World Spa Awards 2017

World Spa Awards 2017

This year taking place at JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, the World Spa Awards was developed in reaction to overwhelming demand from the spa industry for a programme that was fair and transparent. Here Breaking Travel News chats with the winners as they claim their prizes in Vietnam.

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Eric Schulte, founder, QMS MediCosmetics

Eric Schulte, founder, QMS MediCosmetics

19 December 2017

Breaking Travel News speaks to QMS MediCosmetics founder Eric Schulte about the company has it is honoured with the title of World’s Best Spa Brand by the World Spa Awards.

Hannah Dowd, spa director, Emirates Palace Spa

Hannah Dowd, spa director, Emirates Palace Spa

19 December 2017

Breaking Travel News talks to Hannah Dowd, spa director at Emirates Palace Spa, as the Abu Dhabi-based institution takes the title of Middle East’s Best Hotel Spa at the World Spa Awards.

Markus Ernst, managing director, Vamed Hungary

Markus Ernst, managing director, Vamed Hungary

19 December 2017

With Aquaworld Resort Budapest taking the title of Hungary’s Best Resort Spa, Breaking Travel News talks to Markus Ernst, managing director, Vamed Hungary, about the title and what it means to the brand.

Mohamed Hilmy, general manager, Sun Aqua Vilu Reef

Mohamed Hilmy, general manager, Sun Aqua Vilu Reef

19 December 2017

As the Sun Aqua Spa at Sun Aqua Pasikudah is recognised as Sri Lanka’s Best Resort Spa by the World Spa Awards, we speak to hotel general manager Mohamed Hilmy about the facility and how it feels to have been recognised as among the leaders in the industry.

Samvel Sarukhanyan, general manager, Mriya Resort & Spa

Samvel Sarukhanyan, general manager, Mriya Resort & Spa

19 December 2017

Walking away with trophies for Europe’s Best Wellness Retreat and Russia’s Best Wellness Retreat, Samvel Sarukhanyan, general manager of Mriya Resort & Spa, tells Breaking Travel News what it means to be recognised by his peers from the global hospitality industry.

Noelle Cheng, general manager, Asia Pacific, Aromatherapy Associates

Noelle Cheng, general manager, Asia Pacific, Aromatherapy Associates

19 December 2017

Taking the title of World’s Best Aromatherapy Brand during the World Spa Awards Gala Ceremony 2017 in Vietnam, Noelle Cheng, general manager, Asia Pacific, Aromatherapy Associates, here tells Breaking Travel News about the product and what makes it a world leader.

Nilusha Kodithuwakku, managing director, Ayurva Traveller

Nilusha Kodithuwakku, managing director, Ayurva Traveller

19 December 2017

Picking up the award for World’s Best Wellness Travel Agency, Nilusha Kodithuwakku, managing director at Ayurva Traveller, tells Breaking Travel News how it feels to have been recognised by voters from around the world.

Ty Collins and Tracy Hoang Thuy, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay

Ty Collins and Tracy Hoang Thuy, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay

19 December 2017

As JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay played host to the World Spa Awards, the Chanterelle - Spa by JW at the property was recognised with the title of World’s Best New Resort Spa. Here Ty Collins and Tracy Hoang Thuy from the resort tell Breaking Travel News just what it means to be recognised in this way just a year after opening.

Madeleine Marenette, founder, Grail Springs

Madeleine Marenette, founder, Grail Springs

19 December 2017

Speaking to Breaking Travel News in Vietnam during the World Spa Awards Gala Ceremony, Madeleine Marenette, founder of the Grail Springs resort, tells us how it feels to have taken the title of Canada’s Best Wellness Retreat 2017.

Zafer Alkaya, general manager, Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa

Zafer Alkaya, general manager, Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa

19 December 2017

With the Crassula Spa Cornelia taking the title of Turkey’s Best Resort Spa at the World Spa Awards, Zafer Alkaya, general manager at the Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa, tells Breaking Travel News how it feels to have been honoured with the prestigious trophy.

Lalin Samarawickrama, managing director, Amuna Ayurveda Retreat

Lalin Samarawickrama, managing director, Amuna Ayurveda Retreat

19 December 2017

After picking up the award for Sri Lanka’s Best Wellness Retreat, Lalin Samarawickrama, managing director at the Amuna Ayurveda Retreat, tells Breaking Travel News about the property he leads and just what separates it from its competitors in the Indian Ocean.

Gregg Cave, director, Gaia Retreat & Spa

Gregg Cave, director, Gaia Retreat & Spa

19 December 2017

After taking a brace of titles - Oceania’s Best Day Spa and World’s Best Day Spa - Gregg Cave, director at Gaia Retreat & Spa, here tells Breaking Travel News how it feels to have been recognised by voters at the World Spa Awards.

Andreas Metaxas, chief operating officer, Santo Maris Oia Luxury Spa

Andreas Metaxas, chief operating officer, Santo Maris Oia Luxury Spa

19 December 2017

Taking the title of Greece’s Best Resort Spa at the World Spa Awards Gala Ceremony 2017, Andreas Metaxas, chief operating officer at Santo Maris Oia Luxury Spa, tells Breaking Travel News what the prestigious honour means to him and his team back in Europe.

Thomas Bauer, chief operating officer, Vamed Vitality World

Thomas Bauer, chief operating officer, Vamed Vitality World

19 December 2017

Thomas Bauer, chief operating officer with Vamed Vitality World, tells us about the brand and what it offers to the booming global wellness sector. Picking up the trophy for World’s Best Thermal Spa & Medical Wellness Operator, he tells us how the win will develop the brand.

Tom Bates, head of PR and communications, The Lanesborough Club & Spa

Tom Bates, head of PR and communications, The Lanesborough Club & Spa

19 December 2017

Breaking Travel News hears from Tom Bates, head of PR and communications at The Lanesborough Club & Spa in London, about the significant investments the property has been making in its wellness product. On a successful night for the property, he is also collecting the trophy for World’s Best New Hotel Spa 2017.

Monica Majors, director of public relations, MSpa at Anantara

Monica Majors, director of public relations, MSpa at Anantara

19 December 2017

Picking up the trophy for World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand at the World Spa Awards, Monica Majors, director of public relations at MSpa at Anantara, tells Breaking Travel News what a strong wellness product brings to the hospitality sector.

Bastien Gonzalez, owner, Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio

Bastien Gonzalez, owner, Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio

19 December 2017

A long-term partner of the World Spa Awards, Bastien Gonzalez, owner of the influential Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio, here tells Breaking Travel News how his ideas on wellness have developed in recent years. He is also celebrating after taking the title of World’s Best Nail Studio Brand at the Gala Ceremony 2017.