Sycamore Mineral Springs (California, USA)
Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort (Costa Rica)
Two Bunch Palms (California, USA)
The Homestead (VA)
Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs (Alberta, Canada)

Best for Romance

Best Spa on a Cruise Ship

AquaSpa by Elemis (Celebrity Cruises)
Canyon Ranch SpaClub (Cunard, Oceania, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises) (Cunard, Oceania, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
Crystal Spa (Crystal Cruises)
Elemis (Royal Caribbean)
Greenhouse Spa & Salon (Holland America)
Lotus Spas & Fitness (Princess Cruises)
Mandara Spa (Norwegian and Silversea Cruises)
Spa Carnival (Carnival Cruises)
Vista Spa & Salon (Disney Cruise Line)

Best Urban Hotel Spa

Bliss 49 at W Hotel New York (New York, USA)
Guerlain Spa at Waldorf Astoria (New York, USA)
The I-Spa at the InterContinental San Francisco (California, USA)
Mandarin Oriental, New York (New York, USA)
The Peninsula Chicago Spa by ESPA (Illinois, USA)
The Peninsula New York Spa by ESPA (New York, USA)
Spa Chakra at Conrad Indianapolis (Indiana, USA)
Spa Chakra at The Palmer House (Illinois, USA)
Stillwater Spa at Park Hyatt, Toronto (Ontario, Canada)
The Watermark Hotel & Spa (Texas, USA)

Best for Water Sports

Aqua Sana at Center Parcs (England, UK)
The BodyHoliday at LeSport (St. Lucia)
COMO Shambhala Retreat at Parrot Cay (Turks and Caicos Islands)
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island (Maldives)
Elysees Spa at La Samanna by Orient Express (St. Martin)
Evian Royal Resort (France)
Grand Wailea Resort (Hawaii, USA)
Lake Austin Spa Resort (Texas, USA)
Mandara Spa at Atlantis (Bahamas)
Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa (South Carolina, USA)

Best for Winter Sports

Allegria Spa at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek (Colorado, USA)
Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa (Michigan, USA)
Four Seasons Resort Whistler (British Columbia, Canada)
The Hills Health Spa & Guest Ranch (British Columbia, Canada)
The Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa (Colorado, USA)
Spa Chakra at Grand Hotel Park Gstaad (Switzerland)
Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa (Vermont, USA)
The Spa at Mohonk Mountain House (New York, USA)
Topnotch Resort & Spa (Vermont, USA)
Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs (Alberta, Canada)

Best for Yoga

Ananda in the Himalayas (India)
Canyon Ranch in Tucson (Arizona, USA)
Kamalaya Koh Samui Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa (Thailand)
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health (Massachusetts, USA)
The Lodge at Woodloch, a destination spa (Pennsylvania, USA)
Miraval Tucson (Arizona, USA)
New Age Health Spa (New York, USA)
Parrot Cay & COMO Shambhala Retreat at Parrot Cay (Turks and Caicos)
Rancho La Puerta (Baja California, Mexico)
Red Mountain Resort & Spa (Utah, USA)

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