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The winners of the 2018 World Spa & Wellness Awards were announced in a glamorous awards ceremony on Sunday, February 25. The World Spa & Wellness Awards, a black-tie event held at the Tobacco Dock events venue in East London, honours hotels and resort spas, and wellness destinations, around the world.

 

The 2018 World Spa & Wellness Awards winners are:

Hilton announced plans to welcome the luxury Waldorf Astoria Cancun and the all-inclusive Hilton Cancun resort to the global hospitality company's growing portfolio in Mexico. Developed by Parks Hospitality and set to open in 2021, the neighboring properties will feature distinct characteristics and amenities across 100 acres of Caribbean beachfront.

The BodyHoliday

Saint Lucia

 

Set on a secluded cove of white sand beach at the edge of the Caribbean Sea, surrounded by tropical gardens and rainforest, The Body Holiday Saint Lucia is the ultimate getaway for body and mind. Recognised as one of the finest destination resorts and centre of well-being, guests can select a retreat, based on one of five themes: Prana Life, Strong me, Beautiful Inside, Balancing Lives, and Souls Sabbatical.

 

When 600+ wellness experts from 40+ nations gather to debate the future of wellness, a uniquely insightful and global view of trends unfolds. That’s what transpired at the recent Global Wellness Summit (GWS), which brought together leaders from the travel, spa, beauty, fitness, nutrition, technology, medical and architecture worlds. Today, the organization released their top wellness trends for 2018 (and beyond).

 

“No other trends report is based on the perspectives of so many wellness experts,” said Susie Ellis, GWS chairman & CEO. “And every one of this year’s trends pushes the health and wellness envelope in unexpected ways.”

The Fairmont Mayakoba, situated in the Riviera Maya is home to the Willow Stream Spa, the in house brand of the iconic Fairmont hotel chain that looks to nature for inspiration, energy and balance. Catering to families, couples and business travellers the hotel is often the location of choice for exclusive events, including the Live Love Spa Mexico event held in August for the last two years running. I was recently invited to enjoy an afternoon at the spa with a friend.

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has been appointed by Vancouver-based property development company, Replay Destinations, to manage Rosewood Half Moon Bay Antigua, which will open in 2021 in the Caribbean’s West Indies. The resort will be situated on 132 spectacular oceanfront acres along Half Moon Bay, which is internationally lauded as one of the world’s most spectacular beaches. The former Half Moon Bay Hotel was established in the 1950’s, and for decades was a sought-after vacation destination and resort playground for the international jet set.

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the annual event focused on the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy, today announced renowned fitness/wellness entrepreneur Tony de Leede and Mia Kyricos, a leader in shaping wellness-driven hospitality, tourism and lifestyle companies, as co-chairs of this year’s Summit (October 6-8, 2018). The 12th annual event will take place at Technogym Village, a 37-acre campus located in Cesena, Italy that combines high design and high tech seamlessly and was created to inspire and encourage every aspect of wellness. Technogym is a world-leading manufacturer of fitness and gym equipment and an official supplier of the Olympic Games.

Termatalia starts the promotion in Europe of its third edition in Latin America at FITUR. It will take place in Foz do Iguaçu, State of Paraná, Brazil, between September 19 and 21, 2018 under the slogan "Energy from the waters" and will involve new business opportunities for companies in Spain and Galicia, as well as the other participating countries. The choice of Brazil as headquarters is led by the Iguazú Fund for Tourism Development and Promotion and the Foz do Iguaçu Prefabrication and has the support of the main public and private entities linked to tourism in this region and also in the country (State of Paraná and the Ministry of Tourism of Brazil) to position it internationally, also as a thermal destination.

During my recent trip to ISPA, I unfortunately experienced some back pain. This is unusual for me and I mistakenly thought it was muscular. After realizing that massage and topical aromatherapy and botanicals weren’t going to be strong enough, I used the powerful force of social media to ask for recommendations, after all - I was surrounded by health, wellness and spa experts! I was flooded with responses and advice, leading me to two hi-tech advanced holistic therapies that made a world of difference to the pain that was caused by an out-of-place vertebra.

Designed to rejuvenate and refresh one’s well-being, six new duplex Wellness Suites at Grand Velas Los Cabos are now available inclusive of a dedicated fitness loft, private training, personal wellness concierge, healthy minibar, in-suite juicing, and more.

Offering an exciting new gateway to South America, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas will soon debut its authentic luxury in Brazil with the opening of Anantara Maraú Bahia Resort in mid 2018.

Poised to be a flagship hideaway, Anantara Maraú Bahia Resort will boast a breathtaking beach setting next to the Bay of Camamu on the Maraú Peninsula in Bahia, along a stunning stretch of Atlantic coastline. Proudly showcasing the country’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity, Bahia in northeast Brazil is renowned for its remarkable blend of African, indigenous and European influences.

Radisson Blu, one of the world’s leading brands driven by innovation and design, today announced the opening of Radisson Blu Acqua Hotel & Spa Concon. Formerly Radisson Acqua Hotel & Spa Concon, the hotel recently completed a $2.5 million renovation giving a new and refreshed look to the guest rooms, terrace, restaurant and sp.

The 6,500 square foot Mar Abierto Spa at MarAdentro Resort is a testament to the ingenuity of Mexico's famed and world-renowned architect, Miguel Angel Aragonés. His idealistic desire to create an area of calm surrealistic beauty combines with his futuristic ideas - and works magnificently.

 

Mar Adentro Resort, meaning the sea within, is a study in white and water. It is as if the stark buildings were built on top of the water, floating toward the sea. The serenity invites those who wish to partake in delicious services in an underground-underwater spa.

Beloved Playa Mujeres is an adult only all-inclusive boutique resort offering a perfect getaway for couples. Tucked away on a pristine white sand beach 20 minutes north of Cancun’s busy tourist zone, it offers peace, tranquility and intimacy.

 

At the Beloved Spa, couples can enjoy the full hydrotherapy facilities together. The comprehensive hydrotherapy area includes sauna, steam room, five experience showers, ice chute, caldarium, cold and hot plunge pools and various jets, cascades and hydro-massage stations within the expansive hydrotherapy pool. A spa valet will escort you through the process, and finish the experience with a scalp, neck and shoulder massage on a thermal lounger. This ensures your complete relaxation before the spa treatment has even begun.

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