2016 SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED AND VOTING OPEN 1 SEPTEMBER

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?

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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.

Top 10

Previous winners

Winner

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.

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Runner-up

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

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Runner-up

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

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Winner

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.

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Runner-up

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

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Runner-up

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

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Best Spa Hotel award criteria

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