Jimmy LeSage, M.S., Founder and Director of New Life Hiking Spa, Receives Award at SpaFinder Offices in New York City.

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Jimmy LeSage, M.S., Founder and Director of New Life Hiking Spa in Killington, Vermont Received "Best Spa Manager" in the Coveted SpaFinder 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards in New York City at the SpaFinder Corporate Offices. Pete Ellis, CEO of SpaFinder, Presented the Award.

Jimmy LeSage receives SpaFinder Award

SpaFinder, Inc., the global spa resource, presented Jimmy LeSage the award for Top 10 Spa Managers worldwide in the prestigious SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards. Mr. LeSage was presented the award by Pete Ellis, CEO of SpaFinder at the SpaFinder Corporate Offices in New York City.

Jimmy LeSage, M.S., started New Life Hiking Spa in Stratton, Vermont in 1978. In 1990, New Life moved to Killington, Vermont at the Inn of Six Mountains and has remained there since that time. For 34 years, New Life Hiking Spa has welcomed guests from around the globe during the months of May – October.

Mr. LeSage received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his Masters degree in Counseling from the University of Bridgeport. New Life was one of the first destination spas in the world and has received accolades from numerous publications over the past three decades.

Mr. LeSage coined the term “hiking spa”, which is now an industry standard.

To help spa enthusiasts choose the ideal spas for their specific goals, each year SpaFinder asks its readers to name their top picks for the best spas in unique categories, from yoga to accommodations to golf to romance.

“SpaFinder was the first to offer people the opportunity to vote for their favorite spas in diverse categories, providing a fast, accessible way for spa-goers to make decisions based on what’s important to them,” said SpaFinder President Susie Ellis. “They have become an important consumer guide, as well as an industry accolade.”

The 2011 Awards were based on votes submitted worldwide at SpaFinder’s global consumer websites (including SpaFinder.com) and by readers of SpaFinder publications. Voters were asked to cast ballots only for spas they’ve personally visited within the past three years.
This year winners were also named for six continents and 44 countries and regions, with four new countries (Israel, Jordan, Mauritius and Vietnam) added to the list, underscoring just how vibrant the expansion of spas around the world has become.

Complete List of 2011 Winners
Readers’ Choice Award winners will be featured on SpaFinder.com, SpaFinder’s Club Spa newsletter and blog and in the NewBeauty SpaFinder Guide to Global Spa, Wellness & Beauty, which will be on newsstands this month.

About SpaFinder:
The world’s largest spa media, marketing and gifting company, SpaFinder, Inc., connects millions of wellness-focused consumers with thousands of spas, yoga, Pilates and fitness studios and wellness practitioners worldwide. SpaFinder’s media properties include the award-winning http://www.spafinder.com, the Club Spa e-newsletter and blog and the annual NewBeauty SpaFinder Guide to Global Spa, Wellness & Beauty. SpaFinder and its spa-beauty gift division, SpaWish, offer gift certificates and cards that are redeemable at a combined network of over 9,000 spas and salons, and are available at nearly 1000,000 unique retail outlets in 79 countries. SpaFinder Europe and SpaFinder Japan offer regional spa marketing and gifting programs, including localized websites. Currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary, SpaFinder is a privately held company headquartered in Manhattan.

About New Life Hiking Spa:
New Life Hiking Spa is a nationally recognized affordable spa for men and women located in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont since 1978. Known for its exhilarating hiking program, a world renowned weight loss retreat, 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. New Life Hiking Spa is open each year from mid May through October in the Green Mountains of Vermont and welcomes approximately 500 visitors each year from around the globe.

In January of 2010 & 2011, New Life Hiking Spa was selected as one of the top 10 fitness vacations in the world by MSNBC. New Life Hiking Spa was selected by Shape Magazine as "one of the eight best weight loss spas", and by Health Magazine as "one of four great weight loss spas".


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