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World’s Best Spa Includes Diamond Facial

Diamond powder facial by La Mer and Himalayan wellness retreat are among the winners of the 2016 Wellness Travel Awards.

Nov 17, 2016 | By Madelaine Angelina

In London, the 2016 Wellness Travel Awards has ranked the top spa and wellness destinations from around the globe, including one in New York City with a diamond exfoliation treatment from La Mer. There are 20 categories of winners, encompassing spas from 41 different countries.

Thirty-nine travel and wellness experts have handpicked the best 388 spa destinations in the world. The final 10 winners for each category were decided through a voting process involving more than 130,000 consumers.

Categories for the awards include the best continental, regional and country spas. The judges also gathered their picks for more specific categories, such as best for couples, families, weight loss, fitness, beauty and anti-aging. There are also winners from best spa for girlfriend getaways, outdoor adventure and solo travel.  

Baccarat Hotel New York spa and pool © Baccarat Hotel New York

Baccarat Hotel New York spa and pool
© Baccarat Hotel New York

One of the highlighted winners is a diamond powder exfoliation at Baccarat Hotel New York (above), presented by luxury skincare brand La Mer. The destination won in the best beauty and anti-aging spa categories. The hotel, opened by French crystal maker Baccarat, is the first spa with dedicated La Mer products. Other treatments offered in the spa include deep tissue, Swedish and hot stone massages.

The Ananda in the Himalayas won the award for best wellness center. Visitors can choose from packages including everything from yoga and stress management to detox and renew programs led by Ayurvedic doctors, therapists, nutritionists and yogis.

Here are some of the major winners:

Best in Europe: SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain

Best in North America: Rancho La Puerta, Mexico

Best in Asia: Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa, Thailand

Best in Africa: Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, South Africa

Best in South and Central America: Lapinha SPA, Brazil

Best in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania: Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Australia

Best in the United States: Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona

Best in Canada: Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa, British Columbia

Best in France: Spa The Peninsula, Paris

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