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November, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 11

Spa Finder Announces Readers' Choice Award Winners

By Editorial Staff

Spa Finder magazine recently announced the winners of its 2003 Readers' Choice Awards, in which readers were asked to vote for the "best" U.S. and international spas.

The Crystal Award went to the readers' choice for best international spa by region (Asia; Europe; the Caribbean/Central America/South America; Mexico; and Canada) and best U.S.

spa by size (boutique; small; midsize; large; and mega), while the Mind, Body, Spirit Award went to the top-10 spas that won the most individual awards in 16 categories, including accommodations; cuisine; fitness; golf; hiking; massage; medical programs; skincare; meeting locations; spiritual programs; tennis; urban spas; value for the money; yoga; and water and winter sports.

For a full listing of all the awards, visit

Crystal Award Winners for Best International Spas:

Asia: Chiva-Som International, Thailand

Europe: Royal Parc Evian, France

Caribbean/Central America/South America: The BodyHOliday at LeSPORT, St. Lucia, West Indies.

Mexico: Rancho La Puerta, Baja California Sur

Canada: Willow Stream, The Spa at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta

Crystal Award Winners for Best U.S. Spas by Size:

Boutique (fewer than 15 rooms) - Ten Thousand Waves, N.M.

Small (15-39 rooms) - New Age Health Spa, N.Y.

Midsize (40-99 rooms) - Green Valley Spa, UT

Large (100-200) - Miraval, Life in Balance, Ariz.

Mega (more than 200 rooms) - Doral Golf Resort and Spa, Fla.

Mind, Body, Spirit Awards for Best Spa in 16 Categories:

  • Canyon Ranch Health Resort, Ariz. - 10 categories
  • Canyon Ranch Health Resort, Mass. - 10 categories
  • Green Valley Spa, UT - 10 categories
  • Miravel, Life in Balance, Ariz. - 10 categories
  • Lake Austin Spa Resort, TX - nine categories
  • The Phoenician, Ariz. - eight categories
  • Doral Golf Resort and Spa, Fla. - seven categories
  • Red Mountain, The Adventure Spa, UT - seven categories
  • Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, Fla. - seven categories
  • Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa, Vt. - seven categories.


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