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Spa Finder Magazine Announces Readers’ Choice Awards, Grand Prize Winners, U.S. and International "Best of the Best" Spas

NEW YORK, NY (October 23, 2002) − Spa Finder Magazine, the top selling spa travel and lifestyle publication, unveiled the Grand Prize winners of its Readers’ Choice Awards, revealing readers’ favorite destination and resort spas in the U.S. and around the globe. Broadway and television star Marla Maples announced the winners at last night’s Spa Finder Readers’ Choice Awards gala dinner, held on the closing night of the International Spa Association (ISPA) Convention in Anaheim, CA. FIJI Natural Artesian Water, one of the purest waters in the world and among the top-selling imported bottled waters in the U.S., sponsored the event.

The Grand Prize Readers’ Choice Award Winners include: Birdwing Spa (MN) for Boutique Spa; Golden Door (CA) for Small Spa; Green Valley (UT) for Medium Spa; Miraval, Life in Balance (AZ) for Large Spa; and Canyon Ranch (AZ) for Mega Spa.

International Readers’ Choice Award Winners include: Brenner’s Park Hotel (Germany) in Europe; Willow Stream, The Spa at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (Alberta) in Canada; Rancho La Puerta (Baja California) in Mexico; Nusa Dua Beach Hotel (Indonesia) in Asia; and Wyndham El Conquistador Resort & Country Club, Las Casitas Village and Golden Door Spa (Puerto Rico) in Central/South America and Caribbean.

"This is the most in-depth, comprehensive consumer assessment of the spa industry to date, and this is the first time we’ve announced our readers’ overall favorites-the best of the best-in each class," said Editor-in-Chief Malcolm Abrams.

The Grand Prize Awards come on the heels of an earlier round of Spa Finder Readers’ Choice Awards, announced in the Sept./Oct. issue of Spa Finder Magazine that detailed the top spas according to very focused spa offerings, such as Best Hiking, Best Spa Cuisine, Best Value, etc. Many of these general categories were further broken down, enabling readers to discover, for example, not only the best spas for yoga, but also which schools of yoga (Iyengar, Hatha, Kripalu) are taught at each spa, the number of weekly classes offered, and much more.

"The goal of our Readers’ Choice Awards, ultimately, is to introduce travelers to spas that will provide them with a great experience," adds Spa Finder Chairman and CEO Pete Ellis. "So it’s really as much a consumer guide as it is an industry accolade."

Spa Finder Magazine readers and visitors to cast ballots for more than 500 spa properties.

About Spa Finder Magazine:

Spa Finder Magazine has been the leading publication devoted to spa travel and healthy living for over 15 years. The magazine is published six times a year, including two issues featuring a comprehensive "Worldwide Directory of Spas," the definitive source of information on destination and resort spas worldwide. Spa Finder Magazine is published by New York-based Spa Finder, Inc., the world’s most recognized spa information/publishing, marketing, gift certificate and travel reservation services company.

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