SUNDANCE, UTAH (October 15th, 2009)—SpaFinder, Inc., the global spa resource, has announced that the Spa at Sundance has been named among the top-10 best spas in the world for Best Environmental Practices in its seventh-annual SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards. Based on votes submitted by readers of SpaFinder publications, including Spafinder.com, the awards represent the most comprehensive consumer assessment of the global spa market available today. Over 360,000 votes—a new record for the Reader’s Choice Awards—were cast for favorite spas by continent, country, region and across 27 categories.
“After seven years of enthusiastic consumer participation, our Readers’ Choice Awards have become the industry’s premier award program – the spa world’s answer to the Academy Awards,” said SpaFinder, Inc. President Susie Ellis. “Now that there are roughly 15,000 hotel, resort and destination spas operating worldwide, for the Spa at Sundance to be singled out by our readers is a tremendous honor.”
The Spa at Sundance is a peaceful sanctuary, where ancient Native American traditions are blended with the healing power of human touch to bring the mind, body and spirit into perfect balance. This Native American-inspired spa centers on the Sioux concept of Hocoka – a sacred environment where the restorative powers of nature are summoned for healing the body and restoring the spirit.
“Here at the Spa at Sundance our main focus is to encourage true healing and balance through nature. What an honor it is to be recognized as a leader in environmental practices,” commented Tracy Eldevick, Spa Director.
The Spa at Sundance was built with the environment in mind and contains many environmentally responsible building products including low VOC paint, water saving devices, energy efficient lighting and heating, wallboard made from sunflower seed hulls and the use of Trestlewood - a lumber salvaged from the Great Salt Lake.
To help consumers identify the very best spas for their specific goals, SpaFinder asked its readers and web visitors to name their top picks for the best spas in 27 unique categories – from “Best for Affordability” and “Best Cuisine,” to “Best for Men” and “Best Medical Program.” More categories were included in 2009 than ever before, including new entrants like “Best Environmental Practices” and “Best for Water Sports.” Voters were asked to only cast ballots for stay spas they’ve personally visited within the past three years.
Visit Spafinder.com For a Complete List of 2009 Winners
A complete listing of Readers’ Choice Award winners will be featured in SpaFinder’s 2010 Global Spa and Wellness Directory, the definitive guide to spa and wellness destinations worldwide - and can also be viewed at: http://www.spafinder.com/spaguide/readerschoice/2009.jsp
ABOUT SUNDANCE RESORT
Nestled at the base of 12,000-foot Mt. Timpanogos, the Sundance Resort is a 5,000-acre destination resort, committed to maintaining the balance of art, nature and recreation. Sundance offers diverse mountain recreation experiences and encourages the cultivation of art and self-expression, as well as the preservation of the land. Created by Robert Redford, Sundance is a haven for discovery and inspiration, featuring 100 well-appointed cottages and homes consistent with the Sundance brand. The Sundance family of companies includes the Sundance Resort, Sundance Institute, Sundance Channel, Sundance Cinemas and Sundance Catalog. For more information on Sundance, call 801-225-4107 or visit our website, www.sundanceresort.com.
ABOUT SPAFINDER, INC.
The world’s largest spa media, marketing and gifting company, SpaFinder, Inc. connects millions of wellness-focused consumers with thousands of spas worldwide. SpaFinder’s media properties include the award-winning Spafinder.com, the Spa Enthusiast newsletter and the annual Global Spa and Wellness Directory. SpaFinder and its new gift division, Salon Wish, offer spa gift certificates and cards that are redeemable at a combined network of over 9,000 spas and salons worldwide and are available at thousands of retail outlets. The company’s technology division innovates new solutions that help spas build and streamline their businesses, including the popular SpaBooker online booking system. SpaFinder Europe and SpaFinder Japan offer regional spa marketing and gifting programs, including localized, native-language websites. Founded in 1986, the privately held company is headquartered in Manhattan.