Maya Tulum Resort's Spa was ranked No. 10 in the World!
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Excerpts from "World's Best Spas" by Audrey Davidow, Nathan Lump, and Maria Shollenbarger
"A hotel can't compete today without a great spa-in 2003, American spas received 136 million visits, and the industry's revenues have surpassed those of classic leisure destinations such as amusement parks or movie theaters. With so many choices out there (some 12,000 in the United States alone), spa goers are becoming more demanding and more discerning. To determine which spas follow through on their promise of relaxation and rejuvenation, we asked Travel + Leisure readers to rate the best hotel, resort, and destination spas in our ninth annual World's Best Awards survey.
Top Destination Spas
Rank Name 2004
Miraval, Life in Balance, Catalina, Arizona 89.16
Cal-a-Vie, Vista, California 87.50
The Greenhouse, Arlington, Texas 86.82
Canyon Ranch Health Resort, Tucson, Arizona 84.38
Golden Door, Escondido, California 83.28
Mii Amo, Enchantment, Sedona, Arizona 83.12
Hilton Head Health Institute, South Carolina 82.77
Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico 82.43
Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand 82.27
Results are based on reader evaluations collected in the 2004 World's Best Awards survey. Scores are an indexed average of responses concerning applicable characteristics. For each characteristic, respondents were asked to rate a candidate on a scale of 1 to 5, where "5" means excellent and "1" means poor. Overall scores for destination spas represent an average rating based on five characteristics: accommodations/ambience, treatments, service, food, and value. Overall scores for resort and hotel spas represent an average rating based on four characteristics: ambience, treatments, service, and value. Some spas (those that have their own accommodations but are also affiliated with full-service resorts) were rated in both the destination-spa and resort-spa categories; these spas have different scores for each category."