New Life Hiking Spa Wins Four Major Industry Awards

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New Life Hiking Spa Named "Best for Affordability, Best for Boutique Spa, Best for Weight Loss and Best for Hiking" in Prestigious 6th Annual SpaFinder Readers' Choice Awards

Now that there are nearly 13,000 hotel, resort and destination spas operating worldwide, for New Life Hiking Spa to be singled out by our readers is a significant honor.

SpaFinder, Inc., the global spa resource, has announced that New Life Hiking Spa has been named among the top-10 best spas in the world for Best for Affordability, Best for Boutique Spa, Best for Weight Loss and Best for Hiking, in its sixth annual SpaFinder Readers' Choice Awards. Based on votes submitted by readers of SpaFinder publications, including Spafinder.com, the awards represent the most complete consumer assessment of the global spa market available today. Nearly 250,000 votes--a record for the Reader's Choice Awards--were cast for favorite spas by continent, country, region and across 25 categories.

"Now in its sixth year, our Readers' Choice Awards have become the industry's premier award program - the spa world's answer to the Academy Awards," said SpaFinder, Inc. President Susie Ellis. "Now that there are nearly 13,000 hotel, resort and destination spas operating worldwide, for New Life Hiking Spa to be singled out by our readers is a significant honor."

Founded and directed by Jimmy LeSage, M.S., the renowned destination spa opened in 1978. Since then, New Life Hiking Spa has helped thousands of people shed pounds while having a wonderful vacation.

New Life Hiking Spa was chosen by MSNBC.com as "one of the top 10 destinations in the world to get in shape" and by Shape Magazine as "one of the eight best weight loss spas", based on its realistic programming. This is the third year in a row New Life has won Best for Weight Loss and Best for Affordability by SpaFinder Readers' Choice Awards.

"After 30 years, we're still going strong and empowering our guests to make major differences in their lives at an affordable price," LeSage said. "Each year, people from around the world come to New Life Hiking Spa and learn to take the necessary steps to create overall better lifestyles for themselves, while also enjoying the pristine scenery and fresh mountain air of Vermont."

To help spa consumers identify the best spas for their unique goals, SpaFinder asked its readers and web visitors to name their picks for the best spas in 25 specific categories - from "best accommodations" and "best cuisine," to "best for men" and "best urban hotel spa." New categories this year included "Best Spa Therapist" and "Best Spa Manager." In all, ballots were cast for more than 1,500 different spa properties worldwide. Voters were asked to only cast ballots for stay spas they've personally visited within the past three years.

New Life Hiking Spa's Readers' Choice Award will be formally presented during an invitation-only gala at the new Spa by Guerlain® in the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel of New York on October 14th, 2008.

Visit Spafinder.com for a Complete List of 2008 Readers' Choice Winners
A complete listing of Readers' Choice Award winners will be featured in SpaFinder's 2009 Global SpaFinder, the definitive worldwide spa directory, and can also be viewed at http://www.spafinder.com/spaguide/readerschoice/2008.jsp.

About SpaFinder, Inc.
The world's largest spa media, marketing and gifting company, SpaFinder, Inc. connects millions of wellness-focused consumers with thousands of spas worldwide. SpaFinder's media properties include the award-winning Spafinder.com, SpaFinder Lifestyle webazine, Spa Enthusiast, and the worldwide spa directory, Global SpaFinder. SpaFinder Gift Certificates and its new gift division, Spa & Salon Wish, offer spa gift certificates and cards that are redeemable at a combined network of over 7,000 spas and salons worldwide and are available at thousands of retail outlets. The company's software division innovates new solutions that help spas build and streamline their businesses, including the popular Spa Booker online booking system. SpaFinder Europe and SpaFinder Japan offer regional spa marketing and gifting programs, including localized, native-language websites. Founded in 1986, the privately held company is headquartered in Manhattan.

About New Life Hiking Spa:
New Life Hiking Spa is a nationally recognized affordable spa located in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont. Known for its exhilarating hiking program, delicious healthy meals and a comfortable atmosphere, New Life Hiking Spa offers the chance to experience the peace of the outdoors in a down-to-earth, country inn environment and is ideally suited for small groups, couples or individuals trying to improve their fitness level and eating habits. New Life is open each year in Killington, Vermont from mid May through the end of September. New Life offers a variety of vacation options including a 2-4 day mini-getaway, a 5-10 day Jump Start Program and the 11-day or longer Weight Loss Retreat. More information can be found online at http://www.newlifehikingspa.com.

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