2015 Awards

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The Smith Hotel awards:Showcasing the world's
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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 Dormy House

Cotswolds, United Kingdom

Best Spa Hotel - Smith Hotel Awards 2014 Dormy House

All honey-hued stone on the outside and clean-lined Scandi-chic on the inside, this recently opened retreat has quickly won ardent fans, becoming a bit hit with Cotswolds spa-goers. The candlelit infinity pool may be its centrepiece, but the rhassoul-mud room, fragrant thermal suite, Veuve Clicquot nail bar and host of Temple Spa treatments are equally tempting.

Runner-up Como Shambhala

Bali, Indonesia

 Runner up Smith Hotel Awards 2013 Como Shambhala Estate

‘You’re completely at one with nature: treetop treatment suites and outdoor hydrotherapy coupled with incredible Ayurvedic massages make for a complete rest for body and mind’
Lisa Stokes, Spa Spy

Runner-up Fusion Maia Resort

Hoi An, Viet Nam

 Runner up Smith Hotel Awards 2013 Fusion Maia Resort

‘I love that the package is inclusive of all holistic services, and has locally made products; and I love the diversity: yoga, eco beach walks, bicycling, private Jacuzzis… Awesome’
Matthew Malin, co-founder Malin + Goetz


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…

Previous winners

Best Spa Hotel 2013


RUNNERS-UP Lime Wood, Hampshire, United Kingdom Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

BEST OF THE REST Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island, Australia Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire, United Kingdom Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, Capri, Italy Goldeneye Hotel & Resort, Jamaica, Jamaica Saffire, Freycinet Peninsula, Australia La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco Parrot Cay by Como, Turks & Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands

Our judges

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  • Ruth Crilly

    Ruth Crilly

  • Malin + Goetz

    Malin + Goetz

  • Lisa Stokes

    Lisa Stokes