Destination Deluxe Winners 2023

destination deluxe awards 2023
A wondrous celebration for the wellness & travel industry as the 5th annual Destination Deluxe Awards honor the 2023 winners

Destination Deluxe has been a trusted source for the finest in luxury retreats, hotels, spas, treatments, and skincare products. We’ve scoured the globe to uncover the most exceptional experiences that cater to your desire for rejuvenation, relaxation, and ultimate wellbeing.

Marking its 5th anniversary, the Destination Deluxe Awards have been offering a comprehensive global line-up, fully encompassing everything that sets a standard in the wellness, spa and travel industry to give recognition to retreats, spas, treatments, hotels and of course, skincare brands. This year, the Destination Deluxe Awards 2023 span 25 categories, with 3 new People’s Choice categories for Resorts & Retreats; Spas, Programs & Treatments; and Skincare, which were voted on by the public.

On 12 October 2023, the Destination Deluxe Awards 2023 were held at the illustrious Banyan Tree Bangkok, which provided the perfect backdrop for a celebration of the finest in luxury and wellness. Nominees, industry insiders, travel connoisseurs, wellness aficionados, and honored guests from near and far all gathered for the much-anticipated evening.

In recognition of the industry’s finest in 25 categories, the Destination Deluxe Awards 2023, of which 22 had been voted on by a panel of 20 expert judges, were awarded to the best spas, treatments, hotels and resorts, retreats, and skincare brands that have exhibited outstanding achievements in luxury standards, innovation, quality, as well as ecological awareness, and prospective contributions to the growth of the wellness and travel industries. This enchanting evening was a memorable ode to excellence, to honor the trailblazers, the innovators, and the custodians of wellness and opulence in 2023.

“This year, we received over 1,000 nominations for the Destination Deluxe Awards 2023 and we introduced a captivating new dimension to our Awards – the power of your voice,” says Vivienne Tang, CEO & Founder of Destination Deluxe. “We’ve introduced three exciting public voting categories, allowing the audience to have a say in what truly defines excellence in the world of luxury travel and wellness. We’ve received more than 4,000 public votes for the best ‘Hotels & Retreats’, the most extraordinary ‘Spas, Programs & Treatments’, and the ‘Skincare’ brands that elevate your beauty regimen to unparalleled heights. We kicked off the celebration the night before with an exclusive Pre-Awards networking River Cruise Dinner and an exquisite networking Lunch at CLARA Bangkok on the day of the Awards, and we are so excited to see what 2024 has in store.”

During the gala evening, guests participated in a raffle draw, with one lucky attendee winning a coveted 3-Night Wellness Retreat at Kamalaya Koh Samui, while another left with a sleek Heat Performance Row machine from Life Fitness. In addition, the evening brought delight to two fortunate guests who received luxurious gift sets courtesy of L’Occitane, and two others who walked away with exquisite gift sets from Intraceuticals, adding an extra layer of joy to an already unforgettable night.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Intraceuticals, Life Fitness, Skeyndor, Kamalaya Koh Samui, Spa L’Occitane, HARNN, ESPA, Philosophia Botanica, Subtle Energies, PANPURI, WILDSMITH, CLARA Bangkok, and Banyan Tree Bangkok.

 

WINNERS

1. Hotel of the Year

Winner
JOALI Maldives, Muravandhoo Island Raa Atoll, Maldives

Joali Maldives - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of JOALI Maldives

2nd Place
Camiral Golf & Wellness, Girona, Spain

Camiral Wellness Holiday - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Camiral Golf & Wellness

3rd Place
Raffles Udaipur, Udaipur, India

Raffles Udaipur - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Raffles Udaipur

2. Wellness Retreat of the Year 

Winner
Kamalaya Koh SamuiKoh Samui, Thailand

Kamalaya Koh Samui Sleep Retreat Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Vivienne Tang

2nd Place
Chenot Palace WeggisWeggis, Switzerland

Chenot Palace Weggis Neuro-acoustic Deep Relaxation - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Chenot Palace Weggis

3rd Place
Ananda in the HimalayasUttarakhand, India

Ananda in the Himalayas - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Ananda in the Himalayas

3. Urban Wellness Retreat of the Year 

Winner 
Aman New York, New York, United States

Aman New York City Wellness Retreats - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Aman New York

2nd Place
Asaya, Rosewood, Hong Kong, China

Asaya Wellness Rosewood Hong Kong - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Asaya

3rd Place
Arany Spa at Park Hyatt Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Arany Spa at Park Hyatt Vienna - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Park Hyatt Vienna

4. New Hotel of the Year 

Winner
Garrya Nijo Castle KyotoKyoto, Japan

Garrya Nijo Castle Kyoto - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Garrya Nijo Castle Kyoto

2nd Place
Habitas AlUlaAshar Valley, Saudi Arabia

Habitas AlUla Saudi Arabia - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Habitas AlUla

3rd Place
Songtsam Basomtso LinkaTibet Autonomous Region, China

Basomtso Linka - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Basomtso Linka

5. Urban Hotel of the Year 

Winner
Capella BangkokBangkok, Thailand 

Capella Bangkok - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Capella Bangkok

2nd Place
Mandarin Oriental, Hong KongHong Kong, China

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong_hong-kong-restaurant-21-the-aubrey-main-bar-drawing-room - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

3rd Place
Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

6. Hotel Design of the Year 

Winner
Centara Reserve SamuiKoh Samui, Thailand

Centara Reserve Samui_Salt Society - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Centara Reserve Samui

2nd Place
The Apurva Kempinski BaliBali, Indonesia

Apurva Kempinski Bali Hotel Wellness - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Apurva Kempinski Bali

3rd Place
Laqua by the SeaCampania, Italy

Laqua by the Sea - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Laqua by the Sea

7. Private Island of the Year 

Winner
Banwa Private IslandPalawan, Philippines

Banwa Private Island Paradise - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Banwa Private Island

2nd Place
Velaa Private IslandNoonu Atoll, Maldives

Velaa Private Island Maldives - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Velaa Private Island

3rd Place
Gili LankanfushiNorth Malé Atoll, Maldives

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Gili Lankanfushi

8. Eco-Hotel of the Year 

Winner
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Nha Trang, Vietnam

Wellness Retreats in Vietnam Six Senses Ninh Van Bay - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Six Senses

2nd Place
Shinta Mani Wild – A Bensley Collection, Southern Cardamom National Park, Cambodia

Shinta Mani Wild - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Shinta Mani Wild

3rd Place
The Ranch MalibuMalibu, United States 

The Ranch Malibu Wellness Retreat - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of The Ranch Malibu

9. Spa of the Year 

Winner
Soneva Soul, Soneva Jani, Manadhoo, Maldives

Soneva Soul Maldives - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Soneva Soul

2nd Place
Pañpuri Organic Spa, Park Hyatt Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

Panpuri Organic Spa Bangkok - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Pañpuri Organic Spa

3rd Place
ELE|NA Elements of Nature, Ozen Life MaadhooMaadho Island South Malé Atoll, Maldives

ELE | NA Elements of Nature, Ozen Life Maadho - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of ELE | NA

10. Medi-Spa of the Year 

Winner
Chenot Palace Weggis, Weggis, Switzerland

Chenot Palace Neurac Treatment - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtes of Chenot Palace Weggis

2nd Place
Lanserhof SyltSylt, Germany

Lanserhof Sylt Germany Wellness Retreats - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Lanserhof Sylt

3rd Place
AIREM Modern Beauty RitualsSyosset, United States

AIREM-Modern-Beauty-Rituals-Destination-Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of AIREM

11. Eco-Spa of the Year 

Winner
The Bothy by Wildsmith, Heckfield PlaceHampshire, United Kingdom

The Bothy by Wildsmith, Heckfield Place - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Wildsmith

2nd Place
Londolozi Healing House, Londolozi Game ReserveSabi Sand, South Africa

Healing House, Londolozi Private Game Reserve - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Londolozi Private Game Reserve

3rd Place
Spa Sanctuary, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Tallebudgera Valley, Australia

Gwinganna Australia Wellness Retreat - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

12. New Spa of the Year 

Winner
Spa L’Occitane, Le Couvent des Minimes Hotel & Spa L’OccitaneMane, France 

Spa L’Occitane, Le Couvent des Minimes - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Spa L’Occitane

2nd Place
ESPA Life, Waldorf Astoria Lusail Doha, Doha, Qatar

2, ESPA Relaxation Pool Waldorf Astoria, Lusail Doha - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of ESPA

3rd Place
The Wellness Sanctuary, Fontanelle EstateCastelnuovo Berardenga, Italy  

Wellness Sanctuary, Fontanelle Estate Italy - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Fontanelle Estate

13. Wellness Program of the Year 

Winner
Glowing Flow – The Heart Retreat, Preidlhof, Naturno, Italy

Preidlhof Glowing Flow Holistic Treatment of the Year 2020 Shortlist - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Preidlhof

2nd Place
Creative Healing Retreat, TIA Wellness Resort, Danang, Vietnam

Creative Healing Retreat, TIA Wellness Resort Vietnam - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of TIA Wellness Resort

3rd Place
Mind Detox Program, Anayata Wellbeing Retreat, Aqaba, Jordan

Best Wellness Retreats in the Middle East Anayata Wellbeing Jordan - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Anayata Wellbeing Retreat

14. Spa Treatment of the Year 

Winner
Hyotan De Stress Massage, HARNN Heritage Spa, ANA InterContinental Beppu, Beppu, Japan

Hyotan De Stress Massage, HARNN Heritage Spa, ANA InterContinental Beppu - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of ANA Intercontinental Beppu

2nd Place
Sanctuary Escape, Raffles Spa, Raffles Bali, Bali, Indonesia

Sanctuary Escape, Raffles Bali - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Raffles Bali

3rd Place
Four Seasons Bangkok Signature – Thai Traditional, Urban Wellness Centre, Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Thailand

Four Seasons Bangkok Signature – Thai Traditional, Urban Wellness Centre - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons Bangkok

15. Medi-Spa Treatment of the Year 

Winner
Whole Body Photo-Light Therapy, VitalLife Scientific Wellness Clinic, RAKxa Wellness & Medical Retreat, Bangkok, Thailand

RAKxa Wellness Medical Retreat - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of RAKxa Wellness & Medical Retreat

2nd Place
Inner Balance by Heartmath, Canyon Ranch Tucson, Tucson, United States

Inner Balance by Heartmath, Canyon Ranch Tucson - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Canyon Ranch Tucson

3rd Place
Advanced Skin Regeneration by 111SKIN, KĒPOS by GOCO, Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas, Crete, Greece

KĒPOS by GOCO, Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of GOCO

16. Holistic Treatment of the Year 

Winner
Mi Sol Journey, Mi Sol Spa, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Danang, Vietnam

Mi Sol Spa, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

2nd Place
Ramuan Harmony, The Spa, The Datai Langkawi, Langkawi, Malaysia

Beach Yoga The Datai Langkawi - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of The Datai Langkawi

3rd Place
Blissful Marma massage, Crown Spa Sydney, Crown Towers Sydney, Sydney, Australia 

Crown Spa Sydney - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Crown Towers Sydney

17. Wellness Cuisine of the Year 

Winner
Zulal Wellness Resort, AI Ruwais, Qatar

Zulal Wellness Cuisine - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Zulal Wellness Resort

2nd Place
Aro Ha Wellness Retreat, Queenstown, New Zealand

Aro Ha Healthy Wellness Cuisine - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Aro Ha

3rd Place
The Original FX Mayr, Carinthia, Austria

The Original FX MAYR Nutrrition - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of The Original FX Mayr

18. Spa Skincare Brand of the Year 

Winner
Skeyndor

Skeyndor Spa Senses _ Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Skeyndor

2nd Place
Wildsmith Skin

Wildsmith Skincare - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Wildsmith Skin

3rd Place
Comfort Zone

Comfort Zone Spa Skincare - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Comfort Zone

19. Natural Skincare Brand of the Year 

Winner
Subtle Energies

Subtle Energies Winner of Natural Skincare Brand - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Subtle Energies

2nd Place
ESPA

ESPA Skincare - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of ESPA

3rd Place
Philosophia Botanica

Philosophia Botanica Natural Skincare from South Africa - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Philosophia Botanica

20. Results-Oriented Skincare Brand of the Year 

Winner
Biologique Recherche

Biologique Recherche Skincare - Destination Deluxe

2nd Place
Swiss Perfection

Swiss Perfection Results-Oriented Skincare - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Swiss Perfection

3rd Place
Elemis

Elemis Skincare - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Elemis

21. Anti-Aging Skincare Brand of the Year 

Winner
Intraceuticals

Intraceuticals 3-Step Hyaluronic Layering System - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Intraceuticals

2nd Place
Dr Burgener Switzerland

DR Burgener Switzerland - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Dr Burgener Switzerland

3rd Place
Margy’s Monte Carlo 

Margy's Monte Carlo - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Margy’s Monte Carlo

22. New Skincare Brand of the Year 

Winner
Moringa Project

Moringa Project Spa Skincare - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Moringa Project

2nd Place
The Preidlhof Way

Preidlhof Spa Skincare - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Preidlhof

3rd Place
N8tiV Beauty

N8tiV Skincare - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of N8tiV

23. People’s Choice of the Year (Hotels & Retreats)

Winner
Banyan Tree Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

Banyan Tree Bangkok Serenity Club - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Banyan Tree Bangkok

2nd Place
Banwa Private IslandPalawan, Philippines

Banwa Private Island Paradise - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Banwa Private Island

3rd Place
Eleven Deplar Farm, Troll Peninsula, Iceland

Eleven Deplar Farm Troll Peninsula, Iceland - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Deplar Farm

24. People’s Choice of the Year (Spas, Programs & Treatments)

Winner
Sundara Herbal Infusion, REMISSIŌ Spa, REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort, Bali, Indonesia

Sundara Herbal Infusion, REMISSIŌ Spa, REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort

2nd Place
Dior Spa Royal Scotsman, Royal Scotsman, A Belmond Train, Scotland, United Kingdom

Dior Spa Royal Scotsman, A Belmond Train - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Belmond

3rd Place
Sleep Well Therapy, The Retreat, The Sukhothai, Shanghai, China

Sleep Well Therapy, The Sukhothai Shanghai, The Retreat - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of The Sukhothai Shanghai

25. People’s Choice of the Year (Skincare)

Winner
ESPA

ESPA - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of ESPA

2nd Place
Elemis

Elemis Skincare - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Elemis

3rd Place
Clarins

Clarins Spa - Destination Deluxe
Photo: Courtesy of Clarins