January 12, 2010

Best of the Best - Top Spas of 2009

The spa travel website Spas of America today announced their annual ranking of the Top 50 Spas of 2009, based on consumer traffic on their website. “From the red rocks of southern Utah to the white sand beaches of Hawaii, this year’s list is a unique collection of resort, hotel and destination spa experiences,” says Spas of America president Craig Oliver.

Topping the list for 2009 is the recently re-branded Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge in Ivins, Utah. Set amidst the remarkable red rocks of southwestern Utah, the Biggest Loser Resort is categorized as a “destination spa,” offering an affordable, comprehensive health and fitness experience focusing on exercise, healthy nutrition and education.

Second place goes to 100 Fountain Spa at Pillar and Post, a deluxe historic hotel set in charming Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Only minutes from Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a year-round destination offering a wide range of cultural, historical and recreational activities.

Rounding out the top three is the Homestead, situated in the scenic Allegheny Mountains of Virginia. Built in 1892, the Homestead Spa is one of America’s most historic luxury spas, still fed by the original hot springs that have attracted travelers since the 1700s.

Spas of America’s Top 50 Spas of 2009 are ranked by unique page views generated by customers visiting the website throughout the year. The website’s audience is: 70% women; 80% United States/Canada; 25–65 years (35–55 core); $75K–$250K house hold income; leisure and business travelers; and health, wellness and lifestyle oriented. In addition to the U.S. and Canada, Spas of America draws spa travel consumers from Europe, Asia and South America. Over 750 spas are featured on the Spas of America website, and the Top 50 Spas of 2009 represents the top 7%.

The most popular searched regions in 2009 were California, Arizona, Florida, New York and Hawaii in the United States; and in Canada: Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec.

The most popular spa experience searches were Destination, Beach, Mineral, Desert, City, Ocean, Country and Wine.

Following are Spas of America's Top 50 Spas for 2009, ranked by the number of unique page views by visitors to their website.
1. Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge, Ivins, Utah
2. 100 Fountain Spa at the Pillar & Post, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
3. The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia
4. Living Waters Spa, Desert Hot Springs, California
5. Abhasa Spa, Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
6. Grotto Spa, Tigh-Na-Mara Spa Resort, Parksville, British Columbia
7. Turtle Cove Spa, Mountain Harbor Resort, Mount Ida, Arkansas
8. Wine & Roses, Lodi, California
9. The Heartland Spa, Gilman, Illinois
10. Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Pala, California
11. Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico
12. New Life Hiking Spa, Killington, Vermont
13. Aspira Spa, The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
14. Secret Garden Spa, Prince of Wales, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
15. Miraj Hammam Spa, Vancouver, British Columbia
16. Red Mountain Spa, St.George, Utah
17. Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley, California
18. Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa, Desert Hot Springs, California
19. Temple Gardens Mineral Spa, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
20. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, New York
21. Spa Terra, Meritage Resort at Napa, Napa, California
22. Health Spa Napa Valley, Inn at Southbridge, St. Helena, California
23. Ancient Cedars Spa, Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, British Columbia
24. Hills Health Ranch, 108 Mile House, British Columbia
25. Golden Door, Escondido, California
26. Anara Spa, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort, Hawaii
27. The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa, Carefree, Arizona
28. Crystal Spa, Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville, Michigan
29. Crystal Springs Resort, Vernon, New Jersey
30. Spa Avania, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort, Arizona
31. Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, Hot Springs, Arkansas
32. Amerispa, Hilton Lac-Leamy, Gatineau, Quebec
33. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach, California
34. Evensong Spa, Heidel House Resort, Green Lake, Wisconsin
35. WildSpring Guest Habitat, Port Orford, Oregon
36. Lorien Hotel & Spa, Alexandria, Virginia
37. Le Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain, Collingwood, Ontario
38. Haven Spa, The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, Sidney, British Columbia
39. Montage Resort & Spa, Laguna Beach, California
40. Stillwater Spa, Park Hyatt Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
41. Las Balsas Relais & Chateaux, Gourmet Hotel & Spa, Argentina
42. Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa, Whistler, British Columbia
43. The Tides Zihuatanejo, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
44. Stevenswood Spa Resort, Littleriver, California
45. Amerispa, Le Westin Resort & Spa, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
46. Mandarin Oriental, New York City, New York
47. The Peninsula Chicago, Illinois
48. Amerispa, Sheraton Laval, Laval, Quebec
49. Mohegan Sun, Elemis Spa, Uncasville, Connecticut
50. Moana Lani Spa, Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

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