If like us, you are in dire need of a little TLC, let this list of winners from the 2016 World Spa Awards tempt you with their ultra-decadent offerings of treatments and facials. The overall results of the awards hint that the best spa experiences are generally found in the Middle East (nine out of 24 category wins), where modern spas continue using centuries-old techniques in their treatments.
The spa at Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi
© Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi
Held in conjunction with the World Travel Awards last weekend, the World Spa Awards had a panel of industry leaders and travel experts converge to recognise the best spa destinations around the world. At the top of the list for world’s best signature spa treatment sits The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles for its $300 La Prairie facial. Using the Swiss line’s White Caviar Collection, the rare golden caviar extracts and liquid crystals promise even skin tone, firm and hydrated skin and glowing skin.
Maldives unsurprisingly bagged world’s best spa destination of the year for its extensive range of luxurious spa services and restorative wellness programs (though we’re certain the unparalleled views of clear turquoise waters and pristine beaches would be restorative in itself). Like the Middle East, traditional healing techniques remain at the core of Maldivian spa treatments. Massages that use locally-extracted coconut palm tree oil and white sand have been known to reduce stress and stimulate blood circulation effectively.
Here, some of the big winners of the awards. Start taking notes:
World’s Best Hotel Spa 2016: Emirates Palace Spa (Abu Dhabi)
World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand 2016: Talise by Jumeirah
World’s Best Male Spa 2016: All-men’s Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre
World’s Best Medical Spa 2016: Lanserhof Tegernsee
World’s Best Mineral & Hot Springs Spa 2016: Spa Thermae at Bagni di Pisa Palace & Spa, Italy
World’s Best New Hotel Spa 2016: The Spa at Intercontinental London – The O2
World’s Best Resort Spa 2016: Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray (Dubai)
World’s Best Wellness Retreat 2016: Forte Village Resort (Italy)