Mon 21 October 2019

The entertainment icon, Olivia Newton-John, was honoured with the ‘Wellness Pioneer Award’ at the World Spa Awards 2019 in Dubai, UAE. The Australian singer-songwriter, who is co-owner of Gaia Retreat & Spa in Byron Bay, took top honours at the gala ceremony for her outstanding contribution to the wellness industry and serving as a leading voice for complementary therapies.

The red-carpet ceremony was hosted at the landmark Armani Hotel Dubai, with pioneers, influencers and leading figureheads of the global spa and wellness industry in attendance.

Anantara also emerged at one of the big winners of the evening, taking the title for ‘World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand’, whilst the cutting-edge facilities and treatments of Lanserhof at The Arts Club, London led to it being voted ‘World’s Best Spa Design’.

Dubai cemented its reputation as the destination with it all by collecting the title for ‘World’s Best Spa Destination’. Meanwhile the latest addition to the emirate’s luxury offerings, the stunning beachfront Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Dubai, was voted ‘World's Best New Hotel Spa’.

Rebecca Cohen, Managing Director, World Spa Awards, said: “Armani Hotel Dubai has proven a world-class host on what has been a magnificent evening of triumph for the spa and wellness industry. We have had the privilege of recognising the leading organisations from across the world and my congratulations to each of them.”

World Spa Awards partnered with three of the world’s leading spa and wellness brands – Bastien GonzalezNatura Bissé and Aromatherapy Associates – to offer attendees an exclusive three-day spa and wellness itinerary in the build up to the prize-giving ceremony.

The weekend also served as an excellent showcase for the host, Armani Hotel Dubai. As the first hotel designed and developed by Giorgio Armani, it reflects the pure elegance, simplicity and sophisticated comfort that define the global fashion icon’s signature style, making it the perfect setting for the pioneers and influencers of the global spa and wellness industry.

Other winners at the ceremony included Aman Spa at Aman Toyko (‘Japan’s Best Hotel Spa’); HARNN Heritage Spa at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort (‘World’s Best Resort Spa’); Clinique La Prairie (‘Switzerland’s Best Wellness Retreat’); and Carol Joy Spa at Fairmont Monte Carlo (‘Monaco’s Best Hotel Spa’).

For a full list of winners visit here.

World Spa Awards is the sister event to World Travel Awards, currently celebrating its 26th anniversary. For more information about the World Spa Awards 2019, visit

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