Destination Spa of the Year
Bangkok, Thailand (PRWEB) December 18, 2008
Thailand In Style reviews awards and accolades presented to Spas and Retreats in Thailand over the course of 2008. In an industry estimated to be worth some US$225 billion globally, Thailand's spirituality, Buddhism, gentleness and a ritual of natural healing have helped make the Kingdom the Spa capital of the world.
"Thailand's spa industry is undoubtedly the most developed in the region and arguably a role model for the global industry as a whole" says Miguel Cunat, CEO of Thailand In Style. "From world renowned destination spas such as the Chiva Som to Spiritual Retreats such as Kamalaya and onwards to Day Spas and the lady offering a beachside massage it is easy to understand why Thailand's Health and Wellness industry continues to reap global awards".
Commencing our review in Bangkok, the legendary Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bangkok with their Oriental Bangkok Spa & Ayurvedic Penthouse, a temple of teak and calm on the southern banks of the Chao Phraya River, collected 12th place in Travel + Leisure Magazine's 2008 "Top 20 Hotel Spas" category, was voted number 21 of the World's Top 26 Spas by Conde Nast Traveller (UK) and the No. 2 Day Spa Overseas.
At the Asia Spa Awards, the Oriental Bangkok won the "Urban Spa of the Year" award and Readers of Luxury Travel magazine also voted the Oriental Bangkok Spa No. 5 in the "Best Overseas Spa" category. With over 50 different Spa Menu options on offer the Oriental Bangkok Spa is no stranger to awards and has in previous years been regularly voted "Best Spa in the World".
Moving south from Bangkok, the Chiva Som was listed in the top 5 Destination Spas in the Conde' Nast Traveller (UK) Readers' Travel Awards, was voted "Favorite Spa in Thailand" in Spa Finder's Readers' Choice Awards (USA) as well as being featured in the Top 10 Medi Spa of the World, was named "Best Spa in the World" by the Ultimate Luxury Travel Related Awards, was rated "Best Overseas Spa" in the Luxury Travel Gold List Awards and collected the "Spa Cuisine of the Year" award at the Asia Spa Awards.
Also in Hua Hin, the Six Senses Spa, Evason Hua Hin was named 5th Favorite Overseas Hotel Spa in Asia in Conde Nast Traveller UK Readers Spa Awards.
A little further south from Hua Hin, Koh Samui is the home of Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa who won "Destination Spa of the Year" at the Asia Spa Award's and "Best Wellness Retreat" in the Spa Asia Crystal Awards where Kamalaya was one of 8 finalists in the category, which included wellness destinations from Asia and one from Australia.
Staying on Koh Samui, Six Senses Hideaway Samui, Thailand was awarded Best of the Best Spa 2008 by Virtuoso Life Publisher - USA. The Six Senses Spa at Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi is also included in the Conde Nast Traveler (USA) Hot List Spas 2008.
Still further south and remaining on Thailand's Andaman coastline, Koh Lanta and the Pimalai Resort & Spa won the much coveted "Best Spa" award at the annual TTG Travel Awards.
From southern Thailand to the more mountainous north where the Four Seasons Chiang Mai claimed second place in Travel + Leisure's Top 20 Hotel Spas and was named the best Hotel Spa in Asia in the Top 50 Hotel Spas by Region category. The Dheva Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai received Holistic Treatment of the Year for their Inner Flow Therapy at the AsiaSpa Awards.
Onwards up into Thailand's Golden Triangle where Laos and Burma are but a step away as is the Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa which was awarded 'Thailand's Leading Spa Resort' at the World Travel Awards held in Shanghai this year.
As Thailand's Spas and Retreats continue to get showered with international awards of excellence it is no surprise that over 3,600,000 people had a spa treatment during their holiday in Thailand in 2007. Contributing to the success of Thailand's spa industry are the very high service levels, the friendly, eager to please and gentle Thais, the long tradition of healing philosophy based on herbal and holistic medicine, the strong role played by Buddhism and above-all the excellent value for money.
"A growing number of discerning international visitors to Thailand now regard a Thai spa treatment as an essential part of their visit" says Miguel Cunat, "Be it a Day Spa or a Destination Spa the ethos echoes that of Thailand In Style; the authenticity, the detail, the seamlessness and the texture combine to create a memorable and stimulating experience".
Thailand In Style is a Thailand based travel design company that specializes in offering travel consultation and services for clients visiting Thailand and Indochina. Thailand In Style hand-selects Boutique Hotels and Villas in Thailand and offers a full portfolio of concierge style services including chauffeured cars, expert guides and a wealth of local travel advise all designed to ensure that guests can sit back and derive maximum satisfaction from their time whilst in Thailand. Thailand In Style provides interesting alternatives and "out of the box" ideas which provide a conversational currency long after the holiday itself has finished.
For further information refer to http://www.thailandinstyle.com