Dubai named World’s Best Spa Destination

Dubai named World’s Best Spa Destination

Two UAE resorts also won awards

World Spa Awards – the global initiative to celebrate and reward excellence in the spa and wellness sector – has announced the winners of its 2021 programme.

Winning brands included Six Senses (‘World’s Best Wellness Retreat Brand’), Iridium Spas at St Regis Hotels & Resorts (‘World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand’) and Croatia’s Hotel Bellevue (‘World’s Best Hotel Spa’).

Dubai was recognised twice in this year’s programme

Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach claimed ‘World’s Best Resort Spa’ and the emirate was named ‘World’s Best Spa Destination’.

In the newcomer categories, Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid picked up the coveted ‘World’s Best New Hotel Spa’ title; Chenot Spa at One&Only Desaru Coast, Malaysia was acknowledged as ‘World’s Best New Resort Spa’; and Italy’s Palazzo Fiuggi won ‘World’s Best New Wellness Retreat’.

The announcement follows a year-long search for the world’s top spa and wellness brands with votes cast by industry professionals, the media and the general public.


Speaking about the current state of the global spa industry, World Spa Awards managing director Rebecca Cohen commented: “Our industry is enjoying a significant increase in bookings, driven by guests seeking out authentic wellness experiences to match their lifestyle choices.

“Our World Spa Awards 2021 winners represent the brands breaking new ground through innovation and their incredible drive to do things better. My congratulations to each of them.”

Elsewhere in the region, Zulal Wellness Resort was recognised as ‘Qatar’s Best Wellness Retreat’.

To see the full list of winners, visit

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