Asia Spa Awards 2008: Thailand Wins the Highest Number of Awards

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2008-Asia-spa-250x150Bangkok, November 17, 2008 – The winners of the fourth year of the AsiaSpa Awards, presented by AsiaSpa magazine, the region’s most recognised spa and wellness publication, were announced at a glittering evening in Hong Kong on November 16th. Celebrating the best in terms of innovation and quality that Asia’s spa the 26 categories, voted on by 29 independent judges, were won by the spas, spa personalities, events, associations and resorts that set the benchmarks in the region.

Thailand won a total of eight awards — the most number of winners. These are:

Destination Spa of the Year:
Holistic Spa, Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand
Urban Spa of the Year:
The Oriental Spa, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Thailand
Day Spa of the Year:
Tamarind Springs, Koh Samui, Thailand
Medi-Spa of the Year:
TRIA Integrative Wellness, Bangkok, Thailand
Spa Design of the Year:
The Barai, Hyatt Regency, Hua Hin, Thailand
Spa Treatment of the Year:
Himalayan Tsangpo Ritual – CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Holistic Treatment of the Year:
Inner Flow Therapy, The Dheva Spa, Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Spa Cuisine of the Year:
Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand

Indonesia also came up with numerous winners, with Bali walking away with Spa Capital of the Year, Spa Village Resort snapped up the New Spa Award and Jara Menari won The Spa Therapist’s Team award. The Philippines, Hong Kong and Cambodia all had winners too, and while big brands Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and The Ritz-Carlton Hotels and Resorts were represented, independent spas Sense of Touch and the Shinta Mani Spa also made the winner’s podium.

“We are very proud to support the best businesses in the industry and to give them the recognition they deserve,” said Olivier Burlot, Managing Director of Blu Inc Media. “Despite the challenging times that lie ahead we are very optimistic about the strength of both the industry and our publication.”

AsiaSpa’s new Editor-in-Chief, Rebecca Walker supported this notion saying, “I have every confidence that AsiaSpa will continue to thrive in the coming year and beyond. This is our biggest turn out to date and it is wonderful to have so many pivotal figures of the spa industry under the one roof.”

Hosted and sponsored by the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, the black and bling themed event took place in The Salon. Entertainment was provided by a jazz trio by Innonation, as over 400 industry VIPs networked while the champagne flowed and delicious canapés were tasted. A glamorous fashion show showcased Baccarat’s stunning glass jewellrey and the event was decorated with flowers from Tiffanny Flowers and candles and décor from The Candle Company.Hosted and sponsored by the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, the black and bling themed event took place in The Salon. Entertainment was provided by a jazz trio by Innonation, as over 400 industry VIPs networked while the champagne flowed and delicious canapés were tasted. A glamorous fashion show showcased Baccarat’s stunning glass jewellrey and the event was decorated with flowers from Tiffanny Flowers and candles and décor from The Candle Company.

Guests walked away with goodie bags including fabulous products from Payot, Elemis, and Tea Concepts as well as delicious chocolates from Beschele. Special guests included Oriane Hong of Baccarat, Claudia Bonfiglioli of Cosmoprof and Gordon Fuller from the Grand Hyatt.

The winners of the AsiaSpa Awards 2008 are:

• Destination Spa of the Year:
Holistic Spa, Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand

• Urban Spa of the Year:
The Oriental Spa, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Thailand

• Day Spa of the Year:
Tamarind Springs, Koh Samui, Thailand

• New Spa of the Year:
Spa Village Resort, Tembok Bali, Indonesia

• Spa for Men of the Year:
The Mandarin Barber, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

• Spa Retreat of the Year:
The Farm, The Philippines

• Eco-Spas of the Year:
Six Senses Resorts & Spas

• Socially Responsible Spa of the Year:
The Shinta Mani Spa, Shinta Mani Hotel and Institute of Hospitality, Siem Reap, Cambodia

• Medi-Spa of the Year:
TRIA Integrative Wellness, Bangkok, Thailand

• Asian Spa Capital of the Year:
Bali, Indonesia

• Spa Association of the Year:
Australasian Spa Association

• Spa Event of the Year:
Cosmoprof Asia 2007, Hong Kong

• Spa Personality of the Year:
Catherine Feliciano-Chon, CatchOn & Company, Hong Kong

• In-Spa Training of the Year:
CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

• Spa Academy of the Year:
Frederique Academy, Hong Kong

• Spa Design of the Year:
The Barai, Hyatt Regency, Hua Hin, Thailand

• Spa Treatment of the Year:
Himalayan Tsangpo Ritual – CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

• Holistic Treatment of the Year:
Inner Flow Therapy, The Dheva Spa, Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, Thailand

• Men’s Spa Treatment of the Year:
‘Cheers to Beers’ Therapy, Sense of Touch, Hong Kong

• Spa’s Therapist Team of the Year:
Jari Menari, Bali, Indonesia

• Spa Product of the Year:
Comfort Zone

• Anti-Ageing Product of the Year:
Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream, Elemis

• Natural Products of the Year:
Aromatherapy Associates

• Men’s Product of the Year:
Optimale Refreshing Eye Contour Care by Payot Homme

• Spa Cuisine of the Year:
Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand

• Spa Marketing of the Year:
Pevonia

For more information, high-resolution images and quotes, please contact:
Rebecca Walker, Editor-in-chief, AsiaSpa Magazine
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +852 2165 2800
Web site: www.asiaspa.com, www.asiaspaawards.com

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