Spafinder Wellness 365™ Names 2013 Readers’ Choice Award Winners

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Spas in Australia, Brazil, Italy, Mexico, South Africa and Thailand Take Top Honors; New Awards Extend Beyond Spa to Fitness, Yoga and Nutrition

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We believe that keeping well is not a luxury, but a necessity for people to live their fullest and best lives possible.

Spafinder Wellness 365™, the world’s best resource for feeling good and living well all year round, today announced the winners of its coveted 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards. Top honors went to Crystal Award winners in Australia, Brazil, Italy, Mexico, South Africa and Thailand that were voted the favorite on each of six continents. Country Awards went to the top hotel, destination or resort spas across 44 countries and regions, and Category honors were awarded to the top 10 spas and wellness locations in 26 unique classifications, from best beach spas to best for families to best fitness and wellness programs.

This is the first year awards were presented to fitness, yoga, and nutrition locations and programs, in addition to spas. The evolved awards reflect the company’s mission to make keeping well more accessible each and every day. The 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards attracted an unprecedented level of worldwide consumer participation, providing the most comprehensive consumer assessment of the global spa and wellness market available.

“We believe that keeping well is not a luxury, but a necessity for people to live their fullest and best lives possible,” said Spafinder® Wellness, Inc.’s Chief Brand Officer Mia Kyricos. “Our passion is to provide meaningful resources, like our popular Readers’ Choice Awards, that give consumers a chance to vote and share their love for favored wellness destinations with one another.”

The complete list of Readers’ Choice Award winners is featured at http://www.spafinder.com/rca.

The 2013 Crystal Awards were awarded to:

Africa - One&Only, Cape Town (Cape Town, South Africa)

Asia - Chiva-Som (Hua Hin, Thailand)

Australia - Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat (Queensland, Australia)

Europe - Lefay Resort & SPA, Lago di Garda (Gargnano, Italy)

North America - Rancho La Puerta (Tecate, Baja California, Mexico)

South America - Kurotel Medical Center for Longevity and Spa (Gramado, Brazil)

The 2013 Awards were based on votes submitted worldwide at Spafinder.com. Voters were asked to cast ballots only for locations they’ve personally visited within the past three years.

Spafinder Wellness 365™ is a division of Spafinder Wellness, Inc.®, the world’s largest media, marketing and gifting company for the wellness industry. With over 25 years of experience as a spa and wellness authority, the company guides the industry, partners, consumers and employers with the most comprehensive resource for wellness-related products, services and insight in the marketplace. Millions of people find inspiration to keep well every day via the Spafinder brand family, also known for its widely distributed gift cards available at 70,000-plus retailers worldwide and a global network of 20,000-plus spas, salons, fitness, yoga and Pilates studios and travel destinations. Learn more at Spafinder.com.

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