The awards are given by an independent jury and represent the toughest independent evaluation in Europe.
The spas are judged on the basis of eight criteria points – design and engineering, health, offers and service, economy, benefit, creativity, sustainability and social corporate responsibility.
The Hotel Hochschober, situated 1763 metres above sea level in the Turracher Höhe mountain pass on the border between Carinthia and Styria, won first place in the Best Destination Spa category.
It impressed the judges thanks to features such as a heated swimming pool in Lake Turracher, an oriental hammam, and a Chinese tower in the middle of the Alps.
Tyrol’s Alpenresort Schwarz was voted Best Hotel Spa. The traditional, family-run spa boasts sustainable health and relaxation facilities, a 4000 square metre spa, nine swimming pools, a natural swimming area, 19 treatment rooms for beauty and massage, eleven saunas, a fitness suite, as well as its own private clinic.
Lanserhof, also in Tyrol, won gold in the Medical Spa category. Their recipe for success is cutting edge holistic and preventative medicine.
The relatively new spa at the Sans Souci Hotel in Vienna won third place for Best Day Spa. It offers a luxury wellness oasis in the centre of the city, with three saunas, a pool, steam bath and a sunbathing lawn.
Vienna’s Therme Wien, at Oberlaa, won gold for Best Thermal Resort for the second time in a row. It impressed the judges with its extensive offering that includes massage and fitness, and spacious spa zones with different themes.
The Tauern Spa in Zell am See – Kaprun came in third place for Best Public Baths. The Spa Water World impressed the judges with its pools both for water sports and relaxing, a separate children's area with water attractions, exercise rooms, and various peaceful resting areas.