Spa Goers Vote New Life Hiking Spa onto the Top Ten List for Outdoor Adventure in SpaFinder® Wellness’ 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards

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Prestigious tenth-annual awards honor Spa-Goers’ favorite spas across the globe.

Spa Finder Wellness 2012 Readers Choice Winner

Working your way to the top of a spa category with this level of competition is nothing short of an extraordinary feat.

New Life Hiking Spa announced today that SpaFinder® Wellness, the global spa and wellness resource, has named New Life Hiking Spa as winner of a prestigious 2012 Category Award for Outdoor Adventure. This recognition is given annually to the top-ten most-voted spas for this category by spa-goers across the world in SpaFinder Wellness’ Readers’ Choice Awards.

Once again, the 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards tallied a record amount of votes globally — more than any other year in its 10-year history. As such, the Awards provide the most comprehensive consumer assessment of the global spa market available today, identifying spa-goers’ favorite spas by continent, country/region and across 27 categories.

“Working your way to the top of a spa category with this level of competition is nothing short of an extraordinary feat,” noted Susie Ellis, president of SpaFinder Wellness, Inc.

Readers’ Choice Awards are based on votes submitted worldwide at SpaFinder Wellness’ global consumer websites (including and by readers of SpaFinder Wellness digital publications. Voters were asked to cast ballots only for stay and day spas they’ve personally visited within the past three years.

Complete List of 2012 Winners
The complete list of winners of the 2012 SpaFinder Wellness Readers’ Choice Awards for Outdoor Adventure are as follows:

Allegria Spa at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa, Beaver Creek, CO
Solace Spa at Boyne Mountain, Boyne, MI
COMO Shambhala Estate, Ubud, Bali
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort Hotel, Whistler, BC
Jimmy LeSage’s New Life Hiking Spa, Killington, Vermont
Life in Balance Spa at Miraval, Tucson, AZ
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY
The Sagestone Spa & Salon at Red Mountain Resort, Ivins, UT
Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe, Vermont
Ascent Spa at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, Fish Camp, CA

About SpaFinder® Wellness, Inc.
SpaFinder Wellness is a wellness discovery engine that connects millions seeking a healthier, happier lifestyle with wellness providers around the globe. Its unique digital platform gives people everywhere the ability to discover, search, evaluate and reserve the services they want, at the time, location and price that they desire – whether they are seeking spa, fitness or wellness experiences. SpaFinder Wellness is the largest retailer and wholesaler of gift cards for the spa and wellness industry, and also offers SpaFinder Wellness currency to support corporate wellness programs to help employees maintain healthy lifestyles. For more information, please visit

About New Life Hiking Spa:
New Life Hiking Spa is a destination spa in Killington, Vermont celebrating 35 years in business. Founded in 1978, by Jimmy LeSage, M.S., New Life is an award-winning weight loss and hiking spa vacation.
New Life Hiking Spa is open for nineteen weeks a year; from mid-May through the end of September. Approximately 600 guests from all over the world come to visit New Life in the Green Mountains of Vermont.
SpaFinder Wellness has selected New Life Hiking Spa as one of the 25 Pioneer Spas which have shaped the spa industry as we know it today. New Life is consistently picked as one of the top ten spas in the world by SpaFinders Readers Choice Awards for hiking, solo travel, weight loss, affordability and fitness classes. In addition, in 2011, Jimmy LeSage, M.S., was chosen as one of the world’s top ten best spa managers.
Since 2005, New Life was selected as a top ten fitness vacation by MSNBC, and a top weight loss spa by Shape Magazine and Health Magazine. New Life Hiking Spa was chosen in Yankee Magazine as the 2012 Editor's Choice for "Best Place to Rejuvenate" and has been listed as New England's top spa by Spas of America for the past two years.

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