Nominees, industry insiders and honoured guests alike all fancied up according to the ‘Maharajas & Maharanis’ theme for the much-anticipated evening.
In recognition of the industry’s finest in 21 categories, awards voted on by a panel of 18 expert judges were presented to spas, hotels and resorts, retreats, academies, personalities and products that have exhibited outstanding achievements in not only luxury standards, but also innovation and ecological awareness in the wellness fields.
The splendid evening saw over 350 leading spa professionals gathering to pay tribute to the winners who have advanced the quality for spas in the region. The big winners of the night included ESPA at Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Krabi, Thailand, which took home ‘Spa of the Year (Southeast Asia & the Pacific)’, while ‘Spa of the Year (North & West Asia)’ went to Ananda Spa at Ananda in the Himalayas in India. Aromatherapy Associates was awarded Spa Product Line of the Year, and Banyan Tree Spa Shanghai On The Bund at Banyan Tree Shanghai On The Bund in China was recognised as ‘Urban Spa of the Year’, and Cocoon Medical Spa in Bali, Indonesia received ‘Medi-Spa of the Year’.
“2013 has been an exceptionally interesting year, with many new spas and products entering the ninth AsiaSpa Awards,” says Vivienne Tang, Editor-in-Chief of AsiaSpa magazine. “It was extremely refreshing to see that some of these newcomers walked away with an award.”
The exquisite trophies were provided by Baccarat with additional event sponsorship by W Hong Kong, ila, Bodywize and Kaprice. AsiaSpa would like to extend a special thank you to the W Hong Kong for hosting this year’s AsiaSpa Awards.
Here are the winners of this year:
Spa of the Year (Southeast Asia & the Pacific): ESPA at Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Krabi, Thailand
Spa of the Year (North & West Asia): Ananda Spa, Ananda in the Himalayas, India
Urban Spa of the Year: Banyan Tree Spa Shanghai On The Bund, Banyan Tree Shanghai On The Bund, Shanghai, China
Day Spa of the Year: Divana Massage & Spa, Bangkok, Thailand
New Spa of the Year: The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou, China
Men's Spa of the Year: Jiwa Spa, Conrad Bali, Indonesia
Spa Retreat of the Year: Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa – Bali, Indonesia
Eco-Spa of the Year: Six Senses Spa Ninh Van Bay, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam
Medi-Spa of the Year: Cocoon Medical Spa, Bali, Indonesia
Spa Association of the Year: Spa & Wellness Association Singapore (SWAS), Singapore
Spa Personality of the Year: Rob Buckley, The Giving Touch
In-Spa Training of the Year: Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand
Spa Design of the Year: ESPA at Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore
Spa Treatment of the Year: ‘‘1-6-8’ (‘yi-liu-ba’)’, The Spa at Encore, Wynn Macau, Macau
Men's Spa Treatment of the Year: ‘Bukit Gantang Warrior Treatment’, Spa Village Pangkor Laut, YTL Hotels, Malaysia
Medi-Spa Treatment of the Year: ‘Ultimate Skin Tightening and Lifting Program’, Sense of Touch Medi Spa, Central, Hong Kong
Spa Product Line of the Year: Aromatherapy Associates
Anti-Ageing Product Line of the Year: Comfort Zone - Skin Regimen
Natural Product Line of the Year: ila
Men's Product Line of the Year: Pevonia Botanica - Pevonia Botanica Spa Care for Him
Spa Cuisine of the Year: COMO Shambhala Estate, COMO Hotels and Resorts, Bali, Indonesia