SpaFinder Wellness Announces 2012 Readers’ Choice Award Winners

SpaFinder Wellness announced the winners of its 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards, which identify spa-goers’ favorite spas across the globe. Voters were asked to cast ballots only for spas they’ve personally visited within the past three years. “Working your way to the top of a global industry crowded with tens of thousands of hotel, resort, and destination spas is nothing short of an extraordinary feat,” says Susie Ellis, president of SpaFinder Wellness. “We salute all our 2012 winners, particularly those that have won awards for the first time.”


The winners include:

Africa: The Spa at the Oyster Box, The Oyster Box Hotel (Durban, South Africa)

Asia: Chiva-Som (Hua Hin, Thailand)

Australia: Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat (Queensland, Australia)

Europe: The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

North America: Life in Balance Spa, Miraval (Tucson, AZ)

South America: The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires


SpaFinder Wellness also collected votes for spa-goers’ favorite spas across 27 categories. Eight new categories were added this year, including “Best for Girlfriend Getaways & Bachelorettes,” “Best for Weddings,” “Best for LGBT,” “Best Beach Spa,” “Best for Families,” “Best for Outdoor Adventure,” “Best Pet-Friendly,” and “Best Instructor.” The complete list of winners with detailed property descriptions can be found at