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Monday 24th November 2014, London; Condé Nast Johansens is delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural Luxury Spa Awards 2015.

(TRAVPR.COM) UK - December 5th, 2014 - Charlotte Evans, Group Publishing Director of Condé Nast Johansens, commented “Our annual Awards for Excellence have become such a benchmark in the industry, and in light of the increased focus for spas on our website and with the guide, we felt they deserved their own moment in the spotlight, hence these debut Awards.”

The winners are:


Best Newcomer – Mondrian London at Sea Containers, England
“Stylish, sexy and decadent, the hotly anticipated, shiny new agua Bathhouse and Spa at Mondrian London radiates originality with a generous dose of sophisticated glitz and glam. Occupying the iconic Sea Containers on London's South Bank, you're in walking distance of many London attractions.”

Best Destination Spa – Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda, Italy
“The world-class Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda's concept is the pursuit of overall wellness. In 27 acres of natural parkland above Lake Garda, comfort and modern convenience are the hallmarks of each guest room where high-tech gadgetry and far-reaching lake views set the scene.”

Best for Couples – Park House, England
“Warm, quintessentially English and utterly charming, the family-run Park House is located at the foot of the South Downs in rolling West Sussex countryside… An intimate and tranquil refuge, the PH20 Spa has a varied menu highlighting a range of indulgent treatments.”

Most Unique Treatment – PhotoDynamic Skin Rejuvenation at SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain
“Looking down on the Mediterranean Sea from on high, SHA is a leading wellness clinic and medical hotel. Peacefully residing within the protected Sierra Helada Natural Park, SHA was founded to help guests dramatically improve their quality of life.”

Best Day Spa – Ushvani, England
“Hidden behind a heavy door of an Edwardian building in the heart of Chelsea, it's easy to miss Ushvani. But do so and you fail to uncover London's most luxurious Malaysian-inspired day spa. Awash in a jewel-orange coloured hue, this is a treasure trove of authentic Malay artefacts and exquisite Asian design.”

Condé Nast Johansens Readers’ Award – Alexander House Hotel and Utopia Spa, England
“Beyond the red brick 17th-century walls of this stately manor house is an on-trend boutique retreat with exceptional spa. Just under an hour from London, Alexander House Hotel is fast becoming a hideaway for savvy city slickers and switched-on spa goers seeking a dose of sophistication with their spa escape.”


Best Newcomer – The Mulia & Mulia Villas, Indonesia
“No visit to this blissful Balinese resort is complete without time spent at its mystifying spa. A temple-like sanctuary with wide-open spaces, there are 20 treatment rooms and 12 hydromassage stations discretely tucked behind its sand-coloured stone walls.”

Best Destination Spa – Split Apple Retreat, New Zealand
“Moments from Abel Tasman National Park on the northern tip of New Zealand's South Island, Split Apple occupies an undeniably spectacular scene. Built into a cliff face looking out to jaw-dropping views of secluded golden beaches and the Tasman Sea, this boutique wellness retreat is an exclusive getaway.”

Best for Couples – Puri Mas Boutique Resort & Spa, Indonesia
“The only dedicated spa resort in Lombok, Puri Mas Boutique Resort & Spa is a spiritual, serene-inducing escape. Situated close to Senggigi and renowned Senggigi beach, Puri Mas spans across two resorts: Beach Resort and Spa Resort located barely minutes apart.”

Most Unique Treatment – The Salt Room at Layana Resort & Spa, Thailand
“The adults-only Layana Resort & Spa is located on a private stretch of sandy beach on the southern Thai island of Koh Lanta Yai. Beyond its elegant, traditional Thai façade, Layana houses a collection of pavilion rooms, suites and a villa set within gardens or beside the beach.”

Condé Nast Johansens Readers’ Award - Kayumanis Ubud, Indonesia
“Overlooking the mystical Ubud forest and calm Ayung River, Bali's Kayumanis Ubud Private Villa and Spa is the epitome of back-to-nature luxury. An elegant collection of 23 villas arranged around serene, jade-coloured pools and walkways, this adults-only retreat prides itself on the details.”


Best Newcomer – David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa, Zambia
“…it's The David Livingstone Spa that has the heart-stopping panorama of both the Zambezi River and almighty Victoria Falls. This is THE location for top-to-toe pampering from anti-ageing facials, hydrotherapy, marine algae body wraps and numerous massages ranging from Swedish to traditional Zambian techniques.”

Best Destination Spa – Lion in the Sun Retreat, Kenya
“Lion in the Sun Retreat is an exclusive hideaway near Malindi on Kenya's stunning coast. Nestled amidst frangipani, bougainvillea and coconut trees, the Lion is a fascinating fusion of Arabian, Indian and African culture… The aim is to have you leaving fully rejuvenated and restored with your body in natural equilibrium.”

Best for Couples – Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives
“There's only one way to reach the heavenly hideaway of Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, and that's in James Bond style: by luxury speedboat. Sprawled across the length of an impossibly perfect private island, turquoise waters of a huge lagoon border this desert island scene, utterly isolated from the rest of the world.”

Most Unique Treatment – The Snow Room at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Dubai
“The staggeringly beautiful Jumeirah Zabeel Saray graces the sandy shores of Palm Jumeirah Island's west crescent. A dazzling white Ottoman Empire-styled palace in the day and a glowing golden fairy-tale vision at night, this is home to the largest spa in the Middle East (and most chandeliers per square metre).”

Condé Nast Johansens Readers’ Award – Armani Hotel Dubai, Dubai
“Exhibiting all the chic, timeless trademarks the revered designer is famous for, this is a hot addition to the luxury hotel and spa scene. A sanctum of clean lines, sleek contours and soothing creams, browns and blacks, when you stay at Armani Hotel Dubai you experience the ‘Stay with Armani’ philosophy.”


Best Newcomer – CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, Anguilla
“CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa is the jewel of Anguilla's Rendezvous Bay. An intimate pure-white Greek-style collection of buildings, its devastatingly stunning location is matched by remarkable cuisine, a world-class spa and 18-hole Greg Norman championship golf course.”

Best Destination Spa – Kurotel Medical Longevity Center and Spa, Brazil
“The leafy scenery and clear mountain air are enough to make you feel instantly invigorated. But that's just a taste of the healthy things to come at Kurotel Medical Longevity Center and Spa, a well-being powerhouse in Gramado, a pretty Bavarian town in south-east Brazil.”

Best for Couples – Peter Island Resort & Spa, British Virgin Islands
“A private island destination of white sand, tropical palms and glassy waters, Peter Island Resort & Spa is wow-out-loud beautiful. Set apart in seclusion from the resort, The Spa on Peter Island is located beside Big Reef Bay caressed by tropical flora and fauna.”

Condé Nast Johansens Readers’ Award – Royal Service Paradisus Río de Oro, Cuba
“A beauty spot to behold, Cuba's mountainous Holguín region is equally stunning on land as it is under water. And the all-inclusive, adults-only Royal Service Paradisus Río de Oro is in plum position for exploring all it has to offer. Beside the white sandy shores of Playa Esmeralda in Bahía del Naranjo Natural Park.”ío-de-oro


The Awards are based on responses from online voting, guest feedback, and Local Expert reports drawn from the hotels featured in our most recent Guides.

Condé Nast Johansens, from the publishers of Vogue, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and Glamour, is the premier reference guide for independent travellers. Condé Nast Johansens remains the most comprehensive illustrated reference to independently owned hotels inspected annually.  With dedicated and highly trained Local Experts, almost 10 times as many properties have been assessed as appear online or in the Guides, in order to narrow the final selection down to the best selection of accommodation for independent travellers. With a readership of 5.5 million across all platforms, the Guides' distribution now totals 28,500 worldwide.

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