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Spa Finder Magazine Honors Readers' Choice Award Winners at Manhattan Media Event


NEW YORK, NY (September 16, 2003) − Spa Finder Magazine, the top-selling spa travel and lifestyle publication, is honoring the winners of its 2003 Readers' Choice Awards today at an invitation-only media luncheon at Manhattan's Restaurant Daniel. Representing the most in-depth annual assessment of the spa market, the Readers' Choice Awards are being presented to the destination and resort spas that provided the best spa experience, in a range of categories, according to the readers of Spa Finder Magazine and visitors to Spafinder.com.

Readers' favorite spas in Asia, Europe, the Caribbean/Central America/South America, Mexico and Canada will be presented with the Crystal Award for the best international spa by region at today's luncheon. The U.S. spas garnering the most votes in five size categories will receive the Crystal Award for the top spa by size. The top-10 spas that won the most individual awards in a range of specific "best" categories - from best fitness and spirituality programs, to best winter sports, best urban spas, and best value for the money - will be honored with the Mind, Body, Spirit Award.

"Our readers are the world's most active, knowledgeable and discerning spa-goers," said Spa Finder Magazine Editor in Chief Malcolm Abrams. "We solicited their feedback on very specific spa offerings, like meditation, golf, skin-care, cuisine, medical programs, accommodations and massage, to provide people planning a spa vacation with objective insight into the best spas for the unique experience they're seeking."

Spa Finder Magazine readers and visitors to www.spafinder.com cast votes for nearly 500 spas in 16 categories for the (second annual) 2003 Awards. The large range in the spa experience - from intimate boutique inns to dazzling megaresorts - and the cultural diversity in spas worldwide inspired the Readers' Choice Awards.

"A great spa cares for the whole person - mind, body, and spirit," said Publisher Maria Padova. "Our Mind, Body, Spirit and Crystal Awards evaluate spas in the same holistic light - honoring the spas that provided our readers with the best overall spa experience."

About Spa Finder, Inc.:

Spa Finder Magazine is published by Spa Finder Inc., the spa industry's only integrated marketing solution. The company reaches millions of targeted consumers annually via the magazine, the Spa Enthusiast, Gift Certificates & Incentives, and www.spafinder.com. Having assembled the world's largest and finest network of spas and the world's largest spa consumer database, Spa Finder connects consumers with their ideal spa experiences, whether they are looking to visit a local day spa or to embark on a vacation or retreat at a stay spa. Spa Finder currently represents more than 1,000 of the world's best spas in more than 20 nations.

(A complete listing of specific "Best" Awards given to individual spas will be available September 17th at Spafinder.com.)

Spa Finder Magazine Readers' Choice Award Winners:

Mind, Body, Spirit Award Winners - The following spas received the most Readers' Choice "best" Awards* in 16 categories: accommodations, cuisine, fitness, golf, hiking, massage, medical, skincare, meetings, spiritual, tennis, urban, value, water sports, winter sports and yoga:

Canyon Ranch Health Resort, AZ - 10 categories
Canyon Ranch Health Resort, MA - 10 categories
Green Valley Spa, UT - 10 categories
Miraval, Life in Balance, AZ - 10 categories
Lake Austin Spa Resort, TX - 9 categories
The Phoenician, AZ - 8 categories
Doral Golf Resort & Spa, FL - 7 categories
Red Mountain, The Adventure Spa, UT - 7 categories
Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, FL - 7 categories
Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, VT - 7 categories

Crystal Award Winners - Top U.S. Spas by Size
Best Boutique Spa (fewer than 15 rooms) - Ten Thousand Waves, NM
Best Small Spa (15-39 rooms) - New Age Health Spa, NY
Best Midsize Spa (40-99 rooms) - Green Valley Spa, UT
Best Large Spa (100-200 rooms) - Miraval, Life in Balance, AZ
Best Megaspa (more than 200 rooms) - Doral Golf Resort & Spa, FL

Crystal Award Winners - Best International Spas
Best in Asia - Chiva-Som International, Thailand
Best in Europe - Royal Parc Evian, France
Best in the Caribbean/Central America/South America - The BodyHoliday at LeSPORT, St. Lucia, West Indies
Best in Mexico - Rancho La Puerta, Baja California Sur
Best in Canada - Willow Stream, The Spa at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta

Media Contact:

Betsy Smith Isroelit, RBI Communications, cell (213) 300-0108, or betsy@rbicom.com

Media Inquiries

If you're with the media, please contact:

Betsy Isroelit
Betsy.Isroelit@spafinder.com 
(213) 300-0108