We’ve separated our World Spa Awards categories into the following competition areas:

  • Sub-Regional Level categories are where you enter to compete with fellow spa and wellness properties within your country, state, province or emirate. The winner with the most votes overall goes on to take the regional title for that respective category. And in a similar manner the winner with the most votes overall goes on to take the World title for that respective category.
  • Regional Level categories are where you enter to compete with fellow spa and wellness destinations at a regional level. The regions are Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Indian Ocean, Latin America, Oceania, Middle East and North America. The regional winner with the most votes overall goes on to take the World title for that respective category.
  • World Level categories are open for entry at World Level only.

  • Best Hotel Spa

    A spa operating within the premises of a luxury hotel offering impressive spa facilities as well as spa services. (Enter at Sub-Regional Level only).
  • Best Resort Spa

    A spa operating within the premises of a luxury resort offering impressive spa facilities as well as spa services. (Enter at Sub-Regional Level only).
  • Best Wellness Retreat

    A place of escape from one’s normal daily life, offering both spa and wellness for mind, body and spirit, overall healthy lifestyle techniques and practices, including nutrition, a full programme of fitness (gym, yoga etc). A place of retreat for guests seeking to be re-energised whilst also nurtured. (Enter at Sub-Regional Level only).
  • Best Day Spa

    A day spa is a business which provides a variety of services for the purpose of improving health, beauty and relaxation, through treatments such as facials, massages, etc. Typically, a guest will visit a Day Spa without requiring accommodation. (Enter at Sub-Regional Level only).
  • Best Safari Spa

    A spa operating from a property in a safari location offering bush spa services. (Enter at Sub-Regional Level only).
  • Best Spa Destination

    Destinations renowned for numerous luxury spas within one area. Destinations travellers choose to travel to, specifically for the calibre of spas on offer there. (Enter at Regional Level only).
  • Best Airline Lounge Spa

    A luxury spa associated with an airline and located within an airlines lounge, offering travellers spa services before and/or after flights. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Aromatherapy Brand

    A brand specialised in natural and essential oil products. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Beauty Salon

    A luxury business dedicated to providing beauty services such as facials, make up, hair styling, manicures etc. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Casino Hotel Spa

    A spa operating within the premises of a luxury casino hotel offering impressive spa facilities, as well as spa services. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best City Resort Spa

    A city spa operating within the premises of a luxury resort offering impressive spa facilities as well as spa services. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Country House Hotel Spa

    A spa operating within the premises of a luxury countryside hotel offering impressive spa facilities, as well as spa services. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Cruise Spa

    A spa operating on-board a luxury cruise offering spa facilities, as well as spa services. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Desert Spa

    A spa operating within the premises of a luxury desert hotel or resort, offering impressive spa facilities as well as spa services. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Detox Programme

    A specialised and dedicated detox programme on offer within a spa, wellness retreat or medical spa facility. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Eco Spa

    An eco-spa is a spa with full spa facilities that may be constructed using sustainable woods such as bamboo, energy-efficient lighting, heating and insulation, recycled or reclaimed furniture or décor. The spa or property may also offer eco related programmes. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Female Spa

    A female only spa. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Hammam Spa

    A private space within a hotel/resort spa area where traditional hammam treatment and experience is offered. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Hotel Spa Brand

    A spa brand associated exclusively with a luxury hotel brand and operating the spas across their properties globally. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Hotel Spa Suites

    This category is open to hotels offering specially appointed spa suites where spa facilities and services are provided within the privacy of one’s own hotel suite. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Male Grooming Salon Brand

    A professional business brand dedicated to male grooming salons and lounges specialised in providing male-focused grooming services. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Male Spa

    A male only spa. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Medical Spa

    A spa that operates under the supervision of an on-site health care professional operating within their scope of practice (i.e Doctor, Dermatologists etc) integrating both spa and medical services. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Mineral & Hot Springs Spa

    A luxury spa situated in an area that offers an on-site source of natural minerals and hot springs used in treatments. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Nail Studio Brand

    A brand offering dedicated nail products and services. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best New Hotel Spa

    Luxury hotel spa opened within the last year. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best New Resort Spa

    Luxury resort spa opened within the last year. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best New Wellness Retreat

    Wellness Retreat opened within the last year. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Private Island Spa

    Spa offering full facilities operating from a private island. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Private Members Club Spa

    A luxury spa situated within a private members club offering private members a dedicated spa and wellness facility. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Private Spa Villas

    This category is open to hotels and resorts offering Private Spa Villas where spa facilities and services are provided within the privacy of one’s own villa accommodation. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Spa & Wellness Tour Operator

    This category is open to those companies that combine proven expertise with on the ground specialist knowledge and relationships, to give the spa and wellness tourism consumer the best value for money and the best spa and wellness holiday experiences. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Spa Brand

    Spa product brand. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Spa Design

    A spa with a unique architectural design. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Spa Service Excellence

    Recognising exceptionally high and consistent service levels within a spa. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Spa Signature Treatment

    A spa treatment that is unique to a spa. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Thermal Grotto Spa

    A thermal spa, which is a warm body of water believed to have special health-giving properties, situated inside a Grotto. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Thermal Spa & Medical Wellness Operator

    Those organisations who operate a group of specialised wellness and healthcare properties offering the best thermal spa facilities alongside medical wellbeing services. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Wellness App

    Universal technology apps aimed at boosting mind, body and soul for optimum wellness. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Wellness Clinic

    This category is open to businesses offering specific wellness clinic focused services. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Wellness Destination

    Destinations renowned for numerous wellness retreats within on area. Destination’s travellers choose to travel to specifically for the calibre of wellness retreats on offer there. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Wellness Retreat Brand

    A global wellness retreat brand dedicated to the wellness retreat concept and principals. (Enter at World Level only).
  • Best Wellness Travel Agency

    This category is open to travel agencies who focus purely on the niche market of wellness tourism providing the consumer with the best value for money and the best overall luxury wellness holiday experiences around the world. (Enter at World Level only).

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