Bodyhaven Spa at Wellington’s Amora Hotel has claimed top honours as Best Luxury Boutique Spa in New Zealand at the 2016 World Luxury Spa Awards.

Announced at the five-star Grand Hotel Kronenhof Pontresina in Switzerland, the awards are the pinnacle of achievement for luxury spas and based on votes by spa guests and feedback from a global panel of spa industry professionals. Recipients are recognised for setting benchmarks in quality, innovation and service for spas around the globe.

The exclusive black tie event on 18 June was attended by some of the world’s leading hoteliers. There were 22 competing spa categories, and 38 countries participated from across the globe.

Bodyhaven is owned by director Ana Maria Moore, an internationally renowned spa and wellness consultant with more than 25 years of international experience in the spa industry.

Moore said the team was thrilled.

“The whole team is over the moon with this recognition and acknowledgement on a global scale, the value of the feeling our spa treatments offer, including the heartfelt touch the team shares with each and every guest. Our goal is to hear, ‘That was the best spa experience ever’ from all guests,” Moore said.

“We have  been awarded  more than 10  International awards  since  2009, and I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to our prestigious guests and business partners who have  shown their  immense support  to us  in the past  few years. We promise we will continue to excel ourselves in every single aspect to make our guests’ spa visit an unforgettable one.”

Bodyhaven’s premise includes an authentic Moroccan tea room, manicure and pedicure stations, single and double spa suites fitted with therapeutic copper tubs, and a dedicated spa function room. The spa also offers a healthy light menu for guests during their spa experience and showcases the unique flavours of the southern North Island.

“We are truly honoured to receive the award for Best Luxury Boutique Spa in the country. It’s recognition of our world-class facilities and service and is a testament to my team’s commitment to delivering an exceptional spa experience for every guest.

“All of our products and treatments are carefully selected to promote our holistic approach to health and beauty for the mind, body and spirit. We endeavour to not only maintain the standards but to exceed our guests’ expectations in the years to come.”