quoted in 2003: “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.”
With this introduction we celebrate the 4th annual Les
Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards, hosted by Les Nouvelles
Esthetiques South Africa in association with Les Nouvelles
Esthetiques Paris, on Sunday the 6th July 2008, at The
Sandton Sun Hotel in Sandton, 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, while being entertained by the
memorable Christine Mansour, after the prestigious opening
by Jean Pierre Cerveau, Conseiller Commercial, French
Through the success of the previous awards, the Les
Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards have shown tremendous
growth. The 2008 Spa Awards consisted of six (6) Categories,
with the introduction of the Boutique Spa Category, in
appreciation of the smaller more personal spa experience. In
addition to the Day Spa, Resort/Hotel Spa, Unique Spa
Concept, Safari Spa and Medi-spa categories.
The Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Day Spa Category Finalists
were Savanna Spa, on the private Blair Athol Estate, Life
Day Spa, Fourways Johannesburg and their sister spa,
Renaissance Day Spa, Sandton Johannesburg. The winner of the
Day Spa Category was Woodlands
Centre for Well-being & Spa, Muldersdrift,
Vygenhoek Organic Spa
was announced as the winner of the Unique Spa Concept
Category. The judging of the Unique Spa Concept Category was
extremely difficult, as all spas in this category were very
different; therefore the finalists in this category included
Mangwanani Zevenwacht, Summerfields River Lodge and Rose Spa
and Chicama Country Spa at Glenburn Lodge.
The finalists for the Boutique Hotel Category, our newest
category are, Constantia Uitsig Spa, Ruimsig Country Spa and
Guest House, ONEwellness at The Dock House, V&A and the
winner is Fordoun Spa in
Nottingham Road, KZN Midlands.
The medi-spa category, a developmental category of
the spa awards in appreciation of the international trends,
was awarded to Vivacite Medical Spa,
Pretoria and full recognition additionally goes to the
finalist in this category: Renew Clinic, Umhlanga; Skin
Renewal, Parkhurst, Johannesburg and Glasshouse, a
specialist spa for men in Cape Town.
Safari Spa Category finalists were Shakama Wellness Centre
and Zebu Health Spa, both in Bela Bela and Ukuthula Spa,
north of Pretoria with The Waters
of Royal Malewane being selected as the winner of
the Safari Spa Category.
The Resort/Hotel Spa Category included some magnificent
resorts, where the finalists included Arabella Spa at the
Arabella Western Cape Hotel and Spa, Hermanus, Camelot Spa
at Le Franschhoek Hotel and Camelot Spa at Velmore Estate,
Pretoria. The winner of the Resort/Hotel Spa Category was
ONEwellness at the Radisson 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 2008
“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 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.
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 Spa Ambassador
Award 2008 was awarded to Helene Bramwell,
President of CIDESCO (2000 – 2008). The Spa Humanitarian
Award, is awarded to a person who by definition is
actively concerned in promoting human welfare and especially
social reform. The 2008 award was awarded to Rudi Baker,
from Healing Hands. The third award was the Spa Visionary
Award 2006, which was awarded to Rob Cowling from
ONEwellness for consistently holding the flag of wellness
for over 25 year.
We look forward to hosting the Spa Awards in 2009 and Spa
Recognition Awards 2009, 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 2008 and Special Recognition Awards 2008, contact Dr
Nadine de Freitas (Managing Editor – Les Nouvelles
Esthetiques SA) at Les Nouvelles Esthetiques on +27 11 447
9959 or alternatively on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winners of the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards 2008
will participate as judges for the Spa Awards in 2009.