Town of The Blue Mountains, Ontario, Canada– iwa Spa has been awarded two wellness awards for Canada : “BEST HIDDEN GEM” and BEST YOGA at the Spafinder 2016 Wellness Travel Awards (WTA), held at World Travel Market, London.
Inaugurated in 2014, the Awards recognize hotels, resorts, destination spas and retreats offering the best wellness vacations and experiences on six continents and in 41 countries. This year, 388 finalists competed for top honors, and consumers cast over 130,000 ballots for their favorite properties. Wellness Travel Award finalists were selected by a panel of 39 travel and wellness industry editors and experts. Consumers around the globe then voted for their favorite locations across 20 categories. A combination of nominations and scores by the panelists and consumer ballots was used to select winners.
“We are honoured to win both of these awards! it is incredible to be in the winner’s circles among so many spas worldwide, it really speaks to our world class facility right here in Blue Mountain Village. To win Best Hidden Gem in Canada reflects not only the spa but also the appeal of the Georgian Bay Area. Our yoga is one of those must try activities, it is such a unique experience that leaves you feeling amazing!” says Michelle Ubell CEO and founder of iwa spa. It’s been a highly successful year for the spa who was also awarded “Luxury Spa Of the Year in Ontario” by the Luxury Travel Guide, and Top New Spa in Canada for 2015, as well as a 2016 Collingwood Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards for Services, Industry and Trades.
iwa Spa is a full service wellness spa, based in beautiful Blue Mountain Village. The spa offers a wide range of wellness inspired services, creative spa packages, a boutique loaded with amazing products and a truly one of a kind yoga practice in the warm volcanic rock studio (Ganban-yoku). Ganban yoga is not available anywhere else in Canada, making it a true hidden gem and one of a kind yoga experience. Our vision to Inspire Wellness Always (I.W.A.) comes to life with every interaction our guests have with the spa, from a custom built pedicure bench using stainless steel vessels, to the ability to select your preferred music in-room, to how our very welcoming and friendly staff make you feel. Even the smallest detail such as custom blended tea and a taste of chocolate with local maple syrup are all designed to make our guest feel fantastic.
The spa offers easy access to spa treatments for resort guests and locals alike, stunning views of the escarpment and combination unique, incredible spa services. Traditional spa treatments such as facials, manicures and pedicures are enhanced with amazing body products from Farmhouse Fresh and iwa’s own line of skin care products. Massage at iwa is one of our core wellness activities with a guest choice of five different massage offerings: Indian Head Massage, Reflexology Massage, Thai Yoga Massage, Relaxation Massage and full body, deep tissue delivered by an RMT (Registered Massage Therapist), Ganban Volcanic Rock Therapy is a must-try experience, laying on volcanic rock that emits far infrared rays and negative ions. iwa spa offers a stunning Restorative Yoga class directly on the volcanic rock in our yoga studios and garden. Private group yoga, and private 1:1 yoga is also available in one of our two private Ganban suites.
Iwa Spa is family owned and operated by Cam and Michelle Ubell