Abu Dhabi: Spa Capital Of The World

7 October 2016
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Words by Carlie Tucker

If you're looking for the world's best spas, you should set your sights to Abu Dhabi. The United Arab Emirates capital recently made a splash at the World Spa Awards at Forte Village Resort in Sardinia, Italy. Of the 24 awards given, Abu Dhabi took six (one more than 2015's five awards). This includes wins in such prestigious categories as World's Best Hotel Spa 2016 and World's Best Airline Lounge Spa 2016.

"We couldn't be happier to receive the news that Abu Dhabi has done so well at the World Spa Awards; their spas are truly in a class of their own. Abu Dhabi offers spectacular luxury and wellness experiences so it's very pleasing that the spas are getting recognised on such a grand scale," Ola Kay, Country Manager of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority said.

The complete list of wins is as follows:

World's Best Hotel Spa 2016

  • Emirates Palace Spa

World's Best Desert Spa 2016

  • Anantara Spa at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort

World's Best Hotel Spa Brand 2016

  • Talise by Jumeirah

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World's Best Airline Lounge Spa 2016

  • Etihad Six Senses Spa

Abu Dhabi's Best Resort Spa 2016

  • Iridium Spa at the St Regis Saadiy at Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi's Best Hotel Spa 2016

  • Emirates Palace Spa

This marks the second year in a row that Emirates Palace has won the World's Best Hotel Spa thanks to amazing service and facilities matched by an equally impressive list of treatments. This includes the iconic 'A Day of Gold' which involves a 24 carat gold facial, gold oil massage, pedicure, lunch and Hammam.  The Etihad Six Senses Spa has also snatched up top honours for the second year in a row for their continued success in providing Etihad passengers with unrivalled relaxation prior to their flights.

Only in its second year, the World Spa Awards began in 2015. It is the sister event to the World Travel Awards (now in its 23rd year) and aims to recognise and reward excellence across the spa industry. Other winners for 2016 include Dubai, Monaco and England. 

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