Buxton’s prestigious Devonshire Spa has scored top spot in a Luxury Travel Guide Award, proving the Spa’s draw as a destination for luxury, tranquillity and the ultimate wellness experience far away from the bustle and chaos of city living.
The Spa, which is housed in the historic Devonshire Dome, has been named as Rural Wellness Retreat of the Year by Luxury Travel Guide – an international travel publication.
The award celebrates excellence in a number of aspects including, customer service, the range and calibre of treatments offered, location, employee satisfaction, disability provisions, client reviews and testimonials and cultural understanding.
The accolade builds on the facility’s growing international success, being crowned the best ‘Luxury Emerging Spa in Northern Europe‘ at the World Luxury Spa awards last year and further reflects the town’s stature as a destination for excellence in the Spa and Tourism sector.
Isobel Stockdale, Head of Applied Management and Commercial Spa commented,
“This award reflects the unique and first-class Spa expertise provided at the Devonshire Spa. Blending the industry leading contemporary techniques and customer service with the impressive and tranquil location in the heart of the Peak District.”
As well as being a recognised as being a first-class destination for those seeking the best in luxury wellness and beauty treatments, the Spa also a plays a significant role in teaching and shaping for the next generation of Spa developers, managers and therapists. University of Derby students at the newly named Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism, a degree level centre of excellence based at the Buxton Campus, take an active role in the running of the facility – forming one of the best applied learning courses in the country.
Dr Sarah Rawlinson, Head of the Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism at the University of Derby commented,
“We are delighted that our role at the fore-front of 21st century Spa provision and management is getting such international industry recognition. We pride ourselves on providing an industry rich learning environment for our degree students which has seen us being ranked as in Guardian’s Top Ten for Hospitality and Tourism university degree courses. This latest award strengthens our position as a destination of choice for tourists, residents and students from across the globe.”
This latest award is the result of both public praise and industry recognition. The Luxury Travel Guide contacted 100,000 subscribers to invite them to vote for the best places they have stayed, services they have used and companies they have worked with. This was supplemented by an independent judging panel and research team made up of hospitality experts. Several international celebrity industry figures were also consulted they included: Hotel consultant Anthony Melchiorri, Kristien Deleersnijder (vice president of the Four Seasons, 26 years’ experience) and Shane Green (Travel Chanel presenter).
For more information about the Devonshire Spa or the Higher Education opportunities at the Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism please contact the University of Derby on Tel: 01332 590500.