World Spa Awards announce the best spas in the world

The world’s finest spa and wellness brands were honoured this week at a gala ceremony in the Maldives. Pioneers, influencers and leading figureheads of the global spa and wellness industry attended the 2018 World Spa Awards at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, an ultra-luxury private island escape in the southern Dhaalu Atoll.

According to a media release winners at the red carpet reception included:

  • Anantara Spa – World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand
  • Armani Hotel Dubai – World’s Best Hotel Spa –
  • Lanserhof Tegernsee – World’s Best Medical Spa
  • Alpine Spa at Switzerland’s Bürgenstock Hotel – World’s Best New Hotel Spa
  • Mii amo – North America’s Best Wellness Retreat

In a special category to acknowledge an outstanding contribution to the industry, Dr. Erich Schulte, Founder of QMS Medicosmetics, was named 2018 World Spa Awards Spa Pioneer for his work advancing the science of skincare.

Rebecca Cohen, Managing Director, World Spa Awards, is quoted as saying: “The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort has proven a world-class host on what has been a magnificent evening of triumph for the spa and wellness industry. We have had the privilege of recognising the leading organisations from across the world and my congratulations to each of them.”

Other highlights included awards for Australia’s Gaia Retreat & Spa (‘World’s Best Day Spa); Natura Bissé (‘World’s Best Spa Brand’); Santa Maris Oia Luxury Spa (‘Europe’s Best Resort Spa’); Waldorf Astoria Park City Spa (‘Utah’s Best Hotel Spa’); The Lanesborough Club & Spa (‘England’s Best Hotel Spa’); Aromatherapy Associates (‘World’s Best Aromatherapy Brand’); PEDI:MANI:CURE Studio by Bastien Gonzalez (‘World’s Best Nail Studio Brand’) and The Temple House, Chengdu, China (‘Asia’s Best Wellness Retreat’).

The weekend also proved an excellent showcase for host The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. The resort’s eco-conscious design draws on island-inspired style and contemporary architectural elements, and its villas come with private plunge pools. The unique, lobster-shaped Iridium Spa is the largest overwater spa in the Maldives at 20,000 square foot, making it the perfect venue to showcase the brilliance of the global spa industry.

Here are the winners in the “World” category of the World Spa Awards. For a full list of winners, visit the website:

World’s Best Hotel Spa 2018
Armani SPA at Armani Hotel Dubai

World’s Best Resort Spa 2018
Iridium Spa at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

World’s Best Wellness Retreat 2018
Mriya Resort & Spa (Russia)

World’s Best Day Spa 2018
Gaia Retreat & Spa

World’s Best Spa Destination 2018

World’s Best Airline Lounge Spa 2018
Etihad Six Senses Spa

World’s Best Aromatherapy Brand 2018
Aromatherapy Associates

World’s Best Beauty Salon 2018
MISS FOX Melbourne

World’s Best Casino Hotel Spa 2018
Banyan Tree Spa Marina Bay Sands (Singapore)

World’s Best Country House Hotel Spa 2018
The Spa & Bath House at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa (England)

World’s Best Cruise Spa 2018
SPA & Meer at TUI Cruises

World’s Best Desert Spa 2018
Al Wadi Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert

World’s Best Detox Programme 2018
Master Detox at The LifeCo

World’s Best Eco Spa 2018
Vindhu Spa at aaaVeee Nature’s Paradise

World’s Best Female Spa 2018
Al Faisaliah Spa by ESPA at Al Faisaliah Hotel Riyadh

World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand 2018
Anantara Spa

World’s Best Male Spa 2018
The Ritz-Carlton Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh

World’s Best Medical Spa 2018
Lanserhof Tegernsee

World’s Best Mineral & Hot Springs Spa 2018
The Thermal Spa at AQUA DOME – Tirol Therme Längenfeld

World’s Best Nail Studio Brand 2018
PEDI:MANI:CURE Studio by Bastien Gonzalez

World’s Best New Hotel Spa 2018
Alpine Spa at Bürgenstock Hotel, Switzerland

World’s Best New Resort Spa 2018
The Ritz-Carlton Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi, Malaysia

World’s Best Private Island Spa 2018
The Spa at Laucala Island (Fiji)

World’s Best Private Spa Villas 2018
Private Spa Villas at Geinberg5 Private Spa & Villas

World’s Best Spa & Wellness Tour Operator 2018
Trip for Wellness

World’s Best Spa Brand 2018
Natura Bissé

World’s Best Spa Design 2018
Lanserhof Lans

World’s Best Spa Signature Treatment 2018
Caviar Journey at Iridium Spa at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

World’s Best Thermal Grotto Spa 2018
Grotta Giusti

World’s Best Thermal Spa & Medical Wellness Operator 2018
VAMED Vitality World

World’s Best Wellness Travel Agency 2018
Ayurva Traveller

Spa Pioneer 2018
Dr. Erich Schulte, Founder, QMS Medicosmetics

World Spa Awards is the sister event to World Travel Awards, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. For more information about the 2018 World Spa Awards, visit and for a full list of winners click here.