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Fri 25 October 2019
If the results of the World Spa Awards are anything to go by, Dubai is the world's best destination for getting primped and pampered, as the glittering city of superlatives swept the awards.
At the fifth edition of the World Spa Awards, Dubai nabbed some of the top honors including best hotel spa and world's best spa destination overall.
The gala event took place at the Armani Hotel Dubai, the first luxury property designed by fashion house Giorgio Armani, located in the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower. Its hotel spa Armani/Spa also took the award for world's best hotel spa.
Winners are based on votes cast by industry professionals -- travel executives, luxury buyers, tour operators and media -- and consumers.
This year, the awards introduced a new tech-focused category with the best wellness app, which went to meditation app Headspace.
Olivia Newton-John was also honored as a "Wellness Pioneer" for her contributions to the wellness industry and for "serving as a leading voice for complementary therapies." She is also co-owner of Gaia Retreat and Spa in Byron Bay, Australia.
Here are some of the big winners:
World's Best Hotel Spa 2019: Armani/SPA at Armani Hotel Dubai (UAE)
World's Best Resort Spa 2019: HARNN Heritage Spa at InterContinental® Danang Sun Peninsula Resort (Vietnam)
World's Best Wellness Retreat 2019: Mriya Resort & Spa (Russia)
World's Best Day Spa 2019: Gaia Retreat & Spa (Australia)
World's Best Spa Destination 2019: Dubai (UAE)
World's Best Beauty Salon 2019: MISS FOX Melbourne (Australia)
World's Best Detox Programme 2019: The Mayr Detox at Verba Mayr (Russia)
World's Best Hotel Spa Brand 2019: Anantara Spa
World's Best New Hotel Spa 2019: The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Dubai (UAE)
World's Best New Resort Spa 2019: The Spa at Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort Abu Dhabi (UAE)
World's Best Spa Signature Treatment 2019: Brilliant Diamond Lifting at The Beverly Hills Hotel Spa by Natura Bissé (California, USA)
World's Best Spa Brand 2019: Natura Bissé