The Luxury World Hotel and Spa Awards: And the winners are ...

The Luxury World Hotel and Spa Awards: And the winners are ...

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Your pick for world's best luxury hotel: The Tower Club at Lebua in Bangkok.

The Luxury World Hotel and Spa Awards are an annual celebration of the best and brightest facilities around the globe, picked by actual guests.

According to the organisers -- who are based in Stellenbosch, South Africa -- hotels or spas can nominate themselves, but the final voting is done by "thousands" of regular folk and travel industry consultants who are fans of the venue, based on the excellence of its facilities and service.

However nominees have to pay an administration fee: £230 (US$370) for a spa, £770 for a hotel and £970 for a hotel group. 

The lists of the 2012 winners are pretty long. There are 30 categories for the hotel awards and 10 categories for the spa awards. You can see the breakdown of the list of the hotel winners here and the spa winners here.

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Highlights include the global winner for the luxury hotel category, the Tower Club at Lebua in Bangkok. 

Also the global winner for luxury boutique hotel is The Luang Say Residence in Laos. While China's Sofitel Jinan Silver Plaza became the global winner of the luxury business hotel category.

The world's best spas include the MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa in the Seychelles, which became the global winner of the best luxury destination spa category; and the Spa Village Pangkor Laut in Malaysia which was acclaimed global winner for best luxury medical/wellness spa.

Needless to say, nominations for next year's awards are already open.

10 global winners of the 2012 World Luxury Hotel Awards:

Luxury Bush Lodge -- The Stanley Safari Lodge, Africa
Luxury Emerging Hotel -- The Glu Hotel, Argentina
Luxury Lodge -- Tower Lodge, Australia
Luxury Historical Hotel -- Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Canada
Luxury Casino Hotel -- Conrad Macao, Cotai Central, China
Luxury Hotel (Best Scenic Environment) -- InterContinental Sanya Resort, China
Luxury Business Hotel -- Sofitel Jinan Silver Plaza, China
Luxury City Hotel -- Harbour Grand, Hong Kong China 
Luxury Coastal Resort -- Fiji Beach Resort & Spa, Fiji
Luxury Coastal Hotel -- Hôtel Majestic Barriere, France 

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Global winners of the 2012 World Luxury Spa Awards: 

Best Luxury Hotel Spa -- The Spa at The Address Dubai Marina, United Arab Emirates 
Best Luxury Mineral Spring Spa -- The Grand Spa at Tabacon, Costa Rica 
Best Luxury Safari Spa -- Karkloof Spa Wellness & Wildlife Retreat, South Africa 
Best Luxury Emerging Spa -- Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie, France 
Best Luxury Fitness Spa -- Spa Royal at Club Hotel Sera, Turkey 
Best Luxury Destination Spa -- MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa, Seychelles 
Best Luxury Spa Group -- Banyan Tree Spa, Thailand 
Best Luxury Resort Spa -- Spa Evian Source at Evian Royal Resort, France 
Best Luxury Medical/Wellness Spa -- Spa Village Pangkor Laut, Malaysia 
Best Luxury Day Spa -- Culti Day Spa Milano, Italy