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Coming Soon: Voting for 2015 Wellness Travel Awards

Nominations for the Spafinder Wellness 365™ 2015 Wellness Travel Awards are currently underway—which means voting will soon begin to determine the final winners! Consumers across the globe can begin casting their ballots in early August; it is the final step in the three-part approach used to select winners. First and second steps involve nominations and voting by a global panel of 33 spa and wellness travel editors and experts.

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Spafinder Wellness 365® Announces Global Panel of Judges for 2015 Wellness Travel Awards

Spafinder Wellness 365® recently announced the global panel of judges who will nominate candidates for the 2015 Wellness Travel Awards, the only awards program dedicated to honoring spas, hotels, resorts, and retreats that offer stellar experiences and programs to a growing number of consumers seeking healthy vacations and travel.

The 2015 panel is significantly expanded and includes 33 spa and wellness travel editors and experts from every corner of the world. Panelists will nominate the top locations on six continents, in scores of countries, and regions and 20 categories, such as “Best New Spa & Wellness Travel Property,” “Best for Families,” and “Best for Outdoor Adventures & Activities.”

View the list of panelists in its entirety and learn more about the awards nominating/voting process (Canadian partners, please click here).

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Spafinder Wellness 365 Announces Winners of First Global Wellness Travel Awards

November 6 marked a milestone in our Spafinder Wellness, Inc.® history, as we announced the winners of the inaugural Spafinder Wellness 365 global Wellness Travel Awards at the World Market in London. An event that began months ago—beginning with an independent panel of 26 spa, wellness, and hospitality journalists and experts nominating 373 destination spas, hotels, resorts and retreats around the world, followed by online voting from 14,000-plus consumers—came to fruition as 65 lucky winners were revealed (to a room overflowing with 47,000 attendees, press, tour operators, tourism bureaus, and nominees, no less!). We share our heartfelt congratulations to all winners, and invite you to view the full list of recipients on our Awards page, and read the press release here.

Canadian partners can access the winner list here, as well as the press release.

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2014 Wellness Travel Award Winners

Voting for the first Wellness Travel Awards has ended! Visit (or for Canadian partners) starting November 6 and see the complete list of winners.

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Who Took Top Honors in the Readers’ Choice Awards?

SpaFinder has recently unveiled its 2011 Readers’ Choice Award winners, and we wanted to send a shout-out to some of your colleagues in the spa and wellness industry. In addition to such spas as “favorite new getaway,” “best for romance” and “best for yoga,” readers have voted on those they deem the best of the best for “favorite spa manager” and “favorite spa professional.”

We congratulate you!

Favorite Spa Manager:

Favorite Spa Professional:

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Readers’ Choice Awards Announced: Favorite Day Spa

Our 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards have been announced, marking the awards’ ninth anniversary! Worldwide, more votes were cast by spa-goers this year, making it the most international and diverse group of spas in the history of the awards, in addition to beingthe most complete and useful peer-to-peer recommendation in the global spa market.

“SpaFinder was the first to offer people the opportunity to vote for their favorite spas in diverse categories, from cuisine to hiking to golf to romance, 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 a valuable consumer guide, as well as an industry accolade.”

The Awards were based on votes submitted by SpaFinder’s global consumer websites, including and by readers of SpaFinder publications. Readers were asked to only vote for spas they have visited in the last three years.

In addition to the Crystal and Country/Region Awards, readers voted for their favorite spas in 32 different “Best For” categories, including Favorite Day Spa – check out the winners below:

Favorite Day Spa

Blu Water Day Spa (Rockville, MD)

Depasquale Spa (Morris Plains, NJ)

Eden Day Spa (Boca Raton, FL)

Elmwood Spa (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Glen Ivy Hot Springs (Corona, CA)

Great Jones Spa (New York, NY)

Sanctuary Spa (London, UK)

Soho Sanctuary (New York, NY)

Spa Gregorie’s (Newport Beach, CA)

The Spa Ritual (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

A complete list of winners can be accessed at 2011 Readers’ Choice Winners. Crystal and Country/Region award recipients will also be featured in the NewBeauty SpaFinder: Guide to Global Spa, Wellness & Beauty, arriving on newsstands now!

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Laser Hair Removal Proves Popular in Summer Months

Pushing laser hair removal services, especially during warmer months, can potentially drive sales, as warmer weather lends itself to an increased popularity for hair removal procedures.

With day spas integrating summer treatments into their menus, medical spas are also seeing a seasonal trend with a heightened interest in laser hair removal, especially in Southern California, according to Dr. Richard Foxx, medical director and founder of The Medical and Skin Spa at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Villas and Spa in Indian Wells, California. The Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Villas and Spa was named one of SpaFinder’s 2010 Reader’s Choice winners for Best Medical Spa Program.

“People want to feel confident and comfortable about their appearance during the summer, because they are wearing more revealing clothes such as swimsuits or shorts,” Dr. Foxx says. “That’s why the interest in cosmetic treatments like laser hair removal or Botox® Cosmetic in Southern California usually increases during this time.”

Dr. Foxx uses the CoolGlide® Laser made by Cutera® at his medical spa for hair removal procedures. This highly sophisticated laser equipment is FDA-approved and can treat a variety of skin tones. In contrast to many other lasers, CoolGlide is effective on all parts of the body, including the face, legs, arms, underarms and back. In addition, it can be used on more sensitive areas, such as the bikini line. Each session lasts between a few minutes to an hour or two, depending on the size of the area being treated. Usually a series of treatments are needed to provide the best results, but once complete, the effects can be permanent.

“The CoolGlide laser that we offer at The Medical and Skin Spa is undoubtedly one of the most effective methods of permanent hair reduction available,” Dr. Foxx notes. “It’s a simple, comfortable procedure that requires no anesthesia, no downtime, and has minimal side effects.”

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Readers’ Choice Awards: Remind Your Clients to Vote – They’ll Earn 200 Rewards Points

If you haven’t done this yet, there are just 11 days left to vote in the 2011 SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards.

We know you value your clients’ opinions, and we do, too! Your clients get to choose the winners of SpaFinder’s Readers’ Choice Awards, so encourage them to vote now.

As an added incentive, clients who cast their ballots will earn 200 Club Spa Rewards Points, which can be used for spa treatments, wellness classes and spa getaways. Plus, they’ll be entered for a chance to win a dream spa trip to Ananda in the Himalayas or Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat in Australia.

Send your clients this voting link via email blasts, Facebook posts, Twitter messages and more. Voting ends June 21!

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Keep Those RCA Votes Coming!

Ask your clients to vote for your spa in the 2011 SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards, and they’ll be entered for a chance to win the getaway of a lifetime! The winner has a choice between one of two packages* offered for two: A spiritual retreat at Ananda in the Himalayas (prize package valued at $4,900) or a spa adventure at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat (prize package valued at $5,000).

A win is a major accolade to a spa property, as SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards are the most comprehensive consumer assessment of the global spa market available and garner plenty of industry attention. Spa resorts/hotels can leverage their award accomplishments in both web and press materials as well.

We love Chiva Som’s clever Facebook campaign to encourage clients to cast their ballots:

Remind your clients that voting takes only a few minutes of their time and is just a click away. Share this link: Vote now.

For more tips on how to build your brand through the effective use of social marketing, read more.

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New Getaway Spas Named Most Popular

Have you heard? There are some new spas on the block, and they’re already gaining the attention of avid spa-goers worldwide. These much-loved properties have already hit the ground running and are making their mark on the industry – so much so that audiences chose them as Favorite New Getaway Spa in the 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards. View the top 10 winners here.

Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas

Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas

Aveda Spa at The Palms (Miami Beach, Florida)

Capella Telluride (Telluride, Colorado)

Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La Sydney (Sydney, Australia)

Elysian (Chicago, Illinois)

Four Seasons Seychelles (Mahé, Seychelles)

Intercontinental Spa Resort, Fiji (Nadi, Fiji)

Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Spa Helani, Westin Ka’anapali (Lahaina, Hawaii)

Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dove Mountain (Marana, Arizona)

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua (Kapalua, Hawaii)

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