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Spas… the word that was once a whisper, is now the word and experience that people cannot be with out. Many thought that it was a passing trend, but they have been proved wrong… spas are anything but a fad they are a lifestyle and a vital element to finding balance and relaxation within our lives.

Spas are the source of finding a sense of well-being. They are a sanctuary where one can escape and a place to unwind. They allow us to renew our body, mind and soul, and although society generally has moved away from embracing recreational time, we are finally coming full circle and embracing this time to revive and de-stress. The phenomenal growth in the Spa sector in South Africa is symbolic to this, thus the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Sanitas Per Aquas (S.P.A) Awards was established to honour this flourishing market and those who excel in their field.

The second Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards was hosted by Les Nouvelles Esthetiques South Africa in association with Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Paris, on Sunday the 25th of June 2006, at The Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg. The Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards Gala Dinner evening was filled with excitement and glamour as some of the industries most respected and well-known names came together to acknowledge their peers.

Through the success of the 2005 awards, the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards have shown tremendous growth. The 2006 Spa Awards consisted of four (4) Categories, with the introduction of the Safari Spa and Unique Spa Concept Categories. In addition to the Day Spa and Resort/Hotel Spa Categories (including Country Hotels, Guest Houses and Resorts).

“The Spa sector has grown in multiple facets. In order to meet the demands of the ever-growing market, Les Nouvelles Esthetiques introduced two new categories to the Spa Awards. This was to ensure further calibration and refinement in the categories and definitions of the awards, where similar institutions are compared with one another. Ultimately providing the spa client with a greater understanding of what to expect” says Dr Nadine de Freitas, Managing Editor, Les Nouvelles Esthetiques S.A.

The Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Day Spa Category Finalists were Octavia’s Sensorium, Casa Mia Health Spa, s.k.i.n Wellness Spa – V & A Waterfront and BSXI Hydro Spa. The winner of the Day Spa Category was Life Day Spa.

Angsana Spa at The Vineyard Hotel was announced as the winner of the Unique Spa Concept Category. The judging of the Unique Spa Concept Category was extremely close in which a tie in results occurred, therefore the finalists in this category included Woodlands Wellness Centre at Forum Homini Boutique Hotel, Spa Ilâhi, Mangwanani African Day Spa, Ingwenya African Spa and Indigo Fields African Day Spa.

The finalists for the Safari Spa Category were Witwater Spa at Witwater Safari Lodge and Camelot Spa at Pestana Kruger Lodge; the Wellness Centre at Thanda Private Game Reserve was selected as the winner of the Safari Spa Category.

The Resort/Hotel Spa Category included some magnificent resorts, where the finalists included Kievits Kroon Country Estate & Spa, Camelot Spa at Le Franschhoek Hotel, Fordoun, and Sanctuary Spa at The Twelve Apostles Hotel. The winner of the Resort/Hotel Spa Category was AltiraSpa at the Arabella Sheraton Grand Hotel.

Les Nouvelles Esthetiques would like to congratulate all the finalists and winners as they continue to excel in providing the South African community with the keys to relaxation and wellness. The Spa Awards programme is more than pure recognition of achievement, it sets a benchmark for spas in South Africa, and all the finalists and winners are worthy of this acknowledgment.

Spa Recognition Awards 2006

“We focus a large amount on the actual spas, however there are a number of individuals who go above the call of duty, who stand out from the crowd and through their work the entire industry benefits”, said Dr Nadine de Freitas as she introduced the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques the inaugural Spa Recognition Awards at the Gala Dinner Event. These Spa Recognition Awards include three categories, The Spa Ambassador Award, The Humanitarian Award and The Spa Visionary Award. These will form part of the annual Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards.

The Spa Ambassador Award, symbolises a person who represents the industry, in a thank less capacity. The award goes to a person who has made the industry proud and whose presence in the industry is noted internationally. The nominees for this award were Mimmie Cronje from Algologie, Alison Rightford from the Sanctuary group, Dr Geraldine Mitton from Santé Winelands Hotel & Wellness Centre, and Debbie Merdjan from Camelot Schools and Spas. The Spa Ambassador Award 2006 was awarded to Debbie Merdjan. The Spa Humanitarian Award, is awarded to a person who by definition is actively concerned in promoting human welfare and especially social reform. The 2006 award was awarded to Erin Limbert, from Mangwanani African Day Spa. The third award was the Spa Visionary Award 2006, which was awarded to Karlien Murray from Professional Accreditation Body.

We look forward to hosting the Spa Awards in 2007 and Spa Recognition Awards 2007, as South African Spas and individuals continue to flourish in an internationally growing market place.

For additional information, editorial assistance and/or photographs regarding the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards 2006 and Special Recognition Awards 2006, contact Robyn Deeb (Public Relations) at Les Nouvelles Esthetiques on +27 11 447 9959 or alternatively on info@lesnouvelles.co.za.

Please Note:
Winners of the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards 2006 will participate as judges for the Spa Awards in 2007.


Winner of the Day Spa Category
Life Day Spa



Winner of the Unique Spa Concept Category
Angsana Spa at The Vineyard Hotel



Winner of the Safari Spa Category
Thanda Private Game Reserve



Winner of the Resort/Hotel Spa Category
 AltiraSpa at the Arabella Sheraton Grand Hotel






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