Spa that offers diamond powder facial among winners of 2016 spa awards

IN search of a meditative retreat to calm the mind and ease your anxieties? The best wellness centre for that is the Ananda in the Himalayas, in India.

That's according to the results of the 2016 Wellness Travel Awards which named the top spa and wellness destinations across 41 countries and 20 categories in London recently.

For the awards, an international panel of 39 travel and wellness experts whittled down a long list of 388 destinations. A second round of voting saw more than 130,000 consumers cast their votes to determine the winners.

Awards were handed out in categories like best continental spas, regional and country spas.

Another breakdown pronounced the best properties in categories such as best for couples, families, weight loss, fitness, beauty and anti-aging, girlfriend getaways, outdoor adventure and solo travel.

Editors named 10 winners in each category.

At the glittering Baccarat Hotel New York opened by French crystal maker Baccarat, guests of the hotel spa receive La Mer treatments – one of the most luxurious and expensive skin care brands on the market. It's the first location to feature a dedicated spa with La Mer products.

In addition to diamond powder exfoliation and polishing for both face and body, treatments include deep tissue, Swedish and hot stone massages.

Visitors to Ananda in the Himalayas in the foothills of Northern India meanwhile can choose from packages including everything from yoga and stress management to detox and renew programs led by Ayurvedic doctors, therapists, nutritionists and yogis.

Here are some of the major winners:

Best in Europe: SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain

Best in North America: Rancho La Puerta, Mexico

Best in Asia: Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa, Thailand

Best in Africa: Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, South Africa

Best in South and Central America: Lapinha SPA, Brazil

Best in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania: Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Australia

Best in the United States: Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona

Best in Canada: Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa, British Columbia

Best in France: Spa The Peninsula, Paris

For the full list visit http://www.wellnesstravelawards.com/.