Gaia Retreat & Spa Receives Major Honors from 2013 World Travel Awards and The International Design and Architecture Awards

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Gaia Retreat & Spa was recently honoured as “Australia's Leading Boutique Hotel” and “Australia's Leading Spa Resort” at the 2013 World Travel Awards - the most prestigious awards program in the travel industry worldwide, regarded as the 'Oscars of the Travel industry' by The Wall Street Journal. Gaia Retreat and Spa directors Warwick Evans, Ruth Kalnin, Olivia Newton-John and Gregg Cave are thrilled and honoured to receive these prestigious awards on behalf of their wonderful and committed team at Gaia.

Gaia Retreat & Spa Directors Warwick Evans, Ruth Kalnin, Olivia Newton-John and Gregg Cave

'I am so thrilled that Gaia has received this prestigious award, it's truly an honor to be recognized.' - Olivia Newton-John

Gaia Retreat & Spa was recently honoured as “Australia's Leading Boutique Hotel” and “Australia's Leading Spa Resort” at the 2013 World Travel Awards - the most prestigious awards program in the travel industry worldwide, regarded as the 'Oscars of the Travel industry' by The Wall Street Journal. Gaia Retreat and Spa directors Warwick Evans, Ruth Kalnin, Olivia Newton-John and Gregg Cave are thrilled and honored to receive these prestigious awards on behalf of their wonderful and committed team at Gaia.

"I am so thrilled that Gaia has received this prestigious award, it's truly an honor to be recognized,” says Olivia Newton-John, Gaia Director. “I'm so proud to share this with my fellow directors, Gregg, Ruth and Warwick, as well as our entire staff. Gaia has become my personal sanctuary and I am grateful for our wonderful healers and therapists - our family - who have all helped make our dream a reality by creating an unforgettable experience for our guests."

The World Travel Awards hosted 400 senior, elite members of the Asia and Australasia travel industries on October 1, 2013, in Dubai, it is also one of the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by Royalty, government and industry leaders, luminaries and international media. For this year’s Gala Event, travel, tourism and hospitality organizations from 40 countries received prestigious accolades at the glittering “Gala Presentation Ceremony” at Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, a luxurious, uniquely Thai inspired beach resort, prestigiously located on the iconic Palm Jumeirah.

In addition, Gaia received the The International Hotel & Property Award 2013 - "Asia-Pacific Spa Hotel" awarded to Gregg Cave for his design work Gaia Retreat & Spa from The International Design and Architecture Awards held London last week and the exclusive Hurlingham Club. Hosted by Design et al, a leading interior design magazine based in the UK, The International Hotel & Property Awards recognizes the best in design from across the globe.

Since opening in 2005, Gaia has received numerous accolades and awards, gaining an impeccable reputation as a leading unique boutique Australian Spa experience. Some of the awards include: Conde Nast Traveller Readers Spa Award - 2008 Winner- "Favourite Overseas Hotel Spa - Australasia and South Pacific" and listed 17th in the world; Gourmet Travellers - 2011 Winner -"Best Health Retreat"; World Luxury Hotel Award - 2012 Winner "Country Best Luxury Destination Spa"; The Spa Traveller Awards 2012 - Winner - 'Readers Choice Ultimate Wellness Spa, -Australasia and South Pacific, Winner - ‘Best Spa Resort 2011 and 2012’, Winner 'Best Wellness Cuisine' 2011 and 2012; Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Winner of 2012, 2011, 2010 in the categories - "Best Relaxation & Spa Hotels in Australia" and "Best Relaxation & Spa Hotels in the South Pacific."    

In addition to its numerous awards, Gaia is thrilled to announce the release of the long-awaited second cookbook, Gratitude, featuring recipes by Head Chef, Dan Trewartha. “Dan’s cooking skills and appreciation for organic foods and finer detail to flavoring is second to none,” says Gregg Cave. “We’re excited about Gratitude and what you can expect will live up to the recent London-based Spa Traveller awards received for “Best Spa Cuisine 2011 & 2012.”

Finally, now the platform for choice has been raised , the directors of Gaia are moving forward with building 4 X new platinum suites which are currently under construction and are due to be completed by early 2014. The luxurious one bedroom split-level suites will feature their own treatment room, outdoor spa and everything needed for a truly indulgent retreat experience.

For more information visit http://www.gaiaretreat.com.au or follow us on Twitter @GaiaRetreat and Facebook @gaiaretreatandspa.

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