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Spa Finder Readers Choice Awards 2004
Crystal Award Winners and Top Spas by Country

In 2004 Spa Finder asked their readers to vote online and through a form published in their magazine for their favorite spas. Below are the result of 14 categories.

Crystal Award Winners


Best in Europe:
Royal Parc Evian, France

Best in Mexico:
Rancho La Puerta, Baja California


Best in Asia/Australia:
Chiva-Som International, Thailand

 

Best in the Caribbean/Central America/South America:
The BodyHoliday at LeSPORT, St. Lucia

Best Boutique Spa (fewer than 15 rooms):
Westglow Spa, NC

Best Small Spa (20-39 rooms):


Best Midsize Spa (40-99 rooms):
Lake Austin Spa Resort , TX


Read about Julie Register's visit to Lake Austin Spa Resort



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Best Large Spa (100-199 rooms):
Miraval, Life in Balance, AZ

Best Megaspa (200 or more rooms):
La Costa Resort & Spa, CA

 

Top Spas by Country

Australia: Spa Chakra


Brazil: Kurotel


Canada: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta

Czech Republic:
Grandhotel Pupp Karlovy Vary

England:
Mandarin Oriental, London


Fiji Islands: Namale Resort

Germany:
Brenner's Park Hotel & Spa


Hong Kong: I-SPA InterContinental

Hungary:
Danubias Thermal Hotel Margitziget


Iceland: Blue Lagoon


India:
Ananda in the Himalayas


Ireland: Sámas at the Park Hotel Kenmare

 

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Best Low-Priced Spa
Best Casino Spa
Best for Mineral Springs

 
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Mnaitou Springs, Colorado
Waterfest

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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