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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

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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

Mandarin Oriental, London

Fiji Islands: Namale Resort

Brenner's Park Hotel & Spa

Hong Kong: I-SPA InterContinental

Danubias Thermal Hotel Margitziget

Iceland: Blue Lagoon

Ananda in the Himalayas

Ireland: Sámas at the Park Hotel Kenmare


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Most Romantic
Best for Going Solo
Best Yoga
Best Spa Cuisine
Best for Weight Loss

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



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Northern Lights for the Soul
Four-day program in Kilpisjärvi, Finland includes yoga, meditation, a special wellness nutrition menu, and other fitness and wellness activities.
March 7-11, 2016
$2,158 USD

The Ultimate Ashford Escape Spa Package
Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland
prices from €930 (approx. US$1,063)
• Two nights' in a Corrib Standard Room
• Breakfast in the George V dining room
• Bottle of Champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries in room on arrival
• One dinner for two in the George V dining room
• Ashford's Signature B|Together Spa Experience -- designed to add positive love energy to relationships
• Healthy post-spa lunch in the Drawing Room
• Access to the relaxation pool, steam room and gymnasium


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