ANNUAL BEST SPA WINNERSOur Readers and Secret Spa Reviewers Top Picks for Hotel Spas, Medical Spas, Day Spas, and More
The Greater Atlanta Metro area includes Alpharetta, Decatur, Douglasville, Duluth, Dunwoody, Gainesville, John’s Creek, Lawrenceville, Marietta, Peachtree City, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Snellville, and Woodstock, among others.
The Greater Boston area includes Winthrop, Revere, Chelsea, Everett, Somerville, Cambridge, Newton, Brookline, Needham, Dedham, Canton, Milton, and Quincy. Nearby communities include Arlington, Medford, Watertown, Wellesley, and Weymouth.
Greater Chicago is also called Chicagoland, which includes Aurora, Elgin, Joliet, Naperville, Arlington Heights, Cicero, Evanston, Gary (Indiana), Oak Lawn, Oak Park, Orland Park, Palatine, Schaumburg, Skokie, Waukegan, and Wheaton, Racine (Wisconsin), Kenosha (Wisconsin).
Denver is the largest city in and the capitol of Colorado. Denver area communities, also known as Denver Metro, include Arvada, Aurora, Centennial, Lakewood, Thornton, Westminster, Castle Rock, Columbine, Englewood, Golden, Littleton, and Parker.
Fort Lauderdale is on the Atlantic Coast and includes 7 miles of beautiful beaches. It is a major tourist destination for swimming, boating, yachting, and outdoor recreation. Fort Lauderdale communities include Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Sea Ranch Lakes, Hollywood, Dania Beach, Davie, Plantation, Lauderhill, Lauderdale Lakes, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Tamarac, Wilton Manors, and Pompano Beach.
Marin County is a beautiful area of rolling hills and valleys North of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, and includes the scenic towns and villages of Sausalito, Corte Madera, Larkspur, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Mill Valley, Novato, coastal Marin, Point Reyes, and Fairfax.
Memphis area communities, also known as Memphis Metro in the Mid-South area, include Bartlett, Southaven, Collierville, Germantown, Olive Branch, West Memphis, Horn Lake, Covington, Hernando, Holly Springs, Lakeland, Marion (Arkansas), Millington, Senatobia, Forrest City (Arkansas), and Arlington. Nicknames or aliases include Birthplace of the Blues, Bluff City, and the Birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll.
Miami is one of the largest cities in Florida and is the largest city in Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade communities include Aventura, Coral Gables, Doral, Hialeah, Homestead, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, Miami Lakes, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Sunny Isles Beach, West Miami, and more.
Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin, and is located on the south shore of Lake Michigan. Milwaukee area and Milwaukee County communities include Racine, Waukesha, Beaver Dam, Brookfield, and many more.
Phoenix is the capital of and largest city in Arizona. Greater Phoenix is very large — it is one of the largest cities (by land area) in the United States. It is in Maricopa County and includes Apache Junction, Avondale, Carefree, Cave Creek, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, and many more communities.
Pittsburgh is the second largest city in Pennsylvania. The Allegheny County city is generally mapped into these key areas: The Downtown area (also called the Golden Triangle), the North Side, South Side/South Hills, East End, and the West End. Pittsburgh Metro or Greater Pittsburgh is the largest population center in both the Ohio River Valley and Appalachia.
Portland Metro Area includes towns and cities within 30 minutes or less of the city center. Those include Beaverton, Clackamas, Gresham, Happy Valley, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Newberg, N Portland, NE Portland, NW Portland, SE Portland, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin, West Hills, West Linn, Wilsonville.
Raleigh is the capital and largest city in North Carolina. Most of the city is in Wake County. Raleigh is referred to as part of The Triangle — Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. Raleigh’s suburbs and towns include Cary, Morrisville, Garner, Clayton, Wake Forest, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale, Wendell, Zebulon, and Rolesville.
Sacramento is the capital of California, the seat of Sacramento County. Neighboring cities and towns include Fair Oaks, Carmichael, Roseville, Folsom, Granite Bay, El Dorado Hills, Citrus Heights, and Orangevale. It is home to California State University Sacramento.
San Diego County’s largest communities include San Diego, Chula Vista, Oceanside, Escondido, Carlsbad, El Cajon, Vista, San Marcos, Encinitas, National City, and La Mesa. Additional towns are Coronado, Del Mar, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove, Poway, Santee, and Solana Beach.
San Jose’s Silicon Valley communities include Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Sunnyvale.
Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest. It suburbs and surrounding towns and municipalities include Tacoma, Bellevue, Everett, Auburn, Bainbridge Island, Bonney Lake, Bothell, Bremerton, Edmonds, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kirkland, Lynnwood, Mercer Island, Puget Sound, Puyallup, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Tukwila, Vashon Island, and more.
Sedona is in the Upper Sonoran Desert, Northern Arizona. While it’s year round population hovers around 11,000, it receives over a million visitors each year to its five distinct areas — City Center, Red Rock, Big Park, Oak Creek, and West Sedona.
The District includes a sizable metro area! Washington D.C., Georgetown DC, Arlington VA, Alexandria VA, Bethesda MD, Bowie MD, Centreville VA, Chantilly VA, College Park MD, Fairfax VA, Falls Church VA, Frederick MD, Fredericksburg VA, Gaithersburg MD, Germantown MD, Herndon VA, Laurel MD, Leesburg VA, Manassas VA, Reston VA, Rockville MD, Silver Spring MD, Springfield VA, Suitland MD, Takoma Park MD, Tysons Corner VA, Vienna VA, Waldorf MD, and Winchester VA.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Our polling and voting periods are fairly flexible depending on the region, area, and many variables (including weather). Ideally, our nominations for Best Spas are typically collected between January and July; our votes are collected thereafter (generally for 90 days), and our Secret Spa Reviews are generally conducted during this same period, and after polls and voting closes. Awards are posted throughout the year at the conclusion of the nomination, vetting, voting, and reviewing process for each city.
Nominations for Best Spa Awards are collected via online surveys and newsletter polls during our open polling periods (stated on each open polling form). Voting is then compiled by calculating reader submissions during open voting periods, followed by our vetting process, and finally, by in-person visits to the top scoring spas by our Spa Index Secret Spa Reviewers.
Once a spa has been nominated in the Best Of category, polls are sent to our subscriber email list, secret spa reviewers panel, resource and industry experts email list, and, posted on our website.
In order to avoid unnaturally inflated or “promoted” voting results, spas are never notified when secret spa reviewers have been assigned and will visit, and generally not notified when voting begins. This helps to control what we call “vote marketing” by spa owners, some of whom may have more resources to market than newer or smaller spas, and it keeps the results “organic.”
We prefer our voting results be based on industry reputation, organically collected reader votes, and secret spa reviewer impressions, rather than expert or aggressive marketing on the part of spa owners. That said, many spas owners become aware of our nominating and voting polls once they begin. While we do not encourage spas to aggressively market, we do not prevent them from requesting their clients and customers vote during an open poll, and they are not disqualified if they do so except under extreme circumstances (promising any form of incentive for voting, for instance).
Awards are based on a combination of votes received from our readers and panel experts, with additional and the most weight given to reviews by our Secret Spa Reviewers. Ties are broken by Secret Spa Reviewers, who visit each of the top nominated spas at least once, and often twice, during a polling and voting period.
Best Spa Winners are notified of their standing via email, Social Media, and occasionally by U.S. Mail. An article is written for our website, with the comments by our Secret Spa Reviewers. The results are blogged on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and via email to our subscriber base.
Spas are given a badge for their own websites on request, but of course they are not required to display it. Framed Certificates are also offered for display in the spa, upon request.
SECRET SPA REVIEWERS
Secret Spa Reviewers do not reveal their association with SpaIndex.com, nor do they receive complimentary services or other incentives from any nominated spas in exchange for positive reviews. Spa Index Secret Spa Reviewers are fully reimbursed by SpaIndex.com for the cost of spa services after reviews are submitted and accepted.
The identity of Secret Spa Reviewers is kept anonymous for our vetting and reviews process, and during fact-checking. Reviewers are not permitted to reveal their identities to the spas or reveal a schedule, agenda, or pending review in any public forum or on social media.
Nominated Spas are never required to be members of or listed on SpaIndex.com Guide to Spas. In fact, nominations and winners are frequently a combination of reader favorite spas who are not members of our spa directory, and those which are.