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The Observer Names 50 Best Spas 2006

Sunday January 22, 2006 - Spa veteran Nicole Mowbray selects spas to suit every need and every budget for The Observer. Click HERE for details.

Best Urban Retreats

1 St. David's Hotel, Cardiff, Wales

2 Mandarin Oriental, Miami, Florida, USA

Read about Julie Register's experience at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami


3 Hotel Arts, Barcelona, Spain

4 Deepak Chopra Spa, Dream Hotel, New York, New York, USA

5 The Balmoral Spa, Edinburgh

Best Value for Money

6 Delphi Mountain Resort & Spa, Co. Galway, Ireland

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7 Toskana Therme in Bad Sulza, Germany

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8 Ironmonger Row Baths, London, England

9 Danubius Hotel, Hungary

10 Harrogate Baths, Yorkshire, England

Best Beach Spas

11 Reethi Rah, Maldives

12 Como Shambhala at Parrot Cay, Turks And Caicos

13 Banyan Tree, Phuket, Thailand

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14 Maru Spa at The Bora Bora Lagoon Resort, French Polynesia

15 The Rock Spa, Fregate Island Private, Seychelles

Best for Families

16 Center Parcs: Elveden Forest, England

17 Anassa, Cyprus

18 Babington House, Somerset, England

19 Taj Exotica, Goa, India

20 Forte Village, Sardinia, Italy

Best Active Spas

21 The Bodyholiday, St. Lucia

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22 Ananda, Himalayas, India

23 Body and Soul Adventures, Ilha Grande, Brazil

24 Riksgransen Alpine Spa, Sweden

25 Cradle Mountain Lodge, Tasmania, Australia

Best for Men

26 Gleneagles Spa, Scotland

Read about Julie Register's experience at Gleneagles Spa

27 Sante Wellness Centre, South Africa

28 Hotel Son Brull, Mallorca, Spain

29 The Refinery, London, England

30 Seaham Hall, Northumberland, England

Best UK Spas

31 Whatley Manor, Wiltshire

32 Four Seasons, Hampshire

33 The Grove, Herts

34 Mandarin Oriental, London

35 Ragdale Hall, Leicestershire

Best Health Spas

36 Mayr Clinic, Austria

37 Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia

38 Barberyn Beach Ayurveda Resort, Sri Lanka

39 The Ashram Spa, Calabasas, California

40 Chiva-Som, Thailand

Read about Julie Register's experience at Chiva-Som

Best For Mind Body and Soul

41 Miraval Life in Balance Resort, Arizona, USA

42 Alive Wellness and Longevity Resort, British Columbia, Canada

43 We Care Holistic Spa, Desert Hot Springs, California, USA

44 El Monte Sagrado Living Resort, New Mexico, USA

45 Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa, Arizona, USA

Best Thermal Spas

46 The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

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47 Terme Di Saturnia, Italy

48 Thermae Sylla Spa, Greece

49 Polynesian Spa, New Zealand

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50 Therme Vals, Switzerland


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in Manitou Springs, CO
September 30 through October 1, 2016

Waterfest will bring together, educators, practitioners, water enthusiasts and local residents for three days to explore the geology, hydrology, health benefits, business, culture and history of mineral water. The recently opened SunWater Spa and Wellness Center offers guests the opportunity to soak in the heated mineral springs water that has made the town a health seekers retreat for more than 150 years.

Presentations and discussions at the Manitou Springs City Hall on Saturday, October 1st

- 10am: Geology & Hydrology: Understanding and Protecting our Mineral Springs Aquifers: vulnerabilities, dangers, and creative approaches
- 11:15am: Culture & History: Explore the history of Manitou Springs and the development of global spa cultures
- 1:45pm: A New Frontier in Medicine: Balneology and a new system of natural therapeutics, evidence and applications.
- 3:00pm: Business & Economics: Interactive Roundtable for Mineral Springs Owners & Operators: Challenges & Opportunities for the 21st Century


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