‘Ananda in the Himalayas’ sweeps prestigious ‘SpaFinder Readers’ Choice’ Awards

~Additional 6 awards include ‘Country Award for Favorite Spa in India’, ‘Award for one of the Top 10 Favorite Spa Professionals’, and Top 10 Best for Cooking Classes’, ‘top 10 best for Cuisine’ top 10 best for Mind-Body-Spirit and Yoga’~

Online PR News – 28-October-2010 – – Press Release: New Delhi, 28th October, 2010 – ‘Ananda in the Himalayas’, India’s first and only Destination spa, has swept the prestigious eighth annual awards of SpaFinder, Inc., the global spa resource. Declared as the ‘Favourite Spa in Asia’ in the most coveted Readers’ Choice Crystal Awards, Ananda also bagged five more awards including the ‘Country Award for Favorite Spa in India’, ‘Award for one of the Top 10 Favorite Spa Professionals’, ‘Top 10 Best for Cooking Classes’, ‘Top 10 best for Cuisine’ top 10 best for Mind-Body-Spirit and Yoga’.

Spa-goers cast a record number of votes in the eighth-annual Awards, which are considered the most thorough and independent assessment of spas worldwide.

“Winning the Crystal Award is the highest honor a spa can receive. The Readers’ Choice Awards are the premier spa awards – and the Crystal distinction honors the crème de la crème of spas globally,” said, Ms. Susie Ellis, President of SpaFinder, Inc. “There are over 15,000 destination, resort and hotel spas around the world. To be voted the #1 spa in Asia is an extraordinary achievement.”

Throughout the year, spa-goers voted on their favorite spas overall – by continent and country/region – along with their picks for “Favorite Spa” in 31 popular categories. Voters were asked to cast ballots only for spas they personally visited within the past three years. A complete list of winners can be viewed at: http://www.spafinder.com/spaguide/readerschoice/2010.htm

Commenting on this proud moment, Mr. Ashok Khanna, Founder and Managing Director - IHHR Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. [group that owns and operates ‘Ananda in the Himalayas’] said, “Over the years, SPaFinder continues to grow in stature and respect. Their format for choosing the award is stringent, fair and of a very high standard. We are delighted to win 6 honors this year. Even more excited because these come from our guests who have experienced the magic of Ananda. I am proud that we have created a winning team that continues to please guests with every passing year. I am overwhelmed that my dream and passion has been given such a beautiful shape by our team at Ananda”.
The Crystal Awards Asia Pacific is an annual event that recognizes and honors the best of the spa and wellness industry in the Asia Pacific region through a stringent voting process. Awarding brands and properties in various categories, The Crystal Awards Asia Pacific 2010 endorsed through a collective voice of spa-goers and experts of the industry, the contribution that these brands and properties make that enhance the industry, spearheading trends, and exerting change for the future direction of the sector. The Crystal Awards process is entirely criteria-based with customized and specific audit processes for each category.
Earlier this year, ‘Ananda in the Himalayas’ won the Readers’ Choice award by Conde Nast Traveller International and Conde Nast Traveller India, making it the only Destination Spa globally to be honored with the award six years in a row.

About Ananda

Located in the exotic foothills of the Himalayas – the birthplace of India’s ancient arts of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda – is ‘Ananda in the Himalayas’, a Destination Spa dedicated to wellness enthusiasts the world over! India’s only Destination Spa and winner of innumerable international and national awards, Ananda’s unique focus on holistic wellness is nurtured on a combination of the finest ancient Indian traditions of Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta, and the best of western and oriental wellness philosophies. With the highest standards of service, luxurious accommodations, innovative spa cuisine and breathtaking mountain views, Ananda is an internationally recognized Destination Spa, offering an enriching experience designed to restore, renew and revitalize. Incorporating the elements of time-honored Indian philosophies, the spa seeks to restore the body’s natural balance and harmonizing energy.

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 Club Spa e-newsletter and blog, and the annual NewBeauty SpaFinder Guide to Global Spa, Wellness & Beauty. SpaFinder and its spa-beauty gift division, SpaWish, offer gift certificates and cards that are redeemable at a combined network of thousands of spas and salons and are available at more than 90,000 unique retail outlets in 79 countries. 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.

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Vandana Kilam [Head – Corporate Communication]
IHHR Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.
New Delhi
Phone – 011-26568888 Meeta / Somsekhar
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Phone : 9949065300 / 9000111823