International kudos for resort hotel spa

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Sofitel Queenstown can boast the best hotel spa in the world.

The five-star hotel has won the accolade in prestigious American travel magazine Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2011.

Readers rated hotel spas on their ambience, treatments, service and value.

Sofitel’s luxury Le Spa earned 98.93 out of 100 eligible points.

“We’re ecstatic,” Sofitel general manager Wouter De Graaf says.

“To be recognised as the world’s very best against thousands of other hotel spas is a phenomenal achievement

“It goes to prove that despite what might be considered a remote location at the bottom of the world, our spa service is so exceptional that we still come out sitting at the very top.”

Le Spa launched in 2007, two years after Sofitel opened.

Its signature treatments have an undercurrent of Maori lore, offering century-old rituals and therapies, many of which aren’t available anywhere else in New Zealand.