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June 2016

World Luxury Spa Awards and World Luxury Restaurant Awards Announces Inaugural Gala

Discover the world’s best couple spa and romantic fine dining establishments for your honeymoon at the World Luxury Spa Awards and World Luxury Restaurant Awards’ inaugural gala ceremony on 18 June 2016.

Recognising the best of the world’s luxury establishments, the World Luxury Hotel Awards, World Luxury Spa Awards, and World Luxury Restaurant Awards celebrate nominees for offering guests the highest levels of service. By promoting healthy competition amongst industry players and rewarding excellence, the Awards are positioned to raise hospitality standards across the globe, inspiring excellence from luxury establishments and confidence from guests.

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The Awards have been honouring the best in the industry for a decade, but this year, the celebrations double. The World Luxury Spa Awards and World Luxury Restaurant Awards will hold their inaugural gala ceremony in celebration of their prestigious nominees on 18 June 2016. Hosted at Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina in Switzerland, nominees will relish the culturally significant historic establishment, which is a Swiss National Heritage site 1,800m above sea level in Pontresina. The perfect setting for the gala event, the magnificent hotel boasts luxurious suites and rooms decorated in the patrician style with ornate interiors and splendid furnishings.

Grand Hotel Kronenhof is one of this year’s prestigious nominees in the World Luxury Spa Awards, in honour of its serene spa and wellness centre which welcomes guests with the beauty of nature by offering direct contact with Switzerland’s majestic forests, mountains, and crystal clear waters. With awe-inspiring views of the Roseg glacier and surrounding Swiss pine and larch, the hotel calms guests in a luxurious oasis of fresh mountain air.

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Couples looking for the world’s finest luxury couple spa and romantic fine dining experiences for a pampering honeymoon will find the best establishments revealed at the gala, as the nominees are awarded top honours in their respective categories on a country, continent, or global basis according to public vote from patrons as well as industry professionals.

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Nominated luxury restaurants are selected to strict criteria regarding the overall dining experience—the standards and presentation of haute cuisine, the interior décor, and service reviews. Couples who want to complete their honeymoon with an indulgent gourmet experience can take their pick from this year’s nominees. For an exotic experience, La Grand Table Marocaine offers a tantalising array of Moroccan flavours under Yannick Alléno, the famous Michelin-starred Parisian chef. Keizo Al Areen in the Kingdom of Bahrain offers romantic lakeside settings and butler service. A magical date under the sea awaits at the unique Ithaa Undersea Restaurant in Maldives, where couples can dine with dazzling ocean creatures. Closer to home, Horizon Rooftop Bar & Grill, Pattaya, Thailand’s only rooftop restaurant and bar allows couples to indulge in panoramic views and a delicious menu, and Cuisines at The Haven Resort in Ipoh, Malaysia serves the best of local favourites along with views of limestone hills and a lake.

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Indulgent couples spa experiences are another treat couples look forward to on their honeymoons, and the World Luxury Spa Awards will show them which spas offer the most pampering experiences around the globe. Amongst the nominees is Pimalai Spa—which we can personally attest—refreshes the body and soul with soothing Thai massages in private couples spa huts set in the natural haven of Koh Lanta’s hills. Revealing the surrounding acacia woodland and water, AM Lodge Spa in South Africa offers an indulgent experience in tranquility. In Kenya, Amani Spa at Mara Bushtops balances the excitement of game watching at the camp with hydrotherapy and holistic treatments, inspired by the traditional use of African plants.

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On its own private island in Venice, GOCO Space Venice pampers with a Finnish sauna, a bio sauna, and treatment rooms with view of the lagoon. The Woodland Spa in the United Kingdom is set within 100 acres of woodland sanctuary, and offers luxurious thermal adventures and outdoor spa areas. For some indulgence without leaving the country, Singapore’s own Ikeda Spa Prestige at Clarke Quay transports guests to the intimate Japanese ryokans or traditional inns of Kyoto as they luxuriate in steaming onsen baths.

As these and the rest of the nominees gather for the prestigious World Luxury Spa Awards and World Luxury Restaurant Awards gala ceremony, anticipation runs high as the world waits to find out who will be crowned the leaders of hospitality.

Credits: Images courtesy of World Luxury Spa Awards and World Luxury Restaurant Awards. Feature image of Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina.

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World Luxury Spa Awards and World Luxury Restaurant Awards Announces Inaugural Gala