Spa Finder Announces 2007 Spa Finder Readers Choice Awards Winners

Spa Finder, Inc., the global spa resource, today announced the winners of its 2007 Readers' Choice Awards, revealing spa-goers favorite spas in the world by continent and region as well as their top picks for the best spas in 23 specific categories.

Based on thousands of votes submitted by visitors and readers of Luxury SpaFinder Magazine, the awards represent the most complete consumer assessment of the global spa market.

Now in its fifth year, the Spa Finder Readers Choice Awards has elicited more reader votes with each passing year, and 2007 saw the most dramatic increase to date, with a major upsurge in international votes and more than twice as many votes overall compared to a year ago. In all, ballots were cast for 1,500+ different spa properties worldwide (a number made all the more impressive given that voters were asked to only cast ballots for stay spas they've personally visited within the past three years).

'Our Readers' Choice Awards have become the industry's premier awards program -- a sort of 'Academy Awards' for spas,' said Spa Finder, Inc. President Susie Ellis. 'Given how many people voted this year and how many different spas were considered, this is a huge honor for all of our 2007

Following are Spa Finder readers and web visitors' favorite spas in the world, by continent and country/region, according to this year's vote tallies. Reflecting the growth of spa participation worldwide, 23 nations/regions and every habitable continent on the globe are now represented.

Crystal Award Winners Favorite Spas in the World (by Continent)

Four Seasons Resort Sharm el Sheikh, Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

Chiva-Som, Hua Hin, Thailand

Spa Chakra Hayman, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort, San Casciano dei Bagni, Italy

North America
Miraval, Life in Balance, Tucson (Arizona), United States

South America
Kurotel Longevity Center and Spa, Gramado, Brazil

Favorite Spas by Country/Region

Rogner-Bad Blumau Hotel & Spa, Bad Blumau
Kurotel Longevity Center and Spa, Gramado
Ste. Anneç—´ Country Inn & Spa, Grafton, Ontario
The BodyHoliday at LeSport, St. Lucia
Central America
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
The Peninsula Spa by ESPA, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Czech Republic
Mandarin Oriental, Prague
Evian Royal Resort, Evian
Brennerç—´ Park-Hotel & Spa, Baden-Baden
Blue Palace Resort & Spa, Elounda, Crete
Ananda in the Himalayas, Tehri Garhwai, Uttaranchai
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Bali
ESPA at the g hotel, Galway
Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo
The Maldives
One&Only at Reethi Rah, North Mal Atoll
Rancho La Puerta, Tecate
Middle East
Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
S. Pacific Islands
InterContinental Resort and Spa Moorea, Moorea, French
Southeast Asia
Banyan Tree Phuket, Phuket, Thailand
Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, Interlaken
Chiva-Som, Hua Hin
United Kingdom
Champneys at Tring Health Resort, Wigginton, Tring,
United States
Miraval Life in Balance, Tucson, Arizona

Readers Also Name 'Best' Spas for 23 Specific Spa Offerings
To help spa consumers identify the best spas for their unique goals, Spa Finder also asked its readers and web visitors to name their picks for the best spas in 23 specific categories ï½­ from 'best accommodations' and 'best
cuisine,' to 'best for men' and 'best urban hotel spa.' One of the new categories for ?7 is 'best spa brand,' reflecting a sharpening industry focus on branding and how important spa brands (as opposed to individual spa properties) have become for consumers.

A complete listing of Readers Choice Award winners is featured in Spa Finder's 2008 Global Spa Finder, the definitive worldwide spa directory, Click here to view.

Awards Ceremonies to Take Place November 1st
2007 Spa Finder Readers Choice Awards will be formally presented during
an invitation-only gathering at New Yorkç—´ Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal on November 1st, 2007, as part of Spa Finder's 'The Spa Experience 2007,' a public sampling of 60+ elite spas from around the globe.