Winners announced

8 November 2013

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The Smith Hotel awards:Showcasing the world's
most stylish stays

Best Spa Hotel

Best Spa Hotel

Relax. Close your eyes, and breathe. Imagine you've arrived at the Best Spa Hotel in the world. You're soothed by its comforting air, you're about to have a life-enhancing, mood-improving, radiance-boosting afternoon of bliss. Where are you?

You tell us… Invigorating massage with Alpine views? A mud treatment for two? Serious anti-ageing facial? A bit of a swim and a loll in the sauna? Whatever your spa style, you'll demand nothing less than excellence.


Winner Como Shambhala Estate

Bali, Indonesia

 Winner Smith Hotel Awards 2013 Como Shambhala Estate

Ubud in Bali is arguably the world capital of wellness retreats, and Como’s flagship spa hotel stands head and deeply relaxed shoulders above the rest. The estate is renowned for its holistic back-to-nature approach, and promises to soothe, relax, cosset and revivify – while surrounding you in totally tropical, thatched-pavilion, wall-to-wall waterfall luxury. East meets West in the Ojas spa, with therapies running the gamut from Ayurveda and anti-ageing to Thai massage and stress management.


Runner up Lime Wood

Hampshire, United Kingdom

 Runner up Smith Hotel Awards 2013 Lime Wood

'This spa has a magical quality to it that just makes you want to be there and never leave'
Tamara Lohan, Mr & Mrs Smith co-founder
'I love how the spa is anchored around herbs ' 
Simon Westcott, Mr & Mrs Smith's Asia-Pacific MD


Runner up Pearl Beach Resort

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

 Runner up Smith Hotel Awards 2013 Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

'Overwater bungalows; tattoo artists; dancing-feet massages… Wow. This spa is special'
Juliet Kinsman, Editor-in-chief, Mr & Mrs Smith
'I loved the entire connection to water; both the natural setting and water-oriented facilities' 
Andrew Goetz, co-founder, Malin + Goetz

Top ten

BEST SPA HOTEL Award Criteria

Sensual appeal

Beautiful decor and layout that appeals to all the sense? Soothing, unobtrusive soundtrack? Forest views from your treatment room? Alfresco treatments on the beach?

Treatments that deliver

Whether it's a technically brilliant facial or a muscle-soothing massage, the Best Spa Hotel doesn't just go through the motions: it's an expert in its chosen field. Therapists should be intuitive and knowledgable, spa menus will be well-considered and flexible, and the end result should leave you relaxed, radiant and restored.

Detail, detail, detail

We know you'll agree when we say we also need nice changing rooms, with pristine robes and plenty of products to hand; water, tisanes or juice to sip; a warm welcome, gentle instruction when we need it, and an invitation to linger as long as we like.

Fantastic facilities

Artfully tiled hammams, column-flanked pools, state-of-the-art spa suites, ocean-view yoga pavilions, heated treatment beds… all things we love.

Perfect products

Does the spa use an exceptional product range, an iconic beauty brand, or craft its own signature blends? Has it cherry-picked the best available for each treatment type, be it a manicure or a body wrap?

Holistic approach

The best hotel spas reflect the ethos of their setting: it's not an afterthought but a natural extension of the property's outlook. Think Napa Valley mustard seed, Tuscan viticultural products, hot tubs on the piste or thalassotherapy by the sea…

Top ten

Our judges

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  • Newby Hands

    Newby Hands

  • Susan Kurosawa

    Susan Kurosawa

  • Malin + Goetz

    Malin + Goetz