Brands like the Mandarin Oriental and Clinique La Prairie were among the big winners at an awards night honouring the best in luxury spa and wellness destinations around the world.
If you're planning a spa vacation abroad, take cues from the results of the World Spa & Wellness Awards 2014 presented in London this week, where the industry handed out 11 awards that singled out the best regional hotel and spa destinations around the world.
Of the 11 winners, the Mandarin Oriental brand took two awards, with the spa at Mandarin Oriental Singapore named the hotel spa of the year for Asia and Australasia, and the spa at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas likewise taking the same title for North and South America.
Some of the more unique spa treatments offered on the Singapore menu include orchid body scrubs, green tea and ginger body treatments and a warm bamboo stick massage.
In a way that befits its glitzy setting, the Las Vegas hotel offers a "Diamond Magnetic Lift Body Treatment" that involves a luminous mud speckled with diamond dust followed by a massage that's supposed to amplify the body's energy, unload tension, and fight the signs of aging.
Meanwhile, a spa that claims to be the first medical spa in Brazil also emerged a big winner, taking the award for destination spa of the year for North and South America.
Founded in 1972, the Lapinha Spa is set across 550 acres of farmland in the municipality of Lapa and bases its therapies on the 'healing power' of the natural environment. Wellness treatments include anti-smoking, detox, weight loss and relaxation.
Here are the winners of the World Spa & Wellness Awards 2014
Hotel Spa of the Year - Asia & Australasia
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Singapore
Destination Spa of the Year - Asia & Australasia
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand
Hotel Spa of the Year - Eastern Europe
Mandara Spa at Lotte Hotel Moscow, Russia
Destination Spa of the Year - Eastern Europe
Spa Vilnius, Druskininkai, Lithuania
Hotel Spa of the Year - Middle East
ShuiQi Spa & Fitness, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, UAE
Destination Spa of the Year - Middle East & Africa
Banyan Tree Spa Al Wadi, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
Hotel Spa of the Year - North & South America
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, USA
Destination Spa of the Year - North & South America
Lapinha Spa, Lapa, Brazil
Hotel Spa of the Year - Western Europe & Scandinavia
Espa at The Europe Hotel & Resort, Killarney, Ireland
Destination Spa of the Year - Western Europe & Scandinavia
Clinique La Prairie, Montreux, Switzerland
Hotel Spa of the Year - Africa
One&Only Spa Cape Town, South Africa