Last night at a glittering gala event held at The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg Russia, the winners of the annual World Luxury Spa and Restaurant Awards were announced.  The Day Spa at Brackenridge Country Retreat & Spa in Martinborough, has been named continent winner of the World Luxury Spa Awards – Luxury Countryside Spa for Australia & Oceania.

The awards gala was the fourth annual event of its kind with more than 200 guests flying in from around the world, representing 90 countries, 450 spas and 270 restaurants.

“We congratulate this year’s winners. True luxury is not easily attained. It takes highly efficient and dedicated staff, who are willing to go the extra mile and stop at nothing to ensure that every guest feels cared for and no challenge goes unresolved. This is the definition of luxury. It is what makes the winners shine,” says World Luxury Awards Group Marketing Director Michael Hunter-Smith.

Commenting on the award win for Luxury Countryside Spa – Australia & Oceania, Sharon Garrett, Spa Manager at Brackenridge Country Retreat & Spa said,

“Our team is over the moon to have been recognized by this award.   To be acknowledge alongside the best in the world is absolutely wonderful and really puts the South Wairarapa on the map for Spa and wellbeing.  We keep pinching ourselves!”

 “A big thank you must go to our loyal guests who cast their vote for us, the people of Martinborough who continue to show us support and of course our dedicated team of spa therapists.”    she added.

The World Luxury Spa and Restaurant Awards recognize establishments for world-class service excellence. Awards are presented on a country, regional, continental and global basis. Winners are selected by public vote online, providing true recognition that reflects the hard work and dedication exhibited by staff.   In addition, each year a panel of six senior managers from the World Luxury Spa Awards come together to consider factors such as brand, location, overall guest satisfaction from online reviews, services, facilities and menu offerings.

This year’s overall Spa of the Year award went to Bio-Spa Victoria Gran Lujo in Spain, and the Restaurant of the Year award went to Gåte at Quoin Rock in South Africa’s famous winelands. Both winners are highly deserving of these prestigious awards, epitomizing as they do the ethos of luxury and fine service.

Brackenridge Spa is known for providing a series of luxurious spa rituals and signature treatments which are particularly popular with visiting tourists, while their competitive week-day specials such as the popular Massage Mondays, combined with quarterly seasonal offers designed to keep regulars visiting the day spa and also attracting new customers.

Open 7 days per week from 9am to 5pm the Spa is part of the popular Brackenridge Country Retreat & Spa, located just a 2-minute drive from Martinborough Wine Village and its popular vineyards.   The Spa facilities include 5 treatment rooms including a couples’ suite, relaxation lounge with fireplace, manicure and pedicure area and retail zone.  Spa guests may spend an hour or two, or make a day of it, with complimentary use of the other wellness facilities including a 20-metre heated indoor salt water lap pool, fully equipped gym, outdoor heated spa pool and sun terrace.   Brackenridge Spa proudly uses Algologie, Skinstitut Australia and the award winning Pure Fiji product ranges.  Brackenridge Spa also offers guests access to injectables such as botox and dermal fillers and has recently introduced results-driven collagen induction facials to their menu.

Want to make an appointment?   Guests can book online at and from Tuesday 9th July to Sunday 14th July all spa guests will receive a complimentary glass of bubbles to celebrate the Award win.

8 July 2019